Thursday, July 2, 2020

"Safer at Home" Home Delivery Service

The Center for Disease Control has indicated that older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. View the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on People Who Need Extra Precautions:

If you believe you are in this category, you may contact the library to designate a family member or friend to pick up materials on your behalf. Please contact us at (508) 696-4210 to update your account to allow someone to pick up your items.

If you do not have someone who can pick up materials for you, the library will be providing limited, temporary home delivery services to Tisbury residents. Contact the Library Director at (508) 696-4210 or email for more information.

For library patrons who may continue to feel safer staying home, all libraries will continue to offer you digital materials, services, programs and support.

Digital Library offerings include downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks from Overdrive, streaming video from Kanopy and AcornTV, and online learning resources including Creativebug arts & crafts, Mango language learning, and Universal Class. Additional resources such as Hoopla are available to all Massachusetts residents from the Boston Public Library. Library staff will be happy to assist you in getting started with these services.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Summer Reading Program For All Ages!

Things are a little different this year, but we’re still looking forward to a fun-filled summer.

Summer Reading:

For Kids: 

  • Bingo: Fill out an entire bingo card and win a special prize from a local business, one per family, please! If you don’t fill out the entire card you can still email us a photo of what you have filled out at the end of the summer and be entered into a drawing to win a prize.
  • Log: We still have our traditional logs. Fill them out over the summer and email us a photo of your log, for a chance to win a prize! Pick one up Friday, July 3rd, or Email Emily at for a welcome kit. 
For Teens:
  • Bingo: Fill out an entire teen bingo card and win a prize, one per family, please! If you don’t fill out the entire card you can still email us a photo of what you have filled out at the end of the summer and be entered into a drawing to win a prize. LINK FOR VIRTUAL BINGO:
  • Set your own goal: Fill out this google form to set your own goal and win a $5 gift certificate to a local business like Mocha Motts.
  • Battle of the Books: Participate in the Island Wide Battle of the books by reading all 6 books on this list: Teen Book List (13-18) register here: or tweens Tween book List (8-12)  register here:   and compete in a trivia contest over zoom at the end of August to win 1st, 2nd, & 3rd prize gift certificates from Bunch of Grapes
For Adults:
  • Read and listen to what you want all summer long!  To enter drawings for prizes, write a short review and email it to: review doesn’t need to be long! Please include the book title and author. A review will be randomly selected each week for a prize. All entries will be automatically entered in a drawing for a grander prize at the end of the summer. If you need ideas for fun and interesting titles contact us at or visit NoveList for suggestions.  Both physical and electronic media are allowed for reviews.
Summer Activities:

For Kids:

Every Friday from 3-5  you can pick up a Take and Make bag for the following week that contains craft materials, recipes, coloring pages, and other fun surprises. Join us on Facebook or YouTube for craft instruction, virtual story time and other fun activities.

Friday, July 10th we’ll have a Zoom Family Nailed It competition sign up here: 

Friday, July 31st join us for family Harry Potter Trivia sign up here

For Teens:

Every Sunday from 3-5 come to pick up a Take & Make Craft.

Follow us on Instagram for events, summer reading, & fun stuff

Check out our links page for sign-ups and videos:

For Adults:

Check out our webpage & Facebook for fun events such as book club, art lessons, and others.

Once a month, at your leisure, do our featured CreativeBug craft. Materials available for pick up June 28th and August 2nd or by emailing

We’d like to thank The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library for Supporting Summer Reading! This summer we want to give back to local businesses for all their years of support, so the Friends will be purchasing and giving gift certificates from local businesses as summer reading and contest prizes this summer.

"Imagine Your Story" is sponsored by your local library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

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Sunday, June 21, 2020

Register for Virtual Event with NY Times Book Review Editor Pamela Paul

On Thursday, July 9th at 5pm, The Vineyard Haven Public Library Building Fund will present a free virtual event with New York Times Book Review Editor Pamela Paul. Attendance is limited, so please register to receive an invitation to participate online via Zoom:

Pamela Paul is the editor of the New York Times Book Review and oversees books coverage at the New York Times, which she joined in 2011 as the children’s books editor. She is also the host of the weekly Book Review podcast for the Times. She is the author and editor of five books, including My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues, and How to Raise a Reader, co-authored with Maria Russo. Her work has appeared in the Atlantic, the Washington Post, the New York Times Magazine, Time, the New York Times Education Life, the Economist, Vogue, Psychology Today, and other national publications.

This event will be presented as a conversation facilitated by Vineyard Haven seasonal resident Maureen Sullivan, a widely-recognized leader and educator in the library profession and past president of the American Library Association.

The Vineyard Haven Public Library Building Fund, Inc. is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization, formed in 2018 to raise funds for improvements to the library building at 200 Main Street.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Anti-Racism eBook Titles with No Waiting List

This week, we've made the following in-demand eBook titles available to all Vineyard Haven Library cardholders, with no waiting list. Follow the link or click the book cover photo to check out the eBook on Overdrive. You may need to log into your account with your Vineyard Haven card in order to access.

In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of "race," a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden? Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates's attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children's lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.

