November 2020 508-627-4221

Library Closures this month:
CLOSED Wednesday, Nov. 11 for Veterans Day
CLOSED Thursday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 27 for Thanksgiving
OPEN on Saturday, Nov. 28 from 10am-4pm for Curbside Pickup

Library Service Updates
NEW! Expanded Curbside Pickup Hours:
Monday through Saturday: 10AM - 4PM

Curbside service will continue through the month of November. 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 (now 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 (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
  • Computer use
  • In-person programs
  • Restrooms
  • Circulation of items such as musical instruments and kits
New! The Wall Street Journal
The Edgartown Library is pleased to announce that you can now access the Wall Street Journal online for free! From articles, to exclusive podcasts, to an online "print" version of the newspaper, start exploring the WSJ.

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.
New! Home Delivery

Home delivery is now being offered on Thursdays.

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

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

WiFi Hotspots
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.
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.
Outdoor Seating & Free WiFi
Get connected with free outdoor WiFi from the Edgartown Library! Bring your own laptop, tablet, or smartphone to enjoy free internet access in our outdoor seating area. Access is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

And don't forget, you can also enjoy the library's WiFi from both of our parking lots.
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.
Magic the Gathering
Game Night
(virtual program)
Fridays in November (no program on 11/27)
Join us 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.

Friday November 6, 13, & 20
Note: no program on November 27

Follow this link to join the server and start having fun.
Restorative Yoga
(virtual program)
Sundays in November (no program on 11/8)
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 November 1, 15, 22, & 29
Note: no program on November 8.

Send an email to 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.
It's a Crime!
The Ponzi Scheme
(virtual program)
Monday, November 9
Our “true crime” series begins with an old story that has vivid contemporary echoes. One hundred years ago this year, Charles Ponzi was engineering a pyramid scheme that would make Bernie Madoff green with envy. He did it in Boston, right under the noses of suspicious Yankees and normally inquisitive newspapermen. Relive the days of Boston's most outrageous swindler with author and playwright David Kruh. 

Request the link for this program at

This program has been generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.
Live Zoom Performance:
Do You Didgeridoo?
(virtual program)
Wednesday, November 11
The didgeridoo - is it an ancient artifact? A modern sculpture? The Australian Outback will seem a lot closer when you experience the extraordinary music made by this instrument. Its mournful, otherworldly sound conjures up primordial history. But amazingly, it can also sound joyful and contemporary, urging you to get up and dance!

Musician Rob Thomas of Didgeridoo Down Under will live-stream a performance that you won’t forget, mixing funky didgeridoo rhythms, percussion instruments, and relaxing soundscapes with both organic and electronic sound effects. Music and More from Down Under and Beyond is not just a musical event, it's a mesmerizing journey of sight, sound and imagination, immersing the audience in a stunning virtual landscape of Australian forests, deserts, oceans and distant galaxies.

Rob Thomas has been making and playing didgeridoos for almost 30 years. He has performed throughout the country, recorded several CDs, and produced music for numerous films, including the IMAX movie Sacred Planet. He collaborates on many of these projects with his wife and fellow DDU performer, Tanya Gerard.

Request the link at

This program has been generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.
A Conversation with
Amanda DelGiudice from the World Food Program USA
(virtual program)
Thursday, November 12
This winter the coronavirus and its economic fallout will push the number of severely hungry and malnourished people in the world to 270 million. The World Food Program USA works in affiliation with the U.N., policymakers, corporations, foundations and individuals to help provide financial and in-kind resources, and to develop policies needed to alleviate global hunger.

Join the CLAMS libraries in this virtual talk to learn more about the U.N.’s work on the front lines fighting hunger and famine since 1962, and reaching up to 138 million of the world’s most vulnerable people every year.

Co-sponsored by the libraries of CLAMS. To request a Zoom link, email or call Chilmark Library at 508-645-3360.
Author Talk:
E. Dolores Johnson on her family memoir, Say I’m Dead
(virtual program)
Tuesday, November 17
E. Dolores Johnson, a Cambridge author, is the daughter of a black father and white mother who married 25 years before the Supreme Court overturned laws banning interracial marriage in the Loving v. Virginia decision. Their inspiring and emotional family story is told in Say I’m Dead, A Family Memoir of Race, Secrets, and Love. It has received this year’s Outstanding Literary Award from the National Association of Black Journalists, in addition to a starred review from the American Library Association. The author will read a selection from her memoir and take questions from the audience.

