The Library is a happening place these days with story time Tuesday and Saturday mornings, teen time Saturday afternoons, Chess Club Monday afternoons, free Friday night movies and more. Are any of you or your kids “Clifford the big Red Dog” fans? If the answer is yes, save Saturday, January 28, at 10:30, when he will be at the library with our very own Kristin Maloney. Clifford, created by Island resident Norman Bridwell. is a favorite among young children.

For the slightly older crowd, Friday Free Movies will surely catch your eye as parts 1 to 4 of “Sissinghurst” will be shared on the thirteenth (yes folks, Friday the 13th). The popcorn-filled event is a BBC documentary that takes us on an educational trip through Sissinghurst Castle Garden in Kent England. The estate has a long history with a settlement documented as far back as the 12th century, and during the mid-1700s it was a prison for French prisoners of war. It was purchased in 1930 by Vita Sackville-West and Sir Harold Nicolson who, together, created the magnificent garden we see today. In 1967, in an attempt to preserve the garden, the property was transferred to the National Trust. The time to be firmly planted in your seat is 7 pm.

Zee Gamson shares that there will be an educational forum on the Occupy movement at the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center on Sunday at 2:30 pm. The forum, “Understanding the Occupy Movement: Faces, Facts and Future,” will feature short video clips intended to introduce subjects for discussion, which will follow in small, informal groups. Participants are invited to come with questions, ideas and opinions to share. Following the forum there will be a free soup supper and music for all to enjoy.

Todd Christy, our famous Chilmark Coffee Company whiz kid, has played around a little bit and created what he refers to as Menemsha Mud. It’s described as “cold brewed, cold filtered organic coffee beverage with just a hint of cocoa” and sounds just delicious. Check out Todd’s website,, and browse his coffees and teas. You can practically smell them through the computer screen just by reading his explanation of each flavor.

MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J,. home to the New York Giants is where Stephen Taylor and his fourth-grade son, Ben, spent Sunday afternoon. They were there to watch the Giants defeat the Atlanta Falcons, 24-2, in an NFL wildcard playoff game.

Charlie, Sarah, Kira, and Tyler Shipway had a sports filled weekend themselves. They traveled to Boston to watch the Bruins take on the Vancouver Canucks. Sadly the Canucks wouldn’t let the Bruins take the win, but fun was certainly had by all. The group even got to try on a Stanley Cup ring. Sweet.

Life is busy at the Chilmark School. The K/1 students are learning about animal habitats, numerical place values, and they will complete a unit called “All About Me” at the end of the month. The 2/3 class is revving up for the science of energy-potential — kinetic, chemical, nuclear, radiant, thermal, electrical and sound. They are also continuing with the theme of “MV Then and Now” creating a timeline of historical events including the topic of Grey’s Raid. Haven’t heard of it? Look it up. It puts the Revolutionary War in our own back yards. The 4/5 is diving into a five-week U.S. geography study starting with the 13 colonies. In just a few weeks, the fifth grade will head off on their annual right of passage, the ski trip to Sugarloaf, where they will create a bond between them that will last a lifetime. The whole school is skating for phys ed this month. Weekly trips to the rink with mixed age partners certainly has tightened the bond between the students.

Lizzie Willette traveled from Boone, N.C. to visit with her beau, Tim Walsh. She recently completed her undergraduate studies and received her bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State University. A few extra classes now and then medical school is a goal. While she was here she assisted Tim in his efforts to transform his vessel Constantino L. His latest project is new rails. He’s making headway.

Fifteen is how old she is today. Yes folks, Brigida Larsen has aged another year closer to getting her driver’s license. I remember when she was born. I remember watching her snooze in her car seat at the library as her mom, Susan, helped with the conversion from the Dewey Decimal System. Fifteen years of watching her grow into a lovely, as often kooky, young woman. Also blowing out candles this week are, to name a few, Ryan Kurth, Jeff Lynch, Susan Stevens, and Chris Fielder.

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