Thursday, January 30, 2020

Luce Play Readers: Yasmina Reza's God of Carnage

On Wednesday, February 12th at 6:30 pm at the Vineyard Haven Public Library, the Peter H. Luce Play Readers will present a free reading of "God of Carnage," a play by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton. Paul Doherty will direct a cast that includes Cynthia Segal, Roberta Hurtig, John Brannen and Wayne Greenwell. This free performance is sponsored by the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library, and refreshments will be served. Doors will open at 6 pm for the 6:30 pm performance.

In this "Comedy of Manners, without the manners," A playground altercation between 11-year-old boys brings together two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. At first, niceties are observed, but as the meeting progresses and the liquor flows, tensions emerge, the gloves come off, and the conversation goes from civilized to savage. "God of Carnage" is the winner of numerous awards, including Tony Award for Best Play and Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy.


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.

Domestic Affairs Discussion Program at Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven Libraries

Vineyard Haven and Oak Bluffs libraries announce a new Domestic Affairs discussion series, to foster civil community discourse and greater understanding of issues affecting Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, and the nation. Meetings will be held on Thursday evenings and are open to everyone, covering a wide variety of topics with presentations and group discussion.

The series begins at the Oak Bluffs library on Thursday, January 30th at 6:30pm, with a discussion on Island drug and opioid problems. The speaker and discussion leader will be County Commissioner Christine Todd, who will be talking about her personal experience of trying to guide a family member through the ups and downs of addiction treatment and to lead us to better understanding of the drug problem on Martha's Vineyard.

Other dates and topics include the following (note location and start time):

February 6th, 6 PM at Vineyard Haven Library
"Electoral System, Gerrymandering, Voter Suppression"

February 20th, 6 PM  at Vineyard Haven Library
"National Popular Vote Initiative - Every Vote Equal"

February  27th, 6:30 PM  at Oak Bluffs Library
"Helping Island People in Need – Addressing Poverty, Hunger"

March 19th, 6 PM  at Vineyard Haven Library
"Impact of the 19th Amendment – Women’s Right to Vote – Contributions over the Past 100 Years"

March 26th; 6:30 PM at Oak Bluffs Library

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

New “Creative Station” for Entrepreneurs & Creatives


Do you want to sharpen your skills in design, video editing, or photography? Are you a small business owner or self-employed artist? Save money on expensive software and use Adobe Creative Cloud suite at the Vineyard Haven Public Library for free! The Vineyard Haven Public Library’s Creative Station is located on the lower level of the library and is a self-directed learning space. Library customers can now save money on Adobe subscription prices and get free access to Adobe's popular apps and services for video, design, photography and web design. The free software includes Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premier Pro, After Effects and Lightroom.

Beginners to Adobe Creative Cloud can view Adobe workbooks in the library to get acquainted with the software. Vineyard Haven Public Library customers can also use their Vineyard Haven Library card to take free online Adobe courses through Universal Class.

Please call the Reference Desk 508-696-4210 or email to reserve your time slot. Reservations can be made up to one week ahead of time. A library card may be required. A full description of policies can be viewed on the library’s website: 

Monday, January 20, 2020

Get Digital in the New Year with Your Library Card!

Learn how to use your CLAMS Library Card to enjoy entertainment and learning resources including borrowing ebooks and audiobooks on Overdrive, streaming movies on Kanopy and Hoopla, taking classes online through Universal Class and, and taking advantage of other online resources through the Vineyard Haven Public Library and the Boston Public Library e-card program (free to all who live, reside part-time to attend school, own property, or work in Massachusetts.)

Vineyard Haven Library staff will provide one-on-one informal demonstrations and show you how to get started. Please call (508) 696-4210 or email for an appointment. Thirty-minute appointments are available on Monday afternoons between 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm and on Saturdays between 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.