Friday, July 31, 2015

Library Telephone Outages July 31-August 3

We are experiencing some issues with the library telephone system and voicemail.  If you left a message and did not receive an expected call back or if you are unable to reach us, please call again during hours we are open. We regret the inconvenience.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Evening Lecture Series: August Events

7pm Sunday August 2nd, 2015, at the Katharine Cornell Theater
Black Women Intellectuals Writing Their Histories, Telling our Stories
This panel discussion with the four editors of the recently published book Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women will be moderated by Evelyn Higginbotham. Despite recent advances in the study of black thought, intellectual black women often remain neglected. This collection of essays by fifteen scholars of history and literature establish the black woman’s place in intellectual history by examining the work of writers, educators, activists, religious leaders, and social reformers in the United States, Africa, and the Caribbean.

7pm Tuesday, August 4th, 2015
Phil Weinstein: Middle East Musings
Professor Phil Weinstein (Swarthmore emeritus) and his wife spent this past spring in Abu Dhabi, where he taught two courses in the experimental NYU liberal arts program. This layman’s talk explores a number of reflections about the world he encountered there and what it showed him about his own world. Refreshments will be served.

7pm Tuesday, August 11th, 2015
Vintage Films of the Vineyard
Join Tom Dunlop and film editor John Wilson in a trip down memory lane, a part of a pioneering effort by the Vineyard Gazette to save Martha’s Vineyard’s cinematic record. Co-producers Tom Dunlop and John Wilson present clips from home movies and theatrical films shot on the Island dating back as far as the early 1920s. A Q&A will follow, and refreshments will be served.

7pm Thursday, August 13th, 2015
Louise Shelley: Dirty Entanglements
Louise Shelley is the Omer L. and Nancy Hirst Professor of Public Policy and Founder and Director of the Terrorism, Transitional Crime, and Corruption Center at George Mason University. Professor Shelley will speak about her most recent book, Dirty Entanglements: Corruption, Crime and Terrorism. Refreshments will be served.

7pm Tuesday, August 18th, 2015
Fred Abrahams: Modern Albania
Weaving together his personal experiences from more than twenty years of work in Albania, Fred's recent book Modern Albania: From Dictatorship to Democracy in Europe, gives readers a front-row seat to the dramatic events of the last battle of Cold War Europe. Included are interviews with key Albanians and foreigners who played a role in the country’s politics since 1990—including former Politburo members, opposition leaders, intelligence agents, diplomats, and founders of the Kosovo Liberation Army. Refreshments will be served.

7pm Tuesday, August 25th, 2015
Kevin Parnham: The Vineyard We Knew
Kevin Parham, a professional musician, will warmly describe the idyllic African-American childhood summers spent with six cousins on Martha’s Vineyard, before it became a vacation spot for the rich and powerful.

7pm Thursday, August 27th
Why Peace is Possible: Exploring the Anatomy of Violence & War
Paul K. Chappell is the Peace Leadership Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. He graduated from West Point in 2002, was deployed to Iraq, and left active duty in November 2009 as a Captain. He is the author of the Road to Peace series, a seven-book series about waging peace, ending war, the art of living, and what it means to be human.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Book Sales Benefit Island Libraries

The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library hold monthly "mini" book sales at the library, from 2-4pm on the third Saturday of each month. The July sale will be held on Saturday, July 18th from 2-4pm. Books are priced at $1 for paperbacks and $2 for hardcovers, or $12 to fill a bag.

Proceeds from these sales benefit library programs for children, and other library services supported by the Friends. Sales are also planned for August 15th, September 19th, and October 17th.

Some of our neighboring libraries will be holding annual book sales on the following dates during the summer:

Library Friends of Oak Bluffs
Thursday, July 23 & Friday, July 24 from 10am - 4pm and Saturday, July 25 from 10am - 2pm

Friends of the West Tisbury Library (at the West Tisbury School)
Friday, July 31 - Monday, August 3 from 9am - 3pm