Saturday October 20, 2018
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Big Ryan's Not So Scary Stories
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Big Ryan is back to tell some (not-so-scary) Saturday stories, perfect for a spooky October! This program will feature Big Ryan’s original stories, puppet play, a bit of music and movement and a whole lot of fun! Big Ryan has programs that are appropriate for preschool all the way to 5th grade.

No registration is required for this program, which is free and open to children and families. 

CONTACT:  Kelsey Socha  781-834-5535  ksocha@ocln.org
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. Space is limited for this program. 

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
 
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Author & Paranormal Researcher Jeff Belanger
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 The Friends of the Ventress Memorial Library are pleased to present a program featuring author and paranormal researcher Jeff Belanger on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Library Plaza Program Room.

For over 20 years, Jeff Belanger has been exploring the unexplained. He
seeks out history, folklore, ghosts, monsters, and legends all over the
world and in your backyard. His talk presents highlights from his own
adventures, his work from his books, podcast, and the television programs
he's worked on, plus a look at the investigation process, and compelling
audio and visual paranormal evidence. Not just focused on ghost stories,

Belanger's presentation will delve into the reasons behind the legends.
The speaker is an award-winning, Emmy-nominated host, writer and producer of the New England Legends series on PBS and Amazon Prime, and is the author of over a dozen books on the paranormal including "Weird Massachusetts" and "Haunted New England."

The event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. Light refreshments will be served. The library and program room are handicapped accessible. For more information visit http://www.jeffbelanger.com and http://www.ventresslibrary.org or call the library at 781-834-5535.

Free and open to all!!  We anticipate a large crowd for this event and recommend you arrive by 6:45 p.m. to be guaranteed a seat!!

                                                                       

CONTACT:  Chris Woods    cwoods@ocln.org
LOCATION: 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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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, Tic-Tac-Toe, Chutes and Ladders, Go Fish, 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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Storycraft for Ages 4-6
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

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
 
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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
Saturday October 27, 2018
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Marshfield Center Trick-or-Treat: Special Storytime
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

We will be collaborating with Marshfield Center on a special Halloween Storytime and Trick-or-Treat in the library! Come to our Children’s Program Room in

costume for some Halloween stories and then start your Marshfield Center day of trick-or-treating right here at Ventress!

https://trickortreatmarshfield.weebly.com/schedule-of-events.html

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

VML Adult Writing Group “Let’s Write!” - Rescheduled from Monday, October 15, 4-5:30 p.m.

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 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. Space is limited for this program. 

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
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

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
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. Space is limited for this program. 

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 we will discuss Educated by Tara Westover.

 

 

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
 
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MakerLab: Screen Printing
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.

November's theme is: screen printing! Use art and science to create a screen resist and then print your design onto a t-shirt, tote bag, or other item! We will provide a bag for you to screenprint--feel free to bring t-shirts or other bags to make additional prints! 
 
6th-12th graders only, registration is required.
CONTACT:  Charlie    cgluck@ocln.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
There are 5 spaces available.
Thursday November 8, 2018
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Storycraft for Ages 4-6
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

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
 
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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 Historical 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
LOCATION: Historical 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
There are 13 spaces available.
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. Space is limited for this program. 

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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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 on the second 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
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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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

Ventress Memorial Library Classic Book Group will meet on Wednesday, November 14, from 4:30-6 p.m. in the library'sHistorical Room. November book choice is "Rabbit at Rest" by John Updike.

The novel, 4th in the Rabbit Angstrom tetralogy, explores the final
years of protagonist Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom's life.
The Rabbit Angstrom books provide an accurate, absorbing, and aesthetically
satisfying social history of middle-class North America from the 1950's
into the 1980's; taken together, the novels may well constitute Updike's
finest achievement.

 

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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Early Release Event: Breakout Room
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

If you're in 7th-12th grade, come to the library on Early Release Day to gather in teams of 3-4  in the Library Plaza Program Room to solve puzzles and riddles, crack codes and ciphers, and unravel the mysteries of the urban legends and cryptids that will try to stop you from escaping the room!

Pizza, snacks, and a craft will be provided in a separate waiting area. Registration is required.

 

CONTACT:  Charlie    cgluck@ocln.org
 
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Storycraft for Ages 4-6
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

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
 
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Teen Advisory Group (TAG) Meeting
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Join us at Ventress in the Library Plaza Program Room for our open meetings for teens interested in getting involved with the library! TAG is for teens in grades 7-12 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. At this special meeting we'll be voting on the final design choices for our Teen Room that will be built next year! Bring a friend and vote while enjoying snacks and a presentation on the new Teen Room. Volunteering at the library and attending TAG meetings counts towards community service hours!

Pizza and snacks will be provided. Registration is required.

 

CONTACT:  Charlie    cgluck@ocln.org
 
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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
There are many spaces available.
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. Space is limited for this program. 

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. Space is limited for this program. 

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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Bujo Journals and Scrapbooks
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

All teens between 7th-12th grades 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 for any teens who need inspiration!

Hot chocolate and tea will be provided. Registration is required.

CONTACT:  Charlie    cgluck@ocln.org
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
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

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
 
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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 Historical 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 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. Space is limited for this program. 

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
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

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
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
There are 14 spaces available.
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. Space is limited for this program. 

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
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

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
 
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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
There are many spaces available.
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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