July 2020
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Library Service Updates
Curbside Pickup Hours*

Mondays: 12PM - 4PM
Wednesdays: 12PM - 4PM
Fridays: 12PM - 4PM
Saturdays: 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 are now offering 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 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
  • 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
  • Printing/Faxing
  • 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.

Free Wifi Access
Free WiFi can now be accessed from the big parking lot, the small parking lot, and our lawn area in order to allow our patrons to access the internet while practicing safe social distancing guidelines.

No password or library card number is required.

To make our patrons' browsing experience more comfortable, please watch for more outdoor seating options, coming soon.
The New CLAMS App
The new CLAMS app by Capira has just launched! 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, coming soon titles, and it can even act as a digital library card, which can be used when picking up your materials.

Plus, it's a great way to place holds for contactless pickup!

Available for  iOS   and  Android .
Magic the Gathering
Game Night
 (virtual program)
Every Friday in July
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: July 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31.

Follow  this link  to join the server and start having fun.
Restorative Yoga
(virtual program)
Every Sunday in July
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: July 5, 12, 19, and 26.

Send an email to programs@edgartownlibrary.org to register, and we'll send you a link to the class.
How to Protect Yourself from Tick Borne Illnesses
 (virtual program)
Wednesday, July 8
Join us for a Zoom Tick Talk: Field Biologist Richard Johnson will speak on the Island’s tick problem, tick-borne illnesses, and their prevention. Mr. Johnson, who for years has done field surveys on the Vineyard as part of the mission of his project, said recently that the Island is set to have its worst tick season on record. He will answer any questions you might have on the subject.

Contact us at programs@edgartownlibrary.org for a link to the presentation.
Public Forum:
Future Plans for Windemere Eldercare Facility
(virtual program)
Thursday, July 9
Renee Lohman, President of Navigator Elder Homes of New England, will give a 30 minute presentation followed by a 20 minute Q & A.

This presentation will provide an overview of Navigator's initial plans to replace Windermere with five Green House homes in an effort to develop innovative ways to expand services for elders on the Vineyard.

Contact us at  programs@edgartownlibrary.org  for a link to the presentation.
Glorious Choruses: 
A Survey of Opera’s Most Beautiful Choruses
(virtual program)
Thursday, July 16
Taconic Opera Outreach Coordinator Susan Grunthal returns to the library with another opera listening class, this time on choruses. Bringing her well-known expertise and enthusiasm for her subject, Susan’s classes are part lecture, part music, with time for your questions.

This Zoom presentation is free and open to all, just email us at  programs@edgartownlibrary.org  for a link to this Opera Club special event.
Music in the Evening
with Stanley & Grimm
(virtual program)
Friday, July 17
Clear away the furniture and roll up the rugs, our favorite Celtic duo will be in the house—your house! Fiddler Nikki Engstrom and singer-guitarist Sean Brennan (aka, Stanley & Grimm) will Zoom us an hour of their playing, including reels, jigs, tunes of lost love, journeys, and the old country- wherever the Celtic muse takes them.

Email us for your private concert link at programs@edgartownlibrary.org
Author Talk with Julia Spiro
(virtual program)
Tuesday, July 21
Island resident Julia Spiro will be launching her debut novel, Someone Else’s Secret , with a book talk via Zoom. With a rich cast of characters, and an authentically drawn setting—our very own island— it’s an intriguing exploration of power, secrets, and the dark side of entitlement. Oh, and did we mention it’s a page-turner?

Join the Edgartown Library in celebrating this talented new author; email programs@edgartownlibrary.org for a link to the talk.

Someone Else’s Secret is available in CLAMS .

If you wish to purchase a signed copy, please email mtombers@edgartownbooks.com
Zoom U
(virtual program series)
A series of lectures/presentations on a variety of subjects to satisfy your craving for the answers. We’ve contacted a group of experts in wide-reaching fields to help you “peel the onion”, ranging from local bird watching to pre-Roman archaeology, opera to photography.

Register for Zoom U by emailing programs@edgartownlibrary.org and we’ll send you the link.

Archaeology in Rough and Remote Places
Thursday, July 23
Rhys Townsend has taught Greek and Roman art and archaeology at Clark University since 1982. He has conducted field work in Greece, Turkey, Italy, and Cyprus, both on land and underwater. Since 2005, he has turned his attention to the excavation and reconstruction of a Roman temple at a site on Turkey’s southern shore, Antiochia ad Cragum. Professor Townsend’s lecture focuses on his work in Turkey, especially the three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle (with many pieces either missing or broken!) of putting the collapsed temple back together again.   
Killer Cover Letters:
A Workshop
(virtual program)
Saturday, July 25
Writer and educator Abby Remer leads a 90-minute Zoom workshop on that all-important piece of paper sitting on top of your CV/job application: the cover letter. If it’s dull or off-putting, your prospective employer might never get past the first few sentences; write an attention-grabber and you could be swanning your way to HR before you know it. Learn how to get the edge that a killer cover letter provides. Workshop materials will be included with your signup email; printed copies will be provided upon request.

