Monday September 24, 2018
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Songtime for Littles
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

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
 
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Tales for Tots
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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
 
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Lego Club
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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
 
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Ken Brack Author Talk and Book Signing
7:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Ventress Library is pleased to present author Ken Brack, who will talk about his book "Especially for You" on Monday, September 24, at 7:00 p.m. in the library's new Program Room. Brack is a narrative nonfiction author moved by how people grow through catastrophic ordeals. "Especially for You" tells the wrenching and ultimately uplifting stories of families who find a new purpose after unspeakable loss.

The work casts fresh light on our responses to horrific ordeals, including healing oneself by lifting others up. Driven by an arresting emotional intimacy in the author’s narrative voice, the book speaks passionately to readers trying to make sense of calamity and to our shared capacity to transform pain into something good.

Brack’s debut, Closer By The Mile, is the story of the country’s leading single-event athletic fundraiser, the Pan-Mass Challenge bike-a-thon for cancer research. A native of Natick, Ma., he blogs for Psychology Today’s website and other publications, and in 2008 co-founded a nonprofit bereavement center, Hope Floats Healing and Wellness Center, in Kingston, Ma. A longtime journalist in New England, Brack has a M.Ed. from Northeastern University and taught high school English in Boston.

Ken is a sporadic poet, lifelong guitarist, landscaper and organic gardener, a sailor of Buzzards Bay who also finds solace in Machias Bay, and a proud father and husband.

For more information please visit: www.kenbrack.com

CONTACT:  Chris Woods  781-834-5535  cwoods@ocln.org
LOCATION: Program Room
Tuesday September 25, 2018
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Baby Lapsit
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

A program just for you and the baby! Enjoy time together with other parents, caregivers, and babies to learn, play, and develop language and motor skills. Come prepared to sit on the floor one-on-one with your pre-walking baby in your lap. This program is for pre-walkers and their caregivers. Registration for each session is required as space is limited. 

Registration will open on August 31st. 

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

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
 
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Read to a Therapy Dog!
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Sign up to read to our very special “read” dog!

Gurney is trained to sit with children and listen to them read.  This kind of support from lovable puppies can foster your child’s self-confidence, build reading skills, and it’s just plain fun!

Choose a 15-minute time slot by clicking on the Register button below or call the library to register!

At this time, we ask that only children who are reading independently register. Thank you for understanding!

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
There are 4 spaces available.
Wednesday September 26, 2018
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Tech Help
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Tech Help

Meet with a Reference Librarian for a one-half hour slot to address your technology needs.   This program is offered 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.

CONTACT:  Nancy Hickey  781-834-5535  nhickey@ocln.org
 
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Family Storytime
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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
 
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ROOTS - VML Genealogy Club
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

"ROOTS" is the Ventress Library's Genealogy Club. We meet on the last Wednesday of every month from 6-7:30 p.m. in the library's Historical Room

Come share your genealogy research triumphs and troubles and your family stories. Begin or continue to climb the branches of your family tree with the help of others. All levels are welcome - we will learn from each other!

No need to sign-up, just come on the day.  Hope to see you there!

CONTACT:  Chris Woods  781-834-5535  cwoods@ocln.org
LOCATION: Historical Room
Thursday September 27, 2018
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Storycraft for Ages 4-6

Kids listen to stories and create a craft based on a weekly theme. This 45-min program is for kids ages 4-6 and they attend the event on their own, while their caregiver remains present and available within the library.

 Registration is required as space is limited. Fall Storycraft is a 12-session class, and interested participants are asked to commit to the whole course when signing up.

Session Dates: 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13. 

Registration will open on August 31st. 

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
There are 8 spaces available.
 
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Banned Book Program
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Come to the library on Early Release Day for an event celebrating Banned Books week! From 1:30-3 pm in the Library Plaza Program Room learn more about banned books and why YA and children's books are the most banned book type of all! Create zines, collages, magnets, and coasters with panels and pages from contemporary and classic banned novels. Pizza and snacks will be provided.

7th-12th grades only, registration is required.

CONTACT:  Charlie    cgluck@ocln.org
 
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Dungeons and Dragons: Hoard of the Dragon Queen
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Join us at Ventress from 4:30-7 pm in the Children's Program Room for our next session in our ongoing Dungeons and Dragons campaign, "Hoard of the Dragon Queen".

We'll be using 5th edition rules and will provide miniatures, dice, and snacks.

Want to create a character or learn more about DnD before registering? email cgluck@ocln.org for more information.

7th-12th grades only, registration is required.

CONTACT:  Charlie    cgluck@ocln.org
Monday October 1, 2018
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Songtime for Littles
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

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
 
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Tales for Tots
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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
 
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Let's Write! - VML Adult Writing Group
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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 on this schedule:  first Monday of each month from 6:00-7:30 p.m. and the 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

CONTACT:  Chris Woods  781-834-5535  cwoods@ocln.org
LOCATION: Historical Room
Tuesday October 2, 2018
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Baby Lapsit
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

A program just for you and the baby! Enjoy time together with other parents, caregivers, and babies to learn, play, and develop language and motor skills. Come prepared to sit on the floor one-on-one with your pre-walking baby in your lap. This program is for pre-walkers and their caregivers. Registration for each session is required as space is limited. 

