Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Book Discussion Group - "My Antonia"

The majority of Book Discussion Group attendees enjoyed reading Willa Cather's novel, "My Antonia".

Discussion topics included:
  • The author's writing style & use of language.
  • The historical accuracy of how the mid-west was portrayed during the late 1800's.
  • The main characters (Antonia, Jim, etc...).
  • What the author did not tell us and the questions left unanswered.
  • And other interesting topics that came to people's minds while reading the novel!

For more information about Willa Cather's life and other books that may interest people who enjoyed reading "My Antonia", try these suggestions:

Click on the link to be brought directly to the book/DVD in the CLAMS Catalog!

Please join us next month for our next meeting when we will discuss "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee! Stop by the circulation desk to pick up your copy today!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Gus Ben David Live Animal Interview @ the OBPL

Thursday, July 26 from 7pm-8pm at the Oak Bluffs Public Library

Gus Ben David, the renown Island naturalist and former Felix Neck director, will bring live frogs, toads and other creatures to the library for a fun & informative nature program!

Learn more about Gus Ben David by visiting the World of Reptiles and Birds Website!

This is a Della Hardman Day Event!

Friday, July 13, 2007

Did you know?

Ben Roethlisberger, Quarterback for the 2006 Super Bowl Champion Steelers, was named the spokesman for this year's Library Card Sign-Up Month (Sept. 1 - Sept. 30).

Stay tuned for library promotions & displays for Library Card Sign-Up Month in the near future!

The Smartest Card. Get It. Use It. @ Your Library

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Book Discussion Group - "The Time Traveler's Wife"

Many of the Book Discussion Group attendees had distinctly different experiences while reading the book, "The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger.

While many people did not like the time travelling/sci-fi aspect, relationships, etc... in the book, others enjoyed the novel's unique plotline and love story.

The differing opinions made for an intriguing discussion!

If you weren't able to read the book for the discussion group, you can request the book in the CLAMS catalog today!

Other books with time traveling/memory themes include:
  1. "A Shortcut in Time" by Charles Dickinson
  2. "Replay" by Ken Grimwood
  3. "The Lovely Bones" by Alice Sebold
  4. "Slaughterhouse-Five" by Kurt Vonnegut
  5. "Crooked River Burning" by Mark Winegardner

Friday, July 06, 2007

New Africana Encyclopedia!

Come to the Reference Department and browse the latest encyclopedia to be added to our collection, "Africana" ed. by Kwame Anthony Appiah and Henry Louis Gates Jr.

"Substantially larger than the first edition (1999), and with expanded references and indexing, this five-volume set covers a vast geographic area and encompasses the complex histories of Africans in Africa and the Americas. It is written for high school level readers and above and for a non-specialist audience. Slavery and the struggle for political and economic freedom and equality are central themes, and the roots of African and African-American culture in the histories of individual countries are thoroughly explored. In addition to topical entries, "interpretation" essays offer, for example, an examination of the dual tradition of African American fiction with discussion of perceptions, stereotypes, and alternative avenues for analysis. Among the topics new to this edition are African American architects, African oral literature, Black classicism in the U.S., the history of writing in Africa, Black literature in South Africa, the transatlantic slave trade database, and migrancy and African literature. "

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