Monday, April 2, 2018

Ventress Voice - Spring 2018


Newsletter of the Ventress Memorial Library

Marshfield, Massachusetts

SPRING 2018         Volume 25,   No. 1
Welcome, Spring!
From the Director…
Greetings all Marshfield library patrons and welcome, Spring! Yes, Spring is officially here according to the calendar, although it still seems like winter outside! While we wait for the warm weather to begin, try out some of the e-content options available to you with a Marshfield library card number. Why pay for content, when you can get it free through your library’s special licensing agreements? Listed below are some options for you to explore. And remember, our trained and friendly librarians are here to help you gain access to these resources either on your computer from home, or on your devices from anywhere. Just call the library and “Book-A-Librarian” for a one-on-one lesson. Happy watching, listening and reading!!
ACORN TVWhat is it?
Hailed as a "glorious streaming service…an essential must-have" by “The Hollywood Reporter”,   Acorn TV streams world-class mysteries, dramas, and comedies from Britain and beyond, including a full slate of original and exclusive programming. With thousands of hours of commercial-free programming and new shows added weekly, there's always something to watch!
How do I sign up?
Click on link on library’s home page or go to
Click on Get Started button, select create new account. Enter your library barcode number. On the next screen enter your name, email address and create a password (Password must have at least 7 characters & include letters and numbers).
Click on Access Acorn TV – Library patrons may watch as many shows as they want in a 7 day period. Once that time is up you would just need to login again.

HOOPLAWhat is it?
hoopla is a groundbreaking digital media service offered by your local public library that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. We have hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from, with more being added daily. hoopla is like having your public library at your fingertips. Anytime. Anywhere.
How do I sign up?
1.      Download the hoopla app on your device, or go to
2.      Log in with your Marshfield library card number
3.      Borrow free digital movies, music, and more with no late fees!

Children’s Corner
By Monica Brennan, Youth Services Coordinator,

Here in the Children’s Room, we are definitely looking forward to Spring and Summer! Cute bunny picture books and adorable baby animal books fill our display areas! As we look forward to closing the chapter on Winter, we want to share about some of our fun February events. The Teen Librarian and Children’s Librarian partnered on Family Game Day and the Olympics Party, both of which were huge successes! April vacation promises a fun family yoga event and family storytime. Perhaps one of the most exciting bits of news is the addition of an Easy Reader Nonfiction Section that features awesome, engaging true fact books with amazing pictures and only a few words per page! This high-use section is incredibly popular with the early elementary school crowds and storytime crowds. The baby cats and baby dogs books are so wonderful; they are always checked out! Can’t wait to see you in the Children’s Room soon!  Best, Monica
Circulation Chat
By Nikole Kelleher, Circulation Supervisor,

Book Groups
Did you know the Ventress Memorial Library offers 6 different book groups? Did you know about all the amazing reasons to join a book group? By joining a book group, you will get to read one new book a month! Having a set deadline will help you open a book and turn off the TV. Another really great thing about joining a book group is meeting new and interesting people. When you join a book group you step out of your comfort zone and read books you normally would not read. You may be surprised to find you enjoy a book you never thought you would. If you are like me, you may live in a house with family who do not share your love of books. The great thing about being in a book group is you will get to talk about this book almost as soon as your finish with people who read it. You can share that unbelievably exciting plot twist moment and say: “Did you see that coming?” This leads us to having thoughtful discussions about the book, or in some cases heated debates; the fun part is you don’t know which it will be! Spirited discussion keeps you on your reading toes!  Sometimes the conversations turns to other topics, such as life, pop culture and new novels. Last but not least, be warned: joining a book group can lead to laughing or crying and, if you are lucky enough, to finding a book that will change your life!
VML Book Groups

Children’s (Old Program Room, Contact: Monica Brennan)

           Kid’s Chapter Book: First Monday of the Month, 4:15- 4:45 pm
           Kid’s First Chapter Book: Second Monday of the Month, 4:15- 4:45
           Kid’s Easy Reader: Fourth Monday of the Month: 4:15- 4:45

