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MARCH 05, 2021

IN MEMORIAM: HERBERT L. FOSTER

On Friday, February 26th, we lost a cherished member of our library family. Beloved Library Trustee Herbert L. Foster passed away peacefully, with his family by his side.

Herb exemplified the spirit of giving back to community through the many island organizations he belonged to, including his role as an elected member of the Board of Library Trustees, a role he held since 2006. Herb's dedication and support as a library trustee were boundless, and his presence and steadfast dedication contributed to the many successes of our library. As a former educator, Herb placed great value in education. In honor of that value, The Herb and Anita Foster Staff Education Fund was recently established by the Friends of the Edgartown Library. To learn more about the fund, or to make a donation, click here

Herb's generous spirit is woven into the fabric of the Edgartown Library, and we will always strive to honor him by doing our best to serve our community.


CONTACTLESS HOLDS PICKUP IS AVAILABLE. Click here to learn how it works.

The library building remains closed to the public. Holds Pickup and the Children's Room window are open during the following hours:

10am - 4:30pm Monday 
10am - 4:30pm Tuesday 
10am - 4:30pm Wednesday
10am - 4:30pm Thursday
10am - 4:30pm Friday 
10am - 4:30pm Saturday

Please contact us at 508-627-4221 or email info@edgartownlibrary.org with questions or for assistance.

To read about our contactless holds pickup service and how to order materials, click here.
To read our latest newsletter, click here.
To sign up for our monthly newsletter, follow this link. 


Official Sources of Information for COVID-19  

Official Sources of Information for COVID-19

Chromebooks are now available for checkout  

Chromebooks are now available for checkout


Chromebook laptops are now available to check out for two-week loans. Chromebooks run the Chrome operating system and use Google services such as Gmail, Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Each Chromebook comes in a laptop bag with a mouse and a power cable.

To place a hold, either visit the online catalog or contact us at 508-627-4221 or email info@edgartownlibrary.org, and we'll be happy to place the hold for you.

To check out a Chromebook, patrons must be 18 years or older and have a library account in good standing.

For more details, please read our Chromebook lending policy.
Brainfuse - Free Online Live Tutoring  

Brainfuse - Free Online Live Tutoring

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 your library card number to create a username and password.

Live online tutoring is available every day from 2:00 PM to 11:00 PM EST.

HelpNow's features include:

  • Homework Help Interact with live tutors in math, science, reading/writing, social studies, PSAT/SAT, ACT, AP and state standardized tests.
  • Skills-Building Choose your topic to receive real-time help.
  • Personalized eLearning Tools My File Sharing, My Session Replay, My Tutoring Archive, My Tests Archive, and more!
  • 24-Hour Writing Lab Submit essays and other forms of writing for constructive feedback.
  • Homework Send Question Submit homework questions for expert guidance.
  • Adult Learning Center Access a library of rich adult learning content (GED) and live, professional assistance in resume/cover letter writing, U.S. citizenship prep, MS Office Essential Skills Series, and more!
  • Foreign Language Lab /Spanish-Speaking Support

Need technical assistance or have questions? Contact Brainfuse at 1-866-BRAINFUSE (1-866-272-4638) or send an email to info@brainfuse.com. When contacting Brainfuse, please provide an email address and the name of the library from which you are using the Brainfuse service.


Access to Brainfuse HelpNow has been made possible by a generous grant from the Martha's Vineyard Bank Charitable Foundation. The Martha’s Vineyard Bank Charitable Foundation provides philanthropic support for nonprofit community service organizations. The Foundation supports non-profit organizations that enhance the societal and economic development in the communities Martha’s Vineyard Bank serves.

Home Delivery Now Available  

Home Delivery Now Available


Home delivery is now being offered on Thursdays and is available for free for any library patron living in Edgartown who is unable to visit the library. To sign up, fill out the Home Delivery Application and we will contact you. For more information call 508-627-4221.

Need Internet Access?  

Need Internet Access?

Check out a mobile WiFi hotspot from the Edgartown Library. WiFi hotspots are wallet sized devices that broadcast wireless internet in a 30 foot radius and can connect up to 10 devices. They work anywhere with Verizon coverage, so you can take it on the go. For full details on checking out a WiFi hotspot, click here.

Piano Donated to Library  

Piano Donated to Library


The library received the most unexpected of phone calls last month: legendary island pianist David Crohan wished to donate his Mason & Hamlin grand piano to an island community organization, and his longtime friend David Stanwood suggested the perfect place - the Edgartown Library. This marvelous gift (pictured here) was delivered to the library's program room in mid-September, and we await the opportunity to gather and connect through the power of music. 

Thank you, Mr. Crohan
New Materials  

New Materials


Cozy Winter Reads
Check out our list of Cozy Winter Reads here!

New Adult Fiction
For a list of new fiction items, click here.

New Adult Nonfiction
For a list of new non-fiction items, click here.

New DVDs
For a list of new DVDs, click here.
Outdoor Seating & Free WiFi  

Outdoor Seating & Free WiFi


Get connected with free outdoor WiFi from the Edgartown Library! Bring your own laptop, tablet, or smartphone to enjoy free internet access in our outdoor seating area. Access is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Check Out the New CLAMS App  

Check Out the New CLAMS App

The new Cape & Islands Libraries Automated Materials Sharing app has just launched! Take a tour of the app with Chris by clicking here.

The CLAMS app lets you browse collections, place holds, view upcoming programs, and more. It also includes special features like integrated NYT bestseller lists, coming soon titles, and it can even act as a digital library card.

Available for iOS and Android.

To add your digital library card to the app:

  • Download the CLAMS Library Network app from the App Store or Google Play Store.
  • Select My Account, Manage Accounts, then Add Account/Add Library Card.
  • Enter your library card number and Password/PIN and select Validate.
  • If you'd like to add more than one card to the app just repeat the process.
  • You can now use your Digital Library Card to check out items at the library.
Need a Library Card?  

Need a Library Card?

The Edgartown Library issues library cards free of charge to all Massachusetts residents and property owners. Applicants visiting the island may apply for an out-of-state card, which has a one-time $10 fee and may check out up to ten (10) items. To apply for a library card, click the link below, fill out the form, and either email it to us at info@edgartownlibrary.org or drop it off during curbside pickup hours. 

Stop by the library anytime during curbside pickup hours and present your photo ID in order to pick up your library card. If you need any assistance, please email us at info@edgartownlibrary.org.
 

Download pdf file: Card Application Form
Visit Our Facebook Page  

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SEPTEMBER MORNING

Oil on Canvas, circa 1925, by American artist Charles Harold Davis (1856-1933). 20 by 27 inches. Title is inscribed on stretcher; original frame is dated 1925.
 
 
Edgartown Free Public Library
26 West Tisbury Road, Edgartown, MA 02539
Hours: Monday 10-5; Tuesday and Wednesday 10-8, Thursday through Saturday 10-5; closed Sunday.
Phone: 508-627-4221 and 508-627-1373