August 2020 508-627-4221
Library Service Updates
Expanded Curbside Pickup Hours:

Monday through Saturday: 12PM - 4PM

If you need to schedule a pickup time outside of our regular schedule, please contact us. We are happy to make special arrangements.
All six Martha’s Vineyard libraries offer contactless pickup of books, DVDs, and other library materials. Schedules and procedures vary by library, so please call or visit the library's website for details.   Click here for information about contactless pickup at the Edgartown Library.

It is not necessary to make an appointment to pick up your materials at the Edgartown Library. When you have received notification that your materials are ready for pickup, please be sure to bring your CLAMS card (now available to add to the CLAMS app) or a photo ID, and wear a mask while inside the vestibule or waiting to pick up your materials.
Current Library Services Checklist


  • Contactless pickup of library materials
  • Book drop open 24/7
  • Printing
  • Virtual programs
  • WiFi access (now extended to our lawn area and both parking lots)
  • Tech help, by virtual appointment
  • Remote library card account management


  • Public use of the building, including:
  • Browsing
  • Computer use
  • In-person programs
  • Restrooms
  • Circulation of items such as musical instruments and kits
New Library Materials
Click on the lists below to find our newest and most popular titles. Please contact us if you need assistance putting items on hold - we are always happy to help.

New! Outdoor Seating Area
Need a place to get some work done, plug in, or relax? Check out our new outdoor seating area, complete with Wifi and shade.

And don't forget, you can also enjoy the library's WiFi from both of our parking lots.
New! CLAMS Library App
The new CLAMS Library Network app has launched, and it's better than ever. Take a tour of the app with Chris by clicking on the video.

The new CLAMS app lets you browse collections, view upcoming programs, manage your account, and more. It also includes special features, like integrated NYT bestseller lists and Coming Soon titles.

Available for  iOS   and  Android .
How to Add your Digital Library Card to the App:
You can add a digital library card to your phone using the CLAMS app by following these instructions:

  • Download the CLAMS Library Network app from the App Store or Google Play Store.
  • Select My Account, Manage Accounts, then Add Account/Add Library Card.
  • Enter your library card number and Password/PIN and select Validate.
  • If you'd like to add more than one card to the app, just repeat this process.
  • You can now use your Digital Library Card to check out items at the library.
Magic the Gathering
Game Night
 (virtual program)
Every Friday in August
Tired of playing all your Magic the Gathering games against your pets? Do you need some fresh opponents who don't already know all of your tricks? Join us on Fridays from 7pm - 9pm on the Edgartown Library's Magic the Gathering Discord server. Meet new and old friends alike on the battlefield as we play all manner of formats and competitive levels. Players of all ages are welcome to join.

Every Friday: August 7, 14, 21, and 28.

Follow  this link  to join the server and start having fun.
Restorative Yoga
(virtual program)
Every Sunday in August
Certified yoga instructor Jelisa Difo leads a weekly online class in Restorative Yoga, a practice that allows you to slow down, restore and relax your body through passive stretching. During the long holds of restful poses, your muscles are allowed to release tension and welcome deep relaxation into the body and mind. No experience or flexibility required.

Every Sunday: August 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.

Send an email to to register, and we'll send you a link to the class.
Author Talk with Skip Finley
 (virtual program)
Thursday, August 6
Join us for a talk in the Edgartown Library’s Zoom Room with author Skip Finley about his new book Whaling Captains of Color: America’s First Meritocracy. Whaling was the first American industry to exhibit any diversity, and the proportion of men of color who participated was amazingly high. A man became a captain not because he was white or well connected, but because he knew how to kill a whale. Along the way, he would also learn navigation and become literate. Whaling presented a tantalizing alternative to the reality of mainland life.

After years of extensive research in whaling museums, libraries, and private archives, Mr. Finley’s finished book is a fascinating collection of these men's stories, and a needed addition to the maritime history of New England. Send us an email to receive the link at

Mr. Finley’s book is available through CLAMS ; to purchase a signed copy email .
iPad Workshop with
Kathy Lavieri
(virtual program)
Wednesday, August 12
You have an iPad and you’re excited to use it - but where to begin? Or perhaps you’d just like to refresh your skills and learn a few new tricks? Kathy Lavieri, technology trainer with over twenty years of experience working with adult learners, will hold an iPad workshop online via Zoom.

NOTE: This is a hands-on workshop using your iPad. To benefit most from this workshop, participants will need two devices:

  1. A computer, laptop, or phone to connect to Zoom for the video and audio presentation.
  2. An iPad to try out the skills that you’ll see on the Zoom meeting that will appear on your computer, laptop, or phone screen.

