15 Library Plaza, 1837 Ocean Street - Marshfield, MA 02050 781.834.5535
Ventress Voice
March 2021, Volume 4, Issue 3
The Friends of the Ventress Memorial Library are excited to announce that our popular book auction is back! Support the Friends and get a great book by participating in our online auction. Each month, you will have the opportunity to bid for specially selected books, including one folio, two adult fiction or nonfiction titles, one young adult book, and one children's book. Winners will be notified at the end of the month. If you win, you will be emailed or called with further information. To bid online, click here. You can also speak to the Reference Librarian at 781-834-5535 or at the reference desk during our limited in-person hours.

We are also pleased to announce that the Bruins Cradles to Crayons PJ Drive was a big success, as we collected 57 pairs of pajamas! Way to go Marshfield! Thank you to everyone who participated. 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.
Ireland's Great Famine in Irish-American History

Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, join us on March 13th from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. for a Zoom presentation of "Ireland's Great Famine in Irish-American History" by Mary Kelly, Ph.D. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Marshfield Cultural Council, which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council. Drawing on material from her book, Dr. Kelly will discuss the role of the Famine in shaping Irish-American ethnic identity. Focusing on the long-term impact of the episode between the 1840s and 1990s, she explores the shadowed landscape of Famine legacy and its status in Irish-American culture today. Advance registration is required - register here.
Children's Updates

Celebrate Spring Kit
The Children’s Room is looking forward to spring! You can now sign up for our Celebrate Spring Kit which will contain seeds, gardening dirt, a pot, journaling sheets, and a few other gardening themed goodies. These kits are one per family - register here! Kits will be available for pick up from March 20 - 27. The Children’s Room will be growing along with you. So while your child grows their seeds, you can check in at the library on our Facebook page and Instagram to see how our growing is going! We have also partnered with Neighborhood Forest to give out seedling trees to children and families - register here!

New Family Music Programs
Starting March 24, we will offer two four-week family music programs via Zoom - register here! These programs will offer songs and imaginative musical play that encourage grownups and children to play together. This class promotes pattern recognition, listening, distinguishing sounds, word recall, taking turns and more. This class is designed for children ages 3 – 6. Each program will end with a special group pajama party Zoom to celebrate!

Take & Makes
Our Winter series Take & Make has been a big hit! Take & Make crafts are offered every Monday, and registration begins every week at 1:00 p.m. Visit to see some of the crafts the library is offering. There will be a break in Take & Make offerings between March 8 and March 29 while we prepare for our Spring series Take & Make program!
Tween & Teen Updates

South Shore Teen Book Buzz - Sports
Our popular Instagram livecast will feature a diverse range of books about Sports for the month of March, with book talks by teen librarians in the South Shore. Tune in this month on Tuesday, March 16 at 3:30 p.m. for a 30 minute livecast on Instagram @thayerpubliclib. Past Book Buzzes are saved in our highlights @ventressteenlib, and you can check out past book lists here! For a complete schedule of monthly themes, dates, and hosting libraries, click here.

Register Now for a March Loot Bag
We still have spaces available for tweens in grades 4 & 5, and for teens in grades 6 - 12, to claim their March Loot Bag. The theme this month is Sports! Register by Sunday, March 21. Please note that we strive to fill all Loot Bag registrations the final week of the month; all registrants will receive an email when Loot Bags are available for pickup. For more information and dates and themes for upcoming Loot Bags, click here - for tweens and for teens. Did you register for a February Loot Bag? Loot Bags are available to pick up now! Call the library for more information.
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.
Ventress Memorial Library
15 Library Plaza
Marshfield, MA 02050
(781) 834-5535
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Friday & Saturday:
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.