Saturday, April 29, 2017

Selected Events of 1967 on Martha's Vineyard

What was happening on Martha's Vineyard in 1967, when the Tisbury School Time Capsule was installed at the Vineyard Haven Public Library? Here are some of the big stories that year, as reported by the Vineyard Gazette:
  • A large sturgeon washed up at Wasque
  • Vandals shot up the Tisbury police station, stole copper, and ransacked summer homes (including Katharine Cornell’s)
  • A new dock opened in Oak Bluffs
  • Plans were announced for the A&P grocery store and Dairy Queen
  • A capital campaign raised funds to purchase Cedar Tree Neck for conservation
  • Bicycle paths for the island were proposed
  • A Northeast plane crash landed in the dark
  • Under Secretary of State Nicholas deB. Katzenbach got lost in fog
  • A "book brigade" helped move Vineyard Haven Public Library into a new building
  • Vineyarders traveled to Expo 67, a World's Fair held in Montreal
  • Art Buchwald proposed building a subway to Boston
  • "Hippies" made trouble after being stranded on Illumination Night
  • A former telephone building in Vineyard Haven was converted to a Youth Center (now Educomp)
  • The new Vineyard Haven Yacht Club was commissioned
  • A dairy truck capsized and spilled milk in West Chop
  • The Island Film Society was created and began showing films that summer
  • 82 species were identified in the annual bird count
  • Gus Ben David created an island in Sunset Lake for nesting swans, and fuzzy cygnets were born

Friday, April 28, 2017

Early Shut Down for Library Computers Saturday April 29th

Library computers will be shut down early at 3:30pm on Saturday, April 29th due to planned opening of library time capsule at 4pm that afternoon.

50 years ago in 1967, students in the Tisbury School sixth grade class placed a time capsule in the wall of the Vineyard Haven Public Library, and the library will be opening the time capsule at 4pm on Saturday, April 29th. The event is open to the public as well as former students, and refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Tisbury School Project Community Survey

The Tisbury School Building Committee is conducting a Community Input survey through May 1, 2017, to help determine a preferred site option for the proposed new school.

Access the online survey by following this link: www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZKX5HH2

Printed surveys are also available, and may be picked up and dropped off at Vineyard Haven Library and other Town offices. Additional information about the project can be found on the School Project website: http://tisbury-school-project.com/

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Spring Schedule Changes

The Vineyard Haven Public Library will be closed on Sundays beginning April 16th. Sunday hours will resume after Columbus Day. The Library and other Town offices will be closed for the day on Monday April 17st due to the Patriots Day holiday. 

This Spring, Vineyard Haven Library will be offering storytime programs on both Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:30am. The Tuesday morning "Tales for Tots" Storytime  is best for ages 3 and up, and the Wednesday morning "Wee Ones" Storytime will be geared towards children younger than age three.

The Friends of the Library have announced new extended hours for their monthly "mini" book sales, which will now be held on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 11am to 3pm. Proceeds benefit children's programs and other library services sponsored by the Friends.

Upcoming Sale Dates:
Saturday, April 15th, 11am-3pm
Saturday, May 20th, 11am-3pm
Saturday, June 17th, 11am-3pm

Early Closing April 25th due to Town Meeting

Vineyard Haven Library will close early on Tuesday, April 25th, due to the Tisbury Annual and Special Town Meetings that will take place that evening at the Tisbury School Auditorium at 7pm. The Library will close at 6:30pm, and library computers will be shut down at 6:00pm.

Warrant for the Annual Town Meeting
Warrant for the Special Town Meeting

Library Renovation Begins in April

In April 2016, Tisbury voters supported funding for much-needed repairs to the exterior of the library building. Initial work on this project will take place in mid-April, through the end of the month. The library plans to remain open to the public during, however some noise and disturbance may occur during this period. 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Art in the Stacks: Nina Gomez Gordon

"Where Stars Are Born", oil on canvas
The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library are pleased to present an exhibit of paintings by Nina Gomez Gordon. The exhibit will be on display on the lower level of the library, during regular library hours throughout the month of April, 2017.

