Thursday, September 26, 2013

More Bestselling eBooks Now Available from CLAMS

Beginning today, many additional new titles are available in the Library's free eBook collection! Bestselling titles published by Penguin imprints may be checked out using your library card, and read on your eReader, tablet, or other device. Visit the CLAMS Overdrive site to access the collection. New titles include these bestselling titles:
  • And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
  • Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon
  • The Bone Bed by Patricia Cornwell
  • The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
  • Command and Control by Eric Schlosser
  • Cooked by Michael Pollan
  • Death Angel by Linda Fairstein
  • The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
  • The Mayan Secrets by Clive Cussler, Thomas Perry
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  • The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • The Silent Wife by A. S. A. Harrison
  • The Spymistress by Jennifer Chiaverini
  • This Town by Mark Leibovich
  • W Is For Wasted by Sue Grafton
  • Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts
  • Wilson by A. Scott Berg
  • Winter of the World by Ken Follett
New to eBooks? The Vineyard Haven Library offers free one-on-one training on Saturday mornings from 10am to noon by appointment.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Library Booksales Held Monthly

The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library hold monthly "mini" book sales at the library, from 1pm-3pm on the third Saturday of each month. The September sale will be held on Saturday, September 21st 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 October 19th and November 16th.

National Book Awards: The Long Lists

The National Book Foundation has release 4 longlists of titles under consideration for this years awards, including the following fiction and nonfiction titles available from CLAMS:


Sunday, September 15, 2013

Library 5k Results and Pictures!

Rene DaSilva and Jose Alves were first to finish
Congratulations to Rene DaSilva of Vineyard Haven, who was first to finish the 16th annual Run to the Chop 5K race with a time of 17 minutes and 57 seconds. Katie Brown was the first female with a time of 24 minutes, 06 seconds. Complete results including winners in all age groups will be posted on and on the Library website. Pictures from the event, including finish line photos, are posted on the Library Facebook page.

The race is sponsored by the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library, and proceeds will support library programs. Race sponsors included Coldwell Banker Landmarks Real Estate, Cronig's Market, Downtown Custom Printwear, Parker Carpets, Mansion House Inn & Health Club, Martha's Vineyard Harley Riders, Martha's Vineyard Savings Bank, Martha's Vineyard Vacation Rentals, Tisbury Farm Market, and Vineyard Bottled Water.

Sunday Hours and Programs Resume on October 20th!

Sunday, October 20th, 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.

As in past years, the Friends of the Library will be presenting a variety of special programs on Sunday afternoons at 2pm, including lectures, a play reading, and "Crafts for Grownups" with Jennifer.

Our annual kids Halloween Party will be held on Sunday, October 27th. Details of programs will be posted soon on our website and bulletin boards.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Art in the Stacks: Christopher Wright

"Standing Still" by Christopher Wright
The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library are pleased to present an exhibit of new photographs by Christopher Wright, on display during regular library hours from September 9th through October 4th. "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.


I think of myself somewhat as a "hybrid" photographer, combining elements of my past history in charcoal drawing, and my love and appreciation for painting and other art mediums, with my passion for photography.

Primarily self taught, I started taking pictures when I was eight years old, and have been evolving in my form ever since. When I come upon a setting that I'd like to photograph, what I see is more similar to a drawing or a painting. Everything all around me becomes alive and interactive as the scene takes on a life of it's own, and a window of time appears to open up where it feels right for me to take a photograph. I could describe this experience as being magic. It's truly one of the most amazing things I've ever experienced, and something I'm extraordinarily grateful for.

Life is full of magic, and to be able to carry a piece of that through a photograph for others to feel is what I hope to achieve and exactly why I am doing this. With that and with gratitude, I think I will step out of the way and let the pictures speak for themselves.


Christopher Wright is a Fine Art waterscape, landscape, and nature photographer with over 30 years experience in photography, and a full time resident of Martha's Vineyard, who has been living on the island, on and off, for his entire life. He considers his work, which revolves around the Vineyard, to be, in his words, "an honor and a true labor of love".

Choosing to begin selling his work in December 2010, Christopher's photography is now hanging in homes and businesses spanning from here on Martha's Vineyard, to New York City, to Los Angeles, CA., Colorado, Baltimore, Md., Tennessee, and all the way to the shores of New Zealand, with, as he puts it, his "honest gratitude being the key".

Christopher is a member of The Martha’s Vineyard Art Association, and shows his work on island at the “Old Sculpin Gallery” in Edgartown, the “A Gallery” in Oak Bluffs, and "Bryn Walker - Vineyard Haven". He has also shown his work on island at The Shephard Fine Artspace Gallery, the Made Here On The Vineyard Gallery, Featherstone Center For The Arts, The 2011, 2012, and 2013 Family Planning Art Shows, The Scottish Bakehouse, Atria Restaurant, The Green Room, The Vineyard Haven Public Library, The Island Children's School, and The 150th, 151st, & 152nd Agricultural Fairs. In addition, Christopher has a small studio space in West Chop, open year round by appointment only.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

How Much Did You Save by Using the Library this Summer?

We know you value the services and resources provided by your public library, but just how much are those services worth? How much would you pay out-of-pocket if the library didn't exist, or if these services and resources weren't available at no cost? To find out, complete the Value of Library Service Calculator on the library website.

This Value of Library Service Calculator was developed by the Massachusetts Library Association Legislative Committee.