Saturday, August 22, 2015

Annual 5k Run/Walk & FREE Kid's Fun Run on September 20th!

On Sunday, September 20th, the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library will host the annual Run to benefit the Library. The USATF-Sanctioned 5k Run/Walk starts at the library with runners proceeding to the West Chop lighthouse and back. There will also be a FREE 1/2 Mile Fun Run for Kids (13 and under).

There will be medals for winners in all age groups, and all participants will be eligible to win raffle prizes including gift certificates from Brickman's and The Green Room. 5k registration includes a t-shirt. 5k starts at 10 am; Fun Run for Kids starts at 9:45 am; Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

This year's race sponsors include: Brickman's, Broadway Screen Printing, Coldwell Banker Landmarks Real Estate, Cronig's Market, The Green Room, Island Source, Martha's Vineyard Savings Bank, Martha’s Vineyard Vacation Rentals & Sales, Plum Perfect Painting, Stop & Shop, and Vineyard Grocer.

Save $5 by registering in advance! Registration forms are available at the library or may be downloaded from our website.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Art in the Stacks: Margaret Emerson

The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library are pleased to present an exhibit of paintings by Margaret Emerson. The exhibit will be on display on the lower level of the library, during regular library hours throughout the month of August.

Margaret Emerson has a PhD in nursing. She practiced as a nurse, and also taught on the faculty of Northeastern University in Boston.  Since retiring from nursing in 2009, Margaret has indulged her passion to paint. She says her oils, acrylics, and pastels are inspired by "the luminosity of the Island." They are expressionist in style, reflecting her local surroundings and the inner feelings that inspire her poetry. Many of the works in this exhibit were prompted by poems she wrote, which accompany the artwork they inspired.

The Vineyard Haven Public Library's "Art in the Stacks" space features rotating monthly exhibits and is managed by the Friends of the Library. The library also has a permanent collection of artworks that are displayed throughout the year, including 12 paintings by Vineyard artist Captain John Ivory. Artists interested in showing their work may contact the library at (508) 696-4210.

Register for Phil Weinstein's Seminar on Russian Novels

Beginning in September, Philip Weinstein, the Alexander Griswold Cummins Professor of Literature emeritus at Swarthmore College, will present a six-part workshop on Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina and Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov. The series will be presented at the Katharine Cornell Theater, 54 Spring Street, Vineyard Haven, on Wednesday evenings at 7pm. Professor Weinstein will cover Anna Karenina on September 9th, 16th, 30th, and The Brothers Karamazov on November 4th, November 18th, and December 2nd.

Professor Weinstein will be using the Pevear/Volokhonsky translations of the books. A limited number of copies will be on reserve at the library, or may be requested through CLAMS. In order to allow the library to prepare class materials and communicate with students, please register in advance at the library or by visiting our website at

Click here to access the registration form.