Category Archives: displays

Blue Ribbon Winners!

For the second year in a row, our book display the the Agricultural Fair has won a blue ribbon! Make sure you stop by and check it out.


Check out our New Look!

We’ve been very busy rearranging and redecorating in the Children’s Room! Swing by to check-out our new book displays, comfy chairs, and play cubes. We have moved our computers into their own section on the left hand side of the room, creating a “Computer Zone,” for our gamers, which opened up the entrance to our kids room.  We’ve taken steps to create a  “living room” in the entry way of our Children’s section.  Stop by and let us know what you think!Our New Look!

Langston Hughes Poem on Display

The Oak Bluffs Public Library has an exclusive exhibition of an original manuscript by the African-American poet, Langston Hughes. The manuscript of the poem “Cubes” consists of three drafts and the final version of the poem; each draft is signed in full by the poet. What is very interesting, and significant, is that you will be able to see and examine the different written changes, alterations, that Langston Hughes made himself before the final version.

This is a great opportunity to view an original manuscript by Langston Hughes, stop by soon as the exhibit is only here for a couple of weeks!


Go on a Blind Date with a Book

Looking to make a special connection?

With all the love in the air, why don’t you take a chance on a new book?


Blind Date with a Book is going on throughout the month of February! Check out a book based on the given genre, and return it when you’re done! Don’t forget to fill out the “Rate Your Date” slip inside the book so we know if you guys hit it off or not! (We’re nosy like that.)


We have books of all kinds on display- what’s your type?







Black History Month – Displays & Resources

The Martha’s Vineyard chapter of the NAACP has created a display at the library to honor former presidents of the local chapter and to commemorate the centennial celebration of the NAACP. The display is located on the top floor of the library near the stairs. You can learn more about the NAACP of Martha’s Vineyard by visiting their website at

The library has also created a display consisting of materials related to Black History Month, including the highly acclaimed African American National Biography, Africana, The Underground Railroad: an encyclopedia of people, places and operations and Harlem Renaissance Lives. These resources are very helpful for students doing homework assignments, researchers, and anyone interested in learning more about black history.

Please come to the library and visit these two displays celebrating Black History Month.

Veterans’ Day Display

Please come to the library and see our book displays that have been created in honor of Veterans’ Day. The displays include information about the Veterans’ History Project, an effort to collect first-hand accounts by United States Veterans from the following wars: World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War and the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The project was created by the United States Congress:

Just a reminder, on Wednesday, November 11 the library will be closed in observance of Veterans’ Day.

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.

New Art Display at the OBPL!

Amos Group Photography Exhibit at the Oak Bluffs Public Library

Samplings of photographs taken by four students who attend The Rebecca Amos Institute are on display at the Oak Bluffs Public Library during the month of February. Instructor Janice Baer brought her students, Tracy Devine, Vanessa Grant, Hayley Panek, and Amanda Tate to various spots around the Island to inspire their photographic efforts. Please come to the Library during its open hours and enjoy the creative works of these four talented artists!

Click here to see pictures of the exhibit

Biographies, MV Hurricanes, Fishing Derby, and more!

Come to the Library and see our latest and greatest Library & Book Displays:

Visit our “Who’s Life Is It Anyway?” Book Display and find Library materials concerning the lives of fascinating people!

Or take a look at our “Hurricanes & Martha’s Vineyard” exhibit to learn more about some of the powerful storms that have affected the Island’s people, towns, and landscape over the years! There is more information in the Reference Department that will help you and your family prepare for future hurricanes and natural disasters.

It is also the season for the annual Fishing Derby, the Library staff has created a display of related materials along with some brief information about the Derby.

Finally, don’t forget about Banned Books Week! There are bookmarks and information packets near the Library’s Catalog Computers and in the Reference Department. Celebrate your freedom to read today!

Triad Club Display!

The Library would like to thank the Martha’s Vineyard Museum and Susan Wilson for contributing materials to the Triad Club Display (by the staircase in the upstairs of the library).

The materials were on display during the month of August, and library patrons enjoyed viewing the collection and reading Susan Wilson’s article, For 70 Years, the Triad Club of Oak Bluffs Was a Forum For Members’ “Improvement”, which appeared in the Dukes County Intelligencer (August 2007 Edition).

You can learn more about other topics related to local history by visiting the Library and reading a book from our Martha’s Vineyard Collection!