Monday, January 9, 2017

Sunday with Friends: Peter H. Luce Play Readers

On Sunday, January 22nd 5:30pm, the Peter H. Luce Play Readers will perform staged readings of two one-act plays by Christoper Durang: "Death Comes to Us All, Mary Agnes", and "The Actor's Nightmare". The reading is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. Christopher Durang is an American playwright known for works of outrageous and often absurd comedy. His play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2013. This free performance is sponsored by the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library, and refreshments will be served. Doors will open at 5pm for the 5:30pm performance at the library.

For more than 15 years, the Peter H Luce Play Readers have met every Wednesday of the year at the Vineyard Haven Senior Center from 9AM to Noon 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: Shakespeare, Shaw, Checkov, Moliere, Miller, Ibsen Albee, O'Neil, Pinter and Neil Simon. The group is named for its founder, Peter Luce, who died in 2007. Performers for this reading include Bob Aldrin, Sofia Anthony, John Brannen, Polly Brown, Linda Comstock, Paul Doherty, Elaine Eugster, Esther Hopkins, Judy Miller, Nancy Shaw Cramer, Jay Sigler, Myra Stark, and Gaston Vadasz.

The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library encourage public understanding of the Library's vital role in the community, support activities for both adults and children, and provide various other volunteer services. Their mission is to support the Library, to build a partnership between the Library and the community and to advocate for exemplary library service. All volunteers and those who are interested in knowing more about the Friends meet at 10:30am on the fourth Saturday of every month (except December) at the library.

Friday, January 6, 2017

January 7th Library CLOSED - Programs Rescheduled

Due to the weather forecast, Vineyard Haven Library will be Closed for the day on Saturday January 7th.

The Adult Craft program previously scheduled for Saturday afternoon, January 7th, has been cancelled and rescheduled for February 4th.

Training sessions for eBook users have also been cancelled for January 7th and will resume January 14th.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Houses of Grace Winter Shelter Program Begins

For a second year, the Houses of Grace Winter Shelter Program will offer shelter each night of the week from January 1st through March 31st, 2017. Men, women and families are welcome, and bedding, dinner and breakfast are provided. Guests much check in between 7pm and 8 pm and check out at 7 am. There is no entry or re-entry after 8 pm.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 51 Winter St., Edgartown, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Free. 508-693-0103.

Federated Church, 45 South Summer St., Edgartown, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Free. 508-627-4662.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 51 Winter St., Edgartown, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Free. 508-693-0103.

St. Augustine’s Church, 56 Franklin St., Vineyard Haven, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Free. 508-693-0103.

Federated Church, 45 South Summer St., Edgartown, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Free. 508-627-4662.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 51 Winter St., Edgartown, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Free. 508-693-0103.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 51 Winter St., Edgartown, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Free. 508-693-0103.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Art in the Stacks: Photographs by Peter Dreyer

Photograph by Peter Dreyer
The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library are pleased to present an exhibit of photographs by Peter Dreyer. The photographs from his series Freeze Frames will be on display on the lower level of the library, during regular library hours throughout the month of January.

Peter Dreyer had his own commercial photography business for 39 years. Now retired to Martha's Vineyard, he still uses black and white film and a "wet" darkroom. His portfolio consists of landscape and nature photography as well as prints manipulated in various ways to create interesting effects. None of the effects in his prints are done with the help of PhotoShop. For more information visit the photographer's website,

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.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

New Year's Resolution: Learn a Language!

The Vineyard Haven Public Library now provides a new way to learn a language! Mango Languages is an online language-learning system teaching actual conversation skills. You can access Mango from your home computer or mobile device, and login using your library card. Library patrons now have access to 68 languages and 17 ESL courses. To get started, visit the library homepage and click on the Mango icon to begin!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Final Tisbury Housing Workshop December 15th

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 the conversation on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 6:30pm at the Tisbury Senior Center, for the final interactive community workshop to examine the “who, how, where and when” in Tisbury. The workshop will be professionally facilitated by planning consultants from RKG Associates, Inc., JM Goldson Community + Planning.

For more information including information presented and gathered at earlier meetings, visit the Tisbury HPP page on the Martha's Vineyard Commission website

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