These programs at the Vineyard Haven Public Library are free and open to the public. Please join us!
7pm Tuesday, August 8th
Norm Lazarow, MD, PhD, JD: Navigating the Medical System
Dr. Lazarow tells his personal story of the difficulties of helping a loved one with a life-threatening disease through the medical system. Dr. Lazarow’s story can give hope, ideas and resources to other patients and caregivers facing similar situations.
7pm Thursday August 10th
Peter Brannen: The Ends of the World
Peter Brannen is an award-winning science journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Wired, the Washington Post, Slate, the Boston Globe, Aeon, and the Vineyard Gazette. He was a 2015 journalist-in-residence at the Duke University National Evolutionary Synthesis Center and a 2011 Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Ocean Science Journalism Fellow. He will discuss his new book, The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and our Quest to Understand Earth's Past Mass Extinctions.
7pm Tuesday, August 15th
Alexander Hamilton: A Study in Resiliency
Wayne Nichols will present his study of Alexander Hamilton. Unlike other founders who can seem more like myths than men, Hamilton strikes us as a human: flawed, fearless and reckless, an uneducated orphan who sailed to America with big plans and bigger dreams.
7pm Thursday, August 17th
Donald Berwick, MD: Health Care as it Should Be
Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCP, President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, is also former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. A pediatrician by background, Dr. Berwick has served on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, and on the staffs of Boston's Children's Hospital Medical Center. Tonight he will be talking about Health Care as it Should Be. Bring your questions!
This event will be held at the Katharine Cornell Theater, 51 Spring Street.
7pm Tuesday, August 22nd
Thomas Dresser: Hidden History of Martha’s Vineyard
Tom will speak about the Island as Noepe, the Underground Railroad on the Vineyard, critical shipwrecks in Vineyard waters including rum running, prominent buildings and finally a look into Vineyard graveyards.
7pm Thursday, August 24th
Dr. Henry Kriegstein: Digging for Dinosaurs in the Badlands
Dr. Kriegstein pursues his passion for paleontology, organizing private digs in the Dakotas, Wyoming and Montana and collecting dinosaur fossils. Every summer, Henry returns to the badlands and continues his search for fossils. He considers it a philosophical perspective on the mystery of life and the beauty of the colors of the mineral-laced fossils.
Programs and facilities for lifelong learning at the Library are supported by the Stephen C. Luce Foundation, a generous bequest from the estate of Ruth Redding, and by ongoing support from the Friends of the Library.
Additional programs this Summer are being offered as part of the Library's "Pushing the Limits" series, exploring ways that scientific ideas intersect with everyday life. This nationwide program is funded through the National Science Foundation and was created through a collaboration of Dartmouth College, The Califa Library Group, the Association of Rural and Small Libraries, Dawson Media Group, and the Institute for Learning Innovation. For more information visit: