June 2021
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This month: CLOSED Saturday, June 19th for Juneteenth
Open for Express Services!
The library is now open for Express Services. Please CLICK HERE to visit our new website and learn more.

Hours of Operation in June:

Express Services - no appointment necessary; main library only
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 2pm

Children's Room - by appointment; limited capacity
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 1pm

Curbside Services
Monday - Saturday: 2pm - 5pm


Still have questions? We’re here to help. Please call us at 508-627-4221 or email info@edgartownlibrary.org with your inquiries or special requests.
New Library Website
After 15 years we have retired our trusty old website, and are so excited to unveil our all-new redesigned site. Visit edgartownlibrary.org to take a tour.

The new design has functionality that we hope is both user-friendly and easy to navigate. For the first time ever, our new site has a calendar that displays all upcoming events, as well as the ability to sign up for your favorite programs.

Please check it out, and drop us a line to let us know what you think!
Adult Programs
[Online] Restorative Yoga
Sundays in June
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.

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

[Online] Author Talk: T. Elizabeth Bell
Counting Chickens: A Martha's Vineyard Novel
Tuesday, June 8
T. Elizabeth Bell, author of the popular novel Goats in the Time of Love, is back with a follow-up novel, also set on the Island. Counting Chickens is described by the author as a “beach read/romcom,” and features Islander Remy Litchfield and her former teenage crush, Jake, who is back on-Island for the summer. It’s lots of fun (and lots
of chickens), so join us for a conversation with Ms. Bell.

[Online] You CAN Garden for Life!
with Toni Gattone
Friday, June 11
Master gardener Toni Gattone will present her talk on adaptive gardening, the method that gives gardeners of all ages and abilities unique strategies to continue gardening, even when their bodies say “no.” Ms. Gattone offers solutions to help gardeners adjust and adapt to their physical challenges. Don't throw in the trowel!

This program is generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Library and the Edgartown Council on Aging.

[In-Person] Spring Birding Excursion with
Naturalist Robert Culbert
Saturday, June 12
Join us for a walk in the woods with Robert Culbert of Nature Watch. The avian world is stirring (also peeping, chirping, and singing), and Robert will lead a few lucky birding enthusiasts on a walk from the library parking lot to one of his favorite birding hot spots.

[Online] Author Talk: Isabella Stewart
Tangled Vines, Island Crimes: Martha’s Vineyard Off-Season
Tuesday, June 15
First-time novelist Isabella Stewart will discuss her book, Tangled Vines, Island Crimes: Martha’s Vineyard Off-Season. Described by the author as the antithesis of a “beach read", the book takes place when the summer tourists have packed up and gone, and “the wild vines take hold of vacant summer properties and weaken their foundations, climb and strangle trees, and weave a cloth of deception that is stronger than twine.”

[Online] iPad Workshop with Kathy Lavieri
Thursday, June 17
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 twenty years of experience working with adult learners, is here to help.

[Online] Out of the Shadows: Hollywood’s History with the LGBTQ+ Community
Thursday, June 24
In observance of Pride Month, film historian Frank Mandosa takes a look at LGBTQ+ representation in mainstream film, both onscreen and off. This program will explore not only the ongoing evolution of this dynamic before, during, and after the cameras roll, but also the portrayals of the LGBTQ+ community in films of all genres, both past and present.

[Online] Bloomin' Summer
with Pianist Adele Dreyer
Sunday, June 27
The library’s resident pianist, Adele Dreyer, will play us right into a blooming Vineyard summer with her signature program of light jazz, popular songs, and classical selections.

[Online] Movie in Focus: Film Discussion Group
Viva (Ireland and Cuba, 2015)
Monday, June 28
Perhaps the only Irish film ever shot in Cuba, director Paddy Breathnach’s drama Viva (the stage name of the lead character) lays on the melodrama when it’s least needed. However, the excellence of its performers (Hector Medina as Jesus, Luis Alberto Garcia as Mama, and Jorge Perugorria as Angel) will keep you absorbed in this emotionally rich story of a young hairdresser who longs to perform in drag.

