Monthly Archives: March 2007

Book Discussion Group – The Known World

In March we read The Known World by Edward P. Jones. We had some interesting discussions about the unusual plot which tells the story of what happens when a plantation proprietor and former slave–possessing slaves of his own–dies. We learn that his household falls apart in the wake of a slave rebellion and corrupt underpaid patrollers who enable free black people to be sold into slavery. The book has many fascinating, colorful characters which invite the reader to pay very close attention to the twistings and turnings of the story. For those of you who enjoyed this book, we would like to suggest the following further reading:

Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Bondwoman’s Narrative by Hannah Crafts
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest J. Gaines
Absalom! Absalom! by William Faulkner
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

Felted Hats Puppet Theatre!

Robin Tuck walks a puppet around the room to meet all the children in the crowd at the Story Time on March 21. Then her FELTED HATS PUPPET THEATRE show began. The children thrilled to nursery rhymes read by Trish while Robin worked the shadow puppets. In the end, a French song played while the puppets moved along to the song. Toddlers called out the names of the animals and things in the show. It was so cute and fun! We can’t wait to have the Felted Hats Puppet Theatre back!


We had a terrific time at the Portuguese/English Story Time! 9 year old Amadine Muniz read the books in Portuguese while Irene read the translations in English. That very smart and considerate Amadine translated them for Irene earlier. We enjoyed some funny stories about animals with peculiar habits! Then we drank lemonade and juice, and ate all kinds of cookies & snacks from the Brazilian store.

We were happy to find 25 people in the audience. We invite you all to come again , or for the first time, on Saturday, April 7 @ 10:30AM for an Easter Portuguese/English Story Time. We’ll read about rabbits and eggs!

Voce está convidado a vir para a biblioteca de Oak Bluffs para escutar historinhas sobre Pascoa em português e inglês.
Oak Bluffs Public Library
Sábado, 7 de Abril
às 10:30 da manha
Um lanche sera servido no final do Programa. Pessoas de qualquer idade sao bem-vindas.

Learn about eAudiobooks

We had a very successful “Learn about eAudiobooks” session for library patrons on Saturday, March 24! Five attendees learned more about how to use the audiobooks service and had an opportunity to ask questions and get answers.

Stay tuned for more eAudiobooks sessions in the future and please ask a librarian for help if you want to learn more about this exciting new service!

P.S. – There is a new handout in the Reference Department to help you begin using eAudiobooks on your computer and or MP3 player.

Begin listening to new titles like “The Boleyn Inheritance” by Philippa Gregory & “Mercy” by Jodi Picoult, try a classic such as “Moby Dick” by Herman Melville, or learn a new language by using the extensive language studies section of the eAudiobooks collection!


Leigh French was hired as the new Library Assistant in the Children’s Room! I hope you all come up to meet her.

On February 17 she did a program about Mr. Frye, the first black business owner on Circuit Ave. in OB. He owned a cobbler shop, and Leigh created a picture book about him and read it to the children. She also showed them his old cobbler tools (you can see them on the chair at the front of the photo), still being used today by another island cobbler.Then the kids imagined they had magic shoes made by Mr. Frye and made their own books about their adventures. We have their books on display until the end of March, so come see the books while you’re up here meeting Leigh!
{In this photo, Leigh is kindly showing her book a child who came late the program, to catch them up on what’s going on, while the other children were busy making their books.}


The CAT IN THE HAT visited on Feb. 17! We had a very fun time reading about the Cat in the Hat, singing to the Cat in the Hat and making hats like his for ourselves! Some brave children gave him a hug or a handshake.

We are hoping another character will visit us in late April or early May. Maybe a certain rabbit that can’t stay out of Mr. McGregor’s garden! If not him, I’m sure another cutie will arrive, instead. We’ll keep you posted!

New Resources for Island Non-Profits!

The Oak Bluffs Public Library and the Martha’s Vineyard Donors Collaborative (MVDC) announce a $1,000 donation from the MVDC to the Library for the purchase of materials in the field of Non-Profit Organizational Management and Finance. The donation is part of the MVDC’s ongoing effort to support Vineyard non-profits, many of which can’t afford these important resources on their own.

The Library is acquiring subscriptions to the Foundation Directory Online – Plus database, Chronicle of Philanthropy, and Nonprofit Quarterly; as well as books on a broad range of topics including Grant Writing, Fundraising, Budgeting, Capital Campaigns and Management for Non-Profit Organizations. The Foundation Directory Online – Plus database gives Vineyard non-profits access to information on 10,000 Foundations and 500,000 grants. A complete list of these materials follows and is also available on the MVDC website, as well as in print at the Oak Bluffs Public Library. Materials are now being received and processed by the library and they will be made available on the library’s shelves and through its online catalog (at ) as they arrive.

New Library Displays!

Come to the library soon and see the new book displays for the month of March!

  • Think Spring (a collection of outdoor activity, gardening, birding books and more!)
  • Teen Tech Week (in the Young Adults’ Department)
  • Newspapers in Education Week (items from our MV Collection & other library resources related to the Island newspapers, editors, writers, etc…)

Kids Click!

Have you heard about the website Kids Click!

KidsClick! was created by a group of librarians at the Ramapo Catskill Library System.

It is a great website to help you with your homework, or to help you learn more about your favorite topics (like Animals, Dinosaurs, Spacecrafts, Pets, and tons more!). Try it today!

Book Discussion Group – "My Sister’s Keeper"

“My Sister’s Keeper” by Jodi Picoult was February’s book to read for our Book Discussion Group, if you would like to read a summary of the book just visit this link to

The book opened the doorway for spirited discussions on the topics of family relationships, ethics in modern medicine, the legal system, the writing style of Jodi Picoult, and more!

If you like reading Jodi Picoult you may also want to try reading books by the following authors:

  • Chris Bohjalian – “Past the Bleachers”
  • Jacquelyn Mitchard – “The Deep End of the Ocean”, “A Theory of Relativity”
  • Luanne Rice – “Home Fires”
  • Ann Hood – “Properties of Water”
  • Sue Miller – “The Good Mother”, “While I Was Gone”