Thursday, July 18, 2019

Bright Star Theatre Family Performance of "One Small Step"

On Wednesday, July 24th at 3:30 pm, the Vineyard Haven Library presents a free, family-friendly performance by Bright Star Theatre. This program is made possible by the generous donations by the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library and the Anderson Foundation, and all ages are welcome.

Bright Star Theatre will perform "One Small Step...The Real Life Journey to Outer Space." Few events in human history have captured the imagination quite like the journey that humankind took to the moon! This tale marks the history of flight and space travel from the ancient tale of Icarus, to the first flights of the Wright Brothers on the beaches at Kitty Hawk, to the Great Space Race of the 1960s and beyond! Your young pilots and astronauts will be thrilled to learn about the real life characters that took One Small Step!

Bright Star Theatre  is one of the largest professional touring theatre companies in the country, now in their 16th season. Based in Asheville, North Carolina; Bright Star Touring Theatre proudly serves around 1800 audiences from Tacoma to Moscow with over 56 shows a season.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Soul-Error: Philip Weinstein Talk and Reading

On Tuesday, July 23rd at 5 PM, Philip Weinstein will give a talk and reading at Vineyard Haven Public Library, based on his forthcoming manuscript, Soul-Error. Professor Weinstein describes Soul-Error as "a mix of essays about childhood, autumnal ruminations about the teaching profession, and speculative explorations about how we (the smartest species around) tend to get things wrong, and thus go through our lives mis-taking (and revising) our sense of how things are and what really matters."

Professor Weinstein will read from his essay "Vannie," named for the maid who helped to bring him up in the South in the 1940s and 1950s. The talk will explore what Vannie meant to the author and his family then, before setting forth what he has come to understand, years later, about those same social arrangements. It is a study in contrasts--experienced by the author and by countless other Americans as well. This event is free and refreshments will be served.

Philip Weinstein is Alexander Griswold Cummins Professor of English Emeritus at Swarthmore College.  He has been offering literary courses sponsored by the Vineyard Haven Library every autumn. His publications include Henry James and the Requirements of the Imagination (1971), The Semantics of Desire: Changing Models of Identity from Dickens to Joyce (1984), Faulkner’s Subject: A Cosmos No One Owns (1992), What Else But Love? The Ordeal of Race in Faulkner and Morrison (1996), Unknowing: The Work of Modernist Fiction (2005), Becoming Faulkner(2009), and Jonathan Franzen: The Comedy of Rage (2015). 

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Playful Engineers at the Vineyard Haven Public Library

 


Please join us at The Vineyard Haven Public Library on Friday July 19th from 3:30-5:00 pm for a very special visit from Jay Mankita of Playful Engineers. This free program is best for children ages 8 and up.

Jay Mankita has worked with kids and families for over 30 years. He is a longtime musical activist in ecology, nutrition, and education. He has a strong passion for engineering and making things move, and teaches how he learns - with patience, humor, and lots of room for mistakes! In this hands-on, STEM focused workshop, participants design, build, test, and play with Rube Goldberg "machines”, plus domino constructions, exploding popsicle-stick snakes, and other awesome engineering explorations.

This exciting and educational hands-on program is made possible by a gift to the Friends of the Library from the Anderson Foundation.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Family Friendly Concert with Rolie Polie Guacamole

The Vineyard Haven Library presents a family-friendly concert with Brooklyn's "kindie" rock band Rolie Polie Guacamole, at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 17th at the bandstand in Owen Park. Rolie Polie Guacamole's high energy, interactive shows are a mix of funk, rock, and folk music mashed into original tunes about natural living, eating healthy, and staying active. This free event is made possible by a generous contribution from The Anderson Foundation and the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library.

Rolie Polie Guacamole lays claim to being the one of the hardest working bands in kids’ music, and that just might be true. They’ve released six albums and played well over 2,000 shows nationwide since hitting the boards with their first performance in 2007, receiving top picks from Boston.com, Time Out NY Kids, and Time Out Chicago.

Winner of the prestigious Parents’ Choice® and NAPPA Awards, Rolie Polie Guacamole has developed a smart, parent-friendly musical style that dresses up original tunes and classic covers with vibrant harmonies and deft instrumental layers, plugging in a sizzling electric current of rhythm that lights up lyrics humming with relevance and humor.

Meet Martha Hall Kelly at Vineyard Haven Library

On Thursday, July 18th at 7 pm, the Vineyard Haven Public Library presents an evening with Martha Hall Kelly, bestselling author of Lilac Girls and Lost Roses. The library will close early at 5:30 pm that evening to set up for this event on the Main Floor, and seating for event will begin at 6:30 pm. Books will be available for purchase, and refreshments will be served.

Martha Hall Kelly grew up in Massachusetts and now splits her time between Connecticut, New York City and Martha's Vineyard. She worked as an advertising copywriter for many years and raised three splendid children, while researching and writing her first novel Lilac Girls, which became a New York Times bestseller the week it was published in April 2016. Lilac Girls introduced the real-life heroine Caroline Ferriday. Her sweeping new novel "Lost Roses" is set a generation earlier and also inspired by true events, featuring Caroline's mother, Eliza, and following three equally indomitable women from St. Petersburg to Paris under the shadow of  World War I.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Art in the Stacks: Beneath the Barcode

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This month, the Friends of the Library's Art in the Stacks gallery space will feature photographs from Media Voices for Children's 'Beneath the Barcode' project. Beneath the Barcode is a documentary photo exhibit intended to raise our attention to the impact of our economic choices on children.

