Monthly Archives: December 2007


Today sweet Amadine, our 9 year old Portuguese Language reader, and Irene the Librarian, read Christmas stories to the families. A wonderful lady named Maria made cheese breads and chocolate balls for us, traditional Brazilian party treats! After enjoying the books and the food, we made gingerbread houses and Christmas “trees”…here are some photos of our fun.

We’ll be having Portuguese and English Story Times one Saturday a month all winter long, maybe into Spring. I hope you will join us no matter what language you speak!

Hoje doce Amadine, nosso 9 ano leitor de Linguagem velho português, e Irene o Bibliotecário, lê histórias de Natal às famílias. Uma senhora maravilhosa nomeou Maria fez pães de queijo e bolas de chocolate para nós, partido brasileiro tradicional trata! Depois que gozar os livros e o alimento, nós fizemos casas de pão de gengibre e árvores de Natal …here são algumas fotos de nosso divertimento.

Teremos português e inglês História Vezes um sábado por mês todo inverno longo, talvez em Primavera. Espero que você não nos unir-se-á nenhuma questão o que linguagem que você fala!

Gingerbread house making at Friends Open House!

The Library Friends of Oak Bluffs threw a Holiday party for the people of Martha’s Vineyard! There were delectable home baked goodies, a Gingerbread House making craft and upside down ice cream cone Christmas Tree craft for the kids, along with a visit from Santa, who had presents!

Originally scheduled for Thursday, it was postponed due to the snow and ice storm. But on Friday afternoon we had a wonderful time. Here are some photos of the children working hard on their houses and trees, and then you’ll see some finished products…beautiful!

November Book Club — The Piano Tuner

Daniel Mason’s historical novel, The Piano Tuner, takes place primarily in Burma of the 1880’s. Mr. Mason tells the story of a London-based piano tuner who accepts a mission from the British War Office to travel to the jungles of Burma to tune an 1840’s Erard piano, which is owned by an eccentric surgeon-major in the Shan Plateau.

Our discussion centered around the lush description of the landscape and life in the colonies of the British Empire during the 19th century. Several participants thought that the title of the book should have been The Piano, rather than The Piano Tuner, because the story really told more about the life and death of the Erard piano than of the piano tuner.

One person said the descriptions of life during the Raj brought back many memories of her life before she came to the States. Another person wanted to hear Burmese music and taste Burmese food to better understand the Burmese people. We discussed the fact that taste and audio are a wonderful addition to reading about different cultures.

All in all, most participants liked the book and were fascinated to hear more detail about the history of music and the art of piano tuning from one of our members. The discussion was lively and interesting!! We all agreed that this tale would make a wonderful movie or TV miniseries!

We will not have a book club meeting in December. The next time we meet will be in January.