Friday, October 27, 2017

Delayed Opening at 11am on Saturday October 28th

Vineyard Haven Library will be opening an hour late at 11am on Saturday, October 28th due to staff training.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

All Island Flu Clinic

An all-island seasonal flu immunization clinic will be held on Saturday, October 14th from 10am to 1pm at the Martha's Vineyard High School Cafeteria.

Forms and additional information are available at the library or may be downloaded here. Contact your local Board of Health if you have any questions or seek further information about the clinic.

Do you have questions about the flu? provides one-stop access to U.S. Government information on H1N1, avian and pandemic flu. Other recommended resources are provided below.

Staying Healthy

The two most basic practices a person can do to help prevent catching and spreading germs and viruses are hand washing and covering your cough.

Hand Washing: People in the United States are being advised to be very diligent about hand washing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides information on their web site about when and how you should wash your hands.

Covering Your Cough : Another important way to prevent the spread of diseases is to properly cover your cough. The CDC provides information on covering your cough.

Other Healthy Practices: There are several other steps the CDC recommends as ways to prevent the spread of flu and other diseases:
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick or when you are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick. Keep your children home if they are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Practice other health habits of getting plenty of sleep, being physically active, drinking plenty of fluids and eat nutritious foods.
Additional Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): information on the Seasonal Flu and Novovirus.

Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH): Flu Website includes information in English and Spanish.

Medline Plus: Flu information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Art in the Stacks: Debra Gaines

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The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library are pleased to present an exhibit of paintings and photographs by Debra Gaines, on display on the lower level of the library during regular library hours throughout the month of October, 2017.

Debra Gaines has specialized in panoramic landscape photography and seascape photography for over twenty years, and has also has fallen in love with both pastel and encaustic painting. Debra's purpose is to capture and honor the beauty, awe and wonder of our world. For more information on the artist, visit

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.