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Oct
1
Thu
2020
CLASS FULL! Online Free-Write Poetry Class – Series 5
Oct 1 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

CLASS FULL! Online Free-Write Poetry Class (series 5)

Starting Thursday, September 17 at 4pm, the West Tisbury Library will host another online Free-Write Poetry Class led by West Tisbury Poet Laureate Spencer Thurlow. In this class, we will do five four-minute free-write sessions. After each session, writers will be encouraged to read their work to the group, but it is not required. A prompt will be given for each free-write so that we all begin with the same line, but of course, after that, writers are free to go in any direction they choose.

Come connect and get creative with us! Classes will meet virtually through Zoom on six Thursdays at 4pm. Class will be limited to five participants. Sign up is required. Please email wt_mail@clamsnet.org. Class dates: 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22. Free and open to the public!

Oct
3
Sat
2020
Pop-Up Library!
Oct 3 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Pop-Up Library!

On Saturdays 11am-2pm, come to the West Tisbury Library’s “Pop-Up Library” in our parking lot! This event will be offered on Saturdays through October 24. Free and open to the public.

The purpose of the Pop-Up Library is to make library materials more accessible to families due to the library’s COVID-19 closing. Children’s and Young Adult materials, along with adult books and DVDS, will be available for contactless browsing. Librarians will be available on site to help browsers pick their next reads. Onsite check outs will be available for patrons to bring books home and enjoy. This event will take place in the library parking lot under a tent, weather permitting. 

Please bring your library card or ID. There will be forms available to register for a card if you’ve never had one before.

Books may not be touched by patrons until the material has been checked out to limit the possibility of spreading COVID-19. Mask wearing and social distancing is mandatory.

Email wt_mail@clamsnet.org with any questions or concerns you may have.

Oct
5
Mon
2020
Online Book Group: A Dollop of Trollope!
Oct 5 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Zoom with the VH and WT Libraries.

  • Which book? Doctor Thorne
  • Why that one? A great intro to Trollope and a great TV version too!
  • Who’s leading? Myra Stark & Dee Leopold
  • Why them? Myra knows Trollope and Dee knows Zoom
  • When? Choose a group: Sunday or Monday at 5:00 pm in October
  • Can I get the book? Yes. Hard copies and eBooks
  • Do I need to be a Trollope scholar? Please. It’s a pandemic. Let’s not make up things to worry about

Interested? Email Dee at dleopold@clamsnet.org

Oct
6
Tue
2020
Virtual book group- Read aloud
Oct 6 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Join us for this virtual book group. Heather will read aloud “The Chronicles of Narnia” to kids of all ages.

 

Oct
7
Wed
2020
Online Memoir Class
Oct 7 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Online Memoir Class
Led by Moira Silva

Starting Wednesday, October 7 from 12:30-2pm, the West Tisbury Library will host an online Memoir Workshop led by Moira Silva. Classes will meet virtually through Zoom on five Wednesdays from 12:30-2pm. Sign up is required. Please contact wt_mail@clamsnet.org to sign up. Class dates: 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, and 11/ 4. Space is limited. Participants are asked to commit to all five sessions. Free and open to the public!

About the class:

In this course, writers are invited to tell whatever story is closest to them. They may choose to dive into what’s happening right now or reflect more broadly on their life’s journeys.

A blend of exercises, readings and discussions will connect writers with their writing and themselves. Participants will form a supportive community while sharing in-process work. We will honor whatever is created, be it essays, songs, letters or entirely new genres. After five weeks, writers will leave lighter in spirit and richer in purpose.

No writing experience required. You will need a device that allows you to use the free program Zoom. Please contact the library at wt_mail@clamsnet.org if you need help setting this up.

Facilitated by seasoned writing instructor Moira Convey Silva. She is not so seasoned with online teaching so she appreciates your patience there.

About the instructor:

Moira Convey Silva is a writing instructor, consultant, community activist, and award-winning writer. Focusing on features and essays, especially ones that relate to sustainability, Silva’s writing appears in the Boston Globe, Women’s Running and Taproot.

 

Online Book Talk with Michael McAuliffe
Oct 7 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Online Book Talk with Michael McAuliffe: No Truth Left to Tell

On Wednesday, October 7 at 4:30pm, the West Tisbury Library presents an online book talk with local author Michael McAuliffe. Join us for a reading and discussion of the new novel, No Truth Left to Tell, which is loosely based on the author’s experiences as a federal civil rights prosecutor. This is a live event that will meet on Zoom. Please email wt_mail@clamsnet.org to receive your Zoom invitation to join. This event is free and open to the public.

About the book:
February 1994 – Lynwood, Louisiana: Flaming crosses light up the night and terrorize the
southern town. The resurgent Klan wants a new race war, and the Klansmen will start it here. As
federal civil rights prosecutor Adrien Rush is about to discover, the ugly roots of the past run
deep in Lynwood.

