Tuesday, October 10, 2017

All Island Flu Clinic



An all-island seasonal flu immunization clinic will be held on Saturday, October 14th from 10am to 1pm at the Martha's Vineyard High School Cafeteria.

Forms and additional information are available at the library or may be downloaded here. Contact your local Board of Health if you have any questions or seek further information about the clinic.

Do you have questions about the flu? Flu.gov provides one-stop access to U.S. Government information on H1N1, avian and pandemic flu. Other recommended resources are provided below.

Staying Healthy

The two most basic practices a person can do to help prevent catching and spreading germs and viruses are hand washing and covering your cough.

Hand Washing: People in the United States are being advised to be very diligent about hand washing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides information on their web site about when and how you should wash your hands.

Covering Your Cough : Another important way to prevent the spread of diseases is to properly cover your cough. The CDC provides information on covering your cough.

Other Healthy Practices: There are several other steps the CDC recommends as ways to prevent the spread of flu and other diseases:
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick or when you are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick. Keep your children home if they are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Practice other health habits of getting plenty of sleep, being physically active, drinking plenty of fluids and eat nutritious foods.
Additional Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): information on the Seasonal Flu and Novovirus.

Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH): Flu Website includes information in English and Spanish.

Medline Plus: Flu information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Art in the Stacks: Debra Gaines

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The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library are pleased to present an exhibit of paintings and photographs by Debra Gaines, on display on the lower level of the library during regular library hours throughout the month of October, 2017.

Debra Gaines has specialized in panoramic landscape photography and seascape photography for over twenty years, and has also has fallen in love with both pastel and encaustic painting. Debra's purpose is to capture and honor the beauty, awe and wonder of our world. For more information on the artist, visit debragaines.com.

The Vineyard Haven Public Library's "Art in the Stacks" space features rotating monthly exhibits and is managed by the Friends of the Library. The library also has a permanent collection of artworks that are displayed throughout the year, including 12 paintings by Vineyard artist Captain John Ivory. Artists interested in showing their work may contact the library at (508) 696-4210.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Fall Schedule Changes, Including Sunday Hours!

Sunday, October 15th will be the first Sunday of the season that the library will be open. The library will be open from noon-4pm throughout the winter, except for a few holiday weekends.

The library will be closed for Columbus Day on Monday October 9th, and for Veterans Day on Saturday November 11th. Due to a staff training event, the library will open late at 11am on Saturday, October 28th, and eBook classes will be cancelled that morning.

For Thanksgiving, the library will close early at 1pm on Wednesday November 22nd, and remain closed on Thursday November 23rd and Friday November 24th. The library will be open regular hours on Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Art in the Stacks: Margaret Emerson

The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library are pleased to present an exhibit of abstract paintings by Margaret Emerson, on display on the lower level of the library during regular library hours throughout the month of September, 2017.

Margaret Emerson is a retired nurse educator who began her new career as a painter when she moved to Martha’s Vineyard in 2009. Margaret is a member of the Martha’s Vineyard Art Association and shows her work at the Old Sculpin Gallery in Edgartown as well as the Island Gallery in Vineyard Haven. Her latest paintings are abstract works, many reflecting nature.

Margaret Emerson’s show at the Vineyard Haven Library features abstract paintings completed in
2016 and 2017. A highlight of this show is the painting hanging in the stairwell, “Hillary’s Glass Ceiling, Ready, but Never Dropped at the Javitz Center - Election Night, 2016,” which incorporates pieces of the actual “glass ceiling” planned for the Hillary Clinton election party. Margaret was given these pieces by a friend who worked on Hillary’s campaign and helped with the clean up of the party that never happened.

The Vineyard Haven Public Library's "Art in the Stacks" space features rotating monthly exhibits and is managed by the Friends of the Library. The library also has a permanent collection of artworks that are displayed throughout the year, including 12 paintings by Vineyard artist Captain John Ivory. Artists interested in showing their work may contact the library at (508) 696-4210.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Register for Philip Weinstein Seminar on Classic Short Stories

Philip Weinstein, the Alexander Griswold Cummins Professor of English Emeritus at Swarthmore College, will present the next in the ongoing program series "Islanders Read the Classics", with a six-part seminar on classic short stories. This free seminar will be held at the Katharine Cornell Theater in Vineyard Haven. 

