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Your Voice Your Library – SURVEY

Your Voice Your Library Surgey

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC), your state agency, is conducting a study to help us understand who uses which library and why. The goal is to level the playing field for all sizes of libraries in the Commonwealth.

Through August 2017, MBLC is asking all library patrons to
participate in our Massachusetts Public Library Patron Survey. It should only take 8-10 minutes to complete, and is completely anonymous.
https://tinyurl.com/mblcsurvey

If you have any questions please reach out to a librarian.
By completing our survey you are eligible to enter a prize draw for an iPad.
Prizes will be announced at the end of the summer.

 

Participants have the option to provide their email address and be entered into a drawing for an iPad Pro, to be awarded on September 15, 2017.
Three iPads will be given: one to a patron who lives in the eastern part of the state, one in the central area, and one in western Massachusetts.

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ALA Celebrates LGBTQ+ Book Month

In 2015 the American Library Association declared June as GLBT Book Month. It is, “a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the gay,  lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community.” Continue reading

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Recordings Selected for the 2016 National Recording Registry

2016 Recording Registry
According to the News from the Library of Congress, on March 29, 2017, the Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden, named 25 recordings to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress because of their, “cultural, artistic and historical importance to American society and the nation’s audio heritage.”

 

2016 National Recording Registry
(Listing Titles in Chronological Order)

1.  The 1888 London cylinder recordings of Col. George Gouraud (1888)

2.  “Lift Every Voice and Sing” (singles), Manhattan Harmony Four (1923); Melba Moore and Friends (1990)

3.  “Puttin’ on the Ritz” (single), Harry Richman (1929)

4.  “Over the Rainbow” (single), Judy Garland (1939)

5.  “I’ll Fly Away” (single), The Chuck Wagon Gang  (1948)

6.  “Hound Dog” (single),  Big Mama Thornton (1953)

7.  “Saxophone Colossus,” Sonny Rollins  (1956)

8.  The Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds, announced by Vin Scully (September 8, 1957)

9.  “Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs,” Marty Robbins  (1959)

10. “The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery,” Wes Montgomery (1960)

11. “People” (single), Barbra Streisand (1964)

12. “In the Midnight Hour” (single), Wilson Pickett  (1965)

13. “Amazing Grace” (single), Judy Collins  (1970)

14. “American Pie” (single), Don McLean  (1971)

15.  “All Things Considered,” first broadcast (May 3, 1971)

16. “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars,” David Bowie (1972)

17. “The Wiz,” original cast album (1975)

18. “Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975),” Eagles  (1976)  

19. “Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha,” Gunter Schuller, arr. (1976)   

20. “Wanted:  Live in Concert,” Richard Pryor  (1978)

21. “We Are Family” (single), Sister Sledge (1979)

22. “Remain in Light,” Talking Heads (1980)

23. “Straight Outta Compton,” N.W.A (1988)

24. “Rachmaninoff’s Vespers (All-Night Vigil),” Robert Shaw Festival Singers (1990)

25. “Signatures,” Renée Fleming  (1997)

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Films Selected for the 2016 National Film Registry

2016-film-registryAccording to the News from the Library of Congress, on December 14, 2016 the new Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden, announced, “the annual selection of 25 motion pictures that have been inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress because of their cultural, historic or aesthetic importance.”

We have most of the titles available through CLAMS. If there is a title on the list unavailable in CLAMS you can request a title via the Commonwealth Catalog or contact your local library to receive the item via InterLibrary Loan.

Films Selected for the 2016 National Film Registry

  1. Atomic Cafe (1982)
  2. Ball of Fire (1941)
  3. Beau Brummels, The (1928)
  4. Birds, The (1963)
  5. Blackboard Jungle (1955)
  6. Breakfast Club, The (1985)
  7. Decline of Western Civilization, The (1981)
  8. East of Eden (1955)
  9. Funny Girl (1968)
  10. Life of an American Fireman (1903)
  11. Lion King, The (1994)
  12. Lost Horizon (1937)
  13. Musketeers of Pig Alley, The (1912)
  14. Paris Is Burning (1990)
  15. Point Blank (1967)
  16. Princess Bride, The (1987)
  17. Putney Swope (1969)
  18. Rushmore (1998)
  19. Solomon Sir Jones films (1924-28)
  20. Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)
  21. Suzanne, Suzanne (1982)
  22. Thelma & Louise (1991)
  23. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1916)
  24. Walk in the Sun, A (1945)
  25. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
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2016 National Book Award Winner: Rep. John Lewis

March, Book 3 by Rep. John Lewis

“Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) won the Young People’s Literature award with his co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell for “March: Book Three.” The graphic novel recounts Lewis’ experience during the civil rights movement.” — BookTV.

Read his incredible series March, available in CLAMS: http://bit.ly/2gBSKMn

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National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

National Novel Writing MonthWhat is NaNoWriMo? According to its site nanowrimo.org, “National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing.
On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.
Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.”

Need help or inspiration? Check out our events calendar to join local writers groups when they meetup at our libraries.

Follow the #NaNoWriMo2016 fun at the library on Twitter.

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Librarian of Congress appointed

Dr. Carla Hayden Approved as Librarian of Congress

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2016 Pulitzer Prizes

Congratulations to the 2016 Pulitzer prize winners.
sympathizerFiction – The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Non-fiction – Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS   by Joby Warrick
Biography – Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan
History – Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America by T.J. Stiles

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Update: Edgartown Public Library

Edgartown Public Library, new.

Edgartown Public Library, new.

The Edgartown library  recently moved to a new location,  26 West Tisbury Road.
Library Hours
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday & Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
(Closed Sundays)

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Libraries – information, place, reading

“Americans still love libraries more than any other public institution.”
Read more about it.
All Those Techies Who Predicted the Demise of the Public Library Were Wrong

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