Registration will open on August 31st. 

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

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
 
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VML Non-Fiction Book Group
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

VML Non-Fiction Book Group

This group meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 6-7:30 pm in the library's Historical Room.  This month's book selection is Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain.

 

CONTACT:  Nancy Hickey  781-834-5535  nhickey@ocln.org
LOCATION: Historical Room
Wednesday October 3, 2018
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Family Storytime
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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
 
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MakerLab
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
MakerLab is an exploratory program for middle and high schoolers where we will use science, technology, engineering, arts, and math to create different projects once a month. Future projects will include 3D printing, basic coding, sewing, cooking, playing with circuits, and more.
 
October's theme is 3D Printing: meet in the Media Lab to learn how our 3D printers work, then design your own keychain to get printed (and pick it up later at the library!). 
 
6th-12th graders only, registration is required.
CONTACT:  Charlie    cgluck@ocln.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
Thursday October 4, 2018
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Storycraft for Ages 4-6

Kids listen to stories and create a craft based on a weekly theme. This 45-min program is for kids ages 4-6 and they attend the event on their own, while their caregiver remains present and available within the library.

 Registration is required as space is limited. Fall Storycraft is a 12-session class, and interested participants are asked to commit to the whole course when signing up.

Session Dates: 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13. 

Registration will open on August 31st. 

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
There are 8 spaces available.
Monday October 8, 2018
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Lego Club
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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 October 9, 2018
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Baby Lapsit
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

A program just for you and the baby! Enjoy time together with other parents, caregivers, and babies to learn, play, and develop language and motor skills. Come prepared to sit on the floor one-on-one with your pre-walking baby in your lap. This program is for pre-walkers and their caregivers. Registration for each session is required as space is limited. 

Registration will open on August 31st. 

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

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 October 10, 2018
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Family Storytime
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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
 
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VML Classic Book Group
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

VML Classic Book Group meets the second Wednesday of the month in the library's Historical Room.

We read and discuss all the classics, historical and modern. Discussions are often lively, and we

welcome new members. Light refreshments are served. We sometimes have special events

like movie/potlucks that relate to the book discussed and a holiday party with gift exchange.

More more information, and to obtain a copy of the book, selection please contact librarian

Chris Woods at 781-834-5535 or cwoods@ocln.org

Happy Reading!

Here is a link to some of the classics we have read and are reading:

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/449.Must_Read_Classics

CONTACT:  Chris Woods  781-834-5535  cwoods@ocln.org
LOCATION: Historical Room
 
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PJ Storytime
6:45 PM - 7:15 PM

PJ Storytime is moving to a new time! Come enjoy stories, songs, and movement from 6:45 and 7:15 on the second Wednesday of each month. 

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Contemporary Book Group
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Please join us Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 7 p.m. We will be discussing A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline.

 

"Later he told me that he’d been afraid to show me the painting. He thought I wouldn’t like the way he portrayed me: dragging myself across the field, fingers clutching dirt, my legs twisted behind. The arid moonscape of wheatgrass and timothy. That dilapidated house in the distance, looming up like a secret that won’t stay hidden." 

To Christina Olson, the entire world was her family’s remote farm in the small coastal town of Cushing, Maine. Born in the home her family had lived in for generations, and increasingly incapacitated by illness, Christina seemed destined for a small life. Instead, for more than twenty years, she was host and inspiration for the artist Andrew Wyeth, and became the subject of one of the best known American paintings of the twentieth century. (Good Reads review)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTACT:  Cyndee Marcoux  781-834-5535  cmarcoux@ocln.org
LOCATION: Historical Room
Thursday October 11, 2018
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Storycraft for Ages 4-6

Kids listen to stories and create a craft based on a weekly theme. This 45-min program is for kids ages 4-6 and they attend the event on their own, while their caregiver remains present and available within the library.

 Registration is required as space is limited. Fall Storycraft is a 12-session class, and interested participants are asked to commit to the whole course when signing up.

Session Dates: 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13. 

Registration will open on August 31st. 

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
There are 8 spaces available.
 
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Young Authors Club
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Do you like to write stories? Have you ever wanted to write the script for a comic book or a movie? Come meet with other young writers at the Young Authors Club! We will be meeting on the second Thursday of every month from 4:30 to 5:30 pm to play writing games, learn tips and tricks, and work on writing projects together! The club will be putting out its own literary magazine, so all members will have the opportunity to see their work in a library literary publication.

For children in grades 4-6. No registration is required. 

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Dungeons and Dragons: Hoard of the Dragon Queen
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Join us at Ventress from 4:30-7 pm in the Library Plaza Conference Room for our next session in our ongoing Dungeons and Dragons campaign, "Hoard of the Dragon Queen".

