August 2022 508-627-4221
Library Hours
Monday: 10am-5pm
Tuesday: 10am-6pm
Wednesday: 10am-6pm
Thursday: 10am-5pm
Friday: 10am-5pm
Saturday 10am-5pm

Please note: An Edgartown Board of Health Mask Advisory was voted into effect on 5/18/22. As of 7/30/22, Dukes County is classified as high risk for COVID transmission, and the Edgartown Board of Health strongly advises that individuals wear masks when indoors or in enclosed spaces serving the public, or when unable to maintain social distance, regardless of vaccination status.


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The wide array of programs at the Edgartown Library are funded in large part by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library. Please consider supporting the Friends today by clicking here.

The Friends' next monthly meeting will be held on Thursday, August 4th at 9:00am, and all are welcome to attend.

To learn how to sign your child up for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, a partnership with the Friends that provides free books to children from birth through age five, click here.
Adult Programs
[In Person] Movement for Wellness, with Tessa Permar
Tessa Permar has taught movement for over 15 years and draws from traditions of yoga, tai chi, Pilates, modern dance, acrobatics, Capoeira, and voice work. Participants will be led through a series of gentle exercises to release tension and connect to each individual’s personal range of motion and sense of well-being. This workshop encourages exploration of movement, gentle strength-building, and connection to music. If you have a yoga mat, please bring it with you. The library will have a limited number of mats available for use. All body types, abilities, and levels are welcome.

Registration is requested.

Classes will be on August 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29.

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

[In Person] Vinyasa Power Yoga, with Colleen Macsuga (all levels)
Colleen Macsuga leads a Vinyasa class that is therapeutic, creative, and powerful. Vinyasa (a practice designed to help you heal while keeping you in peak physical shape) incorporates elements of strength building, making it a dynamic experience. If you have a yoga mat, please bring it with you. The library will have a limited number of mats available for use. All levels are welcome; each pose is guided from the foundation to the full expression.

Registration is requested.

Classes will be on August 6, 13, 20, and 27.

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

[In Person] Sounds Like Summer
Enjoy live music on the library lawn! Bring a blanket and make it a picnic, or just come for the show. There's a different band weekly, and all shows are family-friendly and free.

August 2 - Jeremy Berlin Trio: An evening of fine jazz with a contemporary twist.

August 9 - Missis Biskis: From Hank to Hendrix and Loretta to Lucinda, this band hits all stops on the Americana Highway.

August 16 - Johnny Hoy & the Bluefish: Dance into the evening with the Island's premiere party band.

August 23 - Jon Zeeman: Groove to rock originals and covers with this Island legend.

August 30 - The Black Eyed Susans: A blues band at heart - but it's a rockin' blues band.

These performances are generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and Martha’s Vineyard Bank.
[In Person] The Summer Night Sky, with Mark Alan Lovewell
Wednesday, August 3 at the Riverhead Field Disc Golf Course
Join veteran stargazer Mark Lovewell and discover the wonders of the summer night sky. Learn how to identify the constellations and view the Perseids meteor shower, which will produce its peak rate of meteors this summer around August 13th.

Please note the special location of this program.

This program has been generously funded by the Libraries of Martha's Vineyard.
[In Person] Film Screening and Discussion with Director Ollie Becker: Great Ponds, Episode 1: On Our Watch (USA, 2022)
Thursday, August 4
Martha’s Vineyard's great ponds have been a source of sustenance and beauty for countless generations of Islanders. Recently, many of these ponds appear to be at a tipping point, with algae blooms choking out shellfish, and cyanobacteria making the water unsafe for pets and humans. Produced in partnership with the Vineyard Conservation Society, On Our Watch is the first of a three-part series documenting the health of these spectacular coastal ponds, and what our community is doing to help. Following the efforts of organizations such as the Great Pond Foundation, the Martha’s Vineyard Commission, and the Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group, as well as several community members, the film examines the history of these ponds, the challenges they face, and what can be done to save them. Join us for a discussion with director Ollie Becker as well as Emily Reddington, Executive Director of the Great Pond Foundation, and Angela Luckey, Natural Neighbors Program Director of BiodiversityWorks. 

This program has been generously sponsored by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.
[In Person] Author Talk: A Vineyard Wedding by Jean Stone
Saturday, August 6
Join us for a conversation with Jean Stone as she discusses the newest installment in her Vineyard series.

