The West Tisbury Library Foundation and West Tisbury School principal Donna Lowell-Bettencourt have stepped up to organize free child care during our annual town meeting on April 12. Teachers and students from both the Charter School and the West Tisbury School will look after our small townspeople between 5:45 and 9 p.m. These thoughtful folks are providing games, crafts and nut-free snacks.

Can I just say how amazing this is? No excuses, people. Let’s show up and get this town business done right. But please, let’s not be all West Tisbury-casual and just show up with our broods. Call the library at 508-693-3366 by April 1 to register.

Criseyde Jones, who lived in West Tisbury for six decades, died on March 16 in Fall River. Her longtime friend Susanna Sturgis remembers her as “an avid reader, animal lover and all-round creative person.” While she was a child, Susanna’s family rented a camp just across Deep Bottom Cove from the home of Cris, her then-husband Mal Jones and their small children. Twenty years later, Susanna moved back to the Island — “only for a year, mind you” — and Cris was just about the only year-rounder she knew. If you knew Cris too and want to share your own memories of her, there will be a gathering this summer in her honor.

West Tisbury has a new poet laureate: Tain Leonard-Peck, who was chosen by the library and received unanimous approval from the select board. He’s the person who created the Little Free Library at Lambert’s Cove so he is already off to a strong start. His work is fresh, funny and provocative; I look forward to reading more. Best of luck to him.

The Agricultural Society has a meat raffle going on through the end of this month. You can buy chances online, a dollar each or six for five dollars. There are a number of mouth-watering prizes, all combinations of delicious local meats, with inspired titles such as Sunday at Granma’s and Cold Island Winter Night. The only problem is deciding how many packages to try for. Winners will be pulled on April 1 and notified within a few days; the protein can be picked up at the Ag Hall.

I must give the MVAS a shout-out for their terrific website, which is beautiful and easy to navigate. If you haven’t wandered over yet, check it out; there is a lot happening there.

The Learning Lab is back at the library for kids aged 12 and up. This is a wonderfully mellow, cozy place to while away a couple of hours after school. The Lab is open from 2:30 to 5:45 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 2:30 to 4:45 p.m. on Friday.

There was a credible coyote sighting, or a string of sightings, near the dump. The coyote situation is endlessly fascinating and seems to rouse strong emotions in people. There is so much to say, and none of it safe to say in public if you don’t like fighting. Maybe we need a coyote committee to address the issue. I will provide snacks.