Nina Gomez Gordon's mixed media and oil abstract paintings highlight color, texture, and natural geometry. A departure from the landscape paintings she usually paints, they aim to convey emotional resonance more than specific subjects, though they are based on objects found in nature. Nina earned a BA in Fine Art from Bowdoin College, studied sculpture and painting at Maine College of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago, and served as gallery director for Old Sculpin Gallery. She has been painting on Martha's Vineyard for over twenty years.

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.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Tisbury Time Capsule Opening April 29th

In January 1967, students in the Tisbury School sixth grade class taught by Dorothy R. Howell placed a time capsule in the wall of the Vineyard Haven Public Library, with the intention of opening the capsule 50 years later, in 2017. Now, former students and the public are invited to witness the Time Capsule Opening Ceremony and share refreshments and memories, beginning at 4pm on Saturday, April 29th.

The capsule was first placed at the library in 1967, when the building was under construction. When the library was renovated and expanded in 1998, the time capsule was uncovered under the supervision of Mrs. Howell and student H. Lester Baptiste, but was left unopened and secured inside a wall in the new building. Earlier this month, the Tisbury Department of Public Works put a camera inside the wall to locate the time capsule, which appears to be still intact. An access panel was put in place to protect the capsule until the opening ceremony.

Students in the participating 6th grade class included Linda Alley, H. Lester Baptiste Jr., Tom Bardwell, Edward Buckley, Cindy Burgess, Richard Clark, Janet Cottle, Brian Dolby, Debbie Fitzpatrick, Steven Hopp, Chad Johnson, Joan Johnson, Belinda Maseda, Ann Richards, Dennis Rogers, John Schilling, Elmer Silva, Martha Sprague, Joyce Stiles, Carol Thatcher, and David Vanderhoop. In addition to selecting items to fill the time capsule, the Tisbury school students earned money to purchase supplies and a commemorative plaque engraved by Melvin Doremus.

Items found in the Time Capsule will be documented, and will be on display at the library during the month of May, 2017, and on the Time Capsule Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TisburyTimeCapsule/

Friday, March 10, 2017

Library Hours Update for Friday March 10th

Vineyard Haven Library will be open from 9am to noon today. Afternoon programs have been cancelled.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Try Encore, a New Way to Search the CLAMS Catalog

Based on feedback from library patrons, CLAMS now offers an enhanced online catalog called Encore. Encore is an intuitive yet powerful search option that includes features common to search engines such as Google. 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.

(If you prefer to search the former catalog, just click the link to "Classic Catalog" that you will find on the Encore website.)

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Register For 2017 Great Decisions Discussion Group

Register online

The Vineyard Haven Public Library Great Decisions Discussion Group will meet for 8 sessions on Thursday evenings at 7pm, beginning April 6th.

A Great Decisions Discussion Group is composed of interested individuals who want an opportunity to learn and participate in the foreign policy decision-making process. The Foreign Policy Association (FPA) has published the Great Decisions briefing book, a well researched annual publication covering eight timely global topics to be read by group participants in order to prepare for each discussion. At each meeting we will show a 30 minute documentary film on that week's topic, to be followed by a moderated discussion.

Please register online or at the library. The briefing book may be purchased for $25 from the FPA website at www.fpa.org, or by calling (800) 477-5836. A limited number of copies will be available to read in the library.

Topics and meeting dates:

Thursday, April 6th
The Future of Europe: Coping with Crisis
The outcome of the United Kingdom referendum on EU membership sent shockwaves across the globe. It even caught British voters by surprise. The European Union has helped secure peace in Europe for the past 70 years. Now it faces an uncertain future. Amid a refugee crisis, lingering financial recession and the constant specter of terrorism, unity seems more imperative than ever. But the Brexit vote underscores the complexities of integrating an extremely diverse continent. What will post-Brexit Europe look like, and how can U.S. foreign policy adapt?

Thursday, April 13th
Trade, Jobs and Politics
The U.S. political mood toward trade has gone sour. One need look no further than the 2016 presidential contest for the popular narrative: trade means that China wins, at America’s expense. But do the numbers support that conclusion? The metrics used to gauge economic strength—Gross Domestic Product and balance of trade—have not kept up with the realities of modern manufacturing. Obtaining an accurate picture of U.S. economic stature requires a critique of those numbers. Only then can the U.S. develop appropriate policy solutions for the challenges at hand. 

