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Book Ends: The Official Newsletter of the Library Friends of Oak Bluffs, Inc.

Official Newsletter of the Library Friends of Oak Bluffs, Inc.
Les Woodcock, Editor, Vol. 1, No. 2, Spring 2013


Sondra Murphy was named the Director of the Oak Bluffs Public Library on January 22, 2013. The Acting Director since June 2012, as well as the Children’s Librarian since October 2011, Sondra will continue to wear two hats until a new Children’s Librarian is hired.

She was born in Boston and grew up in Massachusetts, and spent some time in North Carolina, as her father, a construction engineer, went where the jobs were (Sondra’s mother is a French teacher). Sondra graduated as an English major from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, MA where she was the Photo Club co-president, ran a campus radio show and edited the college’s literary magazine. Even then Sondra showed a propensity for juggling a number of jobs. Sondra moved to Oak Bluffs permanently after graduating from Simmons in Boston with a Masters in Library and Information Science in 2010 and came to work at the Library. She was named the Children’s Librarian in October and a year later the Acting Director.

“Sondra handled herself with great maturity, impressing me and the others on the panel with her knowledge of the job, her enthusiasm and plans,” said Walter Vail, the Oak Bluffs Selectmen’s representative on the interviewing committee. “There is no question about her abilities. Since she was appointed the Acting Director, the mood and morale among the staff has improved markedly. The library has, under Sondra’s direction, taken on a new life and direction, all very positive for the library and the community”.

“Sondra was one of three finalists that the committee interviewed,” added Robert Huss, the chairman of the Library Board of Directors. “We chose Sondra because of her ideas and the enthusiasm she has for the improvements to our library. As Acting Director she had started making many positive changes. We felt she deserved to see these through to fruition. She was the unanimous choice of the committee.”


THANKS TO OUR DONORS, the Library Friends were . . .

  • able to initiate and support a variety of activities for all ages
  •  E-Reader Technology Initiative – purchased Kindles, Nooks, iPad, etc for use in upcoming seminars for Patrons and Staff to learn about current technologies.
  • Community Adult Programs – Since her arrival in November, we have worked with Miki Wolfe to develop programs for adults including Technology sessions on selecting an eReader vs. a Tablet and another on how to Declutter Your Digital Life, as well as Birding the Vineyard, a panel discussion and audience participation with Lanny McDowell, Matt Pelikan and Allan Keith.
  • Coming this Spring – March is National Craft Month (31 Days of Crafts at the OBPL … for all ages… craft ideas courtesy of Library Staff, materials provided by the Library Friends). Then look for the annual Egg hunt, a local cheese workshop, program on Jazz and more technology seminars.
  • Book Drives and Annual Book Sale – donate your gently used books on April 6 and June 1, from 12:30pm – 2:30pm. These Saturday Book Drives are the lead up to our Annual Book Sale on July 18, 19 & 20 (Thu, Fri & Sat). Thanks to all who donated books at our January 12 drive!



Sondra worked closely for six months with Jesse Hayes of the Hayes Design Studios to make the Library’s website more organized and user friendly. “In an effort to establish the Library as a current and vital resource in our community, we’ve added fresh color schemes and given the website a refined, yet playful appearance,” said Sondra. “We’ve alsoupdated our mission statement to Supporting Community, Building Cultural Awareness, Providing Access.” The renovated website is up and running at, with lots of new functionality, including direct links to the library’s Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Instagram and Pinterest pages. The new window pane logo, OBPL and LFOB imprints can be seen on bookmarks, magnets, pens, book baskets and other promotional items, funded by the Library Friends of Oak Bluffs.



For the first two days of February, the Library was turned into an 18-hole, pitch & putt golf course. Yes, that’s right, a golf course. Conceived by Sondra as a celebration of the Library’s website and logo rebranding, the Mini Golf event was very successful in numbers and enthusiasm of the participants. The Library Friends of Oak Bluffs were the Title Sponsor of the golf event, which had 13 other sponsors, as well as food and beverages donated by Skinny’s Fat Sandwiches, Park Corner Bistro and Our Market. A round-trip ferry ticket for a car and two adults, donated by the Steamship Authority, made a coveted door prize. The Library Staff and almost 20 volunteers, including LFOB members, ran the golf tournament as smoothly as the Masters, laying down the course, designed by Library Mini Golf, and dismantling it at the end.