Adult Book Groups

           Non-Fiction Book Group, first Tuesday of the month from 6-7:30 pm, Historical Room - runs itself, Chris Woods is the contact for this group
           Contemporary Book Group, second Wednesday of the month from 7-8 pm, Historical Room - Cyndee Marcoux is the contact for this group
           Classic Book Group, second Wednesday of the month (usually--check with EventKeeper calendar) from 4:30-6 pm, Historical Room - Chris Woods is the contact for this group. Sometimes group will meet for longer for movie/potluck events & screen films related to book choices - best to contact Chris for current information 
Reference Notes
By Chris Woods, Assistant Director,
We are pleased to announce a new resource for our patrons: “America’s News” from Newsbank! Ventress Library decided to subscribe to this database after a trial period with librarians to assess its value for our library users. Of particular interest to residents will be the ability to search the archives of local newspapers such as Marshfield Mariner, Patriot Ledger and Cape Cod Times. Access is directly from in the library during business hours and 24 hours per day from anywhere on computers and mobile devices through inputting your Marshfield library card number at the login page. From there you can create an account to save articles and email them to yourself and others. “America's News” provides access to information on people, issues and events in the local area and around the country. This comprehensive resource offers hundreds of millions of current and archived full-text articles from news sources nationwide in a single, fully searchable online database. It includes the electronic editions of more than 3,000 U.S. news sources with more than 79% of these sources not available in any other library database.
“America’s News” also presents research reports on “Hot Topics” to aid students and those interested in current events to stay informed using a variety of sources to give a balanced view. Balance is so important in this current climate of “fake news.”
So, try it out for yourself! Visit and click on links on the homepage to start searching. Let us know how you like it!

Teen Time and more…
By Kelsey Socha,  Adult &  Young Adult Services Coordinator,

Hello! Since our last issue of the “Ventress Voice”, I have attained more responsibilities: specifically, my job title has been upgraded to Adult & Young Adult Services Coordinator. For you, our wonderful patrons, this does not change much: I’ll still be running all teen activities and helping answer any and all reference and technology questions that come my way. In addition to the usual day to day, I’ll also be organizing and coordinating our Book Group Kits and facilitating our brand new Media Lab when we are ready to open it (more on this in a little bit!).

March is a magical time. Spring is beginning to manifest, the snow is (hopefully) fading away, and finally flowers may start to bloom. However, the end of winter can be a challenging time for those of us struggling with mental health, and equally for those of us helping others who might be struggling. Here at Ventress, we take mental health first aid seriously! If you are concerned about someone in your life, here are a few steps in reaching out to them that may help:

       Assess for risk of suicide or harm

       Listen non-judgmentally

       Give reassurance and information

       Encourage appropriate professional help

       Encourage self-help and other support strategies

If you are struggling, please don’t hesitate to reach out for help. Some great resources, both locally and more broadly:

        National Suicide Prevention LifeLine- 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

        Massachusetts Department of Mental Health Crisis Hotline- 1-800-322-1356

        Statewide Emergency Service Program- 877-870-4673

        Plymouth Area- Child & Family Services of New Bedford- 877-996-3154

        Crisis Text Line- Text “HELLO” to 741741 to text with a trained crisis

On a brighter note, things are happening at the library! Did you know that we have Book Group Kits at the library? We’ll be posting a complete list of our kits soon! Kits contain 8 copies of a book, as well as a discussion guide and readalikes--book group coordination made easier for you! (If you want to inquire about the books we have, please email me at

We also have a media lab in the works! Lucky patrons at our Winter Olympics Kickoff Party were able to see one of our 3D printers in action--and soon patrons will be able to request prints to be made at the library! The lab will also have a typewriter (perfect for typing letters!), a magnifier for small text, a VHS to DVD converter, and more! We’re still fine-tuning everything, but look forward to the media lab being open in the months to come! (We’ll make a big announcement when it is ready for patron use!).

Teen Events

Fandom Club- future dates to be determined!

Come talk about the things that you love with other teens who really love things! No matter what your fandom, we’ve got space for you!

Teen Art & Writing Club: 1st Tuesday of the month, 5 pm

Come write, draw, or both with a variety of prompts! Share your work with others if you feel comfortable doing so!

Teen Advisory Board: 3rd Thursday of the month, 5 pm

Help us decide what events to do next at the library, while eating excellent snacks and getting community service hours!

Teen Movie Night: 4th Thursday of the month, 5 pm

Pick a movie from a range of carefully curated options and watch it on the big screen in our new program room! Snacks provided.

In addition to all of these, we’ve got several cool one-shot events coming out, so be on the lookout! It is an exciting time to be a Marshfield teen!

Top Teen Book Picks for Spring

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Imagine a world where the Civil War ended differently. In fact, imagine a world where the Civil War ended because the dead inexplicably returned to life as zombies! This is the world that narrator Jane is born into, and through her eyes, we can see not only Civil War America zombies, but also the roots of a deep conspiracy. This book promises to be a fun and surprising read: WITH ZOMBIES. Who could ask for anything more?

