January Newsletter
Technology help by appointment on Thursdays 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 508-693-3360, email, or use Appointlet to set up an appointment:
Wifi Hotspots are back at the Chilmark Library! Hotspots are available for CLAMS patrons to borrow for two (2) weeks. Hotspots are available first-come, first served with no immediate renewal. Hotspot must be picked up and dropped off at the Chilmark Library.
New Adult Programs
Please email Adult Programming Coordinator Tracy Thorpe at to sign up, get Zoom invite, and/or ask questions. 
Saturdays, January 8 and 29, 2:00 PM EST: Writing for Young People
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.

Tuesday, January 11, 6:00 PM: Is your Dog Happy, or Excited? With Brian Luce.

As humans, we often perceive a dog's happiness in relation to how excited they are. The more excited the dog is, the more happy we think they are. While excitement and happiness may be similar, they are not the same thing and too much excitement can actually lead to behavioral issues. This presentation will help distinguish between a happy dog and an excited dog, when to eliminate excitement and to change the way we see happiness in dogs.
Brian Luce is an Island native. His primary focus is on Dog Psychology versus ‘obedience’ or ‘commands’. His ideology is founded on understanding how a dog’s brain works, rather than simply teaching a dog to ‘sit’ or ‘stay’.
Email  or to sign up and get the Zoom invite.
Free. Sponsored by the Vineyard Haven and Chilmark Libraries 508-645-3360.

Tuesday, Jan. 18th, 6:00 PM: FOR THE LOVE OF BEEF, with author Scott Lively.

When we look at the beef industry in America, we see soaring prices at the grocery stores, producers who are making barely enough to squeak by, and a meatpacking industry seemingly controlled by only four players. These are not new topics, but one cattle producer has taken the time to examine the industry from many angles. He has authored a book called, “For the Love of Beef: The Good, The Bad, and the Future of America’s Favorite Meat,” where he talks about the angst facing producers across the entire industry. Lively’s book looks at options for the producer, lessons for the consumer, and what he sees happening inside the halls of Congress.
Scott Lively is a co-founder of 'Raise American', a 100 percent grass-fed, organic, American beef company.
Email or for the Zoom invite.
Free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Chilmark Library. 508-645-3360
Wednesday, January 19, 4:00 PM. The Black Mountain Poets with poet laureate Jill Jupen (rescheduled.).
Black Mountain College sprung up in the 1930s in the Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, born in a time of crisis. The Nazis had shut down the 
Bauhaus, and its artists found refuge at Black Mountain. The post-war poetry of the Black Mountain school was associated with the three poets who led its mission: Charles Olson, Robert Creeley, and Robert Duncan, who promoted a nontraditional poetics described by Olson as “projective verse.” Jill Jupen, poet laureate of Martha’s Vineyard, will talk about the historical circumstances that led to their manifesto, and of the work of the three poets who began the movement.
Jill Jupen is the Poet Laureate of Martha's Vineyard, and has lived on the island for 21 years. She was born and raised in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont where she was a psychiatric nurse. Her chapbook "The Space Between" was published by Plan B Press in 2018. She lives on the island with her husband, three Jack Russells, and a whole lot of books.
Email to sign up and get the Zoom invite.
Free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Chilmark Library. 508-645-3360
Saturday, January 22, 6:00PM. Vineyard BINGO with the Chilmark Library, Best of ’21 Edition.
BINGO IS BACK! Join the fun at our Zoom Vineyard BINGO night. Play to win a gift certificate to Bunch of Grapes Bookstore. Land on author squares and receive a prize! We’ll provide the original Vineyard BINGO board, you provide the chips, coins, or pebbles. Guaranteed fun for the whole family.
Email to sign up and get a new 2022  BINGO board and the Zoom invite.
Free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Chilmark Library. 508-645-3360

Wednesday, January 26, 4:00 PM: Tea Club
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.) January’s choice is a black tea, Mi Lan Xiang, from Wudong Shan in the Guangdong province of China.
Email to sign up, receive your tea, and get the Zoom invite.
Free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Chilmark Library. 508-645-3360
Youth Services
Take and Make craft kits will continue throughout the month of January. Pick your kits up on Thursdays out on our porch.

January 6: Paper Puppet
January 13: Exquisite Corpse
January 20: Egg Carton Glasses
January 27: Paper Spinner Toy

Email or call 508-645-3360 for more information.
Daily fun for the whole family! These activities promote early literacy and help your child build strong reading skills. Check back in next month's newsletter for more activities.
Board games are now available to be checked out for 2 weeks, without renewals. Check out our collection of kid- and family-friendly board and card games, including Monopoly, King of Tokyo, Timeline, and more!
Updated Library Services

We are open for adult and YA (12+) browsing and express services during all regular hours for visits lasting up to 30 minutes. In addition to browsing and checking out adult and YA books and DVD sections, express services include print/fax/copy/scan, hold pick-up, and reference requests.

Masks covering nose and mouth will be required for ages 2+ regardless of vaccination status.


Sunday/Monday: CLOSED
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


Holds Pickup

Holds will be available for pickup INSIDE during our regular hours. Items are available to pick-up on a cart next to our self-checkout computer. Your items will be labeled with the first 3 letters of your last name and the last 4 digits of your barcode.  Bring your library card with you to use the self-checkout. You will receive an email the day your item is ready. Porch pickup will continue by request. Please let us know if you'd prefer to pick up your items outside. Call us at (508) 645-3360 or email us at


The children's room open browsing and appointment schedule will change starting in November. Open browsing has a capacity limit of 10 people in the children's room. Please use to sign up for an appointment.

Children's Room Hours:

Sunday/Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 10:30 - 2:30 Appointment only; 2:30 - 5:00 Open browsing, no appointment needed
Wednesday: 10:30 - 2:30 Closed for school appointments; 2:30 - 6:00 Open browsing, no appointment needed
Thursday: 10:30 - 2:30 Appointment only; 2:30 - 5:00 Open browsing, no appointment needed
Friday: 10:30 - 1:30 Closed for school appointments
Saturday: 10:30 - 5:00 Open browsing, no appointment needed

Call us at (508) 645-3360 or email us for assistance or with any questions at chil_mail@clamsnet.orgWe are here to help! 
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