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Director’s Note

I am pleased to report that the West Tisbury Library has been named a star library for the eighth year in a row by Library Journal. This designation is based on library visits, circulation, program attendance, and public internet use—and, for the first time this year, electronic circulation. Specifically, our library was rated the third busiest library for our expenditure range in Massachusetts. This award verifies that our library is not only a popular source for traditional print materials, but that our patrons are taking advantage of many of the newer electronic materials such as ebooks and digital audiobooks. We would like to congratulate Oak Bluffs Library, also named a star library this year!

Our library was recently awarded a second health literacy grant, this time from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine/New England for a portable health information kiosk offering public health information in both English and Brazilian Portuguese. This grant will complement the federal grant we received this year, focusing on senior health literacy. Our collection of health and wellness materials will be growing, as will our program offerings around the subject of health literacy.

Our library community mourns the loss of Linda Chapman, Library Trustee, who passed away this past September.  Though Linda and her husband Stephen Chapman had only lived on Martha’s Vineyard for a short while, she affected many of us in deeply profound ways. Linda thoroughly enjoyed a long career that combined teaching, learning, and libraries.  She was a K - 12 teacher, high school librarian, technology director, consultant to school districts and library systems, and an adjunct professor of library & information science. Linda founded the MV Modern Quilt Guild and was an important member of the the Martha’s Vineyard Garden Club.  As a Library Trustee she helped her fellow Trustees understand the importance of advocacy.

I would like to thank former West Tisbury Young Adult Librarian Amy Hoff for stepping in to fill the rest of Linda Chapman’s term as a Trustee of the library. Amy is missed as a staff member here, but we are so happy for her in her new position as a teacher at the West Tisbury School, and we are glad to have her back at the library in the role of Trustee.

I would also like to thank the Friends of the West Tisbury Library and the West Tisbury Library Foundation for their continuing support. These two non-profits make so many things possible for our library, including our frequent music concerts, the halloween hayrides, our fall yoga and pilates classes, the upcoming Second Sunday Jazz Series, and much more. State aid is decreasing every year, and the library’s budget does not cover these types of offerings, so we really rely on these two groups to help us provide all the programming and cultural events that people love at our library. Look out for the Friends’ and the Foundation’s annual appeals in your mailbox this month; I hope anyone who is able will support these wonderful organizations.
 


Beth Kramer, Director
CHANGES IN THE CHILDREN'S ROOM!
•••   A note from Children's Librarian Nelia Decker: The picture books in the children's room are reorganized! We have arranged them by subject rather than by author. We hope this will make it easier to find what you need. Please bear with us as we continue to tweak...look for colored labels and signs that will guide you. We are always happy to assist!
STAFF PICKS
•••   Looking for some book recommendations for your fall reading list? Staff picks are now featured on the library's website, here. Click on a book cover to request the item through CLAMS. If you're stopping by the library in person looking for a good read, check out the staff picks display above large print books on the library's main level, currently curated by Circulation Assistant Caroline Drogin. A bookmark in each book lets you know which staff member selected that item. Return the bookmark when you check out the title, so that staff member can select a new recommendation!
COOL NIGHTS, WARM KITCHEN
•••   Circulation Assistant Connie Berry recently wrote a post for the Library's blog featuring some great book recommendations, of both the fiction and cookbook varieties. Connie joined the library's staff in July of this year. She also writes for the Martha's Vineyard Times. If you are interested in writing for the WT Library blog, please contact Ann Quigley at aquigley@clamsnet.org.
BORROW OUR NEW SEED SIEVE
•••   The library has a new kit available for patrons to borrow: a seed sieve for processing many types of vegetable and flower seeds to save. This item lives on the shelf near the seed cabinet and seed saving books on the library's lower level. The kit comes with three different screens of varying mesh sizes and a book on seed saving.
CALLING ALL ISLAND PHOTOGRAPHERS!
•••   The West Tisbury Library invites you to participate in “Through a Lens,” a juried show which will run from December 5 - 31, 2016. The show is open to professional and amateur photographers. All genres are welcome. Submissions in digital, silver print, and alternative process will be accepted. Submitters must have captured and created the original exposure. The deadline for submission is November 18. Find submission guidelines on our website HERE.
UPCOMING EVENT HIGHLIGHTS:
Click the link within each description for more information. All library events are free and open to the public.  For a full listing of upcoming programs, please visit our online calendar HERE.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12 AT 4PM: ANIMAL COMMUNICATION TALK WITH CONSTANCE MESSMER
•••  Author and professional psychic Constance Messmer will give a reading from her children’s book, Some Dogs Talk, followed by a discussion on animal communication. Constance was inspired to write her collection of books for young readers by her desire to help others discover and hone their own psychic skills. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. This event is open to all ages.
TUESDAY, NOV. 15 AT 5:30PM: GENRE FICTION BOOK GROUP MEETING - OPEN TO ALL!
•••  Island author Amelia Smith will host the second meeting of an ongoing book group based on genre fiction. Each meeting is led by a different Island author, presenting a book that exemplifies their particular genre. This month’s pick is The Fifth Season by fantasy writer N. K. Jemisin. Call the library or stop by to request a copy of the book. Reading the book in advance is encouraged, but not required. Refreshments will be served!
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16 AT 7PM: TWEED'S READS
•••   “Tweed’s Reads” Book Group will meet his month to discuss West With the Night, the memoir of female aviator Beryl Markham, originally published in 1942. Call or stop by the library to reserve a copy of the book. This book group is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
FRIDAY, NOV. 18 FROM 7-8:30PM: THE BODHI PATH PRESENTS A TALK WITH TSONY
•••   The Bodhi Path of Martha's Vineyard will host a talk at the West Tisbury Library by Buddhist Monk Tsony titled: Finding Your Internal and External Coherency: Erasing the Subjective Borders Between “Me” and “You.” A Buddhist monk for over 25 years, Tsony has been teaching at Bodhi Path centers since 1999, many of those years under the spiritual guidance of the late 14th Shamarpa. In 2007, after choosing to adopt the lifestyle of a lay Dharma teacher, he left the monastic community and has devoted his time to teaching Tibetan Buddhism and meditation practice.
SATURDAY, NOV. 19 FROM 4-5PM: COMMUNITY POETRY READING!
•••   The library will host its biannual community poetry reading featuring community members reading their own poems and/or the poems of others. Help keep the tradition alive by attending as a reader or a listener or both! This event is hosted by West Tisbury’s Poet Laureate, Emma Young.  As always, numbers will be drawn from a hat to determine the reading order.  Refreshments will be served.
MONDAY, NOV. 21, AT 5:30PM: AUTHOR TALK WITH URSULA FERRO
•••   Local author Ursula Ferro will give a reading from her new autobiographical book, Berglihof Farm: How an Urban Family Took Up Farming and Thrived. She will discuss and invite questions about life on a rural Ohio farm in the 1940s. Refreshments will be served.
All program dates and times are subject to change. Please consult the library's
PROGRAMS CALENDAR or call 508.693.3366 for details!
West Tisbury Library Fall Hours
Monday: 10am - 9pm     |     Tuesday through Thursday: 10am - 6pm   
Friday & Saturday: 10am - 5pm    |     Sunday: 1-5pm


*The library will be closed Friday, Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day,
and November 24 & 25 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
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