May 2020 508-627-4221
Our library building building remains closed to the public through the
stay-at-home advisory.
A Message from MVLA and the Library
Martha's Vineyard libraries are working together on a plan to reintroduce library services that have been suspended due to the current public health crisis. We are consulting with local public health officials as well as following guidance created specifically for libraries for safe handling of circulating materials. There are some unique concerns for libraries because unlike retail stores and takeout restaurants, libraries circulate materials that need to be returned and may be handled by many individuals. Our phased resumption of services plan will begin when the stay-at-home advisory is lifted, and we will keep you updated about our service levels at each step of the way. In the meantime, we will continue to offer you digital materials, services, programs, and support.

The Edgartown Library remains here for you, and we welcome your comments, questions, and ideas. Staff are available to assist our patrons, and may be reached by calling our main line at 508-627-4221 (this number is monitored, and we will return your call as soon as possible) or by emailing us at

Please visit our website for service updates.
COVID-19 Resources
Virtual Program:
Restorative Yoga
Thursdays: May 7, 14, 21, and 28
9am - 10am
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 to register, and we'll send you a link to the class.
Virtual Program:
Poetry Workshop
Tuesdays: May 12 and May 19
3pm - 4:30pm
Poet and teacher Donald Nitchie is back, this time via Zoom, to coach you in creating poetry. If you are a practiced writer or have never written a poem (or fit somewhere in between), this workshop will inspire you.

Please note that space in this workshop is limited. Email us at to register, a nd we'll send you an invitation to join the Zoom Room.
Virtual Program:
How to Start a Podcast
Wednesday, May 13
3pm - 4:30pm
Led by Timo Elliott, this free, easy-to-follow online workshop will walk you through everything you need to know to establish your own successful podcast, using only a smartphone.

Space is limited; email us at to register and we'll send you a link to the Zoom Room with more information.
Virtual Program:
Magic the Gathering
Game Night
Fridays: May 8, 15, 22, and 29
3 - 5pm
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 3-5pm 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.
Virtual Program:
Island-wide Trivia
Saturday, May 16
7pm - 9pm
The Martha's Vineyard Library Association is hosting a night of zany, interactive, light-hearted trivia fun with The Trivia Brothers!

Sign up in teams or individually, and join your island family and friends for an evening of fun and friendly competition. Please note that teams will only use ONE smartphone or tablet to enter the game and submit answers.

Registration is required for this online event. On the afternoon of the event, all registrants will receive an email with specific details on how to participate via Zoom.

Register to show off your trivia knowledge at
Virtual Program:
Chefs' Round Table Talk
Wednesday, May 20
Marnely Murray, Island food writer and social media consultant, leads a culinary-focused conversation with a few favorite island chefs via Zoom. The topic – food - is a very wide one, and the discussions will range from gardening to favorite recipes to bread-making, to who knows where? Send us your most burning food questions ahead of time by emailing us at the address below. 

To receive the Zoom link to this food geek-fest, email us at .
Virtual Program:
Live Music Salon
Friday, May 22
Relax in your favorite chair and enter our Zoom Room for a program of piano music to sooth the soul. Pianist Adele Dreyer has chosen some favorites to perform on her Steinway grand, including Chopin, Debussy, and Grieg. If you like, stick around after the performance to chat about music with Adele. 

Email us at and we’ll send you the link to a front row seat in the Zoom Room.
Virtual Program:
Coffee & a Book
Thursday, May 28
Bring your bed head and a cup of coffee, and join local author Jean Stone and library director Lisa Sherman for a lively virtual discussion about the island-inspired novel Illumination Night , by Alice Hoffman . Digital copies are available on Overdrive/Libby. Email us at for the Zoom link, and join the fun!
BPL Digital Services
This month we will be highlighting digital services that are available to you 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.
Learn new skills with online courses is a leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals.

Login to using your BPL eCard here.
The Great Courses
Available on Libby/Overdrive via BPL
The Great Courses is a series of college-level audio courses that makes lifelong learning and personal enrichment available to anyone, anywhere. 

To access The Great Courses with your BPL eCard, click here.
LearningExpress Library
Support for students and professionals
This highly-acclaimed e-learning solution provides support to students and professionals for academic skill-building, standardized test prep, career certification test prep, and more.

Use your BPL eCard and see what interview, career, and academic tools they have available here.
Jazz Music Library
Stream a comprehensive catalog of free jazz
Music Online: Jazz Music Library is the largest and most comprehensive collection of streaming jazz available online — with thousands of jazz artists, ensembles, albums, and genres.

Browse the catalog and start scatting along 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

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! Digital Services
Now available from home!
The Edgartown Library is pleased to announce that, the popular genealogy research database, can now be accessed at home.

Use your CLAMS library card number and PIN to login here.
New! Little Pim
Language learning for kids
Just 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.
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
or when using the app.
Missing your daily dose of the crossword puzzle? Please email us at , and we'll do our best to assist you remotely.
Need a Library Card?
In 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 .

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 .

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 with all of your food questions.

Check out his blog at .
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
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.
Virtual Film Series
All Edgartown Library patrons have free access to Kanopy, one of the world’s greatest and most complete film collections, as well as Hoopla, a digital collection of movies, music, audio and eBooks.

To start you on your journey, we’ve programmed a few film series. Whether you’re a devoted enthusiast eager to further your film literacy, or just want to scarf some popcorn and forget about the world, Kanopy and Hoopla will fit the bill. 

Lost in Austen
Mansfield Park  
Director Patricia Rozema’s adaptation departs in a few ways from the original, but stays true to its spirit. The excellent cast and beautiful production make this a must-see for Austen fans. (1999) (Hoopla)

With equal parts English charm and biting social satire, this version of Emma remains among the best of the Austen film adaptations. A note-perfect Gwyneth Paltrow in the title role heads a fine cast. Directed by Douglas McGrath. (1996) (Hoopla)

Northanger Abbey
Austen’s slight but entertaining parody of Gothic fiction tells the tale of an overly imaginative young woman steeped in the lurid novels of the day. A lovely cast is led by Felicity Jones. Directed by Jon Jones. (2008) (Hoopla)

Bride and Prejudice
Austen meets Bollywood in this fun, frothy, and way over-the-top musical. A winning cast makes it all work; somewhere Jane Austen is giggling. Directed by Gurinder Chadha. (2005) (Hoopla)
Young Adult Virtual Programs
Space Adventure Book Club
Tuesdays, 1 - 3pm
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 for assistance.
Board Game Club
1 - 3pm
Meet up with all of your library friends to play board games digitally. Thanks to our friends at Tabletopia and Board Game Arena we can play together online for free. There's no apps to download, just click the links above and sign-up for access to hundreds of free multi-player games. There are chat features on both platforms, but we will be using Discord as well if you'd like to communicate with voice.

If you need help signing up, please email for assistance.
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 storytime Mondays through Fridays at 10:30am
  • DIY tutorials
  • Craft ideas
  • Updates about our gecko Seamora
  • & more!
Live Storytime with Elyce
Every day Mon-Fri
Read stories and sing songs with our Children's Librarian Elyce, live! All storytimes are recorded and can be viewed anytime, watch them here.
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.
phone: 508.627.4221