Monthly Archives: July 2007

Book Discussion Group – "My Antonia"

The majority of Book Discussion Group attendees enjoyed reading Willa Cather’s novel, “My Antonia”.

Discussion topics included:

  • The author’s writing style & use of language.
  • The historical accuracy of how the mid-west was portrayed during the late 1800’s.
  • The main characters (Antonia, Jim, etc…).
  • What the author did not tell us and the questions left unanswered.
  • And other interesting topics that came to people’s minds while reading the novel!

For more information about Willa Cather’s life and other books that may interest people who enjoyed reading “My Antonia”, try these suggestions:

Click on the link to be brought directly to the book/DVD in the CLAMS Catalog!

Please join us next month for our next meeting when we will discuss “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee! Stop by the circulation desk to pick up your copy today!

Did you know?

Ben Roethlisberger, Quarterback for the 2006 Super Bowl Champion Steelers, was named the spokesman for this year’s Library Card Sign-Up Month (Sept. 1 – Sept. 30).

Stay tuned for library promotions & displays for Library Card Sign-Up Month in the near future!

The Smartest Card. Get It. Use It. @ Your Library

Baseball Card Raffle Winners!

Approximately 30 people entered our Free Baseball Card Raffle and the winners are

(Drumroll Please………)

Grand Prize – 2007 Team Set of Baseball Cards: Lucie
Second Prize – Red Sox Baseball Hat: Susan
Third Prize – Box of Assorted Baseball Cards: Cameron
Fourth Prize – Pack of Topps 2007 Baseball Cards: Kai

Fifth Prize – Boston Red Sox Pen: Elissa

We called all of the winners this morning, but if you see your name and think that you may have won a prize please call the library 508-693-9433.

Congratulations to all of our winners, and thank you to everyone that participated!

Remember to read a baseball book and enter the
Step Up to the Plate @ Your Library competition for a chance to win a trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame!

Visit to learn more.

Book Discussion Group – "The Time Traveler’s Wife"

Many of the Book Discussion Group attendees had distinctly different experiences while reading the book, “The Time Traveler’s Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger.

While many people did not like the time travelling/sci-fi aspect, relationships, etc… in the book, others enjoyed the novel’s unique plotline and love story.

The differing opinions made for an intriguing discussion!

If you weren’t able to read the book for the discussion group, you can request the book in the CLAMS catalog today!

Other books with time traveling/memory themes include:

  1. “A Shortcut in Time” by Charles Dickinson
  2. “Replay” by Ken Grimwood
  3. “The Lovely Bones” by Alice Sebold
  4. “Slaughterhouse-Five” by Kurt Vonnegut
  5. “Crooked River Burning” by Mark Winegardner

Summer Reading Program Kick – Off !!!

Musician Roger Tincknell wowed the audience as he sang, yodeled, and played his banjo and other instruments. Roger invited audience participation and a good time was had by all 170 people!

Here are some photos of this event at the New Ag Hall in West Tisbury that was sponsored by the Martha’s Vineyard Library Association.

Summer Sky Notebook with the Planetarium Director

Jeannie from the Christa McAulliffe Planetarium came to teach us about the STARS and make a Summer Sky Notebook. We heard some Greek myths and how the gods and goddesses were involved with the naming of our constellations, such as Hercules. We learned how to recognize some constellations and hope we will all be looking at the same stars tonight!

New Africana Encyclopedia!

Come to the Reference Department and browse the latest encyclopedia to be added to our collection, “Africana” ed. by Kwame Anthony Appiah and Henry Louis Gates Jr.

“Substantially larger than the first edition (1999), and with expanded references and indexing, this five-volume set covers a vast geographic area and encompasses the complex histories of Africans in Africa and the Americas. It is written for high school level readers and above and for a non-specialist audience. Slavery and the struggle for political and economic freedom and equality are central themes, and the roots of African and African-American culture in the histories of individual countries are thoroughly explored. In addition to topical entries, “interpretation” essays offer, for example, an examination of the dual tradition of African American fiction with discussion of perceptions, stereotypes, and alternative avenues for analysis. Among the topics new to this edition are African American architects, African oral literature, Black classicism in the U.S., the history of writing in Africa, Black literature in South Africa, the transatlantic slave trade database, and migrancy and African literature. “

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