Thursday, June 26, 2014

Evening Lecture Series: July Events

All programs at the Vineyard Haven Public Library are free and open to the public. Please join us!

Tuesday, July 1st, 7 pm
Greg Balco: Antarctica and the Antarctic Ice Sheet
News reports in the past few months have highlighted the fact that parts of the Antarctic ice sheets are shrinking rapidly and likely to continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Greg Balco, a scientist at the Berkeley Geochronology Center, studies Antarctic ice sheet change. He will give a talk that aims to put these reports in some context by discussing what ice sheets are and how they work; what exactly is in Antarctica, what it looks like, and what it means that it's "collapsing;" and what is involved in actually getting to and working in Antarctica to learn about ice sheet change.

Thursday, July 3rd, 7 pm
Suzan Bellincampi:  Martha’s Vineyard: A Field Guide to Island Nature
In her new book, author Suzan Bellincampi, director of Mass Audubon's Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary,  takes you on favorite Island trails and behind the scenes of what the natural Vineyard has to offer. Suzan will talk about how she did the research for the book and will include some slides from her explorations here on the Island.  Reception to follow.

Wednesday, July 9th, 7 pm (doors open at 6:30)
Sam Low: Hawaiki Rising
As the walls of Troy were falling to the Greeks, Polynesian explorers followed star paths across the world’s greatest ocean to settle one third of Earth’s surface. It’s one of the most amazing stories of navigation and maritime exploration, and it has never been properly told — until now. Reception to follow.

Tuesday, July 15th, 7 pm
Neville Frankel: Bloodlines
Novelist and South African emigrĂ© Neville Frankel will discuss his literary thriller of the apartheid era. Bloodlines, called "fierce and thrilling" by Kirkus Indie Review, is the riveting story of a family fractured by apartheid and a son who struggles to piece everything back together. The author will read excerpts from his novel and discuss South Africa’s troubled history from a personal and political perspective.  Reception to follow.

Wednesday, July 16th, 7 pm (doors open at 6:30)
William Waterway: Gay Head Lighthouse: The First Light on Martha’s Vineyard
Join us for the launch of this fascinating book. In 2013 it was determined the lighthouse needed to be moved from the eroding cliffs. We will learn about the lighthouse and how as a community we will save it. Slideshow.  Reception to follow.

Tuesday, July 22nd, 7 pm
Susie Bowman from Felix Neck: Martha’s Vineyard Seashells
Susie Bowman, naturalist and educator from Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, will join us to present a program on the seashells of Martha's Vineyard.  She will present a slide show and bring samples. 

Tuesday, July 29th, 7 pm
Peter Simon: Through the Lens 
For over 40 years, Peter Simon has documented some of the world’s most historic events from the protest-filled 1960’s, hippie communes, nude beaches and the New Age Movement to the greatest names in Rock n’ Roll, Reggae, Pop music; the action of Major League Baseball and the majesty of Martha’s Vineyard. Through his multimedia presentation, Simon speaks honestly about his photographic art, privileged background, alternative lifestyle explorations, and an addictive personality that finally got the better of him and affected his relationships with family and friends.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Sunday with Friends: An Afternoon with John Hough, Jr. Sunday, July 20th at 2pm, the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library will present an afternoon with Vineyard author John Hough, Jr. at the Library. Mr. Hough will read from and discuss his newly published novel, Little Bighorn. This event is free, and refreshments will be served. Doors will open at 1:30 pm for the event.

John Hough, Jr. grew up in Falmouth, Massachusetts and now lives on Martha’s Vineyard. His grandfather and his father edited the Falmouth Enterprise and his great-uncle was for many years the editor of the Vineyard Gazette. Hough is the author of five previous novels, including Seen the Glory: A Novel of the Battle of Gettysburg, and three works of nonfiction.

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, Ward Just, David McCullough, Cynthia Riggs, and William Styron.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Summer Reading for Kids, Teens, and Grownups at the Vineyard Haven Library
Registration for the Summer Reading Program at the Vineyard Haven Public Library begins Monday, June 30th, 2014. Children may visit the Children's Room at the library to sign up, log the books they read, and earn prizes including a T-shirt and gift certificates from local businesses. Teens ages 12 to 18 can register online. Teens who register online can visit the library circulation desk to claim a prize, just for signing up.

The Martha's Vineyard Library Association is hosting a special event to kick off the Summer Reading Program. On Saturday, July 5th, comic juggler Bill Ross will perform at the Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury at 11am. This family event will also feature face painting, popcorn, and all around fun. Admission is $4; doors open at 10:30am.

Free programs for children at VH Library this summer include a concert by Ellen Allard for ages 4 and up on July 8th at 11am, musical story times with Joyce Maxner on Tuesday July 15th at 10am and 11am, and concerts by Jeremy Berlin on July 22nd at 10am and 11am. Marvelous Marvin will bring circus arts, magic and music to the library on August 7 at 4pm. On Wednesday August 6th, visit the "Whalemobile", a life-sized inflatable humpback whale. Children can go inside the whale, hear the sounds of different species of whales, touch real whale parts, and learn how to help protect these animals (at the Tisbury School). These events are made possible by a contribution from The Anderson Foundation.

Additional special guests planned for children's programs include Kathy Forrester, Emily Solarazza, Phyllis Vecchia, storybook character Ladybug Girl, and Susie Bowman from Felix Neck. Details will be available at the library and on our website,

For the fourth year, the Vineyard Haven Library is offering a Summer Reading Program for “Grownups”. Adults who keep track of their summer reading will be eligible to win a gift certificate and other prizes sponsored by the Friends of the Library. To participate, patrons should create an online account by visiting the library homepage. Patrons may log the books they read over the summer, write reviews, and register for prizes.

The summer reading program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Programs for children are supported by the Friends of the Library and are free for participants.

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