We'll be using 5th edition rules and will provide miniatures, dice, rule books, and snacks.

Want to create a character or learn more about DnD before registering? email cgluck@ocln.org for more information.

7th-12th grades only, registration is required.

CONTACT:  Charlie    cgluck@ocln.org
Friday October 12, 2018
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Little Hands Art Camp
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

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 August 31st. 

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
Saturday October 13, 2018
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VML Cultural Series Concert: Paul Speidel Jazz and Blues Duo
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Saturday Concert, October 13, 2018, 2:00 p.m., (doors open at 1:45 p.m.), performed by Paul Speidel Jazz and Blues Duo

Back by popular demand!! For over twenty years, Paul Speidel has been performing at major clubs and festivals in the Greater Boston area, such as Scullers, Ryles, Johnny D's, Acton Jazz Cafe, and many others.  He taught Jazz and Blues in the Newton Public Schools during this time, and has presented music programs at public and private venues for just as long.  Last year, he had the privilege of performing live on WBUR’s “Radio Boston” program to nearly 500,000 listeners, and has appeared on countless other area radio shows over the years.  With nine CDs to his credit, Paul’s recordings have been critically recognized nationally, including a 3½ star review in Downbeat in 2011.  His credits also include performances with Patti Page, Howard Alden, Jay Geils, Duke Robillard, James Montgomery and Shirley Lewis, to name just a few! Free and open to the public; no tickets are required. Light refreshments served at a post-concert social hour. Program Room is handicapped accessible. Visit www.paulspeidel.com

CONTACT:  Chris Woods  781-834-5535  cwoods@ocln.org
LOCATION: Program Room
Monday October 15, 2018
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Songtime for Littles
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

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
 
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Tales for Tots
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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
 
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Let's Write! VML Adult Writing Group
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

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 on this schedule:  first Monday of each month from 6:00-7:30 p.m. and the 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! January 2018 schedule will change due to the Monday holidays. Meeting days/times for that month will be announced. For more information contact Chris at 781-834-5535 or cwoods@ocln.org

CONTACT:  Chris Woods  781-834-5535  cwoods@ocln.org
LOCATION: Historical Room
Tuesday October 16, 2018
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Baby Lapsit
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

A program just for you and the baby! Enjoy time together with other parents, caregivers, and babies to learn, play, and develop language and motor skills. Come prepared to sit on the floor one-on-one with your pre-walking baby in your lap. This program is for pre-walkers and their caregivers. Registration for each session is required as space is limited. 

Registration will open on August 31st. 

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

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
 
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S.T.E.A.M. Storytime
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Come to S.T.E. A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) Storytime at the library! We’ll read books on a theme and do a science, technology, or art activity to go along! No registration required.

This event is for ages 4-7 with a caregiver. 

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
Wednesday October 17, 2018
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Family Storytime
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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 October 18, 2018
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Storycraft for Ages 4-6

Kids listen to stories and create a craft based on a weekly theme. This 45-min program is for kids ages 4-6 and they attend the event on their own, while their caregiver remains present and available within the library.

 Registration is required as space is limited. Fall Storycraft is a 12-session class, and interested participants are asked to commit to the whole course when signing up.

Session Dates: 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13. 

Registration will open on August 31st. 

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
There are 8 spaces available.
 
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Tween Interest Group (TWIG)
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

This fall for the first time, we are starting a TWeen Interest Group (TWIG)! TWIG is for children in grades 4-6 who love the library and want to help us plan our next big events, give input into what books we will add to our collection, and volunteer at library events. 

TWIG meets on the third Thursday of every month from 5-6 pm. TWIG will meet simultaneously with our Teen Advisory Group (TAG) and at times the groups will meet as one. 

We do ask that participants register for our TWIG meetings! Registration will open on August 31st. 

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
Monday October 22, 2018
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Songtime for Littles
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

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
 
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Tales for Tots
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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
 
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Lego Club
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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
 
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Monday Night Author Talk/Book Signing
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Monday Night Author Talk/Book Signing, October 22, 2018, 7-8:30 p.m., "Engaging Archaeology: 25 Case Studies in Research Practice”, presented by Stephen Silliman, Ph.D, Anthropology Department Chair and Professor, UMass Boston, and author

To coincide with Massachusetts Archaeology Month, Dr. Silliman presents a talk about why archaeologists chose to enter the field, and the varied paths encountered while conducting their research. His book, published in February 2018, brings together 25 case studies from archaeological projects worldwide. “Engaging Archaeology” candidly explores personal experiences, successes, challenges, and even frustrations from established and senior archaeologists who share invaluable practical advice for students and early-career professionals engaged in planning and carrying out their own archaeological research. Come travel the world through the experiences of a seasoned archaeologist! Free and open to the public; no tickets required. Program Room is handicapped accessible.  Books available for sale and signing on the night. Visit http://www.faculty.umb.edu/stephen_silliman/

CONTACT:  Chris Woods  781-834-5535  cwoods@ocln.org
LOCATION: Program Room
Tuesday October 23, 2018
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Baby Lapsit
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

A program just for you and the baby! Enjoy time together with other parents, caregivers, and babies to learn, play, and develop language and motor skills. Come prepared to sit on the floor one-on-one with your pre-walking baby in your lap. This program is for pre-walkers and their caregivers. Registration for each session is required as space is limited. 

