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National Fossil Day! Thursday October 12, 4-7:45.

Fossil Day on Thursday October 12th 4 pm- 7:45 pm, is a FREE drop-in and mingle event, open to all ages. Bring your own fossils to share with others or to ask the experts about. Don’t have any fossils? Come enjoy what others bring and listen to the experts as they present. Families and students are encouraged to attend and explore the science of Paleontology! Event is brought to you by a partnership between MPRI, the Oak Bluffs Public Library and the National Park Service. When: Thursday October 12th, 4 pm- 7:45 pm . Where: Oak Bluffs Public Library. Who: EVERYONE!

Live Music Saturday September 30, 5-7

Help bring our Maritime month to a close as we celebrate music, culture, and women’s roles in maritime history. Thank you again to the Library Friends of Oak Bluffs and to Gordon Goodwin’s family for their dedication to our unique coastal location.

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.