Monthly Archives: August 2009

Free Grant Funding Workshop – How to Approach a Foundation

Attention grant seekers:

On Thursday, September 10 at 6:00 PM a free grant funding workshop will be taking place at the Oak Bluffs Public Library. “How to Approach a Foundation”, is a workshop for grant seekers that have identified potential funding organizations and want to learn how to effectively approach and communicate with foundations. Space is limited and sign up is required. Please call the library at 508-693-9433 to sign up and for additional information.

This workshop is a part of the Grant Resource Network: Martha’s Vineyard, made possible by the collaboration of Associated Grant Makers of Massachusetts (AGM), The Oak Bluffs Public Library (OBPL), and the Martha’s Vineyard Donor Collaborative (MVDC), and a grant from the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation. Learn more about the grant seeking resources available through the Grant Resource Network: Martha’s Vineyard by contacting the MVDC or OBPL, or by visiting:Grant Resource Network: Martha’s Vineyard.

Workshop presented by Judith Margolin, Vice President for Planning and Evaluation at the Foundation Center.

Judith Margolin’s Bio:
Judith Margolin is Vice President for Planning and Evaluation at the Foundation Center, the nation’s leading authority on philanthropy. She has devoted most of her career to foundations and philanthropy. She is the author of several books, including The Individual’s Guide to Grants and Financing a College Education and has served as editor of multiple editions of the Center’s monographs, including Foundation Fundamentals, Guide to Proposal Writing, and The Grantseeker’s Guide to Winning Proposals.


The children and teens of Oak Bluffs Public Library earned more than 800 Polar Points in the Summer Reading Program. As a result, our 2009 charity benefactor, The Black Dog Kids, donated the money to the World Wildlife Fund to adopt a symbolic polar bear through the Adopt A Species Program. Come to the Children’s Room and see our WWF stuffed polar bear and adoption certificate, as well as our display of books about polar bears and climate change. Congratulations to each child who participated! Your reading has helped the world in addition to yourself.


Curious George listened as we read Curious George Goes to The Beach and he swirled his scarf and danced with us to “Six Little Monkeys Jumping on The Bed.” So many children came to see him that we had three storytimes in a row.


It was an honor to be chosen by Lou Berger, former head writer of Sesame Street and winner of ten Emmy awards, as the venue for his author talk. He offered that it is his way of giving back to Martha’s Vineyard for 30 years of happy summer memories his family had on the island, where he wrote hundreds of scripts for Sesame Street, Reading Rainbow and Between the Lions.

He read his lovely children’s book, The Elephant Wish, and discussed writing and his experiences with Sesame Street. Both children and adults asked wonderful questions that led to compelling stories. He even told of when he named Abby Cadabby!

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Remember…at the library you can:
Borrow the most popular DVDs, Music CDs, audiobooks, novels, non-fiction books.

Enjoy FREE entertaining and educational library programs (for all ages)!

Receive homework and research assistance.

Learn a new language.

Research your family’s genealogy.

Learn about local history.

Use and borrow lifelong learning resources.

Download books and music to your MP3 Player.

Use the public computers or your personal laptop to surf the Web.

Research grants for individuals or organizations.

And much more…


“Outstanding” is the appropriate word to describe Robert Rivest! What a wonderful time we all had watching his show, Spaceship Adventure: Science in Motion. Laughter just resonated throughout the aisles of the full meeting room.