Registration will open on August 31st. 

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

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 October 24, 2018
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Family Storytime
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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
 
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VML Cultural Series: Gravestone Girls Tour of Marshfield Cemeteries
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Wednesday Night Program, October 24, 2018, 7-8:30 p.m., “Welcome to the Graveyard: A Tour of Marshfield’s Cemeteries”, presented by Brenda Sullivan of the Gravestone Girls

Just in time for Halloween!! “The Girls” visited Ventress last year to talk about cemeteries in general; this year they are back with new material and a program customized to Marshfield cemeteries! This adult-oriented presentation is about New England cemetery art, history and symbolism. The 'virtual tour', takes us from colonial burial grounds, through the rural cemetery movement of the 19th century and into 21st century locations.  It examines why we have cemeteries and gravestones, why they look like they do and how styles and art have evolved over almost 400 years. Prior to the show date, “The Girls” will hit the road and go through the cemeteries in Marshfield, taking pictures for use in building the presentation with as much local content as possible.  They have tailored similar presentations for many different towns and groups, presenting to historical societies, genealogy groups, libraries and others for almost twenty years. Gravestone artwork available for purchase on the night. Free and open to the public; no tickets are required. Program Room is handicapped accessible. Cider and candy corn will be served; Halloween costumes optional!  Visit www.gravestonegirls.com

CONTACT:  Chris Woods  781-834-5535  cwoods@ocln.org
LOCATION: Program Room
Thursday October 25, 2018
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Storycraft for Ages 4-6

Kids listen to stories and create a craft based on a weekly theme. This 45-min program is for kids ages 4-6 and they attend the event on their own, while their caregiver remains present and available within the library.

 Registration is required as space is limited. Fall Storycraft is a 12-session class, and interested participants are asked to commit to the whole course when signing up.

Session Dates: 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13. 

Registration will open on August 31st. 

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
There are 8 spaces available.
 
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Big Board Game Early Release Event
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Join us at Ventress on Early Release Day from 1:30-3 pm in the Library Plaza Program Room to play a variety of oversize board games. Bring a friend and try your hand at jumbo Connect Four, Twister, Jenga, Banagrams, and other favorites! Pizza, snacks, and prizes will be provided.

7th-12th grades only, registration is required.

CONTACT:  Charlie    cgluck@ocln.org
 
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Dungeons and Dragons: Hoard of the Dragon Queen
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Join us at Ventress from 4:30-7 pm in the Library Plaza Conference Room for our next session in our ongoing Dungeons and Dragons campaign, "Hoard of the Dragon Queen".

We'll be using 5th edition rules and will provide miniatures, dice, rule books, and snacks.

Want to create a character or learn more about DnD before registering? email cgluck@ocln.org for more information.

7th-12th grades only, registration is required.

CONTACT:  Charlie    cgluck@ocln.org
Monday October 29, 2018
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Songtime for Littles
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

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
 
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Tales for Tots
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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 October 30, 2018
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Baby Lapsit
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

A program just for you and the baby! Enjoy time together with other parents, caregivers, and babies to learn, play, and develop language and motor skills. Come prepared to sit on the floor one-on-one with your pre-walking baby in your lap. This program is for pre-walkers and their caregivers. Registration for each session is required as space is limited. 

Registration will open on August 31st. 

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

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 October 31, 2018
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Family Storytime
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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
 
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ROOTS - VML Genealogy Club
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

"ROOTS" is the Ventress Library's Genealogy Club. We meet on the last Wednesday of every month from 6-7:30 p.m. in the library's Historical Room

Come share your genealogy research triumphs and troubles and your family stories. Begin or continue to climb the branches of your family tree with the help of others. All levels are welcome - we will learn from each other!

No need to sign-up, just come on the day.  Hope to see you there!

CONTACT:  Chris Woods  781-834-5535  cwoods@ocln.org
LOCATION: Historical Room
Thursday November 1, 2018
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Storycraft for Ages 4-6

Kids listen to stories and create a craft based on a weekly theme. This 45-min program is for kids ages 4-6 and they attend the event on their own, while their caregiver remains present and available within the library.

 Registration is required as space is limited. Fall Storycraft is a 12-session class, and interested participants are asked to commit to the whole course when signing up.

Session Dates: 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13. 

Registration will open on August 31st. 

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
There are 8 spaces available.
Monday November 5, 2018
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Songtime for Littles
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

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
 
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Tales for Tots
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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
 
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Lego Club
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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
 
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Let's Write! - VML Adult Writing Group
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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 on this schedule:  first Monday of each month from 6:00-7:30 p.m. and the 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

CONTACT:  Chris Woods  781-834-5535  cwoods@ocln.org
LOCATION: Historical Room
Tuesday November 6, 2018
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Baby Lapsit
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

A program just for you and the baby! Enjoy time together with other parents, caregivers, and babies to learn, play, and develop language and motor skills. Come prepared to sit on the floor one-on-one with your pre-walking baby in your lap. This program is for pre-walkers and their caregivers. Registration for each session is required as space is limited. 