Registration is required for this free program, as space is limited.
For the link to participate email us at
Cooking Series:
Men Will Grill
(virtual program series)
This month we’ll present a series of cooking demonstrations that explore the almost endless possibilities of preparing food on an outdoor grill. The programs will be live via Zoom, so you can follow the recipes and techniques step by step. Our chefs are librarians by day, but after dark they reveal the super power they all share. “Fire it up” is the cry, as these modern day followers of Vulcan prepare to prove once again the ancient maxim: Men Will Grill.

Email us at for a link and experience the thrill of the grill. If needed, rain dates will be scheduled.
Chris Look
Thursday, August 13
Keeper of the flame for the entire Look clan, Chris embodies the hunter/gatherer-to-fire ethos of ancient man.
Rizwan Malik
Friday, August 21
Rizwan is known for his audacious technique and willingness to grill anything - from BBQ favorites to his specialty: pizza.
Eric Alexander
Wednesday, August 26
Having recently stepped up his grilling game, Eric is determined to replicate the toothsome international dishes brought home from travels with his family.
Music in the Evening
with Pianist David Rhoderick
(virtual program)
Friday, August 14
Classical pianist David Rhoderick will present an hour of live music showcasing three of his favorite composers, Bach, Brahms, and Debussy. The evening will have at its center Bach’s Italian Concerto, described by David as “a gorgeous fusion of exuberance, mathematical perfection, and soul.”

Join us for this special performance by emailing us for the Zoom link at .
Movie in Focus: 
Film Discussion Group
(virtual program)
Miss the Edgartown Library movie series? Until the day comes when we can enjoy films together again on the library’s big screen, we’re having a monthly virtual film group. View our movie of the month (free on Kanopy or Hoopla ) and we’ll meet to discuss it, via Zoom. You’ll have time to watch the film at least once before we meet. Bring your impressions, opinions, and a snack! Virginia Munro will choose the films and facilitate the group.
The Return of Martin Guerre
Monday, August 24
This month’s film is both a history and a mystery: The Return of Martin Guerre (France, 1982) is a fascinating, historically accurate story that unfolds in 16 th century provincial France.
Starring two of that decade’s finest actors (Gerard Depardieu and Nathalie Baye), and directed by Daniel Vigne, it succeeds as a love story, a mystery, a drama, and one of the most vivid film renderings of the 1500s.

This movie is available to stream for free on Kanopy.

To join our discussion, email us at for a link. 
Vicarious Vacation:
Alex Welles' Journey to the Northwest Passage
(virtual program)

Thursday, August 27
Craving an adventure? Intrepid traveler Alex Welles has got a doozy for us. Join him as he sweeps us along on his latest thrilling adventure, this time to the remote, rugged world of Canada’s Northwest Passage. Follow in the footsteps of the early Arctic explorers, with up-close and personal encounters with a polar bear, caribou, and walrus. Learn about the amazing discovery of the HMS Erebus, missing since the ill-fated expedition of Sir John Franklin in 1845, and found in the frigid waters of the Victoria Strait. Sink into your favorite armchair and strap in for the ride.

An avid adventure traveler, Alex Welles has been to Cuba, Annapurna, China, Tibet, Antarctica, and even Edgartown, where he is a lifelong summer resident.

To request a link to this program email us at
Music in the Evening:
Guitarist Joel Harrison
(virtual program)
Friday, August 28
Enjoy an evening of cool jazz standards on a hot summer night, performed by guitar hero Joel Harrison. Grab your front row seat in the Zoom room and savor the evening’s music from your living room or out on your deck.

Email us at  for the Zoom link.
(virtual programs)
Looking for some fun activities to do at home with the kids? Be sure to visit the  Edgartown Library's Children's Place  on Facebook! Check out the page regularly for:

  • Live storytimes
  • DIY tutorials
  • Craft ideas
  • Updates about our gecko Seamora
Read the Classics with
Misty Meadows
Mondays @10:30am
Join us on the Edgartown Library Children's Place Facebook page for a chapter of Alice in Wonderland read to you by the staff and horses at the Misty Meadows Equine Learning Center.
Live Storytime with Chris
Fridays @10:30am
Join Chris every Friday morning on the Edgartown Library Children's Place Facebook page for a different fairytale each week!
MVLA Youth Programming
The Children's and Young Adult Librarians across the island are bringing you some great virtual programs for kids and teens this summer! Check them all out  here.
Summer Reading 2020
(virtual program)

June 29th - August 24th
This year, our summer reading program has gone virtual! After signing up, participants will be able to call the library to schedule a time to pick up their Summer Reading kit at the library. All readers will keep track of their own books, but we'd love to hear from you! We encourage you to keep in touch and let us know how your summer reading is going by emailing us at .

