Friday, December 22, 2006

We have the OED!

The Oak Bluffs Public Library has purchased a complete set of the second edition Oxford English Dictionary. You can find this unique and informative dictionary on the shelves in the Reference area of the library.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Library receives LCC grant from the MVCC!

The Oak Bluffs Public Library applied for and received a $255 grant from the Martha's Vineyard Cultural Council, a local agency that is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. The funds from this grant partially funded the MV History Series at the library, which included the following programs:

The Wampanoag of Noepe (Martha's Vineyard) - Tobias Vanderhoop, September 21 2006

Author Visit - Phyllis Meras, November 16 2006

"Tell A Story" - Leigh French, Day to be Determined in February 2007!

Friday, December 08, 2006

Library Puzzle

The puzzle idea was a hit!

The first puzzle has been completed, and we have put out a new puzzle for people to assemble! Come work your brain and enjoy the library!

Remember, the puzzle is in the downstairs seating section of the library except for on Wednesdays when we bring it to the morning Coffee Time program. See you soon!

Friday, December 01, 2006

Library Building Decorations

Have you seen the library's wonderful holiday decorations yet? See more library pictures!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Book Discussion Group - The Poisonwood Bible

We had another great book discussion group meeting revolving around "The Poisonwood Bible", by Barbara Kingsolver. Fantastic Fiction's website contains a brief biography about the author, as well as information about some of her other popular novels.

While many interesting and provacative issues were raised in the book, one of the main themes of this book was family relationships. Here is a link to the Hennepin County Library's suggestions for more books to read about family relationships!

Finally, it was decided that there will be no book discussion group meeting in the month of December due to the craziness of the holiday season!

We will meet again in January (see the library's events calendar for the exact dates) to discuss "The Constant Princess" by Philippa Gregory, books will be available at the beginning of the month at the library's main Circulation desk. for anybody that is interested in attending!

Friday, November 10, 2006

Happy Birthday Oak Bluffs Library!

At the end of October the new Oak Bluffs Public Library building turned one year old! We opened on October 29, 2005 and the building was dedicated on November 5, of 2005.

In the lobby of the library there is a display of library pictures, as well as a blank book for patrons to write a message to the library staff and tell about their favorite features of the new facilities!

Please come see our display and say hello.....and don't forget to check out a great book, movie, or cd while you are here :)

Friday, October 27, 2006

Interested in Genealogy?!?

The Oak Bluffs Library has a free trial of Ancestry Library Edition & Heritage Quest Online for the next 30 days!

Expires 11/24/06

Ask a librarian today for details about how to use these great resources!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Book Discussion Group - Daughter of Fortune

Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende is a sweeping portrait of an era, a story rich in character, history, violence, and compassion. It’s also a story of bravery and passion and of a young woman's incredible journey from innocence to wisdom. Allende’s canvas encompasses 19th Century Chile and California during the 1849 Gold Rush. Her courageous story compels us to look beyond the boundaries imposed on us by others and by ourselves. And it teaches us that by opening our minds - and our hearts - we are opening ourselves up to golden opportunities for love, happiness and good fortune.

We had an interesting discussion about the restrictions society places on Hispanic and Asian women. Several members of the group had had first-hand experience of different cultures and norms. The overall theme of reinventing oneself and taking control of our lives provided a wonderful basis for very interesting conversation.

For further reading, Isabel Allende has written two other books that should prove interesting to those who enjoyed Daughter of Fortune. They are: Portrait in Sepia and The House of the Spirits.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Book Discussion Group - The Kite Runner

There was a great turnout for the library's recent Book Discussion Group meeting in September. Participants had a stimulating discussion concerning "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini. If you would like to learn more about the Book Discussion Group, please visit the library's website!

Here are a few websites that may be of interest to people who read "The Kite Runner":
  • According to the Fantastic Fiction website, Khaled Hosseini is working on a new book called "Dreaming in Titanic City".
  • For information on Afghanistan's politics, history, culture, and more, try reading this article on the Wikipedia website.
  • Librarians Internet Index has compiled a list of interesting websites about Afghanistan.