Registration will open on August 31st. 

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

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
 
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VML Non-Fiction Book Group
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

VML Non-Fiction Book Group

This group meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 6-7:30 pm in the library's Historical Room.

 

 

CONTACT:  Nancy Hickey  781-834-5535  nhickey@ocln.org
LOCATION: Historical Room
Wednesday November 7, 2018
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Family Storytime
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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 November 8, 2018
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Storycraft for Ages 4-6

Kids listen to stories and create a craft based on a weekly theme. This 45-min program is for kids ages 4-6 and they attend the event on their own, while their caregiver remains present and available within the library.

 Registration is required as space is limited. Fall Storycraft is a 12-session class, and interested participants are asked to commit to the whole course when signing up.

Session Dates: 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13. 

Registration will open on August 31st. 

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
There are 8 spaces available.
 
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Young Authors Club
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Do you like to write stories? Have you ever wanted to write the script for a comic book or a movie? Come meet with other young writers at the Young Authors Club! We will be meeting on the second Thursday of every month from 4:30 to 5:30 pm to play writing games, learn tips and tricks, and work on writing projects together! The club will be putting out its own literary magazine, so all members will have the opportunity to see their work in a library literary publication.

For children in grades 4-6. No registration is required. 

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
Friday November 9, 2018
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Little Hands Art Camp
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

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 August 31st. 

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
Saturday November 10, 2018
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VML Cultural Series Concert: Flamenco Guitar!
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Saturday Concert, November 10, 2018, 2:00 p.m., (doors open at 1:45 p.m.), “Flamenco Guitar!”, performed by Gladius, composer and instrumentalist

An energetic and talented flamenco guitar player, Gladius is inspired by the great composers, Spanish guitar maestros, and much more. This ‘musical mad-scientist’ is more than a fabulous performer and award-winning composer. He fuses the elements into a refreshing formula—evoking the Spanish spirit, yet distinctly unorthodox. Relentlessly touring the United States, Gladius entertains and inspires audiences of all ages, and has also won numerous composition awards such as: Driven Creativity Competition (2013 ) and Music Composition Contest (2013), among others.  In an era when expertise and originality are often overlooked in lieu of fleeting flash and flare, Gladius defines innovation as a composer and mastery as an instrumentalist—perpetually pushing the boundaries of his Baroque-Ethnic-Metal fusion: on both the classical and electric guitar. Don’t miss this lively performance! Free and open to the public; no tickets are required. Light refreshments served at a post-concert social hour. Program Room is handicapped accessible. Visit www.gladiusmusic.com

CONTACT:  Chris Woods  781-834-5535  cwoods@ocln.org
LOCATION: Program Room
Monday November 12, 2018
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Songtime for Littles
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

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
 
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Tales for Tots
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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 November 13, 2018
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Baby Lapsit
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

A program just for you and the baby! Enjoy time together with other parents, caregivers, and babies to learn, play, and develop language and motor skills. Come prepared to sit on the floor one-on-one with your pre-walking baby in your lap. This program is for pre-walkers and their caregivers. Registration for each session is required as space is limited. 

Registration will open on August 31st. 

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

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 November 14, 2018
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Family Storytime
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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
 
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VML Classic Book Group
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

VML Classic Book Group meets the second Wednesday of the month in the library's Historical Room.

We read and discuss all the classics, historical and modern. Discussions are often lively, and we

welcome new members. Light refreshments are served. We sometimes have special events

like movie/potlucks that relate to the book discussed and a holiday party with gift exchange.

More more information, and to obtain a copy of the book, selection please contact librarian

Chris Woods at 781-834-5535 or cwoods@ocln.org

Happy Reading!

Here is a link to some of the classics we have read and are reading:

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/449.Must_Read_Classics

CONTACT:  Chris Woods  781-834-5535  cwoods@ocln.org
LOCATION: Historical Room
 
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PJ Storytime
6:45 PM - 7:15 PM

PJ Storytime is moving to a new time! Come enjoy stories, songs, and movement from 6:45 and 7:15 on the second Wednesday of each month. 

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Contemporary Book Group
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Please join us Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 7 p.m. We will be discussing Japanese Lover by Isabelle Allende.

