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

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.


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.