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Currently Available Library Services
Visit the "COVID-19 Services" page on our website for an up-to-date summary of currently available services, including our schedule for contactless pickup and outdoor book browsing, and information on contactless printing:

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours & Programs

On Wednesday, November 25th, Vineyard Haven Library will be closing early at 1 pm. Contactless pickup may be scheduled that Wednesday between 10am and 1pm. The library will be closed on Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th. Contactless pickup and virtual reference service will not be available those days.

Regular service hours will resume on Saturday November 28th, and "Take & Make" bags for Children and Teens will be available for pickup on Sunday November 29th at 3pm.

On Friday November 27th at 6pm, Marty Gitlin, author of "The Greatest Sitcoms of All Time" will give a free Zoom presentation featuring funny video snippets, sitcom history, trivia, and more --Register:

Save the Date: "Museum of Bad Art"

Please join us online on Monday, December 14th at 6 pm for an introduction to the Museum of Bad Art. MOBA collects, exhibits, and celebrates art that will be seen in no other venue. The pieces in the MOBA collection range from the work of talented artists that have gone awry, to works of exuberant, although crude, execution by artists barely in control of the brush. What they all have in common is a special quality that sets them apart in one way or another from the merely incompetent.

MOBA is a community-based, not-for-profit institution dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition, and celebration of bad art in all its forms and in all its glory. MOBA was founded in the fall of 1993 and presented its first show in March 1994. The response was overwhelming. Since then, MOBA's collection and ambitions have grown exponentially.

In this online presentation, Museum Director Louise Reilly Sacco will share MOBA history, philosophy, and lots of art. She will explain how MOBA interprets the art, compare it to classic art, and share the adventure of building MOBA to a worldwide phenomenon. This is art too bad to be ignored!

Artist Unknown
30” x 24”, oil on canvas
Rescued from trash in Boston, MA

This single painting planted the seed that grew into MOBA. The motion, the chair, the sway of her breast, the subtle hues of the sky, the expression on her face--every detail combines to create this transcendent and compelling portrait.


To register or for more information, contact our Program Coordinator Anne McDonough at

Upcoming Virtual Library Events

While the library building is closed we'll be offering online workshops using the video meeting platform Zoom. To register or for more information, contact our Program Coordinator Anne McDonough at Attendance for all programs may be limited and you will need internet access to participate.

10 am Monday November 23rd
Online: Nancy Star, Author of "Rules for Moving"

Nancy Star, bestselling author of Sisters One, Two, Three (2017), returns with another poignant examination of a family’s secrets and confessions in her newest book Rules for Moving. In this novel, Star writes with heart about a woman’s struggle to reconcile her success at work—she’s a beloved advice columnist—with her troubles at home; her son has stopped speaking to everyone but her.

9 am Tuesday November 24th
Online: Conversation en Francais

Join our weekly French conversation group. All levels are welcome. For more language learning support try Mango Languages, an online language-learning system available to library cardholders. 

6 pm Tuesday November 24th
Online: Martha's Vineyard Haiku Club 

The MV Haiku Club will meet monthly through December, led by author and teacher Caroline Joy Adams. Each session will have a specific theme, and participants will receive a helpful, explanatory PDF file ahead of time with suggested reading and writing assignments for the week’s meeting. The theme for this session will be Haiku as Tribute: Theme – Appreciation. 

6 pm Friday November 27th
Online: A Funny Program About Funny Programs!

Join us online for a presentation by author Martin Gitlin, based on his book The Greatest Sitcoms of All Time. Marty will show really funny snippets of sitcoms chronologically, from I Love Lucy and The Andy Griffith Show to Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory, and explain how they have evolved over the years in relevance, content, and humor. He will engage and challenge patrons with sitcom trivia, and will  impart a lot of information about sitcom history. Please register for this fun event at:

6 pm Tuesday December 1st
Online: Dr. Michael Fine, Author of "The Bull"

A bull gets loose in Tennessee. A black sergeant stops the murder of a Trump supporter in North Carolina. The third husband of a nurse in Pawtucket wins the lottery. A schizophrenic woman who lives on Kennedy Plaza discovers that Social Security thinks she is dead. Ten stories -- people whose lives are transformed, who struggle and survive, who see their world through lost hopes, inappropriate loves, and irrational dreams. Dr. Michael Fine is a writer, community organizer, family physician, public health official and author of Health Care Revolt: How to Organize, Build a Health Care System, and Resuscitate Democracy – All at the Same Time.

