November Newsletter
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


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, November 3 at 4:00: Poetry Drop In with Donald Nitchie.
A workshop consisting of in-class writing exercises using poems as models. All levels and abilities welcome. Donald has led various types of writing workshops on Martha’s Vineyard. He began offering his popular Poetry Drop In workshops in 2018. His poetry collection, Driving Lessons, was published in 2008.
Email to sign up and get the Zoom invite.
Free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Chilmark Library. 508-645-3360

Thursday, November 4, at 6:30 PM. What’s it Worth? Your Treasures Appraised by Mike Ivankovich.

Author, auctioneer, appraiser, and radio show host Mike Ivankovich will determine what your antiques, collectibles, and personal treasures are worth on the market today. Mike is a professional GPPA & MPPA Appraiser specializing in Appraisals for Estate, Insurance, Inheritance, Divorce, Insurance Claim, Non-Cash Charitable Donation, or other legal purposes. As a Pennsylvania Auctioneer, he has been named Pennsylvania's “Auctioneer of the Year” by fellow Auctioneers.
Each attendee is invited to have 1-2 items for Mike to appraise on camera. Once registered you will receive an informational email about the program. Sign up at
Co-sponsored by the Martha's Vineyard Public Libraries
Saturday, November 6-Monday, November 8: Spark Joy with Shannon Honeycutt, Certified KonMari Consultant.
Learn the KonMari philosophy and guiding principles needed to tidy once and for all and spark joy in your home, office and life. Visualize and create the space you’ve always dreamed of as you learn what truly sparks joy. View the webinar on your own anytime between November 6, 7 AM - November 8, 7AM. Registration automatically enters you to win a three-hour personalized tidying session with Shannon Honeycutt.
Email to sign up and get the Zoom invite.
Free. Sponsored by the Chilmark, Vineyard Haven, West Tisbury, and Oak Bluffs  Libraries. 508-645-3360
Wednesday, November 10, 5:00PM: Dementia Friends – Changing the Way We Think, Talk and Act About Dementia with Mary Holmes

Mary Holmes, supervisor at the Supportive Day Program at the Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living, will share information about 
Dementia Friends, a social action movement developed by the Alzheimer’s Society in the United Kingdom. Massachusetts is one of the first U.S. states to launch the Dementia Friends program, aiming to give people an understanding of dementia.

Holmes is providing an initial series of trainings: some of the basic takeaways will include what dementia is and what you should know about it; the difference between normal aging and dementia aging; the myths surrounding the disease; the difference between a healthy brain and how one with dementia might progress; how to have a conversation with someone with dementia — how to be with them in a productive, positive way, and the small things we can all do to make a difference for people living with dementia in our communities.
Mary earned her MSc. in Gerontology from UMass Boston in 2011.  She has worked in many areas of elder care on island: care management, housing, caregiver support, disability services, and caregiver training.  
Email to sign up and get the Zoom invite.
Free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Chilmark Library. 508-645-3360

Saturday, November 13, 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

Wednesday, November 17, 4:00PM: The New York Poets with Jill Jupen.
The New York School of poetry began around 1960 in New York City and included poets such as John Ashbury, Kenneth Koch, and Frank O'Hara. Heavily influenced by surrealism and modernism, the poetry of the New York School was serious but also ironic, and incorporated an urban sensibility into much of their work. Join MV Poet Laureate Jill Jupen as she delves into this extraordinary movement in the poetry world.
 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, November 20, 6:00PM: Vineyard BINGO 
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 the BINGO board and the Zoom invite.
Free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Chilmark Library. 508-645-336
Youth Services
Take and Make craft kits will continue throughout the month of November. Pick your kits up on Thursdays out on our porch.

November 4: Owl hand puppet
Wednesday November 10: Napkin ring
November 18: Acorn pom-pom mobile

Email or call 508-645-3360 for more information.
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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