Thursday, April 20th
Conflict in the South China Sea
The South China Sea is a locus of competing territorial claims, and China its most vocal claimant. Beijing’s interest has intensified disputes with other countries in the region in recent years, especially since China has increased its naval presence. Despite rising international pressure, including an unfavorable ruling by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, China staunchly defends its policies in the region. Preventing tensions from boiling over is a matter of careful diplomacy.

Thursday, April 27th
Saudi Arabia in Transition
As Saudi Arabia struggles to adjust to the drastic decline in oil revenue, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman attempts to boldly transform the country and shift more power to the younger generation. At the same time, many countries such as the U.S. point out the lack of democracy, women’s rights and human rights in Saudi Arabia, and blame its promotion of Wahhabism, an extremely conservative version of Islam, for creating jihadists. Bipartisan criticism of Saudi Arabia is rising in Congress. Both countries need each other, but they are at a crossroads in bilateral relations.

Thursday, May 4th
U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum
What is the effect of U.S. petroleum security on foreign policy? For 45 years, the country has alternated between periods of energy security and insecurity, sometimes able to wield petroleum as a useful instrument of foreign policy, sometimes not. Despite the so-called “energy revolution,” the U.S. today is by no means disentangled from foreign dependence and global trends. In order to be successful, policymakers must recognize both petroleum security circumstances and patterns in the relationship between petroleum and foreign policy.

Thursday, May 11th
Latin America's Political Pendulum
The pendulum of Latin American politics is swinging rightward once again. Yet as the “pink tide” recedes, the forces of change have more to do with socioeconomics than ideology. Dramatic economic and political crises have coincided in countries like Brazil and Venezuela. Still, the final result for Latin America may be the emergence of centrist, pragmatic modes of governance, and with them, opportunities for the U.S. to improve relations. The new administration must look beyond the neoliberal model of the 1990s, and develop an approach to relations fit for the 21st century.

Thursday, May 18th
Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan
Major internal conflict has plagued Afghanistan for four decades. The U.S., for its part, has conducted military operations in the country nearly continuously since 9/11. Today, war with the Taliban persists, and tensions between the U.S. and Pakistan have gradually deteriorated. As his time in office drew to a close, President Obama limited further withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. The incoming administration has a choice: will it maintain the status quo, completely reverse the Obama administration drawdown or withdraw completely? Does the U.S. face a no win situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan?

Thursday, May 25th
Nuclear Security: The Enduring Challenge of Nuclear Weapons
Nuclear nonproliferation was a top priority for the Obama administration. While the Iran Deal was a diplomatic victory toward this end, major threats persist from both state and non-state actors. Countries like North Korea, Russia, and India and Pakistan continue to challenge nonproliferation efforts. The possibility that terrorists will carry out an attack using a “dirty bomb,” made from captured nuclear materials, looks increasingly real. In a fractious world, which way forward for U.S. nuclear security policy?

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Art in the Stacks: Lynn Hoeft

The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library are pleased to present an exhibit of watercolor paintings by Lynn Hoeft. The exhibit will be on display on the lower level of the library, during regular library hours throughout the month of March, 2017.

A lifelong painter, Lynn has been on the Vineyard since 1971, with brief
stints away in California, New York and Vermont. Most often painting from a bird's eye view, her watercolors and colored pencil drawings often include shells and stones from the beach, along with leaves, seeds and berries.  Whether she's walking around town, through the woods or at the beach, the artist is always on the lookout for moss, shells and feathers to add to her next painting. Lynn teaches watercolor and calligraphy classes at Featherstone Center for the Arts in Oak Bluffs.

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.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

New Extended Hours for Monthly Mini Book Sales


The Friends of the Library hold monthly "mini" book sales on the 3rd Saturday of each month. Proceeds benefit children's programs and other library services sponsored by the Friends. Beginning in March, sales will start at a new time and will be held for extended hours, from 11am to 3pm.