Speak: Graphic Novel Edition by Laurie Halse Anderson and illustrated by Emily Carroll

The critically acclaimed, award-winning, modern classic Speak is now a stunning graphic novel updated for today’s teens.

"Speak up for yourself―we want to know what you have to say." From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless―an outcast―because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. Of course, the true story is more complicated, but Melinda can’t even admit that herself. This is a spellbinding take on a classic of teen fiction, updated to be relevant to teens of 2018.

The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding

Abby Ives has always been content playing the sidekick in other people’s lives. While her friends are focused on romance, Abby’s been more focused on running her plus-sized fashion blog and her dreams of breaking into the fashion industry. Then she falls for her fellow intern, Jordi Perez. Hard. Meanwhile, her new friend Jax wants her help finding the best burger in L.A. by trying each one. This heartfelt read is a perfect mix of silly and sincere, and you’ll root for Abby as she finds a way to play the leading role in her own life. It’s hard sometimes to find books that strike the right mix of fluff and seriousness, and this one really nails it.

If you’re looking for a book recommendation (for teens OR adults), never hesitate to ask!

By Nancy Hickey, Adult Services Librarian,

Where do YOU want to go?

Travelling in 2018?  Are you planning a trip this year and looking for information about your destination?  According to our statistics, many of you will be travelling to London, Ireland, Italy, Nova Scotia, NYC, Hawaii, and around New England.  We will be adding to our book collection to reflect new travel interests and are looking for your feedback.  Stop by the Reference Desk and let us know where you are going next or send an e-mail message to  We look forward to hearing about your travels soon!

Jenks Jazz ‘n Jive
By Karen Jenks, Library Assistant,

CD of the Season
On Air – The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones just recently announced a new stadium tour that will take them across Britain and Europe from May to July this year.  The “No Filter” tour amazingly marks 55 years since the emergence of the Stones on the music scene. The December 2017 release of On Air offers a glimpse of the band during its formative years through live studio performances recorded for BBC radio from 1963 through 1965.  If you’ve ever wanted to be transported to a previous place and time, this CD will take you there.

The deluxe album contains 32 tracks, with four original Stones’ tunes, a version of “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” that is stripped down with an impeccable vocal from Mick Jagger and driving guitar work from Keith Richards and Brian Jones, as well as a live recording of the group’s debut single “Come On” written by Chuck Berry.

Throughout this crisply remastered CD, the evolutionary sound of the Stones is captured with a clarity that makes for an unexpectedly revealing musical experience.  Before they became a phenomenal Rock ‘n’ Roll band, the Stones’ early influences were Blues, R&B and even Country music. They paid tribute to their idols by honing their skills with covers of music by Chuck Berry, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley.  In fact, the influence of Chuck Berry was so prevalent among British bands that his tunes “Carol,” “Memphis, Tennessee,” and “Roll Over Beethoven” are covered by both the Rolling Stones and Beatles in their BBC archives. Both bands were highly competitive, but eventually developed their own signature styles. “I Wanna Be Your Man,” a tune written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney that was given as a gift to the Stones, appears on On Air. The Stones’ version is a bit edgier than the Beatles’ studio recorded interpretation, but a listen to the gritty vocal performance by Ringo Starr on the Beatles’ Live at the BBC album gives clear insight into how much passion and energy these driven musicians put into their craft when they were vying for an audience.

Drummer Charlie Watts’ efforts enhance the tracks with a unifying rhythmic beat, and bassist Bill Wyman plays skillfully and creatively for such a young musician. Jagger and Jones trade off occasional harmonica riffs, which further cement the band’s fervor for the Blues.

Check out the CD at the Ventress or download the album on hoopla!

Health and Wellness
By Carol Fairbanks, Library Assistant,

On March 12, we set our clocks ahead by one hour. That means sunnier evenings – and sleepier mornings. But you can make the transition a bit easier on yourself with these tips.

Get some early morning sun
Soaking up some rays first thing in the a.m. by maybe sipping your coffee on the back porch can help regulate your circadian rhythm, a.k.a. your body’s internal clock.

Nosh on a sleep-inducing snack
One study found that drinking tart cherry juice increased levels of melatonin. Consider pairing it with a banana, which is high in magnesium and potassium – two minerals that help promote sleep.

Stick to a consistent slumber schedule
Hard as it may be, aim to go to bed and wake up at your usual times on the weekends to help regulate your internal clock.

Keep your bedroom cool
According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine setting your thermostat at around 68 degrees is optimal for sleeping comfort.  High body temperatures have been associated with insomnia.