 

 

In 1939, as Poland falls under the shadow of the Nazis, young Alma Belasco's parents send her away to live in safety with an aunt and uncle in their opulent mansion in San Francisco. There, as the rest of the world goes to war, she encounters Ichimei Fukuda, the quiet and gentle son of the family's Japanese gardener. Unnoticed by those around them, a tender love affair begins to blossom. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the two are cruelly pulled apart as Ichimei and his family, like thousands of other Japanese Americans are declared enemies and forcibly relocated to internment camps run by the United States government. Throughout their lifetimes, Alma and Ichimei reunite again and again, but theirs is a love that they are forever forced to hide from the world. (Good Reads Review)

CONTACT:  Cyndee Marcoux  781-834-5535  cmarcoux@ocln.org
LOCATION: Historical Room
 
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VML Cultural Series: Author Talk and Book Signing
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Wednesday Night Author Talk/Book Signing, November 14, 2018, 7-8:30 p.m., “The Black Cats of Amherst,” presented by Jim Hamilton, author. (Part of Ventress Library’s “Veterans Day Stories” programming.)

“The Black Cats of Amherst” is the story of a World War I ambulance unit that was formed in Amherst, Massachusetts in June of 1917, a few months after the United States joined the war. The unit was awarded two Croix de Guerre medals by the French, and many of the men earned individual Croix de Guerre medals. Building on diaries, letters, and other accounts, The Black Cats of Amherst tells their story. Photographs, maps, and drawings provide additional perspective. Jim Hamilton, the grandson of Black Cat Hugh Hamilton, is also the author of The Writing 69th, the story of a group of war correspondents who covered the U.S. 8th Air Force out of England during World War II. He wrote Long-Fall Survival: Analysis of the Collected Accounts, which reports on people who survived extremely long falls without the benefit of a working parachute. Hamilton helped 44th Bomb Group historian Will Lundy update and republish The 44th Bomb Group Roll of Honor and Casualties. He lives in Green Harbor. Free and open to the public; no tickets required. Program Room is handicapped accessible. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing on the night. Visit http://www.greenharbor.com/blackcats/blackcats.html

CONTACT:  Chris Woods  781-834-5535  cwoods@ocln.org
LOCATION: Program Room
Thursday November 15, 2018
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Storycraft for Ages 4-6

Kids listen to stories and create a craft based on a weekly theme. This 45-min program is for kids ages 4-6 and they attend the event on their own, while their caregiver remains present and available within the library.

 Registration is required as space is limited. Fall Storycraft is a 12-session class, and interested participants are asked to commit to the whole course when signing up.

Session Dates: 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13. 

Registration will open on August 31st. 

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
There are 8 spaces available.
 
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Tween Interest Group (TWIG)
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

This fall for the first time, we are starting a TWeen Interest Group (TWIG)! TWIG is for children in grades 4-6 who love the library and want to help us plan our next big events, give input into what books we will add to our collection, and volunteer at library events. 

TWIG meets on the third Thursday of every month from 5-6 pm. TWIG will meet simultaneously with our Teen Advisory Group (TAG) and at times the groups will meet as one. 

We do ask that participants register for our TWIG meetings! Registration will open on August 31st. 

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
Monday November 19, 2018
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Songtime for Littles
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

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
 
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Tales for Tots
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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
 
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Lego Club
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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
 
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Let's Write! VML Adult Writing Group
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

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 on this schedule:  first Monday of each month from 6:00-7:30 p.m. and the 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! January 2018 schedule will change due to the Monday holidays. Meeting days/times for that month will be announced. For more information contact Chris at 781-834-5535 or cwoods@ocln.org

CONTACT:  Chris Woods  781-834-5535  cwoods@ocln.org
LOCATION: Historical Room
Tuesday November 20, 2018
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Baby Lapsit
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

A program just for you and the baby! Enjoy time together with other parents, caregivers, and babies to learn, play, and develop language and motor skills. Come prepared to sit on the floor one-on-one with your pre-walking baby in your lap. This program is for pre-walkers and their caregivers. Registration for each session is required as space is limited. 

Registration will open on August 31st. 

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

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
 
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S.T.E.A.M. Storytime
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Come to S.T.E. A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) Storytime at the library! We’ll read books on a theme and do a science, technology, or art activity to go along! No registration required.

This event is for ages 4-7 with a caregiver. 

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
Wednesday November 21, 2018
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Family Storytime
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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 November 26, 2018
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Songtime for Littles
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

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
 
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Tales for Tots
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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 November 27, 2018
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Baby Lapsit
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

A program just for you and the baby! Enjoy time together with other parents, caregivers, and babies to learn, play, and develop language and motor skills. Come prepared to sit on the floor one-on-one with your pre-walking baby in your lap. This program is for pre-walkers and their caregivers. Registration for each session is required as space is limited. 

Registration will open on August 31st. 

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

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 November 28, 2018
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Family Storytime
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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
 
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ROOTS - VML Genealogy Club
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

"ROOTS" is the Ventress Library's Genealogy Club. We meet on the last Wednesday of every month from 6-7:30 p.m. in the library's Historical Room

Come share your genealogy research triumphs and troubles and your family stories. Begin or continue to climb the branches of your family tree with the help of others. All levels are welcome - we will learn from each other!

No need to sign-up, just come on the day.  Hope to see you there!

CONTACT:  Chris Woods  781-834-5535  cwoods@ocln.org
LOCATION: Historical Room
Thursday November 29, 2018
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Storycraft for Ages 4-6

Kids listen to stories and create a craft based on a weekly theme. This 45-min program is for kids ages 4-6 and they attend the event on their own, while their caregiver remains present and available within the library.

