August Newsletter
Beginning Monday June 20:
MONDAY: 10:30 - 1:30
TUESDAY: 10:30 - 5:00
WEDNESDAY: 10:30 - 6:00
THURSDAY: 10:30 - 5:00
FRIDAY: 10:30 - 1:30
SATURDAY: 10:30 - 3:00
The Chilmark Free Public Library is pleased to offer individuals, groups, or organizations the opportunity to display their art exhibits. This policy is intended to encourage equitable access to local artists.
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
All exhibits submitted for approval by the Art Advisory Committee will be considered via the criteria listed below:
  • Artist’s original work
  • Collaboration with a cross-disciplined program or performance
  • Historical, local, or regional relevance
  • Artist expression
  • Appropriateness to special events, anniversaries, holidays, etc.
  • Representation of a minority group, influential movement, genre, trend, or national culture
  • Suitability for public display
  • Ease of installation in Program Room
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.
Creativebug is a collection of arts and crafts video tutorials, giving you on-demand access to expert instruction in drawing, painting, sewing, knitting, crocheting, quilting, baking, and more. 
Each of Creativebug’s high-quality videos includes an in-depth description, a materials list, transcript, and community discussion section. With new classes added daily, you’ll never run out of amazing things to make!
With Creativebug, you can turn your crafting dreams into reality. Click here to get started today!
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!
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 508-645-3360 or email to reserve 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. 
Wednesday, August 3, 8:30 pm.  The Summer Night Sky: Travel Among the Cosmos with Mark Alan Lovewell and the Libraries of Martha’s Vineyard.
Join veteran stargazer Mark Alan Lovewell in two sessions and discover the wonders of the cosmos in our summer night sky.
August 3: Meet at the Riverhead Field Disc Golf on Barnes Road.
Writer, photographer, and folk singer Mark Alan Lovewell, a Renaissance man of many talents, enjoys sharing his passions for folk singing, journalism, photography, sailing, and stargazing with those interested in a unique, local perspective of all the island has to offer. He has been writing Vineyard Skies, a weekly astronomy column for the Vineyard Gazette for almost 42 years.
Email or call 508-645-3360 for more information.
Free. Sponsored by the Libraries of Martha’s Vineyard.

Wednesday, August 10, 5:00: In-person and virtual: The Debate over Religious Exemptions and the Free Exercise of Culture in the USA. With Richard Shweder, cultural anthropologist, University of Chicago
“Congress shall make no law [1] respecting an establishment of religion, or [2] prohibiting the free exercise thereof;”…
This talk examines the free exercise of religion and culture in a liberal pluralistic society such as the United States. Liberal pluralistic ideals and narratives have led some Americans to imagine their country as a haven for religious freedom and cultural diversity; as a land where the State takes a “neutral” position concerning the particular religious beliefs and related practices and cultural traditions of its citizens, as a place where citizenship as an American has relatively weak and limited implications for the way you lead your private life. Special attention will be given to two competing interpretations of the free exercise of religion clause of the First Amendment of the US Constitution; should the clause be interpreted narrowly (and conservatively) as an “anti-religious persecution” clause, or more broadly (and liberally) as a “respect for religious conscience” clause. Explored are the implications of each interpretation for religious and cultural freedom and for the future of Jewish and Muslim Abrahamic circumcision traditions in the United States. 
Richard Shweder is a cultural anthropologist and the Harold Higgins Swift Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago, where he has been on the faculty for nearly 50 years. He is the author or editor of many books, such as Why Do Men Barbecue: Expeditions in Cultural Psychology, and Engaging Cultural Differences: The Multicultural Challenge in Liberal Democracies. He has done research on comparative ethics and the cultural psychology of suffering, including explanations of illness, has been a Guggenheim Fellow and Carnegie Scholar and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Psychological Anthropology. He views himself as a robust cultural pluralist interested in the scope and limits of tolerance for cultural, religious and ideological diversity in liberal democracies.
Email to receive the Zoom invite.
Free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Chilmark Library. 508-645-3360
Wednesday, August 24, at 5:00: Tangled Up In Verse, Unraveling Dylan’s Poetics, with Poet Laureate Jill Jupen.
This interactive evening will focus on Dylan lyrics and how they were influenced by the French poets Apollinaire and Rimbaud and the Greeks and Romans. Also, we will discuss Dylan's writing process (yes, he had one!)
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
Wednesday, August 31, 6:00 PM. Missis Biskis: Patio Music at the Chilmark Library
From Hank to Hendrix, Loretta to Lucinda, Missis Biskis hits all stops along the way on the Americana Highway. Come celebrate the culmination of Summer ’22 out on our lawn and patio! Make sure to bring your dancing shoes.
Email for more information.
Free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Chilmark Library. 508-645-3360
Art Shows Are Back!
Youth Services
Join Caroline, Emily, and Rebecca at Native Earth Teaching Farm on Thursday August 4, at 10 am, for a fun hands-on foraging event. Learn how to gather edible flowers and plants in this free family program. Bug spray and high socks and sneakers recommended.
This event is in collaboration with the Chilmark library, the Vineyard Haven library, and Native Earth Teaching Farm. Event held at 94 N Road, Chilmark, MA.
Free and open to the public. Call 508-645-3360 for more information.
Join Kate Feiffer for a lively storytime, reading from her hit picture book "Henry the Dog with No Tail"! Thursday August 11 at 11 AM.
This event is free and open to the public. Kid-friendly craft to follow after storytime. 
Join Felix Neck and the Chilmark Library on Thursday August 18 at 10:30 AM in a hands-on science experience: mammal adaptations. Felix Neck will bring mammal pelts and skulls into the library. Participants discover which mammals can be found on Martha’s Vineyard and work in groups to identify mammal skulls. The focus is mammal teeth adaptations for food preferences.
This event is free and requires pre-registration, as space is limited. Open to families of all ages.
Call 508-645-3360 to register. Visit to more about Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary.
Are you a youth library patron that loves reading, surprises, or both?  Fill out the form below to sign up for our Chilmark Book Box (CBB) subscription service.  Each month, you'll receive a box complete with books, snacks, and other goodies selected just for you!  While the book and box eventually need to be returned to the library, the goodies are yours to keep!  The subscription is 100% FREE!  All you need is a library card.  

Priority for subscriptions is given to patrons who have not participated in the CBB before, and who live on Martha's Vineyard year-round. Patrons must be at least 8 years old. Patrons must be in good library standing (i.e., not have outstanding books or bills).

There are 12 spots available for subscribers, as well as a waiting list.

To learn how it works, visit:
To register, visit:

To begin your subscription in September, subscribe by August 21. The subscription service goes from September through May. There will be no book box in December.
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!
LEGO club encourages children to learn while having fun! Creativity, problem solving, spatial reasoning, and teamwork are some of the skills your child will learn while playing with LEGOs. 

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.

Masks are required for all patrons aged 2+, regardless of vaccination status. Children aged 10 and younger must be accompanied by a caregiver.
Join Caroline on Saturdays at 11 AM for a fun and fantastic story time! This weekly story time is geared towards toddlers and preschoolers. We will sing, dance, and read new stories together. 

There is no registration, but attendance is limited to first come, first served. Call the library at 508-645-3360 for more information, or email
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!
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 to create a username and password.

Use your library card to get free live online homework help. Visit
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.

HOURS (beginning Monday June 20):

Sunday: CLOSED
Monday: 10:30 - 1:30
Tuesday: 10:30 - 5:00
Wednesday: 10:30 - 6:00
Thursday: 10:30 - 5:00
Friday: 10:30 - 1:30 
Saturday: 10:30 - 3:00


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 is open for 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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