Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Sunday with Friends: Holly Nadler

On Sunday, July 15th at 2pm, the Friends of the Library will present an afternoon honoring local author Holly Nadler, whose popular books include Vineyard Confidential and Haunted Island. Holly will be introduced by Jenny Allen, and refreshments in the library garden will follow the talk. The library will open at 1:30 pm for this event.

The Friends of the Library support a variety of programs for both adults and children throughout the year, including an annual summer event honoring an author with ties to the Vineyard. Past honorees have included Geraldine Brooks, Art Buchwald, Stephen Carter, Phil Craig, Jules Feiffer, Lillian Hellman, John Hough, Jr., Ward Just, David McCullough, Cynthia Riggs, Rose Styron, William Styron, Amor Towles, and Shakespeare for the Masses creators Nicole Galland and Chelsea McCarthy.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Mice Against Ticks: 7 pm Thursday, July 12th

Mice Against Ticks is a community-guided project which aims to reduce the number of disease-carrying ticks on Martha’s Vineyard by enlisting our local white-footed mice. At 7pm this Thursday July 12th at the Katharine Cornell Theater in Vinyard Haven, The Vineyard Haven Public Library will present a panel discussion about community-guided science and the ethical implications of altering our shared environment to reduce tick-borne disease.

The New Yorker’s Michael Specter will lead the discussion. Panelists will include MIT assistant professor Dr. Kevin Esvelt, Dr. Sheila Jasanoff, Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Harvard Kennedy School, Dr. Duane Wesemann of Brigham & Women's and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Sam Telford of Tufts, and Dr. Carolyn Neuhaus of The Hastings Center.

The program will include opening remarks by local science-fiction author John Sundman, lightning talks on the cutting-edge science behind Mice Against Ticks, and a game of Lyme prevention trivia with permethrin-treated prizes. Everyone is invited to ask questions of the lead scientists involved in the effort, and join the conversation in this program about biotechnology, bioethics and the fight against tick-borne disease!

7 pm Thursday, July 12th
Katharine Cornell Theater, 51 Spring Street, Vineyard Haven

Monday, July 2, 2018

Art in the Stacks: Lanny McDowell's Avian Art Plus

The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library are pleased to present an exhibit of “Avian Art Plus,” a photographic series by Lanny McDowell. The photographs will be on display on the lower level of the library during regular library hours throughout the month of July, 2018.

Lanny McDowell grew up outside the small town of Kent, in the northwest corner of Connecticut. He attended Hotchkiss School, earned a BA in Art History at Yale in the late 1960s, and moved to Martha’s Vineyard full-time in 1970. His fine art paintings have been shown them in a number of Vineyard galleries, including his own Ott Gallery in West Tisbury from 2004 to 2007.

His photographs of birds appear online, in newspapers, periodicals, nonprofits’ publications and videos, and adorn people’s houses from here to Miami to Scottsdale to Oahu. Mr. McDowell has said of his work "I choose to share what I observe and feel by carefully selecting images that reflect themes essential to my world view and that will resonate with both the artistic and the spiritual sense of the viewer."

The Vineyard Haven Public Library's "Art in the Stacks" space features rotating monthly exhibits and is managed by the Friends of the Library. The library also has a permanent collection of artworks that are displayed throughout the year, including 12 paintings by Vineyard artist Captain John Ivory. Artists interested in showing their work may contact the library at (508) 696-4210.