January 2021
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Library Closures this month:
CLOSED, Friday, Jan. 1 for New Years Day
CLOSED Monday, Jan. 18 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Library Service Updates
Curbside Pickup &
Children's Room Pickup Window Hours:
Monday through Saturday: 10AM - 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 (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
  • Limited printing services
  • Virtual programs
  • WiFi access (extended to both parking lots)
  • Tech help, by virtual appointment
  • Remote library card account management
  • Circulation of musical instruments and kits


  • Public use of the building, including:
  • Browsing
  • Computer use
  • In-person programs
  • Restrooms
Library Journal Star Recognition
Edgartown Library receives three-star rating from Library Journal
The Edgartown Public Library received a three-star rating in a national ranking of Library Journal's annual review of public libraries. Our library earned three out of five stars; only ten other libraries in Massachusetts received a starred rating.

A total of 5,608 U.S. libraries were rated nationwide, and 262 qualified as star libraries.

Library Journal reviews public library data reported to the government including visits, checkouts, program attendance, e-material circulation, public computer use and WiFi sessions per capita, and ranks the best performing libraries within budget categories.
Adult Virtual Programs
Magic the Gathering Game Night
Fridays in January
(no program on 1/1)
Join us Friday evenings 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.

Friday January 8, 15, 22, & 29
Note: no program on January 1

Follow this link to join the server and start having fun.
Restorative Yoga
Sundays in January
(no program on 1/31)
Certified yoga instructor Jelisa Difo leads a Sunday online class in Restorative Yoga, a practice that allows you to slow down and 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, however you will need the following props:
  • 1 bolster/firm pillow: To make a bolster, stuff a pillowcase with towels, blankets, or clothing until it is firm and packed tightly. Or use a large, firm pillow. 
  • 2 blocks: To make a block, stack hardcover books to a height of about 6-8 inches.

Sunday January 3, 10,17, & 24
Note: no program on January 31.

Send an email to programs@edgartownlibrary.org to register, and we'll send you a link to the class.

This program has been generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.
Movie in Focus:
Film Discussion Group
I Am Love (Italy, 2009)
Monday January 4
I Am Love (Io sono l'amore) from 2009 is a romantic drama from Italian director Luca Guadagnino. With expert, understated performances (particularly from Tilda Swinton as the matriarch of a wealthy Milanese family), the director’s elegant visual style tells a story that could easily have veered off into a soap opera. Instead, the film becomes the stuff of grand opera. The agitated John Adams score only adds to its intensity.

The film is available for free streaming on Kanopy and Hoopla.

Request the link to join our discussion at programs@edgartownlibrary.org.
Author Talk with Leslie Brody
Sometimes You Have to Lie: The Life and Times of Louise Fitzhugh, Renegade Author of Harriet the Spy
Tuesday January 12
Join us for a presentation by author and playwright Leslie Brody on her newly published biography Sometimes You Have to Lie: The Life and Times of Louise Fitzhugh, Renegade Author of Harriet the Spy. The talk of publishing circles, Ms. Brody’s book brings the rich, creative, and radical life of Fitzhugh to life, from her pampered girlhood in the segregated south to her career in New York as a painter, writer, and illustrator. The book captures the spirit of the mid-sixties and its confluence of youth culture, sexual politics, social justice, and individual freedom that Fitzhugh reflected in her writing. The tremendous success of Harriet the Spy (now a children’s literary classic) made certain Fitzhugh would be remembered primarily as a writer, but Brody will introduce to us the entire artist. 

Request the link at programs@edgartownlibrary.org.

The book can be requested in the CLAMS catalog, found online through Overdrive/Libby, or purchased by emailing info@edgartownbooks.com.
Library Book Group
Thursday January 21
Join local author Jean Stone and library director Lisa Sherman for a lively virtual discussion on the novel that's currently on every Best Books of 2020 list, The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett.

Digital copies are instantly available during the month of January through Libby/Overdrive, or contact us to put your physical copy on hold.

Email director@edgartownlibrary.org for the Zoom link, and join the conversation!
Chef Look Cooks
Thursday January 21
Our monthly cooking series continues with chef Christopher Look creating delicious dishes live from his own kitchen. A professional chef for almost twenty years, Chris is one of the most imaginative cooks we know, and his affable personality makes him a natural teacher. Get a preview of Chris’s style on his library cooking blog Trash Panda.

