April Newsletter
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. 
Saturday, April 2, 2:00 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

Thursday, April 7, 6:30 PM: Women in Jazz with Galen Abdur-Razzaq
Women have been involved in Jazz since the early 1920s, not only as vocalists, but also as instrumentalists, composers, and arrangers. An understanding of jazz would not be complete without highlighting the influence and contributions of these women. Join us to learn about the personal and professional lives of women musicians in a time when many considered jazz “a man’s world”. Galen will explore a full spectrum of years, genre, recordings, and recognized achievements. The program will include live performances by Galen Abdur-Razzaq, a renowned flautist. A Q&A will follow.  
Galen is a flautist with an extensive performance career. He also speaks on the topic of jazz at colleges and universities for over thirty years. A former educator, he holds a Master's Degree from Rutgers University in Education and Performing Arts, and he studied music at Berklee school of Music in Boston. Embracing his love of music and desire to continue educating, he offers an engaging and enjoyable path to music appreciation through music programs comprised of music performances, and lectures. He aims to provide attendees with an understanding and appreciation of jazz and its historical significance--a true American Heritage.
A Zoom webinar brought to you by Centerville Public Library, Chilmark Public Library, Snow Library, Truro Public Library, and Vineyard Haven Public Library.

Email to sign up and get the Zoom invite. 508-645-3360
Thursday, April 14 at 10:30 AM: The Paris Library, Author Talk with Janet Skeslien Charles.
Janet Skeslien Charles will join us via Zoom from Paris for a discussion of her new best-selling novel, The Paris Library, recently published in 2021. Based on the true World War II story of the heroic librarians at the American Library in Paris, The Paris Library is a book for lovers of books and libraries and historical fiction. In Paris, 1939, young and ambitious Odile Souchet seems to have the perfect life with her handsome police officer beau and a dream job at the American Library in Paris. When the Nazis march into the city, together with her fellow librarians, Odile joins the Resistance with the best weapons she has: books. Switch to Montana, 1983, Lily is a lonely teenager looking for adventure in small-town Montana. Her interest is piqued by her solitary, elderly neighbor, Odile. As Lily uncovers more about her neighbor's mysterious past, she finds that they share a love of language, the same longings, and the same intense jealousy, never suspecting that a dark secret from the past connects them.
Janet Skeslien Charles is the award-winning author of Moonlight in Odessa and The Paris Library. Her shorter work has appeared in revues such as Slice and Montana Noir. She learned about the history of the American Library in Paris while working there as the programs manager. She divides her time between Montana and Paris. 
To register for this program email
Sponsored by the Eldredge Public Library in partnership with the Libraries of CLAMS.

Saturday, April 16, 11:00 AM: Raising Laying Hens and Meat Birds, with Kaila of the Allen Farm.
Hybrid program. From chicken coop designs to incubating your own eggs, there will be lots to explore, and just in time for spring chicks! Bring your questions to Kaila Allen-Posin of the Allen Farm, and begin to realize your dream of backyard fowl.
In-person program at the Chilmark Library, or via Zoom. Email for the Zoom invite, if you wish to join remotely.
Free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Chilmark Library. 508-645-3360

Thursday April 28, 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.) April’s choice is an Oolong tea, Bai Ji Guan, from Wuyishan in the Fujian 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
Saturday, April 30, 4:00: The 2022 Martha’s Vineyard Poet Laureate Sponsored Poetry Contest: Awards and Readings Ceremony at the Chilmark Library.
Hybrid program. Two winners each in the categories of middle school, high school, and adult poetry to be announced on April 15 via email, will be awarded prizes and present their work in a reading at the Chilmark Public Library and on Zoom. Open to the public. Publication of the winners work to follow in the MV Times.
Email for more information or to receive the Zoom invite.
In cooperation with the libraries of Martha’s Vineyard.

Saturday, April 30, 6:00PM. Vineyard BINGO with the Chilmark Library, Spring 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.
Tuesdays at 5:30 PM: Online Yoga with Valerie Sonnenthal of Peaked Hill Studio.
Peaked Hill Studio yoga is designed so we can live better and longer lives. It’s all about biomechanical health or freedom of movement working through chronic pain & injuries, general aches & stiffness, and is designed for all body types, all levels of experience, and can be modified to fit all conditions. Class moves at a slower pace allowing you to connect to the natural rhythm inside your body, creating a deeper connection. Using gravity and the floor the body can adapt without over demand. Many poses are floor-based to allow our joints to read information that connects the nervous system to the changes happening while allowing the tissue to repattern. If you can't get to the floor, you can use your bed, a sofa or chair.
Props or equivalent: 1 yoga mat, 1 strap, belt or scarf, 1 bolster, different pillows or mat (can be rolled in a blanket), chair or foot stool if needed.

Valerie Sonnenthal, owner of Chilmark's Peaked Hill Studio, just completed another 300 hour Kaiut Yoga Teacher training, bringing her to 900+ training hours. She has been studying in the last year with Revolution in Motion creator Dr. Edythe Heus, has just started a nine-month Trauma Healing training, writes the Chilmark Town Column for the MV Times, and is a member of the Cleaveland House Poets.

Email to sign up. You will be emailed the class invite shortly before the session begins.

Free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Chilmark Library and Peaked Hill Studio. 508-645-3360
Youth Services
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 3 PM to 4 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

Celebrate Earth Day on Tuesday April 26 from 11 AM until 3 PM at the Chilmark Library!

Make your own "garden in a glove" and learn about the process of growing seeds and planting seedlings. All supplies will be provided.

Registration is not necessary but masks are required for all patrons aged 2+, regardless of vaccination status. Children aged 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver or guardian.

For more information, email or call 508-645-3360

Subscription boxes have gained popularity over the years and provide consistency and convenience. While many current subscription boxes can cost $30+ a month, the Chilmark Library would like to offer this to our patrons for free! This subscription box will be offered monthly to kids and teens ages 8+ who register in advance. There are 10 spots available, and a waiting list if those spots fill up.

To receive a subscription box for the month of May, registration is open from April 1 through April 20. If you are already subscribed, you do not need to resubscribe. 

To register or learn more information, please visit This program is generously supported by the Friends of the Chilmark Free Public Library.
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
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.
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 is open for browsing, excluding school appointment times.

Children's Room Hours:

Sunday/Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM, open browsing
Wednesday: 10:30 - 12:30 Closed for school appointments; 12:30 - 6:00, open browsing
Thursday: 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM, open browsing
Friday: 10:30 - 1:30 Closed for school appointments
Saturday: 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM, open browsing

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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