Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Tisbury School Project Community Survey

The Tisbury School Building Committee is conducting a Community Input survey through May 1, 2017, to help determine a preferred site option for the proposed new school.

Access the online survey by following this link:

Printed surveys are also available, and may be picked up and dropped off at Vineyard Haven Library and other Town offices. Additional information about the project can be found on the School Project website:

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Spring Schedule Changes

The Vineyard Haven Public Library will be closed on Sundays beginning April 16th. Sunday hours will resume after Columbus Day. The Library and other Town offices will be closed for the day on Monday April 17st due to the Patriots Day holiday. 

This Spring, Vineyard Haven Library will be offering storytime programs on both Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:30am. The Tuesday morning "Tales for Tots" Storytime  is best for ages 3 and up, and the Wednesday morning "Wee Ones" Storytime will be geared towards children younger than age three.

The Friends of the Library have announced new extended hours for their monthly "mini" book sales, which will now be held on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 11am to 3pm. Proceeds benefit children's programs and other library services sponsored by the Friends.

Upcoming Sale Dates:
Saturday, April 15th, 11am-3pm
Saturday, May 20th, 11am-3pm
Saturday, June 17th, 11am-3pm

Early Closing April 25th due to Town Meeting

Vineyard Haven Library will close early on Tuesday, April 25th, due to the Tisbury Annual and Special Town Meetings that will take place that evening at the Tisbury School Auditorium at 7pm. The Library will close at 6:30pm, and library computers will be shut down at 6:00pm.

Warrant for the Annual Town Meeting
Warrant for the Special Town Meeting

Library Renovation Begins in April

In April 2016, Tisbury voters supported funding for much-needed repairs to the exterior of the library building. Initial work on this project will take place in mid-April, through the end of the month. The library plans to remain open to the public during, however some noise and disturbance may occur during this period. 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Art in the Stacks: Nina Gomez Gordon

"Where Stars Are Born", oil on canvas
The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library are pleased to present an exhibit of paintings by Nina Gomez Gordon. The exhibit will be on display on the lower level of the library, during regular library hours throughout the month of April, 2017.

Nina Gomez Gordon's mixed media and oil abstract paintings highlight color, texture, and natural geometry. A departure from the landscape paintings she usually paints, they aim to convey emotional resonance more than specific subjects, though they are based on objects found in nature. Nina earned a BA in Fine Art from Bowdoin College, studied sculpture and painting at Maine College of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago, and served as gallery director for Old Sculpin Gallery. She has been painting on Martha's Vineyard for over twenty years.

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, March 12, 2017

Tisbury Time Capsule Opening April 29th

In January 1967, students in the Tisbury School sixth grade class taught by Dorothy R. Howell placed a time capsule in the wall of the Vineyard Haven Public Library, with the intention of opening the capsule 50 years later, in 2017. Now, former students and the public are invited to witness the Time Capsule Opening Ceremony and share refreshments and memories, beginning at 4pm on Saturday, April 29th.

The capsule was first placed at the library in 1967, when the building was under construction. When the library was renovated and expanded in 1998, the time capsule was uncovered under the supervision of Mrs. Howell and student H. Lester Baptiste, but was left unopened and secured inside a wall in the new building. Earlier this month, the Tisbury Department of Public Works put a camera inside the wall to locate the time capsule, which appears to be still intact. An access panel was put in place to protect the capsule until the opening ceremony.

Students in the participating 6th grade class included Linda Alley, H. Lester Baptiste Jr., Tom Bardwell, Edward Buckley, Cindy Burgess, Richard Clark, Janet Cottle, Brian Dolby, Debbie Fitzpatrick, Steven Hopp, Chad Johnson, Joan Johnson, Belinda Maseda, Ann Richards, Dennis Rogers, John Schilling, Elmer Silva, Martha Sprague, Joyce Stiles, Carol Thatcher, and David Vanderhoop. In addition to selecting items to fill the time capsule, the Tisbury school students earned money to purchase supplies and a commemorative plaque engraved by Melvin Doremus.

Items found in the Time Capsule will be documented, and will be on display at the library during the month of May, 2017, and on the Time Capsule Facebook page:

Friday, March 10, 2017

Library Hours Update for Friday March 10th

Vineyard Haven Library will be open from 9am to noon today. Afternoon programs have been cancelled.