5:30 pm Wednesday December 2nd
Online: Philip Weinstein on Toni Morrison's "Beloved"
Professor Philip Weinstein's six part seminar on the works of Toni Morrison will conclude with a discussion of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel "Beloved." Copies of the book are available for pickup at Vineyard Haven Library, and the eBook is available from our Overdrive collection. Previous sessions in this series can be viewed on-demand on the library's Vimeo channel:

10 am Monday December 7th
Online: Advance Care Planning with Healthy Aging MV

Sharing your wishes for end-of-life care can bring you closer to the people you love. It’s critically important. We know that no guide and no single conversation can cover all the decisions that you and your family may face. What a conversation can do is provide a shared understanding of what matters most to you and your loved ones. This can make it easier to make decisions when the time comes. Join the conversation to gather the toolkit! Please register at:

For information on virtual library programs being offered statewide, visit the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners calendar of virtual programs!

Learn how to use Zoom on the Zoom Channel on Youtube! (If you need more help, contact the library to set up a Zoom practice session with one of our librarians.)

Backyard Book Browsing

On Tuesday and Saturday mornings from 10 am to noon, library patrons are invited to browse and checkout a selection of new books outdoors in the courtyard behind the library (weather permitting). No appointment is needed, but it's a good idea to call and confirm since our schedule for outdoor events is subject to change. (If you are looking for a particular item, please call the library to arrange for pickup during our scheduled daily pickup hours.) 

Entry is by the path behind the building from Greenwood Avenue. For everyone's safety and in keeping with state and local guidelines, participants are required to wear a mask, sanitize hands prior to browsing, practice social distancing, and limit handling of books they do not intend to check out. Browsing may be limited to 15 minutes per person.

New Books Available This Week

Here's a sample of the new fiction and nonfiction titles recently added to the library's collection! Visit the new books page on our website, updated weekly, to keep up with what's new.

All God's Children All God's Children
By Gwyn, Arrow
2020-10 - Europa Editions
9781609456184 Check Our Catalog

A novel about the remarkable people living on the edge of freedom and slavery, All God's Children brings to life the paradoxes of the American frontier - a place of liberty and bondage, wild equality, and cruel injustice.

In 1827, Duncan Lammons, a disgraced young man from Kentucky, sets out to join the American army in the province of Texas, hoping that here he may live …More

The Archer The Archer
By Coelho, Paulo
Illustrator Niemann, Christoph
Translator Costa, Margaret Jull
2020-11 - Knopf Publishing Group
9780593318270 Check Our Catalog

"A novelist who writes in a universal language." --The New York Times

From the #1 best-selling author of The Alchemist comes an inspiring story about a young man seeking wisdom from an elder, and the practical lessons imparted along the way.

In The Archer we meet Tetsuya, a man once famous for his prodigious gift with a bow and arrow but who has since retired …More

Before the Coffee Gets Cold Before the Coffee Gets Cold
By Kawaguchi, Toshikazu
2020-11 - Hanover Square Press
9781335430991 Check Our Catalog

If you could go back, who would you want to meet?

In a small back alley of Tokyo, there is a caf that has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. Local legend says that this shop offers something else besides coffee--the chance to travel back in time.