For any questions, please email us at the above address or call 508-627-4221.
Digital Services
There are several digital services you have access to as an Edgartown Library patron, and as a Massachusetts resident. From listening to audiobooks, to streaming Oscar-winning films, to getting free access to the New York Times online, check it all out below.

All you need is your library card number and PIN (if you need a reset or reminder of your library card information, just give us a call
or send an  email . )
Libby by Overdrive
Edgartown Public Library is proud to offer you best-selling and classic ebooks, digital audiobooks, magazines, and streaming video, all available 24/7 from the library’s digital collection.

Download Libby from the app store, or visit .

To see a short video tutorial on how to use the Libby app, click  here.

To see a short video tutorial on how to use Overdrive, click  here.
Kanopy showcases more than
30,000 titles, including award-winning documentaries, acclaimed films, independent and foreign cinema, rare and hard-to-find titles, and
classic films.

Download Kanopy from the app store, or visit .

To see a short video tutorial on how to use Kanopy on your computer, click  here.

To see a short video tutorial on how to use the Kanopy app, click  here.
Hoopla is a digital media service that allows you to enjoy movies, music, audiobooks, eBooks, comics and TV shows on your computer, tablet or phone, and even on your TV. With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. 

Download Hoopla from the app store, or visit  and click "Sign Up."

To see a short video tutorial on how to use Hoopla on your computer, click  here.

To see a short video tutorial on how to use the Hoopla app, click  here.
Whether you have a cultural curiosity or a linguistic ambition, Mango's website and mobile app can help you learn more than 70 world languages. And for any kids wanting to learn a language, we now offer  Little Pim!

Download Mango from the app store, or visit .
New York Times Online
You can now access the New York Times online for free. Simply click here and enter the code c59d2806040934a2 , then create a username and password.

Use that information to "Log In" upon every future visit to
or when using the app.
Missing your daily dose of the crossword puzzle? Please visit us during curbside pickup hours - puzzles are available in our contactless pickup area in the rear parking lot entrance.
Boston Public Library eCard
Any Massachusetts resident can sign up for a free Boston Public Library eCard, which gets you access to tons of free digital resources like the Jazz Music Library, National Geographic Virtual Library,, and more.

Sign up for a BPL eCard at .

See all of BPL's online resources  here .
Need a Library Card?
The Edgartown Library issues library cards free of charge to all Massachusetts residents and property owners. Applicants visiting the island may apply for an out-of-state card, which has a one-time $10 fee and may check out up to ten (10) items. To apply for a library card, fill out a Library Card Application and either email it to us at or drop it off during curbside pickup hours. 

Stop by the library anytime during curbside pickup hours and present your photo ID in order to pick up your library card. If you need any assistance, please email us at

Remote Tech Time
Sign up for a one-on-one session with our tech-savvy library staff and upgrade your tech literacy. You can learn how to access e-books, audio books, language learning software and streaming movies, all with the power of your library card, all for free. Sessions are available every Tuesday-Saturday afternoon.
Call or email the library, or click here to make an appointment.
Library Blogs
Trash Panda's Quarantine Food Blog
Get meal ideas using existing ingredients
Feast your eyes on Library Assistant Chris Look's many meal creations on his food blog. Follow his alter ego, Trash Panda, as he spruces up leftovers, digs all the way to the back of his fridge and cabinets, and talks at length about how much he loves eating. Explore techniques for using what you have on hand to create tasty and fulfilling dishes at home.

Feeling overwhelmed and don't know what to cook with what you've got? Send Trash Panda a list of ingredients or a picture of your fridge or cupboards, and get personalized advice on creating something delicious. Email him at with all of your food questions.

Check out his blog at .
Have Library Card, Will Travel
Travel blog
with Kerith
Join Library Assistant Kerith as she looks through photo albums and revisits her adventures around the world. She'll be listing books, movies, music, and other resources that draw upon memories of these special places. All materials highlighted are available to you with your CLAMS card!

Join Kerith on her travels at
Have you taken the
2020 Census yet?
Census results impact our community every day by helping to shape federal funding for things like local schools, roadway construction, library funding, support for families in need, and more. Watch the video above for a quick overview.

Have you completed the census yet? If not, now is the time! You can respond online, by phone or by email. Please note, you do not need a Census ID to complete the Census.
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phone: 508.627.4221