Antiracism is a transformative concept that reorients and reenergizes the conversation about racism—and, even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. At it's core, racism is a powerful system that creates false hierarchies of human value; its warped logic extends beyond race, from the way we regard people of different ethnicities or skin colors to the way we treat people of different sexes, gender identities, and body types. Racism intersects with class and culture and geography and even changes the way we see and value ourselves. In How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi takes readers through a widening circle of antiracist ideas—from the most basic concepts to visionary possibilites—that will help readers see all forms of racism clearly, understand their posionous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves. Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story of awakening to antiracism. This is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond the awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a just and equitable society.
The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality. In this "vital, necessary, and beautiful book" (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and "allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to 'bad people' (Claudia Rankine). Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.

Title details for Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad - Wait listBased on the viral Instagram challenge that captivated participants worldwide, Me and White Supremacy takes readers on a 28-day journey of how to dismantle the privilege within themselves so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too. When Layla Saad began an Instagram challenge called #meandwhitesupremacy, she never predicted it would spread as widely as it did. She encouraged people to own up and share their racist behaviors, big and small. She was looking for truth, and she got it. Thousands of people participated in the challenge, and nearly 100,000 people downloaded the Me and White Supremacy Workbook. Updated and expanded from the original workbook, Me and White Supremacy,takes the work deeper by adding more historical and cultural contexts, sharing moving stories and anecdotes, and including expanded definitions, examples, and further resources.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Announcing Contactless Pickup From MV Libraries

Vineyard Haven Library will be reopening our library book drop to accept returns starting Monday, June 8th. Due dates for all currently checked out items have been extended through June 30th and there is no need to return items immediately.  Items may only be returned at our curbside book drop, the book return slots at the entryway will remain closed. Returned items will be quarantined before being checked in, so there will be a delay between the date of return and when the item is removed from your CLAMS account. Martha’s Vineyard libraries are fine free, and no late charges will accrue.

All six Martha’s Vineyard libraries are happy to announce that contactless pickup of books, DVDs, and other library materials will begin the week of June 15, 2020. The schedule and procedures for pickup services will vary by library, so call or email your local library or visit their website for details. In the coming week, Vineyard Haven library staff will begin contacting patrons who already have items waiting on our holdshelf, to arrange pickup for those items beginning June 15th. Additional details on contactless pickup at Vineyard Haven Library can be found here:

Martha’s Vineyard public libraries are committed to the health and safety of our staff and the public. We have worked closely with local Boards of Health, and following local and professional guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, to develop an island-wide plan to resume library services in phases. When contactless pickup begins, library buildings will remain closed to the public, and all in-person public programs and meetings are suspended until further notice.

For library patrons who may continue to feel safer staying home, all libraries will continue to offer you digital materials, services, programs and support.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we adjust library services to serve you safely as conditions allow.

Online Library Card Application

If you don't have a library card you can apply online and get instant access to our eBook collection. If you haven't used your card recently and it has expired, send us an email at

If you don’t yet have a CLAMS library card, you can now register online and start downloading ebooks or use databases immediately. Here’s how:

You will need a computer or cell phone and access to your email account.

1. Go to

2. Fill out the form and submit. The screen will refresh, with your name, new card number and username. Print the info, take a screenshot or jot down your new card number – you’ll need it in just a moment.

3. Click the link in the first bullet point to log in and create a PIN/Password:
Login to My Account and establish a PIN (Password) Scroll down to and click Did you forget your PIN/Password? Enter your new card number.

4. Check your email for a link to set your PIN/Password.

Your ecard will now be valid until June 30th and will give you access to materials at OverDrive for eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines (when asked for your library, select “CLAMS Library Patrons”). It also includes all Massachusetts Library Database. Individually owned library databases such as Kanopy are not included. Please visit your local CLAMS library with a photo ID before June 30th to upgrade to a regular card with full privileges.

If you will be using your phone or an eReader, we suggest you download the Libby App.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Free Arts & Crafts Video Classes with Creativebug!

Martha's Vineyard library cardholders now have unlimited free access to Creativebug, our new online crafting resouce! Sign-up with your library card to take hundreds of easy to follow, beautifully produced, creative video classes. The classes are pre-recorded so you can enjoy them any time and at your own pace. Some of the class categories are: Art & Design, Sewing, Knitting, Food & Home, and Kids. There are easy and quick projects as well as more in depth courses. We hope you enjoy this easily navigated and accessible addition.

Create your account by visiting this link and entering your 13 digit library card number:
If you need help with Creativebug or any of our digital library resources, please email us at, or give us a call at (508) 696-4210 -- leave a detailed message and a librarian will return your call.

Access to Creativebug is sponsored by the Martha's Vineyard Library Association and available to all Martha's Vineyard CLAMS Cardholders.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Introducing the New CLAMS Library App!

CLAMS is proud to introduce the new CLAMS Library Network app! Available for iOS and Android, this app has a broad range of features and functions that will make your library experience a whole lot simpler.

Our app makes it easy to browse our collection, get details on items, make a selection, place a hold for later pickup, and even renew items previously checked out. You can check out eBooks and eAudiobooks with the touch of a button, then listen to them in the Libby or OverDrive app.

