Friday, November 30, 2018

Survey: Topic Selection for 2019 Weinstein Seminar

Philip Weinstein, the Alexander Griswold Cummins Professor of Literature, emeritus at Swarthmore College, will present a multi-part literature workshop in Fall 2019, sponsored by Vineyard Haven Library. We would like your input to help select the course of study. You can help us decide with this single question survey!

Follow this link to the survey: Take the survey

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Sharks, skunks, lovelorn birds, and butt breathing frogs: Talking Nature with Suzan Bellincampi

On Tuesday December 11th at 7pm at Vineyard Haven Library, Suzan Bellincampi will give an illustrated talk based on her newest book, The Nature of Martha’s Vineyard. A book signing and refreshments will follow the talk.

The book is a gathering of the best of Suzan's nature columns over the last sixteen plus years and includes stunning full-color photographs by talented Island photographer Tim Johnson. Amphibians and reptiles, birds, fish, mammals, plants, sea life and more are covered, and share not only science, but history, art, and local lore. Island book publisher and consultant Jan Pogue calls this book, “a smashing retrospective of Suzan's Vineyard Gazette columns over the last almost two decades. Just wait until you read it.”

Suzan Bellincampi has spent 20 years on Martha’s Vineyard sharing nature through teaching, writing, and speaking.  She is Director of Mass Audubon’s Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary and writes the weekly All Outdoors column for the Vineyard Gazette.  Her first book, Martha’s Vineyard: A Field Guide to Island Nature was named one of the Best Books of New England by the Boston Globe in 2014.  Her latest book, The Nature of Martha’s Vineyard, is a retrospective of her best essays. She lives in West Tisbury with her bees and her honey in a home they built by hand.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Red Stocking Fund Book & Toy Drive at Vineyard Haven Library

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.

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 10th.

For more information, see the Red Stocking Fund display in the library display case.

Friends Mini Book Sale FREE Day December 15th!

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 15th, from 11 AM to 3 PM. 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.

To learn more about the Friends of the Library or to become a member, visit

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Art in the Stacks: Photographs by Harvey Beth

The Friends of the Library are pleased to present an exhibit of photographs by Harvey J. Beth, on display on the lower level during the month of November.

Harvey J. Beth is a fine art photographer who lives in Oak Bluffs. His work includes travel images from over fourteen different countries as well as seascapes and floral images from Martha's Vineyard. He has also contributed photographs to the book "Patience to Raise the Sun: Art Quilts from Haiti", which profiles humanitarian efforts to relieve poverty in Haiti by establishing and supporting women's quilting cooperatives. The current show at the library includes photographs from his recent safari Maasai Mara, Kenya, as well as images from around the island.

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.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Listening Session at Tisbury Senior Center November 8th

On Thursday, November 8th at 7:00 pm in the Tisbury Senior Center, 34 Pine Tree Rd., the Town of Tisbury will hold a public “listening session” to both present and hear comments on the results of the recently completed Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Workshop.  This full-day workshop was held on Wednesday, October 17th, 2018 with the goal of identifying the hazards facing Tisbury that may be exacerbated by climate change and to prioritize actions the town can take to prepare for the identified hazards.  This workshop was planned and facilitated by a core team of local officials, town residents, and the Horsley Witten Group, and was funded by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs through an MVP Planning Grant, issued to the Town of Tisbury during the fiscal year of July 2017 through June 2018.

One of the results of the project is MVP Certification, which allows certified communities access to additional state grants for projects related to climate change resiliency.   At the November 8th Public Listening Session, the town will present the results of the workshop and ask for public comment and questions.


Learn more about the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness program:
MVP Program Information