West Tisbury Library Monthly Newsletter
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This year's annual book sale was a great success, raising $25,000 for the Friends of the West Tisbury Library—a new record! Thank you to everyone who purchased books, donated money or books, or volunteered at the sale. The Friends will resume accepting book donations at the shed outside the West Tisbury School.

Interested in learning more about the world of ebooks? Borrow one of the library's Kindles to try out using an e-reader, or bring your device to one of our weekly help sessions. IT/Reference Librarian Rachel Rooney will be offering help with ebooks and e-readers Mondays in August 3pm-5pm. Call ahead to reserve a time slot, or try your luck dropping in. 

The August events calendar is brimming with activities for all ages and interests: take a break from the hot weather to attend a movie screening, piano concert, author talk, or any one of the many free programs at the library this month.

It's not too late to sign up for summer reading, and it's not just for kids: adults who sign up must read two books to earn a West Tisbury Library book bag. Teens and tweens (ages 11-18) are eligible to earn a pass to the Agricultural Fair, and kids (up to age 10) can earn a summer reading t-shirt or book bag. 
Happy Summer!
TODAY, Thursday, August 4 from 5-6pm, Tweed Roosevelt will present a talk about his expedition as one of 20 Americans and Brazilians who retraced Theodore Roosevelt's trip along the Amazon River. In 1914, former President Roosevelt and his son participated in a dangerous expedition down an unexplored tributary of the Amazon. In 1992, Tweed Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt’s great-grandson, retraced this trip through a wilderness not much changed. He will tell the story of both expeditions using slides to enhance an amusing and informative lecture. This event is free and open to the public.
Thursday, August 11 from 5-6pm, Herb Foster will discuss “Yiddish and Jive in Your Everyday Life.”  Herb is the author of the best-selling Ribbin', Jivin', and Playin' the Dozens: The persistent Dilemma in Our Schools. His presentation will include information about some non-Jews who spoke or speak Yiddish, where the Crock Pot came from, and an interesting story involving former New York City mayor LaGuardia. Examples of the explosion of Jive usage on TV, advertisements and other areas will also be presented and discussed. Refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

The art of Rob Hauck will be on display in the library's community room during the month of August. Rob’s mixed media acrylic abstracts on canvas and paper are heavily textured, layered and convey a sense of time passing and the often ambiguous nature of psychological and physical loss. Vague remnants of dates, numbers, and text embedded or loosely scrawled are in sync with the character of an artist who doubles as a mystery writer. His monotypes are a blend of his loose painterly style and more deliberate markings, with moody overtones. On Saturday, August 6 at 4pm, The library will host an opening reception with the artist. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Monday, Aug. 8 from 12:30-3pm: Writer's Read at Islanders Write. Members of the community will participate in the Vineyard Writers Challenge. The public are invited to listen to the readings.

Wednesday, Aug. 10 from 5-6pm: Holly Bellebuono will discuss her new book The Healing Kitchen: Cooking with Nourishing Herbs for Health, Wellness, and Vitality, and offer a cooking demo of Rose Petal Rice Pudding for all to sample!

Tuesday, Aug. 16 from 5-6pm: MV Poet Laureate Arnie Reisman will read from his new book of poems, Sodom and Costello

Wednesday, Aug. 17 from 5-6pm: Author David Barton Smith will discuss his new book The Power to Heal: Civil Rights, Medicare, and the Struggle to Transform America's Health Care System.

Thursday, Aug. 18 from 5-6pm: Author LaShonda Barnett will read from her historical novel, Jam on the Vine.

Tuesday, Aug. 23 from 5-6 pm: Join us for a festive evening of poetry with author and former West Tisbury Librarian Jennifer Tseng, who will be joined by West Tisbury Poet Laureate, Emma Young.

Wednesday, Aug. 24 from 5-6pm: Debut novelist Lynda Cohen Loigman will read from her compelling book, The Two-Family House.

Thursday, Aug. 25 from 5-6pm: Author Michelle Chalfoun will share her new children’s book, The Treasure of Maria Mamoun.

Tuesday, Aug. 30 from 5-6pm: Martha’s Vineyard mystery writer Cynthia Riggs will discuss her new bookBloodroot.
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!

Bring your sweet tooth and your family! Saturday, August 13 at 4pm the West Tisbury Library will host its annual ice cream social with music by the Vineyard Sound a capella group. For 24 years, the Vineyard Sound has been an annual fixture of summer entertainment on the island. Over 100 guys have had the privilege of singing nearly 2000 performances for the Vineyard audience and the organization hopes to continue being a part of the MV summer tradition for years to come. 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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