Monthly Archives: February 2009

Cape & Island Libraries Give Away MP3 Players

The Edgartown, Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven Public Libraries are promoting a new audio book and music download service by giving away MP3 Players.

Patrons of the 27 participating CLAMS libraries that use the digital download service during the month of March are automatically entered to win one of two Creative MuVo V100 MP3 players courtesy of OverDrive, our service provider.

The more titles you download and the more often you use the service, the greater your chance of winning. All you need is a valid CLAMS library card from a participating library, computer access and a broadband Internet connection.

Speak to a staff member at the library for assistance. Some rules and restrictions apply.

Visit and click on the Free MP3 Player icon for more information. The drawing will be held during the first week of April 2009.

"Beloved" – February’s Book Discussion

The book discussion group discussed the novel Beloved by Toni Morrison, during it’s February – Black History Month meeting. The book won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988, and is regarded by some to be the best work of Fiction over the past 25 years.

Everyone enjoyed Morrison’s writing style and especially the use of symbols in the story. The atrocities of slavery in America and it’s effects on society and Black slaves were vividly described in the book, and these aspects played a major role in the group’s discussion.

If you want to read books that are similar to Beloved, NoveList (a website for book reviews & recommendations) recommends that you try reading:

Read Our Library Newsletter – Books and Beyond

The Oak Bluffs Public Library is publishing a new quarterly newsletter. Copies of the first issue of Books & Beyond are available at the library’s checkout desk or “be green” and view it online at January 2009 Newsletter.

Learn about the latest library programs, resources, services, staff recommendations and much more by reading our new publication.

Read the first issue of Books & Beyond today!

Black History Month – Library Events & Services

In celebration of Black History Month the library has organized several special events & services:

  1. A documentary viewing and discussion of “4 Little Girls”, took place on Sat. February 7 at 2:00pm.
  2. An African-American Theme, Afterschool Kids Program (Ages 6-10) will take place on Fri., February 20 at 3:15pm
  3. The library has signed up for a free trial of ProQuest’s Black Studies Center, a website that can be accessed from the library’s public computers. Ask a librarian for assistance in using this resource!
  4. There are several book displays highlighting the library’s related collections in different areas of the library.
  5. Dr. Elaine Cawley Weintraub will speak about The African American Heritage Trail of Martha’s Vineyard on Thurs., February 26 at 6:30pm