Ventress Memorial Library

Marshfield, Massachusetts

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Monday March 25, 2019
   9:30 AM  -  10:00 AM Songtime for Littles  
   

A song session geared towards kids 0-2 for kids and caregivers! Songs, movement, and toys: lots of fun! Registration not required.

 
 
    Location: Children's Program Room
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Tales for Tots  
   

A storytime geared towards kids 2-5 for kids and caregivers! Songs, movement, stories, and toytime: who could ask for anything more? Registration is not required.

    Location: Children's Program Room
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Lego Club  
   

Come use our Legos and Duplos to build some amazing Lego creations that we’ll display around the library! All ages are welcome, but those under 10 years must be accompanied by a caregiver. No registration required.

    Location: Children's Program Room

Tuesday March 26, 2019
   9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM Baby Songs & Play  
   

Join us for songs, fingerplays, scarve time, and play every Tuesday morning at the library! No registration is required for this program which is geared towards ages 0-2.

    Location: Children's Program Room
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Family Storytime  
   

This half-hour story program gives parents, caregivers and children ages 6 and under the opportunity to enjoy books, songs, rhymes and movement activities together followed by  by a playtime. It also reinforces important early literacy skills to help children get ready to read. No registration is required for this program. 

    Location: Children's Program Room
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Bujo Journals and Scrapbooks Club  
    Contact: Charlie     cgluck@ocln.org
   
All teens who are interested in bujo or bullet journals, scrapbooking, or collages are encouraged to attend a crafting session to make a new monthly spread, scrapbook page, or collage and share their art and progress with their peers. We’ll provide crafting supplies, themed examples, and tutorials in the Children's Program Room from 4:30-5:30 pm for any teens who need inspiration! Hot chocolate and tea will be provided.

7th-12th grades encouraged to attend, registration is required.


Wednesday March 27, 2019
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Tech Help  
    Contact: Nancy Hickey   781-834-5535   nhickey@ocln.org
   

Tech Help

Meet with a Reference Librarian for a one-half hour slot to address your technology needs.   This program is offered on the second and fourth Wednesday morning of each month and limited to 4 participants.  Please bring your device with you to the session.  We will contact you directly to schedule your time slot.  Registration required.

   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Family Storytime  
   

This half-hour story program gives parents, caregivers and children ages 6 and under the opportunity to enjoy books, songs, rhymes and movement activities together followed by  by a playtime. It also reinforces important early literacy skills to help children get ready to read. No registration is required for this program. 

    Location: Children's Program Room
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Community Playgroup  
    Contact: Kelsey     
   

Join the library and Ms. Deb & Ms. Sue of the Marshfield Community Playgroups for some extra-special family playgroups at the library! We will have all different kinds of play opportunities, and opportunities for caregivers to ask questions and learn about valuable community resources.

These playgroups will run through the end of April--no registration is required!

    Location: Children's Program Room
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM ROOTS Genealogy Group  
    Contact: Chris Woods   781-834-5535   cwoods@ocln.org
   

"ROOTS"  - VML Genealogy Group

We have decided to take a hiatus with the "last Wednesday of
the month" 'Roots' genealogy group until Spring 2019.
 
Moving forward, we may try to engage speakers, and then have a Q and A period.
 
As always, reference librarians are available here at the
Ventress Library to help you with genealogy questions and
sign you in to Ancestry Library edition and other resources.
Feel free to contact me at any time at the email/phone below
if you have specific questions you need help with.
Also, the library does have a genealogy interest email group.
If  you would like to be added, please contact me.
Thanks!
Yours in research,
Chris Woods, Assistant Director/Head of Reference
781-834-5535  cwoods@ocln.org

Thursday March 28, 2019
   4:30 PM  -  7:00 PM Dungeons and Dragons Hoard of the Dragon Queen  
    Contact: Charlie     cgluck@ocln.org
   

Join our ongoing 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons campaign, Hoard of the Dragon Queen. D&D is a roleplaying adventure where you can make friends, fight dragons, and enjoy snacks! All levels of experience are welcome and all materials will be provided. We'll continue our split group sessions on Thursday, March 28th from 4:30-7 pm in the Library Plaza Program Room. If you want to learn more about D&D, creating a character, or hosting a game at home please contact our Young Adult Librarian!

7th-12th grades only, registration is required. Don't forget to bring your character sheets and notebooks!

   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Introduction to Microsoft Word  
    Contact: Nancy Hickey   781-834-5535   nhickey@ocln.org
   

Introduction to the Microsoft Word

This class is designed for adults new to Microsoft Word.  Meet with a Reference Librarian to explore the basics of this word processing program in a small group setting. Registration required.


Monday April 1, 2019
   9:30 AM  -  10:00 AM Songtime for Littles  
   

A song session geared towards kids 0-2 for kids and caregivers! Songs, movement, and toys: lots of fun! Registration not required.

 
 
    Location: Children's Program Room
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Tales for Tots  
   

A storytime geared towards kids 2-5 for kids and caregivers! Songs, movement, stories, and toytime: who could ask for anything more? Registration is not required.

    Location: Children's Program Room
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Let's Write!  
    Contact: Chris Woods   781-834-5535   cwoods@ocln.org
   

VML Adult Writing Group “Let’s Write!”

For adults 18 years and over…no experience needed…we write spontaneously during each session in whatever style or format you feel most comfortable (non-fiction, fiction, poetry, dialogue). Facilitated by librarian Chris Woods and local author Bob McNulty. Group meets twice per month: first and third Monday of each month from  4:00-5:30 p.m. in the library’s Historical Room. No need to sign up – just show up.  All you need to bring is your creativity! For more information contact Chris at 781-834-5535 or cwoods@ocln.org

    Location: Historical Room

Tuesday April 2, 2019
   9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM Baby Songs & Play  
   

Join us for songs, fingerplays, scarve time, and play every Tuesday morning at the library! No registration is required for this program which is geared towards ages 0-2.

    Location: Children's Program Room
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Family Storytime  
   

This half-hour story program gives parents, caregivers and children ages 6 and under the opportunity to enjoy books, songs, rhymes and movement activities together followed by  by a playtime. It also reinforces important early literacy skills to help children get ready to read. No registration is required for this program. 

    Location: Children's Program Room

Wednesday April 3, 2019
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Family Storytime  
   

This half-hour story program gives parents, caregivers and children ages 6 and under the opportunity to enjoy books, songs, rhymes and movement activities together followed by  by a playtime. It also reinforces important early literacy skills to help children get ready to read. No registration is required for this program. 

    Location: Children's Program Room
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Family Playgroup  
   

Join the library and Ms. Deb & Ms. Sue of the Marshfield Community Playgroups for some extra-special family playgroups at the library! We will have all different kinds of play opportunities, and opportunities for caregivers to ask questions and learn about valuable community resources.

These playgroups will run through the end of April--no registration is required! (We will NOT have a playgroup on April 17th, as it is part of our School Vacation Week).

    Location: Children's Program Room

Thursday April 4, 2019
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Creativity Corner  
   

Come to a special monthly story and craft just for 6-8 year olds! We’ll read stories and then do crafts and science. This special monthly program is for 6-8 year olds attending on their own, while their caregiver remains present and available within the library. Registration is required!

    Location: Children's Program Room

Sunday April 7, 2019
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Make a Bookmark (Drop-In)  
   

Come make your own bookmark to take home and use in your library books! We’ll have supplies out from 1:30-4:30 on Sunday, April 7th.


