Sunday, August 27, 2017

Register for Philip Weinstein Seminar 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. 

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

7pm Wednesday, October 4, 2017 
Herman Melville: Benito Cereno, Billy Budd &  Bartleby the Scrivener

7pm Wednesday, October 18, 2017 
Leo Tolstoy: The Death of Ivan Ilyich, The Kreutzer Sonata, Master and Man (The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories, Pevear/Volokhonsky translation)

7pm Wednesday, November 1, 2017  
Anton Chekhov: A Boring Story, Ward No. 6, Rothschild’s Fiddle, The Man in a Case, The Darling, The Lady with the Little Dog, In the Ravine, The Bishop (Stories of Anton Chekhov, Pevear/Volokhonsky translation)

7pm Wednesday, November 15, 2017 
Henry James: The Turn of the Screw, The Beast in the Jungle 

7pm Wednesday, November 29th, 2017
James Joyce: Dubliners (entire) 

7pm Wednesday, December 13, 2017 
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. 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.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Save the Date for the Friends Fabric & Yarn Sale

The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library are planning a Fabric and Yarn Sale to benefit the library on Saturday, October 21st from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

This will be a de-stash and re-stash event! Please help us get it going by donating fabric, yarns and needles for the sale. Drop items off at the library Tuesday, October 10th through Thursday, October 19th, during regular library hours.

Yarns, fabrics, and needles will be available at bargain prices. Most quilting cotton with be $1/yard and wool yarn as little as $1/skein. From 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM, fill a bag for $10! All proceeds will benefit the library.

Please spread the word to fellow fabric and yarn lovers!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

CRISPR and Genetic Editing: Uncharted Waters

On Wednesday August 30 at 6pm, Vineyard Haven Public Library will host a panel discussion, "CRISPR and Genetic Editing: Uncharted Waters." Leading scientists and bioethicists from Harvard, MIT, Stanford and the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole will discuss the astounding new techniques that make editing DNA, for scientists, nearly as easy as editing an email. Along with vast potential for curing disease, feeding the world and eliminating pollution come vexing issues of fairness, safety and morality. This presentation is part of the library's "Pushing the Limits" series, funded in part by a grant from National Science Foundation and Califa Library Group. The event will be held at the Katherine Cornell Theatre at 51 Spring Street starting at 6pm, and is free and open to the public.

Included on this panel will be Dr. Sheila Jasanoff from Harvard's Kennedy School, one of the world's leading bioethicists. Simply put, her job is to think and talk about the ethics of the work being done with gene editing. Prof. Kevin Esvelt from the MIT Media Lab and is director of the Sculpting Evolution group, which invents new ways to study and influence the evolution of ecosystems. His current project is developing mice that are immune to Lyme and releasing them on Nantucket. Professor Paul Aluru, of the Biological Labs at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, is in the field of “environmental epigenetics,” which involves studying how environmental factors interact with DNA, “turning genes on” or “off”.  The WHOI is one of the premiere institutions in the world for this kind of research. Professor Jeantine Lunshof, Assistant Professor at the Department of Genetics, University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands, and currently a visiting professor at Harvard, is a philosopher and bioethicist, based in the synthetic biology laboratory of Dr. George Church. As an “embedded” ethicist, Dr. Lunshof works with scientists at all stages of their research to help identify potential areas of concern. Professor Emeritus Paul Levine from Stanford will open with introductory remarks about the short history of genetic engineering from the '70s. John Sundman will moderate the panel. His background includes writing and speaking at various institutions about CRISPR.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Library Eclipse Viewing Party

On Monday, August 21st, for the first time in nearly a century, a total solar eclipse will be visible across North America. The total eclipse viewing corridor, called the "Path of Totality" will stretch across 14 states, with only a partial eclipse visible in Vineyard Haven beginning at 1:28 pm and ending at 3:59 pm. We will celebrate at the library beginning at 12:30pm, with activities, live-streaming of the Path of Totality, and refreshments. All ages welcome!

The library will have a limited number of eclipse viewing glasses to share with attendees during Monday's event at the library. Other safe methods of viewing the eclipse include making an eclipse viewer, such as this example from Boys Life magazine:, or a pinhole projector, printable from NASA's website:

Many organizations will be streaming eclipse coverage online, for some examples visit

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Art in the Stacks: ‘Artists in Art’ by Elizabeth R. Whelan

The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library are pleased to present ‘Artists in Art’, an exhibit of paintings by Elizabeth R. Whelan. The exhibit will be on display on the lower level of the library during regular library hours throughout the month of August.

‘Artists in Art’ is a body of work which celebrates 24 Martha’s Vineyard artists, most of whom live and work on the island year-round. Local artist Elizabeth R. Whelan decided to paint their portraits and stage a promotional art event this past July as a thank-you to the art community for the support she received while moving from the commercial art to the fine art world in recent years.

To differentiate the portraits from others she has created, Elizabeth Whelan used acrylic paints, household brushes, and palette knives, in a loose but still mostly realistic style. The artists are depicted at various points in their art process, and each painting pulls from that artist’s color palette to create the scene.

Now the portraits can be seen as a group at the Vineyard Haven Public Library ‘Art in the Stacks’ exhibit, where they will be on display for the month of August, 2017.

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.

Friday, August 4, 2017

20th Annual 5k Run/Walk & FREE Kid's Fun Run on September 10th!

On Sunday, September 10th, 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.

Medals will be awarded to 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, Cape Cod Five, Coldwell Banker Landmarks Real Estate, Cronig's Market, The Green Room, Island Source, Martha's Vineyard Harley Riders, 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.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Massachusetts Public Library Patron Survey

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is conducting a survey intended to learn about the current uses and future desires of the public library users across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. There are three parts to this survey:

1. Understanding your current library practices
2. Exploring your future expectations and desires of the library
3. Learning about you

This survey is completely voluntary and all data collected will be kept anonymous and should take between 5-10 minutes to complete.

If you would like to be entered into a prize draw to win an iPad, please enter your email address after completing the survey. Thank you for your participation!