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Ventress Voice
April 2021, Volume 4, Issue 4
Welcome to Your Library during National Library Week

This week, April 4 - 10, is National Library Week, a time to highlight the essential role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening communities. Whether virtually or in person, our mission is to bring people, information and ideas together to enrich lives and build community. We invite you to celebrate National Library Week with us! 

How has the Ventress Memorial Library played a role in your life this past year? Throughout the month of April, you can share your story in one of three ways. Fill out a story form in person to display on our Marshfield Library Stories Board, fill out a story form online, or post why you love your library on Facebook or Instagram. Be sure to tag us and use the hashtag #MyLibraryMyStory. One lucky patron will also win a $50 Amazon gift card (18+ only). Call the library at 781-834-5535 with questions.

And finally, check out our Calendar of Events, Facebook page, and Instagram to stay up to date on our activities and library happenings all month long for children, teens, and adults.
Spring Into Reading 2021 – Reading Challenge

Calling all readers! We have another reading challenge for all kids (kindergarten and older), teens, and adults, running from April 1 to May 31! Participate in one of two ways. Sign up online or fill out a paper form and turn it in by May 31. Paper sheets can be picked up in person at the library or printed from our website. Finish the challenge by completing a total of five books and/or activities. All who complete the challenge by May 31 will get a free book to keep. Email Erica the Young Adult Librarian at or call the library at 781-834-5535 ext. 2207 with questions.
Celebrating Duke Ellington
Virtual Concert

Join us on Saturday, April 10 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. for a live Zoom event, featuring the acclaimed jazz duo of Peter H. Bloom, flute, and John Funkhouser, piano, in a video-concert of the duo "Celebrating Duke Ellington". This program is supported in part by a grant from the Marshfield Cultural Council, which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council.

Participants will have the opportunity to meet the musicians beforehand. Then, we’ll enjoy a high-quality pre-recorded video of Peter and John and their Duke Ellington Celebration concert. After the concert, we’ll host a Zoom reception, so we can chat, ask the musicians questions, and enjoy coffee and pastries (BYO refreshments!). Advance registration is required - register here!
Spring/Summer Meditation Series

Click Here to register for April sessions of the "Spring/Summer Meditation Series" on 4/15 and 4/29 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., featuring Valerie York. The first session in the series will offer a "Guided Meditation" on April 15. So often in our hurried lives, we become ungrounded, unfocused and scattered. Join us for an evening of relaxation as Reiki Master Teacher Valerie York leads us in a meditation to ground and call back our energy.

These sessions will take place via Zoom. Advance registration for each individual session is required. Before logging onto the session, please gather a bottle of water, a journal and something to write with as you may wish to take notes.
Children's Updates

April Vacation Kits
April will be a fun month in the Children’s room! For April vacation, you can register starting April 13 for a Teddy Bear’s Picnic kit, which includes, a picnic snack, recipes, a teddy bear craft, a picnic blanket and a cookie cutter to make your own special picnic treat and an Earth Day kit with fun crafts inside. Celebrate the annual Herring Run with our Herring Run kit, featuring a cool fish craft, information and guides for viewing the herring run! Register in advance, as supplies are limited.

Dinner Time Trivia
Join Miss Wendy and Miss Jen for a virtual Dinner Time Trivia game on April 22 at 6:00 p.m. We will try to trick our friends with trivia questions about food in children’s books! Registration for this event will include some recipe links of festive food for trivia night. Register on our website.

Bear-A-Lee Family Music
Session one of Bear-A-Lee’s family music zoom class has begun and there still is time to join us for session one OR two - register here! This program is supported in part by a grant from the Marshfield Cultural Council, which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council. This program offers songs and imaginative musical play that encourage grownups and children to play together. This class is designed for children ages 3 - 6. Session 1 continues on April 7 and April 14 (Wednesdays) at 2:00 p.m. The dates for Session 2 are: April 30, May 7, 14, and 21 (Fridays) at 9:30 a.m. We will offer a special group pajama party zoom on May 27 at 6:30 p.m. for families in both sessions to celebrate.

Spring Series Take & Make
Take & Make crafts are offered every Monday, registration begins every week at 1:00 p.m. We will post photos of some of the crafts the library is offering on our website.  Register in advance, as supplies are limited. And finally, join Miss Wendy for Zoom Storytime on Mondays at 10:00 a.m., Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 5:00 p.m. for a fun interactive story time. Space is limited so please register on our events page.
Tween & Teen Updates

Blackout Poetry for Tweens
April is National Poetry Month and we want to share one of our favorite types of poetry - blackout poetry! It's so easy to do, even if you've never tried writing any other sort of poetry. The blackout poetry kit will include five different book pages, a black sharpie, and some basic instructions on how to make blackout poetry, as well as some links to pages where you can see some examples. Register in advance, as supplies are limited. Kits are intended for tweens in grades 4 - 6 and will be available for pickup on April 7. 
April Tween & Teen Loot Bags: Among Us!
The Ventress Memorial Library has monthly Loot Bags for teens in grades 6 - 12 and tweens in grades 4 & 5. Each month’s Loot Bag comes in a mini tote bag and includes themed goodies, 2 library books to return and a book to keep! Please note that books will be selected to match the registrant's reading interests, and that the theme pertains only to the additional goodies. Register for each month's loot bag separately. Register by April 25 to claim your Loot Bag – register for tweens here and register for teens here. Please note, April Loot Bags will be filled at the end of the month, and you will receive an email when they are ready for pickup. Contact Erica the Young Adult Librarian at or at 781-834-5535 ext. 2207 with questions.
Spring Virtual Dungeons & Dragons for Teens
We have two new virtual Dungeons & Dragons campaigns for teens in grades 6-12 for spring 2021. All experience levels are welcome. Monday campaign meets every Monday from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. and runs from April 26 to June 14. Our Tuesday campaign meets every Tuesday from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. and runs from April 27 to June 15. Please note that each campaign is seven sessions long and campaigns won’t meet the week of May 24. Participants should plan to attend every session of the campaign; if there is room, players may be able to join mid-campaign. Space is limited, so register today. Contact Erica the Young Adult Librarian at or at 781-834-5535 ext. 2207 with questions.
Senior & High Risk Only Hours: Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Thursday & Saturday, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

All Patrons: Wednesday, 12:00 - 7:45 p.m., Thursday & Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Children's Room Hours:
By appointment only. Wednesday, 12:00 - 6:00 p.m., Thursday & Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Senior & High Risk Only Hours:
Wednesday, 11:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Thursday & Saturday, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
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15 Library Plaza
Marshfield, MA 02050
(781) 834-5535
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