*This program is part of our National Library Week Celebration!*

    Location: Children's Room
     An Afternoon of Music of Verse  
    Contact: Chris Woods   781-834-5535   cwoods@ocln.org
   

Marshfield libraries join together for
An Afternoon of Music of Verse with poet Dzvinia Orlowsky

Date/Time of Event:      Sunday, April 7, 2019, 2 pm

             Ventress Memorial Library Program Room, 1837 Ocean Street, Marshfield, MA

MARSHFIELD, MA - Ventress Memorial Library and Clift Rodgers Library present An Afternoon of Music of Verse with poet Dzvinia Orlowsky on Sunday, April 7, at 2 pm in the Library Plaza Program Room of the Ventress Library.  The collaborative event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

An Afternoon of Music of Verse, one of many events in Ventress Library’s vibrant Cultural Series, celebrates Poetry Month and marks the beginning of National Library Week.  Award-winning Orlowsky, who resides in Marshfield, will read selections from Bad Harvest, her powerful sixth collection of poetry, published at the end of 2018.  Orlowsky teaches at Providence College, works as a translator, and is founding editor of Four Way Books. She is also a founding faculty member of the Solstice Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing of Pine Manor College.

In addition to Orlowsky’s reading, the poetry event includes readings by: poet Chris Zaremba, who runs Scituate Poetry Circle; poet Elaine Sorrentino, who runs Duxbury Poetry Circle; and Marshfield High School student poets. The music element will be provided through a special performance by South Shore Conservatory Youth Chorus, conducted by Marshfield’s Peter Mundt.

Copies of Bad Harvest will be available for purchase and signing at the event.  The library and program room are handicapped accessible. The Library Plaza entrance will be open for parking on the playground side. For more information contact librarian Chris Woods at 781-834-5535 or cwoods@ocln.org or visit http://www.ventresslibrary.org.

    Location: Library Plaza Program Room

Monday April 8, 2019
   9:30 AM  -  10:00 AM Songtime for Littles  
   

A song session geared towards kids 0-2 for kids and caregivers! Songs, movement, and toys: lots of fun! Registration not required.

 
 
    Location: Children's Program Room
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Tales for Tots  
   

A storytime geared towards kids 2-5 for kids and caregivers! Songs, movement, stories, and toytime: who could ask for anything more? Registration is not required.

    Location: Children's Program Room
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Lego Club  
   

Come use our Legos and Duplos to build some amazing Lego creations that we’ll display around the library! All ages are welcome, but those under 10 years must be accompanied by a caregiver. No registration required.

    Location: Children's Program Room
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Adult D&D: Waterdeep Dragonheist  
    Contact: Charlie     cgluck@ocln.org
   
Are you 18+ and looking to join in a pulpy, noir-themed Dungeons and Dragons game? Come to the library from 5:30-8 pm in the Library Plaza Conference Room to play the 5th Edition Campaign, Waterdeep: Dragonheist. Dice, miniatures, and player manuals will be available. Need help building a character? Email our librarian, cgluck@ocln.org

Refreshments and snacks will be served, registration is required.

 

 


Tuesday April 9, 2019
   9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM Baby Songs & Play  
   

Join us for songs, fingerplays, scarve time, and play every Tuesday morning at the library! No registration is required for this program which is geared towards ages 0-2.

    Location: Children's Program Room
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Family Storytime  
   

This half-hour story program gives parents, caregivers and children ages 6 and under the opportunity to enjoy books, songs, rhymes and movement activities together followed by  by a playtime. It also reinforces important early literacy skills to help children get ready to read. No registration is required for this program. 

    Location: Children's Program Room

Wednesday April 10, 2019
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Tech Help  
    Contact: Nancy Hickey   781-834-5535   nhickey@ocln.org
   

Tech Help

Meet with a Reference Librarian for a one-half hour slot to address your technology needs.   This program is offered on the second and fourth Wednesday morning of each month and limited to 4 participants.  Please bring your device with you to the session.  We will contact you directly to schedule your time slot.  Registration required.

   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Family Storytime  
   

This half-hour story program gives parents, caregivers and children ages 6 and under the opportunity to enjoy books, songs, rhymes and movement activities together followed by  by a playtime. It also reinforces important early literacy skills to help children get ready to read. No registration is required for this program. 

    Location: Children's Program Room
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Family Playgroup  
   

Join the library and Ms. Deb & Ms. Sue of the Marshfield Community Playgroups for some extra-special family playgroups at the library! We will have all different kinds of play opportunities, and opportunities for caregivers to ask questions and learn about valuable community resources.

These playgroups will run through the end of April--no registration is required! (We will NOT have a playgroup on April 17th, as it is part of our School Vacation Week).

    Location: Children's Program Room
   4:00 PM  -  6:00 PM MakerLab: Origami Flowers  
    Contact: Charlie     cgluck@ocln.org
   

MakerLab is an exploratory program for middle and highschoolers where we will use science, technology, engineering, arts, and math to create different projects each month! From 4-6:00 pm in the Children's Program Room we'll use biodegradable paper with seeds to make origami flowers you can plant in your own yard!

Grades 6-12 encouraged to attend, registration is required.

   4:30 PM  -  6:00 PM VML Classic Book Group  
    Contact: Chris Woods   781-834-5535   cwoods@ocln.org
   

The Ventress Memorial Library in Marshfield  hosts an ongoing book discussion group that seeks to delve into classic literature and find fresh insights while considering modern-day perspectives. We read only the classics or "soon-to-be" classics!  We usually meet on the second Wednesday of the month from 4:30-6, but sometimes vary our meeting dates/times for special book group events (movie potlucks, holiday party). Sign up in advance to reserve a seat, or just come on the day to listen. The group is free and open to the public. New members are always welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Contact Assistant Director Chris Woods for more information and if you need a copy of the book. We look forward to welcoming you!

 

 

    Location: Library Plaza Program Room
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Contemporary Book Group  
    Contact: Cyndee Marcoux   781-834-5535   cmarcoux@ocln.org
   

Please join us Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 7 p.m. We will be discussing Bastard out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison

                                                                                     

 

Allison's remarkable country voice emerges in a first novel spiked with pungent characters ranging from the slatternly to the grotesque, and saturated with sense of place--Greenville, S.C. Ruth Anne Boatwright, 13, got the nickname Bone at birth, when she was tiny as a knucklebone, and the tag acquires painful derivatives, like ``Bonehead.'' While her mother, Annie, a waitress, tries vainly to get the word ``illegitimate'' scrubbed from Bone's birth certificate, her tobacco-spitting granny reminds her she's a bastard. The identity of her real father, whom granny drove away, is kept from her. Surrounded by loving aunts and uncles, Bone still endures ridicule (she's homely, she has no voice for gospel singing) and--from vicious Daddy Glen, her mother's new husband--beatings and sexual abuse. Bone takes refuge in petty crime, like breaking into Woolworth's, and finds her truest friend in unmarried Aunt Raylene, who once had a great love for another woman. Annie gently defends Daddy Glen, blaming her daughter, until the tale's inevitably brutal climax. Mental and physical cruelty to women forms a main theme, illuminated by the subplot of pathetic albino Shannon Pearls, her story rife with Southern gothic overtones. Allison, author of the well-received short story collection Trash , doesn't condescend to her ``white trash'' characters; she portrays them with understanding and love.

    Location: Historical Room

Thursday April 11, 2019
   2:30 PM  -  3:30 PM Write-Your-Own-Adventure Session  
   

We’ll be creating our own choose-your-own-adventure story here at the library! Help be a part of it—team up or work solo to create one ending for our collaborative story, then pick up our “book” in a few weeks! Join us for either or both sessions! This event is  intended for children writing on their own (grades 2-5 and families working collaboratively--children do not have to be equipped to write so long as a caregiver is ready to actively participate with them). Registration required.