Upcoming Sale Dates:
Saturday, March 18th, 11am-3pm
Saturday, April 15th, 11am-3pm
Saturday, May 20th, 11am-3pm

Storytimes Now on Tuesdays & Wednesdays!

Beginning in March, Vineyard Haven Library will be offering storytime programs on both Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:30am. The Tuesday morning "Tales for Tots" Storytime  is best for ages 3 and up, and the Wednesday morning "Wee Ones" Storytime will be geared towards children younger than age three.

Note: The new program times replace our previous 10am and 11am Tuesday storytime programs.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Opportunity to Serve on the Library Board of Trustees

The Vineyard Haven Public Library Board of Trustees anticipates that there will be an opening on the Board for fiscal year 2018. Any Tisbury resident who is a registered voter is eligible to run for this office. Nomination papers are now available from the Town Clerk's Office and must be returned by March 20th, 2017 in order to appear on the ballot. For more information, please contact the Tisbury Town Clerk at (508) 696-4215.

The Library Board of Trustees is responsible for financial oversight, policymaking, and long-range planning for the Vineyard Haven Public Library. The Trustees meet at 5:30pm on the third Wednesday of each month. For more information about the Vineyard Haven Library please contact the Library Director at (508) 696-4210 x111. A Public Library Trustee Handbook is available online from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners:
http://mblc.state.ma.us/advisory/trustees/2015_Pocket_Guide.pdf

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

February 9th Library CLOSED - Programs Rescheduled

Due to the weather forecast, Vineyard Haven Library will be closed for the day on Thursday February 9th. 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Tax Forms Now Available

A limited number of Federal and State tax forms are now available at the library. This year, the IRS has only provided the 1040, 1040EZ, and 1040A forms and instruction booklets.*

If you need additional forms, you can request that they be mailed to you. Most forms are also available online.

To obtain tax forms not available at the library:

Order forms be delivered by mail:

    http://www.irs.gov/orderforms
    Call 1-800-829-3676

Download from the IRS website:

    http://www.irs.gov/forms


*1040A instruction booklets have been ordered but have not yet arrived

Islanders Read the Classics: John Sundman on Philip K. Dick

In February, novelist and essayist John Sundman will present two programs featuring the work of Philip K. Dick, as part of the ongoing series "Islanders Read the Classics." On Tuesday, February 28th at 7pm, Vineyard Haven Library will screen Blade Runner, the film based on Dick's 1968 novella, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? The following evening, Wednesday March 1st at 7pm, John Sundman will give a talk on Dick’s groundbreaking novel VALIS, the first book in his defining trilogy. The talk will be held at the Katharine Cornell Theater.

The "Islanders Read the Classics" series is presented by the Martha's Vineyard Library Association in partnership with the Martha's Vineyard Times. Once each month, an island library will host a free talk by an educator who has a passion for a specific book. Participants are encouraged to read the book in advance, however it is not required. Copies of the books may be requested through your local CLAMS library. For further details, contact the hosting library.

Currently scheduled events in the series:

Tuesday, February 28st at 7 pm - The Vineyard Haven Library
Film screening Blade Runner with John Sundman

Wednesday, March 1st at 7 pm - The Katharine Cornell Theater
John Sundman on Philip K. Dick’s novel VALIS

Tuesday, March 21 at 7pm - Oak Bluffs Library
Paul Karasik on Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel Maus

Wednesday, April 5 at 5:30 pm - Chilmark LIbrary
Celebrating National Poetry Month
Holly St. John Bergon on the work of Elizabeth Bishop

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

"Food for Fines" Food Drive in February & March

Vineyard Haven Library will be holding a "Food for Fines" food drive throughout the months of February and March, 2017. During this time, pay your overdue fines with canned goods or healthy non-perishable food items (unopened, current items only, please check your expiration dates). This applies to late fines only and not to replacement charges for lost or damaged items.

The food collected will be given to the Island Food Pantry for distribution to those in need in our community. Suggested donation is one item for each $2 waived in fines.

Tisbury Vision Council Meetings and Survey

The Vision Council meeting that was scheduled for January 26th at the library has been cancelled. Two Vision Council meetings are scheduled in early February, and will be meeting at alternative locations.