If you’re on the go and searching for the nearest CLAMS library, check out the Library Info feature, which shows location addresses and hours nearest to you with links to their websites. We’ve also added our Featured Lists so you can browse Top Requests, Coming Soon titles or New York Times Bestsellers and request the ones you want.

The Manage Accounts tool lets you add multiple library cards — a great feature for families! Don’t have a library card? Request one through the app.

Available now in the App Store and Google Play

Search for the CLAMS Library Network to download to your mobile device.

This app replaces the current app which is no longer supported as of May 1

Monday, May 11, 2020

A Summer of Art, Online with Elizabeth Whelan

Vineyard Haven Library is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Whelan's art programs on Zoom will continue weekly at 11 am on Wednesdays throughout the summer. These events are held on the Zoom meeting platform, so an email address and internet access are required. Prior to each event, email or call the library in order to receive the Zoom access code.

The complete projected schedule is below:

May 13 - Botanical Drawing
May 20 - Intro to Drawing the Human Head
May 27 - Composition Tips & Tricks for Drawing and Painting
June 3 - Intro to Gouache Painting - my fave travel color paints
June 10 - Urban Sketching - remote sketching trip via Zoom!
June 17 - Intro to Drawing Hands (and tips on painting them)
June 24 - Getting Fabric Folds Right in Drawing and Painting
July 1 - Abstract Drawing and Painting with Impact
July 8 - Intro to Drawing Feet (and tips on painting them)
July 15 - Building a Vibrant Art Collection
July 22 - Meaningful Still Life Drawing and Painting
July 29 - Painting Materials - what the Pros are using now
August 5 - Art Collecting as Experience
August 12 - Painting a Portrait (with demo)
August 19 - Drawing and Painting Groups of People
August 26 - More Sketchbook Tips for Drawing and Painting
September 2 - Drawing the Human Head, Various Ages

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Register Now for Island-Wide Trivia Night on May 16th!

Register here:

On Saturday, May 16th at 7PM, the Martha's Vineyard Library Association is hosting a night of zany, interactive, light-hearted trivia fun with The Trivia Brothers! The Trivia Brothers deliver questions that are timely, balanced and fun. Challenge your family and friends, and join us online!  BONUS: there's a secret weapon at the end of each game called “The Equalizer” that gives daring teams the chance to come from behind and win it all!

Registration is required for this free event that will take place online via Zoom. On the afternoon of the event, all registrants will receive an email with specific details on how to participate.

(You can register for a team, but each team will use ONLY ONE smart phone or tablet to enter the game and submit the answers.)

Fun for friends and family!

Friday, May 1, 2020

A Message from the Martha's Vineyard Library Association

Martha's Vineyard libraries are working together on a plan to reintroduce library services that have been suspended due to the current public health crisis. We are consulting with local public health officials as well as following guidance created specifically for libraries for safe handling of circulating materials.

There are some unique concerns for libraries because unlike retail stores and takeout restaurants, libraries circulate materials that need to be returned and may be handled by many individuals.

Our phased resumption of services plan will begin when the stay-at-home advisory is lifted, and we will keep you updated about our service levels at each step of the way. In the meantime, we will continue to offer you digital materials, services, programs and support.

New! Free Home Access to Ancestry Genealogy Database
Previously only available for in-library use, Ancestry Library Edition will be available remotely while the library is closed. A Vineyard Haven Library Card and PIN are required to access this resource from home. Ancestry Library Edition  contains millions of records from all over the world including censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more.

Also available at home is the complementary resource HeritageQuest Online, provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. HeritageQuest Online is designed for genealogy and family history research. It includes over 25,000 books, the entire US Census, and other expanding collections, making it one of the largest collections of genealogy material in the country. 

Free Online Classes from the Library

Library cardholders who are just beginning to explore family history can learn more through online classes available on-demand and at your own pace.

The "Great Courses" collection on our Kanopy streaming video platform includes "Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy," a comprehensive 15-part introduction to the basics of genealogy research. 

"Genealogy 101" is one of the hundreds of classes available through the library's "Universal Class" online learning center. New users can create an account using your library card number.

Free Internet Resources

Free online resources for local genealogy research include the Dukes County History and Genealogy Web Site, the Tisbury History and Genealogy Web Site, and the Portuguese Genealogy Project of Martha's Vineyard.
The USGenWeb Project is a group of volunteers working together and having fun providing free online genealogy help and information for every U.S. state and county. 

American Ancestors is a membership organization, but anyone can register for a free Guest account to watch select how-to videos, webinars and courses and search more than 20 exclusive databases.

Genealogy eBooks on Overdrive

The CLAMS Overdrive eBook collection provides downloadable reference books that can be read on any device, including the popular titles Genealogy OnlineGenealogy Online For DummiesAARP Genealogy Online, and How to Do Everything Genealogy.

New to eBooks? Download the free Libby app to discover, check-out, and read eBooks and eAudiobooks from the CLAMS Overdrive collection, as well as the collections of other participating library networks statewide. For one-on-one assistance contact a librarian by emailing, or calling (508) 696-4210 (leave a detailed message and a staff member will return your call.)