April 2021
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Library closures this month:
CLOSED Monday, April 19 for Patriots' Day
Library Services
EXPANDED Curbside Pickup &
Children's Room Pickup Window Hours
(starting Mon. April 5):
Monday through Saturday: 10AM - 5PM

To learn how contactless pickup works, click here.
To learn more about all of our digital offerings, click here.
If you need to schedule a pickup time outside of our regular schedule, please contact us. We are happy to make special arrangements.
Adult Virtual Programs
Restorative Yoga
Sundays in April
(no program on 4/25)
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, 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 April 4, 11, & 18
Note: no program on April 25.

Send an email to programs@edgartownlibrary.org to register for this class.

This program has been generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.
Food Waste Initiative
Informational Meeting
Tuesday, April 6
The Martha’s Vineyard Food Waste Initiative is planning to ask Island towns to allocate funds for a regional food waste composting system at their respective 2022 annual meetings. According to Eunice Youmans, Island Grown Initiative's food waste initiative director, the Island’s biggest export is garbage; about 19,000 tons a year. Of that, she estimates 6,500 tons is food, and costs the Island about $740,000 annually.
Join Ms. Youmans for a presentation on the proposed Island-wide food waste composting system, and learn about the environmental and financial benefits of the plan.

Request the link at programs@edgartownlibrary.org.
A Conversation with the Filmmaker: Beyond the Mask
Saturday, April 10
Documentary Open Screening:
Beyond the Mask
Thursday, April 8 - Monday, April 12
We’re celebrating National Poetry Month in a big way at the Edgartown Library. The first of our four poetry programs this month will be an open screening of Beyond the Mask, a documentary on the life and legacy of poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, the first African American to achieve national fame as a writer.

There will be an open screening of the film from Thursday, April 8- Monday, April 12. Email us for the link.

On Saturday, April 10, writer, director, and co-producer Frederick Lewis will speak about Dunbar’s legacy and take your questions.

The screening and the conversation with the filmmaker are co-sponsored by the Chilmark, Vineyard Haven, and West Tisbury libraries.

Request the link to the film and the Zoom link to the filmmaker's talk at programs@edgartownlibrary.org.

View the trailer for the film here.

This program has been generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.
Chef Look Cooks
Thursday, April 15
Our monthly cooking series continues with 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 food blog Trash Panda.

This month Chris will prepare his version of a Swiss classic, Chicken Cordon Bleu. Stuffed with melted cheese, savory mushroom duxelles, and topped with a tangy mustard cream sauce, this dish will put the inevitable leftover Easter ham to delectable use. Cook along with Chris or just enjoy the show.

Request a link to join the fun at programs@edgartownlibrary.org.

This program has been generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.
Music in the Evening:
Pianist Jeremy Berlin
Friday, April 16
Join us for an evening of jazz standards and improvisation from the keyboard of Jeremy Berlin. Best known for his playing with the Island’s great party band, Johnny Hoy and the Blue Fish, Berlin is a jazzman at heart. Relax in your living room and enjoy his dazzling playing live via Zoom. Please note the 8pm start time.

Email us at programs@edgartownlibrary.org for the link.

This program has been generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.
Poetry Writing Workshop
Saturdays, April 17 & April 24
Poet and teacher Donald Nitchie is back via Zoom to coach you in creating poetry. Whether you are a practiced writer or have never written a poem (or fit somewhere in between), this workshop will inspire you. Participants will read and discuss two or more poems from classic and contemporary poets, and then use those poems as models for in-class writing exercises.

Please note that all are welcome, but space is limited. Email us for the link at programs@edgartownlibrary.org.

This program has been generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.
An Introduction to the Life, Natural World, and Poetry of Mary Oliver
with Andrea Brandeis
Tuesday, April 20
The late Mary Oliver remains one of our country’s most loved and quoted poets. Using accessible and precise language, her poetry considers the connection between nature and the spiritual world.