 Registration is required as space is limited. Fall Storycraft is a 12-session class, and interested participants are asked to commit to the whole course when signing up.

Session Dates: 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13. 

Registration will open on August 31st. 

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
There are 8 spaces available.
Monday December 3, 2018
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Songtime for Littles
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

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
 
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Tales for Tots
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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
 
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Lego Club
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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
 
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Let's Write! - VML Adult Writing Group
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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 on this schedule:  first Monday of each month from 6:00-7:30 p.m. and the 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

CONTACT:  Chris Woods  781-834-5535  cwoods@ocln.org
LOCATION: Historical Room
Tuesday December 4, 2018
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Baby Lapsit
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

A program just for you and the baby! Enjoy time together with other parents, caregivers, and babies to learn, play, and develop language and motor skills. Come prepared to sit on the floor one-on-one with your pre-walking baby in your lap. This program is for pre-walkers and their caregivers. Registration for each session is required as space is limited. 

Registration will open on August 31st. 

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

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 December 5, 2018
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Family Storytime
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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 December 6, 2018
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Storycraft for Ages 4-6

Kids listen to stories and create a craft based on a weekly theme. This 45-min program is for kids ages 4-6 and they attend the event on their own, while their caregiver remains present and available within the library.

 Registration is required as space is limited. Fall Storycraft is a 12-session class, and interested participants are asked to commit to the whole course when signing up.

Session Dates: 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13. 

Registration will open on August 31st. 

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
There are 8 spaces available.
Friday December 7, 2018
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Little Hands Art Camp
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

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 August 31st. 

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
Saturday December 8, 2018
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VML Cultural Series Concert: Home for the Holidays
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Saturday Concert, December 8, 2018, 2:00 p.m., “Home for the Holidays”, performed by cabaret singer John O’Neil

Back by popular demand, John returns to the Ventress to get you in the holiday spirit!! Outside the snow is falling and friends are calling “Yoo-hoo.” John’s mother believed that people could be separated into two groups: Those who hung their tinsel piece by piece and those who threw it on willy-nilly and didn’t give a hoot where it landed. Join John as he takes you on a sleigh ride of songs and memories of the holiday season from Thanksgiving through New Year’s. Includes optional sing-a-longs!  The concert is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. Light refreshments will be served at a post-concert social hour. Program Room is handicapped accessible. Visit www.johnoneilatlast.com

CONTACT:  Chris Woods  781-834-5535  cwoods@ocln.org
LOCATION: Program Room
Monday December 10, 2018
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Songtime for Littles
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

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
 
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Tales for Tots
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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 December 11, 2018
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Baby Lapsit
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

A program just for you and the baby! Enjoy time together with other parents, caregivers, and babies to learn, play, and develop language and motor skills. Come prepared to sit on the floor one-on-one with your pre-walking baby in your lap. This program is for pre-walkers and their caregivers. Registration for each session is required as space is limited. 

Registration will open on August 31st. 

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

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 December 12, 2018
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Family Storytime
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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
 
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VML Classic Book Group
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

VML Classic Book Group meets the second Wednesday of the month in the library's Historical Room.

We read and discuss all the classics, historical and modern. Discussions are often lively, and we

welcome new members. Light refreshments are served. We sometimes have special events

like movie/potlucks that relate to the book discussed and a holiday party with gift exchange.

More more information, and to obtain a copy of the book, selection please contact librarian

Chris Woods at 781-834-5535 or cwoods@ocln.org

Happy Reading!

Here is a link to some of the classics we have read and are reading:

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/449.Must_Read_Classics

CONTACT:  Chris Woods  781-834-5535  cwoods@ocln.org
LOCATION: Historical Room
 
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PJ Storytime
6:45 PM - 7:15 PM

PJ Storytime is moving to a new time! Come enjoy stories, songs, and movement from 6:45 and 7:15 on the second Wednesday of each month. 

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Contemporary Book Group
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Please join us Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 7 p.m. We will be discussing The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart--he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm; she crumbling from loneliness and despair. In a moment of levity during the season's first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone--but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees. This little girl, who calls herself Faina, seems to be a child of the woods. She hunts with a red fox at her side, skims lightly across the snow, and somehow survives alone in the Alaskan wilderness. As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this child who could have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, they come to love her as their own daughter. But in this beautiful, violent place things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn about Faina will transform all of them.

 

CONTACT:  Cyndee Marcoux  781-834-5535  cmarcoux@ocln.org
LOCATION: Historical Room
 
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Contemporary Book Group
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Please join us Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 7 p.m. We will be discussing Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

 

 

“I’ve left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”

So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.

CONTACT:  Cyndee Marcoux  781-834-5535  cmarcoux@ocln.org
LOCATION: Historical Room
Thursday December 13, 2018
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Storycraft for Ages 4-6

Kids listen to stories and create a craft based on a weekly theme. This 45-min program is for kids ages 4-6 and they attend the event on their own, while their caregiver remains present and available within the library.

