June 2020
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Though our library building remains closed to the public,

A Message From MVLA and the Library
All six Martha’s Vineyard libraries are happy to announce that contactless pickup of books, DVDs, and other library materials will begin the week of June 15, 2020. The schedule and procedures for pickup services will vary by library, so please call or email your local library or visit their website for details.   Details on contactless pickup at the Edgartown Library can be found on our website, click here for more information.

The Edgartown Library's book drop is now open for patrons. Due dates for all currently checked out items have been extended through June 30th, and there is no need to return items immediately. All Martha’s Vineyard libraries are fine free, and no late charges will accrue.

Martha’s Vineyard public libraries are committed to the health and safety of our staff and the public, and have worked closely with local Boards of Health, and following local and professional guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to develop an island-wide plan to resume library services in phases. When contactless pickup begins, library buildings will remain closed to the public, and all in-person public programs and meetings are suspended until further notice.

For library patrons who may continue to feel safer staying home, all libraries will continue to offer you digital materials, services, programs and support.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we adjust library services to serve you as safely as conditions allow.

COVID-19 Resources
Current Library Services Checklist


  • Circulation of items such as musical instruments and kits
  • Public use of the building, including:
  • Browsing
  • Printing/Faxing
  • Computer use
  • In-person programs
  • Restrooms
new! Free Drive-in Wifi
We’ve expanded our reach! Free WiFi can now be accessed from our big parking lot, in order to allow our patrons to access the internet while practicing social distancing guidelines.

No password or library card number is required.
The New CLAMS App
The new Cape & Islands Libraries Automated Materials Sharing app 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.

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

Available for  iOS   and  Android .
Magic the Gathering
Game Night
 (virtual program)
Fridays: June 12, 19, and 28
7pm - 9pm
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.

Follow  this link  to join the server and start having fun.
Poetry Reading:
The Workshop Poems
 (virtual program)
Saturday, June 13
An evening of original poetry showcases gems from the Edgartown sessions of Donald Nitchie’s popular writing workshop.

Join us in the library Zoom room by emailing programs@edgartownlibrary.org
Restorative Yoga
(virtual program)
Sundays: June 14, 21, and 28
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.

Send an email to programs@edgartownlibrary.org to register, and we'll send you a link to the class.
Author Talk: Tom Dresser
(virtual program)
Tuesday, June 16
Local historian, Thomas Dresser, will present his newest book,  The Rise of Tourism on Martha's Vineyard , in a live Zoom event for the Edgartown Library.

Request your front row seat at programs@edgartownlibrary.org and you'll receive a link to the talk. 
Chefs Talk:
A Knives of the Round Table Conversation
(virtual program)
Wednesday, June 17
Join chef and food blogger, Marnely Murray and four of our favorite Island chefs in the Edgartown Library Zoom room for a wide-ranging conversation about everything FOOD! You can submit your questions, learn, have fun, and get hungry, all at the same time.

Email programs@edgartownlibrary.org for your link to this online food geek-out.
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.
Beginning Birdwatching:
How to Observe and Identify Birds
Thursday, June 18
In this presentation, wildlife biologist Luanne Johnson will provide tips to help people get started birdwatching. She'll discuss binoculars and field guides, then move into how you can practice finding birds, viewing them in your binoculars, and which parts of the bird are most important to bird identification.
Luanne Johnson is the Director of BiodiversityWorks, a Martha's Vineyard non-profit dedicated to biodiversity conservation. She has been a wildlife biologist for over 25 years, studying a variety of wildlife, but birds remain her primary passion since she observed her first piping plover here in 1992. Johnson will be assisted by avian photographer and international birdwatcher Lanny McDowell.
Something Fishy:
Nelson Sigelman and Fishing Pals Talk Fishing
Wednesday, June 24
Join Nelson Sigelman, writer and outdoorsman, in Edgartown Library's Zoom room for a free-reeling conversation with some of his fishing pals. Fishing on the Vineyard is one of life's greatest pleasures (depending on what's biting), but who realized it's also one of the most enjoyable ways to social distance? After an hour with this crew you'll want to pick up a rod and hit the beach. Laugh, learn, fish!

