March Newsletter
On February 23, 2022, the Overdrive app will be removed from the Apple App Store, Google Play, and Microsoft Store. Chilmark patrons who already use Overdrive are encouraged to transition to Libby, an easier app that has all the functionality and book access as Overdrive without the difficult-to-use interface.

Please call the library at 508-645-3360 or email to schedule an appointment for help transitioning your devices from Overdrive to Libby. 
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, email, or use Appointlet to set up 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. 
The 2022 Martha’s Vineyard Poet Laureate Sponsored Poetry Contest: A Call for Submissions in Three Age Groups.
To foster and encourage participation in the Island poetry community, The Martha’s Vineyard Poet Laureate will sponsor a Poetry Contest with non-tiered cash and book prizes in three age groups. Two winners each in the categories of middle school, high school, and adult poetry will be announced April 15, with a reading and award presentation to follow on Saturday, April 30 at 4:00 at the Chilmark Public Library. Judging to be decided blindly and impartially by Jill Jupen, MV Poet Laureate; Spencer Thurlow, West Tisbury Poet Laureate; and Poetry Drop In’s Donald Nitchie, MFA in Poetry.
The invitation to submit original work begins February 7, continuing until the deadline of March 16, 2022. Please submit not more than three of your original, previously unpublished work to Include the poem within the body of your email. Please title your work and include your name, age group, address, phone and email address. Cash prizes of $50.00 and a book of poetry to be awarded to the winners, along with publication in the MV Times. Email for more information.
In cooperation with the libraries of Martha’s Vineyard.

Tuesday, March 1, 7:00 PM: Flower Diary: Mary Hiester Reid Paints, Travels, Marries & Opens a Door, with author Molly Peacock.
Molly Peacock looks at the balancing act of female creativity and domesticity in the Edwardian Age through the life of Mary Hiester Reid, a virtually unknown painter who produced over three hundred stunning, emotive florals, still lifes, and landscapes. Trained by Thomas Eakins at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Mary trailblazed a life where she fought for her place as a professional artist without having to live as a tragic heroine.
Molly Peacock is the author of seven books of poetry, including The AnalystThe Second Blush and Cornucopia: New & Selected Poems. She is also the author of several books of prose and a memoir, ParadisePiece by Piece. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, The New Republic, and The Paris Review.
Email to sign up and get the Zoom invite.
Free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Chilmark Library. 508-645-3360.

Wednesday, March 2, 6:00 PM: Hokusai and Japan in the Floating World
In this program Tom Silver will explore the work of Japan’s most famous artist, Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849). The lecture will focus on Hokusai’s best known prints, along with examples of his paintings and drawings. Hokusai’s enduring fame can be attributed largely to his 1830 print, “Under the Wave Off Kanagawa”, from the series 36 Views of Mt. Fuji. Tom will explore a sampling of prints from that series and others, and explain how they incorporate Western ideas in painting. He’ll also look at how classical Japanese prints influenced such Western masters as Monet, Picasso, and Henri Toulouse–Lautrec.
Tom Silver, a Barnstable resident, is a retired banker, classical guitarist, and recording artist who developed an interest in Japanese prints while searching for a gift for his wife. That search sparked a love for this art which grew to encompass Japanese history and culture generally. Mr. Silver’s talks at libraries and other institutions showcase print masterpieces covering the 350-year history of the Japanese print genre.
Email to sign up and get the Zoom invite.
Free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Chilmark Library. 508-645-3360

Saturdays, March 5, 12, and 19 at 4:30: 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, March 10, 4:30: I Remember: Writing Childhood Stories with Lara Tupper
Childhood tends to remain a vivid time, no matter where we find ourselves now. In this informal writing workshop, we’ll recall memories from early days and hear recollections from others. Using Joe Brainard’s whimsical memoir I Remember as a model, we’ll tap into tales from our youth and consider how these experiences have shaped us. No prior writing experience necessary. All are welcome to attend.
A graduate of the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College (MFA Creative Writing), Lara Tupper taught at Rutgers University for many years and now presents private writing workshops (online and in person). For ten years she was a faculty member at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, where she led journaling workshops and retreats for thousands of guests seeking wellness practices. She is founder of Swift Ink Stories, which offers private manuscript guidance and tutorials.
Email to sign up and get the Zoom invite.
Free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Chilmark Library. 508-645-3360

Thursday, March 10, 7:00: Author talk with Marie Benedict: Her Hidden Genius.