Over the course of one summer, four customers visit the caf in the hopes of making …More

The Best American Short Stories 2020 The Best American Short Stories 2020
By Sittenfeld, Curtis
Editor Pitlor, Heidi
2020-11 - Mariner Books
9781328485373 Check Our Catalog

"To read their stories felt to me the way I suspect other people feel hearing jazz for the first time," recalls Curtis Sittenfeld of her initial encounter with the Best American Short Stories series. "They were windows into emotions I had and hadn't had, into other settings and circumstances and observations and relationships." Decades later, Sittenfeld was met by the same feeling …More

The Butchers' Blessing The Butchers' Blessing
By Gilligan, Ruth
2020-11 - Tin House Books
9781947793781 Check Our Catalog

Every year, na prepares for her father to leave her. He will wave goodbye early one morning, then disappear with seven other men to traverse the Irish countryside. Together, these men form the Butchers, a group that roams from farm to farm, enacting ancient methods of cattle slaughter.

The Butchers' Blessing moves between the events of 1996 and the present, offering a simmering …More

Cobble Hill Cobble Hill
By Von Ziegesar, Cecily
2020-11 - Atria Books
9781982147037 Check Our Catalog

"Best Novels of Fall 2020" --Vogu-e
"Most Anticipated List for Fall 2020" --Parade
"Best of Fall 2020" --PopSugar
"Best Books of 2020" --Marie Claire

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Gossip Girl series, a deliciously irresistible novel chronicling a year in the life of four families in an upscale …More

Fangs Fangs
By Andersen, Sarah
2020-09 - Andrews McMeel Publishing
9781524860677 Check Our Catalog

New York Times bestselling love story between a vampire and a werewolf by the creator of the enormously popular Sarah's Scribbles comics.

Elsie the vampire is three hundred years old, but in all that time, she has never met her match. This all changes one night in a bar when she meets Jimmy, a charming werewolf with a wry sense of humor and a fondness for running wild …More

Hot to Trot Hot to Trot
By Beaton, M. C.
Author Greene, Rod
2020-11 - Minotaur Books
9781250157751 Check Our Catalog

Beloved New York Times bestseller M. C. Beaton's cranky, crafty Agatha Raisin--now the star of a hit T.V. show--is back on the case again in Hot to Trot.

When Private Detective Agatha Raisin learns that her friend and one-time lover Charles Fraith is to be married to a mysterious socialite, Miss Mary Brown-Field, she sees it as her duty to find out what she can about …More

The Last Sailor The Last Sailor
By Johnson, Sarah Anne
2020-11 - Sourcebooks Landmark
9781402298530 Check Our Catalog

"There is real life in Sarah Anne Johnson's new book, and genuine family drama too, all grounded in an authoritative evocation of old Cape Cod's waterways, marshes, and waterfront towns. The Last Sailor is memorable, clearly seen, and deeply felt."--Jon Clinch, author of Marley and Finn

From the author of The Lightkeeper's Wife …More

The Lost Shtetl The Lost Shtetl
By Gross, Max
2020-10 - Harpervia
9780062991126 Check Our Catalog


A remarkable debut novel--written with the fearless imagination of Michael Chabon and the piercing humor of Gary Shteyngart--about a small Jewish village in the Polish forest that is so secluded no one knows it exists . . . until now.

What if there …More

The Night of the Fire The Night of the Fire
By Eriksson, Kjell
2020-11 - Minotaur Books
9781250766144 Check Our Catalog

Swedish police inspector Ann Lindell finally returns in internationally bestselling and award-winning Kjell Eriksson's newest novel.

Police inspector Ann Lindell has left the Uppsala police and is living a quiet life, producing local cheese in a small town in Uppland. But life in the country is not as idyllic as it seems. On New Year's Eve someone sets fire to the 

Rhythm of War Rhythm of War
By Sanderson, Brandon
2020-11 - Tor Books
9780765326386 Check Our Catalog

The Stormlight Archive saga continues in Rhythm of War, the eagerly awaited sequel to Brandon Sanderson's #1 New York Times bestselling Oathbringer, from an epic fantasy writer at the top of his game.

