Saturday, December 3, 2016

Best Books of 2016: A List of Lists

Some choices for the best of 2016, from the media, associations, and readers:

American Library Association (ALA)
Notable Books For Adults:
Notable Books For Children:
Best Fiction for Young Adults


Goodread's Choice Awards

The Guardian Best Books of The Year

Kirkus Reviews

LA Times Holiday Book Guide

Library Journal

Library Reads

Mother Jones

National Public Radio's Book Concierge‬, guide to 2016's great reads

New York Times Notable Books

Publisher's Weekly

Seattle Times

Smithsonian's Best Books About Science of 2016

The Telegraph

Wall Street Journal Best Books of 2016 for People of a Certain Age

Washington Post

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Literary Programming Survey

Philip Weinstein, the Alexander Griswold Cummins Professor of Literature, emeritus at Swarthmore College, will present a multi-part literature workshop in Fall 2017, sponsored by Vineyard Haven Library. We would like your input to help select the topics that will be covered. Dickens? Shakespeare? Donna Tartt? You can help us decide!

Follow this link to the survey:
Take the survey

Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Friends Mini Book Sale FREE DAY December 17th

Each month the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library hold "mini" book sales to raise funds for children's programs and other initiatives. This month, instead of offering books for sale, the Friends will be liquidating excess stock from their monthly book sales for the bargain price of free!

The free book day will be Saturday, December 17th, from 10am to 2pm. Free books for children, adults and teens will be given away. The Friends will also be selling their reusable library tote bags for $2 each, which can be used to bring your free books home and also make great stocking stuffers and can be used as gift wrap.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Art in the Stacks: Phyllis Dunn

The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library are pleased to present an exhibit of photographs by Phyllis Dunn. Her photographs will be on display on the art wall on the lower level during regular library hours, until the end of December. According to the artist, life on Martha's Vineyard has given her the opportunity of photographing the environment and the beauty that surrounds her, especially water scenes that draw her in.

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, November 3, 2016

Tisbury Housing Workshops and Survey

Along with the five other towns on the Vineyard, Tisbury has begun a process to produce a Housing Production Plan (HPP). The HPP can be a guide to the Town’s decisions in addressing housing that is affordable for our workers, families, elders and children.  In Tisbury, the “how” of being proactive will be balanced with the equally important question of “where” it can happen.

Please JOIN our conversations  - SAVE these dates:

Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 6pm, Tisbury Senior Center

Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 6pm, Tisbury Senior Center

We invite you to participate in these very important interactive community workshops. During these three sessions we will examine the “who, how, where and when” in Tisbury. The workshops will be professionally facilitated by planning consultants from RKG Associates, Inc., JM Goldson Community + Planning.

You can also participate by taking this brief 5 minute survey. Tell us about your housing needs and your priorities and concerns about housing issues: Take The All Island Planning Board Housing Survey

Printed copies of the survey are available at the Library.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Vineyard Haven Library Joins a Nationwide Reading of "It Can't Happen Here"

On Wednesday, October 26th at 7pm, Vineyard Haven Library will join theaters, universities and libraries across the country to imagine the rise of fascism in America with a reading of Sinclair Lewis's semi-satirical "It Can't Happen Here." The play was adapted by Tony Taccone and Bennett S. Cohen from the novel by Sinclair Lewis, and will be performed by the Peter H. Luce Play Readers. Admission to this event is free, and doors will open at 6:30pm.

Published in 1935, "It Can't Happen Here" tells how the fictional Senator Buzz Windrip, a charismatic and power-hungry politician, is elected president. Windrip easily defeats his opponents, including President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, then quickly becomes a dictator, enacting martial law and throwing dissenters into labor camps. Shortly after it was published, the novel was recreated as a play and opened in 21 cities nationwide on October 27, 1936.

This year, the Sinclair Lewis estate is allowing libraries, theaters, schools and other institutions to hold readings of "It Can't Happen Here" royalty-free. The readings coincide with the opening of the play at Berkeley Repertory Theater in Berkeley, California.

The reading at Vineyard Haven Public Library will be performed by the Peter H Luce Play Readers, under the direction of Paul Doherty. For more than 15 years, the Peter H. Luce Play Readers have met every Wednesday at the Tisbury Senior Center, to read plays of every era and of every genre, from the Greek and Roman classics to the cutting-edge works of contemporary playwrights... and everything in between. The group is named for its founder, Peter Luce, who died in 2007.

Read more about the Nationwide Reading on the Berkeley Repertory Theater website:

Monday, October 10, 2016

Halloween, Sunday Hours, and Holiday Closings

Vineyard Haven Library will be open special evening hours for Halloween on Monday, October 31st. We will stay open until 8pm that evening so your family can take a break from trick-or-treating and enjoy cider and candy provided by the Friends of the Library.

Sunday, November 6th 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.

For the sixth year, The Library will be hosting a series of crafting classes for adults and teens, offered monthly on Sunday afternoons throughout the winter. The classes are supported by the Friends of the Library and led by artist in residence Jennifer Langhammer. The classes are free of charge and materials are provided. This year’s Adult Craft series at the Vineyard Haven Library will begin Sunday November 13th at 1pm, with mini weaving.

The library will be closed for the Veterans Day holiday on Friday November 11th. The library will also close early at 1pm on Wednesday November 23, 2016, and remain closed on Thursday November 24th and Friday November 25th for Thanksgiving. The library will be open regular hours on Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend.