Monthly Archives: August 2007

FAIRY HOUSES! We made them August 30th.

For the last Age 6-10 Story Time of Summer….we read about mermaids, mermen, merbabies and fairies! Next, we went outside with sticks and seashells, found some rocks and ferns and made lovely little fairy houses. We’re hoping some of the wee folk will come make these homes their own! You can view our fun here.

Darfur: Too Dark, Too Far – Hafiz Farid

A second screening of the powerful documentary Darfur: Too Dark, Too Far, attracted an audience of over 50 people to the Oak Bluffs Public Library! After the movie, a discussion session with Director Hafiz Farid helped to shed even more light on this important social issue.

Please monitor our online calendar to learn about upcoming Movie/Documentary Nights, Lectures, Educational Programs, Scrabble Group Meetings, Coffee Times, and other great programs at your library!

Charlayne Hunter-Gault – Africa’s Best Kept Secret…

Over 30 people came to hear Charlayne Hunter-Gault provide a riveting account of the current events effecting the continent of Africa at a recent library program.

Copies of Charlayne’s most recent book, “New News Out of Africa: Uncovering the African Renaissance” may be checked out at the library or by requesting them online through our website!

Book Discussion Group – "To Kill A Mockingbird"

The Book Discussion Group met on the 28th and 29th of August. Harper Lee’s only novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, is a classic and all-time favorite. Librarians across the country voted it the best novel of the 20th Century! Across the board, the group agreed that it was one of their favorites — one person even said that she would like to read it once a year. We dissected and discussed many interesting topics, such as: race relations in the South during the 1930’s, single male parenting, coming-of-age stories, the integrity and justice of the court system both then and now.

For more information about Harper Lee’s life and other books that may interest people who enjoyed reading To Kill a Mockingbird, please check out NoveList, which is accessible from the website. Listed below are several suggestions for similar books:

The Summer We Got Saved by Pat Cunningham Devoto

The Quiet Game by Greg Iles

The Madonna of Excelsior by Zakes Mda

We Are All Welcome Here by Elizabeth Berg

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg

Please join us next month for our next meeting when we will discuss The Death of Vishnu by Manil Suri. Stop by the circulation desk to pick up your copy today!

Senator Brooke visits the OBPL for Book Signing/Reception!

A tremendous crowd attended Senator Edward Brooke’s Book Signing and Reception at the Oak Bluffs Public Library this past Thursday.
The crowd was so large that an overflow room with a live audio/video feed was set-up in the Library’s Conference Room to accomodate more people!

The Senator spoke about his book and fascinating life experiences and then answered questions from the audience.

Afterwards the Senator signed copies of his new book, “Bridging the Divide: My Life” and a Reception was held in the Library’s Meeting Room.

Click here to see more pictures from the event!

Thank you Senator for visiting the Oak Bluffs Community, and to all of the Volunteers and Library Staff that worked so hard to organize this event!

Portuguese-American Literature Program

Last week, a group of attendees thoroughly enjoyed Christopher Larkosh’s presentation on the subject of Portuguese-American Literature in the Library’s Conference Room. Mr. Larkosh is an Assistant Professor at UMASS-Dartmouth in the area of Portuguese-American Studies and is an Oak Bluffs native.

The lecture was co-sponsored by the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at UMass-Dartmouth and the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities. The Oak Bluffs Public Library would like to thank both organizations for making this educational program possible.

Music Historian Jim Thomas tells the secrets behind the Spirituals on August 16th!

We had a fascinating time with Jim Thomas, music historian. We learned all sorts of facts about the songs known as Spirituals, and the true meanings behind them. The Slaves sang the songs so that they sounded like they were being “good” workers (following plantation bosses’ rules) and not speaking to eachother, while really they were communicating about ways to escape slavery.

“Follow the Drinking Gourd” told the direction ( follow North Star on Big Dipper) and time: “When the 1st quail calls,” meant: begin walking when it’s cold and end at the Ohio River when it’s frozen (so you would be able to walk across the ice to freedom.) Any train or track song referred to the Underground Railroad. Jordan = the Atlantic. Angels = conductors on the Underground Railroad. Harriet Tubman = Chariot. “Wade in the Water” was to erase your scent so you can hide from the bloodhounds. Jim Thomas taught us so much more than this today, it was amazing. And he sang with his wonderful deep voice as well.

Thank you for gracing our Children’s Program Room, Jim, and to Leigh for arranging for J. Thomas to visit us.

Portuguese-American Literature Today

Friday, August 24 at 3:30pm

Assistant Professor and Oak Bluffs native, Christopher Larkosh, will speak on the topic of Portuguese-American Literature today.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at UMass-Dartmouth and the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities

Illumination Night Lantern Painting!

Today we prepared for the beauty of Illumination Night by creating some beauty of our own. Busy artists watercolored with gorgeous washes of color and designs over white lanterns. We had an image of the Pink Campground Cottage, The Black Dog, fireworks, night skies and rainbows. Breathtaking! We can’t wait to get home and hang them in time for tomorrow night.