Friday, October 29, 2010

Take the CLAMS Library Network Survey to Improve CLAMS Services

As part of our long-range planning process, the CLAMS Library Network, which includes the Vineyard Haven, Oak Bluffs, and Edgartown libraries on Martha's Vineyard, is conducting a survey of library users. We would appreciate your feedback to help improve our services.

To participate, click on the green CLAMS logo. It is not required that you respond to all the questions, and the entire survey can be completed in under 10 minutes.

Monday, October 25, 2010

"Sunday with Friends" Series Returns, with Grace Church Lobster Rolls

For over 25 years, Grace Church in Vineyard Haven has been serving award-winning lobster rolls on Friday evenings from May through October to fund their outreach on the Island and around the globe.

Join us at the library on Sunday, November 14th at 2pm, as lobster roll experts Lorraine Clark and Beatrice Green share their behind-the-scenes stories and the history of this popular Vineyard Haven institution.

This event is presented by the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library. Cookies and cider will be served following the talk.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Participate in Upcoming Community Focus Groups on Cable Communications Needs

The Vineyard Haven Library will be hosting one of a series of focus groups this November. MVTV (Martha's Vineyard Community Television), in cooperation with the towns on Martha’s Vineyard are seeking your input on the future of cable service, community media, and technology that will be available for the next 10 years.

As a part of the process of exploring the future cable communications needs of Martha’s Vineyard, the Towns in conjunction with MVTV are hosting a series of focus groups on November 16, 17 and 18. The focus groups will provide a chance for interested community members to learn about franchise renewal and provide their opinions regarding future services that could be available through the cable system serving Martha’s Vineyard.

These focus groups will be conducted by Sue Buske of The Buske Group, a nationally recognized public policy consulting group hired specifically to assist during the cable franchise renewal process. The focus groups will provide information on: (1) the cable franchise process that the Towns are currently conducting; (2) how the cable system works and what it could be like in the future; (3) public, educational, and government access; and (4) the ways that community groups and organizations, schools, businesses, citizens, and government agencies could use a cable communication system. The focus groups are designed to get input from participants through brainstorming and completing a brief questionnaire.

In addition, the public is also invited to participate in an on-line survey by going to the MVTV website at and clicking a link for the survey.

The focus groups are free of charge. Persons interested in attending should select the one that is most appropriate or convenient and RSVP on line using the MVTV Website at http/ or by contacting Julie Turner at 508-696-9760 or The schedule of the focus groups is as follows:

Tuesday, November 16
Health & Human Services: 2:00—4:00 pm, Vineyard Haven Public Library
Arts & Cultural Organizations: 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Featherstone Center for the Arts

Wednesday, November 17
Religious & Spiritual Groups: 10:00 am – Noon, Edgartown Public Library
Educators and Teachers: 4:00 – 6:00 pm, MVRHS Library Conf. Room

Thursday, November 18
Municipal Groups, Town Depts.: 10 am-12pm, VTA Conference Rm., Airport Business Park
Nonprofit Organizations: 6:00—8:00 pm, West Tisbury Public Library

Friday, October 15, 2010

Sunday Hours Resume October 31st, with Halloween Celebration

The Vineyard Haven Public Library will be open on Sundays beginning October 31st. To Celebrate, the Library will hold a special Halloween Open House on October 31st from noon to 4pm.

Cider, cookies and other Halloween treats will be provided by the Friends of the Library. There will be a special drop-in crafts program from for children age 5 and up from 2pm-3:30pm. Come in costume, and you may enter a drawing for a variety of prizes for all ages.

The library will be open from noon until 4pm every Sunday throughout the winter, except for some holiday weekends.

Friday, October 8, 2010

"The Charles W. Morgan", and Other Library Programs on Video

The Vineyard Haven Public library offers a wide variety of regular programs and special events for adults, including lectures, performances, films, demonstrations and discussions about timely and fascinating topics, from the arts and literature to global studies.

Selected library programs from the Evening Lecture Series are available on DVD for checkout from the library, or broadcast on MVTV (Martha's Vineyard Community Television). Some programs are also available for online viewing on

A list of recent programs available for online viewing appears on the library website at

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Attention Movie Lovers: Blu-ray is Here!

This month the library is introducing a number of current and classic feature films in the new Blu-ray format. Blu-ray discs are shelved on a separate display in the regular DVD section and are clearly labeled. For those of you with a Blu-ray player or PS3, you can enjoy the enhanced quality of this format. Please note, however, that Blu-ray discs cannot be played on a standard DVD player. Additional Blu-ray titles are available by request through CLAMS. Please ask a staff member for assistance in locating titles in this format.