January kicks off soup season and Chris has something really special this month - chowdah! And, true to form, this recipe is unlike any you’ve had before. We'll learn how to make an amazing mix to steam the quahogs in. We’ll also learn about fond (French for “base” or “foundation”) and layering flavors to create a perfect soup. Emphasis will be on the timing - when to add things to the pot - and on good temperature control. Join us and learn how to make, in Chris’s words, “ the most delicious thing in existence.”

Join the fun and request the link at programs@edgartownlibrary.org.

This program has been generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.
Music in the Evening:
Jazz Guitarist Joel Harrison
Friday January 22
An evening of solo guitar with the elegant jazz stylings of Joel Harrison. Joel will play standards from the American songbook and throw in a few surprises. Join us for this live stream, from his living room to yours.

Request the link at programs@edgartownlibrary.org.

This program has been generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.
Movie in Focus:
Film Discussion Group
Force Majeure (2014)
Monday January 25
Until the day comes when we can enjoy films together again on the library’s big screen, we’re hosting 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. Bring your impressions and opinions. Virginia Munro will choose the films and facilitate the group.

Set in the majestic French Alps, director Ruben Ostlund's Force Majeure (Sweden, 2014) is a subtle film that teeters between drama and dark comedy as it probes the tensions in a marriage over a week-long skiing holiday. The film is available to stream for free on Kanopy

Request the link at programs@edgartownlibrary.org
Library Blog
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 trashpandaepl@gmail.com with all of your food questions.

Check out his blog at trashpandaepl.wordpress.com.
Kids, Teens & Families
New: 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 some items on the hold shelf for you to pickup.
Children's Room
Pickup Window
10am - 4pm
The Children’s Room pickup window is open to browse materials through the windows, or place requests with the library staff.

Masks are required, as well as your library card or photo ID.
Kids' Winter Reading Challenge
10am - 4pm
Pick up your reading log from the Children’s Room pickup window. Keep track of the books you read (or have read to you) and bring your log back to the window to receive a stamp. Collect stamps to earn prizes!

Masks are required when visiting the pickup window.
Craft Pickup Bags
10am - 4pm
Come to the Children’s Room pickup window to grab an activity bag to do at home. Crafts will change weekly, and kits are appropriate for children of all ages.

Masks are required when visiting the pick-up window.
Live Virtual
Join Elyce on the Edgartown Library Children’s Place Facebook page for storytime. This storytime is geared toward preschool-aged children, but all are welcome. Can’t make it at 10:30? The storytimes are available on the page for you to view with your little one anytime.
Kid's January Art Show
We are kicking off 2021 with an exciting collaboration with Island artist and illustrator Tara Reynolds. Pick up an art bag with coloring pages designed by the artist at the Children’s pickup window. Complete your masterpiece at home, and bring it to the library to have it displayed in the front windows of the Children's Room.

The art show will be on display for the month of January. Every masterpiece entered will win a prize, and children of all ages are welcome to participate.
Minecraft Meetup
Tuesdays in January
6pm - 8pm
Sign onto this virtual program, play with your friends, and make new ones in the Edgartown Library's new Minecraft Realm. Explore your creative side and work on your own lasting mark in our new world. Brave the dangers of night to protect your companions, or seek the riches of battle.

Meetups are every Tuesday from 6-8pm for group activities and discussion, but the Realm is open any time of day so participants can jump on and make something happen, together.

This program is for players ages 10-16.

Tuesday January 5, 12, 19 and 26.

Email clook@clamsnet.org for access to the realm.
Free Live Tutoring Help & Academic Assistance
Brainfuse HelpNow offers personalized academic assistance in core subjects (math, reading, writing, science), a 24/7 Writing Lab, academic content and practice tests for skills-building (including SAT preparation), and much more. Please note that you will need your library card number to create a username and password.
Live online tutoring is available every day from 2:00 PM to 11:00 PM EST.

