Category Archives: lecture

"Is Pakistan Imploding?" – A Lecture by Dr. James Norton


A group of 13 people gathered at the library to listen to Dr. James Norton lecture on a very important current events topic, “Is Pakistan Imploding?”.

In this picture Dr. Norton is concluding his lecture by reading some recommendations for improving the situation in Pakistan that he had made in 2001.

Many thoughtful comments and questions were posed by the audience, some of which led to a discussion of Greg Mortenson’s popular book, “Three Cups of Tea“.

Please see our events calendar to learn about future lectures and events happening at the library!

Skunk Lecture – Luanne Johnson


Luanne Johnson, Doctoral Candidate in the Environmental Studies Department at Antioch University New England, educated a crowd of 10-15 people on the topic of coastal skunks.

Many interesting questions were posed by the audience, and a lively discussion resulted.

Luanne also presented her fascinating research which you can read more about by visiting her web page.

Large Crowd Enjoys Songini Book Signing & Lecture!

Marc Songini, author of “The Lost Fleet: A Yankee Whaler’s Struggle Against the Confederate Navy and Arctic Disaster,” spoke to a crowd of over 40 people at the Library on Saturday, November 10th!

The focus of Mr. Songini’s talk was “Vineyard Heroes: Great Whaling Masters and Mates of the Island.”

Mr. Songini discussed the fascinating lives of the many Vineyarders who took part in the once-prolific whaling industry, using many interesting and humorous anecdotes to entertain the audience. Many Island history buffs were in attendance and so there was no shortage of questions or topics for discussion.

After the discussion period, copies of Mr. Songini’s book were available for purchase, courtesy of Sun Porch Books. The author signed copies for anyone who asked him.