 Registration is required as space is limited. Fall Storycraft is a 12-session class, and interested participants are asked to commit to the whole course when signing up.

Session Dates: 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13. 

Registration will open on August 31st. 

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
There are 8 spaces available.
 
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Young Authors Club
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Do you like to write stories? Have you ever wanted to write the script for a comic book or a movie? Come meet with other young writers at the Young Authors Club! We will be meeting on the second Thursday of every month from 4:30 to 5:30 pm to play writing games, learn tips and tricks, and work on writing projects together! The club will be putting out its own literary magazine, so all members will have the opportunity to see their work in a library literary publication.

For children in grades 4-6. No registration is required. 

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
Monday December 17, 2018
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Lego Club
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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
 
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Let's Write! VML Adult Writing Group
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

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 on this schedule:  first Monday of each month from 6:00-7:30 p.m. and the 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! January 2018 schedule will change due to the Monday holidays. Meeting days/times for that month will be announced. For more information contact Chris at 781-834-5535 or cwoods@ocln.org

CONTACT:  Chris Woods  781-834-5535  cwoods@ocln.org
LOCATION: Historical Room
Tuesday December 18, 2018
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Family Storytime
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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 December 20, 2018
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Tween Interest Group (TWIG)
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

This fall for the first time, we are starting a TWeen Interest Group (TWIG)! TWIG is for children in grades 4-6 who love the library and want to help us plan our next big events, give input into what books we will add to our collection, and volunteer at library events. 

TWIG meets on the third Thursday of every month from 5-6 pm. TWIG will meet simultaneously with our Teen Advisory Group (TAG) and at times the groups will meet as one. 

We do ask that participants register for our TWIG meetings! Registration will open on August 31st. 

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
Wednesday December 26, 2018
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ROOTS - VML Genealogy Club
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

"ROOTS" is the Ventress Library's Genealogy Club. We meet on the last Wednesday of every month from 6-7:30 p.m. in the library's Historical Room

Come share your genealogy research triumphs and troubles and your family stories. Begin or continue to climb the branches of your family tree with the help of others. All levels are welcome - we will learn from each other!

No need to sign-up, just come on the day.  Hope to see you there!

CONTACT:  Chris Woods  781-834-5535  cwoods@ocln.org
LOCATION: Historical Room
Wednesday January 9, 2019
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Contemporary Book Group
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Please join us Wednesday, January 9, 2097 at 7 p.m. We will be discussing Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

                                                                                     

 

Yeongdo, Korea 1911. In a small fishing village on the banks of the East Sea, a club-footed, cleft-lipped man marries a fifteen-year-old girl. The couple have one child, their beloved daughter Sunja. When Sunja falls pregnant by a married yakuza, the family face ruin. But then Isak, a Christian minister, offers her a chance of salvation: a new life in Japan as his wife.

Following a man she barely knows to a hostile country in which she has no friends, no home, and whose language she cannot speak, Sunja’s salvation is just the beginning of her story.

Through eight decades and four generations, Pachinko is an epic tale of family, identity, love, death and survival.

 

CONTACT:  Cyndee Marcoux  781-834-5535  cmarcoux@ocln.org
LOCATION: Historical Room
Wednesday February 13, 2019
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Contemporary Book Group
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Please join us Wednesday, January 9, 2097 at 7 p.m. We will be discussing Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

                                                                                     

 

Yeongdo, Korea 1911. In a small fishing village on the banks of the East Sea, a club-footed, cleft-lipped man marries a fifteen-year-old girl. The couple have one child, their beloved daughter Sunja. When Sunja falls pregnant by a married yakuza, the family face ruin. But then Isak, a Christian minister, offers her a chance of salvation: a new life in Japan as his wife.

Following a man she barely knows to a hostile country in which she has no friends, no home, and whose language she cannot speak, Sunja’s salvation is just the beginning of her story.

Through eight decades and four generations, Pachinko is an epic tale of family, identity, love, death and survival.

 

CONTACT:  Cyndee Marcoux  781-834-5535  cmarcoux@ocln.org
LOCATION: Historical Room
 
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Contemporary Book Group
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Please join us Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 7 p.m. We will be discussing Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

                                                                                     

 

Yeongdo, Korea 1911. In a small fishing village on the banks of the East Sea, a club-footed, cleft-lipped man marries a fifteen-year-old girl. The couple have one child, their beloved daughter Sunja. When Sunja falls pregnant by a married yakuza, the family face ruin. But then Isak, a Christian minister, offers her a chance of salvation: a new life in Japan as his wife.

Following a man she barely knows to a hostile country in which she has no friends, no home, and whose language she cannot speak, Sunja’s salvation is just the beginning of her story.

Through eight decades and four generations, Pachinko is an epic tale of family, identity, love, death and survival.

 

CONTACT:  Cyndee Marcoux  781-834-5535  cmarcoux@ocln.org
LOCATION: Historical Room

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