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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:

The library will be closed for the holiday on Friday January 1st

Chromebooks Now Available to Borrow

The Vineyard Haven Public Library is now loaning out Chromebooks to patrons for one-week periods. Chromebooks are web-based laptops that enable you create documents using your own Google Suite/Gmail account. You can also browse the web without a Gmail account or access webmail through other Internet Service Providers. You will need to have an Internet connection in order to use a Chromebook, so if you don't have one, you may want to also borrow one of the library's Wifi hotspots.

Chromebook borrowers must be 18 years or older (or have a parent or guardian borrow on his or her behalf) with a library card in good standing and must sign a user agreement assuming responsibility for the device. If you are not familiar with Chromebooks, we would be happy to give you a brief lesson on the basics. For any questions or to place a hold on a Chromebook, please contact Ruth Konigsberg at 508-696-4211 x115 or

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.

9 am Tuesday December 29th
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. 

2 pm Mondays, January 4th - February 1st
Online: Online: Music as Meditation with Eric Mulhern

This 5-week course will cover the basics of playing the ukulele or guitar and explore how music can serve as a mindfulness practice. We will learn how playing an instrument can aid us in time management, stress relief, or simply as a fun way to occupy our time. Focus will be placed on the practical aspects of learning the instrument. By the end of the class you will be confident in your ability to play several great songs, and have the tools to learn many more. Requirements: Ukulele or guitar, Zoom-capable device, Headphones. Recommended for ages 13-113. In signing up, please commit to attending each class for the duration of the course. Register:

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.)

Read, Watch, & Listen: Library Staff Picks 

Here's an irregularly-scheduled roundup of highly-subjective recommendations from staff members of the library. Need more reading ideas? Visit our Shelf Service page or call the library at 508-696-4211. Our librarians look forward to finding out more about your reading tastes and making some suggestions!

Squeeze Me by Carol Hiassen is “laugh-out-loud funny,” says program coordinator Anne McDonough. Anne also recommends The Museum of Bad Art book or website for art that’s too bad to be ignored and the children’s book A Guard Dog Named Honey by Denise Orenstein. Reference librarian Ruth Konigsberg is also looking for laughs and loved listening to David Sedaris’s Calypso on audio and watching A Trip to Greece with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon.

Polly Simpkins has been getting inspired by the 30 artisans interviewed Making a Life: Working by Hand and Discovering the Life You Are Meant to Lead by Melanie Falick as well as the beautiful photographs of women in their studios, leaving her “with new-found creative energy and the desire to use my hands.” From our Digital Library, Lagan Trieschmann recommends the Detectorists television series on Acorn TV, the French film Potiche starring Catherine Deneuve on Kanopy, and the compelling sci-fi thriller Altered Carbon, available as an eBook or eAudiobook on Overdrive.

Children’s librarian Emily LaPierre recommends Cozy, the latest from picture-book legend Jan Brett about an accommodating musk ox, The Couch Potato by Jory John and the movie Scoob!  For tweens and teens, YA librarian Jennifer Rapuano suggests The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Barnes, a mystery for fans of the movie Knives Out. Finally, Weezie Gilpin recently enjoyed The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett by Annie Lyons, a sweet story about an elderly woman considering going to Switzerland to take advantage of the country’s death with dignity laws, and The Fiddler in the Subway, a collection of true stories by Washington Post columnist Gene Weingarten.

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.
D (a Tale of Two Worlds) D (a Tale of Two Worlds)
By Faber, Michel
2020-12 - Hanover Square Press
9781335916747 Check Our Catalog

"Glorious. A story that will be found and enjoyed and dreamed about for years to come."--Neil Gaiman

A stunning modern-day Dickensian fable and a celebration of friendship and bravery for freethinkers everywhere.

It all starts on the morning the letter D disappears from language. First, it vanishes from Dhikilo's parents' conversation at breakfast, then …More

A Promise of Ankles: 44 Scotland Street #14 A Promise of Ankles: 44 Scotland Street #14
By Smith, Alexander McCall
2020-12 - Anchor Books
9780593313282 Check Our Catalog

The latest, delectably witty installment of Alexander McCall Smith's sumptuous 44 Scotland Street series.