Sessions:

April 11th, 2:30-3:30

April 11th 4:30-5:30

*This event is part of our National Library Week celebration!*

    Location: Children's Program Room
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Write-Your-Own-Adventure Session  
   

We’ll be creating our own choose-your-own-adventure story here at the library! Help be a part of it—team up or work solo to create one ending for our collaborative story, then pick up our “book” in a few weeks! Join us for either or both sessions! This event is  intended for children writing on their own (grades 2-5 and families working collaboratively--children do not have to be equipped to write so long as a caregiver is ready to actively participate with them). Registration required.

Sessions:

April 11th, 2:30-3:30

April 11th 4:30-5:30

*This event is part of our National Library Week celebration!*

    Location: Children's Program Room
   4:30 PM  -  7:00 PM Dungeons and Dragons: Hoard of the Dragon Queen  
    Contact: Charlie     cgluck@ocln.org
   

Join our ongoing 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons campaign, Hoard of the Dragon Queen. D&D is a roleplaying adventure where you can make friends, fight dragons, and enjoy snacks! All levels of experience are welcome and all materials will be provided. We'll continue our split group sessions on Thursday, April 11th from 4:30-7 pm in the Library Plaza Program Room. If you want to learn more about D&D, creating a character, or hosting a game at home please contact our Young Adult Librarian!

7th-12th grades only, registration is required. Don't forget to bring your character sheets and notebooks!


Friday April 12, 2019
   10:00 AM  -  10:45 AM Little Hands Art Camp  
    Contact: Kelsey Socha     ksocha@ocln.org
   

In this monthly art class for young children, participants will listen to stories and create a process-based art project, developing key pre-literacy skills and creative expression. Librarians will lead a storytime and demo an art project, which caregivers will work together with their children to create. 

This workshop series is for children aged 18 months- 4 years old. Registration is required, as space is limited. 

Registration will open on Jan 2nd for spring classes. 


Saturday April 13, 2019
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM West African Kora Harp Concert  
    Contact: Chris Woods   781-834-5535   cwoods@ocln.org
   
Saturday Concert  Saturday, April 13 , 2:00 p.m. "West African Kora Harp." Performed by Sean Gaskell.
 
The West African kora is a 21 string harp that is native to the Mandinka people of Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea and Guinea Bissau. It dates back 300 years, although some of the music comes from the middle 13th century around the founding of the Mandinka empire. The performer has studied with master kora players Malamini Jobarteh and Moriba Kuyateh from the Gambia over the course of multiple visits. An adult program typically lasts 60 minutes and usually consists of 6-7  songs. Between songs, he talks about the kora, how it is built, how he was introduced to it, who typically plays it, what its cultural significance is, and what it was like to live in the Gambia while he studied. Free and open to the public; no tickets required. Light refreshments served.Funded by Friends of the Ventress Memorial Library  Visit http://www.seangaskell.com
    Location: Library Plaza Program Room

Monday April 15, 2019
   9:00 AM  -  8:00 PM CLOSED: Patriots' Day  
   

The library will be closed on Monday, April 15th in honor of Patriots' Day. We will re-open on Tuesday, April 16th at 9 am. 

   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Let's Write! - No Meeting Today Due to Holiday  
    Contact: Chris Woods   781-834-5535   cwoods@ocln.org
   

VML Adult Writing Group “Let’s Write!” - Rescheduled for April 22

For adults 18 years and over…no experience needed…we write spontaneously during each session in whatever style or format you feel most comfortable (non-fiction, fiction, poetry, dialogue). Facilitated by librarian Chris Woods and local author Bob McNulty. Group meets twice per month: first and third Monday of each month from  4:00-5:30 p.m. in the library’s Historical Room. No need to sign up – just show up.  All you need to bring is your creativity! For more information contact Chris at 781-834-5535 or cwoods@ocln.org

    Location: Historical Room

Tuesday April 16, 2019
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Vacation Week Family Storytimes  
   

We’ll read books, sing songs, do movement, and play with toys in these storytimes for ages 0-6 with caregiver! No registration is required.

This is the only storytime we will have during vacation week.

    Location: Children's Program Room
   2:30 PM  -  6:00 PM Super Smash Bros. Tournament  
   

Join us for a Super Smash Bros. Tournament with One Up games!

Have you unlocked the entire roster and found your main yet? If so (or even if not), come compete against the best Ultimate players in your area at the Ventress Memorial Library Smash Ultimate Tournament!

 Tournament entry is FREE and you DO NOT need to be a library member to attend. Friendlies begin at 2:30pm, official tournament brackets start at 3:00pm. We will have pro and GameCube controllers available, as well as GameCube adaptors. Players are welcome to bring their own controller.

Registration is required for this program, which is exclusively for 4th-12th graders. Registration will open in April.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services

    Location: Library Plaza Program Room

Wednesday April 17, 2019
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Family Craft Buffet  
   

Come build your own craft! We'll have supplies from a variety of past craft programs for you to choose from and work on.

This program is intended for 4-8 year olds and caregivers, and is open to children and families of all ages.

 

    Location: Children's Program Room
   2:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Family Movie Series: Mary Poppins Returns (PG)  
   

Enjoy a free movie screening of Mary Poppins Returns (2018).

Decades after her original visit, the magical nanny returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael's children through a difficult time in their lives.
    Location: Library Plaza Program Room
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Six Common Myths of Marshfield History  
    Contact: Chris Woods   781-834-5535   cwoods@ocln.org
   
Wednesday Night Lecture  Wednesday, April 17, 7-8:30 p.m., "Six Common Myths of Marshfield History" Presented by local historian and lecturer Bob Jackman
 
The town of Marshfield is rich with history. Many feel they are familiar with the facts - but are they truth or hearsay? Come hear Bob Jackman's informative lecture as he de-bunks some widely-held notions about Marshifeld's past. You may be surprised by what you will hear!  Free and open to the public; no tickets required.
    Location: Library Plaza Program Room

Thursday April 18, 2019
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Family Board Game Party  
   

We’ll have our Giant Connect Four, Giant Bowling, and other oversized and regularly sized games ready for you to enjoy here at the library! No registration is required for this program, which is geared towards school-aged children and their families.

 

    Location: Children's Program Room
   4:30 PM  -  7:00 PM Dungeons and Dragons: Hoard of the Dragon Queen  
    Contact: Charlie     cgluck@ocln.org
   

Join our ongoing 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons campaign, Hoard of the Dragon Queen. D&D is a roleplaying adventure where you can make friends, fight dragons, and enjoy snacks! All levels of experience are welcome and all materials will be provided. We'll continue our split group sessions on Thursday, April 18th from 4:30-7 pm in the Library Plaza Program Room. If you want to learn more about D&D, creating a character, or hosting a game at home please contact our Young Adult Librarian!

7th-12th grades only, registration is required. Don't forget to bring your character sheets and notebooks!


Monday April 22, 2019
   9:30 AM  -  10:00 AM Songtime for Littles  
   

A song session geared towards kids 0-2 for kids and caregivers! Songs, movement, and toys: lots of fun! Registration not required.

 
 
    Location: Children's Program Room
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Tales for Tots  
   

A storytime geared towards kids 2-5 for kids and caregivers! Songs, movement, stories, and toytime: who could ask for anything more? Registration is not required.

    Location: Children's Program Room
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Lego Club  
   

Come use our Legos and Duplos to build some amazing Lego creations that we’ll display around the library! All ages are welcome, but those under 10 years must be accompanied by a caregiver. No registration required.

