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So apparently my last post was in April. Blerg. I guess between working on my house, my direct sales job, and my REAL job at the library, I just keep forgetting. Sorry.

I just returned from a week on Martha’s Vineyard which was relaxing, though quite hot. I am tan, but only in the sense that I look more like a normal human being than usual. I wasn’t thrilled about going back to work on Monday (yesterday) but I thought that maybe a week off would have given me a better perspective on things and straightened out my brain a bit.

I was wrong. Then, today, I was even more wrong. Summer Reading program confusion. (my fault.) Scheduling conflicts. (my fault.) No staff. (not my fault, but may as well be.) Double blerg.

However, Monday did have it’s perks: I drove a lovely elderly woman to her house because she locked her keys in her car in the library parking lot. I now have a free pass to swim at her house on the lake on my lunch break any time I want. 😉

Also, our amazing MOMs club in town gave me a check for $500 to spend for the children’s room! They are awesome. 🙂

Looking forward to a better day tomorrow. Perhaps I will do that eye-bombing thing and stick googly eyes on things in the library. That might be fun.


Miss Molly*

I want this tee shirt.                   

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Entering Edgartown….

Like many book-ish people, I love independent bookstores. Sadly, these are an endangered species in the book world. There isn’t one close to me that I am aware of, and if I am going to buy a book, I am forced to go to the Big Bad Barnes and Noble. With their evil Starbucks-brewed coffee that tempts me every time! Bad Conglomerate, BAD!

OK, so obviously this is not as painful as it should be. Especially since I LOVE Starbucks coffee. But I guess that’s the point. They are more convenient and able to offer things that the independents can’t.

One of the things I love the most about summer is that I get to spend time on Martha’s Vineyard. I have been going there for years and I know so many of its fantastic places. I know the best iced mocha (Mocha Motts), the best blueberry scones (Espresso Love), the best stores (Black Dog tops the list!), the best coffee-oreo ice cream (Vineyard Scoops) and the best Thanksgiving sandwich (Humphreys.) And so as a Librarian and a lover of books, I of course know the best independent book store, though some may argue with me over this one: Edgartown Books.

Located in downtown Edgartown, this cute bookstore is one of my favorite places to visit while on vacation. And I usually always buy a book here as a matter of habit. Their staff is always friendly, even when dealing with silly tourists. The building is older and has a great front porch to sit on and read or eat ice cream while waiting for friends or family in some store or other. When you first walk in, the stairway greets you with its painted steps, just begging to be climbed. I always head up there, since that’s where the YA books are! The whole place just has this great feel to it. It gives you the feeling that there is a book hiding somewhere on a shelf that will be the best book you’ve ever read. It makes you want to find that perfect beach book because, let’s face it, it’s the reading part that excites you more than the sand and water part! (at least, it is for me.) It has a cute little children’s nook with some great books – as many Island-themed books as can fit and some other classics. It’s just a great store. And I think I like it better in this newer location than the old – which was only a few buildings down the street a ways. Oh, and one of my favorite things about this store? When you buy a book, they put in a paper bookmark with their information on it, as well as a new book quote by someone famous every year. I have begun using them in my email signature for my work email and change it every year to the new one. Also, I use the bookmark all year until I go again and get a new one. Yup, I’m a dork.

Some might argue that Bunch of Grapes in Vineyard Haven is the best independent book store on the island. It’s definitely bigger and I’m sure it has a bigger selection. But for me, it’s the atmosphere that makes Edgartown Books my favorite. Both of these stores are lucky enough to have a high volume of tourist traffic in the summer months. As a matter of fact, I am heading there this weekend – hopefully with my husband and Sasha (our Bernese Mountain Dog) to spend a night or 2. But I am also on secret library business….

Any independent bookstores in the Worcester area I should know about? I miss Tatnuck Booksellers in Worcester!


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Midnight Farm

While on my honeymoon on Martha’s Vineyard a couple of months ago, I stopped by Midnight Farm in Vineyard Haven. I love this store because it has gorgeous clothing, furniture and various other goodies. I also try to go there every time I’m on the Island to try and catch a glimpse of the proprietor, Carly Simon. So far, no luck. But some of my relatives have spotted her! I have had the pleasure of hearing her sing in Oak Bluffs with her son Ben, which was amazing.
I was hoping to purchase a copy of her picture book, also titled Midnight Farm, but was told it is actually out of print! I was a little surprised by this, seeing as Carly is …. well, famous. So I ordered a copy through inter library loan (aren’t libraries amazing?) as I apparently do not have a copy in my own children’s collection. I had read the book years ago and couldn’t really remember it. The book is written in verse (by Carly, obviously) and is illustrated by David Delamare. It was published in 1997 by Simon and Schuster.


It’s not something I would read in story time, as the text is very long, but it could definitely be a good bedtime story. In the book, twin boys (Carly’s godsons Jules & Noah) wake up in the middle of the night to find all the animals, and even plants, dancing and generally having a good time on their Martha’s Vineyard farm. If animals dressed as humans freak you out, I’d skip this one, but if you don’t mind, then you will love the beautiful paintings that accompany the words. The story is whimsical and magical and makes me think of summer and the outdoors, and wondering about that secret life that animals have when humans aren’t looking. Plus, my life-long dream is to live on a farm on Martha’s Vineyard that overlooks the ocean, so this book takes me to that place without spending millions (seriously).
I can’t say exactly why this is out of print, though the length may have something to do with it. Carly also has some other children’s books, all of which appear to be out of print as well. Even Potluck at Midnight Farmis out of print! Great recipes! (Luckily my mom has this book.)


I was told by a source at Midnight Farm (the store, not the farm and a human, not an animal dressed as a human) that Carly is currently working on another children’s book, so maybe we’ll see it soon! And I think she should send me an advance review copy, but that’s just me.

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