For Nettie Wynn, a victim of the cross burnings and lifelong resident of the town’s segregated
neighborhood, the hate crimes summon frightful memories of her youth, when she witnessed
white townspeople lynch a black man. Her granddaughter Nicole DuBose, a successful journalist in New York City, returns to Lynwood to care for her grandmother. Rush arrives from DC and investigates the crimes with Lee Mercer, a seasoned local FBI special agent. Their partnership is tested as they clash over how far to go to catch the racists before the violence escalates. Rush’s role in the case becomes even more complicated after he falls for DuBose. When crucial evidence becomes compromised—threatening to upend what should be a celebrated conviction—the lines between right and wrong, black and white, collide with deadly consequences.

No Truth Left to Tell is a timely legal thriller that pulls readers into a compelling courtroom
drama and the search for justice in a troubled community.

“Hate is shockingly alive and well in America these days, but so is moral courage and a passion for justice. This is a compelling, emotionally taut first novel by an accomplished attorney. We are intrigued by the protagonist, a self-doubting white prosecutor who joins forces with a seasoned black agent who knows the sting of prejudice. They battle the Klan, police corruption, and sometimes each other, but in the process, forge a memorable alliance. Through it all, Michael McAuliffe’s fresh, image-infused style makes reading a pleasure.”
—Rose Styron, poet, human rights activist, and journalist

About the author:
Michael McAuliffe has been a practicing lawyer for thirty years. He was a federal prosecutor
serving both as a supervisory assistant US attorney in the Southern District of Florida and a
trial attorney in the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice
in Washington, DC. In 2008, Michael was elected and served as the state attorney for Palm
Beach County, leading an office of approximately 125 prosecutors. In 2012, he returned to the
private sector as a global company’s general counsel. Michael has taught law for many years
including as a senior lecturing fellow at Duke University School of Law and as an adjunct
professor at the College of William & Mary School of Law. Michael and his wife Robin
Rosenberg, a US district judge, have three children and live in Florida and Chilmark, Massachusetts.

Online Book Group: Sense and Sensibility
Oct 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Be SENSIBLE! Zoom Sense and Sensibility with the WT Library.

  • What? A Three session Zoom book group.
  • Why? Because Austen is PERFECT pandemic reading.
  • When? October 7th, 14th, and 21st from 7 to 8 pm.
  • Who? Led by WT Library staffer, Dee Leopold.
  • Why her? She’s already Zoomed all the Austen novels
  • Can I get the book? Absolutely.
  • Do I need to be an Austen scholar? Seriously hope you are not.
  • Do I need to be a WT Library patron? Nope. You just need to desire an escape to Austen-land.

Interested? Email Dee at dleopold@clamsnet.org

Online Literature Course: James Joyce’s Ulysses
Oct 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Online Literature Course: James Joyce’s Ulysses

Online Literature Course: James Joyce’s Ulysses

Starting Wednesday, September 9th at 7pm, all are invited to join a free online Ulysses course series led by Philip Weinstein, the Alexander Griswold Cummins Professor of English Emeritus at Swarthmore College. Spend your fall engaging with this epic novel with a group of enthusiastic readers and students. Each class will be segmented into two sections — an hour lecture followed by a question and answer period. The mixed format will ensure that readers can engage individually with the text while also gleaning important information about the novel’s themes and patterns. This series is co-sponsored by Swarthmore College, the MV Modern Novels Study Group, and the West Tisbury Library. This class is free and open to the public. The class schedule and materials can be accessed here: https://moodle.swarthmore.edu/course/view.php?id=19077 (password is “Ulysses”).

 

Classes will meet virtually through Zoom on alternating Wednesdays from 7-8:30pm: 9/9, 9/23, 10/7, 10/21, 11/4, 11/18, and 12/9. Please email Jeff Nason by September 1 to enroll and receive the Zoom invitation: jnasonmd@gmail.com.

 

Copies of the book are available at the West Tisbury Library, and the ebook version is available through CLAMS’ Overdrive. The recommended edition is Gabler edition, Vintage, 1986.

For more information about this course, check out the write-up by The Vineyard Gazette. What to Do During a Pandemic? Let Joyce and Morrison Guide

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Syllabus:

Before Sept 9, if possible, it is very advisable to read Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. That is an indispensable lead-in to Ulysses (which he wrote next).

Sept 9 – Ulysses, 1-3 twice
Sept 23 – Ulysses, 4-6 twice, 7
Oct 7 – Ulysses 8-9
Oct 21 – Ulysses 10-11
Nov 4 – Ulysses 12-13
[We will not attend to chapters 14 and 16.] Nov 18 – Ulysses 15
Dec 9 – Ulysses 17-18

“Twice” is emphasized for the 1st 2 sessions, though the entire book benefits by as much rereading as one can muster.

Oct
8
Thu
2020
CLASS FULL! Online Free-Write Poetry Class – Series 5
Oct 8 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

CLASS FULL! Online Free-Write Poetry Class (series 5)

Starting Thursday, September 17 at 4pm, the West Tisbury Library will host another online Free-Write Poetry Class led by West Tisbury Poet Laureate Spencer Thurlow. In this class, we will do five four-minute free-write sessions. After each session, writers will be encouraged to read their work to the group, but it is not required. A prompt will be given for each free-write so that we all begin with the same line, but of course, after that, writers are free to go in any direction they choose.

