Friday, December 22, 2017

Winter Vacation Activities December 26th - 29th

Vineyard Haven Library has planned special programs for kids of all ages during school vacation week.

Tuesday December 26th

10:30 am
Tales for Tots: Traditional storytime. Best for ages 3-5.
1:30 pm - 4 pm Drop in Crafts in the Childrens Room: Make a Pop-up Card. All ages.
5 pm to 8pm Teen Movie and Pizza Party: Intergalactic PG-13 movie. For ages 13 and up.

Wednesday December 27th

10:30 am
Wee Ones: Lapsit storytime. Best for ages 0-2.
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Build Club: Inventions inspired by our afternoon movie. For ages 8 and up.
3:30 pm to 5pm Kids Movie:  An orphan girl dreams of becoming a ballerina. Rated PG.

Thursday December 28th

1:30 pm to 3 pm
Kids Movie: Mary Poppins. Rated G.
3:30 pm to 5 pm Storycrafts: Make a soda bottle birdfeeder. Best for ages 5 and up.

Friday December 29th

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Minions Craft: inspired by our afternoon movie. For ages 8 and up.
3:30 pm to 5pm Kids Movie: Gru and the Minions in their 3rd adventure. Rated PG.

Children under age 8 should be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Discount Passes for the Museum of Fine Arts

Discount passes for the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston are available at the Vineyard Have Public Library, made possible by donations to the Friends of the Library. Each pass provides up to two people with $10 admission per person, redeemable at any MFA ticket desk.* 

Passes are valid for any day the Museum is open, and may be used any time until November 30th, 2018! For more information or to pick up a pass, visit the library Circulation Desk.

*Regular Adult Admission is $25. For youths ages 7–17, admission is free during weekdays after 3 pm, weekends, and Boston public school holidays; otherwise admission for youths is $10. Admission for children 6 and under is always free.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Friends of the Library Go Green

Since 2008, the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library have been helping Vineyard residents do their part in keeping our Earth a little greener by offering reusable, recyclable polypropylene bags, to help reduce the use of plastic bags by library patrons.

The sturdy eco-friendly bags can be used to carry books and DVDs home from the library, or may be used for groceries and other personal items. The $2 per bag charge helps to fund library children's programs and other initiatives supported by the Friends. This year's bags are Kelly Green, and also make great stocking stuffers and can be used as gift wrap for the holidays!

Friends meetings are always on the 1st Saturday of the month at 10:30 am in the library. Meetings are open to all, so come and learn what you can do to support and help.

Best Books of 2017: A List of Lists

Some choices for the best of 2017, from the media, associations, and readers:

American Library Association (ALA)
Notable Books For Adults:
Notable Children's Books:
Young Adults:

Chicago Review of Books

Christian Science Monitor

Financial Times Books of the Year

Goodread's Choice Awards

The Guardian Best Books of The Year

Kirkus Reviews

LA Times Holiday Book Guide

Library Journal

Library Reads Favorites of 2017

Martha's Vineyard Times "Good Reads from the Rock"

National Public Radio's Book Concierge, guide to 2017's great reads

New York Public Library's Best Books for Kids and Teens

New York Times Notable Books

Publisher's Weekly

Time Magazine

Washington Post Best Books 2017

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Friends Mini Book Sale FREE Day December 16th

Each month the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library hold "mini" book sales to raise funds for children's programs and other initiatives. This month, instead of offering books for sale, the Friends will be liquidating excess stock from their monthly book sales for the bargain price of free!

The free book day will be Saturday, December 16th, from 10am to 2pm. Free books for children, adults and teens will be given away. The Friends will also be selling their reusable library tote bags for $2 each, which can be used to bring your free books home and also make great stocking stuffers and can be used as gift wrap.

Red Stocking Fund Book and Toy Drive

The Vineyard Haven Public Library is collecting books and toys for The Red Stocking Fund. Please bring your donations of new, unwrapped gift items for ages 0-14 to the Vineyard Haven Public Library through December 11th.

For more information, see the Red Stocking Fund display in the library display case. Since 1938, the Red Stocking fund has been distributing gifts to children from needy families. The Red Stocking Fund is expected to reach 300 children and their families this holiday season.