May 2021 508-627-4221

Library closures this month:
CLOSED Monday, May 31 for Memorial Day
Library Services
Curbside Pickup &
Children's Room Pickup Window Hours
Monday through Saturday: 10AM - 5PM

To learn how contactless pickup works, click here.
To learn more about all of our digital offerings, click here.

Please stay tuned for updates coming soon about opening for express service appointments in the library.
Adult Virtual Programs
Restorative Yoga
Sundays in May
(no program on 5/23)
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 May 2, 9, 16 & 30
Note: no program on May 23.

Send an email to to register for this class.

This program has been generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.
Ornithologist and Author Alan Poole:
Three Weeks on a Euro-Osprey Tour
Thursday, May 13
The extraordinary revival in osprey numbers that we are witnessing in southern New England has not been restricted to our shores. Nearly eliminated from most of Europe half a century ago, ospreys are staging a remarkable comeback, from Scotland to Spain and from France to Finland. Follow South Coast osprey expert Alan Poole as he brings us along on a three-week summer trip through Europe, visiting osprey researchers and gathering material for his recently published book, Ospreys: the revival of a global raptor. Part travelogue, part natural history, this beautifully illustrated lecture will provide glimpses of Europe through an osprey lens. Come celebrate the revival of a global raptor, from Martha's Vineyard to Europe!

Alan Poole, an Associate of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, was editor of the Birds of North America life history series for 22 years. He lives along the Westport River estuaries in southeastern Massachusetts, has been studying ospreys for over 35 years, and has written two books on the species.

Request the link at

This program has been generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.
Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf
A Film by Thomas Piper
Filmmaker Q & A: Friday, May 21 at 2pm
Open Screening: Mon. May 17 - Sun. May 23
We are showcasing the work of the brilliant landscape designer Piet Oudolf in two separate programs this month.

The first is a virtual screening of Thomas Piper’s documentary on the Dutch genius, Five Seasons, between Monday, May 17 and Sunday, May 23. The screening will be accompanied by a Q&A with the filmmaker on Friday, May 21 at 2pm.

The second program will be on Thursday, May 27 at 7pm with landscape design consultant Deborah Chud (see below).

Five Seasons is an immersive and meditative documentary that reveals how the revolutionary landscape designer Piet Oudolf upends our conventional notions of nature, public space, and ultimately, beauty itself. 

Request the link to the film and the Zoom link to the filmmaker’s Q&A at

This program is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library and the Chilmark, West Tisbury, Oak Bluffs, and Vineyard Haven libraries.
Author Talk with Laurie David:
Imagine It! A Handbook for a Happier Planet
Tuesday, May 18
Join us for a talk with Laurie David, co-author of Imagine It! A Handbook for a Happier Planet. Ms. David co-wrote the book with Heather Reisman, both of whom are long-time environmental activists who have brought their message to audiences through award-winning documentaries, including Fed Up, The Biggest Little Farm, and the Oscar–winning An Inconvenient Truth.

With their latest project, they outline in clear steps how environmentally conscious “lifestyle shifts” can lower our use of plastic, paper, water, and harmful chemicals. A cleaner, healthier world can be ours—if we imagine it. Ms. David will take questions after the talk. 

Request the link at
Chef Look Cooks
Thursday, May 20
This month Chef Look puts his special signature on a classic well-known dish. Perfect for a brunch or a light supper, he'll be making poached eggs nestled on a bed of sautéed shitake mushrooms and springy asparagus, topped with a rich, lemony Hollandaise. Tender roasted potato wedges complete the dish. Gather your ingredients and cook along with Chris, or just enjoy the show.

Request a link to join the fun at

This program has been generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.
Movie in Focus: Film Discussion Group
Bicycle Thieves (Italy, 1948)
Monday, May 24
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.

Bicycle Thieves shows us one frantic day in the life of a working man, desperate to find the stolen bicycle his job depends upon. Set in the bomb-battered streets of post-WWII Rome, director Vittorio de Sica’s film has long been considered a masterpiece of Italian neorealism. But it is also a universal story that still speaks to us, one teeming with life, energy, and emotion. This film is streaming for free on Kanopy.