As book five in the series unfolds, best-selling author and Vineyard Inn proprietor Annie Sutton is faced with more drama than usual. With her long-awaited wedding only weeks away, between the hideous heirloom gown her new family wants her to wear and the challenges of bonding with her fiancé’s contentious daughter Abigail, Annie has serious doubts. But when the baby she found on her doorstep two years ago goes missing, Annie has bigger concerns...

This program has been generously sponsored by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.
[In Person] Improving Your Dental Health, with Dr. Lori Wilson
Monday, August 8
Oral health is a key indicator of overall health, well-being, and quality of life. Oral diseases affect 3.5 billion people worldwide. What can you do daily to prevent dental disease? When was the last time you visited your dentist? Join Dr. Lori, Dental Director of the Medical Advocacy and Outreach Organization, for an informative session about practicing a good oral hygiene regimen.

This program has been generously sponsored by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.
[In Person] Salt Water Wednesdays
Wednesday, August 10
Have you ever wanted to learn how to gut and fillet a fish? Sign up for this monthly workshop where you will learn about all aspects of Island seafood, from preparation to the ecological importance of buying local. You'll leave with not only something for dinner, but also the knowledge of how to process your next catch.
This month we will be exploring one of Martha’s Vineyard's most abundant sea creatures: whelk. We'll be joined by Shelley Edmundson, Executive Director of MV Fishermen's Preservation Trust, who will be taking us on a deep dive into the interesting world of whelk. 

Registration is required.

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

[In Person] iPad Workshop, with Kathy Lavieri
Tuesday, August 16
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, will hold an in-person iPad workshop.

Registration is required.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.

[Online] Chef Look Cooks: Pizza-Flavored Jambalaya
Thursday, August 18
Jambalaya (the famous New Orleans one-pot meal) has a rich tradition in the Big Easy, as well as in the Cajun and Creole community. Join Chef Look as we scoff at tradition and change this classic dish into something that resembles the original, but with a completely unexpected flavor profile. Highlighting the seasonal pairing of tomatoes and basil, this pizza-flavored jambalaya will be a real treat. A recipe for classic jambalaya will also be included for those looking for the more traditional dish.

Registration is required.

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

[In-Person] Ayurveda 101: Exploring Lifestyle and Diet Practices to Cultivate Balance, with Sonja Josephson
Saturday, August 20
Ayurveda, a natural system of medicine, originated in India more than 3,000 years ago. The term Ayurveda is derived from the Sanskrit words ayur (life) and veda (science or knowledge). Thus, Ayurveda translates to knowledge of life. Based on the idea that disease is due to an imbalance or stress in a person's consciousness, Ayurveda encourages certain lifestyle interventions and natural therapies to regain a balance between the body, mind, spirit, and the environment.

During this workshop, we will explore the basics of Ayurvedic philosophy as well as how the Ayurvedic framework can be used to build a customized diet and lifestyle that promotes health and longevity.

Registration is requested.

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

Thursday, August 25
Join us for a conversation with champion surfcaster Janet Messineo-Israel. Janet knew from the get-go that she wanted to become a great fisherman, and knew she was as capable as any man of catching and landing a huge fish. It took years—and many terrifying nights alone on the beach in complete darkness in search of a huge creature to pull out of the sea—for her to prove to herself and to the male-dominated fishing community that she could make her dream real.

This program has been generously sponsored by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.
[In-Person] An Evening of Stand-Up Comedy, with Charlie Nadler and Cord Bailey
Saturday, August 27
Join us for a night of laughter and raucous fun. We'll start the evening off with an open mic for all you aspiring comedians looking to perform outside of your living room. Then it's time for the pros -- the laughs will continue with our Island's own Cord Bailey and Charlie Nadler. 

