Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Announcing New Expanded eBook Access for Library Patrons!

Now there are more ways than ever to access ebooks and other online content with your local library card! The Vineyard Haven Public Library, along with the CLAMS sharing consortium of which we are a part of, is excited to be part of a pilot program to share ebooks with four other Massachusetts libraries. Now anyone with a CLAMS public library card (which is all libraries on the island) are able to borrow digital titles (including ebooks, eaudiobooks and online magazines) from other Massachusetts library networks, such as MLN, OCLN, SAILS and CWMARS. Library patrons will continue to use or the mobile app Libby to request and download ebooks. The only change is that now when one logs on there will be the option at the top of the page to sign in, with one’s library card number and PIN, to additional libraries online ebook catalogs. This exciting new sharing opportunity is the first step in an eventual statewide digital sharing catalog, offering a better range and selection of digital titles to all library users. If you would like help access ebooks and other online materials please don’t hesitate to contact your local librarian today! Tech help appointments are available; email or call 508-696-4211 for logon help to or to set up an appointment. 


Saturday, July 21, 2018

Upcoming Author Appearances at Vineyard Haven Public Library

These programs at the Vineyard Haven Public Library are free and open to the public. Please join us!

7 PM Tuesday July 24th
Chris Baer: Martha's Vineyard Tales from Pirates on Lake Tashmoo to Baxter's Saloon
Chris Baer is an endless well of Martha’s Vineyard arcana who has written over 150 columns for the Martha's Vineyard Times. His newest book is a collection of 65 of these columns with wonderful photographs.

7 PM Wednesday July 25th
Daniel Goleman: A Force for Good
Daniel Goleman, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized psychologist known for his bestselling books including Emotional Intelligence, Focus, and Altered Traits. Dr. Goleman will speak about his collaboration with the Dalai Lama on the recent book A Force for Good: the Dalai Lama's Vision for our World. Doors open at 6:30pm, attendance limited to first arrivals.

7 PM Tuesday August 7th
Rob Bierregaard: Belle’s Journey
Belle was one of the first Ospreys to be tagged at her nest on Martha’s Vineyard in 2013. The travels of Belle to Brazil and back is the heart of the book Belle's Journey: An Osprey Takes Flight.

3:30 PM PM Thursday, August 9th
Storytime and Book Signing with Rosemary Wells
Rosemary Wells is the author of 120 books for children, including more than 40 about the beloved bunnies Max and Ruby. This afternoon Rosemary Wells will read her new story, Kit & Kaboodle.

7 PM Thursday, August 9th
Richard Taylor: Race Property and the Power of Place
Martha's Vineyard is an exceptional community in America that has seen blacks and whites live together without the burden of structural institutional racism. This book uncovers, frames and connects the dots of a historical narrative that defines the vision and values class on the Island as well as the Age of Brooke and the Age of Obama.

7 PM Tuesday, August 14th
Andrew Robinson: My Island, My Memories
Andrew Robinson spent his summers on Martha's Vineyard from childhood on. In this book, he combines description and history of the resort and its changes over the years with memories of his own, his family's, and his friends' lives.

7 PM Wednesday, August 22rd
All the Women in My Family Sing: Women Write the World
All the Women in My Family Sing is an anthology documenting the experiences of women of color at the dawn of the twenty-first century. WGBH’s Callie Crossley will moderate a panel of four other contributors to the anthology, including award-winning documentarian Lisa A Jones, freelance writer Kristin Leavy-Miller, social justice activist and business leader Deborah Santana, and Lalita Tademy, author of Cane River and other novels. This event will be held at the Katharine Cornell Theater, 51 Spring Street.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Sunday with Friends: Holly Nadler

On Sunday, July 15th at 2pm, the Friends of the Library will present an afternoon honoring local author Holly Nadler, whose popular books include Vineyard Confidential and Haunted Island. Holly will be introduced by Jenny Allen, and refreshments in the library garden will follow the talk. The library will open at 1:30 pm for this event.

The Friends of the Library support a variety of programs for both adults and children throughout the year, including an annual summer event honoring an author with ties to the Vineyard. Past honorees have included Geraldine Brooks, Art Buchwald, Stephen Carter, Phil Craig, Jules Feiffer, Lillian Hellman, John Hough, Jr., Ward Just, David McCullough, Cynthia Riggs, Rose Styron, William Styron, Amor Towles, and Shakespeare for the Masses creators Nicole Galland and Chelsea McCarthy.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Mice Against Ticks: 7 pm Thursday, July 12th

Mice Against Ticks is a community-guided project which aims to reduce the number of disease-carrying ticks on Martha’s Vineyard by enlisting our local white-footed mice. At 7pm this Thursday July 12th at the Katharine Cornell Theater in Vinyard Haven, The Vineyard Haven Public Library will present a panel discussion about community-guided science and the ethical implications of altering our shared environment to reduce tick-borne disease.

The New Yorker’s Michael Specter will lead the discussion. Panelists will include MIT assistant professor Dr. Kevin Esvelt, Dr. Sheila Jasanoff, Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Harvard Kennedy School, Dr. Duane Wesemann of Brigham & Women's and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Sam Telford of Tufts, and Dr. Carolyn Neuhaus of The Hastings Center.

The program will include opening remarks by local science-fiction author John Sundman, lightning talks on the cutting-edge science behind Mice Against Ticks, and a game of Lyme prevention trivia with permethrin-treated prizes. Everyone is invited to ask questions of the lead scientists involved in the effort, and join the conversation in this program about biotechnology, bioethics and the fight against tick-borne disease!

7 pm Thursday, July 12th
Katharine Cornell Theater, 51 Spring Street, Vineyard Haven

Monday, July 2, 2018

Art in the Stacks: Lanny McDowell's Avian Art Plus

The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library are pleased to present an exhibit of “Avian Art Plus,” a photographic series by Lanny McDowell. The photographs will be on display on the lower level of the library during regular library hours throughout the month of July, 2018.

Lanny McDowell grew up outside the small town of Kent, in the northwest corner of Connecticut. He attended Hotchkiss School, earned a BA in Art History at Yale in the late 1960s, and moved to Martha’s Vineyard full-time in 1970. His fine art paintings have been shown them in a number of Vineyard galleries, including his own Ott Gallery in West Tisbury from 2004 to 2007.

His photographs of birds appear online, in newspapers, periodicals, nonprofits’ publications and videos, and adorn people’s houses from here to Miami to Scottsdale to Oahu. Mr. McDowell has said of his work "I choose to share what I observe and feel by carefully selecting images that reflect themes essential to my world view and that will resonate with both the artistic and the spiritual sense of the viewer."

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.