    Location: Children's Program Room
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Let's Write!  
    Contact: Chris Woods   781-834-5535   cwoods@ocln.org
   

VML Adult Writing Group “Let’s Write!”

For adults 18 years and over…no experience needed…we write spontaneously during each session in whatever style or format you feel most comfortable (non-fiction, fiction, poetry, dialogue). Facilitated by librarian Chris Woods and local author Bob McNulty. Group meets twice per month: first and third Monday of each month from  4:00-5:30 p.m. in the library’s Historical Room. No need to sign up – just show up.  All you need to bring is your creativity! For more information contact Chris at 781-834-5535 or cwoods@ocln.org

    Location: Historical Room

Tuesday April 23, 2019
   9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM Baby Songs & Play  
   

Join us for songs, fingerplays, scarve time, and play every Tuesday morning at the library! No registration is required for this program which is geared towards ages 0-2.

    Location: Children's Program Room
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Family Storytime  
   

This half-hour story program gives parents, caregivers and children ages 6 and under the opportunity to enjoy books, songs, rhymes and movement activities together followed by  by a playtime. It also reinforces important early literacy skills to help children get ready to read. No registration is required for this program. 

    Location: Children's Program Room

Wednesday April 24, 2019
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Tech Help  
    Contact: Nancy Hickey   781-834-5535   nhickey@ocln.org
   

Tech Help

Meet with a Reference Librarian for a one-half hour slot to address your technology needs.   This program is offered on the second and fourth Wednesday morning of each month and limited to 4 participants.  Please bring your device with you to the session.  We will contact you directly to schedule your time slot.  Registration required.

   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Family Storytime  
   

This half-hour story program gives parents, caregivers and children ages 6 and under the opportunity to enjoy books, songs, rhymes and movement activities together followed by  by a playtime. It also reinforces important early literacy skills to help children get ready to read. No registration is required for this program. 

    Location: Children's Program Room
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Family Playgroup  
   

Join the library and Ms. Deb & Ms. Sue of the Marshfield Community Playgroups for some extra-special family playgroups at the library! We will have all different kinds of play opportunities, and opportunities for caregivers to ask questions and learn about valuable community resources.

These playgroups will run through the end of April--no registration is required! (We will NOT have a playgroup on April 17th, as it is part of our School Vacation Week).

    Location: Children's Program Room

Thursday April 25, 2019
   1:30 PM  -  3:30 PM Early Release Event: Into the Spiderverse  
    Contact: Charlie     cgluck@ocln.org
   

Join us in the Library Plaza Program Room from 1:30-3:30 pm on Early Release Day to relax, watch 'Into the Spiderverse' and make blanket nests! Pizza, popcorn, and s'mores will be provided.

7th-12th grades encouraged to attend, registration is required.

   2:00 PM  -  2:45 PM April Storycraft  
   

Kids listen to stories and create a craft based on a weekly theme. This program is for kids aged 4-6 to attend on their own while their caregivers remain present in the library. Celebrate Storycraft with Ms. Karen in this special one-time program before Storycraft goes on break!
Registration is required for this program.

    Location: Children's Program Room
   5:00 PM  -  6:30 PM TAG/TWIG Nailed It! Competition  
   

Join us for a special teen and tween collaboration for April: we'll be competing in teams to try to decorate desserts to match picture-perfect examples!

This program is inspired by the hit television show Nailed It!

Registration is required for this event which is only for 4th-12th graders. Registration will open in April.

    Location: Library Plaza Program Room

Saturday April 27, 2019
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Cooking Class for 4th-12th Graders With Kidz Cook Milton  
   

Ms. Debbie of Kidz Cook Milton will be coming to teach 4-12th graders how to cook a fun & healthy pasta dish! Registration is required for this program and space is limited. Registration will open in April.

 

    Location: Library Plaza Program Room

Monday April 29, 2019
   9:30 AM  -  10:00 AM Songtime for Littles  
   

A song session geared towards kids 0-2 for kids and caregivers! Songs, movement, and toys: lots of fun! Registration not required.

 
 
    Location: Children's Program Room
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Tales for Tots  
   

A storytime geared towards kids 2-5 for kids and caregivers! Songs, movement, stories, and toytime: who could ask for anything more? Registration is not required.

    Location: Children's Program Room

Tuesday April 30, 2019
   9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM Baby Songs & Play  
   

Join us for songs, fingerplays, scarve time, and play every Tuesday morning at the library! No registration is required for this program which is geared towards ages 0-2.

    Location: Children's Program Room
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Family Storytime  
   

This half-hour story program gives parents, caregivers and children ages 6 and under the opportunity to enjoy books, songs, rhymes and movement activities together followed by  by a playtime. It also reinforces important early literacy skills to help children get ready to read. No registration is required for this program. 

    Location: Children's Program Room
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Bujo Journals and Scrapbooks  
    Contact: Charlie     cgluck@ocln.org
   
All teens who are interested in bujo or bullet journals, scrapbooking, or collages are encouraged to attend a crafting session to make a new monthly spread, scrapbook page, or collage and share their art and progress with their peers. We’ll provide crafting supplies, themed examples, and tutorials in the Children's Program Room from 4:30-5:30 pm for any teens who need inspiration! Hot chocolate and tea will be provided.

7th-12th grades encouraged to attend, registration is required.


Wednesday May 1, 2019
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Family Storytime  
   

This half-hour story program gives parents, caregivers and children ages 6 and under the opportunity to enjoy books, songs, rhymes and movement activities together followed by  by a playtime. It also reinforces important early literacy skills to help children get ready to read. No registration is required for this program. 

    Location: Children's Program Room

Thursday May 2, 2019
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Creativity Corner  
   

Come to a special monthly story and craft just for 6-8 year olds! We’ll read stories and then do crafts and science. This special monthly program is for 6-8 year olds attending on their own, while their caregiver remains present and available within the library. Registration is required!

    Location: Children's Program Room

Monday May 6, 2019
   9:30 AM  -  10:00 AM Songtime for Littles  
   

A song session geared towards kids 0-2 for kids and caregivers! Songs, movement, and toys: lots of fun! Registration not required.

 
 
    Location: Children's Program Room
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Tales for Tots  
   

A storytime geared towards kids 2-5 for kids and caregivers! Songs, movement, stories, and toytime: who could ask for anything more? Registration is not required.

    Location: Children's Program Room
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Lego Club  
   

Come use our Legos and Duplos to build some amazing Lego creations that we’ll display around the library! All ages are welcome, but those under 10 years must be accompanied by a caregiver. No registration required.

    Location: Children's Program Room
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Let's Write!  
    Contact: Chris Woods   781-834-5535   cwoods@ocln.org
   

VML Adult Writing Group “Let’s Write!”

For adults 18 years and over…no experience needed…we write spontaneously during each session in whatever style or format you feel most comfortable (non-fiction, fiction, poetry, dialogue). Facilitated by librarian Chris Woods and local author Bob McNulty. Group meets twice per month: first and third Monday of each month from  4:00-5:30 p.m. in the library’s Historical Room. No need to sign up – just show up.  All you need to bring is your creativity! For more information contact Chris at 781-834-5535 or cwoods@ocln.org

    Location: Historical Room

Tuesday May 7, 2019
   9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM Baby Songs & Play  
   

Join us for songs, fingerplays, scarve time, and play every Tuesday morning at the library! No registration is required for this program which is geared towards ages 0-2.

    Location: Children's Program Room
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Family Storytime  
   

This half-hour story program gives parents, caregivers and children ages 6 and under the opportunity to enjoy books, songs, rhymes and movement activities together followed by  by a playtime. It also reinforces important early literacy skills to help children get ready to read. No registration is required for this program. 

