Saturday, January 9, 2016

Ventress Voice, January 2016


Newsletter of the Ventress Memorial Library

Marshfield, Massachusetts

JANUARY  2016         Volume 23,   No. 1

Happy New Year!
From the Director…
Greetings in the New Year! A brand new year is a good time to look back on progress made and plan for future improvements. The Trustees and I are working hard to transform your library into one deserving of this wonderful community. We formed a Long Range Planning Committee to get your feedback to guide us into the future. Thanks to all who completed the survey, and to those who came to our outreach event in November to give input in person. We are taking note of all the suggestions, and you will be seeing further changes at the library based on all the constructive comments. Meanwhile, come on in and enjoy our new Adult Reading Area and sip a cup of coffee or cocoa in this cozy place in from the cold. As always, stop in and say “hello” to me anytime – my door is always open!
Warm regards,

Children’s Corner…
By Jennifer Struzziero, “Ms Jen”, Head of Children’s Services,

The Ventress Public Library is a fun place for kids! The kid’s room features train and Lego tables, along with puzzles and coloring pages.  Shelves full of books, comfortable seating just right for sharing a story, and even a cool Lego display to showcase our monthly Lego club creations.  Thanks to a great turnout at our first annual Noon Year’s Eve party!  We had a blast making crazy hats, dancing the limbo, and counting down with a cider toast to the Noon Year!

Join us the week of January 11th for Winter Story Times: ages 3+ on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and ages 0-3 on Tuesdays & Wed at 10:30 a.m. Thursday 2:00 P.M. Ages 5-7 Storycraft requires advance registration. Children below the age of 8 years old must be accompanied by someone 13 years of age or older in the Children’s Library. A parent or guardian with photo ID (one with a current address) must be present to sign a child up for a library card. “Please Respect yourself, Respect others, and Respect the library.”  The Ventress Memorial Library is breastfeeding friendly. Changing stations are available in the Children’s Room bathroom.

Backroom Bailiwick…
By Nancy Kelly, Head of Technical Services,
Just a reminder to patrons who are on the lookout for the “hottest” new titles…be sure to check out the “Hit or Miss” shelves during your next visit to the Ventress.  At present we have over 90 copies of the most in-demand titles available for your perusal.  These items are not subject to holds or renewals so the turnover is usually quite speedy. Don’t miss your chance to snag a bestseller! First come, first served…you may get lucky today!!

Reference Notes…
By Chris Woods, Assistant Director/Head of Reference,
The Reference Department was so happy to welcome Rachel Breen, Information Services Librarian, to the desk in September. A newly-minted 2015 graduate of Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), she brings to the job up-to-date knowledge, enthusiasm and ideas. Please stop by the desk and introduce yourself! Among Rachel’s duties are teaching the “Tech Monday” classes, running the new non-fiction book group (meets one Tuesday per month), coordinating the new Adult Coloring Classes (next one is Saturday, January 16) and planning special events (kudos on her recent “Downton Abbey Tea and Episode Viewing”). Look for more new programs in the coming year. Make sure you “like” us on Facebook to get all the updates including fun photos of events. We are compiling an email list of those who wish to be notified of upcoming programs. To get on this list, please send an email to me at the address above and your name will be included in our next mailing. There is always something going on at the Ventress – your community gathering place!

Circulation Chat…
By Elisha Chandler, Head of Circulation Services,
Have you ever wondered how many books the Ventress Library circulates in a given year? Well here are some statistics to give you an idea of how much material passes over the Circulation Desk. The library circulated 188,739 items in FY 2015, including 9,544 eBooks and eMagazines, and 3,098 audio books; provided 20,085 in interlibrary loans and received 29,074 in loans. Now, that’s a busy library!
Do you notice our new display case in front of the desk? Library Assistant Jaclyn Robinson wants to spread the word about this opportunity for patrons to share their collections, hobbies and interests with fellow library users. We are currently featuring her aunt’s milk glass collection, but would welcome the chance to display your collections in coming months. Ask at the desk for an application!

Ventress Memorial Library, 15 Library Plaza, Marshfield, MA 02050 781-834-5535
Library hours:  Mon-Th 9-8, Fri/Sat 9-4:30 closed Sunday visit

Newsletter staff:  Chris Woods/Editor   Jaclyn Robinson/Illustrator