Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Belly Babies Prenatal Storytime!

Come join Vineyard Haven Library's Children's Librarian, Emily for newly added program, Belly Babies Prenatal Storytime. Belly Babies is a new storytime program that is geared toward pregnant moms-to-be. We will read stories and sing songs to our growing babies. Come meet and chat with other pregnant mamas, eat some light/healthy snacks and bond with your bump. Belly Babies Prenatal Storytime is happening on Sunday, January 13th from 2:00-3:00 pm, in the Vineyard Haven Library Program Room. Other dates to be announced. This event is free and open to all pregnant moms-to-be. Call Emily for any questions: 508-696-4211 (x114).

Friday, December 21, 2018

New: Free Digital Magazines from Overdrive!

Prevention - MagazineThis Old House Magazine - MagazineELLE - Magazine

All CLAMS library card holders now have access to an all-new collection of digital magazines from OverDrive. Available through the popular Libby App platform, OverDrive App, and via web browsers, library users can access 50 popular magazine titles to check out digitally on their devices using their CLAMS library card. Overdrive magazines are always available with no wait times, and they do not count against patron checkout limits. Readers can also download magazines on Libby for offline use. You can browse the OverDrive Magazine collection here. For help getting started accessing any of our online resources, contact the library for a one-on-one lesson.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Public Affairs Discussion Group at Vineyard Haven Public Library

Leading up to the annual Great Decisions Discussion Group Series in April/May 2019, the library will be hosting a monthly Public Affairs Discussion Group from 6pm to 8pm on the third Thursday of each month, beginning January 17th.

Dennis Agin will be our group coordinator for both programs, working with our Reference Librarian Alexandra Pratt. Please register online if you wish to receive updates on this program.

Thursday January 17th, 6-8 pm
The Economy and Jobs
What are the inequalities and dislocations? How are major problems fixed, near and long term? Recommended viewing: 60 Minutes program on A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) and the future of jobs, this Sunday, January 13 at 7 p.m. on CBS.
Topic Leader: Julia Burgess

Thursday February 21st, 6-8 pm
Electoral System – Gerrymandering – Voter Suppression & Fraud
Do we have a democracy? How well is it working? How is our system anti-democratic?  How can voting equality be improved?
Topic Leader: Denny Agin

Thursday March 21st, 6-8 pm 
Climate Change – Energy Policies – Environmental Initiatives
Is the world on a path to Environmental Disaster? What should we be doing?
Topic Leader: Mike Kobran


Vineyard Haven Public Library will be hosting the 2019 Great Decisions Discussion Group on Thursday evenings from 7pm to 9pm for eight weeks, April 4th through May 23rd.

A limited number of Great Decisions Briefing Books will be available for purchase at the library in mid-January, for $25. You may reserve a copy by paying in advance at the library main desk, with cash or check made out to the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library. Great Decisions topics for 2019 are on the Foreign Policy Association Website:

Monday, December 3, 2018

Best Books of 2018: A List of Lists

Some choices for the best of 2018, from the media, associations, and readers:

American Library Association (ALA)
Notable Books For Adults:
Notable Children's Books:
Young Adults:

Boston Globe

Chicago Review of Books Best Science Fiction

Chicago Tribune

Financial Times

Goodread's Choice Awards

The Guardian

Kirkus Reviews

Library Journal

Library Reads Favorites of 2018

National Public Radio's Book Concierge, guide to 2018's great reads

New York Public Library's Best Books for Kids and Teens

New York Times Notable Books

Publisher's Weekly


Time Magazine
Best books you might have missed:

Washington Post