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Richard C. Brown Memorial Scholarship

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Dick Brown scholarship info

The Friends can’t imagine anyone more deserving of being memorialized with its scholarship than Richard “Dick” Brown. Dick loved the Oak Bluffs Public Library and was a founding member of the Library Friends, a volunteer organization that raises funds to support the library and its programs. He would go on to donate his expertise as the Friends’ official treasurer for nearly two decades.

Although he had ties to Martha’s Vineyard going back to 1940, it wasn’t until 1967 that Dick took up full-time residence on the island together with his wife, Carol, and their children. Although he spent his entire career as a marine engineer and traveled the world over, he set out to build a different kind of business literally from the ground up. He built the original Edgartown Dairy Queen with his own two hands and spent the next 20 years dishing out ice cream and good will with help from his family and equally dedicated employees.

The Dairy Queen wasn’t Dick’s only creation. After retiring from the family ice cream business, he built a new home in Oak Bluffs where he hosted family gatherings and celebrations.

A loving family man, Dick also devoted his time and talents to his island community and its children. He served as catalyst in reorganizing the island’s only Boy Scout troop and spent the next 12 years as an inspiring leader. Among other things, Dick guided the development of Camp Duarte as chairman of The Friends of Martha’s Vineyard Scouting. The Boy Scouts of America honored his dedication to scouting with one of its highest awards available for adults, the Silver Beaver Award.

Dick also demonstrated his commitment to the youth of Martha’s Vineyard and his love of baseball by umpiring Little League games. He expected players to exemplify good manners and the highest ideals of sportsmanship while having fun. Altogether, he spent 53 years behind home plate, first on Staten Island and then the Vineyard. Dick retired only when his failing eyesight beat out his passion for the game. Upon his retirement, one of his players wrote of him that he taught them “how to lose with dignity and how to win with honor.”

Dick also gave unstintingly of his time to his church. He served as treasurer for the Edgartown United Methodist Congregation for more than 20 years and volunteered for many activities, most notably the Monday Night Community Suppers held at the church where he did everything from setting up tables, peeling potatoes and washing dishes. The church in turn honored him as one of their “Angels Among Us.”

Dick excelled at woodcarving, a skill he perfected during long maritime journeys. He shared that skill by teaching woodcarving at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center.

Toward the end of his long and rich life, the Massachusetts Maritime Academy honored him as its “Alumnus of the Year” and recognized his many accomplishments at the Academy’s Homecoming football game.

The Library Friends announce this scholarship to recognize his kind spirit and willingness to help. We hope the recipients of the scholarship will follow in his footsteps and exemplify that generosity and true community spirit.

Dick Brown scholarship info

Groundhog Day craft

groundhog craft

Thursday, February 2nd from 3-4:30, kids can come to the library and make their very own groundhog who comes out of the ground! For kids 3+.

Library Mini Golf

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Library Mini Golf! Friday, January 27th from 6-9 and Saturday, January 28th from 10-1, come play 18 holes through the stacks. Brought to you by the Library Friends of Oak Bluffs.  Friday night is 21+ and costs players $15, which includes dinner and drinks. Saturday is for families, and is free.

Library Closed – Saturday, January 7, 2017

The Oak Bluffs Public Library will be closed on Saturday, January 7 due to blizzard conditions. Stay safe and warm, everyone!

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URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
253 PM EST FRI JAN 6 2017
-DUKES MA-NANTUCKET MA-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…..VINEYARD HAVEN.
253 PM EST FRI JAN 6 2017
…WINTER STORM WARNING FROM 7 AM SATURDAY TO 4 AM EST SUNDAY
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAUNTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM
WARNING FOR SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM SATURDAY TO 4 AM
EST SUNDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.
* LOCATIONS…INCLUDE SOUTH AND SOUTHEAST COASTAL MASSACHUSETTS
 INCLUDING CAPE COD…MARTHAS VINEYARD…AND NANTUCKET.
* SNOW ACCUMULATION…OF 12 TO 16 INCHES.
* TIMING…SNOW OVERSPREADS THE AREA SATURDAY MORNING BECOMING
 HEAVY AT TIMES SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING…THEN TAPERING
 OFF LATE SATURDAY NIGHT.
* IMPACTS…NEAR BLIZZARD CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE AS SNOW BECOMES
 HEAVY AT TIMES ALONG WITH GUSTY NORTHEAST WINDS RESULTING IN
 CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING OF SNOW WITH NEAR WHITE OUT
 CONDITIONS FORECAST. UNTREATED ROADS WILL BECOME SNOW COVERED AND
 SLICK. VISIBILITY WILL BE REDUCED. TRAVEL WILL BECOME HAZARDOUS.
* WINDS…NORTH 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH.
* VISIBILITIES…ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS AT TIMES.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…
A WINTER STORM WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN AN AVERAGE SNOWFALL OF 6
INCHES OR MORE IS EXPECTED WITHIN A 12 HOUR PERIOD…OR FOR 8
INCHES OR MORE IN A 24 HOUR PERIOD.
TRAVEL WILL BE SLOW AT BEST ON WELL TREATED SURFACES…AND QUITE
DIFFICULT ON UNTREATED SURFACES. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF
YOU MUST TRAVEL…KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT…FOOD…AND WATER IN
YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

Move and Groove Storytime

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This new storytime will meet on the first Saturday of every month. Join us for our first one on January 7th at 10:30am. This storytime is for all ages, and will be particularly great for little ones who love stories and dance.

Monster Movie and Monster Party!

monster-movie monster-party

There are monsters in the library! On January 13th at 2pm, kids are welcome to join us at the library when we put on a movie about monster best friends. Then on Saturday, January 14th at 10am, join us for a MONSTERously fun Monster Party,  where we will have crafts, snacks, and games all about monsters. Sure to be fun for the entire family.