July 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 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
  • Tool kit
  • Tackle box for basic fishing
  • Bongos
  • Bocce ball set
  • Spikeball set
  • Board games like Wingspan, Dominion, and Catan
  • 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. 
Tuesday, July 26, 6:30-7:30 PM: Chilmark Summer Dance Party at the Yard with Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish.
They’re back! Join The Yard and the Chilmark Library for a free night of outdoor music and dancing with everyone’s favorite band. Bring a picnic, or just come for the show, but be sure to wear your dancing shoes!
Weather contingent. Bring your own seating. Parking at The Yard is limited to handicapped spots: parking is available at the Chilmark Library and other places around Beetlebung Corner. Picnicking is welcomed, but please carry-in, carry-out. Sponsored by The Yard and Chilmark Library.
Call 508-645-3360 for more information.

All programs begin at 5:00 PM unless otherwise noted. Programs held on the patio wherever possible. Masks required for indoor attendance. Capacity in the meeting room is limited--seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Email for more information.

Wednesday, July 6, 5:00 PM: Weedy Wisdom for Curious Foragers, author Talk with Rebecca Randall Gilbert of Native Earth Teaching Farm.
Rebecca’s book on foraging for beginners arose out of a summer of foraging classes with Camp Jabberwocky at Native Earth Teaching Farm in Chilmark. It focuses on a few very common edible weeds and simple preparations and dives deeply into the philosophy of foraging and of life in general. In this presentation, the author will speak about the benefits of friendship with the plant world. She’ll introduce you to a couple of her favorites, and offer ideas for integrating foraging into ordinary life.
Rebecca Gilbert, of Native Earth Teaching Farm, has been foraging since childhood on the same piece of land. Her focus when harvesting is the weeds, invasives, and aliens that tend to take over, and the recognition of our own position as interactive, embedded members of our ecosystems. She also raises goats for clearing, pets, teaches indigo dyeing and fiber arts, yoga, and uses her farm to connect people to nature in as many ways as she can. A visit to the teaching farm is always an adventure!
Email for more information or to receive the Zoom invite.
Free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Chilmark Library. 508-645-3360.

Wednesday, July 13 at 5:00: James Richardson, author of Discovering a Lost Vineyard House: The Archaeology and History of the John and Experience Mayhew House Site on Martha's Vineyard.

In the 1970’s Dick Burt located a colonial house site Chilmark. Burt’s deed research proved that it was the home of John and Experience Mayhew, famous missionaries to the Wampanoag, and grandson and great grandson of Thomas Mayhew Sr. who had purchased the right to settle on Martha’s Vineyard in 1642. The Chilmark house, dating from 1672 to 1758 was the home of the two families, which included wives and sixteen children over the period of its 86 years of occupation.
The excavations in 1985 by the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Museum of Natural History resulted in the discovery of two cellar holes and a surrounding sheet midden of artifacts and refuse. This book presents the analysis and historic background of 15,000 artifacts and 10,000 animal bones of food remains, as well as the history of the English settlement of the Vineyard from 1642 to circa 1765 when the Massachusetts Bay Colony in Boston was the major source of political and economic support, as well as the Mayhew family and the Wampanoag who have resided on the Island for over 10,500 years.        
Dr. James B. Richardson III is an emeritus chief curator of the Section of Anthropology, Carnegie Museum of Natural History and emeritus professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh. He has conducted extensive archaeological research in Peru, Western Pennsylvania and on Martha’s Vineyard. Richard L. Burt is an Island archaeologist and historian who has made significant contributions through his research, based on-site surveys and surface collections, participating and co-directing excavations and for his contributions to study of colonial house sites and colonial history on Martha’s Vineyard.
Email for more information
Free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Chilmark Library. 508-645-3360.