The exhibit examines very particular sectors of child labor found in poorer parts of the world and across the United States. The show is a chance to examine how children factor into the production, transport, manufacturing, refining and distribution of all the things we eat, buy and use. There are scenes taking place everywhere, from dumpsites in Indonesia, to commercial farms in Texas.  For more information visit the project website, https://www.mediavoicesforchildren.org/btb

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.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Sunday with Friends: Honoring James H. K. Norton

On Sunday, July 14th at 2 pm, the Friends of Vineyard Haven Public Library present an afternoon honoring Jim Norton, South Asian scholar and author of "Walking in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts". The program will feature an introduction by Nis Kildegaard, and comments by Bow Van Riper of the Martha's Vineyard Museum. Dr. Norton will read from his essays on Vineyard history. Refreshments in the library garden will follow the talk. The library will open at 1:30 pm for this event. 

Jim Norton is a 10th generation descendant of the first Norton settlers on Martha's Vineyard in the mid 17th century. He received a B.S. degree from Yale University, B.A. and M.A. degrees in Sanskrit from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. in Indian philosophy from the University of Madras in India. Dr. Norton spent five years in India, first as a Ford Foundation scholar while doing graduate work at the University of Madras. He taught for 10 years at the College of Wooster, where he was associate professor of religion and chairman of the Department of Indian Studies. He has also taught at Madurai University, Boston University, and Oberlin College. 

In 1973 he returned to Martha's Vineyard to manage the family farm, commit his concern for education to the Island public schools, and delve into the distinctive history of the Island's past. He has written a number of articles on Island History, Indian Philosopy and comparative Eastern and Western though, and is the author of "India and South Asia" in the Global Studies Series published by McGraw-Hill, now in its 9th edition. For more than a decade, Jim gave annual seminars as part to the Vineyard Haven Library's adult lecture series, beginning with a talk on Afghanistan, following the September 11th, 2001 attacks. 
 
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The Friends of the Vineyard Haven 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, Holly Nadler, Cynthia Riggs, Rose Styron, William Styron, Shakespeare for the Masses creators Nicole Galland and Chelsea McCarthy, and Amor Towles. For more information contact the Vineyard Haven Public Library, (508) 696-4211.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Adult Programs: July Events

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

7 pm Tuesday July 9th
Dick Johnson: Ticks and Tick-Borne Illnesses on MV
Dick Johnson works for the Board of Health of the 6 Island Towns through a program called 'Tick-Borne Illness Prevention Initiative'. He has been doing this for 9 years, and has a fair amount of experience and data, focusing on 3 common ticks on MV, their ecology and life cycles and the diseases they carry. He will cover the latest information on tick-borne illness and prevention, and will suggest ways to protect yourself, your family, and pets.

7 pm Thursday July 11th
Pseudoscience and Archaeology: How the Media Blends Fact and Fiction
Marie Kesten Zahn leads a discussion of how the evolution of science fiction has affected the public view of archaeology. Throughout the history of sci-fi, archaeological plot lines have become more popular in recent times. While this has furthered public interest in archaeology, the science fiction origins of the "ancient alien theory" have tarnished the view of legitimate archaeological studies. From H.P. Lovecraft to Indiana Jones and Doctor Who, the impact of the entertainment industry on archaeological research is examined.

3 pm Saturday July 13th
Adult Crafts: Glass Etching
Etch a design into a glass. In this adult craft, we'll make stencils with the Cricut cutter and then use etching cream on drinking glasses. We'll provide all the materials (including glasses) but feel free to bring your own glassware and designs. For adults and teens ages 12 and up. Sponsored by The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library

2 pm Sunday July 14th
Sunday with Friends: James H. K. Norton         
The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library are pleased to present an afternoon honoring Jim Norton, South Asia scholar and author of "Walking in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts", as well as extensive writings on Vineyard history, India and South Asia. Nis Kildegaard and Bow Van Riper will provide an introduction, and refreshments will be served. The library will open at 1:30 pm for this event.

2 pm Monday, July 15th
Advance Care Planning Workshop
Are you interested in making sure your documents are in place should you be in an accident? Are you an older adult who wants your health care wishes to be honored when you approach the end of life? Join Healthy Aging MV for this introduction to Advance Care Planning. You will learn about options for health care at the end of life and discuss a topic that can be sensitive for families and perhaps difficult to broach with loved ones. Learn how to start “the conversation” so that your values are heard and your family--and your physician--feel comfortable and secure knowing they are meeting your needs. You will also learn about health care proxies and how to assign a health care agent, as well as other forms and documents to be kept on file. To register contact Healthy Aging MV, call 508-693-7900 ext 455 or email hbellebuono at mvcommunityservices dot com.

7 pm Tuesday July 16th
Nelson Sigelman: Martha's Vineyard Fish Tales
Author Nelson Sigelman will share stories from his book "Martha's Vineyard Fish Tales: How to catch fish, rake clams, and jig squid, with entertaining tales about the sometimes crazy pursuit of fish". The focus is on Martha’s Vineyard, but the information, fishing tips, and stories about Island characters will sound familiar to anyone who has spent time in a community of fishermen.

