West Tilbury: our library turns 2

Congratulations to Emily and Keston Smith on the arrival of their baby, Seraphine Thistle. What a lucky baby she is to have Gideon as a big brother.

Congratulations also to Lisa Sherman and the crew at the Edgartown Library. Please be sure to drop by and wish them good luck in their new building.

From dance mom Amy Hoff: Congratulations to West Tisbury School eighth graders Chloe Hoff, Pandora Bassett, Imani Hall, Maddy Tully and all the talented dancers from RISE Vineyard Performing Arts who competed at a dance competition in Taunton last weekend. 

The library celebrated its second-anniversary last week. What a busy two years it has been — over 800 events with more than 14,000 in attendance. We have welcomed more than 360,000 visitors since we reopened.

Speaking about great events, 150 kids grabbed up eggs last weekend at our Annual Spring Egg Hunt. Big kids then hid some for the smaller kids — such a great event for families — all about sharing (and jellybeans, of course!). Thanks to Simone and Lily for helping us hide all of the eggs.

There was a wonderful talk by Tsering Lama Yodsampa, who is a chaplain at Beth Israel hospital. He spoke about compassion and the work that he does at the hospital helping patients there. Please check the Bodhi Path’s schedule to see when this gifted teacher is next on the Island.

The library held a party for Doug Kent last Saturday. It has been a joy to see his work at the library. Please put a note on your calendar for June 29 and 30 at the Grange when there will be another celebration of this great artist’s work and life.

Jack Ryan will be the next artist at the library. Jack’s work will be on display for the month of April. There will be a reception in Jack’s honor on Saturday, April 2, from 4 to 5 pm.

Jack Ryan attended the High School of Arts & Design in Manhattan and Pratt Institute.  He studied under renowned architectural illustrators Albert Lorenz and Stanley Salzman. His work has appeared in in numerous publications worldwide. Jack has illustrated numerous books and his work is currently on display in several New York galleries. Come visit the library and meet the artistic side of our favorite West Tisbury Post Office worker.

The Yard is offering a free six-week dance class for all ages and abilities at the library on Thursdays from 5:30 to 7 pm, beginning March 31, through May 5.

The Yard’s professional teaching staff makes every(body) feel comfortable in this movement class, which begins with a guided improvisation to get the body and mind moving. The group then transitions to a follow-along warm-up that introduces dance skills used throughout the remainder of the class, culminating in a group combination that challenges bodies and leaves space for the dancer’s own creativity. Beginner to advanced dancers welcomed. Repeat attendance is encouraged but not required. What a great way to get your body moving.

The Jazz series last month was so successful that we are doing it again. Please join us for “Sunday Afternoon Jazz,” 4–5 pm, three Sundays in April, presented by Eric Johnson. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Thank you to the Friends of the West Tisbury Library and the West Tisbury Library Foundation for their generous support of music programming. The schedule is Sunday, April 3, Jeremy Berlin, Eric Johnson, Steve Tully; April 10 Don Groover, Mike Tinus, Tauras Biskis; April 24 John Alaimo, Mike Tinus.

Don’t forget Community Poetry on Sunday, April 17, 4–5 pm, at the library. More details to follow.

The annual celebration for Jonathan Revere will be at the MV Film Center on Wednesday, April 13.  This is a free event complete with delicious Indian food by Uma Datta, and Michael Haydn on piano. The film is “The Lunchbox,” a warm, romantic comedy that Jonathan would have loved.

“Tweed’s Reads” reading group will meet on Wednesday, April 20, at its new time, 7 pm, at the library. April’s topic will be “The Power of the Other.”  This month the group will read ”The Dwarf,” by Par Lagerkwist. Reserve a copy of the book at the front desk. This book group is free and open to the public. 

 On April 2 and three the Island Community Chorus will perform Brahms’s German Requiem at the Performing Arts Center. Come celebrate with your neighbors at these glorious free concerts.

On Saturday, April 2, the rabies clinic will be held at the West Tisbury Fire Station/Public Safety Building from 10 am to 12 noon and the MV Animal Shelter from 10 am to 1 pm.