15 Library Plaza, 1837 Ocean Street - Marshfield, MA 02050 781.834.5535
Ventress Voice
June 2021, Volume 4, Issue 6
We are excited to announce our Summer Reading Challenge for all ages: Tails & Tales, running from June 28 through August 19. For kids entering fifth grade and younger, call or visit the Children's room to sign up (or scroll down for more details!). For teens and adults, sign up and participate in one of two ways: online at or fill out a paper form and turn it in by August 19. Paper sheets can be picked up in person at the library or printed at Read books and do activities to complete the challenge. All who complete the challenge will get a free book to keep and an entry in our end of summer reading prize drawing. Email Erica the Young Adult Librarian at or call the library at 781-834-5535 ext. 2207 with questions. Happy reading!
We are also pleased to introduce our first ever Pop-Up Library, sponsored by the Ventress Memorial Library Trust. We will be out and about this summer bringing the library to you! Find us under a white tent at the Marshfield Famer's Market, Rexhame Beach, Stellwagen Beer Company, and elsewhere! At our fully functioning Pop-Up, you can check out library books, get a library card, and spin the prize wheel. For our complete schedule (subject to change), check our Calendar of Events or email Cyndee Marcoux at with questions. 

Check out our Calendar of Events, Facebook page, and Instagram to stay up to date on all of our activities and library happenings all month long for children, teens, and adults. And finally, check out this month's Friends of the VML on-line book auction - click here.
Breeding Season
Backyard Birds

Join us on Saturday, June 19 from 2 - 3:00 p.m. for "Breeding Season Backyard Birds."  In this Zoom presentation, Steve Hale follows an interactive, bird-quiz format that enables the audience to test their own knowledge and ask on-line follow-up questions. This is an engaging and interactive presentation featuring common and unusual breeding season birds found in any backyard in New England. This presentation offers ID tips and the opportunity to learn a few birds by their song. Tips on feeding birds to attract the most diversity are also provided.

Advance registration is required - click here. A zoom link will be sent to all registrants 24 hours prior to the program.
Zoo New England

Are you looking for a new outdoors adventure to enjoy with your family? The Friends of the Ventress Memorial Library have acquired a Zoo New England pass that provides discounted admission to the Franklin Park and Stone Zoos.

Franklin Park Zoo is a 72-acre site nestled in Boston’s historic Franklin Park, long considered the "crown jewel" of Frederick Law Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace Park System. Stone Zoo, formerly known as the Middlesex Fells Zoo, is located on a 26-acre site near the sparkling Spot Pond reservoir in Stoneham, MA.
Both Zoos offer a variety of family oriented programs and special events. For more information about the zoos, click here. To reserve a pass and for details about purchasing, click here. For information about joining the Friends or donating to its efforts to support the library visit their webpage
Children's Updates

Summer Fun Bags
June is in full swing in the Children’s Room! Beginning June 14, we are celebrating the end of the school year with our Summer Fun Bags. These bags, which will include bubbles, chalk, and a jump rope, will be available on a first come, first served basis in the Children’s Room.

Summer Reading and Adopt-A-Thon
Join us on June 28 from 2 - 6:00 p.m. for the Summer Reading kick off and stuffed animal adopt-a-thon! Come register for summer reading, meet the children’s librarians, and enjoy the library atmosphere! Adoption kits will include a small stuffed animal to read to, a reading log, and some other goodies! Registration for the summer reading program will continue until July 13. Stop by any time for a stuffed animal adoption kit!

Celebration Kits
We are offering celebration kits for National Donut Day, Best Friends Day and Summer Celebration Day - visit our Calendar of Events for more information. These celebration kits include a craft and fun information about each topic, no registration necessary. Kits will be available in the library lobby on each scheduled day while supplies last!

Children's Updates
As always, we are excited to offer children’s Zoom story times with Miss Wendy on Mondays at 10:00 a.m., Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 5:00 p.m. Summer series weekly Take & Make crafts will begin on June 28 and registration begins on Mondays at 1:00 p.m. Register for Take & Make crafts and story times on our Calendar of Events.
Tween & Teen Updates

Tween & Teen Updates
Our Teen Room is now fully open for teens to hang out in or browse our collection of books, manga, board games, video games, and more! And we have an amazing summer of events lined up. In addition to our annual summer reading challenge and our current monthly programs, we have been collaborating with libraries across Massachusetts to bring you exciting virtual events this summer. 
Virtual Super Dungeon: Dungeons & Dragons for Grades 5-12
The Ventress Memorial Library is excited to announce its participation in an all-new, virtual Super Dungeon experience. Join The Quest for Ouranos, where you can play a little or a lot in this fully homebrewed campaign, designed by teen DMs and librarians from Marshfield and across Massachusetts. All experience levels are welcome. Players must have a character approved before registering for the Super Dungeon. Once approved, you will be added to the Discord where you can sign up for games, meet other teen players, trade items, and more! Click here for more information and to get started, or email Hannah Lee, Super Dungeon Theme Master at  

ACTIVATE Virtual Fan Con for Teens Ages 12-20
Friday, July 23, 10 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. & Saturday, July 24, 10 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. For a second year in a row, we are participating in ACTIVATE, a virtual fan con with an activist twist. This year's event features two full days of panels, workshops, games and prizes to engage and inspire teen artists, writers, gamers, activists, and fans from all walks of life. Topics include Dungeons & Dragons, Memoir Comics, Fan Activism, Super Hero Fitness, and more! Sign up for the whole conference and drop-in to the panels and workshops you want to attend. Register today at

June Tween & Teen Loot Bags for Grades 4-12
Sign up today for a June Loot Bag - the theme this year is Tails & Tales to match our summer reading theme that is all about animals. Registration is open for the entire month, and Loot Bags are filled the last week of the month. Each month’s Loot Bag comes in a mini tote bag and includes super-cool 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. Please note that tweens and teens can now register at the same link! Contact Erica the Young Adult Librarian at or at 781-834-5535 ext. 2207 with questions.

Become a Teen Volunteer
With the library open full-time once more, we are once again seeking teen volunteers! Teens ages 13-17 are encouraged to submit a volunteer application at the library for a customizable volunteer experience. Interested teens may help with shelving and program prep, promote books and library programs on our social media accounts, or work in the Makerspace. Click here for more information or email Erica, the Young Adult Librarian at Please note, we will only accept applications filled out by the teen, but parents may drop them off.
Ventress Memorial Library
15 Library Plaza
Marshfield, MA 02050
(781) 834-5535
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Monday - Thursday: 9:00 a.m. -
8:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday:
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.