Registration is required for this free program; space is limited.

Email us at  programs@edgartownlibrary.org  for the Zoom link.
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.
Journey to Italy 
Monday, July 27
This month’s movie is from a leading light in Italian cinema, Roberto Rossellini, but this isn’t the Rossellini famous for his neo-realist classics. With the extraordinary Journey to Italy (1954), a story about an estranged couple on holiday in Naples, the director shifts forward to a cinematic reality that portrays all of life’s complexities. As one critic called it, “realer than realism.” It stars Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders. This movie is available on Kanopy.

To join our discussion, email us at programs@edgartownlibrary.org for a link. 
(virtual programs)

Fae Re-Tales
Tuesdays, 1pm - 3pm

Join us each week as we dive into the pages of classic faerie tale stories. Transform yourself into a Faerie and take part in the plot with all of the familiar characters you know and love. Each week we will explore a different book, but be aware, everything is not always as it seems. Our paperbound friends will need YOUR help to fulfill their destinies.

Sign on to the Edgartown Library Discord Server to get in on the fun. Storytime will occur at the beginning of each session followed by gameplay using the Roll20 browser platform .

Every Tuesday: July 7, 14, 21, and 28.

If you need help signing up, please email clook@clamsnet.org for assistance.

4pm - 6pm
Jump into adventure with the Edgartown Public Library's new teen D&D program. Explore mysterious parts of the Island, never before seen by tourist or local eyes. Become a hero, and protect your peace using all of your considerable skills and weaponry. Find out more on the library's Discord server here , and by emailing Chris at  clook@clamsnet.org .

Every Thursday: July 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30.
(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 edgsummerreading@gmail.com .

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 through the Boston Public Library. As a Massachusetts resident, you may sign up for a free BPL eCard. Once you have a library card and PIN, you'll have access to lots of exciting resources.

Everyday Mindfulness and Meditation
Experience the benefits of meditation through animations, articles, guided meditations, and videos. The BPL has a limited number of licenses to assign to BPL cardholders.

Licenses expire on the 1st of each calendar month, but you may return here to obtain a new license.

This resource requires you to register for an individual Headspace account.

Download Headspace from the app store, or login here.
Gale Business
A powerful online resource, Gale Business: DemographicsNow connects users with a wealth of highly detailed demographic data on more than 24 million U.S. businesses and 206 million consumers—making it ideal for gaining consumer and market insight.

Users can find minority-owned businesses, analyze market size, summarize demographic information in a given area, and more.

Log in to DemographicsNow here.
AtoZ World Food
International Food Database
AtoZ World Food is a database that covers food culture for 174 countries of the world in six categories: National Cuisine, Regional Cuisine, Daily Meals, Dining Etiquette, Special Occasion Foods, and Food Trivia.

This proprietary database includes 884 food culture articles, 6,500 traditional recipes, 650 ingredient articles, historical timelines, glossaries, and more.

Log in to AtoZ World Foods here.
And don't forget...
The Edgartown Library has lots of digital services available to patrons; all you need is your CLAMS library card number and PIN.

Check them all out  here.

If you need help finding your library card or PIN, just give us a call or send an email to info@edgartownlibrary.org.

If you're looking for help on signing up or using Libby, Kanopy, or Hoopla, watch one of our

You can also sign up for assistance with any of these services  here.
New York Times
Free online access with your Edgartown Library card
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 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.
Need a Library Card?
In our continuing efforts to provide our patrons with access to quality library services, the Edgartown Library has created the option to receive a temporary library card. This card will grant you access to all the above resources, including Libby, Kanopy, Hoopla, Mango, Little Pim, and the New York Times online.

Fill out the application below, download it, and email it to us at info@edgartownlibrary.org .

Once a temporary card application is completed, we will request ID in order to convert your temporary card into a permanent library card. If you need any assistance, please email us at info@edgartownlibrary.org .

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 trashpandaepl@gmail.com with all of your food questions.

Check out his blog at trashpandaepl.wordpress.com .
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 https://sites.google.com/view/eplblog/home
Need Tax Help?
Massachusetts has extended the deadline for income tax filing to July 15th. Read more at

If your 2019 adjusted gross income was $69,000 or less, you may find one or more Free File Online options for you. Review each company’s offer to make sure you qualify for a free federal return. Some companies offer free state tax returns, other may charge a fee.

See all the Free File options here.

Massachusetts taxes can be filed for free online at: www.Mass.gov/eFile
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.
COVID-19 Resources
email: info@edgartownlibrary.org 
website: edgartownlibrary.org
phone: 508.627.4221