Sunday, June 25, 2017

Summer Reading for Kids, Teens, and Grownups at Vineyard Haven Library!

Registration for the Summer Reading Program at the Vineyard Haven Public Library begins Monday, June 26th. Children may visit the library to sign up, log the books they read, and earn prizes including a T-shirt and gift certificates from local businesses. Teens ages 12 to 18 can register online, then visit the library to claim a prize just for signing up.

The Martha's Vineyard Library Association is hosting a FREE event to kick off the Summer Reading Program. On Saturday, July 1st, Jungle Jim will perform at the Agricultural Hall at 35 Panhandle Road in West Tisbury. Jungle Jim's 45-minute action-packed performance will include balloon artistry, magic, comedy and improv. Doors open at 10:30am; performance at 11am.

Free programs for young children at Vineyard Haven Library will include a visit by storybook character Olivia, musical story times with Ellen Allard, Jeremy Berlin, Hugh Hanley, and Joyce Maxner, yoga storytime with Anne Caldwell, Drumming workshop with Rick Bausman, and a performance by Nappy's Puppets. Older kids can participate in weekly crafting and maker programs, robotics, cartooning classes with Andy Fish, lantern painting for Illumination Night, and gaming including an "Escape Room" adventure. For complete details, pick up a calendar at the library or visit our website.

Vineyard Haven Library also has a Summer Reading Program for “Grownups”. Adults who keep track of their reading are eligible to win gift certificates and other prizes sponsored by the Friends of the Library. To participate, pick up a Summer Reading bookmark at the Library, read at least one book in a category of your choosing, and hand in your bookmark including your name and contact information. Prize drawings will be held at the end of July & August.

The summer reading program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Programs for children at Vineyard Haven Public Library are supported by the Friends of the Library and are free for participants. Reading incentives have been provided by Bob's Pizza, The Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, Candy Haven, Island Cove Mini Golf, La Choza Burritos, Mad Martha's Ice Cream, MV Film Society (Capawock and Strand Theaters), Mocha Motts, Murdicks Fudge, Sandy's Fish and Chips, Tisberry Frozen Yogurt, The Toy Box at Tisbury Marketplace, Wolf Den's Pizzeria, and the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Print From Home, Pick up at the Library

Vineyard Haven Public Library patrons can now print to the library printer from their mobile device or their internet-enabled computer though the PrinterOn service, from home or in the library. PrinterOn works with our current Envisionware printing system. Print jobs can be emailed, uploaded to a web portal, or sent through a mobile app, available for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, and Nook. The apps can be found in your device’s app store or from the PrinterOn website:

Patrons are able to send print jobs from their smartphones or laptops by simply sending an email with an attachment to the unique email address assigned to The library's printer. Patrons can submit documents from wherever they are – on the road, in their home office or in the library. Documents will not be printed until the patron comes to the library and releases their print job within 24 hours during regular library hours. Printing costs are the same from either your mobile device or on a library computer. (Note: You may want to bring the file you wish to print on a flash drive or have it accessible via the cloud just in case there is a problem with the mobile printing system.)

The service supports many file types, including but are not limited to Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, Adobe PDF, Open Office, and image formats such as TIFF, JPG, PNG, and GIF.

For detailed instructions, visit our Mobile Printing page at

Mobile printing at Vineyard Haven Public Library has been made possible by a donation from the Friends of the Library.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Islanders Read the Classics: Phil Weinstein on Classic Short Stories

Philip Weinstein, the Alexander Griswold Cummins Professor of English Emeritus at Swarthmore College, will present the next in the ongoing program series "Islanders Read the Classics", with a six-part seminar on classic short stories. This free seminar will be held at the Katharine Cornell Theater in Vineyard Haven beginning October 4th, and continuing on October 18th, November 1st, November 15th, November 29th, and December 13th.

Professor Weinstein will discuss selected works by six masters of the genre:
  • Herman Melville: Benito Cereno, Billy Budd
  • Leo Tolstoy: The Death of Ivan Ilyich, The Kreutzer Sonata, Master and Man (The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories, Pevear/Volokhonsky translation)
  • Anton Chekhov: Ward No. 6, The Lady with the Little Dog, In the Ravine, and 3-4 other stories (Stories of Anton Chekhov, Pevear/Volokhonsky translation)
  • Henry James: The Turn of the Screw, The Beast in the Jungle
  • James Joyce: Dubliners
  • Franz Kafka: The Judgment, The Metamorphosis, A Hunger Artist, A Country Doctor, Jackals and Arabs, A Report to an Academy, In the Penal Colony (Selected Stories, Muir translation)
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 books 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.  Other upcoming events in the series include Nancy Aronie on Ram Dass at 5:30pm June 29th at Aquinnah Public Library, and John Hough on The Confessions of Nat Turner at 7pm July 25th at West Tisbury Library. For further details, contact the hosting library.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Free Online Access to Consumer Reports With Your Library Card product reviews and ratings before you make your next big purchase! The Vineyard Haven Public Library offers free access to through our Web site at features ratings and recommendations on thousands of products and services, including appliances, cars, and electronics.Through our subscription, you have access to all subscriber-level content, including product overviews, ratings, videos, and more. Additionally, you can browse electronic editions of recent issues of the print Consumer Reports magazine.

To access, click on the logo found under "Featured Resources" on the library homepage, You will need to enter your Vineyard Haven CLAMS card number for access from computers outside the library.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Art in the Stacks: Jennifer Langhammer

The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library are pleased to present an exhibit of ceramic sculpture and drawings by Jennifer Langhammer. The exhibit will be on display on the lower level of the library during regular library hours throughout the month of June, 2017.

Jennifer's work is "Organic Abstraction". Her pieces are inspired by but not meant to imitate nature. Jennifer graduated from California College of the Arts and has a post-baccalaureate from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Jennifer exhibits her work locally and nationally.

The 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 including 12 paintings by Vineyard artist Captain John Ivory. Artists interested in showing their work may contact the library at (508) 696-4210.