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:
    Call 1-800-829-3676

Download from the IRS website:

*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.

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:

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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,

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.