7 pm Thursday July 18th
Martha Hall Kelly: Lost Roses
Join us for an evening with bestselling author Martha Hall Kelly. Her runaway bestseller "Lilac Girls" introduced the real-life heroine Caroline Ferriday. Her sweeping new novel "Lost Roses" is set a generation earlier and also inspired by true events, featuring Caroline's mother, Eliza, and following three equally indomitable women from St. Petersburg to Paris under the shadow of  World War I. The library will close early at 5:30 pm this evening to set up for this event on the Main Floor. Seating for event will begin at 6:30 pm.

5 pm Tuesday July 23rd

Philip Weinstein: Soul-Error
Philip Weinstein, the Alexander Griswold Cummins Professor of English Emeritus at Swarthmore College will share his work in progress, a volume of essays entitled Soul-Error. Refreshments will be served. Professor Weinstein will read from his essay "Vannie," named for the black maid who helped to bring him up in the South in the 1940s and 1950s. The talk explores what Vannie meant to the author and his family then, before setting forth what he has come to understand, years later, about those same social arrangements. It is a study in contrasts--experienced by the author and by countless other Americans as well.

7 pm Tuesday July 30th
Peter Christoph: Owls of New England
In this captivating presentation, Peter delivers stunning photographs of his favorite owls combined with stories that entertain, educate and inspire the audience. You’ll learn the secrets Peter uses to find and photograph these owls in their natural habitat! Eight species of expected owls in New England include: Great Horned, Barred, Eastern Screech, Long-eared, Short-eared, Snowy Owl, Northern Saw-whet and the Barn Owl.

July 2019
Art in the Stacks: Beneath the Barcode
This month, the Friends of the Library's Art in the Stacks gallery space will feature photographs from Media Voices for Children's 'Beneath the Barcode' project. 'Beneath the Barcode' is an effort to raise our attention to the impact of our economic choices on children. For more information visit the project website, https://www.mediavoicesforchildren.org/btb

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Register for Fall Literature Seminar with Phil Weinstein: "Fictions of the Law"

Bleak house (1895) (14749577026) 

Register online

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 "Fictions of the Law". This free seminar will be held on Wednesday evenings at the Katharine Cornell Theater, 51 Spring Street, Vineyard Haven.

"Fictions of the Law" will study three classic novels: Charles Dickens's Bleak House (1852), Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment (1866), and Franz Kafka's The Trial (1925). Participants are encouraged to read the books in advance, however it is not required. Copies of the books may be requested through your local CLAMS library.

According to Professor Weinstein, the series' title--"Fictions of the Law"--should be understood in at least two ways. "On the one hand, we are reading three classic novels that circulate obsessively around the concept of the law (both criminal and civil). But each novel does this in its own ways, and the three of them differ starkly in approach, implication, and resonance. The other way to understand "Fictions of the Law" is to grasp that "law" itself is held up to an imaginative probing (is shown to be in disturbing ways fictional) in all three novels.  You may come away from each novel wondering, afresh, what is law?"

In order to allow the library to prepare class materials and communicate with students, participants are encouraged to sign up in advance at the library, or register online.

Dates and reading assignments:

Wednesday, September 18th, 7pm
Charles Dickens, Bleak House, 1 (chapters i-xxiii)

Wednesday, October 2nd, 7pm
Bleak House, 2 (chapters i-xlv)

Wednesday, October 23rd, 7pm
Bleak House, 3 (entire book)

Wednesday, November 6th, 7pm
Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment, 1 (parts 1-3)

Wednesday, November 20th, 7pm
Crime and Punishment, 2 (entire book)

Wednesday, December 4th, 7pm
Franz Kafka, The Trial (entire book)

Thursday, June 13, 2019

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 thetrustees.org.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Art in the Stacks: ‘As We Live’ by Elizabeth R. Whelan

'Sophie at the Island Theater', 20" x 24", oil on canvas
The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library are pleased to present "Martha's Vineyard: As We Live" an exhibit of new paintings by Elizabeth R. Whelan. The exhibit will be on display on the lower level of the library during regular library hours throughout the month of June, 2019. These paintings are from a recently completed series based on Island life in the off-season, that is part of the artist's response to the question, "What's it like on Island in the winter?"

Elizabeth R. Whelan is a UK-born artist best known for her portraits, which portray the warmth and personality of each of her subjects in a very individual way. She paints in oil on canvas, specializing in portraits and figurative work. She also paints maritime scenes, landscapes, and still life, and accepts commissions in all genres. The artist is represented on Martha's Vineyard by Night Heron Gallery in Vineyard Haven for her maritime paintings and linocut prints, The Field Gallery in West Tisbury for her portraiture, by Craftworks Gallery in Oak Bluffs for her smaller landscapes and paintings with rural themes, and in the Boston area by Francesca Anderson Fine Art/Portraits North in Lexington, Massachusetts. She is a member of the Salmagundi Club, Portrait Society of America, and Seed Savers Exchange.

http://www.elizabeth-whelan.com

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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.

