Library Friends of Oak Bluffs inc

From our Winter 2012 Newsletter

Greetings to all our friends, volunteers, and other supporters.  We hope you’re enjoying our missing winter.  Although we’re in the quietest time of the year on the Vineyard, the Library Friends’ activities in support of the Oak Bluffs Public Library and the community in general continue throughout the year.  And, as always, we can use your help in supporting our ongoing activities.

Thanks to Our Holiday Season Donors

A number of you heeded our call for year-end donations and took advantage of our offer of a paid 2012 membership in return.  To our members who did not take advantage of this offer, this is a reminder that memberships run on a calendar year basis, so if you were a member in 2011 you need to pay your dues for 2012 to maintain your membership.  Minimum dues amount is $10.00; additional contributions are always appreciated.  All dues and contributions are tax-deductible.  Donations and Memberships are separate: you can be one, the other, or both — you choose.  If you don’t provide us your e-mail address, please consider donating something extra to help cover our mailing and special handling costs.

In Addition to Money, We Need More Volunteers

You don’t have to donate, be a member, attend meetings, etc. to be a volunteer.   As we continue to expand the scope of our activities (more about this below), we need more people to help us provide services to the community.  Your participation, small or large, is always appreciated.  It could be as little as helping receive book donations on one of our book drive days or serving refreshments at one of our sponsored activities.  Or, if you have the time and inclination, we are always looking for people with ideas for Friends-sponsored programs to contribute their ideas, provide contacts, and plan these programs.  We are also open to establishing committees and working groups on a broad range of activities that would benefit the Library and the community.  If you have ideas or are willing to volunteer, e-mail Colleen Morris: or call her at 508-693-3605.

2012 Book Sale

One of our major activities, anticipated by the whole community, is the Library Friends’ Annual Book Sale.  It will be held at the Library on July 19 through 21.  Mark your calendars and watch the Friends’ Bulletin Board at the Library for additional information.

Our first two one-day book Drives were held on February 18 and March  24.  Additional Book Drive days will be on Saturdays: May 5, and June 16.  We are happy to accept used books in good condition and suitable for resale. See our Donate Books page for details about what we can and cannot accept.

Go through your collection and see if there are any books, DVDs, or CDs that you can donate. We have to pay to dispose of books that don’t sell.  For this reason, donated books MUST be in good to very good condition. Reference books published earlier than 2009, telephone books, bibles, condensed books, and video (VCR) tapes cannot be accepted. Please cooperate.

Recent Friends’ Purchases for the Library

Using funding provided by your donations to the Friends, Sondra Murphy, our Children’s Librarian and Acting Library Director, has purchased a much-needed laminating machine, as well as a play cube activity center for younger children, a machine that makes decorative paper cutouts for children’s arts and crafts projects, a rotating book display stand for books from the Children’s Collection.  There is still money left in the budget the Friends allocated for this purpose, so there’s more to come.  Thanks, Sondra.

Programs Sponsored by the Library Friends

As mentioned in a previous edition of the Newsletter, we plan to sponsor a series of monthly events at the Library, featuring prominent members of the Island community and resources that will interest a broad cross-section of the local population.  On Thursday evening, March 22, we presented a talk and audio-visual presentation by Sarah Trudel of the Trustees of Reservations on the many conservation and recreational opportunities that the Trustees offer to Islanders and visitors alike.  Many of you are familiar with the beaches and water activities that are available through the Trustees in the summer, but there are also many interesting and less well-known places and things to do in the off-season, even in winter.  Come and learn more about ways to make your off-season a time of discovery.  In April we sponsored a presentation with the Felix Neck facility of the Audubon Society on Climate Change and its effects on Sea Levels. Watch this site and the Friends’ Bulletin Board for updates on specific dates and times of future Friends-sponsored events. More programs will be announced as the speakers and programs are set. And once more, we need volunteers to assist with the logistics of setting up for these programs, serving refreshments, and cleaning up afterwards. A small investment of your time will pay big dividends. Thanks for your help.

Monthly Meeting Location Change

Because of the change in Library hours, future monthly meetings of the Friends’ Steering Committee will be in the first floor Meeting Room.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

And Finally… The Commercial

As they say on those annoying and endless fund-raisers for Public Radio, we couldn’t do all this without YOUR continuing help financially. The Town of Oak Bluffs is still financially strapped, and our ability to help the Library is limited by the amount of money YOU give to support the Library Friends. If you have already made a tax-deductible contribution, please consider making an additional contribution at this time.  If you’ve been meaning to donate but haven’t gotten around to doing it, NOW would be a good time to donate online or to send your tax-deductible check to Library Friends of Oak Bluffs, Inc., PO Box 1421, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557-1421.