New Assistant Librarian

The West Tisbury library announces that Amy Hoff has been promoted to assistant librarian. She will also be director of the young adult and programming departments as well.

Vineyard Inside Out: Size Doesn't Matter; Temporary Library Keeps the Story Going

Early afternoon on a hot and humid Monday. Between moments of calm, there is an ongoing flow of summer-garbed people coming and going, checking on books they’ve ordered, renewing books, searching for something new to read and DVDs to watch. But no one comes in to the West Tisbury Free Public Library without his or her entrance being noted and acknowledged. Familiarity is instantaneous, and all visitors — young and old — are received with hushed welcome.

Book Sale Donations

It’s almost your last chance donate to the annual book sale sponsored by the Friends of the West Tisbury Library. They are still collecting donations for sale in the gym of the West Tisbury School on Old County Road. What they are looking for: used books in good condition. What they are not looking for: encyclopedias, magazines, outdated or obsolete books or those old moldy and mildewy books that have been lying around your basement for years.

West Tisbury Library at Halfway Point

It takes a village to raise a library, and many of them showed up to celebrate the halfway point of construction at the West Tisbury Library last week. Foundation work is complete on the $6 million project and framing on the building has begun. The “topping off ceremony” marked the placement of the highest beam. Building committee members, library foundation members, selectmen and trustees participated in the ceremony.

West Tisbury Library Dips into Reserves

With construction about halfway complete on the new West Tisbury Library project, town leaders raised concerns this week about a rapidly dwindling contingency fund for the project.

The $6 million project has already used up half of a $200,000 reserve in the budget. Construction began in December and there is a little less than $100,000 left.

Selectmen Deny Library Tree Removal Request

The West Tisbury selectmen this week denied a request to remove more trees to accommodate construction of the new West Tisbury library and adjacent parking lot. Building committee chairman Linda Hearn told the selectmen Wednesday that her group recently learned from NStar that the company needs to build an underground electrical vault near the road. Three additional trees need to be removed to make way for the vault, Mrs. Hearn said. “I have to say I find this totally unacceptable. We went through an agonizing process,” selectman and board chairman Richard Knabel said.

West Tisbury Library Expansion Breaks Ground

“We are grateful, we give thanks,” West Tisbury poet laureate Justen Ahren read during Wednesday’s groundbreaking ceremony for the West Tisbury Free Public Library’s expansion and renovation project. After nearly five years of planning, grant applications, and fundraising, construction on the new building will begin next month. A large crowd gathered in the courtyard of the library to celebrate the big day. Mr. Ahren was one of a lineup of speakers that featured state rep.

At Least Two Trees Will Fall for West Tisbury Library Restoration

As ground breaking nears for construction of the new West Tisbury library, the town selectmen this week reviewed a tree-cutting plan to accommodate the larger design.

Request to Remove Library Trees Catches Selectmen Off-Guard

West Tisbury library trustees asked the town selectmen this week for permission to cut down nearly 10 trees to make way for construction of the new library late this fall. The library also needs the money to take the trees down.On Wednesday trustee Linda Hearn asked the selectmen to put an article on the Nov. 13 special town meeting warrant asking for $6,000 for the tree removal. There are four large trees adjacent to the parking lot, two at the rear of Howes House, several small trees around the property and a large maple at the entrance to the parking lot, which Polly Hill Arboretum executive director Tim Boland called “diseased and dangerous,” according to Mrs. Hearn.

Larger Libraries for Larger Community

When the West Tisbury Library opened in 1993, it was already too small. A frantic patchwork of low-cost space solutions over the years have never kept up with growing demand for library services. For well over a decade we have struggled with a severe shortage of space for patrons, materials, programs and staff. Today we have the Island’s largest collection and the highest circulation, but the smallest facility (except for Aquinnah).

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