Monday, June 3, 2019

The Writing Life Public & Private: Rose Styron, Philip Weinstein & Alexander Weinstein in Conversation

On Wednesday, June 26th, 2019 at 6 pm, the Martha's Vineyard Institute for Creative Writing and Vineyard Haven Public Library present three professional writers in conversation: Rose Styron (poet), Philip Weinstein (literary critic), and Alexander Weinstein (fiction). Their talk will probe the relations between the privacy of creative writing and the issues that shape public life. This event will be held at the Katharine Cornell Theater at 51 Spring Street. Doors open at 5:30 pm.

Rose Styron is the author of four poetry collections: Fierce Day, By Vineyard Light, Thieves' Afternoons, and From Summer to Summer. She has written introductions to Letters to My Father, a collection of letters written by her husband, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer William Styron, to his father, and The Selected Letters of William Styron, which she edited. Also a human rights activist, Styron has traveled widely for Amnesty International and other human rights organizations. She lives on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts.

Philip Weinstein is Alexander Griswold Cummins Professor of English Emeritus at Swarthmore College.  He has been offering literary courses sponsored by the Vineyard Haven Library every autumn. His publications include Henry James and the Requirements of the Imagination (1971), The Semantics of Desire: Changing Models of Identity from Dickens to Joyce (1984), Faulkner’s Subject: A Cosmos No One Owns (1992), What Else But Love? The Ordeal of Race in Faulkner and Morrison (1996), Unknowing: The Work of Modernist Fiction (2005), Becoming Faulkner(2009), and Jonathan Franzen: The Comedy of Rage (2015).  His current MS is entitled Soul-Error.

Alexander Weinstein is the author of the critically acclaimed short story collection Children of the New World and the director of the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing. Among his many publications, his fiction has been collected in the anthologies Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, New Voices from the Midwest, and Best American Experimental Writing. He is an associate professor of creative writing and lives in Ann Arbor.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Community Meeting: Library Addition

On Monday, June 3rd at 6pm, the Vineyard Haven Public Library Building Committee and Board of Trustees will host a community meeting to share initial site plans for a proposed multipurpose meeting room at the library, and provide a progress report on the project. All are welcome and refreshments will be served.

Vineyard Haven Public Library has engaged Maryann Thompson, Architects, to design an addition to the library building at 200 Main Street, in order to build a multipurpose meeting room. The Library Building Design and Construction Committee has been working with the design team to update the building program, review site plan options and accomplish an initial conceptual design phase of the project.

Following this community meeting, Maryann Thompson will be creating a schematic design for the new space, and producing a menu of other potential building improvements. Prior to construction, the library will be undertaking a capital campaign to raise the funds for the proposed addition.

More information about the proposed addition is available on the library website at http://vhlibrary.org/Building.shtml.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Memorial Day: Schedule and Special Events

The Vineyard Haven Public Library will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 27th.

On Friday May 24th, students from the Tisbury School will participate in their annual Memorial Day March to the Sea. Students will carry flowers from the School to the harbor, commemorating those who gave their lives for their country. The ceremony will begin at the School at 12:30 pm, marching via Spring Street and Main Street, and ending at Owen Park at approximately 1:15 pm.

On Monday, the town of Tisbury will hold a Memorial Day Picnic from noon to 4 pm on the grounds of the restored Tashmoo Spring Building on West Spring Street off State Road. Entertainment will include live music by the Flying Elbows, supported by the MV Cultural Council, as well as outdoor games, chalk art, and more. Grills and free ice cream will be provided by the Town of Tisbury. Bring your own picnic food and supplies, and please leave your dogs at home. VTA Buses will stop at the Tashmoo Overlook between 11:30 am and 4:30 pm.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Art in the Stacks: Art Quilts from Haiti

The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library and PeaceQuilts are pleased to present an exhibit of Art Quilts from Haiti. The exhibit will be on display on the lower level of the library, during regular library hours throughout the month of May, 2019.

Join us on Thursday, May 30th at 7 pm, for a talk by Jeanne Staples, who will tell us more about the quilts and the PeaceQuilts cooperatives that produce these unique works of art. 

PeaceQuilts is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, establishing and supporting independent, self-managed sewing cooperatives in Haiti. The women produce one-of-a-kind art quilts, as well as a collection of affordable products, reflecting Haiti's rich artistic and cultural heritage. PeaceQuilts provides an opportunity for Haitian women to build their own businesses and earn a living wage. For more information visit https://haitipeacequilts.org/

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.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Full Time Position Available at the Library

VINEYARD HAVEN PUBLIC LIBRARY seeks Full-time Library Associate to provide comprehensive library services to adults and children. Bachelor’s degree plus experience in libraries, education, or related fields, and strong computer skills required. Ideal candidate will be detail oriented, with knowledge and enjoyment of books and literature, excellent customer service skills, and enthusiasm for new technologies. 40 hrs/week schedule includes evenings and weekend hours. Starting salary $44,724.96 with full benefits under union contract. Applicants should submit resume, cover letter and online application through the Town of Tisbury Website, www.tisburyma.gov found under Departments/Human Resources. EOE.

Please apply online:
https://towntisbury.seamlessdocs.com/f/Employment_Application

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

4th Annual MV Mini Maker Faire Saturday, May 11th at the Ag Hall

The Fourth Annual Martha's Vineyard Mini Maker Faire will be held on Saturday May 11, from 10-4 at the Ag Hall. This is a free event to make, create, learn, invent, craft, think, play, celebrate, and be inspired by science, technology, arts, engineering, and math. Maker Faire is family friendly, and all ages are welcome.