For the residents of 44 Scotland Street, life in Edinburgh's intriguing New Town is a thing to be relished. After all, there are new faces to excite Domenica's anthropological imagination, precious moments with his triplets for Matthew to savor, and the prospect of a trip to …More

Midwinter Murder: Fireside Tales from the Queen of Mystery Midwinter Murder: Fireside Tales from the Queen of Mystery
By Christie, Agatha
2020-10 - William Morrow & Company
9780063030367 Check Our Catalog


Reading a perfectly plotted Agatha Christie is like crunching into a perfect apple: that pure, crisp, absolute satisfaction." --Tana French, New York Times bestselling author of the Dublin Murder Squad novels

An all-new …More

The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison
By Ellison, Ralph
Editor Callahan, John F.
Editor Conner, Marc C.
2019-12 - Random House
9780812998528 Check Our Catalog

A radiant collection of letters from the renowned author of Invisible Man that trace the life and mind of a giant of American literature, with insights into the riddle of identity, the writer's craft, and the story of a changing nation over six decades


These extensive and revealing letters span the life of Ralph Ellison and …More

Who Gets in and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions Who Gets in and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions
By Selingo, Jeffrey J.
2020-09 - Scribner Book Company
9781982116293 Check Our Catalog


From award-winning higher education journalist and New York Times bestselling author Jeffrey Selingo comes a revealing look from inside the admissions office--one that identifies surprising strategies that will aid in the college search.

Getting into a top-ranked college has never seemed more impossible, with acceptance …More

Undocumented Americans Undocumented Americans
By Cornejo Villavicencio, Karla
2020-03 - One World
9780399592683 Check Our Catalog

FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD - One of the first undocumented immigrants to graduate from Harvard reveals the hidden lives of her fellow undocumented Americans in this deeply personal and groundbreaking portrait of a nation.

"Karla's book sheds light on people's personal experiences and allows their stories to be told and their voices to be heard."--Selena 

The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Take Control, and Master the Odds The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Take Control, and Master the Odds
By Konnikova, Maria
2020-06 - Penguin Press
9780525522621 Check Our Catalog

The New York Times bestseller

New York Times Notable Book

"The tale of how Konnikova followed a story about poker players and wound up becoming a story herself will have you riveted, first as you learn about her big winnings, and then as she conveys the lessons she learned both about human nature and herself." --The Washington Post


Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism
By Case, Anne
Author Deaton, Angus
2020-03 - Princeton University Press
9780691190785 Check Our Catalog

New York Times Bestseller
Wall Street Journal Bestseller
New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

Shortlisted for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year

From economist Anne Case and Nobel Prize winner Angus Deaton, a groundbreaking account of how the flaws in capitalism are fatal for America's working …More

Shadow Sands Shadow Sands
By Bryndza, Robert
2020-11 - Thomas & Mercer
9781542023368 Check Our Catalog

An Amazon Charts bestselling series.

The moors are a perfect hiding place for a serial killer. And a chilling return to the past for nascent private investigator Kate Marshall in a pulse-racing thriller by the author of Nine Elms.

Criminology academic Kate Marshall is on a scuba jaunt with her son when they dive toward a shocking discovery: the body of a teenage …More

Nervous Conditions Nervous Conditions
By Dangarembga, Tsitsi
2004-12 - Ayebia Clarke Publishing
9780954702335 Check Our Catalog

A modern classic in the African literary canon and voted in the Top Ten Africa's 100 Best Books of the 20th Century, this novel brings to the politics of decolonization theory the energy of women's rights. An extraordinarily well-crafted work, this book is a work of vision. Through its deft negotiation of race, class, gender and cultural change, it dramatizes the 'nervousness' of the …More

Red Hands Red Hands
By Golden, Christopher
2020-12 - St. Martin's Press
9781250246301 Check Our Catalog

In bestselling author Christopher Golden's supernatural thriller Red Hands, sometimes a story is a warning. Sometimes the warning comes too late

When a mysterious and devastating bioweapon causes its victims to develop Red Hands, the touch of death, weird science expert Ben Walker is called to investigate.

A car plows through the crowd at a July 4th parade. The …More

The Mermaid from Jeju: A Novel The Mermaid from Jeju: A Novel
By Hahn, Sumi
2020-12 - Alcove Press
9781643854403 Check Our Catalog

A transporting masterpiece. --Booklist starred review

Inspired by true events on Korea's Jeju Island, Sumi Hahn's entrancing debut] novel, brimming with lyricism and magic (Jennifer Rosner, The Yellow Bird Sings) explores what it means to truly love in the wake of devastation.

