Happening at the Vineyard Haven library

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Vineyard Haven library. — Kyra Steck

Vineyard Haven library is now lending out WiFi hotspots to patrons for two-week loan periods. WiFi hotspots are portable devices that allow you to connect to the internet through your phone, laptop, or tablet. Multiple devices in the same household can use WiFi hotspots, and you can also take them with you wherever you go (although not outside the continental U.S.). If you’ve never used a hotspot before, library staff can instruct you on the basics.

Vineyard Haven library cardholders may place a hold on a hotspot through the catalog, and the library will call to arrange for pick up. Please note that you will be asked to fill out a user agreement before checking out the hotspot. Hotspots are non-renewable and must be returned in person to an employee at the library and cannot be placed in the book drop. Call or email reference librarian Ruth Konigsberg at 508-696-4211 x115 for more information.

In addition to hotspots the library has other equipment you can borrow, including a digital projector, and Kindle Paperwhite eReaders that come preloaded with popular books. The library will add additional hotspots soon, along with Chromebook computers to use at home.

Upcoming virtual library events include online workshops using the video meeting platform Zoom. On Friday, Dec. 4, at 10 am the library offers Friday Knitting. Sit and knit a bit during this dedicated weekly afternoon Zoom session. Spend some time connecting with others while working on your knitting, crocheting, or quilting, to get your pre-Christmas projects moving forward.

Advance Care Planning with Healthy Aging MV is planned for 10 am on Monday, Dec. 7, through the library. Sharing your wishes for end-of-life care can bring you closer to the people you love, according to a press release from the library. No guide and no single conversation can cover all the decisions that you and your family may face, but a conversation can 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. Register at bit.ly/33r1hHP.

The library offers the program Museum of Bad Art, An Introduction on Monday, Dec. 14, at 6 pm. The Museum of Bad Art collects, exhibits, and celebrates art that will be seen in no other venue, 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 these works have in common is a special quality that sets them apart in one way or another from the merely incompetent. 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.

To register or for more information on any of the programs, contact the library’s program coordinator Anne McDonough at amcdonough@clamsnet.org. Attendance for all programs may be limited and you will need internet access to participate.