The Maker Faire will be a day filled with fun and learning. Many of our presenters will have hands on activities for both children and adults. Come learn to rust dye or use a cricut electronic cutter, step inside an inflatable life-sized whale, try virtual reality, or watch a robotics competition. The Martha's Vineyard Library Association brought the Mini Maker Faire to Martha’s Vineyard because we know this is an Island of extraordinary people doing cool stuff and we want to create a forum where everyone could share their project or special interest!

For more information, follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mvmakerfaire/

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Community Meeting on Renewal of the Vineyard Haven Harbor Cultural District



Tisbury cultural organizations, businesses, artists, and other stakeholders are invited to participate in a community meeting on Wednesday, May 8th at 5:30 PM at the Vineyard Haven Public Library, in preparation for the renewal of state designation of the Vineyard Haven Harbor Cultural District. The meeting, hosted by the The Tisbury Vision Forum and Vineyard Haven Harbor Cultural District Partnership, will gather input for goal-setting for the district, review the District's leadership and key achievements, and will include a presentation on a recent wayfinding study completed by the Tisbury Planning Board.

A Cultural District is a specific geographical area in a city or town that has a concentration of cultural facilities, activities, and assets in a walkable, compact area that is easily identifiable to visitors and residents and serves as a center of cultural, artistic, and economic activity. The goals of the Cultural District initiative, set out in 2010 legislation, are to attract artists and cultural enterprises, encourage business and economic development, establish the district as a tourist destination, preserve and reuse historic buildings, enhance property values, and foster local cultural development. Once awarded, a Cultural District designation stays in effect for five years and may be renewed.

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) approved the designation of the Vineyard Haven Harbor Cultural District in 2014, making it the first state-designated Cultural District on Martha's Vineyard. Founding partner organizations included the Vineyard Playhouse, Martha's Vineyard Museum, Martha's Vineyard Film Society, Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center, Vineyard Haven Public Library, Martha's Vineyard Times, Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce, Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, Gannon and Benjamin. There are now more than forty Cultural Districts statewide, including the Aquinnah Circle Cultural & Historic District on Martha's Vineyard.


Friday, April 19, 2019

“The Public” Free Film Screening At the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center


On Sunday, May 5th at 7:30pm, the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society and Island Libraries will offer a free screening of the newly released feature film “The Public," at the Film Center in Vineyard Haven. The film stars Emilio Estevez, who also wrote the screenplay and directed an ensemble cast including Alec Baldwin, Jena Malone, Christian Slater, Gabrielle Union, Taylor Schilling, Jacob Vargas, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Jeffrey Wright.

"The Public" depicts an act of civil disobedience that turns into a standoff with police when homeless people in Cincinnati take over the public library to seek shelter from the bitter cold. This David versus Goliath story tackles some of our nation's most challenging issues, homelessness and mental illness and sets the drama inside one of the last bastions of democracy-in-action: your public library.

This special free event is made possible by the generous support of the Martha’s Vineyard Library Association, the Friends of all the Island Libraries, and the MV Film Society. Don’t miss this one time screening! Admission is free, so please consider bringing nonperishable donation to the Island Food Pantry.

THIS EVENT IS NOW "SOLD OUT"

FREE TICKETS are now available on the MV Film Society web site, at
https://mvfilmsociety.com/2019/04/the-public-in-collaboration-with-mv-library-association/

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Kanopy Free Streaming Film Service


http://vhlibrary.kanopy.com

The popular on-demand film streaming service Kanopy is now available for free through Vineyard Haven Public Library. Library cardholders can access Kanopy and sign up to start streaming films instantly by visiting http://vhlibrary.kanopy.com. 

Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, world cinema, The Great Courses, PBS and thousands of independent filmmakers. Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku. Currently users are limited to 4 films per month.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Researching Your Family History: A Three-Part Genealogy Course

The Martha’s Vineyard Library Association presents a special three-part Family History Course on three Mondays in May from 1-3 PM: 5/6, 5/13, and 5/20. This course will be led by Dr. David Martin of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society, and each session will be held at a different Island library.

The course schedule is:

Part 1: 1 PM Monday, May 6—West Tisbury Library
General Introduction to Genealogy:
covering how to find vital records, church records, using the Internet for research, recordkeeping, wills, land deeds, city directories, and more.

Part 2: 1 PM Monday, May 13—Edgartown Library
Immigration and Migration for Genealogists:
covering immigration trends to the USA, places of origin, migration trends across the USA, passenger lists, naturalization, and more.i

Part 3: 1 PM Monday, May 20—Vineyard Haven Library
Using the Census for Genealogical Research:
covering the different kinds of Federal censuses (population, agricultural, manufacturing, etc.), state censuses, how to find and collect useful information for family histories, and more.

This course is free and open to the public. Registration is required.  Please register for the entire course or for individual sessions by calling the West Tisbury Library: 508-693-3366.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Art in the Stacks: Margaret Emerson

The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library are pleased to present "Ocean Moment," an exhibit of paintings by Margaret Emerson. The exhibit will be on display on the lower level of the library, during regular library hours throughout the month of April, 2019.

