February Newsletter
TUESDAY: 10:30 - 5:00
WEDNESDAY: 10:30 - 6:00
THURSDAY: 10:30 - 5:00
FRIDAY: 10:30 - 1:30
SATURDAY: 10:30 - 5:00

The library will be closed on Tuesday 2/21
in observation of Presidents' Day


CLAMS Libraries will soon unveil a new catalog. 

We are moving to the Aspen Discovery platform to enhance and enrich your experience.

Aspen makes searching for books and resources easier, pulling all library resources together in one search. Patrons can create and share lists of materials and online content or peruse curated lists created by their local library staff. Readers can easily find a title in every format available, read book reviews, and even rate items and see how others rated them. If a book or other item is unavailable, a “While you wait” feature offers suggestions for similar titles. These are examples of the many features in Aspen.

The CLAMS Aspen Discovery catalog will launch on February 27th. 
Keep an eye out for an additional email blast this month with more details about the transition.

The Chilmark Free Public Library is pleased to offer individuals, groups, or organizations the opportunity to display their art exhibits. 
Goals of the exhibits in the library include:
  • Supporting community cultural and artistic activities
  • Encouraging individuals to contribute to the appreciation of the arts
  • Broadening horizons by presenting a wide range of art, collections, or displays
  • Nourishing intellectual, aesthetic, and creative growth
  • Reaching non-traditional library patrons
Exhibitions typically run for 3 weeks in the summer and 1 month during the rest of the year. The summer is defined as June, July, and August.

Email for the application and rules. or call 508-645-3360 for more information.
The Chilmark Library of Things is a collection of games, tools, consumer electronics, and more that you can check out with your library card!  All items go out for two weeks.
Examples of items currently in our collection:
  • Birding kit, with binoculars and device to recognize bird calls
  • Handheld camcorder
  • Gardening kit with a gloves, tools, and a sample of seeds
  • Ukulele
  • Electric keyboard
  • Bongos
  • Bocce ball set
  • Spikeball set
  • And much more!
Stop by the library today to check out an item! These items can be placed on hold at the Chilmark Library.
New Adult Programs
Please email to sign up, get Zoom invite, and/or ask questions. 
Explorations on Sustainability with the Chilmark Library

Questioning everyday decisions, actions, and habits helps create awareness and stewardship rather than blind consumerism and waste. Join the Chilmark Library as we explore ways to include sustainability in our everyday lives with this series of in-person and virtual talks and workshops.
Backyard Bees I, Saturday, January 14, 4:00 PM, online with Steve Judd, beekeeper.
Mend & Repair Clinic, Saturday, February 11, 4:00 PM, in person with Angela Sison of Conrado.
Winter Gardening with Beetlebung Farm, Saturday, February 25, 2:00 PM, at Beetlebung Farm with Kate Woods.
Regenerative Gardening with IGI, Saturday, March 25, 2:00 PM at IGI Farm, with Roxanne Kapitan
Energy Resiliency & Climate Change, Saturday, April 15, in person with Robert Hannemann.
Backyard Bees II, Saturday, April 22, 4:00 PM, online with Steve Judd, beekeeper.
BiodiversityWorks Natural Neighbors, Wednesday, May 17, 5:00 PM, in person with Rich Couse.
Email to sign up and get the Zoom invite.
Free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Chilmark Library. 508-645-3360
Four Fabulous Women Artists (You Probably Never Heard Of) : Art Talk Series with Janet Mandel. Virtual.
Tuesday February 7, 6:00 PM: Florine Stettheimer
One of New York’s most unconventional painters, Florine Stettheimer was a keen and opinionated observer of the people and rapidly changing world around her. Her famous salon, attended by New York’s avant-garde during the 1920s through the early ’40s, was legendary. She prophetically chose to portray subjects considered controversial even today, such as race, sexual orientation, gender, and religion. Come and hear about the unique life of this German-Jewish artist and see some of her most celebrated works. It is time to recognize Florine Stettheimer as one of the most significant artists of the 20th century, whose work remains as modern and relevant today as it was a century ago.
Email  to sign up and receive the Zoom invite.
Free. Sponsored by the Vineyard Haven and Chilmark Public Libraries.

Saturday February 11 at 4 PM. In person

Learn basic hand stitches to sew a patch, fix a button, repair a tear. Bring an item to work on and Angela will walk you through repairing your item. Supplies included.

Angela Sison has worked in the fashion industry in NewYork, California, and Paris. She is the owner of the women’s sustainable clothing brand Conrado.

Email for more information

Free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Chilmark Library. 508-645-3360.

Saturday, February 18, 1:00 PM: Writing for Young People: Join our Group!
Are you working on a picture book, Middle-Grade, Young Adult story, or nonfiction for young people? Or, have you always wanted to? Join our monthly virtual group and share your work, critique, and discuss favorite books in today’s and yesterday’s marketplace. Come experience the joy that is creating stories for kids. All levels welcome! Facilitated by Tracy Thorpe, programs coordinator at the Chilmark Library and MFA, Creative Writing for Young People, Lesley University.
Email to sign up and get the Zoom invite.
Free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Chilmark Library. 508-645-3360

Sunday February 19, 1 PM to 3 PM. In person.

