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:

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:

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.