The Oak Bluffs selectmen this week appointed Sondra Murphy as the new library director. And Ms. Murphy is already presiding over some big events at the library: a new website, mission statement and logo, and a party complete with mini-golf.
Ms. Murphy, the former children’s librarian, was recommended by a hiring committee, and was appointed Tuesday by the selectmen.
“You did a fabulous job of interviewing,” said selectman Walter Vail, who was on the hiring committee. He noted that Ms. Murphy faced tough competition. “I recommend her highly.”
“It’s been a long road; we’ve traveled a lot of those miles along with you,” selectman Gregory Coogan said. “I’m tickled that you’re here.”
A Feb. 1 party will celebrate the library’s new logo, which shows tree branches through window panes, and the new website, which is already live. Partygoers can play 18 holes of mini-golf throughout the library before enjoying food provided by Park Corner Bistro and Skinny’s Fat Sandwiches and beer and wine provided by Our Market.
Tickets are $25 per couple and $15 for an individual. The event is from 5 to 8 p.m.
Mini-golf will also be available for free at the library all day on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The library’s new motto is “Supporting community, building cultural awareness, providing access.”
The selectmen also approved a new business license for Jesse Martin, who will be taking over the kitchen at the Ritz Cafe. Mr. Martin, an owner of the Park Corner Bistro, said he would open the Carlton Cafe at the Ritz, which would have a simple menu including burgers, wings and chili.
Mr. Martin said he intended to open on Saturday, Jan. 26, and would keep daytime hours of about 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the winter.
The selectmen also approved an NStar proposal to install 77 feet of underground cable and conduit under Barnes Road.