In this introduction to the poet, presenter Andrea Brandeis explores Oliver’s biography, her deep relationship with the natural world, and how that connection is expressed in her poetry. We will read and discuss some of the Oliver’s greatest work from her book, Devotions.

Join us for this special evening by requesting the link at: programs@edgartownlibrary.org.
The Living Room Readings, Redux:
Poets Fan Ogilvie and Arnie Reisman
Friday, April 23
It was almost exactly a year ago that we presented Fan Ogilvie and Arnie Reisman in the library’s first ever live Zoom program. An audience gathered from all over our Island, state, and country. We even had listeners from South America!

From their living rooms to yours, Fan Ogilvie and Arnie Reisman will read from their own poetry and share a few poems from other poets that they just can’t keep to themselves.

Request the Zoom link at programs@edgartownlibrary.org for a front-row seat.
Songs in the Key of Spring:
Pianist Adele Dreyer
Sunday, April 25
After this long winter, we are all ready to celebrate spring. Resident pianist Adele Dreyer will perform a program of songs that epitomize the season of warming sun, budding flowers, gentle rain, and awakening love. Spring it on!

Request the link at programs@edgartownlibrary.org.
Movie in Focus: Film Discussion Group
The Return (Russia, 2003)
Monday, April 26
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. Bring your impressions and opinions. Virginia Munro will choose the films and facilitate the group.

The Return (Vozvrashchenie) is a tense, emotionally gripping tale about two young brothers whose father has returned to the family after a twelve-year absence. Set in contemporary Russia, the impressive film debut of director Andrey Zvyagintsev begins as a road movie and steadily moves into the geography of suspense. This film is available to stream for free on Kanopy.

Request the link at programs@edgartownlibrary.org.
Designing Shady Retreats
with Joan Butler
Tuesday, April 27
Spring is here, and what better excuse to play in the dirt than creating an inviting shady retreat? In this richly illustrated lecture, we will explore a variety of intriguing gardens with expert gardener and horticulturist Joan Butler of Enchanted Gardens. Joan will show us design tricks and strategies to light up shady corners, highlight unusual plants that thrive in low-light conditions, and demonstrate the creative use of art objects, seating, and water features.

Request the link for this inspiring and instructive presentation by emailing programs@edgartownlibrary.org.

ABOUT JOAN BUTLER: Joan has been an enthusiastic gardener and plant collector for over 35 years and believes gardens should invite you to linger in the world outside your door. The gardens on her half-acre suburban property have been included on several garden tours and feature exciting plant combinations, dramatic horticultural specimens, and extensive collections of native plants, hosta, and epimedium. She holds a BA in Geology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Certificate in Landscape Management from UMass Extension Green School. She is a Master Gardener, a horticulturist at Weston Nurseries, and is a past Chairman of the Massachusetts Landscape Design Council. She is a member of the Garden Consultants Council, the New England Hosta Society, and is an accredited Flower Show Judge. Joan has presented programs at flower shows in Massachusetts and Connecticut, as well as at numerous garden clubs, horticultural societies, and professional organizations.

This program has been generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.
Library Book Group
Thursday, April 29
Join local author Jean Stone and library director Lisa Sherman for a virtual discussion of Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate.

This New York Times bestselling novel follows the interwoven story lines of Avery Stafford, a lawyer from a prominent South Carolina family, and Rill Foss, the eldest of five children who were taken from their parents’ boat by an unscrupulous children’s home in the 1930s.

Digital copies are available on OverDrive, or contact us to put your physical copy on hold.

Email director@edgartownlibrary.org for the Zoom link, and join the conversation.
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 memories of these special places. All materials highlighted are available with your CLAMS card!

Join Kerith on her travels at https://sites.google.com/view/eplblog/home
Kids, Teens, & Families
Easter Egg Hunt
Thursday - Saturday
April 1, 2, & 3
10am - 5pm
Come to the Children’s Room pickup window during open hours on April 1st, 2nd, or 3rd and pick up a clue sheet. Find clues while walking around the library lawn. Once you find all the clues, return to the pickup window to receive your goodie bag of eggs!