Join us for this fabulous author event as Marie Benedict presents her newest book, Her Hidden Genius.
As a young woman, Marie Benedict was gifted a book by a treasured aunt — who also happened to be an English professor — that opened her eyes to the hidden world of women’s stories and voices that lurked in the shadows of the past. The epiphany she experienced while immersed in this particular book, The Mists of Avalon, is one she hopes to share with the readers of her own books, as she unearths important, but unknown, historical women from the detritus of the past and brings them into the light of modern day where their very contemporary contributions and issues can be explored.
Her previous works include international bestseller Lady Clementine (Jan 2020), the story of the incredible Clementine Churchill; The Mystery of Mrs. Christie 
(January 2021); and her first co-written book, The Personal Librarian (June 2021), with the talented Victoria Christopher Murray.
Register in advance for this webinar:

This program is brought to you by the Falmouth, Mashpee, Harwich, Bourne and MV libraries.
For more information email, or call 508-645-3360.

Saturday, March 26, 10:30 AM: Reduce Your Lawn Footprint the Regenerative Way.
Get out your garden gloves: that time of year is almost upon us! But wait—maybe there’s an alternative to the traditional lawn. In this talk, Roxanne Kapitan of Garden Wisdom and Island Grown Initiative will start you on a new path to an eco-friendly lawn.

Learn how to:
  • Transition your yard from a carbon detriment into a carbon sink
  • Plant habitat friendly borders at the edge of your lawn.
  • Introduce native pollinator plants
  • Use sheet mulching to eliminate lawn areas.

Email to sign up and get the Zoom invite.
Free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Chilmark Library. 508-645-3360.
 Saturday, March 26, 6:00PM. Vineyard BINGO with the Chilmark Library, Best of ’21 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.
Wednesday, March 30, 4:00 PM: Tea Club
Join our monthly tasting and talk with teas from around the world. Pick up your packet of tea before 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.) March’s choice is a black tea, Organic Keemun Mao Feng from the Anhui 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.

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
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 April, registration is open from March 1 through March 22. If you are already subscribed, you do not need to resubscribe.

To register or learn more information, please visit
Fun February Vacation Activities with the Chilmark Library Children's Room!

Daily: Drop in any time during February Break and check out a board game. Board games can be played in the library or checked out to be played at home. We also have some Legos that can be played with, by one group at a time. No appointment necessary.

Bingo!: Beginning on Friday, February 18, children can pick up a February Vacation Bingo sheet. For every bingo line completed, your child will win a book plate to attach to one of their own books. If they fill up the entire bingo sheet, they win the opportunity to suggest a book to be donated to the Chilmark Library collection, with a handwritten donation note inside with their name on it. They will not have to pay for the donated book. February Vacation Bingo ends on Friday, March 11. To receive prizes, your child may present their filled-in bingo card in-person, or via email as an attached image file to

Raffle: As an added bonus for February Vacation Bingo, children can fill out a raffle card describing a book they read from their bingo sheet. Each raffle card equals one book. To enter, pick up raffle cards at the Children's room, have your child fill them out as they complete their bingo sheet, and drop the raffle cards off in the Children's room by Friday, March 11. The winner of the raffle will win a $25 gift certificate to Bunch of Grapes. The drawing will take place on Friday, March 11.

For more information or to play bingo/enter the raffle remotely, please email Caroline at
Drop-in crafts! Drop in to the Chilmark children's room during open hours on Saturday March 12 and Saturday March 19 for fun crafts. Paper bags will be available if you prefer to complete the craft at home.

No registration necessary. Masks are required for all patrons aged 2+ , regardless of vaccination status. 
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 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

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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