Friday, August 31, 2018

Register for Philip Weinstein's Proust Seminar

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 Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time. 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 sign up in advance at the library, or register online.

Professor Weinstein will be using the Random House/Modern Library edition, translated by C.K. Scott Moncrieff and Terence Kilmartin ; revised by D.J. Enright. A limited number of copies are available through CLAMS, or may be requested through the Commonwealth Catalog. Reading assignments for each session appear below.

Wednesday, September 26th, 7 pm
Swanns’s Way, “Combray” pp 1-160

Wednesday, October 10th, 7 pm
Swann’s Way, “Combray” pp 161-265
“Place-Names: The Name” pp 545-606

Wednesday, October 24th, 7 pm
Within a Budding Grove pp 299-376, 417-74, 500-516

Wednesday, November 14th, 7 pm
Within a Budding Grove pp 549-606
The Guermantes Way pp 403-71, 487-99, 786-819

Wednesday, November 28th, 7 pm
Sodom and Gomorrah pp 1-44, 204-45
The Captive pp 83-123
Time Regained pp 173-218

Wednesday, December 12th, 7 pm
Time Regained pp 238-355, 502-32

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.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Trustees of Reservations "Go Passes" Now Available at the Library!

Vineyard Haven Public Library has partnered with the Trustees of Reservations to provide library patrons the opportunity to get outside and explore places on Martha's Vineyard and elsewhere in Massachusetts.

Trustees "Go Passes" may be picked up at Vineyard Haven Public Library and used at Trustees properties for free or reduced admission. Go Pass admission is equivalent to the admission of a Family level Trustees membership, for two adults and children under 18. Go passes are valid for admission only; not valid for discounts at parking kiosks, stores, cafes, Inns, Campgrounds, special events and programs, on any equipment rental, or in place of any other permits or passes.

The Trustees care for more than 100 special places all around Massachusetts, including Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge and Long Point Wildlife Refuge on Martha's Vineyard. Not every Trustees property charges an admission fee and some fees vary seasonally. For detailed information about admission at each property, please visit

Other passes available at Vineyard Haven Public Library include reduced admission passes for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and free parking passes for Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation parks. Library passes are made possible by community donations to the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library's Annual Appeal.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

21st Annual 5k Run/Walk & FREE Kid's Fun Run on September 16th!

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On Sunday, September 16th, 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, 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.

Online registration is now available here:

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Art in the Stacks: Opal Wortman

The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library are pleased to present an exhibit of paintings by Opal Wortman, on display on the lower level of the library during regular library hours throughout the month of August, 2018.

Opal Wortman was born and raised on the island, and graduated from Martha's Vineyard Regional High School in June. She will be attending Parsons School of Design at The New School, in Manhattan this fall. There she will be studying fine arts, and while painting will be her main focus, she is excited to explore the varying mediums they offer.

The Vineyard Haven 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.