Happy Spring!
 *Johnson & Johnson Health and Wellness

Ventress Vignettes
By Belle Bibliotheque

Our “Late Hiver, Early Printemps” issue of The Ventress Voice finds moi en pensant about the belle population of patrons here a la bibliotheque, and some of the reasons why they come to visit us, besides checking out books. We have magnifique adult programming with everything from interludes musicale, to lectures, interpretations historique, and book clubs for classique, contemporain and non-fiction readers alike. We even have a nouveau Club de Genealogie for those searching for their heritage familial.

Our delicieux program pour les enfants starts with the littlest bebes, and features stories, chansons and action rhymes. Then les amusements continuer avec toddlers and preschoolers on up to ecole-age enfants with activites and book clubs.

But lately, there’s been something missing; programming for the preteens, tweens and teens. We’ve had some good programming in the past, but then along came Kelsey. Kelsey brings a fresh energie and accessibilite, along with oodles of bonne idees.

I will commence with her program this past January: “Bad Art”. Quel concept merveilleux! Such an atmosphere encoureageante! How could anyone negatively judge “Bad Art”? C’est impossible! With lots of colorful bits and baubles, 16 young teens had a brilliant time creating Bad Art. These kinds of opportunites will continuer avec her Teen Writing and Artiste Club.

We have gone to press since her program for teens and adults: “A Shakespeare Acting Workshop”, mais there will be autre beaucoup bonne idees pour la creativite. Especially if one joins the Teen Advisory Board! Other clubs on offer are “Fandom Thursday”- a group for passionne fans of books, TV shows, video games, musique, fan fiction, fan art, etc.. There’s also Teen Book Clubs, Teen Movie Nights, Early Release Hangout time, and even an upcoming Karaoke Night. Many more details, dates and times are available on our website: Si beau!

Friend-ly Notes…
By Friends of the Ventress Memorial Library

Marshfield Friends of the Library Recruits Active Members!

The Friends of the Ventress Memorial Library want YOU!
The group is recruiting active members to help with their
mission of supporting the library through planning
enrichment programs and fund-raisers. Fresh ideas
are needed about how to make the Friends a group
that responds well to community needs and preferences.
To do this, they seek members of all ages and interests
who want to make a difference!
Ventress Library Friends meet the first Wednesday of
the month at 6:30 in the library's Historical Room.
Two special “Welcome Meetings” are scheduled for April 4th and May 2nd.
All are welcome to attend to learn more about the
group and how you can help support the library we
all love. Light refreshments will be served those nights.
Be a friend, make a friend. You will not regret it!!
For more information contact Friends membership
chairperson Colleen Timberlake at
or call the library at 781-834-5535.

Editor’s Picks
By Chris Woods, Assistant Director,

Mark your calendars for these events coming to you at the Ventress in coming months…

VML Cultural Series
Always free and open to the public!

Wednesday Night Lecture/Virtual Tour – Wednesday, March 28, (rescheduled from March 21 due to storm.) Special Time: starts at 6:30 p.m., “Edward Hopper: Capturing the Outer Cape Light”, presented by tour director Beth Chapman.

From 1930 to 1964, Edward and his wife Josephine spent summers in South Truro, first in a tiny rental where Edward painted on the screened-in porch for four summers, and then in the 1,000 square foot studio they built in 1934. He captured the famous Cape Cod light using both watercolor and oil to paint landscapes, churches, homes, sheds, chicken coops and barns. This lecture discusses more than 50 of his Truro and Wellfleet paintings. Ms. Chapman has deep roots in South Truro (Hopper painted her family’s farm five times), and describes herself as a lover of family history, not an art history expert. Ms Chapman has been running tours of some of Edward Hopper’s houses and landscapes in Wellfleet and Truro throughout the summer and fall. Free and open to the public; no tickets required. Visit

Saturday Concert – Saturday, April 7, Special time of 3:00 p.m., “Songs for an April Afternoon…”, with Rasa Vitkauskaite, pianist and Danica A. Buckley, vocalist.

Internationally-acclaimed pianist Rasa Vitkauskaite, along with beloved Boston, South Shore and Cape Cod choral conductor Danica A. Buckley, will entertain with art songs, arias, a selection of music from WWI (in recognition of the centenary, 2014-2018) and Broadway tunes, including a sing-a-long. Rasa will also play beautiful piano solos. Enjoy this unique mix of classical, popular and historic songs! Free and open to the public; no tickets required. Light refreshments served at a post-concert reception. Visit

Wednesday Night Lecture – Wednesday, April 18, 7-8:30 p.m., “Butterfly: A One-Man Show on the Life and Times of James Abbot McNeill Whistler” Presented by actor Stephen Collins.

