June 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
  • 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, June 8, 5:00 PM: Memoir as Medicine; the Healing Power of Writing Your Messy, Imperfect, Unruly (but gorgeously yours) Life Story. Author Talk with Nancy Slonim Aronie
Nancy Slonim Aronie is the author of Writing from the Heart; Finding the Power of your Inner Voice (Hyperion).and Memoir as Medicine; the Healing Power of Writing Your Messy, Imperfect, Unruly (but gorgeously yours) Life Story (New World Library). She has been a commentator for National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and was a Visiting Writer at Trinity College in Hartford, Ct. Aronie wrote a monthly column in McCall’s magazine and was the recipient of the Eye of The Beholder Artist in Residence Award at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Nancy was recognized for excellence in teaching for all three years she taught with Robert Coles at Harvard University. 
She is the founder of The Chilmark Writing Workshop on Martha’s Vineyard and teaches Jumpstart your Memoir; Write it from the Heart at Esalen, Kripalu, Omega Institute, Open Center in NYC and Blue Spirit in Costa Rica. Her column, From The Heart, appears biweekly in The Martha’s Vineyard Times.
Email for more information
Free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Chilmark Library. 508-645-3360
Wednesday, June 15 at 5:00: We Are All Whalers, author talk with Michael J. Moore, Senior Scientist at WHOI.
In Person and Virtual. Relating his experiences caring for endangered whales, a veterinarian and marine scientist at WHOI shows we can all share in the salvation of these imperiled animals. The image most of us have of whalers includes harpoons and intentional trauma. Yet eating commercially caught seafood leads to whales’ entanglement and slow death in rope and nets, and the global shipping routes that bring us readily available goods often lead to death by collision. We—all of us—are whalers, marine scientist and veterinarian Michael J. Moore contends. But we do not have to be.
Drawing on over forty years of fieldwork with humpback, pilot, fin, and, in particular, North Atlantic right whales—a species whose population has declined more than 20 percent since 2017—Moore takes us with him as he performs whale necropsies on animals stranded on beaches, in his independent research alongside whalers using explosive harpoons, and as he tracks injured whales to deliver sedatives. The whales’ plight is a complex, confounding, and disturbing one. We learn of existing but poorly enforced conservation laws and of perennial (and often failed) efforts to balance the push for fisheries profit versus the protection of endangered species caught by accident.

Michael J Moore, Vet. M.B., Ph.D., has a veterinary degree from the University of Cambridge in the UK, and a PhD from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the USA. He has been based at WHOI in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, since 1986 where he is now a Senior Scientist. He is Director of the WHOI Marine Mammal Center and provides veterinary support to the Marine Mammal Rescue and Research division of the International Fund for Animal Welfare, supporting their work with stranded marine mammals on Cape Cod.  His research encompasses the forensic analysis of marine mammal mortalities, especially in regard to the accurate diagnosis of perceived human impacts and the prevalence of zoonotic agents, large whale health assessment at sea using unmanned aerial systems, the interaction of natural and man-made impacts on fish and marine mammal stocks, pathophysiology of marine mammal diving, and development of systems to enhance medical intervention with large whales and technologies to reduce large whale entanglement.
At the Chilmark Library and Virtual. Email if you wish to receive the Zoom invite.
Free. Sponsored by the Martha’s Vineyard Public Libraries. 508-645-3360
Wednesday, June 22 at 5:00: Was Martha's Vineyard "Vinland, the Good" - that Beautiful and Beneficent Land Described in the Viking Sagas? With Jonathan Scott.
Many generations of Islanders have wondered - did the Vikings from Greenland ever make it this far south?  In an illustrated talk, and using their own narratives, Jonathan Scott will show how Leif Eriksson and his followers came to a wild New World in the 11th century.  Eventually they sailed south to a beneficent land that fits in almost every way the geography of Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard and more particularly, how our Island of wild grapes, oak trees, white sand beaches, and a mild climate tempered by ocean currents may well have been that lovely and alluring place the Sagas called "Vinland, the Good".
Jonathan Scott is a retired professor in Art and Architectural History at Castleton University, the oldest institution of Higher Learning in Vermont. He graduated from Amherst College, received his Masters from the University of Kansas, and his PhD from the University of Minnesota. His three books pertain to Island history, and include PIONEER HOUSES OF MARTHA'S VINEYARD, VINLAND, THE GOOD (the subject of this talk), and, most recently, ANCIENT VINEYARD'S UNEXPLORED PAST.

Email for more information.
Free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Chilmark Library. 508-

Wednesday, June 29, 5:00: Jim Thomas and the U.S. Slave Song Project Spirituals Choir
The U.S. Slave Song Project Spirituals Choir will perform songs sung by African slaves in America between 1619 and1865.The goals of the Slave Song Project includes bringing history alive in an approachable way for a modern audience to celebrate the courage and resilience of the human spirit. Jim will also talk about his new book, A Guidebook for Young People Studying US Slave Songs.
James (Jim) E. Thomas is founder and president of the U.S. Slave Songs Project. He has given presentations internationally and since 1976 he has been the founder-director of he American Red Cross Chorus at Red Cross national headquarters in Washington, D.C. Mr. Thomas sang with the world-renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers at Fisk University, the Robert Shaw Chorale in Atlanta, and the Paul Hill Chorale as soloist at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
Email for more information
Free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Chilmark Library. 508-645-3360
Art Shows Are Back!
May 21—June 8: Art Exhibit: Susan Bienen Johnson

The up-island paintings of Menemsha show window views through shacks and cottages,
with glimpses of water and landscape beyond, and reflections that sometimes
include my own figure.  Off-island, in Brookline, I paint windows too — views across my 
neighborhood landscape in changing weather and seasons.
Born and raised in New York City, Susan graduated from the High School of Music and Art 
and Brandeis University, and studied Interior Design at the Boston Architectural College.
Masks are required inside the library. 508-645-3360 for more information.
Youth Services
Join Caroline and Tracy on Thursday June 16 at 3 PM for a nature walk and hands-on art experience! Participants will learn to make "cyanotypes" using specially treated paper. All materials are provided. Space is limited - call 508-645-3360 to register. Open to families and children.

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.

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 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
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 15 spots available, and a waiting list if those spots fill up.

To receive a subscription box for the month of July, registration is open from June 2 through June 21. 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
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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