Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Automatic Renewals Coming Soon!

CLAMS libraries will introduce automatic renewals beginning Tuesday, November 12th! Please contact your local library if you have any questions about this new service, or review the list of Frequently Asked Questions below.

What is an automatic renewal (auto-renewal)?
Most items checked out from the Library will renew automatically on your account. Three days before items are due, our system will check your account for eligible items and renew them. The loan periods will extend from the original due dates.

Which items automatically renew?
Most physical items borrowed (Books, DVDs, Blu-Rays, Audiobooks, Music CDs) are eligible for up to 3 auto-renewals.

Which items do not automatically renew?
The following are examples of material not eligible for automatic renewal:
  • Items another patron has requested (items on hold)
  • Items that have reached their renewal limit (3)
  • Items borrowed from outside the CLAMS network of libraries (Comcat, Inter library loans)
  • Express and Rental items
  • Museum passes
  • Library of Things (Kindles and other devices)
  • Other “non-traditional” items
  • Digital material (downloadable ebooks, eaudios, emagazines)
Are there other situations where an item will not auto renew?
  • Your account is blocked due to billed items or fines of $25 or more
  • Your account has expired
If an item did not auto-renew and I don’t return it on time, are there still fines?
Yes. Items are still subject to late fees/fines (and replacement costs). The patron is responsible for these charges.

Can I opt out of auto-renewal?
This is not currently possible. But patrons are always welcome to return items before the due date.

How am I notified when an item auto-renews?
If you have a current email address in your patron record, you will continue to receive a Courtesy notice 3 days before the item is due to be returned. The notice will list titles with an extended due date if your items were renewed. The new due date is calculated from the original (1 st renewal) or previous due date, not from the date of renewal. The original due date will appear next to items that could not be renewed.

What if I don’t have an email address or have not provided it to the library?
Eligible items will auto renew. Check your account online to view new due dates and items that could not be renewed.

What if I'm not receiving email notifications?
Be sure you've provided a valid email address. Please call or visit your local library to confirm the email address.

Do I have to manually renew items in my account?
No - it is not necessary now. Automatic Renewal does the work for you!

I use the Shoutbomb texting service. Will my text notice change?
Yes. Patrons will no longer get renew notices, however, you will get notices for items that are not eligible for renewal. Text MYBOOKS to the Shoutbomb number (508-543-1253) to see extended due dates on auto renewed items.

More Information on Renewing Library Items
If you don't find what you need using the information above, please contact your local library for more information.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Fall Schedule Changes, Including Sunday Hours!

Sunday, October 20th will be the first Sunday of the season that the library will be open. The library will be open from noon-4pm throughout the winter, except for a few holiday weekends. Please check our events calendar for information on free Sunday afternoon programs at the library, including an talk on Medical Marijuana at 2pm on October 27th.

The library will be closed for Veterans Day on Monday November 11th. For Thanksgiving, the library will close early at 1pm on Wednesday November 27th, and remain closed on Thursday November 28th and Friday November 29th. The library will be open regular hours on Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Special Screening of 'The Cat Rescuers' Documentary

On Tuesday, October 29th at 7pm, the Vineyard Haven Public Library will present a special screening of the documentary film 'The Cat Rescuers', followed by a Q&A session with the film's producer-director, Steven Lawrence. Representatives of Second Chance Animal Rescue will also be present to answer questions on trap, neuter and release programs here on Martha's Vineyard. This event is free and open to the public.

With over 500,000 street cats struggling to survive in New York City, and the city unwilling to address the problem, spirited volunteers have come to their aid. The beat is Brooklyn, where the problem has exploded. Combing the borough's alleys, backyards, and housing projects, they trap the cats, get them fixed and returned to their colonies or adopted. A dedicated group of people in Brooklyn devote their days and nights to rescuing abandoned or otherwise homeless kittens and cats.

Of course, the animals are adorable, but these people are equally inspiring. Their love and commitment to actually making a difference to the lives of these animals and to affecting social change concerning the environment, local laws and public policy is remarkable. The Cat Rescuers shows the skill, resilience, and humor these volunteer activists display in the face of such challenging work, and how their mission to reduce animal suffering -- often at great sacrifice to themselves -- makes a difference for the animals and the community, while changing the rescuers' lives.

Steven Lawrence is a producer-director whose documentaries have appeared on PBS, MTV and A&E. He has produced three films for director Michael Apted including Married in America, an ongoing doc about 9 marriages. His other productions, which have often focused on the arts and human rights, include The Furious Force of Rhymes, a global look at hip-hop as protest music, and Sarabah, about Senegalese rapper Sister Fa’s campaign to end female genital cutting. Currently, Steven is finishing Missing Microbes, a feature doc about the importance of the human microbiome, co-directed with Sarah Schenck. His work has received an IDA Documentary Achievement award, 3 Cine Golden Eagles, the Special Jury Award from the Locarno Film Festival and the Golden Butterfly from Movies That Matter.

