Monthly Archives: July 2009


If you see a spaceship in the middle of the Children’s Room, do not be alarmed. It is only our stuffed animals’ spaceship for Starship Adventure at your Library, the 2009 Summer Reading Program. This year the program is a hybrid of charity-based and prize incentive programs. Children will read through eight levels to complete the program, flying to eight planets, each one further from Earth. For each planet they land on, they will receive a “Polar Point” toward our charity and a raffle ticket for weekly drawings. Additionally, each planet level (one hour of reading or 4 picture books read or read to the child) carries a token prize, culminating with a Martha’s Vineyard Summer Reading 2009 T-Shirt. Prizes were donated by our generous merchants listed below.

Summer Reading Program Charity: Adopt a Polar Bear
We are pleased to be the first island library to introduce a charity summer reading program. Charity-based summer reading programs have become increasingly popular across the nation. Research indicates that children often read more when participating in a charity-based program than a toy-prize incentive program. This year we have a challenge: if the Oak Bluffs children/teens collectively earn 800 Polar Points (800 hours), our charity benefactor, The Black Dog Kids, will donate the money for the Library to adopt a polar bear through the species adoption program of the World Wildlife Fund.

Summer Reading Programs & Performers: Thursdays Are a Blast @ Oak Bluffs Public Library!
In addition to our regular children’s and teen programming, we will offer special programs on Thursdays throughout the summer. Join us to celebrate the beginning of the SRP and Kate Feiffer’s new book, The Problem with the Puddles ,(our July book club selection) on July 2 at 3:30. We will have a puddle jump, cloud-shaped cake, author talk, and cloud craft.

July 9 3:30 Sheila Mudd Baker, Storyteller
July 16 4:30 Dream Tale Puppets: Little Red Riding Hood & The Three Little Pigs
July 23 6:30 Gus Ben David, Animal Interviews
July 30 3:30 Julie Austin, Singer/Musician
August 6 3:30 Robert Rivest, Comedy Mime, Starship Adventure: Science in Motion
August 13 10:30 Birds in Flight (Felix Neck/ Susie Bowman)
August 13 8:00 Astronomer Nelson & Telescope (Pre-Register)
August 20 6:00 Skytellers: Native American Tales & Space Science
August 20 8:00 Astronomer Nelson & Telescope (Pre-Register)
August 27 3:30 Skytellers: Native American Tales & Space Science

2009 Summer Reading Donors:Ben & Bills Chocolate Emporium, The Corner Store, Dinghy Dogs, Flying Horses Carousel, Giordano’s Family Restaurant, Glimpse of Tibet, Good Ship Lollipop Candy Store, Hair by Dana, Mary’s Linen Store, Paeson’s Pizza, Reliable Market,Rose Bud Balloons, The Variety Store.

New Books, DVDs, Audiobooks and More for Lifelong Learners!

Do you want to learn a new skill or hobby? Are you interested in learning more about an important life issue such as health & wellness, finances, or finding jobs & volunteer opportunities? Or do you want to borrow the newest DVDs, Audiobooks, and Large Print materials?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then come to the library to see a display of the latest library materials for lifelong learners! A list of the materials will soon be added to the library’s lifelong learners web page.

Many of these new library materials were purchased using grant funding through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners with funds from LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act), a Federal source of library funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Della Hardman Day 2009 Events!

Fri, July 24 – Sunset Concert, The Spirituals Choir, Jim Thomas, director, East Chop Lighthouse 7 p.m.
Fri, July 24 – ‘Savor the Moment’ High School Essay Contest Winners announced
Sat, July 25 – ‘Savor the Moment’ Photo Exhibit & Reception, Oak Bluffs Public Library, 2 p.m.
Sat, July 25 – ‘Savor the Moment’ 2010 Calendar published by Oak Bluffs Public Library
Sat, July 25 – A Jazz Tribute to President Obama, Ocean Park, 4 p.m.
Mon, Aug 3 – ‘Savor the Moment’ Della Hardman Day Prize, All Island Art Show, The Tabernacle


Don’t miss….A JAZZ TRIBUTE TO PRESIDENT OBAMA! Words & Music by Columbia Law School professor PATRICIA WILLIAMS, columnist, The Nation, & saxophonist OLIVER LAKE, composer and painter. Saturday, July 25, Ocean Park at 4 p.m.

More information about Della Hardman Day:
This is the fifth annual Della Hardman Day, a festival celebrating the arts, diversity and a zest for living on the magical island of Martha’s Vineyard. Della Hardman (1922-2005), an artist, educator and writer, began visiting the Vineyard at age 3 and was a year round resident from 1986. She loved the island and its people and became a community activist and Vineyard Gazette columnist who encouraged everyone to ‘savor the moment!’

The event, sponsored by the the Town of Oak Bluffs, began in 2005 when Dr. Della Hardman’s former West Virginia State U. students honored her with a weekend tribute.

Vote in our new lifelong learners poll today!

Have you visited our Lifelong Learners webpage yet? It is a great resource for finding information about Finances, Health, Technology, Home & Garden, Work & Activism, and Local History.

You can even change the text size on the web page for an easier reading experience!

While you are there, vote in the lifelong learning resource center poll and take our survey to help us provide a high level of service to lifelong learners in the community.

Savor the Moment—Art Exhibition & Celebration

Please join us on Saturday, July 25th at 2 PM, for the Opening and Artists’ Reception for the “Savor the Moment” photography exhibit.

This is the second year that the library has held a contest to select images for the “Savor the Moment” calendar. Contest judges were photographers Alison Shaw and Donalexander Goss; and Francine Kelly, Director of Featherstone Center for the Arts. Photographs were judged on the artful representation of the “Savor the Moment” theme during all four seasons on the Island. The calendar is published to honor Della Hardman, a former library trustee, in conjunction with the 5th Annual Della Hardman Day, which is celebrated in Oak Bluffs on the last Saturday in July. Please visit for more information about Della Hardman Day events.

The photography show will be at the library through August 8th. Copies of the calendar will be available for sale at the library.

England, China, Africa – A Travel by Book Update!

The first discussion in the Adult Summer Reading Program took us from England to China. Simon Winchester’s book, “The Man Who Loved China”, made for a lively discussion.

Several attendees had visited China and shared their interesting experiences with the group. They recommended reading books by Ha Jin, Amy Tan, and Jung Chang (“Wild Swans”) to anyone interested in stories with plots relating to China.

One lucky participant in the discussion won a Black Dog Coffee Mug for attending the meeting. More prizes will be awarded at the future meetings, courtesy of our sponsors, the Library Friends of Oak Bluffs.

Please join us for another fun and thoughtful discussion on Wednesday, July 22 at 10:30 AM. Copies of the book to be discussed, “Out of Africa” by Isak Denisen, are available at the check out desk at the library.