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.)

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Planning for Your Future in a Time of Uncertaintly

If you missed last week's Advance Care Planning workshop with Healthy Aging Martha's Vineyard, additional online sessions are planned for May 7th and May 14th, hosted by the West Tisbury Library. RSVP via email to Cindy Trish, or call 508 954-0357 for more information.


Health Aging Martha's Vineyard and Vineyard Haven Library will present a virtual (online) 90 minute session to share and discuss  information on advance care planning (ACP) which is the process by which an individual lets his or her wishes be known about end-of-life care as well as taking the time to reflect on what matters most to us, and what a good day would look like if we are facing a serious illness. Our facilitators will share how advance care planning is done and how these conversations can occur. The session will be interactive so you can ask questions and hear others thoughts on the subject.

Anyone 18 or older is welcome to join us, although attendance will be limited and you will need internet access to participate. RSVP via email to: or call 508 696 4211 x116 and leave a detailed message.

Can't attend this session? We're sharing some advice below from Healthy Aging MV. Visit the Advance Care Planning section of the Healthy Aging website for additional resources and links:


Whatever your age or circumstance, it is increasingly important to be prepared in case of becoming seriously ill with coronavirus or other diseases by following these key steps:

Pick your person.Choose a friend, family member or other trusted person to make medical decisions on your behalf. We can’t control everything, but we can control who will speak for us. Talk to a friend, a family member or other trusted person about becoming your medical care decision-maker if you can’t make decisions for yourself. Make sure the person you choose knows what is important to you first and foremost.

Make it official.Document that person in an official state health care proxy/agent/power of attorney form or an Advance Directive, a term for any written health care instruction that specifies your wishes or names a proxy for you. And if given circumstances mean you can’t make it official make sure the person you choose knows what is important to you and your preferences for the amount and types of treatments you would want to receive.

Talk about it. What do you need the person who would make medical decisions for you to know about what matters to you, so they could speak up for you if you can’t? We can’t plan for everything. But we can help manage life’s unknowns by talking openly about what matters to us and what we’d want most if we became seriously ill with coronavirus disease. Conversations about things we can’t control can actually help to give us a sense of control. We may not be able to predict every choice we’ll have to make, but we can give those we love the guiding principles to confidently make decisions for us. If we don’t say it, they won’t know. Our caregivers may need to make decisions for us, whether we’ve told them what we want or not. We can’t simply assume they know. Open conversations can pave a way to clarity, provide comfort and bring people together.

Stay informed.Know on how your local health department is responding to COVID-19. Check the websites of your local and state departments of public health for updated information on guidelines and procedures for coping during the coronavirus outbreak.