Saturday, March 21, 2020

Get an ecard, get an ebook

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.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Library Service Update

The Vineyard Haven Library building is currently closed to the public. At this time, we expect that library staff will be available to assist the public by telephone and email from 10am to 5pm, Monday through Saturday. Please leave a voicemail at (508) 696-4210 and a staff member will return your call.

Visit our library homepage for access to online resources available free with a library card, including eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, streaming video, language learning, online classes, genealogy, and more. Our librarians can assist you by phone or email to getting started with any of these resources.

Please don't return any checked out items until the library reopens - all due dates will be extended as long as needed.

Delivery of materials requested from other libraries has been suspended, but holds will not expire, and we will provide requested material as soon as possible. We will reevaluate what services we can provide in a safe manner in the coming days.

Some library programs such as our monthly book club discussion will be held online or by conference call, check our events calendar or Facebook page for details.


Dial-in Book Club, 1:30 pm Thursday March 19th
Simply call 951 799 9568 to join in! 'The Gown' by Jennifer Robson tells a tale about 2 young embroiderers working on Elizabeth II's wedding gown at the famous Norman Hartnell Fashion House. An exciting dress in exciting times!


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Saturday, March 14, 2020

Temporary Library Closing Begins Monday March 16th

Vineyard Haven Public Library will be open regular hours this weekend, 10 am to 5:30 pm Saturday March 14th and Noon to 4 pm on Sunday March 15th. In response to the current public health emergency, the library building will be closed to the public for at least two weeks beginning on Monday, March 16th. All previously announced library events and meetings have been canceled or postponed. We apologize to all our patrons for any inconvenience and hope to reschedule the canceled programs in the near future.

We request that library patrons do not return any items currently checked out until the library reopens -- all due dates will be extended indefinitely and no charges will accrue.

Immediate plans are for library staff to be available to assist patrons with reference questions by phone or email, and self-service holds pickup will be set up in the library's entry vestibule during scheduled hours. Additional details of these services will be announced very soon. For the latest information please visit our website or follow our Facebook page at

We also invite you and your family to make use of the entertainment and learning resources resources in our Digital Library, including eBooks and downloadable audiobooks on Overdrive, streaming movies on Kanopy, and online classes through Universal Class. Access these resources through our website at Massachusetts residents can access additional online reading and entertainment resources by registering for a Boston Public Library eCard:

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Current Program Cancellations

UPDATE March 13, 2020: All public events and meetings at Vineyard Haven Public Library will be cancelled or postponed until further notice. This will include children's programs, adult lecture and film series, book club, and other public gatherings.

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March 12, 2020

At Vineyard Haven Public Library, your health is important to us. We're actively monitoring decisions and direction from state and local health officials in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are following the advice of these agencies, as well as the Center for Disease Control, so that we can respond as needed as this situation develops.

Out of consideration for our patrons who are following health guidelines to practice social distancing, the library will be cancelling some library programs, and limiting attendance at other programs to 12 people. If you or a family member are not feeling well, please stay at home and do not attend library events.

We apologize to all our patrons for any inconvenience and hope to reschedule the canceled programs in the near future. 

Current event cancellations are listed below. We will update this list as additional cancellations occur.
  • Tumble Time Storytime on Saturday mornings cancelled for March 2020
  • Friends of the Library Monthly Meeting 10:15am Saturday March 14th has been cancelled
  • The Secret Lives of Lobsters 2pm Sunday March 15th has been cancelled 
  • Documentary: The Queen of Ireland Tuesday March 17th has been cancelled 
  • Tai Chi with Derek 12pm March 17th and March 24th has been cancelled 
  • Tisbury Police Resident Meetings 5:30pm March 17th and March 24th have been cancelled
  • Domestic Affairs Discussion Group 7pm Thursday March 19th has been cancelled

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Tisbury Police Resident Meetings at VHPL

UPDATE 3/13/2020: Future Resident Meetings have been cancelled and will be rescheduled

Tisbury Police are implementing "sectors" to better serve and be more accessible to our community. At this series of open houses at the library, come meet the Officers assigned to your sector, and discuss your questions and concerns. Residents are invited to come on the evening designated for their sector, but all events are open to all.

Dividing the town into sectors is to promote accountability for the officers and contact for the community. In an emergency always call 9-1-1, but general questions and advice, you now have an officer you can deal with directly. E-mail them and stay in contact with them regarding your complaints or your concerns. Officers will also get to know one specific neighborhood very well so they will easily notice things that are out of place.

Meeting schedule:

 Sector A- East of Franklin Street and North of Skiff Avenue. Tuesday, March 10th at 5:30pm, with Detective Bill Brigham, Officer St Pierre, Officer Souza, and Officer Cutrer.

Sector B- South of State Road and South of Skiff Avenue Tuesday, March 17th at 5:30pm, with Sergeant Habekost, Officer Goeckel, and Officer Sidoti.

Sector C- West of Lake Tashmoo and North of State Road Tuesday, March 24th at 5:30pm, with Sergeant Day & Officer Gomes.

Sector D- East of Lake Tashmoo to Franklin Street. North of State Road Tuesday, April 7th at 5:30pm, with Sergeant Sherman, Officer Ogden, Officer Silvia and Officer Harrer.

If you have any questions e-mail Sergeant Sherman at, or check our website at