After forming a coalition of human resistance against the enemy invasion, Dalinar Kholin and his Knights Radiant have spent a year …More

The Saints of Salvation The Saints of Salvation
By Hamilton, Peter F.
2020-11 - Del Rey Books
9780399178887 Check Our Catalog

With refreshing determination and hopeful grit, humanity activates a bold endgame against an alien invasion in the finale of a series heralded as "a modern classic" (Stephen Baxter) from "one of the finest writers the genre has produced" (Gareth L. Powell).

Humanity is struggling to hold out against a hostile takeover by an alien race that claims to be on a religious 

Titan Titan
By Vigneault, Francois
2020-11 - Oni Press
9781620107799 Check Our Catalog

"Like the best futuristic science-fiction, Titan has a lot to say about the world that we live in right now." -- Mental Floss

When MNGR First Class Jo o da Silva arrives on the moon of Titan to take charge of Homestead Station, he finds the massive mining colony plagued by tensions between the giant, genetically-engineered Titan workers and the Terran management. As anger mounts, what …More

A Wealth of Pigeons: A Cartoon Collection A Wealth of Pigeons: A Cartoon Collection
By Martin, Steve
Illustrator Bliss, Harry
2020-11 - Celadon Books
9781250262899 Check Our Catalog

"I've always looked upon cartooning as comedy's last frontier. I have done stand-up, sketches, movies, monologues, awards show introductions, sound bites, blurbs, talk show appearances, and tweets, but the idea of a one-panel image with or without a caption mystified me. I felt like, yeah, sometimes I'm funny, but there are these other weird freaks who are actually funny. You can …More

Wyoming True Wyoming True
By Palmer, Diana
2020-11 - Hqn
9781335080622 Check Our Catalog

An opposites-attract love may be in store for a gruff rancher and a small-town beauty in a brand-new Wyoming Men romance

Jake McGuire has worked hard to earn his success, with holdings that include ranches and a private jet. The only threat to his comfortable existence is the last woman he should ever want. He knows Ida Merridan by reputation only, but the stories he's heard …More

7 Ways: Easy Ideas for Every Day of the Week [american Measurements] 7 Ways: Easy Ideas for Every Day of the Week [american Measurements]
By Oliver, Jamie
2020-11 - Flatiron Books
9781250787576 Check Our Catalog

7 Ways to reinvent your favorite ingredients with more than 120 new, exciting and tasty recipes

Naked Chef television personality Jamie Oliver has looked at the top ingredients we buy week in, week out. We're talking about those meal staples we pick up without thinking - chicken breasts, salmon fillets, ground beef, eggs, potatoes, broccoli, mushrooms, to name but a few. We're …More

An Onion in My Purse: And Other Tales from a Vegetarian-Inspired Life An Onion in My Purse: And Other Tales from a Vegetarian-Inspired Life
By Madison, Deborah
2020-11 - Knopf Publishing Group
9780525656012 Check Our Catalog

From the author of Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone (The Queen of Greens, The Washington Post)--a warm, bracingly honest memoir that also gives us an insider's look at the vegetarian movement.

Thanks to her beloved cookbooks and groundbreaking work as the chef at Greens Restaurant in San Francisco, Deborah Madison, though not a vegetarian herself, has long been revered as …More

The Art of Tapestry Weaving: A Complete Guide to Mastering the Techniques for Making Pictures with Yarn The Art of Tapestry Weaving: A Complete Guide to Mastering the Techniques for Making Pictures with Yarn
By Mezoff, Rebecca
Foreword by Swett, Sarah C.
2020-11 - Storey Publishing
9781635861358 Check Our Catalog

Put aside those preconceptions of dusty, medieval tapestries hanging on castle walls Tapestry weaving has a whole new look, and fiber enthusiasts of all levels are eager to try their hand at creating images with yarn. Rebecca Mezoff, a renowned teacher of contemporary tapestry weaving, shares her techniques in this in-depth guide to every aspect of the process, from developing a color palette to …More

First Principles: What America's Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans and How That Shaped Our Country First Principles: What America's Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans and How That Shaped Our Country
By Ricks, Thomas E.
2020-11 - Harper
9780062997456 Check Our Catalog

