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Library Mini Golf was a Success!

In an effort to spread the word about our new website, logo, signage, and mission statement, we asked Library Mini Golf, a family-owned company  to turn our two floors into an 18-hole golf course.

Friday night we hosted a party for 100 adults, with food prepared and donated by Park Corner and Skinny’s Fat Sandwiches, and beer and wine provided by Our Market. Saturday was free and open to the public all day, and 200 kids and parents came to play mini-golf. The kids had a ridiculous amount of fun, most playing the fan-favorite 12th hole over and over again.

The Library Friends of Oak Bluffs were the tournament sponsor, contributing $1,000 to finance the event. Other sponsors were B-Strong, Good Ship Lollipop, MV Shell Recovery, Phillips Hardware, Penworthy books, Shelley W. Brown, the Murphy Family, Hayes Design Studios, Eric Alexander, Michael Amaral, and an “Appreciative Out-of-Towner.” Our party wouldn’t have been a success if it hadn’t been for our sponsors, the Oak Bluffs Library staff, The Library Friends of Oak Bluffs, the Selectmen and Police Department, and the countless volunteers that dedicated their time and effort to making sure that no one swung their clubs too high, and that everyone had a blast.



Selectman Walter Vail enjoying the 14th hole!


Beer and wine provided by Our Market, and other snacks provided by the Library Friends of Oak Bluffs.


Delicious hors d’oeuvres made by Park Corner.


Director Sondra Murphy posing with the Tournament Scorekeeper/Bodyguard Eric Alexander.


Our regular patrons didn’t seem to mind all the golfers on Saturday!



Mini burgers, fries, and milkshakes by Skinny’s Fat Sandwiches!

We look forward to making this an annual tradition, so if you missed out on the fun, we’ll see you next year!

Curious George Visits the Library!


We had so much fun with Curious George at storytime. Over 70 kids and parents came to see him and listen to his story!




There were so many hugs, smiles, and high fives going around!


We made the cutest George masks and big hands so we could wave to him when he came in.


Check out some of our Instagram pictures! You can find us at IlluminateOB on Instagram.




Our next character visit is Amelia Bedelia, coming to the Island at the end of July! Check our calendar for more information in the next few months.

See you then!

One Book – One Island 2011 events

The first of the One Book – One Island 2011 series of events were held at the libary: Wednesday we had a discussion of Barbara Kingsolver’s “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” led by Dawn Braasch, owner of the Bunch of Grapes bookstore, followed by “Local” lunch prepared by Jan Buhrman of Kitchen Porch and sponsored by Library Friends of Oak Bluffs. Thursday evening we hosted a panel discusion “Local&Sustainable”, moderated by Nis Kildegaard, Reference Librarian, Edgartown Free Public Library, with Jim Athearn (Morning Glory Farm), Ali Berlow (edible Vineyard), Jan Buhrman (Kitchen Porch), Rebecca Gilbert (Native Earth Teaching Farm), Sidney Morris (Farm Institute, Thalia Scanlan (COMSOG) and others in the audience participating. Healthy tasty refreshments were prepared by Jan, and sponsored by Library Friends of OB. Thank you to all who participated!
More events are scheduled:
May 5, at 5p.m. at the Chilmark Library ~ Book discussion of Barbara Kingsolver’s “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle”
May 7, 4p.m. at the West Tisbury Library ~ Book discussion and signing, “Book of Duck Cookery”, with Rebecca Randall Gilbert of Native Earth Teaching Farm.
May 19, 6:30 p.m. ~ Screening of documentary film, Farming the Future: Farm Life on Long Island.
A cheese making workshop at the Oak Bluffs Library is being planned for June 14th (check for the exact time and sign up at the library later).
The kids have not been forgotten: on May 7, children 3 years old and older are invited to a story time with Sondra, with a theme of “slow food” followed by seed planting to seed pods that the kids will be able to take home with them.

