August 2021 508-627-4221
Open for In-Person Browsing
Hours of Operation in August:

Main Library - no appointment necessary
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm

Children's Room - by appointment (link below)
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm


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Still have questions? We’re here to help. Please call us at 508-627-4221 or email with your inquiries or special requests.
Adult Programs
[Online] Restorative Yoga
Sundays 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. No experience required.

Classes are on 8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, & 8/29.

This program has been generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.

[In-Person] Sounds Like Summer Music Series
Tuesdays in August
Live music on the library lawn is back! Bring a blanket to picnic, or just come for the show. There's a different band weekly, and all shows are free and family friendly.

August 3: Johnny Hoy & the Bluefish
August 10: Jeremy Berlin Trio
August 17: Missis Biskis
August 24: Jon Zeeman Band
August 31: Joanne Cassidy & Friends

These performances are generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and Martha’s Vineyard Bank.

[Online] Author Talk: Emma Brodie
Songs in Ursa Major
Wednesday, August 4
Inspired by the music scene of the 1970s and '80s and the romance between the young Joni Mitchell and James Taylor, Brodie's delectable new novel brings us into the heart of the music industry, the heart of an island family (Bayleen Island, a thinly disguised Martha's Vineyard), and the heart of an exceptionally talented young woman. Meet the author and hear all about it.

[Online] Author Talk: James Lapine
Putting it Together: How Stephen Sondheim and I Created “Sunday in the Park with George”
Thursday, August 12
Join us for a behind-the-scenes look with Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and director James Lapine, who will talk about his new book Putting It Together: How Stephen Sondheim and I Created “Sunday in the Park with George”, their groundbreaking 1984 Broadway musical.

[Online] Birding Talk with Robert Culbert
Monday, August 16
Robert Culbert, Island birding expert and “Bird News” columnist for the Vineyard Gazette, will talk about the status of migration - which species are coming, and which are going - in addition to giving tips on bird identification. Best of all, he’ll take your questions.

This program has been generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.

[Online] iPad Workshop with Kathy Lavieri
Thursday, August 19
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, a technology trainer with over 20 years of experience working with adult learners, is here to help. Space is limited.

[Online] Movie in Focus: Film Discussion Group
Daughter of Mine (Italy, 2018)
Monday, August 23
A trio of vivid performances centers this raw and colorful film about the complexity of mother-daughter ties. Directed by Laura Bispuri. 

This film is available to stream for free with your CLAMS library barcode and PIN on Kanopy.

This virtual film discussion group is facilitated by programs coordinator Virginia Munro.

[Online] Tick Talk with Richard Johnson
Wednesday, August 25
Field Biologist and Martha’s Vineyard tick expert Richard Johnson will speak on the Island’s tick problem, tick-borne illnesses, and how to protect yourself. Prevention is protection; he will answer any questions you have on this crucial subject.

[Online] Chef Look: Chillin' & Grillin'
Thursday, August 26
Chef Chris Look is back with something special to get you out of the hot kitchen. Summer cooking means the thrill of the grill for Chris, and he’ll share his tips and techniques for cooking up whatever looks best at the farm stand.

This program has been generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.

Kids, Teens, & Families
Children's Room Appointments
Monday - Saturday
10am - 5pm
Appointments are available to visit the Children's Room. Come browse materials, pick up a craft bag, sign up for summer reading, and more. Slots are available for up to four people per group for 45 minutes. Masks are required for all visitors over the age of two.

For more info and to sign up, click here.
[In-Person] A Visit from Tony the Pony
Tuesday, August 3
Join us on the library's front lawn (weather permitting) and see Tony the Pony do some tricks and teach you about horses!

No registration necessary.
[In-Person] The Pinkletinks in Concert
Saturday, August 21
Families are invited to the library's front lawn (weather permitting) to see the Island’s popular kid rock band, the Pinkletinks. They'll perform classic children’s songs in a rock-band format, at a volume appropriate for children’s ears.

