Chilmark Public Library
Chilmark Free Public Library
APRIL 22, 2018



Weekly Wednesday Night Events


Join us every Wednesday night at 5pm for a wide-range of events including lectures, workshops, movies and more!


Film Showing “Columbus”- Wednesday April 4th, 5 pm

We start off the month with a special film showing on Wednesday, April 4th at 5 pm. We will be showing the drama “Columbus,” which the Washington Post called a “realistic and methodical meditation on family obligation, personal sacrifice and — of course — the power of architecture. That makes ‘Columbus’ as lovely to look at as it is to ponder.” This film focuses on two characters in Columbus, Indiana, known for its cluster of mid-century modern homes. This movie is rated as one of the Best Movies of 2017 by the New Yorker and is not yet available to watch on DVD. We will continue the conversation about mid-century modern homes on Wednesday, May 2nd at 5 pm with a talk by architect Francis Pitts entitled “Mid Century Houses: Before and Beyond.”



Kelp Conversation with the MV Fishermen’s Preservation Trust- Saturday April 7th, 3:30 pm


Shelley Edmundson, Executive Director of the MV Fishermen’s Preservation Trust, along with intern Otto Osmers, will be at the library to talk about growing kelp in the Island waters. Amandine Hall from the MV Shellfish Group will also be a part of the kelp discussion. The conversations will discuss kelp aquaculture in the lab and different ways to grow it in New England waters. John Thurgood, chef at the Beach Plum Inn, will be there to demonstrate some delicious kelp recipes for all to try.

Disc-Cleaning Saturday- April 7th 2-5 pm


Are your CDs and DVDs a little worn? Come to the library and we’ll use our CD cleaning machine to give them a polish!



Poetry Writing Workshop- Two Parts- Wednesday April 11th and April 25th at 5 pm


The rest of April will celebrate poetry for National Poetry Month. April 11th will be the first part of two class Poetry Writing Workshop for adults hosted by local poet Donald Nitchie. Join us for this casual Poetry Workshop, where we will read and discuss poems from classic and contemporary poets, and then use those poems as models for in-class writing exercises. Students are encouraged to share their work with the group if interested. Chilmark poet Donald Nitchie’s poetry collection Driving Lessons was published in 2008 and he has his MFA from Columbia University. He enjoys leading poetry-workshops, which he has done on the island for over 25 years. The first class will be Wednesday, April 11th, and the second class Wednesday, April 25th. In the second class students will be invited to bring in poems by their own favorite poets to read to and inspire the group. 

Poetry Reading- Wednesday April 18th at 5 pm


In between the two Poetry Writing Workshops there will be a poetry reading by a trio of local poets. On Wednesday April 18th, 5pm, Donald Nitchie will be back at the library to read some of his own poems along with Jill Jupen and Nan Byrne. Jupen recently published a new chapbook for poetry, The Space Between, from Plan B Press and is the leader of the Martha’s Vineyard Poets Collective. Nan Byrne, MFA, has appeared in multiple literary magazines, has worked in TV since 2006 and is editor of numerous books, including Bar Stories, and Ourselves as Students: Multicultural Voices from the Classroom. Students who attend Nitchie’s classes will also be invited to read at this Poetry Reading if they are interested.

Beginners Sign Language Workshop with Lynn Thorp- Tuesdays, from 4pm-5pm, April 3rd, 10th, 24th, and May 1st.

March 13th to April 15th is Deaf History Month and we will be offering a Beginners Sign Language Four Week Workshop with Lynn Thorp. Thorp has broadcast these lessons, called “MV Signs Now and Then,” on MVTV and now is offering them on a rotating bases at Island libraries. The Chilmark Library will host these Beginner Sign Language Workshops on Tuesdays, from 4pm to 5pm, on April 3rd, 10th, 24th, and May 1st.



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