Ms. Johnson holds a BA from Howard University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and completed an MFA equivalent creative writing program. She has published essays on the subject of mixed race, racism, and identity, and consulted on diversity for colleges, corporations, and nonprofit boards.

A former business executive, she retired after overseeing the digitization of John F. Kennedy’s papers at his Presidential Library. She has loved libraries as long as she can remember.

Request the link at

Say I’m Dead, A Family Memoir of Race, Secrets, and Love is available in CLAMS. To purchase a copy of the book, contact Edgartown Books at
Chef Look Cooks
(virtual program)
Thursday, November 19
Our new monthly cooking series features 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. For November’s recipes Chris is steering us as far away as possible from turkey and dressing with crispy, baked falafel. It’s delicious on flatbread, tucked into pita, or atop a healthy plate of greens—and it’s baked. He’ll also demonstrate a roasted cauliflower dish that will become your new go-to veggie side. 

Join the fun and request the link at

This program has been generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.
Music in the Evening:
Adele Dreyer,
Chasing the Blues Away
(virtual program)
Friday, November 20
An evening of music to make you smile, feel nostalgic, tap your toes, and be happy. Pianist Adele Dreyer will spend an hour at her Steinway entertaining us with a program that is far-reaching, from jazz standards, to pop songs, to light classical, to wherever those 88 keys lead her.

Join the party by emailing
It's a Crime!
Murder on the Vineyard
(virtual program)
Monday, November 23
Our “true crime” series continues with the unsolved Island murder of a woman in East Chop during the summer of 1940. Whether it was inept police work or the distraction of the war roiling in Europe, the person who committed the crime was never charged. Local author and historian Thomas Dresser based his first book for the History Press on this intriguing case, Mystery on the Vineyard, and will recount the story for us.

Request the link for this program at

This program has been generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.
Library Book Group
(virtual program)
Wednesday, November 25
Join local author Jean Stone and library director Lisa Sherman for a lively virtual discussion on the novel While I Was Gone by Sue Miller, which The New York Times described as "Riveting . . . While I Was Gone [celebrates] what is impulsive in human nature.”

Digital copies are available through Libby/Overdrive, or contact us to put your physical copy on hold.

Email for the Zoom link, and join the conversation!
Movie in Focus: 
Film Discussion Group
(virtual program)
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. You’ll have time to watch the film at least once before we meet. Bring your impressions and opinions. Virginia Munro will choose the films and facilitate the group.
After the Storm (Japan, 2016)
Monday, November 30
A master of the family drama, Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-Eda's films are so quiet and subtle that only until you are deeply into it do you realize he’s taking you through an emotional minefield. The story of a divorced gambling addict named Ryota (the brilliant Hiroshi Abe) who slowly confronts the fact that he’s becoming the deadbeat dad his father was, After the Storm is one of Kore-Eda’s finest efforts. And like all of his films, it is humanistic, sensitive, and full of the staggering simplicity of everyday life.

This movie is available to stream for free on Kanopy and Hoopla.
To join the discussion, email us at for the link.
New! Brainfuse HelpNow
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 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.
Minecraft Meetup for Teens
Tuesdays in November
6pm - 8pm
Sign on, 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 November 3, 10, 17, and 24.

Email for access to the realm.
Kids & Families
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
Children's Room Pick-up Window
Come to the Children’s Garden door to browse materials through the windows or place requests with Elyce.

Masks are required, as well as your library card or photo ID.
Craft Pickup Bags
Come to the Children’s Garden door to pick up an activity bag to do at home. Crafts will change weekly, and kits will be appropriate for children in grades K-3 and 4-8.
Live Virtual Storytime
Join Elyce on the Edgartown Library Children’s Place Facebook page for story time. 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.
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.)
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

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

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 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.
You can now 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
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.
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,, and more.

Sign up for a BPL eCard at

See all of BPL's online resources here.
Need a Library Card?
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 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

Click here to download the library card application form.
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.
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 with all of your food questions.

Check out his blog at
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, Nov. 5 at 9:00am, and all are welcome to attend. Send an email to 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
phone: 508.627.4221