Monthly Archives: June 2007


Today we had a ‘blast’ making rockets, flag design on heart necklaces with red, white and blue beads and gimp, a clothespin doll Uncle Sam & Besty Ross, and a USA, stars, and flag hats card! It was a lot of fun and everyone worked really hard on projects they could be proud of ! Happy Fourth of July everyone! As you can see from the photos, the OB library kids are ready for it!

Baseball Card Raffle!

Baseball Card Raffle

Come to the library on Tuesday, July 10 between 10am-8pm to be entered into a raffle for a 2007 Team Set of baseball cards (Choose your favorite team!) and other prizes.

Also learn how you can be entered into the Step Up to the Plate @ Your Library program (ages 9-18) and win a trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame!

And remember, if you read a book for the Step Up to the Plate @ Your Library program you can count the time you spent reading towards your Summer Reading Program at the Oak Bluffs Public Library!

Kids are signing up for the Summer Reading Program!

Come on in and sign up! Next week you can start logging in your time read. Or sign up online if you are 12 or over. You can sign up either way.

I talked to our most generous businesses downtown and quite a few donated items to our reading incentive box. We have friendship bracelets, toys, a paint set, gift certificates for books, new books and used books, carousel tickets, coupons for ice cream, pizza, bananas and more! You will be rewarded handsomely for your reading, something that is fun to do anyway!

Sign-up for the Summer Reading Program starts June 21!

Get ready for another summer of fun summer reading! The statewide program “Catch the Beat @ your Library” starts July 1 and runs until August 31. You can start signing up online now if you are aged 12 or over, and starting June 21 at the Children’s Desk for everyone else.

Pick up your Reading Logs , posters, coloring sheets and more on June 21 and throughout the summer. Check out our online calendar to find out about the wonderful programs planned for you or pick up a calender at the Children’s Desk the same day!

Earn prizes, books, toys and coupons for prizes like ice cream, apples, pizza and more when you read 1.5 hours a week. Read for 6 hours and you earn a T-shirt! Have fun!
Sponsored by the Oak Bluffs Public Library, Library Friends of Oak Bluffs, MVLA, Massachusetts Regional Library Systems, Waste Management and our local businesses who donate coupons and prizes to our child readers.

Get ready for Harry Potter!

Are you looking forward to the new Harry Potter book on July 21? There’s a rumour 2 major characters will be killed off. Who do you think it will be? What do you think or hope will happen? Will you miss the series? Are you glad it’s ending? You can post your opinions here.

Pink Princess Party Story Time!

Do you love pink? Do you love Princesses? A lot of little girls do, and they came out in droves to enjoy reading about princesses and people who love pink in fun books such as Double Pink by Kate Feiffer, Pinkalicous by Victoria and Elizabeth Kann, Priscilla and the Pink Planet by N. Hobbie and more!
Some children wore pink outfits, or princess outfits, or outfits with a touch of glitter!

Our children created beautiful, sparkling tiaras then frosted a chocolate or a vanilla cupcake with pink frosting with sprinkles! It was a really sweet and fun program.

Coco the Clown visits

We had a great time with Coco the Clown during PreSchool Story Time in May! See the photo of a fun PARADE , marching with musical instruments. The children got to see a woman transform herself into a clown before their eyes, they got dressed up, the balanced on a ‘tight rope’ and had lots of fun.

Exploring a Coral Reef – Michael Wooley

On Thursday evening Michael Wooley, a local swimming teacher and lifeguard as well as an accomplished visual artist, presented his recent underwater photographs taken on a scuba diving trip to the second largest barrier reef in the world off the coast of Belize.

A crowd of approximately 30 people attended the event and were mesmerized by the slideshow of beautiful photographs (taken by Michael) projected onto the library’s big screen.

Michael spoke about the rich ecosystem of the coral reef and provided the names of numerous fish, corals, plants, and animals that he encountered during his undersea adventure.

Afterwards, everyone enjoyed refreshments while asking Michael questions about his trip and the incredible artwork that he creates (on display for the event)!

Please check our online events calendar to learn about more interesting programs happening at the Oak Bluffs Public Library!

Book Discussion Group – "Empire Falls"

The Book Discussion Group recently met to talk about the book “Empire Falls”, written by Richard Russo. The novel won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2002 and led to some interesting discussion by attendees.

To read a brief summary of “Empire Falls” try visiting the Fantastic Fiction website:

Fantastic Fiction is a great website to learn about new books by your favorite authors, books that are a part of your favorite series, popular reads and much more.

If you enjoyed reading “Empire Falls” try reading these recommended books by Novelist:
  • “Wonder Boys” by Michael Chabon
  • “Back When We Were Grownups” by Anne Tyler
  • “The Bean Trees” by Barbara Kingsolver
  • “Foolscap” by Michael Malone

Ask a librarian about Novelist – a great source for finding new reading material!