Request the link at
A Piet Oudolf Story with
Landscape Design Consultant
Deborah Chud
Thursday, May 27
When Dr. Deborah Chud wanted to landscape her new home, she imagined just what she wanted it to look like. But after many months and too much money, the result was nothing near what she had envisioned. Then she discovered the work of Piet Oudolf, the brilliant Dutch landscape designer who placed equal importance on both structure and color.

Gardeners and designers have always looked longingly at Oudolf’s gardens when leafing through his many beautifully-illustrated books, but Deborah Chud wanted something more. In what turned into a five-year journey, she studied Oudolf’s designs and developed an unprecedented understanding of why Oudolf’s gardens are so magical. She also created the world’s most comprehensive database of his plant combinations. In this presentation, we’ll learn Chud’s personal story: how she started as a non-gardener and created her current garden (see above), along with a monster database and a new career. She’ll also describe the historical context of Oudolf’s work. Finally, she’ll introduce his basic design principles of structure, coherence, and contrast.

Join us for a remarkable evening by emailing

This program has been generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.
Library Book Group
Thursday, May 27
Join local author Jean Stone and library director Lisa Sherman for a virtual discussion of The Midnight Library by Matt Haig.

This New York Times bestselling novel is a celebration of life's possibilities - and how one woman is able to step into the possible outcomes of her life, exploring the best and the worst that could happen.

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

Email 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 the memories and spirit of these special places. All materials highlighted are available with your CLAMS card.

Start traveling with Kerith at
Kids, Teens, & Families
Children's Book Week
Monday - Saturday,
May 3 - 8
10am - 5pm
Children’s Book Week is an annual celebration of books for young people as well as the joy of reading. Stop by the Children’s Room pickup window during the first week of May to pick up a goody bag filled with activities, coloring pages, and more.
Mother's Day
Gift Making Craft
Saturday, May 8
10am - 5pm
Pick up a bag to make something special for the moms in your life. Each bag will contain some air-dry clay and items to decorate your creation.
Storybook Walk at Sheriff’s Meadow Sanctuary
The Edgartown Public Library and Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation have partnered 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, 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.
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.

Please note, craft bags are limited to one per child per day. If you are looking for a larger quantity, please call ahead and speak to someone before coming to the library.
Children's Room
Pickup Window
Monday - Saturday
10am - 5pm
Weather permitting, the Children’s Room pickup window is open to browse materials through the windows, or place requests with library staff.
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!
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
Can't make it to the library during our pickup hours? Sign up for this service! Elyce will hand-select materials and craft bags to be delivered to your door up to four times per month. Call the library or email 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 When contacting Brainfuse, please provide an email address and the name of the library from which you are using the Brainfuse service.
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, the 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, manage your account, add a digital library card, 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 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
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, 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, 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.
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.
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 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 us 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 Libby on your computer or through the app, click here.
Kanopy showcases 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 or through the app, click here.
Hoopla gives you access to movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics, and TV shows on all your viewing devices. With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately or downloaded to your phone or tablet 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 or through the app, click here.
The Edgartown Library provides free access to The Wall Street Journal online. Access includes articles, exclusive podcasts, and the online "print" version of the newspaper.

Simply click here and create an account. Your access is available for 3 days. After that, you can return here or visit our website to click the link again and log in as an existing user with the same username and password you originally created.
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. Your access is available for 3 days. After that, you can return here or visit our website to click the link again and use your login information for every future visit to or when using the app.
Missing your daily dose of the crossword puzzle? Please visit us during our curbside pickup hours. Puzzles are available in our contactless pickup area by the rear parking lot entrance.
Any Massachusetts resident can sign up for a free Boston Public Library eCard, which gets you access to tons of free digital resources. To see a full list of BPL's online resources, click here.

Sign up for a BPL eCard 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, May 6 at 9:00am, and all are welcome to attend. Send an email to 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
phone: 508.627.4221