Margaret Emerson is a painter and poet living in Chilmark. Her work has been displayed at ArtSpace, the All Island Art Show, Art in the Garden, the MV Garden Club, Old Sculpin Gallery, and The Island Gallery (Kennedy Studios). This show is about the water that surrounds us on Martha's Vineyard, and the feelings it evokes in our everyday lives.

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.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Spring Schedule Changes

The Vineyard Haven Public Library will be closed for the day on Monday April 15th for the Patriots Day holiday.

The Library will close early at 6:30pm on Tuesday, April 9th, due to the Tisbury Annual and Special Town Meetings which will take place at the Tisbury School Auditorium beginning at 7pm. Library computers will be shut down at 6:15pm that evening. Due to the early close our evening adult program will start at 4pm, a screening of the film "Can You Ever Forgive Me?"

The Library will be closed on Sundays beginning April 21st. Sunday hours will resume after Columbus Day.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Pamela Parmal: Quilts, Coverlets and the American Experience

Photo courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Harriet Powers (American, 1837-1910)
Pictorial Quilt
American (Athens, Georgia), 1895-1898
Cotton plain weave, pieced, appliqued, and embroidered
Bequest of Maxim Karolik, 64.619
At 7pm on Tuesday, March 19, Vineyard Haven Public Library will present a talk by Pamela A. Parmal, Chair and David and Roberta Logie Curator of Textile and Fashion Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The program is entitled Quilts, Coverlets and the American Experience.

Quilts and bed covers are emblematic of the American experience. Their longevity and ubiquity make quilts and coverlets the ideal “democratic” art form from which to explore the story of America and its people. This talk will introduce an exhibition planned for the fall of 2020 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, that will feature more than 50 iconic examples and examine this complex history by going beyond aesthetics and technique to reveal the lives of diverse Americans whose stories are rarely told. Many of the selected pieces were made by people of European ancestry; however, the inclusion of quilts and other bed coverings created by African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Asian Americans, as well as examples from Britain, France, and India, enables visitors to gain a broader understanding of our diverse society. Stories of the many human lives that contributed to textile production, directly and indirectly through enslaved and immigrant labor, need to be told. Distinct narratives embedded in each of the exhibition’s quilts and coverlets also connect to broader ones, such as the movement of commodities and labor across oceans and continents, the nation’s territorial expansion and its emergence as a world power.

Pamela Parmal began work at the MFA in 1999 as Associate Curator, became Curator and Department head in 2004 and was appointed Chair of the David and Roberta Logie Department of Textile and Fashion Arts in 2014. She has curated a number of exhibitions including Fashion Show: Paris Collections 2006, November 2006-March 2007; And So To Bed: Indian Bed Curtains from an Stately English Home, November 2008-July 2009; The Embroideries of Colonial Boston in 2012; and #techstyle, March-July 2016. She most recently collaborated on the exhibition Casanova: The Seduction of Europe for which she has written an essay on Casanova and dress.

Parmal received a Masters Degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. The University of Wisconsin granted her BAs in Art History and French. Before taking her position at the MFA, she worked as Assistant and then Associate Curator for the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design where she served as co-project director during the planning stages for the NEH funded exhibition and catalogue, From Paris to Providence: The Tirocchi Sisters Dressmaking Shop and curated the exhibition, Geoffrey Beene, for which she also wrote the accompanying catalogue.




Photo courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Harriet Powers (American, 1837-1910)
Pictorial Quilt
American (Athens, Georgia), 1895-1898
Cotton plain weave, pieced, appliqued, and embroidered
Bequest of Maxim Karolik, 64.619

Luce Play Readers: Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers


On Wednesday, March 13th at 7pm at the Vineyard Haven Public Library, the Peter H. Luce Play Readers will present a reading of  Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers, produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. Charlena Seymour will direct a cast that includes Polly Brown, Joe Corbo, Felicity Russell, Cynthia Segal, Jay Sigler, Linda Vadasz and CK Wolfson. This free performance is sponsored by the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library, and refreshments will be served. Doors will open at 6:30pm for the 7pm performance.

By America's great comic playwright, Lost In Yonkers won a Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize. This memory play is set in Yonkers in 1942. Bella is thirty-five years old, mentally challenged, and living at home with her mother, stern Grandma Kurnitz. As the play opens, ne'er-do-well son Eddie deposits his two young sons on the old lady's doorstep. He is financially strapped and taking to the road as a salesman. The boys are left to contend with Grandma, with Bella and her secret romance, and with Louie, her brother, a small-time hoodlum in a strange new world called Yonkers. Neil Simon is widely regarded as one of the most successful, prolific and performed playwrights in the world.

For more than 15 years, the Peter H Luce Play Readers have met every Wednesday of the year at the Vineyard Haven Senior Center from 9am to Noon to read plays of every era and of every genre, from the Greek and Roman classics to the cutting-edge works of contemporary playwrights... and everything in between: Shakespeare, Shaw, Checkov, Moliere, Miller, Ibsen Albee, O'Neil, Pinter and Neil Simon. The group is named for its founder, Peter Luce, who died in 2007.

