Vineyard Haven library hosts upcoming events

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While you may get through the Island winter by bundling up, making short migrations to warmer climates, or huddling by your wood stove with a good book and a cup of tea, local wildlife species have evolved some different adaptations and behaviors to survive the winter. Join BiodiversityWorks biologist Luanne Johnson for a presentation on how local bats, birds, snakes, and turtles weather our winters on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7 pm.

Leading up to the annual Great Decisions series in April, the library will host a monthly Public Affairs Discussion Group from 6 to 8 pm on the third Thursday of each month. On Thursday, Feb. 21, the topic is our Electoral System — Gerrymandering — Voter Suppression and Fraud. Do we have a democracy? How well is it working? How is our system antidemocratic? How can voting equality be improved?

The African American Heritage Trail of Martha’s Vineyard has 30 dedicated sites, and is a presence in every town on the Island. Cofounder Elaine Cawley Weintraub’s presentation will focus on the building of the trail, and the vital role in the life of the Island played by African American people. The presentation takes place at 2 pm on Sunday, Feb. 24, at the library.

Each day of the February school vacation, Island Grown Initiative will serve hot soup, fresh bread, drinks, and a dessert at a different local library. They’ll come to the Vineyard Haven library on Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm. Everyone is welcome, and there’s a drop-in craft to follow.

For more information about events at the Vineyard Haven library, visit vhlibrary.org.