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 staged 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 staged 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.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Library awarded $10,000 Grant

Vineyard Haven Public Library has been awarded a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant for $10,000 from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). The grant program, called "Mind in the Making," supports the development of innovative programming and spaces that encourage invention and tinkering, where children ages 0-6 can explore simple concepts in tactile, real ways. This kind of space fuels a child's natural curiosity and teaches valuable lessons by helping them develop fine motor skills, problem solving abilities, and peer relationships. Vineyard Haven Library will use the funding for enhancements to the Children's Room and Children's programming, and creativity kits that can be borrowed by parents and caregivers, or used in local preschools.

Libraries use LSTA grants from the MBLC in a variety of ways, including implementing literacy programs that benefit all ages, increasing library access to underserved populations, providing advanced automation services, training staff, and preserving valuable historical documents. Two other Martha's Vineyard libraries also received LSTA grants this year: West Tisbury, for Health Literacy, and Oak Bluffs, for Serving People with Disabilities.

In addition to the direct library grant program, the MBLC uses LSTA funds to support statewide programs and services, including summer reading programs, databases, the Commonwealth eBook program, the Commonwealth Catalog (the new virtual catalog), and mass.gov/libraries which provides information and resources for residents. LSTA is administered on the federal level by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in the Commonwealth by the MBLC. More information about LSTA can found at www.mass.gov/mblc.

Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

All Island Flu Clinic & Health Fair

An all-island seasonal flu immunization clinic will be held on Saturday, October 1st from 11am to 2pm at the Martha's Vineyard High School Cafeteria. The clinic will provide flu shots for adults and children over 6 months, plus BMI testing, Cholesterol/Glucose screening, Blood Pressure checks, Bone Density Screening & Aromatherapy.

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).

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Library 5k Results

Rene DaSilva of Vineyard Haven was first to finish the 19th annual Run to the Chop 5K race with a time of 17 minutes and 50 seconds. Heather Lucas of Hopkinton was the first female with a time of 20 minutes, 22 seconds. Complete results including winners in all age groups will be posted on www.coolrunning.com and on the Library's Facebook Page. 64 runners completed the 5k, which was preceded by a half mile kid's Fun Run.

The event was sponsored by the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library, and proceeds support library programs. Community sponsors for this year's event include Brickman's, Broadway Screen Printing, Coldwell Banker Landmarks Real Estate, Cronig's Market, The Green Room, Island Source, Martha's Vineyard Savings Bank, Martha’s Vineyard Vacation Rentals & Sales, Stop & Shop, and Vineyard Grocer.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Art in the Stacks: Photographs of Belgium by Lisa Anne Brown

The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library are pleased to present an exhibit of photographs of Belgium by Lisa Anne Brown. Her photographs will be on display on the art wall on the lower level, during regular library hours throughout the month of September.

Photographing for 30 years and still working in film, Lisa's eye is drawn to the antiquated. She chooses to frame her photographs in vintage 18th and 19th century molding. These wooden frames were destined for the rubbish and with the help of a friend Lisa saves them and reclaims them for a new life as a beautiful art pieces. When you see these images, the combination of Lisa's whimsical eye and these unique frames will make you smile. For more information on the artist visit http://labphoto.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, August 18, 2016

Register for Phil Weinstein's Seminar "American Baroque"

Beginning in September, Philip Weinstein, the Alexander Griswold Cummins Professor of Literature emeritus at Swarthmore College, will present a six-part workshop entitled American Baroque, on Melville’s Moby Dick and Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! The series will be presented at the Katharine Cornell Theater, 54 Spring Street, Vineyard Haven, on Wednesday evenings at 7pm. Professor Weinstein will cover Moby Dick on September 7th, 21st, and 28th, and Absalom, Absalom! on November 2nd, 16th, and 30th.

Professor Weinstein describes these two works as "larger than life, harder to read than any bestseller, yet unforgettable once you’ve made them yours. Making them yours is labor, but as you succeed in making your way in, it can become a labor of love. Our three September sessions on Melville, like our later three on Faulkner, aim to enable your journey."

Professor Weinstein will use Norton's 2nd Critical Edition for Moby Dick, and the 1966 corrected edition of Absolum, Absolum! A limited number of copies will be on reserve at the library, or may be requested through CLAMS. 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.

Click here to access the registration form.