In order to allow the library to prepare class materials and communicate with students, please register in advance at the library or by visiting our website at www.vhlibrary.org.


7pm Wednesday, October 4, 2017 
Herman Melville: Benito Cereno, Billy Budd &  Bartleby the Scrivener

7pm Wednesday, October 18, 2017 
Leo Tolstoy: The Death of Ivan Ilyich, The Kreutzer Sonata, Master and Man (The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories, Pevear/Volokhonsky translation)

7pm Wednesday, November 1, 2017  
Anton Chekhov: Ward No. 6, The Lady with the Little Dog, In the Ravine, and 3-4 other stories (Stories of Anton Chekhov, Pevear/Volokhonsky translation)

7pm Wednesday, November 15, 2017 
Henry James: The Turn of the Screw, The Beast in the Jungle 

7pm Wednesday, November 29th, 2017
James Joyce: Dubliners (entire) 

7pm Wednesday, December 13, 2017 
Franz Kafka The Judgment, The Metamorphosis, A Hunger Artist, A Country Doctor, Jackals and Arabs, A Report to an Academy, In the Penal Colony (Selected Stories, Muir translation)

The "Islanders Read the Classics" series is presented by the Martha's Vineyard Library Association in partnership with the Martha's Vineyard Times. Participants are encouraged to read the books in advance, however it is not required. Copies of the books may be requested through your local CLAMS library.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Save the Date for the Friends Fabric & Yarn Sale

The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library are planning a Fabric and Yarn Sale to benefit the library on Saturday, October 21st from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

This will be a de-stash and re-stash event! Please help us get it going by donating fabric, yarns and needles for the sale. Drop items off at the library Tuesday, October 10th through Thursday, October 19th, during regular library hours.

Yarns, fabrics, and needles will be available at bargain prices. Most quilting cotton with be $1/yard and wool yarn as little as $1/skein. From 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM, fill a bag for $10! All proceeds will benefit the library.

Please spread the word to fellow fabric and yarn lovers!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

CRISPR and Genetic Editing: Uncharted Waters

On Wednesday August 30 at 6pm, Vineyard Haven Public Library will host a panel discussion, "CRISPR and Genetic Editing: Uncharted Waters." Leading scientists and bioethicists from Harvard, MIT, Stanford and the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole will discuss the astounding new techniques that make editing DNA, for scientists, nearly as easy as editing an email. Along with vast potential for curing disease, feeding the world and eliminating pollution come vexing issues of fairness, safety and morality. This presentation is part of the library's "Pushing the Limits" series, funded in part by a grant from National Science Foundation and Califa Library Group. The event will be held at the Katherine Cornell Theatre at 51 Spring Street starting at 6pm, and is free and open to the public.

Included on this panel will be Dr. Sheila Jasanoff from Harvard's Kennedy School, one of the world's leading bioethicists. Simply put, her job is to think and talk about the ethics of the work being done with gene editing. Prof. Kevin Esvelt from the MIT Media Lab and is director of the Sculpting Evolution group, which invents new ways to study and influence the evolution of ecosystems. His current project is developing mice that are immune to Lyme and releasing them on Nantucket. Professor Paul Aluru, of the Biological Labs at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, is in the field of “environmental epigenetics,” which involves studying how environmental factors interact with DNA, “turning genes on” or “off”.  The WHOI is one of the premiere institutions in the world for this kind of research. Professor Jeantine Lunshof, Assistant Professor at the Department of Genetics, University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands, and currently a visiting professor at Harvard, is a philosopher and bioethicist, based in the synthetic biology laboratory of Dr. George Church. As an “embedded” ethicist, Dr. Lunshof works with scientists at all stages of their research to help identify potential areas of concern. Professor Emeritus Paul Levine from Stanford will open with introductory remarks about the short history of genetic engineering from the '70s. John Sundman will moderate the panel. His background includes writing and speaking at various institutions about CRISPR.