Saturday, December 20, 2014

New: Commonwealth eBook Collections!

CLAMS is the first library network in the state to provide our library cardholders with access to the Commonwealth eBook Collections. These services are brought to you by the Massachusetts Library System in partnership with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and your local library, funded in part by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. The collection includes eBooks and other media from our partners, BiblioLabs, Proquest EBL, and Baker & Taylor.

Baker & Taylor's Axis 360  provides popular eBooks and audiobooks and full-color children's books. Books may be downloaded to a variety of tablets and other devices (excluding e-ink Kindles).

BiblioBoard Library includes all types digital content: books, articles, documents, audio, images and video.The content comes from traditional publishers, self-published authors and libraries’ own content collections.

Proquest's EBL (eBook Library) includes resources to help with academic research as well as personal interests, from cooking to gardening.

In addition, CLAMS will continue to offer access to our popular Overdrive eBook and Audiobook collection, which offers a wide variety of eBooks and audiobooks in all genres that work with almost any device. Vineyard Haven Library cardholders also have unlimited access to Tumblebooks eBooks for children.

To learn more, visit Vineyard Haven Library's Digital Media page at

Friday, December 19, 2014

January Programs for Adults

Sunday, January 4th, 1 pm
Adult Crafts: Handmade Hardcover Books
Jennifer will demonstrate techniques for making a hardcover book from scratch, then participants will make their own book. All materials provided and the program is free for adults and teens ages 12 and up. Adult craft programs are offered monthly on Sunday afternoons, and sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Tuesday, January 6th, 7 pm
Fighting for My Life:  Finding Hope and Serenity on Martha’s Vineyard
Author and Photographer Michael Blanchard has been capturing images of Martha’s Vineyard for the last 3 years.  Mike’s passion for photography paralleled his first steps toward recovery from alcohol addiction as described in his new book “Fighting for My Life:  Finding Hope and Serenity on Martha’s Vineyard”.  In this 1 hour talk Mike suggests the use of photography in programs of recovery ranging from cancer to addiction. His photographs will be on display in our "Art in the Stacks" gallery for the month of January.

Wednesday, January 7th, 7pm
The Long Point Five in Concert
Celebrate the New Year with a concert by Island repertory ensemble the Long Point Five, featuring John Schilling on trumpet, Jim Athearn on trombone, Julie Schilling on clarinet, Bud Larson on flute and Jeri Larson on piano. Refreshments served.

Tuesday, January 13th, 7 pm and Tuesday, January 20th, 7 pm
Making it Through: Bosnian Survivors Telling Stories of Truth
Demaris Wehr, PhD will present a two-part series on the topic of her new book, Making it Through: Bosnian Survivors Telling Stories of Truth. On January 13th Demaris will give a Power Point presentation featuring the narratives of 8 interviewees, illustrating the unique way each one made it through the war. On January 20th, Demaris will focus on the life of  interviewee Vahidin Omanovic, a young, inspiring Muslim priest. Vahidin was fifteen when genocide hit his Bosnian village.

Sunday, January 25th, 2 pm
Sunday with Friends: Travel Talk with Anita Hotchkiss
Travel the world without leaving Martha’s Vineyard. Anita Hotchkiss will share her photographs from her recent trip to Mongolia. The talk is free and refreshments will be served. Presented by the Friends of the Library.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Holiday Schedule Changes

The Vineyard Haven Library will close early at 1pm on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24th, and remain closed on December 25th. There will be no Story Time programs the morning of Tuesday, December 23rd.

The library will also close early at 1pm on New Years Eve, Wednesday, December 31st , and remain closed on January 1st.

The library is now open on Sundays from Noon until 4pm, however we will be closed both Sunday January 18th and Monday January 19th for the Martin Luther King, Jr's Day holiday.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Best Books of 2014: A List of Lists

Some choices for the best of 2014, from the media, associations, and readers:

American Library Association (ALA)
Notable Books For Adults:
Notable Books For Children:


Boston Globe

Chicago Tribune Printer's Row Journal

Christian Science Monitor

Goodread's Choice Awards

The Guardian: Writers Pick the Best Books of 2014

Kirkus Reviews

Library Journal

NPR's Guide To 2014’s Great Reads

New York Times Notable Books

Publisher's Weekly Best Graphic Novels of 2014 Best Books 2014 Staff Recommendations

Washington Post