September 2020 508-627-4221
Library Service Updates
Curbside Pickup Hours:

Monday through Saturday: 12PM - 4PM

Curbside service will continue through the month of September. 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 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.

New! 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.
New! Wall Street Journal Online
Starting September 10, you can read the Wall Street Journal online free with your Edgartown Library Card.

Click here for more information on how to access this new service.
Outdoor Seating Area
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.
How to Add your Digital Library Card to the App:
You can add a digital library card to your phone using the CLAMS app by following 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)
Friday September 4, 18, & 25
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.

Friday September 4, 18, and 25. No program on September 11.

Follow this link to join the server and start having fun.
Restorative Yoga
(virtual program)
Every Sunday in September
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: September 6, 13, 20 and 27.

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.
Author Talk with
Jennifer Smith Turner
(virtual program)
Tuesday, September 8
Local poet and author of the prize-winning Child Bride, Jennifer Smith Turner, speaks about her debut novel - the vivid, emotionally charged coming-of-age story of Nell.

Kirkus Reviews called Ms. Smith Turner’s novel “a captivating story of a strong African American woman who pursues her dreams... Turner’s warm and personal narrative brings to life the vigor and interdependence of black communities in both the South and the North of the mid-20th century.

To request a Zoom link to this event email us at

This book is available through CLAMS; to purchase a copy, email
iPad Workshop with
Kathy Lavieri
(virtual program)
Wednesday, September 9
You have an iPad and you’re excited to use it - but there's always something new, isn't there? Join us to refresh your skills and pick up a few new tips and tricks. Kathy Lavieri, technology trainer with over twenty years of experience working with adult learners, will hold an iPad workshop online via Zoom.

NOTE: This is a hands-on workshop using your iPad. To benefit most from this workshop, participants will need two devices:

  1. A computer, laptop, or phone to connect to the Zoom presentation.
  2. An iPad to try out the skills that you’ll see on Zoom during the workshop.

Registration is required for this free program, as space is limited. When registering please provide your iPad Model name and Software version. You’ll find this on your iPad by following these steps: From the Home Screen, Tap SettingsGeneral > About. 

Note: If you plan to use your iPhone instead of an iPad for the workshop, the same steps will work to locate your Model name and Software version. 

For the link to participate, email us at
Music in the Evening
with Baritone David Behnke
Pianist David Rhoderick
(virtual program)
Friday, September 11
A live performance via Zoom of Robert Schumann's impassioned song cycle Dichterliebe, sung by David Behnke and accompanied by David Rhoderick. Dichterliebe (A Poet’s Love), is perhaps the pinnacle of the German Romantic Song Cycles, embodying a textural and harmonic unity, unlike any other. In Dichterliebe the piano not only emphasizes the text, but often comments on it, in dialogue with the singer. These two exciting musicians will perform Schumann’s original version, which includes four additional songs.

Join us for this very special evening be emailing us at
Glorious Choruses Part II
(virtual program)
Wednesday, September 16
Opera lovers unite!

Taconic Opera Outreach Coordinator Susan Grunthal returns to the library with Part II of her opera listening class, Glorious Choruses. Bringing her well-known expertise and enthusiasm for her subject, Susan’s classes are part lecture, part music, and all fun, with lots of time for your questions.

Email us at for the Zoom link to this Opera Club event.
Poetry Reading with
Amarylis Douglas
(virtual program)
Tuesday, September 22
Local poet, Amarylis Douglas, will read from her newly published book, The Fellowship of the Rain, inspired by her time living in the Northwest. In the poet’s own words, “[this book] is the product of a four-year witnessing of the homeless in Portland, Oregon. So many people ignore or look away from the men, women, children and animals who live out on the street… I wanted to honor each with a poem.” Join us to meet the poet and to hear some of these timely and beautiful story-poems.

Request the Zoom link at

Note: The book is available in CLAMS, and for sale at The Edgartown Bookstore, among other retailers. Proceeds from the book will go directly to “Street Roots”, Portland’s award-winning weekly street newspaper. 
Zoom U
(virtual program series)
Zoom U is a series of lectures and presentations on a variety of subjects. We’ve contacted a group of experts in wide-reaching fields to help you “peel the onion” on everything, ranging from local bird watching to pre-Roman archaeology, from opera to photography.

Register for Zoom U by emailing and we’ll send you the link.
Learning to See: An illustrated talk by photographer Stephen DiRado
Wednesday, September 23
Photographer and filmmaker, Stephen DiRado, will guide us through a retrospective of his thirty plus years working on the Vineyard. With examples from his works “Dinner Series,” “Celestial,” “Beach” and intimate portraits, DiRado will emphasize his growth as an artist in conjunction with the ever-changing connections he makes with the subject matter he pursues island-wide. Diligently using a tripod mounted large format analog camera, the artist has accumulated over 9,000 photographs, each meticulously constructed with insightful and empathetic narrative. 