Thursday, February 2nd -- 5:00 pm at the Town Hall Annex
The Vision Council will meet with the Tisbury Merchants Association to explore ways to enhance Main Street and support local businesses.

Thursday, February 9th  -- 7:00 pm at the Tisbury Senior Center
Tisbury's Complete Streets consultants will conduct a workshop to identify priority street improvement projects to create safe pedestrian and bike access in Tisbury.

Survey
To participate in an online mapping survey as part of the Complete Streets project, visit to the News and Announcements on the Vision Council home page: http://www.tisburyma.gov/vision-council

Monday, January 9, 2017

Sunday with Friends: Peter H. Luce Play Readers

On Sunday, January 22nd 5:30pm, the Peter H. Luce Play Readers will perform staged readings of two one-act plays by Christoper Durang: "Death Comes to Us All, Mary Agnes", and "The Actor's Nightmare". The reading is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. Christopher Durang is an American playwright known for works of outrageous and often absurd comedy. His play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2013. This free performance is sponsored by the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library, and refreshments will be served. Doors will open at 5pm for the 5:30pm performance at the library.

For more than 15 years, the Peter H Luce Play Readers have met every Wednesday of the year at the Vineyard Haven Senior Center from 9AM to Noon to read plays of every era and of every genre, from the Greek and Roman classics to the cutting-edge works of contemporary playwrights... and everything in between: Shakespeare, Shaw, Checkov, Moliere, Miller, Ibsen Albee, O'Neil, Pinter and Neil Simon. The group is named for its founder, Peter Luce, who died in 2007. Performers for this reading include Bob Aldrin, Sofia Anthony, John Brannen, Polly Brown, Linda Comstock, Paul Doherty, Elaine Eugster, Esther Hopkins, Judy Miller, Nancy Shaw Cramer, Jay Sigler, Myra Stark, and Gaston Vadasz.

The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library encourage public understanding of the Library's vital role in the community, support activities for both adults and children, and provide various other volunteer services. Their mission is to support the Library, to build a partnership between the Library and the community and to advocate for exemplary library service. All volunteers and those who are interested in knowing more about the Friends meet at 10:30am on the fourth Saturday of every month (except December) at the library.

Friday, January 6, 2017

January 7th Library CLOSED - Programs Rescheduled

Due to the weather forecast, Vineyard Haven Library will be Closed for the day on Saturday January 7th.

The Adult Craft program previously scheduled for Saturday afternoon, January 7th, has been cancelled and rescheduled for February 4th.

Training sessions for eBook users have also been cancelled for January 7th and will resume January 14th.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Houses of Grace Winter Shelter Program Begins

For a second year, the Houses of Grace Winter Shelter Program will offer shelter each night of the week from January 1st through March 31st, 2017. Men, women and families are welcome, and bedding, dinner and breakfast are provided. Guests much check in between 7pm and 8 pm and check out at 7 am. There is no entry or re-entry after 8 pm.

Sundays
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 51 Winter St., Edgartown, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Free. 508-693-0103.

Mondays
Federated Church, 45 South Summer St., Edgartown, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Free. 508-627-4662.

Tuesdays
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 51 Winter St., Edgartown, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Free. 508-693-0103.

Wednesdays
St. Augustine’s Church, 56 Franklin St., Vineyard Haven, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Free. 508-693-0103.

Thursdays
Federated Church, 45 South Summer St., Edgartown, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Free. 508-627-4662.

Fridays
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 51 Winter St., Edgartown, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Free. 508-693-0103.

Saturdays
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 51 Winter St., Edgartown, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Free. 508-693-0103.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Art in the Stacks: Photographs by Peter Dreyer

Photograph by Peter Dreyer
The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library are pleased to present an exhibit of photographs by Peter Dreyer. The photographs from his series Freeze Frames will be on display on the lower level of the library, during regular library hours throughout the month of January.

Peter Dreyer had his own commercial photography business for 39 years. Now retired to Martha's Vineyard, he still uses black and white film and a "wet" darkroom. His portfolio consists of landscape and nature photography as well as prints manipulated in various ways to create interesting effects. None of the effects in his prints are done with the help of PhotoShop. For more information visit the photographer's website, http://www.dreyerphoto.com/

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.