Island Library Trustees Meet
Vineyard Gazette
Representatives of the Vineyard Libraries met at the Oak Bluffs Library on April 21st for the purpose of forming a collection of Vineyard literature for use by the County’s Public Libraries. The Committee organized as follows: President, Mr. Marshall Shepard; Editor, Dr. Charles E. Banks; Treasurer, Mr. Walter Ripley; Secretary, Mrs. Johnson Whiting.
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Library Speed Dating

On Feb. 8 double your pleasure with a good book and a possible romantic interlude as the Oak Bluffs Library brings back Literary Speed Dating.

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New Library Director in Oak Bluffs

Oak Bluffs selectmen appointed Allyson Malik as the new town library director at their Tuesday meeting.

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Oak Bluffs Library Offers Fit in '15

The Oak Bluffs Public Library helps kickoff the new year and keeps on going with its Fit in ‘15 program, which lasts all year long.

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Spreading Word of Apartheid as Exiles
Alex Elvin

Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela, a 2005 documentary film by Thomas Allen Harris, will screen at the Oak Bluffs Public Library on August 19.

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Islanders Strike a Pose for Library Photo Project
Derek Schwartz

By the time Eli Dagostino captured the perfect shot of Anthony Esposito, Mr. Esposito seemed close to hypnotized.

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Art Among Stacks at Oak Bluffs Library
Ivy Ashe

Jeffrey Churchill has been collaging since he was a boy, papering the walls of his room with photographs from Sports Illustrated and making collage posters from National Geographic for his friends. His mother wasn’t thrilled about the wall decorations, but the posters were a hit with his friends.

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High Heat, No Air Conditioning Force Oak Bluffs Library to Close for Second Day

For the second day in a row, the Oak Bluffs Library has been closed due to a malfunctioning air conditioning system.

The library was closed at 11:30 a.m. today. On Thursday morning library officials first announced the early closure of the upstairs portion of the library. Soon after, the rest of the library was closed. The library meeting room, where a book sale is ongoing, is fully air conditioned and remains open.

The building has a longstanding history of heating and air conditioning problems.

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New Children's Librarian Takes Helm in Oak Bluffs
Ivy Ashe

A changing of the guard took place Wednesday morning as Zoe Pechter and Sondra Murphy read aloud to a group of youngsters at the Oak Bluffs Public Library. Regulars and newcomers to the children’s room eagerly pointed at the colorful picture books, laughed as they danced the Hokey Pokey, and sang along to “the French song,” a staple of Oak Bluffs storytime.

The change was ostensibly a personnel one. Ms. Pechter, who started her new job as children’s librarian on June 1, was taking the baton from Ms. Murphy, who is now the library’s director.

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New Director, Mission for Oak Bluffs Library
Sara Brown

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.”

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