Masks are required when visiting the pickup window and while searching for clues outdoors.
NEW: Storybook Walk at Sheriff’s Meadow Sanctuary
The Edgartown Public Library and Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation are partnering to bring you a new storybook walk every month! Pick up a craft bag related to the story at the Children’s Room pickup window during our open hours (Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm), then head to the Sheriff’s Meadow Sanctuary to go on the walk.

This is a self-guided activity for children of any age and their caregivers. For more information, click here.
Children's Room
Pickup Window
Monday - Saturday
10am - 5pm
The Children’s Room pickup window is open to browse materials through the windows, or place requests with the library staff.

Masks are required, as well as your library card.
Craft Pickup Bags
Monday - Saturday
10am - 5pm
Come to the Children’s Room pickup window to grab an activity bag to do at home. Crafts will change weekly, and kits are appropriate for children of all ages.

Masks are required when visiting the pick-up window.
Spring Reading Program
Monday - Saturday
10am - 5pm
Pick up your reading log from the Children’s Room pickup window or print it out at home. Keep track of the books you read (or have read to you) and bring your log back to the window to receive a stamp. Collect stamps to earn prizes!

Masks are required when visiting the pickup window.
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.
Children's Librarian
On the Go
Do you have a home daycare or homeschool pod in Edgartown? Reach out to Elyce to sign up for this service. Hand-selected materials and craft bags will be delivered to your door on Wednesdays up to 4 times per month. Email info@edgartownlibrary.org for more info.
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.

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 info@brainfuse.com. 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.
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, 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 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.
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. 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 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 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.

Check out our
Browsing Windows!

The library's window displays are always stocked with our newest titles. You can stop by and browse all our new books and DVD displays anytime during our curbside pickup hours.

And the best part? All items on display are available for immediate checkout.
Home Delivery Service

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

There are several ways to sign up: fill out the Home Delivery Request Form, send an email to info@edgartownlibrary.org, or call 508-627-4221 with your request for library materials.

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, or call the library for more details at 508-627-4221.

Need a laptop to use with your hotspot? Ask about Chromebooks available for checkout, above.
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. Sessions are available every Tuesday-Saturday afternoon.
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 through the Boston Public Library, the library for the Commonwealth. As a Massachusetts resident, you may sign up for a free BPL eCard. Once you have a library card number and PIN, you'll have access to lots of exciting resources.

Explore the world from the comfort of your home with full reproductions of National Geographic Magazine (1888-present) and National Geographic Traveler (2010-present), as well as searchable collections of books, maps, images, and videos.

To start exploring, click here.
The HistoryMakers records and preserves video oral history interviews that highlight the accomplishments of individual African Americans and African-American-led groups and movements.

You can search by topic, racial issue, person, narration type, and more.

Dive into the archive here.
Alexander Street presents Music Online: Jazz Music Library, the largest and most comprehensive collection of streaming jazz available online. The Jazz Music Library features thousands of jazz artists, ensembles, albums, and genres.

Browse their music catalog here.
A to Z World Food
AtoZ World Food is a proprietary database that includes 884 food culture articles, 6,500 traditional recipes, 650 ingredient articles, historical timelines, glossaries, and more.

Log in to AtoZ World Foods here.
And don't forget...

The Edgartown Library has lots of digital services available to our 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 info@edgartownlibrary.org.

If you're looking for help on signing up or using Libby, Kanopy, or Hoopla, watch one of our video tutorials.

You can also sign up for assistance with any of these services here.
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, Apr. 1 at 9:00am, and all are welcome to attend. 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 will support 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 latest Annual Fund Drive letter, click here.
Covid-19 Resources
email: info@edgartownlibrary.org 
website: edgartownlibrary.org
phone: 508.627.4221