Wednesdays, July 20 and 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.
July 20: Meet outside the Chilmark Library, 522 South Road, Chilmark MA.
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, July 20 at 5:00: Old Friends Talking The Midterm Blues, with Jounalists Bob Drogin, and Tom Hamburger.
Bob Drogin and Tom Hamburger have been friends for 50 years. Join us in conversation with these two illustrious journalists with storied careers.
Bob Drogin spent 38 years as a Los Angeles Times reporter and editor, based in New York, Manila, Johannesburg and Washington, where he was White House editor during the Trump administration. He has won or shared numerous journalism awards, including a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, and is author of “Curveball: Spies, Lies and the Conman who Caused a War,” which won the Cornelius Ryan award for best non-fiction book on international affairs in 2007. He spends most of the year in West Tisbury. 
Tom Hamburger is an investigative journalist on the national desk of the Washington Post, where he focuses on the intersection of money and politics in the White House, Congress and Supreme Court. He shared a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting and other awards for his work on the Trump campaign and administration ties to Russia. He is co-author of “One Party Country: The Republican Plan for Dominance in the 21st Century.” He spends most of the year at work.
In-person and on Zoom. Email for more information or to receive the Zoom invite.
Free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Chilmark Library. 508-645-3360
Wednesday, July 27 at 5:00: The Russian Invasion of Ukraine and The Growing Danger of Nuclear War ,with Dr. Ira Helfand of the Peace Development Fund.
Join Dr. Ira Helfand as he weighs in the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the growing dangers and potential consequences of a nuclear war, and the “Back from the Brink” movement in the United States, a national grassroots campaign seeking the abolition of nuclear weapons and fundamental change in U.S. nuclear weapons policy.
Ira Helfand, MD was educated at Harvard College and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is a founding member of the International Steering Group of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapon, ICAN, the recipient of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, and the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, He is also co-Founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility. Helfand co-authored PSR’s report, 
Nuclear Famine: 2 Billion at Risk?, which outlines the global health consequences of regional nuclear war. He currently practices as an internist and urgent care physician at Family Care Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Email for more information.
Free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Chilmark Library. 508-645-33
Art Shows Are Back!
Youth Services

Join the Chilmark Library as we kickoff the summer reading program, Read Beyond the Beaten Path! Families can register for summer reading, check out new books, play with large bubbles on the patio, enter a raffle, and much more! 

The program will be on Saturday July 2nd between 11 AM and 3 PM. If you are registered for summer reading at another library on island, you can still register for summer reading at the Chilmark Library. 

For more information, call the library at 508-645-3360.

In collaboration with Misty Meadows Equine Learning Center, join the Chilmark Library in welcoming Tony Smalls, Mini Horse on Thursday July 7 at 3:30 PM! Tony will delight all patrons with his piano playing, parlor tricks, and more. This event is free and open to the public. 

For more information about the library program, call 508-645-3360. To learn more about Misty Meadows Equine Learning Center, visit

Join Felix Neck and Chilmark Library in a hands-on science experience - owl pellet dissection! Pellets are a record of what owls have eaten, and scientists can study them to learn more about the owl and the ecosystems in which they live. When kids dissect owl pellets, they can see and identify the tiny bones from that owl's meal, learn about the owl's diet, and the owl's place in the food web.

Thursday, July 14 at 10:30 AM at the Chilmark Public Library.

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 learn more about Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary. 

Do you love reading graphic novels? Do you love drawing your own creative characters? Do you have a cartoon idea you want to get down on paper? Are you a child aged 8 to 10?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, register today for this 3 week cartooning workshop by calling the Chilmark Library at 508-645-3360. The dates are:

Thursday July 21 from 3:00 - 4:30

Thursday July 28 from 3:00 - 4:30

Thursday August 4 from 3:00 - 4:30

All materials (sketchbook, pencil, eraser) will be provided. A light snack will be provided. Participants should try to attend all three sessions.

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 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!
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!
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 

In addition to browsing and checking out adult and YA books and DVD sections, 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

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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