The festivities opened on a Friday night. Despite competition from two other local events, 90 adults paid $15 each or $25 per couple, eager to play their first ever game of library Mini Golf. Along with the challenge of negotiating the course, which meandered over the two floors of the library, golfers were treated to a delectable array of food and drink. On Saturday, golfing in the Library was free to all and drew 200 golfers, young and old. “It was a blast and we got a chance to see all of the library,” said one of the golfers. The mini golf event was a huge success and the community had a clearer idea of what the Oak Bluffs Public Library is all about. “I think the event was so much fun, and I can’t wait to do it again,” said Sondra.



The Library Friends of Oak Bluffs are thrilled with the new look and feel of the Library’s website and are pleased with our updated presence on the site. Here’s our new logo! It was developed in conjunction with the new library branding. We invite you to visit us at, stop by the Friends Nook at the Library, come to an event or drop us a line.



The Official Newsletter of the Library Friends of Oak Bluffs, Inc.
Les Woodcock, Editor, Vol. 1, No. 1, January 2013


After limping along without a reference librarian for close to three years, mainly because of budget cuts, your library recently hired Mikaela (Miki) Wolfe, who is eminently qualified for the position. A New Englander through and through, Miki was born in Boston and grew up in Rhode Island. She played softball and field hockey at Pilgrim High School in Warwick and graduated with high honors.

Miki went south for her college years, gaining a BA in English Literature and Women’s Studies at the University of Florida and a Masters degree in Library Science at Florida State University. She also earned a Specialist degree in Online Navigation of Social Spaces for Libraries and Non-profits. “This is a wonderful place to raise Riley, my nine-year-old daughter,” says Miki, an avid runner.


The importance of a reference librarian cannot be overstated. As the new reference librarian, Miki’s mix of skills will greatly enhance your library’s programs. A list of the critical services she will provide is endless. But let’s just begin with adult programming, which the library sorely missed before Miki came along. On top of that she will be concerned with technology services and operations and will set up library computerization, manage and coordinate all aspects of the integrated library system, website, online resources and internet access. That’s just for starters.


Carol Seale, the Recording Secretary and Vice President of the LFOB, and her husband, Robert, have made a new home in Franklin, NC, after living on Martha’s Vineyard since the late ‘90s. For years, Carol helped make our early Book Sales a success by sorting and boxing books in the old library and through the years has worked on book drives, baked for events and helped with our direct mail campaigns. “Our new home is in a beautiful mountain area,” says Carol, “and, of course, the living is a lot cheaper than on the Island.”


The July 2012 Book Sale by the LFOB was a whopping success, mainly because of the enthusiasm and hard work of some 30 volunteers. In addition, local community organizations and businesses pitched in to make it the best Book Sale we have ever had. It amassed the staggering total of $6,570, which topped the previous year’s receipts by more than $1,000.

Incredibly, at the end of the three-day sale, all left over books were cleared, tables were returned to the Senior Center and the Methodist Church Parish Hall and the Library and Town Hall Meeting rooms were put back in order – all within two hours of the end of the sale. Many thanks to all who came out to support our Sale.


Where does all the money go? Let us count the ways it is spent to help the library remain a vital resource for everyone. Your donations to the LFOB provided for programs and activities that were not fully funded by the Library’s taxpayer supported budget. For instance, in 2012 we sponsored Summer Reading programs for children that included purchasing T-shirts and holding a summer-end pizza party; held four technology seminars in May and June; and co-sponsored with Felix Neck a climate change program.

In addition, we purchased a memorial bench to honor long-time librarian Anita Parker’s memory; sponsored a Halloween party and an Easter egg hunt; and bought a new desk for the new reference librarian’s office. These are just a few of the things your donated bucks were spent on.


Coming soon is our annual Holiday Open House, Friday, December 14 at 2pm. Then on February 1st and 2nd, help the Library celebrate its new website and image with a mini golf event inside the library. Also look for our Book Drive days leading up to the annual Book Sale in July plus the 25th anniversary celebration of the founding of the LFOB. As dates are set, they can be found on the library’s home page at, on facebook and in local events calendars.


The Library Friends appreciate your past support, and continue to rely on your donations to help fund and sponsor programs, services and collections. We ask you now to make a year-end contribution to the LFOB. We have great plans for next year and need your help. So please send your tax-deductible gift to the Library Friends of Oak Buffs, Inc., PO Box 1421, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557. And please include your postal and email addresses. Thank You!

– All good wishes for 2013 –
Our mission is to promote the library as an active, dynamic, education and information center
in the community and to support and enhance our library’s programs, services and collections.