    Location: Children's Program Room

Wednesday May 8, 2019
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Family Storytime  
   

This half-hour story program gives parents, caregivers and children ages 6 and under the opportunity to enjoy books, songs, rhymes and movement activities together followed by  by a playtime. It also reinforces important early literacy skills to help children get ready to read. No registration is required for this program. 

    Location: Children's Program Room
   4:30 PM  -  6:00 PM VML Classic Book Group  
    Contact: Chris Woods   781-834-5535   cwoods@ocln.org
   

The Ventress Memorial Library in Marshfield  hosts an ongoing book discussion group that seeks to delve into classic literature and find fresh insights while considering modern-day perspectives. We read only the classics or "soon-to-be" classics!  We usually meet on the second Wednesday of the month from 4:30-6, but sometimes vary our meeting dates/times for special book group events (movie potlucks, holiday party). Sign up in advance to reserve a seat, or just come on the day to listen. The group is free and open to the public. New members are always welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Contact Assistant Director Chris Woods for more information and if you need a copy of the book. We look forward to welcoming you!

 

 

    Location: Library Plaza Program Room
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Contemporary Book Group  
    Contact: Cyndee Marcoux   781-834-5535   cmarcoux@ocln.org
   

Please join us Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 7 p.m. We will be discussing Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer

                                                                                     

 

The 2:00 a.m. call is the first time Lexie Vidler has heard her sister’s voice in years. Annie is a drug addict, a thief, a liar—and in trouble, again. Lexie has always bailed Annie out, given her money, a place to sleep, sent her to every kind of rehab. But this time, she’s not just strung out—she’s pregnant and in premature labor. If she goes to the hospital, she’ll lose custody of her baby—maybe even go to prison. But the alternative is unthinkable.

As weeks unfold, Lexie finds herself caring for her fragile newborn niece while her carefully ordered life is collapsing around her. She’s in danger of losing her job, and her fiancé only has so much patience for Annie’s drama. In court-ordered rehab, Annie attempts to halt her downward spiral by confronting long-buried secrets from the sisters’ childhood, ghosts that Lexie doesn’t want to face. But will the journey heal Annie, or lead her down a darker path?

Both candid and compassionate, Before I Let You Go explores a hotly divisive topic and asks how far the ties of family love can be stretched before they finally break.
 (GoodReads review)

    Location: Historical Room

Friday May 10, 2019
   10:00 AM  -  10:45 AM Little Hands Art Camp  
    Contact: Kelsey Socha     ksocha@ocln.org
   

In this monthly art class for young children, participants will listen to stories and create a process-based art project, developing key pre-literacy skills and creative expression. Librarians will lead a storytime and demo an art project, which caregivers will work together with their children to create. 

This workshop series is for children aged 18 months- 4 years old. Registration is required, as space is limited. 

Registration will open on Jan 2nd for spring classes. 


Saturday May 11, 2019
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Mother’s and Other Loves  
    Contact: Chris Woods   781-834-5535   cwoods@ocln.org
   
Saturday Concert  Saturday, May 11, 2:00 p.m., "Mothers and Other Loves"  with  vocalist Stephanie Miele and pianist Christy Saling
 
"Mothers and Other Loves" is a concert of songs from Broadway celebrating friendship, love, and the joy and challenges of  parent and child relationships. These themes have been explored by composers and lyricists such as Stephen SondheimRodgers and HammersteinRandy Newman, and Irving Berlin, and in shows such as "Les Miserables," "Into the Woods," and "Gypsy," among others. Ms. Miele has sung with the Handel and Hayden Society and the Wintersauce Chorale in Boston, and has been active in community theater, performing in a wide range of musical roles such as Hodel in "Fiddler on the Roof", Eve in "The Apple Tree," and Agnus Gooch in "Mame." Free and open to the public; no tickets required. Light refreshments served.
    Location: Library Plaza Program Room

Monday May 13, 2019
   9:30 AM  -  10:00 AM Songtime for Littles  
   

A song session geared towards kids 0-2 for kids and caregivers! Songs, movement, and toys: lots of fun! Registration not required.

 
 
    Location: Children's Program Room
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Tales for Tots  
   

A storytime geared towards kids 2-5 for kids and caregivers! Songs, movement, stories, and toytime: who could ask for anything more? Registration is not required.

    Location: Children's Program Room

Tuesday May 14, 2019
   9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM Baby Songs & Play  
   

Join us for songs, fingerplays, scarve time, and play every Tuesday morning at the library! No registration is required for this program which is geared towards ages 0-2.

    Location: Children's Program Room
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Family Storytime  
   

This half-hour story program gives parents, caregivers and children ages 6 and under the opportunity to enjoy books, songs, rhymes and movement activities together followed by  by a playtime. It also reinforces important early literacy skills to help children get ready to read. No registration is required for this program. 

    Location: Children's Program Room

Wednesday May 15, 2019
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Family Storytime  
   

This half-hour story program gives parents, caregivers and children ages 6 and under the opportunity to enjoy books, songs, rhymes and movement activities together followed by  by a playtime. It also reinforces important early literacy skills to help children get ready to read. No registration is required for this program. 

    Location: Children's Program Room
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM North River Ship Building  
    Contact: Chris Woods   781-834-5525   cwoods@ocln.org
   
Wednesday Night Lecture/Series Finale   Wednesday, May 15, 7-8:30 p.m. "North River Ship Building"  Presented by Paul F. McCarthy
 
Shipbuilding was an important piece of Marshfield and Norwell history. Early settlers were attracted to the area for agricultural reasons, with the towns later developing shipbuilding sites, based on the North River. Shipbuilding was a major industry in the 18th through the early 19th centuries. Join local historian and maritime enthusiast Paul F. McCarthy, as he takes you sailing on a journey through local history with an entertaining and informative slide show presentation. Free, no tickets required.
    Location: Library Plaza Program Room

Monday May 20, 2019
   9:30 AM  -  10:00 AM Songtime for Littles  
   

A song session geared towards kids 0-2 for kids and caregivers! Songs, movement, and toys: lots of fun! Registration not required.

 
 
    Location: Children's Program Room
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Tales for Tots  
   

A storytime geared towards kids 2-5 for kids and caregivers! Songs, movement, stories, and toytime: who could ask for anything more? Registration is not required.

    Location: Children's Program Room
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Lego Club  
   

Come use our Legos and Duplos to build some amazing Lego creations that we’ll display around the library! All ages are welcome, but those under 10 years must be accompanied by a caregiver. No registration required.

    Location: Children's Program Room
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Let's Write!  
    Contact: Chris Woods   781-834-5535   cwoods@ocln.org
   

VML Adult Writing Group “Let’s Write!”

For adults 18 years and over…no experience needed…we write spontaneously during each session in whatever style or format you feel most comfortable (non-fiction, fiction, poetry, dialogue). Facilitated by librarian Chris Woods and local author Bob McNulty. Group meets twice per month: first and third Monday of each month from  4:00-5:30 p.m. in the library’s Historical Room. No need to sign up – just show up.  All you need to bring is your creativity! For more information contact Chris at 781-834-5535 or cwoods@ocln.org

    Location: Historical Room

Tuesday May 21, 2019
   9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM Baby Songs & Play  
   

Join us for songs, fingerplays, scarve time, and play every Tuesday morning at the library! No registration is required for this program which is geared towards ages 0-2.

    Location: Children's Program Room
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Family Storytime  
   

This half-hour story program gives parents, caregivers and children ages 6 and under the opportunity to enjoy books, songs, rhymes and movement activities together followed by  by a playtime. It also reinforces important early literacy skills to help children get ready to read. No registration is required for this program. 