This play shows the artist Whistler in two phases of his life; as a bankrupt artist in his 40s on commission in Venice and as an established, yet lonely, legend in his 60s. Free and open to the public; no tickets required. Visit

Saturday Concert – Saturday, May 12, 2:00 p.m., “Love: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” with cabaret singer Will McMillan and pianist Joe Reid.

We are thrilled to welcome back Will and Joe to the Ventress,  to treat our audience to songs by Rodgers, Hart & Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Irving Berlin and Johnny Mercer. The performers will take all on a musical journey about love: passionate to parental; romantic to raunchy; sarcastic to sacred. Free and open to the public; no tickets required. Light refreshments served at a post-concert reception. Visit

Wednesday Night Lecture/Series Finale Performance – Wednesday, May 30, 7-8:30 p.m. “Meet Julia Child!” presented by Delvena Theatre Company.

Meet Julia Child – the beloved French Chef! A live performance featuring Lynne Moulton as Julia Child doing what she did best. Learn more about her life – from her privileged childhood in California when she had no interest in food except for eating what the family’s private chef prepared, to becoming one of the culinary legends of all time. The audience will have the opportunity to view Julia on the set of The French Chef television show, an amusing and fun experience! After the performance, the cast will open up for discussion regarding Julia Child. Free and open to the public; no tickets required. Light refreshments served! This program is supported by a grant from the Marshfield Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.  Visit
Lifelong Learning Classes for all Ages
Ventress Library Classroom
Registration begins April 10
DNA Results as a Research Option   Whether you’ve taken, or are still considering, a DNA test to determine your kinship with someone or trace your lineage, knowing how to work with the results you receive is crucial. Receiving the result is one thing, understanding them and using them as a research tool are totally different things. We will show you how. Q & A period follows
Presenter:  Seema Kenney, NEHGS Genealogist, Certified Legacy Planner
Classroom: Ventress Library New Program Room
Date/Time: Wed., May 23, 2018   7-8:30 p.m.
Fee:  $5

ON SILENT WINGS – The Magic of the Snowy Owl   During the winter of 2013-2014 award-winning Massachusetts wildlife photographer Peter Christoph spent 14 full days along the Atlantic coast following the movements of a few snowy owls during their winter migration to the beaches of Salisbury, Hampton and Plum Island. They flew quite a distance from their home on the frozen tundra in the high Arctic. Peter was there to capture these rare and intimate photographs of the snowy owls taken in their winter habitat. Several of his snowy owl photos have earned national and international awards.
Presenter: Peter Christoph - Wildlife advocate, naturalist and bird photographer
Classroom:  Ventress  Library New Program Room
Date/Time: Wed., June 20, 2018   7-8:30 p.m.
Fee: $5
"Tales from the Home of the World's Worst Weather: A Talk About Mt. Washington"
Bitter cold, dense fog, heavy snow, and record winds: Mount Washington is known worldwide for its unpredictable and dangerous weather. For a mountain its size, why is Mt. Washington called the "home of the world's worst weather"? Join Mount Washington Observatory's Will Broussard for an investigation into the unique life and work of weather observers stationed at the observatory year-round. We will explore how the mountain's weather works and what it can tell us about New England's own weather patterns. This program will include weather instrument demos, stunning photography, and video footage from the summit.
Presenter: Will Broussard, Education Coordinator, Mt. Washington Observatory
Classroom: Ventress Library New Program Room
Date/Time: Wed., July 18, 2018   7-8:30 p.m.
Fee: $5

“Name that Troll” Update!

We are pleased to announce that 45 entries were received for this contest to name the library’s troll doll, and we had three finalist entries. They are: Droll Troll (Ann Donchess), Trollie Moley (Emily Gorman) and Ventroll (Pat Smith)  A vote was taken and the winner is: 

VENTROLL (Congrats to Pat!)
Thanks to all who submitted name suggestions!

Next? We need a name for our Coffee Station over in the Reference Reading Area.
Submit your name suggestions to the Circulation Desk over the next few months. We will announce the winner in the Summer 2018 edition of “Ventress Voice”

Ventress Memorial Library, 15 Library Plaza, Marshfield, MA 02050 781-834-5535
Library hours:  Mon-Th 9-8, Fri/Sat 9-4:30,  closed Sundays visit
Newsletter staff:  Chris Woods/Editor   Jaclyn Robinson/Illustrator