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.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Try Encore, a New Way to Search the CLAMS Catalog

When you visit the CLAMS Catalog you will be invited to try our new "Encore" Search. 

Based on feedback from library patrons, CLAMS has added an intuitive, yet powerful search option that includes features common to search engines such as Google, commercial web sites, and social networking sites. It is a new way to search for books, DVDs, digital titles, etc. in the CLAMS libraries.  Encore is particularly powerful when you begin with a broad search and want to narrow it down.

Encore integrates the patron’s OverDrive eBook checkouts and holds into “My Account” and allows access to full-text articles from Gale General OneFile, an online reference resource provided through the state. For more details, please visit the CLAMS Encore Help Page.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Annual 5k Run/Walk & FREE Kid's Fun Run on September 18th!

On Sunday, September 18th, the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library will host the annual Run to benefit the Library. The USATF-Sanctioned 5k Run/Walk starts at the library with runners proceeding to the West Chop lighthouse and back. There will also be a FREE 1/2 Mile Fun Run for Kids (13 and under).

There will be medals for winners in all age groups, and all participants will be eligible to win raffle prizes including gift certificates from local stores. 5k registration includes a t-shirt. 5k starts at 10 am; Fun Run for Kids starts at 9:45 am; Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

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.

Save $5 by registering in advance! Registration forms are available at the library or may be downloaded from our website.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Sunday with Friends: Honoring Nicole Galland & Chelsea McCarthy

On Sunday, August 7th at 2pm, the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library are pleased to present an afternoon honoring Nicole Galland and Chelsea McCarthy, creators of "Shakespeare for the Masses." As part of the celebration, Nicole and Chelsea will offer a sample of their work with a 20-minute version of Shakespeare's Pericles. This event is free, and refreshments will be served. The library will open at 1:30 pm for this event.

Nicole Galland and Chelsea McCarthy met in 2007 at the Tisbury Amphitheatre working on a production of The Tempest. The following year, Nicole directed Chelsea in As You Like It, and by summer’s end they decided to start Shakespeare for the Masses to introduce off-season Vineyard audiences to the off-season works of William Shakespeare. Modeling the rehearsal process on the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse’s popular Monday Night Special series, their original adaptations are performed script-in-hand with one day’s rehearsal. Duels, sporting events and physical tomfoolery all performed off-book.

Their first season, consisting of seven plays including Hamlet, Macbeth and King Lear, earned them a small cult following. Early in Season 2, they realized humor was their greatest ally in seducing Bardophobes to love the Bard, and they haven’t looked back since. After eight seasons and approximately 37 shows, they are still at it. They are grateful to the brave and generous troupe of players who have thrown themselves with abandon into each project, and to MJ Bruder Munafo and the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse for producing them all these years.

The Friends of the Library support a variety of programs for both adults and children throughout the year, including an annual summer event honoring a local author. Past honorees have included Geraldine Brooks, Art Buchwald, Stephen Carter, Phil Craig, Jules Feiffer, Lillian Hellman, John Hough, Jr., Ward Just, David McCullough, Cynthia Riggs, Rose Styron, and William Styron.  For more information contact the Vineyard Haven Public Library, (508) 696-4211.