This class will show how Google Workspace (and its integrated apps) can support your business without breaking the bank. As a small business owner, you’re used to juggling lots of different tasks. One minute you’re emailing a customer, the next, you’re scheduling a series of meetings. With the right digital tools, you can streamline tasks so you can focus on the work that matters most to your business. Led by Paul Gentile, whose career focused on strategic planning and IT.

This program is brought to you by CPL and VHPL and will take place at the VHPL, Program Area, Lower Level or 

200 Main St. | Vineyard Haven 508-696-4211 |

Thursday February 23 at 3 PM. Virtual

Join our monthly tasting and talk with teas from around the world. Pick up your tea previous to our discussion, and either brew beforehand or brew during our monthly Zoom meeting where we will discuss the taste, origin, history and producer of the specific tea in hand (or cup.)  February's tasting is Masala Chai from Darjeeling.

Email to sign up, receive your tea, and get the Zoom invite.

Free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Chilmark Library. 508-645-3360.


Saturday February 25 at 2 PM. At Beetlebung Farm, across the road from the Chilmark Library.

A look into the fascinating world of “forcing“ chicories - learn the entire process from seed to plate-- growing, vernalizing, harvesting and preparing the beautiful crop we know as endive.

Kate Woods is a co-manager at Beetlebung Farm in Chilmark, and a veteran of Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture in Tarrytown, New York, 

Email for more information.

Free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Chilmark Library. 508-645-3360.

Technology help by appointment on Tuesdays from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Bring your tablet, ereader, computer, phone, or any questions about library technology services. Call the library at 508-645-3360 or email to reserve an appointment.
Art Shows Are Back!
Youth Services

Join Caroline at the Chilmark Library on Saturday February 4 at 2 PM to make one-of-a-kind Valentine's Day cards! Show your friends, family, and favorite librarians how much you care about them with handmade cards.

Free, all supplies provided. For adults and supervised children.

Saturday February 4 @ 2 PM. 508-645-3360 for more information.

Hootenanny, noun: an informal gathering with folk music and sometimes dancing.

Join Caroline at the Chilmark Library for a fun toddler dance time. Dance and play with your toddler on an indoor hopscotch maze while listening to children's folk music.

Recommended for children aged 1 to 5. Free.

Tuesday February 14 @ 11 AM. Call 508-645-3360 for more information.

Join Jenna from Circuit Arts at the Chilmark Library for a morning dance party on Tuesday February 28 at 11 AM! We will be reading stories, playing pretend, and using our bodies in fun ways.

Recommended for children aged 1 to 5. Free! In collaboration with Circuit Arts.

Tuesday February 28 @ 11 AM. Call 508-645-3360 for more information.

Join us every Wednesday from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM in the Chilmark Library Meeting room to play with LEGOs. We provide the LEGOs, you provide the creativity! This program is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

Join Caroline on Saturdays at 11 AM for an in-person story time. This event is free and open to the public, but the stories and songs are geared toward toddlers and preschoolers. 

Masks are required for all patrons aged 2+, regardless of vaccination status. Children aged 10 and younger must be accompanied by a caregiver.
Did you know that 85% of what we learn, we learn by listening? Give kids access to their favorite books on the audiobook player built just for them. No downloads or internet needed.

Simply plug in headphones and press play. Learn more at

Borrow their favorite audiobooks today at the Chilmark Free Public Library. Our brand new collection includes favorite kid titles: Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Warrior Cats, and more!
Virtual Resources
Libby is an Overdrive app designed to make borrowing and enjoying eBooks and audiobooks easier than ever. Try it out on your smartphone or tablet! Download it for free from your app store, and log in using your library card number and PIN.
Kanopy is an on-demand streaming video service for West Tisbury Library cardholders.  Download the free app from the app store or log in through your browser. Kanopy allows you 20 borrows per month. Enjoy critically-acclaimed movies, inspiring documentaries, award-winning foreign films, and more! Log in with your library card number and PIN.
Visit for free access to the NY Times and the Washington Post.

Complimentary access to and is sponsored by the Martha's Vineyard Library Association.
The Martha’s Vineyard Library Association has partnered with Brainfuse, a national online education company, to provide free online tutoring and homework help to all Martha's Vineyard library cardholders. The program is available seven days a week to anyone with a library card issued by any of the six Martha's Vineyard libraries. Click here to learn more about Brainfuse and get started!
Martha's Vineyard Library Association presents Creativebug! This online service provides access to thousands of award-winning art and craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists! Click here to get started, log in with your library card number, and get crafting!
Introducing a new digital database for children and kids: ComicsPlus! Read comics on your digital device wherever or whenever. No holds, no waitlists, no borrowing limits. Read ALL the comics and graphic novels! Patrons must have a Chilmark library card to register (a library card that begins with 1600000) for ComicsPlus. Click here to register today!
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P.O. Box 180
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Phone 508-645-3360
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