Ricks knocks it out of the park with this jewel of a book. On every page I learned something new. Read it every night if you want to restore your faith in our country. -- James Mattis, General, U.S. Marines (ret.) & 26th Secretary of Defense

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and #1 New York Times bestselling author offers a revelatory new …More

The Greatest Beer Run Ever: A Memoir of Friendship, Loyalty, and War The Greatest Beer Run Ever: A Memoir of Friendship, Loyalty, and War
By Donohue, John "chick"
Author Molloy, J. T.
2020-11 - William Morrow & Company
9780062995469 Check Our Catalog

"Chickie takes us thousands of miles on a hilarious quest laced with sorrow, but never dull. You will laugh and cry, but you will not be sorry that you read this rollicking story."--Malachy McCourt

Soon to be a major motion picture written and directed by Peter Farrelly, who won two Academy Awards for Green Book--a wildly entertaining, feel-good memoir of …More

The Home Edit 360: A Guide to Organizing Absolutely Everything The Home Edit 360: A Guide to Organizing Absolutely Everything
By Shearer, Clea
Author Teplin, Joanna
2020-09 - Clarkson Potter Publishers
9780593138304 Check Our Catalog

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The authors of The Home Edit and stars of the Netflix series Get Organized with The Home Edit teach you how to apply their genius, holistic approach to your work life, on-the-go necessities, and technology.

At home or on the go, you don't have to live like a minimalist to feel happy and calm. The Home Edit mentality is all about …More

Metazoa: The Animal Kingdom and the Evolution of the Mind Metazoa: The Animal Kingdom and the Evolution of the Mind
By Godfrey-Smith, Peter
2020-11 - Farrar, Straus and Giroux
9780374207946 Check Our Catalog

The scuba-diving philosopher who wrote Other Minds explores the origins of animal consciousness

Dip below the ocean's surface and you are soon confronted by forms of life that could not seem more foreign to our own: sea sponges, soft corals, and serpulid worms, whose rooted bodies, intricate geometry, and flower-like appendages are more reminiscent of plant life or even …More

The Natural Witch: Magick Recipes, Herbal Remedies, and Homemade Cosmetics to Nourish and Pamper Your Body and Spirit The Natural Witch: Magick Recipes, Herbal Remedies, and Homemade Cosmetics to Nourish and Pamper Your Body and Spirit
By Lisanna, Wallance
Translator McQuillan, Grace
2020-09 - Skyhorse Publishing
9781510759435 Check Our Catalog

Add a little magic to every element of your life--from food to beauty to healthcare.

Respectful of natural elements and cycles, the modern witch (men included) makes every effort to find the benefits in each ingredient he or she uses. In this magical recipe book, you can find natural recipes for delicious foods, tonics, masks, and ointments. These recipes are not only fantastic and fun …More

No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality
By Fox, Michael J.
2020-11 - Flatiron Books
9781250265616 Check Our Catalog

A moving account of resilience, hope, fear and mortality, and how these things resonate in our lives, by actor and advocate Michael J. Fox.

The entire world knows Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, the teenage sidekick of Doc Brown in Back to the Future; as Alex P. Keaton in Family Ties; as Mike Flaherty in Spin City; and through numerous other movie roles and guest …More

Our Only Home: A Climate Appeal to the World Our Only Home: A Climate Appeal to the World
By Lama, Dalai
2020-11 - Hanover Square Press
9781335218469 Check Our Catalog

Saving the climate is our common duty. With each passing day, climate change is causing Pacific islands to disappear into the sea, accelerating the extinction of species at alarming proportions and aggravating a water shortage that has affected the entire world. In short, climate change can no longer be denied--it threatens our existence on earth.

In this new book, the Dalai Lama, one of the …More

The Glorious American Essay: One Hundred Essays from Colonial Times to the Present The Glorious American Essay: One Hundred Essays from Colonial Times to the Present
By Lopate, Phillip
2020-11 - Pantheon Books
9781524747268 Check Our Catalog

A monumental, canon-defining anthology of three centuries of American essays, from Cotton Mather and Benjamin Franklin to David Foster Wallace and Zadie Smith.