With guests:
Cooper "Coop" Gilkes , owner of Coop's tackle shop and a legendary Island fisherman known for his humor, story-telling, and generosity with his expertise.

Kristy Rose , administrative assistant to the Edgartown board of selectman and an enthusiastic newcomer to the sport of saltwater fly fishing. Kristy is the smiling face behind the desk at the MV Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby weigh station where she is affectionately known as "the computer lady".

John Custer of Vineyard Haven, as well as Tisbury School principal, is the president of the MV Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby. John's responsibilities don't leave him much time for fishing, but he is highly respected for his leadership and fishing skills.

Moderator Nelson Sigelman is the author of Martha’s Vineyard Outdoors, Fishing, Hunting and Avoiding Divorce on a Small Island , and Martha's Vineyard Fish Tales: How to Catch Fish, Rake Clams, and Jig Squid, with Entertaining Tales About the Sometimes Crazy Pursuit of Fish .
Music in the Evening
with Jeremy Berlin
(virtual program)
Friday, June 19
An evening of jazz standards and improvisation from the keyboard of Jeremy Berlin. Best known for his playing with the popular party band, Johnny Hoy and the Blue Fish, Berlin is a jazzman at heart. Relax on your deck or lush out in your living room and enjoy his dazzling playing live via Zoom.

Email us at programs@edgartownlibrary.org for the 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.
Monday, June 29
June’s movie is The Mill and the Cross (2011) Inspired by Pieter Bruegel’s painting “The Way to Calvary,” visionary director Lech Majewski creates a fascinating dreamscape that melds art, history, and religion with the daily joys and struggles of ordinary people. In English, the film runs 97 minutes. Available on Kanopy . Drop us an email at programs@edgartownlibrary.org to sign up, and we’ll send you a link to the group.
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 . )
Streaming Cinema
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.
Streaming Movies, TV Shows, Music, Comics, eBooks, & more
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.
Libby by Overdrive
Audiobooks, eBooks,
Magazines, and more
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  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.
Learn a Language
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  www.mangolanguages.com .

Online Resources
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 .
Little Pim
Language learning for kids
Now added to Mango Languages is Little Pim, language learning for kids! Get instant access to videos in 12 languages, printable lessons, and fun activities.

Use your CLAMS library card number and PIN to login here.
Now available from home!
The Edgartown Library is pleased to announce that Ancestry.com, the popular genealogy research database, can now be accessed at home.

Use your CLAMS library card number and PIN to login 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 email us at info@edgartownlibrary.org , and we'll do our best to assist you remotely. Starting on Monday, June 15th, printed puzzles will be available in our contactless pickup area.
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 .

Cards will be valid until June 30, 2020. ID is not required at this time, but upon re-opening, we will request ID in order to convert your temporary card into a permanent 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
Young Adult
(virtual programs)
Space Adventure Book Club
Tuesdays, 1pm - 3pm
*ending June 23
Join Captain Chris on the UCP Schmorgenborgen *of dealth* for a fun romp through the multiverse, now featuring online play. Using the power of the internet, and our friends at Roll20, we will be able to continue our mission to explore the worlds created by our favorite authors.

New to the crew? No problem. Everyone ages 10-16 is welcome, and character creation takes mere minutes. Just follow this sign-up link to create your Roll20 account and get into the game. We will also be using Discord for voice chat if you'd like to sign-up for that as well.

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

*Please note that the last session for this campaign will be on June 23. Then on June 30 begins a whole new RPG, check it out below!
Fae Re-Tales
Tuesdays, 1pm - 3pm
*starting June 30
J oin 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 how 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 .

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

3pm - 5pm
Jump into adventure with the Edgartown Public Library's new young adult 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 .
Children's 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
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.
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.
email: info@edgartownlibrary.org 
website: edgartownlibrary.org
phone: 508.627.4221