Newsletter of the Ventress Memorial Library
SPRING 2018 Volume 25, No. 1
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 TV – What 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 https://www.rbdigital.com/ventressma/service/acorntv
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.
HOOPLA – What 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 hoopladigital.com
2. Log in with your Marshfield library card number
3. Borrow free digital movies, music, and more with no late fees!
By Monica Brennan, Youth Services Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
By Nikole Kelleher, Circulation Supervisor, email@example.com
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
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 www.ventresslibrary.org 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 www.ventresslibrary.org and click on links on the homepage to start searching. Let us know how you like it!
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.
*Johnson & Johnson Health and Wellness
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.
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.
"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.
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 www.ventresslibrary.org
Newsletter staff: Chris Woods/Editor Jaclyn Robinson/Illustrator