Workshop for Nonprofit Grant Seekers Introduces GRN:MV

The library recently hosted a two-day workshop for nonprofit grant seekers that attracted over 30 attendees. The workshop focused on how to find and apply for grants using a collection of print and online resources referred to as the Grant Resource Network: Martha’s Vineyard (GRN:MV), available at the Oak Bluffs Public Library. It includes access to online grant databases provided by Associated Grant Makers of Boston (includes over 400 local funders) and the Foundation Center (includes 97,000 national grant makers).

If you missed the workshop, please visit the library during our open hours to use the collection. You can also contact the Martha’s Vineyard Donors Collaborative to arrange for a trainer to assist you when using the grant databases. Send an E-mail to to make an appointment with a trainer.

The GRN:MV was made possible by the collaboration of Associated Grant Makers, the Oak Bluffs Public Library, and the Martha’s Vineyard Donors Collaborative, and also a grant from the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation.

Winter Reading Series & Technology Fair!

The library has two very exciting programs coming soon that you will not want to miss:

Thursday, March 11 at 5:30 PM – Winter Reading Series

Samuel Leader and Greg Shultz, Fiction Fellows at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown will talk about their writing. Refreshments Served. Read more

Saturday, March 20 at 1:00 PM – 2nd Annual Technology Fair

Community, school, library and business leaders will present examples of new information and communication technologies to the public. This is a free event and one lucky attendee will win an MP3 Player courtesy of the Library Friends of Oak Bluffs. Read more

Holiday Party, Polly Hill Arboretum & Movies – Highlight December Programming

Enjoy a variety of free programming at your library during the month of December. A few of the highlights include:

Thursday, December 10 at 6:00 PM – Tom Clark, Collections and Grounds Manager at the Polly Hill Arboretum will talk on the topic of, “The Seasons of the Polly Hill Arboretum”.

Friday, December 11, from 1 PM – 4 PM, the annual holiday party sponsored by the Library Friends. The party features food, music and good cheer. There will be entertainment for all ages, don’t miss out on the festivities!

Saturday, December 12, at 2 PM – An afternoon movie starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. Based on the best selling book about a woman following in the footsteps of Julia Child. Rated PG-13. Popcorn and beverages will be served.

Visit our events calendar for information about more upcoming programs.

Poetry Reading & Undersea Slideshow Highlight November Events

Thursday, November 12 at 6:00 PM, Former West Tisbury Poet Laureate, Dan Waters, will read selections from several of his published books, recent work and his unpublished poems.

Mr. Waters’ poetry has appeared in the Martha’s Vineyard Gazette, Yankee Magazine, chapbooks and other publications. His recorded verses have also been played on the Cape & Islands NPR station.

To learn more about the poet please visit:

Thursday, November 19 at 6:00 PM, Michael Wooley will narrate a free slideshow and short film presentation showing the mysteries and fascinating undersea life of Earth’s two largest barrier reefs.

Mr. Wooley is a local artist and swim instructor, and an underwater diving enthusiast. He will share his knowledge and thoughts about some of the most interesting creatures of Central America and Australia. Special guests like the many different shark species, eels, sea dragons, lionfish, and much more will be on hand.

To learn about more free entertainment and educational opportunities at your library please visit the library events calendar.

Upcoming Author Visits, Movies and Lectures @ Your Library

A wide variety of community programs are being planned for the fall months and it is all because of your feedback! A recent library survey revealed a strong community interest in health & wellness, home & gardening, local history, cooking, author visits, arts & crafts and computers. The library’s future programs will attempt to meet these areas of community interest.

Please visit our website to learn about events and signup to receive email updates for upcoming programs.

Coming Soon to the Oak Bluffs Public Library:

Thursday, October 15 at 6:30 PM – Author Visit by John Hough Jr.

Read a review of his latest book, Seen The Glory: A Novel of the Battle of Gettysburg

Thursday, October 22 at 6:00 PM – “The Flu and You” by Nicole Barlett

Thursday, November 3 at 6:00 PM – Movie Night (Documentary / Musical & Performance)

Thursday, November 12 at 6:00 PM – Poetry Reading by Dan Waters