    Location: Children's Program Room

Wednesday May 22, 2019
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Family Storytime  
   

This half-hour story program gives parents, caregivers and children ages 6 and under the opportunity to enjoy books, songs, rhymes and movement activities together followed by  by a playtime. It also reinforces important early literacy skills to help children get ready to read. No registration is required for this program. 

    Location: Children's Program Room

Monday May 27, 2019
   9:00 AM  -  8:00 PM CLOSED: Memorial Day  
   

We will be closed on Monday, May 27th in honor of Memorial Day. We will re-open on Tuesday, May 28th at 9 am. 


Tuesday May 28, 2019
   9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM Baby Songs & Play  
   

Join us for songs, fingerplays, scarve time, and play every Tuesday morning at the library! No registration is required for this program which is geared towards ages 0-2.

    Location: Children's Program Room
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Family Storytime  
   

This half-hour story program gives parents, caregivers and children ages 6 and under the opportunity to enjoy books, songs, rhymes and movement activities together followed by  by a playtime. It also reinforces important early literacy skills to help children get ready to read. No registration is required for this program. 

    Location: Children's Program Room

Wednesday May 29, 2019
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Family Storytime  
   

This half-hour story program gives parents, caregivers and children ages 6 and under the opportunity to enjoy books, songs, rhymes and movement activities together followed by  by a playtime. It also reinforces important early literacy skills to help children get ready to read. No registration is required for this program. 

    Location: Children's Program Room

Monday June 3, 2019
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Let's Write!  
    Contact: Chris Woods   781-834-5535   cwoods@ocln.org
   

VML Adult Writing Group “Let’s Write!”

For adults 18 years and over…no experience needed…we write spontaneously during each session in whatever style or format you feel most comfortable (non-fiction, fiction, poetry, dialogue). Facilitated by librarian Chris Woods and local author Bob McNulty. Group meets twice per month: first and third Monday of each month from  4:00-5:30 p.m. in the library’s Historical Room. No need to sign up – just show up.  All you need to bring is your creativity! For more information contact Chris at 781-834-5535 or cwoods@ocln.org

    Location: Historical Room

Wednesday June 12, 2019
   4:30 PM  -  6:00 PM VML Classic Book Group  
    Contact: Chris Woods   781-834-5535   cwoods@ocln.org
   

The Ventress Memorial Library in Marshfield  hosts an ongoing book discussion group that seeks to delve into classic literature and find fresh insights while considering modern-day perspectives. We read only the classics or "soon-to-be" classics!  We usually meet on the second Wednesday of the month from 4:30-6, but sometimes vary our meeting dates/times for special book group events (movie potlucks, holiday party). Sign up in advance to reserve a seat, or just come on the day to listen. The group is free and open to the public. New members are always welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Contact Assistant Director Chris Woods for more information and if you need a copy of the book. We look forward to welcoming you!

 

 

    Location: Library Plaza Program Room
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Contemporary Book Group  
    Contact: Cyndee Marcoux   781-834-5535   cmarcoux@ocln.org
   

Please join us Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 7 p.m. We will be discussing The Emperor of Shoes by Spencer Wise

                                                                                     

 

Alex Cohen, a twenty-six-year-old Jewish Bostonian, is living in southern China, where his father runs their family-owned shoe factory. Alex reluctantly assumes the helm of the company, but as he explores the plant’s vast floors and assembly lines, he comes to a grim realization: employees are exploited, regulatory systems are corrupt and Alex’s own father is engaging in bribes to protect the bottom line. 

When Alex meets a seamstress named Ivy, his sympathies begin to shift. She is an embedded organizer of a pro-democratic Chinese party, secretly sowing dissonance among her fellow laborers. Will Alex remain loyal to his father and his heritage? Or will the sparks of revolution ignite? 

Deftly plotted and vibrantly drawn, The Emperor of Shoes is a timely meditation on idealism, ambition, father-son rivalry and cultural revolution, set against a vivid backdrop of social and technological change. (GoodReads review)

    Location: Historical Room

Monday June 17, 2019
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Let's Write!  
    Contact: Chris Woods   781-834-5535   cwoods@ocln.org
   

VML Adult Writing Group “Let’s Write!”

For adults 18 years and over…no experience needed…we write spontaneously during each session in whatever style or format you feel most comfortable (non-fiction, fiction, poetry, dialogue). Facilitated by librarian Chris Woods and local author Bob McNulty. Group meets twice per month: first and third Monday of each month from  4:00-5:30 p.m. in the library’s Historical Room. No need to sign up – just show up.  All you need to bring is your creativity! For more information contact Chris at 781-834-5535 or cwoods@ocln.org

    Location: Historical Room

Monday July 1, 2019
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Let's Write!  
    Contact: Chris Woods   781-834-5535   cwoods@ocln.org
   

VML Adult Writing Group “Let’s Write!”

For adults 18 years and over…no experience needed…we write spontaneously during each session in whatever style or format you feel most comfortable (non-fiction, fiction, poetry, dialogue). Facilitated by librarian Chris Woods and local author Bob McNulty. Group meets twice per month: first and third Monday of each month from  4:00-5:30 p.m. in the library’s Historical Room. No need to sign up – just show up.  All you need to bring is your creativity! For more information contact Chris at 781-834-5535 or cwoods@ocln.org

    Location: Historical Room

Wednesday July 10, 2019
   4:30 PM  -  6:00 PM VML Classic Book Group  
    Contact: Chris Woods   781-834-5535   cwoods@ocln.org
   

The Ventress Memorial Library in Marshfield  hosts an ongoing book discussion group that seeks to delve into classic literature and find fresh insights while considering modern-day perspectives. We read only the classics or "soon-to-be" classics!  We usually meet on the second Wednesday of the month from 4:30-6, but sometimes vary our meeting dates/times for special book group events (movie potlucks, holiday party). Sign up in advance to reserve a seat, or just come on the day to listen. The group is free and open to the public. New members are always welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Contact Assistant Director Chris Woods for more information and if you need a copy of the book. We look forward to welcoming you!

 

 

    Location: Library Plaza Program Room
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Contemporary Book Group  
    Contact: Cyndee Marcoux   781-834-5535   cmarcoux@ocln.org
   

Please join us Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 7 p.m. We will be discussing Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose

                                                                                     

A mesmerising literary novel about a lost man in search of connection - a meditation on love, art and commitment, set against the backdrop of one of the greatest art events in modern history, Marina Abramovic's The Artist is Present.

'This is a weirdly beautiful book.' David Walsh founder and curator, MONA

'Life beats down and crushes the soul, and art reminds you that you have one.' Stella Adler

'Art will wake you up. Art will break your heart. There will be glorious days. If you want eternity you must be fearless.' From The Museum of Modern Love (GoodReads review)

    Location: Historical Room

Monday July 15, 2019
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Let's Write!  
    Contact: Chris Woods   781-834-5535   cwoods@ocln.org
   

VML Adult Writing Group “Let’s Write!”

For adults 18 years and over…no experience needed…we write spontaneously during each session in whatever style or format you feel most comfortable (non-fiction, fiction, poetry, dialogue). Facilitated by librarian Chris Woods and local author Bob McNulty. Group meets twice per month: first and third Monday of each month from  4:00-5:30 p.m. in the library’s Historical Room. No need to sign up – just show up.  All you need to bring is your creativity! For more information contact Chris at 781-834-5535 or cwoods@ocln.org

    Location: Historical Room

Monday August 5, 2019
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Let's Write!  
    Contact: Chris Woods   781-834-5535   cwoods@ocln.org
   

VML Adult Writing Group “Let’s Write!”

