Friday, March 29, 2013

Friday March 29th: CLAMS Network Outage RESTORED

The CLAMS network is not in service today. Patrons will need their library card in order to check out materials. Patrons will not be able to search the CLAMS catalog, renew or request items through their online account, or checkout eBooks and audiobooks through Overdrive until service is restored. Thank you for your continued patience.

Public access computers and Internet at the Vineyard Haven Library are working.

UPDATE: CLAMS and Overdrive service has been restored.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Art in the Stacks: Renee Balter

The Island Theatre (acrylic) by Renee Balter
The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library will feature the work of island artist Renee Balter, beginning Wednesday April 3rd, 2013. The exhibit will be on display during regular library hours through May 3rd, as part of the “Art in the Stacks” program.

The show will be a retrospective of sorts. Ms. Balter has chosen to exhibit work that reflects her whimsical and detailed view of the island landscape over the years. Beginning with the popular pen and ink drawing, “Lucy Vincent Beach” circa 1978, the show will include a variety of media and styles, including original paintings, mono prints and giclee prints.

Ms. Balter’s work has been shown at the Cousen Rose, Dragonfly and Featherstone Galleries in Oak Bluffs.  She has recently become a member of the Arts District in Oak Bluffs and is working and showing her work from her studio/gallery at the corner of School Street and Gorham Avenue that adjoins the District.

“Art in the Stacks” is an initiative of the Friends of the Library, to provide individual artists an opportunity to show their work, and for library patrons to enjoy art at the library throughout the year.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Friday March 22nd: CLAMS Network Outage RESTORED

The CLAMS network is not in service today. Patrons will need their library card in order to check out materials. Patrons will not be able to search the CLAMS catalog, renew or request items through their online account, or checkout eBooks and audiobooks through Overdrive until service is restored.

Public access computers and Internet at the Vineyard Haven Library are working.

UPDATE: CLAMS and Overdrive are working again, thank you for your patience.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Spring Schedule Changes at the Library

The Vineyard Haven Public Library will be closed on Easter Sunday, March 31st, and on Sunday April 14th and Monday April 15th for the Patriots Day holiday. The library will also close for the day on Friday, April 19th for staff training.

The library will close early at 6:30pm on Tuesday, April 9th, due to the Tisbury Annual and Special Town Meetings which will take place at the Tisbury School Auditorium beginning at 7pm. Library computers will be shut down at 6:00pm that evening.

The library will continue to be open on Sundays from noon - 4pm through May 5th. Sunday hours will resume in October.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Friends of the Library Booksales Held Monthly

The Friends of the Library hold "mini" book sales at the library, from 1pm-3pm on the third Saturday of each month. The March sale will be held on Saturday, March 16th from 1-3pm. Books are priced at $1 for paperbacks and $2 for hardcovers, or $12 to fill a bag.

Proceeds from these sales benefit library programs for children, and other library services supported by the Friends. Sales are also planned for Saturday, April 20th, and Saturday, May 18th, from 1pm-3pm.

Healthy Eating Series Begins March 19th

Through a "Mass in Motion" grant from the State of Massachusetts, the Vineyard Haven Public Library is happy to announce two very special programs in our Healthy Eating Series. Mass in Motion focuses on promoting wellness, and we're very grateful for their work and support. Space is limited for both classes, so please register at the desk or by signing up on line. Separate registration is required for each class.

Tuesday March 19th
7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM
Jan Buhrman: Simple Life of Beans       

Our first program is a cooking class featuring Jan Buhrman. Jan, chef and owner of The Front Porch Kitchen, has been cooking locally-sourced meals on Martha’s Vineyard for over twenty five years.  Through her cooking classes and nutritional workshops, she combines her passion for food with a love of teaching to enhance people’s understanding of their food.  All of her programs are designed to connect people with local food systems. For our Healthy Eating Series Jan will present meals that can be made form foods that are easily available, maybe already right there in your pantry. She will give us the recipes and explain how to prepare quick, easy, nutritional and low cost dinners featuring beans.