Trailer for 'The Cat Rescuers' 

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Art in the Stacks: Annette Sandrock

The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library are pleased to present an exhibit of photographs by Annette Sandrock, on display on the lower level of the library during regular library hours throughout the month of October. This exhibit of black and white images of treetops in Crete is dedicated to the lost trees of Amazonia, and to the the majesty of trees as they grace our lives.

The photographs on display are also found in "Labyrinth," a book of poetry by Annette I. Sandrock that was published in Portugal this earlier this year. On Thursday, October 17th at 7pm, Annette will give a reading from her newly released book of poetry at the library. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing, and refreshments will be served.

Annette Sandrock has been a resident of Vineyard Haven more than 30 years and raised a family of three children here. Her careers as newspaper writer and arts critic, copy writer for television advertising, and English teacher at Martha's Vineyard High School, have all revolved around the spoken and written word. Annette Sandrock is a member of Cleaveland House Poets, and her poetry has appeared in The Martha’s Vineyard Times and the Vineyard Gazette, and in the books Cleaveland House Poetry(2015), Legacy of Light: Poems for the Gay Head Lighthouse (2014), and Martha's Vineyard Poets' Collective New Work (2013). She is a passionate traveler who spends most of her time abroad in Lisbon, Portugal.


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.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Art in the Stacks: Opal Wortman

The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library are pleased to present an exhibit of paintings by Opal Wortman, on display on the lower level of the library during regular library hours throughout the month of September.

Opal Wortman was born and raised on the island, and graduated from Martha's Vineyard Regional High School in 2018. This collection of works is from her first year attending Parsons School of Design, and showcases a range of figure studies and experimental portraiture.

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.

Friday, August 23, 2019

22nd Annual 5k Run/Walk & Free Kid's Fun Run on September 22nd!

On Sunday, September 22nd, the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library will host the annual Run to benefit the Library. The USATF-Sanctioned 5k Run/Walk starts at the library with runners proceeding to the West Chop lighthouse and back. There will also be a free 1/2 Mile Fun Run for Kids.

Medals will be awarded to winners in all age groups, and all participants will be eligible to win raffle prizes including gift certificates from local stores. 5k registration includes a t-shirt. 5k starts at 10 am; Fun Run for Kids starts at 9:45 am; Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Community sponsors for this year's event include Brickman's, Broadway Screen Printing, Cape Cod 5, Cronig's Market, The Green Room, Island Source, Martha's Vineyard Harley Riders, Martha's Vineyard Savings Bank, Martha’s Vineyard Vacation Rentals & Sales, Stop & Shop, and Vineyard Grocer.

Save $5 by registering in advance! You can register online, or pick up a registration form at the library.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Register for Fall Literature Seminar with Phil Weinstein: "Fictions of the Law"

Register Online

Philip Weinstein, the Alexander Griswold Cummins Professor of English Emeritus at Swarthmore College, will present the next in the ongoing program series "Islanders Read the Classics", with a six-part seminar "Fictions of the Law". This free seminar will be held on Wednesday evenings at the Katharine Cornell Theater, 51 Spring Street, Vineyard Haven.

"Fictions of the Law" will study three classic novels: Charles Dickens's Bleak House (1852), Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment (1866), and Franz Kafka's The Trial (1925). Participants are encouraged to read the books in advance, however it is not required. Copies of the books may be requested through your local CLAMS library. Those who prefer to read the same edition that Professor Weinstein will use in class may request the Norton Critical Edition of Bleak House, the Pevear and Volokhonsky translation Crime and Punishment, and the Muir translation of The Trial.

According to Professor Weinstein, the series' title--"Fictions of the Law"--should be understood in at least two ways. "On the one hand, we are reading three classic novels that circulate obsessively around the concept of the law (both criminal and civil). But each novel does this in its own ways, and the three of them differ starkly in approach, implication, and resonance. The other way to understand "Fictions of the Law" is to grasp that "law" itself is held up to an imaginative probing (is shown to be in disturbing ways fictional) in all three novels.  You may come away from each novel wondering, afresh, what is law?"

In order to allow the library to prepare class materials and communicate with students, participants are encouraged to sign up in advance at the library, or register online.

Dates and reading assignments:

Wednesday, September 18th, 7pm
Charles Dickens, Bleak House, chapters i - xxxi

Wednesday, October 2nd, 7pm
Charles Dickens, Bleak House, entire book

Wednesday, October 23rd, 7pm
Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment, parts 1-3

Wednesday, November 6th, 7pm
Crime and Punishment, entire book

Wednesday, November 20th, 7pm
Franz Kafka, The Trial

Wednesday, December 4th, 7pm
Franz Kafka, The Trial