For adults 18 years and over…no experience needed…we write spontaneously during each session in whatever style or format you feel most comfortable (non-fiction, fiction, poetry, dialogue). Facilitated by librarian Chris Woods and local author Bob McNulty. Group meets twice per month: first and third Monday of each month from  4:00-5:30 p.m. in the library’s Historical Room. No need to sign up – just show up.  All you need to bring is your creativity! For more information contact Chris at 781-834-5535 or cwoods@ocln.org

    Location: Historical Room

Wednesday August 14, 2019
   4:30 PM  -  6:00 PM VML Classic Book Group  
    Contact: Chris Woods   781-834-5535   cwoods@ocln.org
   

The Ventress Memorial Library in Marshfield  hosts an ongoing book discussion group that seeks to delve into classic literature and find fresh insights while considering modern-day perspectives. We read only the classics or "soon-to-be" classics!  We usually meet on the second Wednesday of the month from 4:30-6, but sometimes vary our meeting dates/times for special book group events (movie potlucks, holiday party). Sign up in advance to reserve a seat, or just come on the day to listen. The group is free and open to the public. New members are always welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Contact Assistant Director Chris Woods for more information and if you need a copy of the book. We look forward to welcoming you!

 

 

    Location: Library Plaza Program Room
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Contemporary Book Group  
    Contact: Cyndee Marcoux   781-834-5535   cmarcoux@ocln.org
   

Please join us Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 7 p.m. We will be discussing Heartland by Sarah Smarsh

                                                                                     

 

During Sarah Smarsh’s turbulent childhood in Kansas in the 1980s and 1990s, the forces of cyclical poverty and the country’s changing economic policies solidified her family’s place among the working poor. By telling the story of her life and the lives of the people she loves, Smarsh challenges us to look more closely at the class divide in our country and examine the myths about people thought to be less because they earn less. Her personal history affirms the corrosive impact intergenerational poverty can have on individuals, families, and communities, and she explores this idea as lived experience, metaphor, and level of consciousness.

Smarsh was born a fifth generation Kansas wheat farmer on her paternal side and the product of generations of teen mothers on her maternal side. Through her experiences growing up as the daughter of a dissatisfied young mother and raised predominantly by her grandmother on a farm thirty miles west of Wichita, we are given a unique and essential look into the lives of poor and working class Americans living in the heartland. Combining memoir with powerful analysis and cultural commentary, Heartland is an uncompromising look at class, identity, and the particular perils of having less in a country known for its excess. (GoodReads review)

    Location: Historical Room

Monday August 19, 2019
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Let's Write!  
    Contact: Chris Woods   781-834-5535   cwoods@ocln.org
   

VML Adult Writing Group “Let’s Write!”

For adults 18 years and over…no experience needed…we write spontaneously during each session in whatever style or format you feel most comfortable (non-fiction, fiction, poetry, dialogue). Facilitated by librarian Chris Woods and local author Bob McNulty. Group meets twice per month: first and third Monday of each month from  4:00-5:30 p.m. in the library’s Historical Room. No need to sign up – just show up.  All you need to bring is your creativity! For more information contact Chris at 781-834-5535 or cwoods@ocln.org

    Location: Historical Room

Monday September 2, 2019
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Let's Write!  
    Contact: Chris Woods   781-834-5535   cwoods@ocln.org
   

VML Adult Writing Group “Let’s Write!” - Library Closed for Holiday - Group rescheduled for 9/9/19 at 4 pm.

For adults 18 years and over…no experience needed…we write spontaneously during each session in whatever style or format you feel most comfortable (non-fiction, fiction, poetry, dialogue). Facilitated by librarian Chris Woods and local author Bob McNulty. Group meets twice per month: first and third Monday of each month from  4:00-5:30 p.m. in the library’s Historical Room. No need to sign up – just show up.  All you need to bring is your creativity! For more information contact Chris at 781-834-5535 or cwoods@ocln.org

    Location: Historical Room

Monday September 9, 2019
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Let's Write!  
    Contact: Chris Woods   781-834-5535   cwoods@ocln.org
   

VML Adult Writing Group “Let’s Write!” - Group rescheduled from 9/2/19

For adults 18 years and over…no experience needed…we write spontaneously during each session in whatever style or format you feel most comfortable (non-fiction, fiction, poetry, dialogue). Facilitated by librarian Chris Woods and local author Bob McNulty. Group meets twice per month: first and third Monday of each month from  4:00-5:30 p.m. in the library’s Historical Room. No need to sign up – just show up.  All you need to bring is your creativity! For more information contact Chris at 781-834-5535 or cwoods@ocln.org

    Location: Historical Room

Wednesday September 11, 2019
   4:30 PM  -  6:00 PM VML Classic Book Group  
    Contact: Chris Woods   781-834-5535   cwoods@ocln.org
   

The Ventress Memorial Library in Marshfield  hosts an ongoing book discussion group that seeks to delve into classic literature and find fresh insights while considering modern-day perspectives. We read only the classics or "soon-to-be" classics!  We usually meet on the second Wednesday of the month from 4:30-6, but sometimes vary our meeting dates/times for special book group events (movie potlucks, holiday party). Sign up in advance to reserve a seat, or just come on the day to listen. The group is free and open to the public. New members are always welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Contact Assistant Director Chris Woods for more information and if you need a copy of the book. We look forward to welcoming you!

 

 

    Location: Library Plaza Program Room

Monday September 16, 2019
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Let's Write!  
    Contact: Chris Woods   781-834-5535   cwoods@ocln.org
   

VML Adult Writing Group “Let’s Write!”

For adults 18 years and over…no experience needed…we write spontaneously during each session in whatever style or format you feel most comfortable (non-fiction, fiction, poetry, dialogue). Facilitated by librarian Chris Woods and local author Bob McNulty. Group meets twice per month: first and third Monday of each month from  4:00-5:30 p.m. in the library’s Historical Room. No need to sign up – just show up.  All you need to bring is your creativity! For more information contact Chris at 781-834-5535 or cwoods@ocln.org

    Location: Historical Room

Monday October 7, 2019
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Let's Write!  
    Contact: Chris Woods   781-834-5535   cwoods@ocln.org
   

VML Adult Writing Group “Let’s Write!”

For adults 18 years and over…no experience needed…we write spontaneously during each session in whatever style or format you feel most comfortable (non-fiction, fiction, poetry, dialogue). Facilitated by librarian Chris Woods and local author Bob McNulty. Group meets twice per month: first and third Monday of each month from  4:00-5:30 p.m. in the library’s Historical Room. No need to sign up – just show up.  All you need to bring is your creativity! For more information contact Chris at 781-834-5535 or cwoods@ocln.org

    Location: Historical Room

Wednesday October 9, 2019
   4:30 PM  -  6:00 PM VML Classic Book Group  
    Contact: Chris Woods   781-834-5535   cwoods@ocln.org
   

The Ventress Memorial Library in Marshfield  hosts an ongoing book discussion group that seeks to delve into classic literature and find fresh insights while considering modern-day perspectives. We read only the classics or "soon-to-be" classics!  We usually meet on the second Wednesday of the month from 4:30-6, but sometimes vary our meeting dates/times for special book group events (movie potlucks, holiday party). Sign up in advance to reserve a seat, or just come on the day to listen. The group is free and open to the public. New members are always welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Contact Assistant Director Chris Woods for more information and if you need a copy of the book. We look forward to welcoming you!

