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


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

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.


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, or (508) 687-9062.