No registration necessary.
Adopt a Stuffed Animal
10am - 5pm
Visit the library every Tuesday throughout the summer to pick up a mystery bag with your own stuffed animal to keep and read to. The bag will also include a fact sheet about your animal, as well as a list of book suggestions.
[In-Person] Get Crafty with Kerith
Join Kerith in the Children's Room outdoor garden area for a different craft every week, while supplies last. Please note that some crafting materials (paint, crayons, scissors, glue) will be shared by the group.

No registration necessary.
Summer Reading Program
Visit the library to sign up and pick up your summer reading log. Keep track of the books you read (or have read to you) and bring your log back to the library to receive a stamp. Collect stamps to earn prizes!

The Summer Reading program has been generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library, as well as our sponsors at Edgartown Meat & Fish, Dairy Queen, Edgartown Pizza, and Rosebud Kids.
New Children's Books
Want to find out what new books can be checked out at the library? We have regularly updated lists of brand new children's books. From picture books to graphic novels to chapter books, we've got it all.

Click here to find your next favorite read.
Summer Art Show
Visit the library to pick up an art bag with a set of coloring pages designed by Island artist Tara Reynolds. Complete your masterpiece at home, and drop it off at the library during open hours to have it displayed in the front windows of the Children's Room.
Story Walk at Sheriff’s Meadow Sanctuary
The Edgartown Public Library and Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation have partnered to bring you a story walk every month.

This is a self-guided activity for children of all ages and their caregivers. For more information, click here.
Book Besties
Let us find the perfect books for your child
Too busy to make requests and browse online? Let us do the choosing for you! Just fill out this form with some details about your child's reading preferences, and our talented library staff will place items on the hold shelf for you to pick up.
[Online] Teen Program: Monster Mondays
Join library assistant Chris on Monday mornings throughout the summer for “Monster Mondays,” a teen summer reading series where viewers take a look at classic monsters throughout history and fantasy.

Every Monday at 10am, Chris will post a video in which he explores a different monster's origins and takes a look at its strengths and weaknesses so you can be prepared should you ever find yourself face to face with one.

Videos will be posted to the library's YouTube page and Facebook page.
Library Blog
Have Library Card, Will Travel
Travel Blog with Kerith

Join library assistant Kerith as she revisits her adventures around the world and dreams about the places she hopes to visit. She'll be listing books, movies, music, and other resources that draw upon the memories and spirit of these special places. All materials highlighted are available with your CLAMS card.

Start traveling with Kerith at
CLAMS and Library Services
Free Extended WiFi

Get connected with free outdoor WiFi from the Edgartown Library. Bring your laptop, tablet, or smartphone to enjoy free internet access 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

You can enjoy the library's WiFi from both of our parking lots or on the library lawn, with plenty of seating.
Lendable Technology

Chromebooks run the Chrome operating system and use Google services such as Gmail, Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

WiFi Hotspots
Need internet access? Check out a mobile WiFi hotspot from the Edgartown Library for Internet on the go.

For more information, click here.
Get the CLAMS
Library App

The CLAMS app lets you browse collections, manage your account, add a digital library card, and more. It also includes special features, like integrated NYT bestseller lists and Coming Soon titles. Take a tour of the app with Chris by clicking on the video.

Available for iOS and Android.
Library Card Signup

For information on how to sign up for a library card, click here.
Browse 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.

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, audiobooks, language learning software, and streaming movies, all with the power of your library card, all for free.
Call or email the library to sign up, or click here to make an appointment.
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 by
The Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library is a volunteer organization that supports much of the rich programming the library offers.

The Friends' monthly meeting will be held via Zoom on Thursday, August 5 at 9:00am, and all are welcome to attend. Send an email to for a link to the meeting.

To donate to The Herb and Anita Foster Staff Education Fund, which supports professional development for Edgartown Library staff members who wish to pursue educational endeavors that support and enhance their role at the library, send a check to the Friends of the Edgartown Public Library, 26 West Tisbury Road, Edgartown, MA 02539, or click on this link and select The Herb and Anita Foster Staff Education Fund from the drop-down menu.

To learn how to sign your child up for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, a new partnership with the Friends that provides free books to children from birth through age five, click here.
phone: 508.627.4221