 

 

    Location: Library Plaza Program Room

Monday October 21, 2019
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Let's Write!  
    Contact: Chris Woods   781-834-5535   cwoods@ocln.org
   

VML Adult Writing Group “Let’s Write!”

For adults 18 years and over…no experience needed…we write spontaneously during each session in whatever style or format you feel most comfortable (non-fiction, fiction, poetry, dialogue). Facilitated by librarian Chris Woods and local author Bob McNulty. Group meets twice per month: first and third Monday of each month from  4:00-5:30 p.m. in the library’s Historical Room. No need to sign up – just show up.  All you need to bring is your creativity! For more information contact Chris at 781-834-5535 or cwoods@ocln.org

    Location: Historical Room

Monday November 4, 2019
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Let's Write!  
    Contact: Chris Woods   781-834-5535   cwoods@ocln.org
   

VML Adult Writing Group “Let’s Write!”

For adults 18 years and over…no experience needed…we write spontaneously during each session in whatever style or format you feel most comfortable (non-fiction, fiction, poetry, dialogue). Facilitated by librarian Chris Woods and local author Bob McNulty. Group meets twice per month: first and third Monday of each month from  4:00-5:30 p.m. in the library’s Historical Room. No need to sign up – just show up.  All you need to bring is your creativity! For more information contact Chris at 781-834-5535 or cwoods@ocln.org

    Location: Historical Room

Wednesday November 13, 2019
   4:30 PM  -  6:00 PM VML Classic Book Group  
    Contact: Chris Woods   781-834-5535   cwoods@ocln.org
   

The Ventress Memorial Library in Marshfield  hosts an ongoing book discussion group that seeks to delve into classic literature and find fresh insights while considering modern-day perspectives. We read only the classics or "soon-to-be" classics!  We usually meet on the second Wednesday of the month from 4:30-6, but sometimes vary our meeting dates/times for special book group events (movie potlucks, holiday party). Sign up in advance to reserve a seat, or just come on the day to listen. The group is free and open to the public. New members are always welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Contact Assistant Director Chris Woods for more information and if you need a copy of the book. We look forward to welcoming you!

 

 

    Location: Library Plaza Program Room

Monday November 18, 2019
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Let's Write!  
    Contact: Chris Woods   781-834-5535   cwoods@ocln.org
   

VML Adult Writing Group “Let’s Write!”

For adults 18 years and over…no experience needed…we write spontaneously during each session in whatever style or format you feel most comfortable (non-fiction, fiction, poetry, dialogue). Facilitated by librarian Chris Woods and local author Bob McNulty. Group meets twice per month: first and third Monday of each month from  4:00-5:30 p.m. in the library’s Historical Room. No need to sign up – just show up.  All you need to bring is your creativity! For more information contact Chris at 781-834-5535 or cwoods@ocln.org

    Location: Historical Room

Monday December 2, 2019
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Let's Write!  
    Contact: Chris Woods   781-834-5535   cwoods@ocln.org
   

VML Adult Writing Group “Let’s Write!”

For adults 18 years and over…no experience needed…we write spontaneously during each session in whatever style or format you feel most comfortable (non-fiction, fiction, poetry, dialogue). Facilitated by librarian Chris Woods and local author Bob McNulty. Group meets twice per month: first and third Monday of each month from  4:00-5:30 p.m. in the library’s Historical Room. No need to sign up – just show up.  All you need to bring is your creativity! For more information contact Chris at 781-834-5535 or cwoods@ocln.org

    Location: Historical Room

Wednesday December 11, 2019
   4:30 PM  -  6:00 PM VML Classic Book Group  
    Contact: Chris Woods   781-834-5535   cwoods@ocln.org
   

The Ventress Memorial Library in Marshfield  hosts an ongoing book discussion group that seeks to delve into classic literature and find fresh insights while considering modern-day perspectives. We read only the classics or "soon-to-be" classics!  We usually meet on the second Wednesday of the month from 4:30-6, but sometimes vary our meeting dates/times for special book group events (movie potlucks, holiday party). Sign up in advance to reserve a seat, or just come on the day to listen. The group is free and open to the public. New members are always welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Contact Assistant Director Chris Woods for more information and if you need a copy of the book. We look forward to welcoming you!

 

 

    Location: Library Plaza Program Room

Monday December 16, 2019
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Let's Write!  
    Contact: Chris Woods   781-834-5535   cwoods@ocln.org
   

VML Adult Writing Group “Let’s Write!”

For adults 18 years and over…no experience needed…we write spontaneously during each session in whatever style or format you feel most comfortable (non-fiction, fiction, poetry, dialogue). Facilitated by librarian Chris Woods and local author Bob McNulty. Group meets twice per month: first and third Monday of each month from  4:00-5:30 p.m. in the library’s Historical Room. No need to sign up – just show up.  All you need to bring is your creativity! For more information contact Chris at 781-834-5535 or cwoods@ocln.org

    Location: Historical Room

Monday January 6, 2020
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Let's Write!  
    Contact: Chris Woods   781-834-5535   cwoods@ocln.org
   

VML Adult Writing Group “Let’s Write!”

For adults 18 years and over…no experience needed…we write spontaneously during each session in whatever style or format you feel most comfortable (non-fiction, fiction, poetry, dialogue). Facilitated by librarian Chris Woods and local author Bob McNulty. Group meets twice per month: first and third Monday of each month from  4:00-5:30 p.m. in the library’s Historical Room. No need to sign up – just show up.  All you need to bring is your creativity! For more information contact Chris at 781-834-5535 or cwoods@ocln.org

    Location: Historical Room

Wednesday January 8, 2020
   4:30 PM  -  6:00 PM VML Classic Book Group  
    Contact: Chris Woods   781-834-5535   cwoods@ocln.org
   

This month's selection is "The House of Mirth" by Edith Wharton

The Ventress Memorial Library in Marshfield  hosts an ongoing book discussion group that seeks to delve into classic literature and find fresh insights while considering modern-day perspectives. We read only the classics or "soon-to-be" classics!  We usually meet on the second Wednesday of the month from 4:30-6, but sometimes vary our meeting dates/times for special book group events (movie potlucks, holiday party). Sign up in advance to reserve a seat, or just come on the day to listen. The group is free and open to the public. New members are always welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Contact Assistant Director Chris Woods for more information and if you need a copy of the book. We look forward to welcoming you!

 

 

    Location: Library Plaza Program Room

Monday January 20, 2020
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Let's Write!  
    Contact: Chris Woods   781-834-5535   cwoods@ocln.org
   

VML Adult Writing Group “Let’s Write!”

For adults 18 years and over…no experience needed…we write spontaneously during each session in whatever style or format you feel most comfortable (non-fiction, fiction, poetry, dialogue). Facilitated by librarian Chris Woods and local author Bob McNulty. Group meets twice per month: first and third Monday of each month from  4:00-5:30 p.m. in the library’s Historical Room. No need to sign up – just show up.  All you need to bring is your creativity! For more information contact Chris at 781-834-5535 or cwoods@ocln.org

    Location: Historical Room

Monday January 27, 2020
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Let's Write!  
    Contact: Chris Woods   781-834-5535   cwoods@ocln.org
   

VML Adult Writing Group “Let’s Write!”

For adults 18 years and over…no experience needed…we write spontaneously during each session in whatever style or format you feel most comfortable (non-fiction, fiction, poetry, dialogue). Facilitated by librarian Chris Woods and local author Bob McNulty. Group meets twice per month: first and third Monday of each month from  4:00-5:30 p.m. in the library’s Historical Room. No need to sign up – just show up.  All you need to bring is your creativity! For more information contact Chris at 781-834-5535 or cwoods@ocln.org

    Location: Historical Room

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