Come connect and get creative with us! Classes will meet virtually through Zoom on six Thursdays at 4pm. Class will be limited to five participants. Sign up is required. Please email wt_mail@clamsnet.org. Class dates: 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22. Free and open to the public!

Oct
10
Sat
2020
Pop-Up Library!
Oct 10 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Pop-Up Library!

On Saturdays 11am-2pm, come to the West Tisbury Library’s “Pop-Up Library” in our parking lot! This event will be offered on Saturdays through October 24. Free and open to the public.

The purpose of the Pop-Up Library is to make library materials more accessible to families due to the library’s COVID-19 closing. Children’s and Young Adult materials, along with adult books and DVDS, will be available for contactless browsing. Librarians will be available on site to help browsers pick their next reads. Onsite check outs will be available for patrons to bring books home and enjoy. This event will take place in the library parking lot under a tent, weather permitting. 

Please bring your library card or ID. There will be forms available to register for a card if you’ve never had one before.

Books may not be touched by patrons until the material has been checked out to limit the possibility of spreading COVID-19. Mask wearing and social distancing is mandatory.

Email wt_mail@clamsnet.org with any questions or concerns you may have.

Oct
12
Mon
2020
Closed for Indigenous Peoples Day
Oct 12 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Online Book Group: A Dollop of Trollope!
Oct 12 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Zoom with the VH and WT Libraries.

  • Which book? Doctor Thorne
  • Why that one? A great intro to Trollope and a great TV version too!
  • Who’s leading? Myra Stark & Dee Leopold
  • Why them? Myra knows Trollope and Dee knows Zoom
  • When? Choose a group: Sunday or Monday at 5:00 pm in October
  • Can I get the book? Yes. Hard copies and eBooks
  • Do I need to be a Trollope scholar? Please. It’s a pandemic. Let’s not make up things to worry about

Interested? Email Dee at dleopold@clamsnet.org

Oct
13
Tue
2020
Virtual book group- Read aloud
Oct 13 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Join us for this virtual book group. Heather will read aloud “The Chronicles of Narnia” to kids of all ages.

 

Oct
14
Wed
2020
Online Memoir Class
Oct 14 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Online Memoir Class
Led by Moira Silva

Starting Wednesday, October 7 from 12:30-2pm, the West Tisbury Library will host an online Memoir Workshop led by Moira Silva. Classes will meet virtually through Zoom on five Wednesdays from 12:30-2pm. Sign up is required. Please contact wt_mail@clamsnet.org to sign up. Class dates: 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, and 11/ 4. Space is limited. Participants are asked to commit to all five sessions. Free and open to the public!

About the class:

In this course, writers are invited to tell whatever story is closest to them. They may choose to dive into what’s happening right now or reflect more broadly on their life’s journeys.

A blend of exercises, readings and discussions will connect writers with their writing and themselves. Participants will form a supportive community while sharing in-process work. We will honor whatever is created, be it essays, songs, letters or entirely new genres. After five weeks, writers will leave lighter in spirit and richer in purpose.

No writing experience required. You will need a device that allows you to use the free program Zoom. Please contact the library at wt_mail@clamsnet.org if you need help setting this up.

Facilitated by seasoned writing instructor Moira Convey Silva. She is not so seasoned with online teaching so she appreciates your patience there.

About the instructor:

Moira Convey Silva is a writing instructor, consultant, community activist, and award-winning writer. Focusing on features and essays, especially ones that relate to sustainability, Silva’s writing appears in the Boston Globe, Women’s Running and Taproot.

 

Online Book Talk: Ghosts of Martha’s Vineyard
Oct 14 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Online Book Talk: Ghosts of Martha’s Vineyard

On Wednesday, October 14 at 4:30pm, the West Tisbury Library presents an online book talk with local author Thomas Dresser. This is a live event that will meet on Zoom. Thomas will discuss his newly released book, Ghosts of Martha’s Vineyard. Come learn about the Island’s historic haunts. Please email wt_mail@clamsnet.org to receive your Zoom invitation to join.

About the book:
“Martha’s Vineyard has always been known as a charming seaside destination. But on this island, a cautious tour reveals darker tales that lie beneath its familiar exterior. Walk by the House of Correction, where Old Joe patrols the cells in the afterlife. Savor spirits at the Kelley House, where the ghost of the widow of a whaleman rolls Christmas ornaments across the floor and appears by the fireplace. Meander into the Victorian Inn, now The Christopher, where a honeymoon couple was spooked by towels flung on the floor and a rug that wiggled from beneath their four-poster. Local author and historian Thomas Dresser explores haunted happenings from all six island towns, as well as tales of pirates, murder and the afterlife.”

About the author:
Thomas Dresser taught elementary school for ten years, was a nursing home administrator for twenty years, and drove a school bus for fifteen years. He has enjoyed writing all his life, but found his niche on the Vineyard, joining Island writing groups, writing for the local press, and publishing a number of books on Vineyard history. He lives in Oak Bluffs with his wife Joyce, a retired West Tisbury teacher. For more information, please visit tomdresser.com.