West Tisbury Library Monthly Newsletter
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Summer is here! Patrons of all ages: stop by the library to sign up for summer reading! Fun prizes and programs abound. A good time was had by all at the Summer Reading Kickoff held at the West Tisbury Agricultural Society this past Saturday. Visit our Facebook album to view photos from the event.

The Friends of the West Tisbury Library are gearing up for the library's annual book sale (July 29-August 1). We thank everyone who has patiently waited to drop their books off. The Friends are now accepting donations between the hours of 9am and 12pm Monday through Friday at the West Tisbury School. Thank you for your donations and we hope to see you at the sale! 

Need a little help with your Mac computer, iPad, or iPhone? "Mac pro" Paul Levy will be offering free assistance with Apple devices on Tuesdays and Fridays at the library July 5 through September 2. Drop in between 10am and noon with your device in hand for free help from the Mac pro! 

The West Tisbury Library Foundation will be presenting a series of wonderful events throughout the summer months to benefit the library. Don't miss Nina Violet & Friends on July 12 at the Grange Hall, the Library Garden Dedication Party in the library's back yard on July 24, or Amy Helm & the Handsome Strangers also on July 24 at the Union Chapel. Tickets and additional information can be found at
Jane Dreeben will present her new book, The Urge to Create: Vineyard Portraits at the library TODAY Wednesday, July 6 at 6pm. She will be joined by bird photographer and ceramist Sarah Mayhew, painter Kenneth Vincent, author Jennifer Tseng, and other West Tisbury artists who are featured in the book. Books will be available for purchase and signing. A portion of the proceeds of the book will be donated to Featherstone Center for the Arts. This event is free & open to the public!
On Thursday July 7 from 7-8:30pm, professor of art and architecture Jonathan F. Scott will discuss his book Pioneer Houses of Martha’s Vineyard in a discussion titled "From England to Martha's Vineyard - A New Beginning.” Jonathan will bring Island history to life, exploring the traditional architecture of the island including early settlement. Refreshments will be served. This event is a collaboration between ACE MV and the West Tisbury Library. It is free and open to the public.

The paintings of West Tisbury artist Rez Williams will be on display in the library throughout the month of July. Rez’s selected paintings are from a larger series of coastal landscapes of Monhegan Island—noted for its long association as a subject for landscape artists. This is because of its spectacular rock bound scenery and quality of light due to its location far offshore. Rez’s focus of Monhegan Island is mostly on the coastal forest—”an abstract chaotic tangle of white bleached dead pine trees and twisted underbrush with distant glimpses of sea. This is a landscape shaped by the most elemental forces of wind and time. It carries no predetermined aesthetic baggage.” This exhibit is free and open to the public.


On Thursday, July 14, at 5pm, author Holly Eger will discuss her novel Split Rock at the West Tisbury Library. “Both poignant and funny, this novel is about forgiveness, acceptance, and the power of love and family.” Books will be available for purchase and refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public. A New Englander transplanted around the world, Holly Hodder Eger has written travel articles and personal commentaries that have appeared in national and local newspapers. Holly and her husband now live on Martha’s Vineyard and in Northern California. Split Rock is her first novel.

Click the hyperlinks to view full details on the WT Library Website Calendar:
All program dates and times are subject to change. Please consult the library's PROGRAMS CALENDAR or call 508.693.3366 for details!

On Friday, July 15, at 7pm, Dr. Peter Kramer will read from his new book Ordinarily Well: The Case for Antidepressants with a discussion to follow. Dr. Kramer is the author of seven books, including Against Depression, Should You Leave?, the novel Spectacular Happiness, and the international and New York Times bestseller Listening to Prozac. He has appeared on news and talk shows, including Today, Good Morning America, Oprah, Charlie Rose, and Fresh Air. His essays, op-eds, and book reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Slate, Times Literary Supplement, and elsewhere. Dr. Kramer lives and practices psychiatry in Providence, Rhode Island, where he is a professor at Brown University. Peter has been associated with the Vineyard since the 1970’s, when he had medical school placements with Russ Hoxsie and Milton Mazer. Copies of Dr. Kramer's book will be available for purchase and refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.


On Sunday, July 17, from 3-4:30, the West Tisbury Library will present "The World of the Troubadours and Trobairitzs VII"—a production of poems, songs and music from 12th and 13th century Southern France. This event is free and open to the public.

West Tisbury Library Summer Hours
Monday: 10am - 9pm     |     Tuesday through Thursday: 10am - 6pm
Friday & Saturday: 10am - 5pm     |     Sunday CLOSED*

*We will resume Sunday hours mid-October.
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