In the aftermath of World War II, Goh Junja is a girl just coming into her own. She is the …More

The Restaurant The Restaurant
By Kelley, Pamela M.
2020-05 - Piping Plover Press
9780991243563 Check Our Catalog

Three sisters. An inherited Nantucket restaurant. One year before they can sell.

Mandy, Emma and Jill are as close as three sisters who live hundreds of miles apart can be. They grew up together on Nantucket, but Mandy is the only one that stayed.
Jill lives a glamorous life in Manhattan as a co-owner of a successful executive search firm. Never married, she …More
Violent Peace: A Dan Lenson Novel Violent Peace: A Dan Lenson Novel
By Poyer, David
2020-12 - St. Martin's Press
9781250220585 Check Our Catalog

World War III is over... or is it? Superpowers race to fill the postwar power vacuum in this page-turning thriller, the next in the Dan Lenson series.

In the next installment of David Poyer's critically-acclaimed series about war with China, mutual exhaustion after a massive nuclear exchange is giving way to a Violent Peace.

While Admiral Dan Lenson …More

The Valancourt Book of World Horror Stories, volume 1 The Valancourt Book of World Horror Stories, volume 1
By Pedraza, Pilar
Author Fager, Anders
Author Cubas, Cristina Fernández
2020-12 - Valancourt Books
9781948405645 Check Our Catalog

What if there were a whole world of great horror fiction out there you didn't know anything about, written by authors in distant lands and in foreign languages, outstanding horror stories you had no access to, written in languages you couldn't read? For an avid horror fan, what could be more horrifying than that?

For this groundbreaking volume, the first of its kind, the editors of 

Happiness Becomes You Happiness Becomes You
By Turner, Tina
2020-12 - Atria Books
9781982152154 Check Our Catalog

Tina Turner--living legend, icon to millions, and author of the "brave and wry" (Vulture) memoir My Love Story--returns with a deeply personal book of wisdom that explores her longstanding faith in Buddhism and provides a guide to these timeless principles so you can find happiness in your own life.

I dedicate this book to you...
in honor of 

Steal This Book Steal This Book
By Hoffman, Abbie
2002-02 - Da Capo Press
9781568582177 Check Our Catalog

A driving force behind the social revolution of the 1960s and 1970s, Hoffman inspired a generation to challenge the status quo. Meant as a practical guide for the aspiring hippie, "Steal This Book" captures Hoffman's puckish tone. Outrageously illustrated by R. Crumb, it nevertheless conveys a serious message to all would-be revolutionaries: You don't have to take it anymore. Illustrations. …More

A Disability History of the United States A Disability History of the United States
By Nielsen, Kim
2013-10 - Beacon Press
9780807022047 Check Our Catalog

The first book to cover the entirety of disability history, from pre-1492 to the present

Disability is not just the story of someone we love or the story of whom we may become; rather it is undoubtedly the story of our nation. Covering the entirety of US history from pre-1492 to the present, A Disability History of the United States is the first book to 

No One Asked for This: Essays No One Asked for This: Essays
By David, Cazzie
2020-11 - Mariner Books
9780358197027 Check Our Catalog


"Blisteringly honest...kind of like if a David Sedaris book was written by an anxiety-ridden millennial who grew up in Hollywood."
--Entertainment Weekly

"Cazzie David is the delicious antidote to the poison of basic influencer culture. This book will make all misanthropes feel seen and loved--well, seen and …More

DMZ Colony DMZ Colony
By Choi, Don Mee
2020-04 - Wave Books
9781940696959 Check Our Catalog


"Don Mee Choi's urgent DMZ Colony captures the migratory latticework of those transformed by war and colonization. Homelands present and past share one sky where birds fly, but 'during the Korean War cranes had no place to land.' Devastating and vigilant, this bricolage of survivor accounts, drawings, …More

The Patriots: Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and the Making of America The Patriots: Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and the Making of America
By Groom, Winston
2020-11 - National Geographic Society
9781426221491 Check Our Catalog

When the Revolutionary War ended in victory, there remained a stupendous problem: establishing a workable democratic government in the vast, newly independent country. Three key founding fathers played significant roles: John Adams, the brilliant, dour New Englander; Thomas Jefferson, the aristocratic Southern renaissance man; and Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the Caribbean island of …More

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.



More digital resources...

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 Confetti Party Popper, Rice Pudding, New Year Family Goals!

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 - 5 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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