Thursday, March 3, 2016

Ventress Voice, March 2016

Newsletter of the Ventress Memorial Library

Marshfield, Massachusetts

MARCH  2016         Volume 23,   No. 3

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 
From the Director…
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
~ Irish Blessing~

Did you know that Marshfield and surrounding towns have such a large Irish-American population that the area is referred to anecdotally as the “Irish Riviera?” In keeping with Irish themes, the Ventress Library Cultural Series will present two free events in March. See below for details – hope to see you!

Saturday Concert - Saturday, March 19, 2:00 p.m., "Native Irish Music Returns!" With Eamonn Sheehan and Friends.

We welcome back Eamonn on the guitar and vocals and a friend or two on fiddle and vocals for foot stompin’ authentic Irish music and some American-Irish favorites as well. Sing-a-long encouraged. Bring the family! A Ventress Library tradition!  Free and open to the public; no tickets required. Refreshments!

Wednesday Night Lecture - Wednesday, March 30, 7-8:30 p.m., "The Wreck of the St. John and Irish Famine Ships" Presented by John Horrigan.

On September 7th, 1849 a "famine ship" (a ship full of Irish immigrants) left Galway, Ireland. One month later, it was smashed up against a rocky ledge on the coast of Cohasset in the Great October Gale of 1849. One hundred people lost their lives. Join New England folklorist John Horrigan as he provides an overview of the Irish famine and details the tragic voyage of the St. John.  visit

~Cyndee Marcoux~

Children’s Corner…
By Jennifer Struzziero, “Ms Jen”, Head of Children’s Services,
Spring is around the corner!
Join us this Spring, 3 weeks in April, for a multi-class STEM program on Earthquake Engineering.  Register now to attend all 8 sessions.  Check out the Kids page on the library website for more details:  - 781-834-5535.
In March, join us for a special visit from our Therapy Dog, Annabelle, on March 26th.

Here are some fun things you can do at the library:
  • Books, magazines, CDs, Kits, DVD’s
  • Free Research Databases for Kids
  • Kids Ebooks Collection
  • A Train & Lego table; puzzles
  • Children’s internet access and Children’s Game Computers
  • Seasonal Storytimes
  • Summer and Winter Reading Programs
  • Seasonal programs featuring stories and crafts
  • Special monthly STEAM program for  8-12 year olds
  • Book groups for ages 8-11
  • Teen programs: Book, Movie, Writing groups for ages 12+

Join us 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.   Storytimes end May 16th week.

*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. 781-834-5537

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

Attention all Seniors!  In case you missed the notice posted at our checkout desk, please be advised that the library is now offering fine-free status on all of our MARSHFIELD items to our MARSHFIELD residents who are age 60 or over!  Please let us know that you are eligible to start enjoying this special privilege today!

Reference Notes
By Chris Woods, Assistant Director/Head of Reference,

Tax Form Update
Mass Resident and Non-Resident tax booklets have been received. Reference staff will keep a few of each stocked in the tax form information rack located next to the current bird nest display case just inside the library entrance. The rack also contains copies of the most frequently used Federal forms (1040, 1040a, 1040ez) but we encourage patrons to print out their own or call the numbers on the handout info sheets to have forms sent directly to their homes. One copy each of the 1040 and 1040a Instruction booklets are on reserve at the Reference Desk for patrons to sign-out and read in the library. All the forms and publications are also available to read online at the IRS site, information on which is printed on the handout in the tax form display rack. Happy Filing!

Circulation Chat…
By Elisha Chandler, Head of Circulation Services,

Welcome Hoopla!
The library is excited to announce the public availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with Hoopla Digital – all you need is a valid library card! Library card holders can download the free Hoopla Digital mobile app on their Android or IOS device or visit to begin enjoying thousands of titles – from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers – available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets and computers. Simply ‘Sign Up’ to get started. There’s also no waiting to borrow popular movies, TV shows, albums or audiobooks.  And Hoopla Digital’s automatic return feature eliminates late fees. For more information, feel free to ask a member of our library staff.
We hope you enjoy this new service!

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