Many of the essays Phillip Lopate has gathered here address themselves--sometimes critically--to American values, but even in those that don't, one can detect a subtext about being American. The Founding Fathers and early …More

This Time Next Year We'll Be Laughing This Time Next Year We'll Be Laughing
By Winspear, Jacqueline
2020-11 - Soho Press
9781641292696 Check Our Catalog

"Jacqueline Winspear has created a memoir of her English childhood that is every bit as engaging as her Maisie Dobbs novels, just as rich in character and detail, history and humanity. Her writing is lovely, elegant and welcoming."--Anne Lamott

The New York Times bestselling author of the Maisie Dobbs series offers a deeply personal memoir of her family's resilience in …More

We Gather Together: A Nation Divided, a President in Turmoil, and a Historic Campaign to Embrace Gratitude and Grace We Gather Together: A Nation Divided, a President in Turmoil, and a Historic Campaign to Embrace Gratitude and Grace
By Kiernan, Denise
2020-11 - Dutton Books
9780593183250 Check Our Catalog

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Last Castle and The Girls of Atomic City comes a new way to look at American history through the story of giving thanks.

From Ancient Rome through 21st-century America, bestselling author Denise Kiernan brings us a biography of an idea: gratitude, as a compelling human instinct and a global concept, more than just a …More

We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence
By Cooper, Becky
2020-11 - Grand Central Publishing
9781538746837 Check Our Catalog

A Recommended Book from: New York Times * Publisher's Weekly * Kirkus * BookRiot * Booklist * Boston Globe * Goodreads * Town & Country * Refinery29 * CrimeReads * Glamour

Dive into a "tour de force of investigative reporting" (Ron Chernow): a "searching, atmospheric and ultimately entrancing" (Patrick Radden Keefe) true crime narrative of an unsolved 1969 murder at Harvard and an 

The Digital Library is Always Open

While printed books, movies, audiobooks, and magazines are now available for pickup from Vineyard Haven Library, cardholders can continue to access our digital library for streaming video, eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, genealogy, and eLearning resources.

Access to most resources requires a Vineyard Haven Library Card and PIN number. Contact the library if you need assistance getting started with digital resources.



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Weekly Children's Room Newsletter

Our Children's Librarian Emily is sending out a new weekly email newsletter for families. To sign up, email Emily at, or just reply to this email and ask to be added to the children's email list. You can follow this link to view this week's issue: DIY Thankful Wreath, Gratitude Scavenger Hunt, Bread-in-a-Bag!

Weekly Children's Programs
Each week our Youth Services librarians create "Take & Make" bags filled with themed educational activities. Virtual Storytime and video tutorials on our Facebook and YouTube pages enhance the Take & Make bag activities. Bags are available for pickup weekly on Sundays from 3pm - 5pm (on a first come basis while supplies last). For more information, contact Emily our Children's Librarian! Teen "Take & Make" craft bags are also available weekly, Young Adult Librarian Jennifer can provide the details!

For program announcements follow our Kids & Young Adults Facebook Page, and check out our new YouTube channel. Books are now available from the library through contactless pickup, and eBooks are available through our digital library resources for kids.

Hours & Contact Information

Call: (508) 696-4210 
Staff Hours:  Monday-Saturday, 10 AM - 5 PM

Contactless Pickup Hours:  
Monday-Saturday, 12 PM - 4 PM, & until 6 PM  Thursday

The Library Building is temporarily closed to the public. Contactless pickup of books, movies, CDs, magazines, and other library material is available 6 days a week. Items must be requested in advance. We cannot fill walk-up requests at this time, but we will do our best to fill same day holds placed by 2pm. Learn more:

For the latest information on library services and programs, visit our website or follow our Facebook page at

Programming at Vineyard Haven Public Library is supported by the Friends of the Library, the Bergman Foundation, and by bequests from Ruth Redding and Stephen C. Luce.
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