This program is generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.
Kids & Families
Summer Reading Program
Visit the library to sign up for the Summer Reading Program and pick up a reading log. Keep track of the books you read (or have read to you) and bring your completed log back to the library to receive a stamp. Collect stamps to earn prizes!
The Summer Reading program has been generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library, as well as our sponsors at Edgartown Meat & Fish, Dairy Queen, Edgartown Pizza, and Rosewater Market.
[In Person] Kids' Oyster Day
Friday, August 5
August 5 is National Oyster Day! Julia Smith from Signature Oysters and Emily Monteiro from 19 Raw Oyster Bar will teach kids about the life cycle of an oyster, and demonstrate how to shuck one.
[In Person] Storytime with Tony the Pony
Thursday, August 11
Tony the Pony and Annie Parsons from Misty Meadows Equine Learning Center will join us for a special storytime. Tony will even do some tricks and teach you about horses.
[In Person] Living on a Houseboat: A Talk with Jeff Canha
Friday, August 12
Houseboat owner Jeff Canha will be here to talk with kids about what it's like to live on the water. Bring your questions!
[In Person] Storytime at the Carnegie
Monday, August 22
Join us for a special storytime at the Carnegie on North Water St., where Rachel from the MV Preservation Trust will read an ocean-themed story.
[In Person] The Pinkletinks
Tuesday, August 23
Families are invited to the library's front lawn (weather permitting) to see the Island’s popular kid rock band, the Pinkletinks.
[In Person] Mural Mondays
10am - 5pm
Kids of all ages are welcome to drop in and explore our under-the-sea mural to learn about the different sea creatures. “Adopt” a stuffed sea creature to take home (while supplies last). For each animal adopted, the Friends of the Edgartown Library will make a donation to the Ocean Conservancy.
[In Person] Discovery Days at the Library
10:30am - 11:30am
Come to the library for this joint program with the Family Center on Wednesday mornings. Caregivers and children will read, discover, and explore a new theme together each week. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.
[In Person] Wiggle with the Words
Join Elyce in the Program Room for a movement-based storytime using fun props and interactive stories. This program is geared toward ages 1-5, but all are welcome.
[In Person] Drop-in Craft
10:30am - 4pm
Drop by the Children's Room crafting area and create an all-ages ocean-themed craft. Craft to change weekly. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.
New Children's Books
Want to find out what new books can be checked out at the library? Take a look at our 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.
Story Walk at Sheriff’s Meadow Sanctuary
The Edgartown Library and Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation have partnered to bring you a story walk every month.

This self-guided activity takes place at the Sheriff's Meadow Sanctuary and is for children of all ages and their caregivers.
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.

[In Person] (Im)Provisions:
Brain Food & Fun
3pm - 4pm
Dive into the wonderful world of collaborative storytelling and creative thought with your peers. Chris will be available to put you through your improvisational paces. Work out your quick thinking brain waves, and test the limits of your ability to create on the fly with a variety of improv games and exercises. Geared toward ages 8-16.

(Im)Provisions will be on August 2, 9, 16, and 23. There will be no program on Aug. 30.
[In Person] Dungeons & Dragons
3pm - 6pm

Jump into adventure with the library's drop-in teen D&D program. Explore mysterious parts of a wide open world, become a hero, and protect your peace by using all of your considerable skills and weaponry. Get ready for a brand new adventure and find out everything you need to know to survive this strange new world by emailing Chris at For ages 12-17.

A free DnD Beyond account is helpful, but not required. This program is drop-in, and signup is not necessary.

D&D will be on August 5, 12, and 19. There will be no program on Aug. 26.
CLAMS and Library Services
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 the comfort of your car in both of our parking lots, or, when the weather agrees, outdoors, where there is plenty of seating.
Lendable Technology

Chromebooks run the Chrome operating system and use Google services such as Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

WiFi Hotspots
Need internet access? Check out a mobile WiFi hotspot from the Edgartown Library to get internet on the go.

For more information, click here.
Get the CLAMS
Library App

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. Take a tour of the app with Chris by clicking on the video.

Available for iOS and Android.
Library Card Signup

For information on how to sign up for a library card, click here.

To apply for a library card online, 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.

Tech Time at the Anchors
Wednesday, August 10
11am - 12pm

Do you have questions about using your laptop, smartphone, iPad, or other devices? The Edgartown Library is partnering with the Edgartown Council on Aging to provide tech time sessions every month at The Anchors. Call 508-627-4368 to register.

You can also stop by the library during our open hours for tech help, or schedule a tech appointment by clicking here.
Inkjet Cartridge Recycling Program
Support our local Vineyard League by recycling ink jet cartridges. The League of Women Voters of Martha’s Vineyard has drop boxes for collecting used printer inkjet cartridges in all six towns, including at the Edgartown Library. Cartridges are sent to a recycler, keeping them out of landfills. Please note, inkjet cartridges are the only kind that can be accepted.

Questions? Contact Irene Ziebarth at 202-680-8076, or
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 by
phone: 508.627.4221