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Director’s Note

During these cold and quiet days of winter, the library continues to be a vibrant hub of activity. I am pleased to report that the library’s program series “Explorations in Healthy Living” is in its second month and has already served over 130 people. There will continue to be several programs and workshops offered each month to provide health information and spark creativity. Grab an “Explorations in Healthy Living” brochure at the library or check out our website to learn about upcoming events and times.  Thanks to the Friends of the West Tisbury Library, the West Tisbury Library Foundation and the MBLC for the LSTA grant for funding all of these programs.
 
In early February, the library hosted a special information session called “What Makes West Tisbury Tick.” The library was packed with people from all over the island who wanted to learn about town government and how to get involved at the grassroots level. Dan Waters, Doug Ruskin and other town officials spoke about how individuals can make a difference in their town. This event was inspiring, engaging and very informative.  We plan to offer more programs on this topic in the upcoming months.
 
I would also like to welcome Lauraye White, Clarissa Murphy and Lyn Neilley who have joined our staff as Circulation Assistants.  Please be sure to drop in and meet the newest members of our library family. 
 
I would also like to congratulate Olivia Larsen who took over the programming reigns from Ann Quigley earlier this year.  She is doing a terrific job navigating the intricacies of developing, scheduling and advertising all of the programs that the library offers.  She makes it look easy!
 
I am excited to announce that Marie-Louise Rouff is the new chair of the library’s Art Committee. Marie-Louise will take the important role of arranging the art show schedule and keeping our Community Room full of beautiful art. I want to thank Rob Hauck for his many years as our Art Committee chair. Rob’s creativity and organization provided the library with many unforgettable art shows. Thank you, Rob!
 
The library is making progress on its transition to the BISAC organizational model (Book Industry Standards and Classification). Browse the shelves in the children’s room and sections of the library’s lower level, and you will notice books organized & labeled by category, similar to a bookstore. This model allows patrons to easily browse for what they need rather than memorizing numbers from the Dewey Decimal System. As always, the library staff is happy to help you find what you’re looking for and give you a tour of our new organizational model.
 
I hope you are all keeping cozy this winter.
Best,

 


Beth Kramer, Director
STAFF UPDATE
•••   Have you noticed new friendly faces at the library? Stop by and meet our new library assistants! Clarissa is an energetic bookworm with lots of enthusiasm for children's books. Lauraye is artistic and musical with a passion for knowledge and growth. Lyn loves all aspects of libraries- the people, community programs and books have enriched her life immensely. Clarissa, Lauraye and Lyn look forward to seeing you all at the library!
NEW PROGRAM SERIES!

•••   The library is pleased to introduce our new "Explorations in Healthy Living" series, which aims to foster community, health, and creativity. Some of these events include "Giving & Receiving" massage workshops, bookmaking crafts, natural death care discussions, balance, and more! Most events are accompanied with soup, bread and conversation. For more information, visit our website or pick up a brochure at the library.

GINGER'S DVD PICKS
•••   As many Library frequenters know, Library Assistant Ginger Norton is a fabulous resource for DVD recommendations. Now you can catch up on Ginger's favorites from the comfort of home! Visit the Ginger's DVD Picks page on our website to see what she's watched and enjoyed. Click on the DVD covers to reserve a copy in CLAMS.
BORROW A KEYBOARD!
•••   The Library has a new keyboard available for patrons to borrow. Check it out like a book & bring it home to practice or jam! Interested in a different instrument? A violin, guitar, ukulele, and mandolin are also available to borrow. Give us a call to reserve an instrument.
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN YA?
•••   There's lots of new books and activities in the Young Adult Room! YA Librarian Laura Hearn is busy creating displays and programs for teens & tweens. Join us for our new "Friday Games" that meets weekly starting March 10th for games, snacks, & pizza! Sign up for our YA Newsletter to keep up to date on events and books.
UPCOMING EVENT HIGHLIGHTS:
All library events are free and open to the public.  For a full listing of upcoming programs, please visit our online calendar HERE.
MONDAY, MARCH 6 AT 11:30AM: BALANCE WORKSHOP with KANTA LIPSKY
•••  Kanta Lipsky will be offering a balance workshop as part of the library's "Explorations in Healthy Living" series. Drawing from movement forms such as yoga, dance and tai chi, we will explore ways to strengthen our connection to the earth and increase our bodies' ability to maintain good balance. This workshop will conclude with soup, bread and conversation. Sign up ahead at the library to reserve a space.
SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 10AM - 1PM: DRESSMAKING GATHERING with SARAH VAIL
•••  Join Sarah Vail at the library to make dresses for the non-profit organization Hope 4 Women International. The Hope 4 Women's "Dress a Girl Around the World" campaign aims to help girls in need by providing them with dresses, which can keep them safe from predators. Dressmaking participants are encouraged to bring their own materials. Visit our website for a description of essential materials. All are welcome.
SUNDAY, MARCH 19 AT 2PM: GREEN BURIAL & NATURAL DEATH CARE DISCUSSION
•••  The library will host a discussion with Judith Lorei, a green burial advocate, and Heather Massey, a consultant and natural death care educator. Learn about the implications and consequences of our choices and the lasting impact we can have on the environment. This discussion is free and open to the public. Refreshments served.
SATURDAY, MARCH 25 FROM 6-7PM: AUTHOR READING with JENNIFER TSENG
•••   Join us for an exciting evening treat with author and former West Tisbury librarian, Jennifer Tseng! Jennifer will read from her new chapbook Not so dear Jenny, which presents poems composed using letters from her father. Refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.
SUNDAY, MARCH 26 FROM 4-5PM: "THE COLORFUL INFLUENCE OF SPANISH ROOTS"
•••   Stop by for a Sunday afternoon concert with Music Street musicians as they share their love of the sensual music of Turina, DeFalla, Piazolla, Ponce, Ginastera, and Cassado. This concert  will be performed by pianist Diane Katzenberg Braun, violinist Daniel Koo and cellist Jonathan Butler. Free and open to all.
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 Hours
Monday: 10am - 9pm     |     Tuesday through Thursday: 10am - 6pm   
Friday & Saturday: 10am - 5pm    |     Sunday: 1-5pm
(Mid Oct.- Mid May)
 
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