Children’s Room


If you see a spaceship in the middle of the Children’s Room, do not be alarmed. It is only our stuffed animals’ spaceship for Starship Adventure at your Library, the 2009 Summer Reading Program. This year the program is a hybrid of charity-based and prize incentive programs. Children will read through eight levels to complete the program, flying to eight planets, each one further from Earth. For each planet they land on, they will receive a “Polar Point” toward our charity and a raffle ticket for weekly drawings. Additionally, each planet level (one hour of reading or 4 picture books read or read to the child) carries a token prize, culminating with a Martha’s Vineyard Summer Reading 2009 T-Shirt. Prizes were donated by our generous merchants listed below.

Summer Reading Program Charity: Adopt a Polar Bear
We are pleased to be the first island library to introduce a charity summer reading program. Charity-based summer reading programs have become increasingly popular across the nation. Research indicates that children often read more when participating in a charity-based program than a toy-prize incentive program. This year we have a challenge: if the Oak Bluffs children/teens collectively earn 800 Polar Points (800 hours), our charity benefactor, The Black Dog Kids, will donate the money for the Library to adopt a polar bear through the species adoption program of the World Wildlife Fund.

Summer Reading Programs & Performers: Thursdays Are a Blast @ Oak Bluffs Public Library!
In addition to our regular children’s and teen programming, we will offer special programs on Thursdays throughout the summer. Join us to celebrate the beginning of the SRP and Kate Feiffer’s new book, The Problem with the Puddles ,(our July book club selection) on July 2 at 3:30. We will have a puddle jump, cloud-shaped cake, author talk, and cloud craft.

July 9 3:30 Sheila Mudd Baker, Storyteller
July 16 4:30 Dream Tale Puppets: Little Red Riding Hood & The Three Little Pigs
July 23 6:30 Gus Ben David, Animal Interviews
July 30 3:30 Julie Austin, Singer/Musician
August 6 3:30 Robert Rivest, Comedy Mime, Starship Adventure: Science in Motion
August 13 10:30 Birds in Flight (Felix Neck/ Susie Bowman)
August 13 8:00 Astronomer Nelson & Telescope (Pre-Register)
August 20 6:00 Skytellers: Native American Tales & Space Science
August 20 8:00 Astronomer Nelson & Telescope (Pre-Register)
August 27 3:30 Skytellers: Native American Tales & Space Science

2009 Summer Reading Donors:Ben & Bills Chocolate Emporium, The Corner Store, Dinghy Dogs, Flying Horses Carousel, Giordano’s Family Restaurant, Glimpse of Tibet, Good Ship Lollipop Candy Store, Hair by Dana, Mary’s Linen Store, Paeson’s Pizza, Reliable Market,Rose Bud Balloons, The Variety Store.