HelpNow's features include:
  • Homework Help: Interact with live tutors in math, science, reading/writing, social studies, PSAT/SAT, ACT, AP and state standardized tests.
  • Skills-Building: Choose your topic to receive real-time help.
  • Personalized eLearning Tools: My File Sharing, My Session Replay, My Tutoring Archive, My Tests Archive, and more!
  • 24-Hour Writing Lab: Submit essays and other forms of writing for constructive feedback.
  • Homework Send Question: Submit homework questions for expert guidance.
  • Adult Learning Center: Access a library of rich adult learning content (GED) and live, professional assistance in resume/cover letter writing, U.S. citizenship prep, MS Office Essential Skills Series, and more!
  • Foreign Language Lab /Spanish-Speaking Support

Need technical assistance or have questions? Contact Brainfuse at 1-866-BRAINFUSE (1-866-272-4638) or send an email to info@brainfuse.com. When contacting Brainfuse, please provide an email address and the name of the library from which you are using the Brainfuse service.
Access to Brainfuse HelpNow has been made possible by a generous grant from the Martha's Vineyard Bank Charitable Foundation. The Martha’s Vineyard Bank Charitable Foundation provides philanthropic support for nonprofit community service organizations. The Foundation supports non-profit organizations that enhance the societal and economic development in the communities Martha’s Vineyard Bank serves.
CLAMS and Library Services
Get the CLAMS
Library App

Take a tour of the CLAMS Library Network app with Chris by clicking on the video.

The 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.
To add your digital library card to your phone using the CLAMS app, just follow 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.
Library Card Signup

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 info@edgartownlibrary.org 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 info@edgartownlibrary.org.

Click here to download the library card application form.
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.

Check out our
Browsing Window!

The library's vestibule window display is always stocked with our newest titles. Please stop by and browse anytime during our curbside pickup hours.

All items on display are available for immediate checkout.
Home Delivery Service

Home delivery is available for free on Thursdays for any library patron living in Edgartown who is unable to visit the library.

Please contact us at info@edgartownlibrary.org or call 508-627-4221 with your request for library materials.

WiFi Hotspots Available for Checkout

Need internet access? Check out a mobile WiFi hotspot from the Edgartown Library. WiFi hotspots are wallet-sized devices that broadcast wireless internet in a 30 foot radius and can connect up to 10 devices. They work anywhere with Verizon coverage, so you can take it on the go. For full details on checking out a WiFi hotspot, click here.
Free Extended WiFi

On days when the weather agrees, 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.

And when the weather doesn't agree, you can enjoy the library's WiFi from both of our parking lots from the warmth of your vehicle.
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 to sign up, or click here to make an appointment.
Digital Services
Did you know Overdrive and Libby give you access to more than just books? You can browse popular magazines in full color on your computer or mobile device anytime, and there's no waitlist!

Plus, magazines don't count towards your checkout limit, so you can read as many as you want. The magazine collection currently includes access to over 3,000 popular titles, including:

Cooking: Saveur, Simple, and Delicious

Lifestyle: Elle Decor, Esquire

Business: Forbes, Kiplinger’s, and Inc.

Health: Yoga Journal, Men’s Health
The Edgartown Library is pleased to provide free access the Wall Street Journal online. Access includes articles, exclusive podcasts, and the online "print" version of the newspaper.

Simply click here and create an account. Your access is available for 3 days. After 3 days, simply come back and click the link again and log in as an existing user with the same username and password you originally created.
Access the New York Times online for free with your Edgartown Public Library card. 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 www.nytimes.com
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.
Libby by Overdrive
Libby offers 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 www.clamsnet.overdrive.com.

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 www.edgatrown.kanopy.com.

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 www.hoopladigital.com 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.
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, Lynda.com, and more.

Sign up for a BPL eCard at www.bpl.org/ecard.

See all of BPL's online resources here.
The Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library is a volunteer organization that supports much of the rich programming the library offers.

Their next regular monthly meeting will be held via Zoom on Thursday, Jan. 7 at 9:00am, and all are welcome to attend. Send an email to director@edgartownlibrary.org for a link to the meeting.

To find out more about the Friends or to make a donation, click here.

To read the Friends 2020 Annual Appeal letter, click here.
Covid-19 Resources
email: info@edgartownlibrary.org 
website: edgartownlibrary.org
phone: 508.627.4221