September Newsletter
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. 
Please join us for these writing opportunities at the Chilmark Library this fall:

Writing for Young People: Resuming Saturday, September 17 at 1:00. 
Virtual. An ongoing discussion and critique group, meeting every three weeks on Saturday. All levels and abilities welcome, as well as kid lit of all ages.

Memoir with Moira Silva: Wednesdays, October 12, 19, and 26 at 11:00 AM.
Virtual. In this course, a blend of exercises, readings and discussions will connect writers with their writing and themselves. We will honor whatever is created, be it essays, songs, letters or entirely new genres.

Poetry Drop In with Donald Nitchie: Wednesdays, November 2, 9, and 16 at 4:00.
Virtual. In this class, participants will look at selected poems (which will be emailed beforehand), and then be given a writing exercise, to be done in class. Writers will then be invited to read their writings, but it is not required. 
The 11/2 session will focus on praise poems.
The 11/9 session will focus on poems that describe a process.
The 11/16 session will focus on poems consisting of questions.

Email for more information or to sign up and receive Zoom access. 
Wednesday, September 7, at 5:00: Residents of Color and the Camp Meeting Association with Andrew Patch, President, MVCMA.
At the Chilmark Library and virtually. Join Andrew Patch, president of the Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association, as he presents his ongoing research into the early African American and Wampanoag residents of the Campground, including their eventual segregation to marginal regions of the grounds and subsequent outright exclusion from owning or renting cottages on the Association grounds. 
Mr. Patch’s research has yielded the unexpected rediscovery of perhaps the first seasonal community of color on Martha’s Vineyard, and his presentation will include an introduction of some members of that community who have been identified in the MVCMA’s lease records, the federal census records, and other primary sources.
Email for Zoom access.
Free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Chilmark Library. 508-645-3360.
Wednesday, September 14, 6:00 PM: Patio Music at the Chilmark Library with the Jazz Duo of Jeremy Berlin and Eric Johnson.
Take in some sultry summer tunes as you relax out on the Chilmark Library’s patio and lawn. The popular piano/guitar duo of Jeremy Berlin and Eric Johnson will play a mix of jazz standards and lesser known gems, originals, as well as more modern fare.
 Jeremy and Eric have been making music on the Island in many different contexts over the past 35 years. They’ve been playing jazz together for about 20 of those years, and plan for another 25!
Email for more information.
Free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Chilmark Library. 508-645-3360.

 Saturday, September 17, 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.

September 20, 21,  27,  7:00:  The Films of Alfred Hitchcock: Pre-event, In-person Screenings and Virtual Presentation with Brian Rose, Professor Emeritus, Fordham University.
Alfred Hitchcock is probably the most famous film director who ever lived. For five decades, first in England, then in Hollywood, he made fifty-four films, including classics such as The Thirty-Nine Steps, Rebecca, Notorious, Rear Window, North by Northwest, Vertigo, and Psycho. Few filmmakers have been as popular, critically celebrated, and as influential, not only as a director but also as a multi-media showman through his tv series, magazines, book anthologies, even extending to board games and record albums. Brian Rose looks at his
achievements as “the master of suspense,” and through dozens of film clips, examines his extraordinary creativity as one of the 20th century’s greatest filmmakers.
Join the libraries Martha’s Vineyard for pre-event screenings of two of Hitchcock’s most acclaimed films:
North by Northwest—September 20, 6:00 at the Oak Bluffs Public Library
Rear Window—September  21, 7:00 at the Edgartown Public Library
BRIAN ROSE is a professor emeritus at Fordham University, where he taught for 38 years in the Department of Communication and Media Studies. He’s written several books on television history and cultural programming, and conducted more than a hundred Q&A’s with leading directors, actors, and writers for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Screen Actors Guild, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and the Directors Guild of America.
Free. Sponsored by the Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven, West Tisbury, and Chilmark Libraries. Email your local library for the Zoom access, or for more information.
Art Shows Are Back!
Youth Services

Join Caroline for a family-oriented story time, followed by a hands-on, messy, imperfect creative afternoon. We will read "The Dot" by Peter H. Reynolds and use our creative energy - and plenty of supplies - to make our mark on the world.

Open to families and children of all ages. Free and open to the public. Call 508-645-3360 for more information.

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 31. The subscription service goes from September through May. There will be no book box in December.
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
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!
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.


Sunday: CLOSED
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 - 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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