Click here to register for "The Simple Life of Beans"

Tuesday March 26 and Tuesday April 2
7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM
Dr. Carol Kenney: Growing ...Older...Better       

Dr. Carol Kenney, a gifted teacher and a true authority on how to chose a healthy lifestyle, will present a two part series on Growing..Older...Better. Carol, who holds a Ph.D. in health science, will explain how to find and implement our own healtful lifestyle philosophies. She'll instruct us on how to make wise choices about what to eat, and she'll teach us how to cook a few things as well. But more than that, she'll explain the basic principles and techniques to help us discover what works best for us. Healthy living should be fun and pleasant, after all, or what's the point? Carol's website Pathways for Health and her monthly newsletter are fantastic resources for living for a healthy lifestyle.  I encourage you to take a look at it now: Pathways4 Health. On the site, she provides recipes, journal articles, books, charts, even a shopping guide for online health food sources. Her newsletters are archived and available for free download. Carol also presents a class on MVTV. Please join us for what promises to be a wonderful two-part series on natural health safety, healthy eating, medicinal foods, and in general how to enjoy mental and physical health whatever your age or current health status.  All participants will receive a three ring binder chock full recipes and reference information. The first class will feature an overview of how to live a healthy lifestyle; the content of second class will be shaped by the interests of the people at the first session. Carol is putting a lot of effort into preparing for this class, and we're really looking forward to it.

Click here to register for "Growing Older... Better"

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Calling Local Artists for June Exhibition

The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library are looking for artists to participate in their third annual art show. The show will be held on June 3-14th, with an evening reception on Tuesday June 4th. The deadline for submissions will be May 1, 2013.

For more information, visit the library or view the Friends website:

Friday, March 1, 2013

Register For 2013 Great Decisions Discussion Group

The Vineyard Haven Public Library Great Decisions Discussion Group will meet for 8 sessions on Thursday evenings at 7pm, beginning April 11th.

A Great Decisions Discussion Group is composed of interested individuals who want an opportunity to learn and participate in the foreign policy decision-making process. The Foreign Policy Association (FPA) has published the Great Decisions briefing book, a well researched annual publication covering eight timely global topics to be read by group participants in order to prepare for each discussion. At each meeting we will show a 30 minute documentary film on that week's topic, to be followed by a moderated discussion.

Please register online or by calling the library (508-696-4211). A limited number of briefing books may be purchased from the library for $10 ($20 if purchased from FPA).

Topics and meeting dates:

7pm Thursday April 11
Future of the Euro: How did the 2008 global recession contribute to the development of the euro crisis? The health of the euro affects and is affected by the state of the global economy. How can European Union leaders prevent the collapse of the common currency?

7pm Thursday April 18
Egypt: The popular revolution that ousted President Hosni Mubarak in 2011 ushered in the promise of radical change. Two years later, what is the state of Egyptian democracy? How will the military and the civilian government balance power?

7pm Thursday April 25
NATO: How has NATO’s agenda evolved since its inception during the cold war? With its military commitment in Afghanistan winding down and a recent successful campaign in Libya, what are the Alliance’s present-day security challenges?

7pm Thursday May 2
Myanmar: The West has welcomed unprecedented democratic reforms made by Myanmar’s government. What challenges must Myanmar overcome before it can fully join the international community? What role can it play in Southeast Asia?

7pm Thursday May 9
Intervention: The “responsibility to protect” doctrine has become central to modern humanitarian intervention. When should the international community intervene? Why did the West rush to intervene in Libya but not Syria?

7pm Thursday May 16
Iran: Suspicion and a troubled history have blighted U.S.-Iranian relations for three decades. How can the United States and Iran move forward? Is the existence of Iran’s nuclear program an insurmountable obstacle?

7pm Thursday May 23
China in Africa: What interests govern China’s engagement in Africa? Should China’s growing emphasis on political ties and natural resource extraction inform U.S. relations with African nations?

7pm Thursday May 30
Threat Assessment: How can the United States address the challenges of a weak economy, homegrown terrorism and nuclear proliferation? What threats and opportunities are presented by the ascendancy of China and by regime change in the Middle East?