The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library encourage public understanding of the Library's vital role in the community, support activities for both adults and children, and provide various other volunteer services. Their mission is to support the Library, to build a partnership between the Library and the community and to advocate for exemplary library service. All volunteers and those who are interested in knowing more about the Friends meet at 10:15am on the second Saturday of every month at the library.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Register For 2019 Great Decisions Discussion Group

Register Online to receive program updates!

The Vineyard Haven Public Library Great Decisions Discussion Group will meet for 8 sessions on Thursday evenings at 7pm, beginning April 4th, 2019.

A Great Decisions Discussion Group is composed of interested individuals who want an opportunity to learn and participate in the foreign policy decision-making process. The Foreign Policy Association (FPA) has published the Great Decisions briefing book, a well researched annual publication covering eight timely global topics to be read by group participants in order to prepare for each discussion. At each meeting we will show a 30 minute documentary film on that week's topic, to be followed by a moderated discussion.

Please register online or at the library. This year, a limited number of briefing books are available for purchase at the library for $25, payable to the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library. Copies of the briefing book are also be available for in-library use.

Topics and meeting dates:

Thursday, April 4th
Refugees and Global Migration 
Today, no countries have open borders. Every state in today’s global system has its own laws and policies about who is permitted to cross its borders, and how they will do so. Who determines whether someone is a refugee or a migrant? How have different countries, including the United States, reacted to migration? How effective are the international laws, policies and organizations that have evolved to assist and protect refugees and migrants?

Thursday, April 11th
The Middle East: Regional Disorder
As the presidency of Donald J. Trump passes the halfway point, the Middle East remains a region in turmoil. The Trump administration has aligned itself with strongmen in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, which along with Israel have a common goal of frustrating Iranian expansion. What will be the fallout from policy reversals such as withdrawing from the Iranian nuclear accord and moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem? Does the United States see a path forward in troubled states such as Syria, Yemen, Libya and Iraq? Is the United States headed toward war with Iran?

Thursday, April 18th
Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future? 
Nuclear weapons have not gone away, and the Trump administration has brought a new urgency, if not a new approach, to dealing with them.  The President has met with Vladimir Putin as the New Start Treaty with Russia comes up for renewal in 2021, the first presidential summit ever with Kim Jong-un occurred to discuss denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, and President Trump has decertified the Obama nuclear deal with Iran.  To what degree should past nuclear talks guide future U.S. nuclear arms control negotiations?  Can the art of the deal apply to stabilizing our nuclear future?

Thursday, April 25th
The Rise of Populism in Europe
Mass migration, and the problems associated with it, have directly abetted the rise of populist parties in Europe. Opposition to immigration was the prime driver of support for Brexit, it brought a far-right party to the German Bundestag for the first time since the 1950s, and propelled Marine Le Pen to win a third of the vote in the French presidential election. In addition to calling for stronger borders, however, these parties are invariably illiberal, anti-American, anti-NATO and pro-Kremlin, making their rise a matter of serious concern for the national security interests of the United States.

Thursday, May 2nd 
Decoding U.S.- China TradeThough arguably the most advanced economy in the world, the United States still uses centuries-old numbers to measure trade.  These antique numbers mangle understanding of the U.S.-China trade relationship, shrinking America’s true economic size and competitiveness, while swelling China’s.  Bad numbers give rise to bad policies that ultimately kill U.S. jobs and cede market share to China.  What other tools can the United States employ to counter China’s unfair trade practices?  There are several available, yet they remain mostly unused.

Thursday, May 9th
Cyber Conflict and Geopolitics Cyber conflict is a new and continually developing threat, which can include foreign interference in elections, industrial sabotage and attacks on infrastructure. Russia has been accused of interfering in the 2016 presidential elections in the United States and China is highly committed to using cyberspace as a tool of national policy. Dealing with cyber conflict will require new ways of looking at 21st century warfare. Is the United States prepared to respond to such threats?

Thursday, May 16th
The United State and Mexico: Partnership Tested The United States and Mexico have a long, intertwined history, with both countries prominently featured in each other’s politics and agendas. The war on drugs, immigration and trade issues have taxed the relationship over the years. What impact will new leadership in both countries have on this crucial partnership?

Thursday, May 23rd
State of the State Department and Diplomacy During the Trump administration, the usual ways of conducting diplomacy have been upended. Many positions in the State Department have never been filled, and meetings with foreign leaders such as Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin have been undertaken with little advance planning. What effect are these changes having now, and how will they affect ongoing relationships between the United States and its allies and adversaries?

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Weather Related Schedule Changes

Tuesday, February 12th:
Due to forecast for winter weather, tonight's talk by Herb Foster at Vineyard Haven Public Library has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 12th at 7pm NEW DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

State and Federal Tax Forms Now Available at the Library

A limited number of Massachusetts state resident and Federal tax form booklets are now available at the library.

Following the most expansive tax law changes in 30 years, the IRS created a shorter, simpler Form 1040 for the 2019 tax season. The new Form 1040 will replace the current Form 1040 as well as the Form 1040A and the Form 1040EZ.

The new Form 1040 uses a "building block" approach, in which the tax return is reduced to a simple form. That form can be supplemented with additional schedules if needed. Taxpayers with straightforward tax situations would only need to file this new 1040 with no additional schedules.

