Thursday, February 11, 2016

Ventress Voice, February 2016

Newsletter of the Ventress Memorial Library
Marshfield, Massachusetts

FEBRUARY 2016         Volume 23,   No. 2

Do we have Book Groups?!

From the Director…
Did you know that the Ventress Library offers our patrons not one, not two, not three book groups but four, starting this month! Yes, whatever is your reading pleasure, we’ve got you covered! Groups are ongoing and all are accepting new members at any time. See below for details. Contact us if you need a book copy. Happy Reading/Discussing!

VML Classic Book Group – meets second Wednesday of each month in the Historical Room from 4:30 - 6 p.m. We read the “classics”, both traditional and modern. Refreshments served. Facilitated by Assistant Director Chris Woods. Next meeting: Wed., 2/10, “The Secret Chord,” by Geraldine Brooks.

VML Non-fiction Book Group – meets first Tuesday of each month in the Historical Room from 6 - 7:30 p.m. Read and discuss a different non-fiction book every month. Refreshments served. Facilitated by Reference Librarian Rachel Breen. Next meeting: Tuesday, 3/1, “The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon,” by David Grann.

VML Monday Night Book Group – meets first Monday of each month in the Historical Room at 7:00 p.m. Read and discuss contemporary fiction. Facilitated by Library Director Cyndee Marcoux. Next meeting: Monday, 3/7, “All This Talk of Love,” by Christopher Castellani.

NEW, NEW, NEW!!   ALES AND TALES BOOK CLUB - Ales and Tales is a new social book group for readers in and around the Marshfield area. It is geared toward readers in their twenties and thirties, and book lovers in general. The group will meet at Marshfield’s Cask ‘n Flagon on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm. Join us for a drink and a wonderful read! The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 7:00 pm Our very first book will be “Tell the Wolves I’m Home,” by Carol Rifka Brunt. The Cask ‘n Flagon is located on 804 Plain St, Marshfield, MA.  No registration required, just show up. Members are responsible for the purchase of their own drinks and food. Facilitated by Reference Librarian Rachel Breen. Hope to see you there!

So many choices… Now you just have to pick a group, and come on in and join us!!

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

Children's Department Activities February
Shake Rattle Rhyme Storytimes for ages 0-3 continue on Tues and Weds at 10:30 ( Drop-In). On Your Own Storytime for ages 4 on Mon at 10:30 (Registration Required), and Storycraft for ages 5-7 on Thursdays at 2 p.m. Registration Required.
Family Movie Night takes place on Monday, Feb 16th 1:30
Mama Steph joins on Feb 17th at 11:00 a.m.
Dads & Donuts is back on Sat Feb 20th at 2:00 p.m.
Tinker Time: Experiment with Candy Science ~ Feb 22nd at 4:30 Registration required.
Lego Club Feb 29th Drop-in; Legos provided.
Teen Writing Group Feb 3rd 5:00 p.m.
Teen Game Night Feb 4th 2:30 Program Room Bring your favorite game!
Teen Movie & Pizza Night Feb 25th  5:00 p.m.
Kids Book Clubs:
Grades 2-3 Feb 9th; registration required. Snacks provided.
Grades 4-5 Feb Feb 11th 4-30-5:15 registration required. Snacks provided.
Teen Book club: The library, MCTV, and the middle school run a Book-to- Movie Book group for ages 12+. Contact the children's librarian at either the Ventress LIbrary or Furnace Brook Middle School for more info on how to join.

UPCOMING: In April, we will teach 8 STEM course sessions on Engineering Earthquake Resistant Buildings.
Please complete each session unit.
April 11th, 12th & 14th at 4:30 P.M.;
April 19th, 20th, 21st ( Vacation Week 1:00 P.M.);
April 26th & 28th ( 4:30 P.M. after School). Please speak with the children's librarian for more details.     Visit, or call us @ 781-834-5535.

Backroom Bailiwick…
By Nancy Kelly, Head of Technical Services,

For those of you who are looking to dispose of gently used copies of older but still popular titles – please keep the Ventress in mind.  We are constantly screening incoming donations for replacement copies of heavily used titles.  Classic “good reads” by authors such as James Michener, Sue Grafton, John Grisham, Rosamunde Pilcher, (just to name a few!) are always on our watch list.  Some copies of our most popular titles have circulated over 100 times and are in serious need of retirement.  So when preparing to tidy up those home bookshelves, please remember how much we value your donations.  As the old saying goes:  “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”
Reference Notes…
By Chris Woods, Assistant Director/Head of Reference,

Did you know you have a wealth of research tools at the ready to be used 24 hours per day? That’s right…just visit the magic portal and these resources will be yours. What is the key? Your library card! Listed below are a few of the reference tools awaiting when you click the database link on our website Enter your Marshfield library card number (no spaces) to begin your research:
CONSUMER REPORTS – All the information in the paper magazine and more content available online. This is our most popular database!
AMERICA’S NEWS – “Marshfield Mariner” full article content back to 2005 and “Patriot Ledger” full article content back to 2000. You never pay for content, the library subscribes for you!
AUTO REPAIR REFERENCE CENTER – Repair diagrams, service alerts and more for many makes/models of vehicles back to 1954. Repair it yourself with help from this database and save money!
HERITAGE QUEST – Need to research family history at 2 a.m.? You can access a subset of Ancestry Library Edition through our website 24/7, including census information. To use the complete version of Ancestry Library Edition, come into the library when we are open and a librarian will set you up!


Circulation Chat…
By Elisha Chandler, Head of Circulation Services,
If you’re a teen or adult fan of young adult literature, you might have noticed that we did some some serious work to expand our collection and bring our readers an amazing selection of new and popular titles. We finally had a chance to give the graphic novels a little bit of the same love, beefing up our existing collection and adding 40+ new titles, with more to come monthly. Catch up on the most recent titles from DC and Marvel, the titans of the comic book industry.  Check out Marvel’s “Black Widow,” “Hawkeye,” “Ms. Marvel,” or DC’s breakout hits “Aquaman,” “Batgirl,” “Batwoman,” and the New York Times bestseller, “Harley Quinn volume. 1: Hot in the City.” Mature readers might want to try some of the buzz-worthy and acclaimed independent titles being published by Image, including “Rat Queens,” “Saga,” “The Wicked + the Divine,” “Alex + Ada,” “Shutter,” and “Pretty Deadly.” Are you a fan of amazing graphic literature? Try Farel Dalrymple’s “The Wrenchies” and NYT bestsellers “Seconds,” by Bryan Lee O'Malley, and “The Sculptor,” by Scott McCloud.  

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