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 https://sites.google.com/view/eplblog/home
Kids, Teens, & Families
Children's Room Appointments
Monday - Saturday
10am - 1pm
You can now make an appointment to visit the Children's Room! 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.
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.
Father's Day Craft Bag Pickup
Mon. 6/14 - Fri. 6/18
10am - 5pm
Pick up a bag during open hours the week before Father's Day to take home and create something special for the dad in your life.
Spring Reading Program
(ends June 18)
Monday - Saturday
10am - 5pm
Pick up your reading log at the library during open hours, or print it at home by clicking here. 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
"Tails and Tales"
starts Monday,
June 21st!
Stop by the library to sign up.
Adopt a Stuffed Animal
10am - 5pm
(starting June 22)
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.
New: Get Crafty with Kerith
(starts June 25)
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.
Pickup Window & Craft Pickup Bags
Monday - Saturday
10am - 5pm
Browse materials through the windows, place requests with library staff, or grab a craft bag to do at home.

Please note, craft bags are limited to one per child per day. For larger quantities, please contact the library.

If you need any materials outside of our appointment or pickup hours, please contact Elyce at ebonnell@clamsnet.org.
Story Walk at Sheriff’s Meadow Sanctuary
The Edgartown Public Library and Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation have partnered to bring you a new story walk every month. Pick up a story walk-related craft bag during open hours.

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.
Teen Program: Monster Mondays
Mondays from June 14th - August 30th
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.
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.
Dolly Parton's
Imagination Library
The Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library are proud to partner with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library to mail a free, high-quality, age-appropriate book each month to registered Edgartown children from birth until age five, no matter their family's income.

It's easy to register your child! Click on the button below to sign up online, or download the form and return it to the library by mail or in person.
Since launching in 1995, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has become the preeminent early childhood book gifting program in the world. The flagship program of The Dollywood Foundation has mailed well over 100 million free books in Australia, Canada, The Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The Imagination Library mails more than 1.4 million high-quality, age-appropriate books each month to registered children from birth to age five.
CLAMS and Library Services
Get the CLAMS
Library App

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

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.

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 10 items at a time. 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 open 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.
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.

Chromebooks Available for Checkout

Chromebooks run the Chrome operating system and use Google services such as Gmail, Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Each Chromebook comes in a laptop bag with a mouse and a power cable.

Chromebooks can be checked out for 2 weeks. To place a hold, either visit the online catalog or contact us at 508-627-4221 or email info@edgartownlibrary.org, and we'll be happy to place the hold for you.

To check out a Chromebook, patrons must be 18 years or older and have a library account in good standing. For more details, please read our Chromebook lending policy.

Need Internet at well? Ask about our mobile hotspots, below.
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

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.
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 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 us email.)
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 Libby on your computer or through the app, click here.
Kanopy showcases 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 or through the app, click here.
Hoopla gives you access to movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics, and TV shows on all your viewing devices. With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately or downloaded to your phone or tablet 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 or through the app, click here.
The Edgartown Library provides free access to 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 72 hours. After that, you can return here or visit our website to 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. Your access is available for 72 hours. After that, you can return here or visit our website to click the link again and use your login information for every future visit to www.nytimes.com or when using the app.
Need your daily dose of the crossword puzzle? Please visit us during open hours. Puzzles are always available in the library's rear vestibule.
Any Massachusetts resident can sign up for a free Boston Public Library eCard, which gets you access to tons of free digital resources. To see a full list of BPL's online resources, click here.

Sign up for a BPL eCard at www.bpl.org/ecard.
The Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library is a volunteer organization that supports much of the rich programming the library offers.

The Friends' annual and monthly meetings will both be held via Zoom on Thursday, June 17 starting at 9:00am, and all are welcome to attend. The annual meeting will precede the regular monthly meeting. Send an email to director@edgartownlibrary.org 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.

The Friends are delighted to have nearly met their annual fundraising goal of $15,000, which goes toward supporting library programming and special events. To find out more about the Friends or to make a contribution, click here and select Annual Fund Drive in the drop-down menu.

To read the Friends Annual Fund Drive letter, click here.
email: info@edgartownlibrary.org 
website: edgartownlibrary.org
phone: 508.627.4221