Thursday, August 18, 2016

Register for Phil Weinstein's Seminar "American Baroque"

Beginning in September, Philip Weinstein, the Alexander Griswold Cummins Professor of Literature emeritus at Swarthmore College, will present a six-part workshop entitled American Baroque, on Melville’s Moby Dick and Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! The series will be presented at the Katharine Cornell Theater, 54 Spring Street, Vineyard Haven, on Wednesday evenings at 7pm. Professor Weinstein will cover Moby Dick on September 7th, 21st, and 28th, and Absalom, Absalom! on November 2nd, 16th, and 30th.

Professor Weinstein describes these two works as "larger than life, harder to read than any bestseller, yet unforgettable once you’ve made them yours. Making them yours is labor, but as you succeed in making your way in, it can become a labor of love. Our three September sessions on Melville, like our later three on Faulkner, aim to enable your journey."

Professor Weinstein will use Norton's 2nd Critical Edition for Moby Dick, and the 1966 corrected edition of Absolum, Absolum! 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.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Try Encore, a New Way to Search the CLAMS Catalog

When you visit the CLAMS Catalog you will be invited to try our new "Encore" Search. 

Based on feedback from library patrons, CLAMS has added an intuitive, yet powerful search option that includes features common to search engines such as Google, commercial web sites, and social networking sites. It is a new way to search for books, DVDs, digital titles, etc. in the CLAMS libraries.  Encore is particularly powerful when you begin with a broad search and want to narrow it down.

Encore integrates the patron’s OverDrive eBook checkouts and holds into “My Account” and allows access to full-text articles from Gale General OneFile, an online reference resource provided through the state. For more details, please visit the CLAMS Encore Help Page.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Annual 5k Run/Walk & FREE Kid's Fun Run on September 18th!

On Sunday, September 18th, 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 local stores. 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.

Community sponsors for this year's event 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, 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.