DiRado’s work is held in public and private collections worldwide, including the MFA in Boston, the CCP in Houston, and the Harry Ransom Center in Austin. His work has also been reproduced in print in the Washington Post, New York Times, Black and White Magazine and Geo Wissen. He is a five-time award recipient from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and a recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim fellowship in 2012 for his Martha’s Vineyard project, a 32-year film and photography documentary study including portraits, seaside landscapes, community gatherings, intimate dinners and photographs of the night sky. DiRado’s book With Dad, published by Davis Publications in 2019, illustrates a 20-year relationship between the artist and his father, who suffered from Alzheimer’s.

Presently DiRado is documenting the societal effects of Covid-19 throughout Massachusetts.
Book Group
(virtual program)
Thursday, September 24
Join local author Jean Stone and library director Lisa Sherman for a lively virtual discussion about City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert, which the New York Times Book Review described as "… a pitch-perfect evocation of the era’s tawdry glamour and a coming-of-age story whose fizzy surface conceals unexpected gradations of feeling." 

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)
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.
The Conformist (Italy, 1970)
Monday, September 28
Director Bernardo Bertolucci’s knotty, expressionistic masterpiece The Conformist combines powerful storytelling, audacious ideas, and gorgeous cinematography by Vittorio Storaro. Set in Italy in the 1930s, the film stars Jean-Louis Trintignant as an emotionally troubled aristocrat who will do anything to fit in. Wanting to be accepted by Italy’s ruling fascists, he accepts an order to travel to Paris to kill his former mentor, an anti-fascist college professor. The supporting cast includes Dominique Sanda, Gastone Moschin, and Stefania Sandrelli. The film’s far-reaching influence can be seen in the work of directors as disparate as Scorcese, Speilberg, and Coppola. Please note, this film is for adults: Contains nudity and scenes of violence.

This movie is available to stream for free on Kanopy.

To join our discussion, email us at for a link. 
Why Not the Key of C?
A Lecture with Music by
Adele Dreyer
(virtual program)

Tuesday, September 29
Why do composers write in fancy keys with sharps and flats? Wouldn't it be easier for everyone, including the musicians, to write all music in the key of C (no black keys required)? Perhaps there's a practical reason. Perhaps it's the limits of the instruments themselves. And what about the composer's mood? Why, for example, did Beethoven write his 6th symphony in the Key of F? Why is it called the “Pastoral” symphony? Are emotions involved with the choice of key?

Pianist and educator Adele Dreyer will consider all of these questions in her talk, “Why Not the Key of C?” There are twelve different "keys," and she will play pieces in every single one of them to illustrate the answers.

Join us for this tuneful musical education by requesting the link at
(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
Live Storytime
Fridays @10:30am
Join us every Friday morning on the Edgartown Library Children's Place Facebook page!
Back to School Help
Hoopla has built several collections to support remote learning, and all eBooks and audiobooks are available with no wait. Check them out here:

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
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

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.
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
New York Times Online
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 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

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 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

2020 Census ends on 9/30
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? It only takes a few minutes to complete! You can respond online, by phone or by email. Please note, you do not need a Census ID to complete the Census.
Friends of the
Edgartown Free Public Library
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, Oct. 1 at 9:00 a.m., and all are welcome to attend. Send an email to for the link to the meeting.

To find out more about the Friends or to make a donation, click here.
A message from the Friends:

Mary Jane Carpenter, beloved member of the Friends, died suddenly on August 19, 2020. 

Mary Jane endowed her many talents, energy, and infectious enthusiasm on the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library for more than 10 years. As president, she led the Friends organization through many successful fundraising efforts in support of the library’s building project. Mary Jane’s effortlessly positive leadership style and can-do attitude infused the Friends with an energy that only strengthened over her tenure as president. She was exceedingly generous with her time, and more than one member can count her as the person who both invited and welcomed them into the group. 

The Friends, as well as the Edgartown Public Library, received the honor of being chronicled in a book both researched and written by Mary Jane, titled “The Edgartown Free Public Library, 1891 – 2016: A Brief History of the Library and its Friends.” The book presents a rich history of the origins of the Edgartown Public Library, as well as the creation of the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library, tracing the group’s history and growth as an organization tirelessly dedicated to supporting the library and its programming.

Mary Jane’s work, talent, kindness, passion, and contributions as a member of the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library made an indelible impact on the library, its staff, and trustees - an impact that will resonate forever.
COVID-19 Resources
phone: 508.627.4221