Vineyard Haven Library will have a limited number of forms available as Package 1040, that will include one copy of the new Form 1040 along with one copy of the schedules. Instructions for Form 1040 are also available in a separate booklet.

Package 1040 Contents:
•        Form 1040 — U.S. Individual Income Tax Return
•        Schedule 1 — Additional Income & Adjustments to Income
•        Schedule 2 — Tax (Additional Taxes)
•        Schedule 3 — Non-Refundable Credits
•        Schedule 4 — Other Taxes
•        Schedule 5 — Other Payments and Refundable Credits
•        Schedule 6 — Foreign Address and Third-Party Designee

To obtain tax forms not available at the library:

Order forms be delivered by mail:
https://www.irs.gov/forms-pubs/forms-and-publications-by-us-mail
or Call 1-800-829-3676

Download from the IRS website:
https://www.irs.gov/forms-instructions

Monday, January 14, 2019

"Food for Fines" Food Drive in February & March

Vineyard Haven Library will be holding a "Food for Fines" food drive throughout the months of February and March, 2019. During this time, pay your overdue fines with canned goods or healthy non-perishable food items (unopened, current items only, please check your expiration dates). This applies to late fines only and not to replacement charges for lost or damaged items.

The food collected will be given to the Island Food Pantry for distribution to those in need in our community. Suggested donation is one item for each $2 waived in fines.

Monday, January 7, 2019

EVENT RESCHEDULED: Community Meeting: Library Addition Visioning

Event cancelled for January 24th, rescheduled for February 7th

Vineyard Haven Public Library has engaged Maryann Thompson, Architects, to design an addition to the library building at 200 Main Street, in order to build a multipurpose meeting room. The Tisbury Vision Forum and Library Building Committee will host a community meeting at the library at 6 pm on Thursday, February 7th to gather input through a Wishlist and Character Study process with Maryann and her team.

The Wishlist process will discover what people like and dislike about the current space, and come up with possible ambitions for the addition/renovation. The Character Study will consist of looking at images of projects, spaces and materials to narrow in on how the community would like the new space to look and feel. All are welcome and refreshments will be served.

Following this community meeting, Maryann Thompson will be working on design concepts that will be presented to the public later this spring. Prior to construction, the library will be undertaking a capital campaign to raise the funds for the proposed addition.



More information about the proposed addition is available on the library website at http://vhlibrary.org/Building.shtml.

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Maryann Thompson, FAIA, was educated at Princeton University and the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, where she received Masters in Architecture and in Landscape Architecture. She brings to her practice an interdisciplinary approach where issues of site and landscape are central to design thinking. Maryann received a 1998 AIA Young Architects Award, which states that “...although Maryann has been in practice for less than a decade, she has made a significant contribution to architecture.

Maryann is a Professor in Practice of Architecture, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design. She has taught design as a visiting faculty member at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rhode Island School of Design, University of Virginia, University of Michigan, and Rice University. She founded Maryann Thompson Architects in 2000. Prior to that Maryann was a founding partner of Thompson and Rose Architects. 

The firm is committed to a design process that is collaborative with the client and the community, believing in an inclusive and collaborative design process, based on dialog and relationship building, to imbue their architecture with the essential spirit of the community.

Maryann Thompson has a long time connection to Martha’s Vineyard and has a home in Chilmark. Her past projects on Martha’s Vineyard include the Polly Hill Arboretum Visitors’ Center and a number of private homes.

See also https://maryannthompson.com/projects.

Cutting the Cord: Alternatives to Cable TV

On Tuesday, January 15th at 5:30 pm, Vineyard Haven Public Library will host a free "Cord-Cutting" workshop, presented by State Representative Randy Hunt of Sandwich. The workshop is an extension of a recent collaboration between Cape and Islands legislators, local senior centers and councils on aging, and libraries.

This interactive presentation was created by Randy Hunt to educate residents on how to save money on monthly bills by exploring alternatives to cable and satellite TV. Representative Hunt will walk attendees through some of the options, and explain how they work and how much they cost. The presentation includes a live demonstration and Q&A session.

Attendees can expect to learn more about over-the-air programming, streaming equipment (such as Apple TV and Roku), and streaming services (such as Sling TV, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and CBS All Access). Consumers will also discover how they can use their internet connection to eliminate their landline telephone service.

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Vineyard Haven library and other island libraries offer streaming equipment including Roku and Chromecast devices, that can be checked out to try at home. Contact Vineyard Haven Reference Librarian Alexandra Pratt for more information.

Regenerative Backyard Gardening: Gardens of the Future

Island libraries are partnering with Island Grown on a free garden workshop series, taking place on three winter Saturdays from 10:30 am to noon. The first session takes place at Oak Bluffs Public Library on January 19th. Additional sessions will be held February 16th at West Tisbury Library and March 23rd at Vineyard Haven Library.

Winter is the perfect time to dream about (and plan for) a garden that nourishes people, wildlife, and the planet. Learn how to use regenerative gardening practices to grow edible plants, conserve water, eliminate your use of fossil fuels, and make compost in your own backyard. This free series will be hosted on three winter Saturdays at different island libraries.

This free series will be facilitated by Roxanne Kapitan, Landscape Manger at Oakleaf Landscape, and an organic grower for Middletown Nursery. For more information, contact Noli Taylor, noli@igimv.org or (508) 687-9062.