October 2021
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Library Hours
Please note: Masks are required for all library visitors over the age of two.

Monday: 10am-5pm
Tuesday: 10am-6pm
Wednesday: 10am-6pm
Thursday: 10am-5pm
Friday: 10am-5pm
Saturday 10am-5pm

The library will be closed on Monday, October 11th for Indigenous Peoples' Day.


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Still have questions? We’re here to help. Please call us at 508-627-4221 or email info@edgartownlibrary.org with your inquiries or special requests.
Adult Programs
[Online] Restorative Yoga
Sundays in October
(no class on 10/24)
Certified yoga instructor Jelisa Difo leads a weekly online class in restorative yoga, a practice that allows you to slow down, restore, and relax your body through passive stretching. No experience required.

Classes are on 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, & 10/31
Note: no class on 10/24

This program has been generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.

[Online] Chef Look Cooks: Pumpkin and Apple Mac & Cheese
Thursday, October 14
Chef Chris Look is back with his live-on-Zoom cooking series, creating delicious dishes from his own kitchen. A professional chef for almost twenty years, Chris is one of the most imaginative cooks we know, and his affable personality makes him a natural teacher. For October, he will prepare a pumpkin and apple macaroni and cheese topped with a bleu cheese crumble, which in Chris’s own words is “a stunner” of a recipe.

This program has been generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.

[Online] A Powerful Presentation: The Sporting Events That Changed America
Thursday, October 21
A program to please sports lovers, history buffs, and trivia fans, host Martin Gitlin bases this presentation on his highly-praised book Powerful Moments in Sports: The Most Significant Sporting Events in American History. Featuring exciting videos of sporting events throughout more than 100 years that have impacted society and/or the sports themselves, the presentation also features fun trivia questions for patrons to ponder. A Q&A session will follow. 

This program is co-sponsored by the Vineyard Haven, West Tisbury, Chilmark, and Edgartown libraries.

[Online] Build It; Build it Better: Poetry Workshop
Friday, October 22
In poet Donald Nitchie’s writing workshop, participants will have an opportunity to build a poem prompted and inspired by poetry that Donald will choose for the exercise. Poets will also have a chance to submit a poem or two of their own for the group to read and discuss during the second half of the workshop. Positive peer assessment can help you through a writing problem and provide a new perspective on your work.

This program has been generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.

[Online] Dementia Friends: An Informational Presentation with Mary Holmes
Saturday, October 23
Did you know that there are over 130,000 people living with dementia in Massachusetts? Many of them live lonely and isolated lives because of their condition. Dementia Friends is a social action movement developed by the Alzheimer’s Society in the United Kingdom, and Massachusetts is one of the first U.S. states to launch the Dementia Friends program. It aims to give people an understanding of dementia and the small things we can all do for people in our communities living with this condition. Trained Dementia Friends Champion Mary Holmes, Supervisor of the Supportive Day Program in Vineyard Haven, will deliver this one-hour informational session.

[Online] Movie in Focus: Film Discussion Group
The Witch (UK, 2016)
Monday, October 25
This month’s film, The Witch (UK, 2016), is part folktale, part fairytale, and completely frightening. A horror film that generates dread and foreboding rather than screams, The Witch is rich in detail and atmosphere. Set in 1630’s New England, the talents of director and screenwriter Robert Eggers and his cast keep the menace festering up to the terrifying climax. The film is available to screen for free on Kanopy with your library card.

This virtual film discussion group is facilitated by programs coordinator Virginia Munro.

[Online] Things That Go Bump in the Night:
The History and Impact of the Horror Movie
Tuesday, October 26
Throughout film history, movie audiences have been thrilled by the suspense, creepiness, and good old-fashioned "jump scares" that horror films offer. Learn about the beginnings of horror cinema, the stories behind your favorite characters, and behind-the-scenes trivia about the making of these classic movies. Film historian Frank Mandosa will bring you all of this, plus clips and trailers, for a newfound appreciation of a genre that has withstood the test of time.

This program has been generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.

[Online] Celtic Duo Stanley & Grimm Celebrate Samhain
Friday, October 29
Roll up the rug! Celtic duo Stanley & Grimm (fiddler Nikki Engstrom and singer-guitarist Sean Brennen) are back, performing an hour of live music via Zoom to celebrate Samhain. Pronounced sah-win, Samhain is the Gaelic festival taking place at the midpoint between the fall equinox and the winter solstice, marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter. They'll play reels, jigs, tunes of lost love, songs of the old country, and more.

This program has been generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.

[Online] What’s it Worth? Your Treasures Appraised by Mike Ivankovich
Thursday, November 4
Author, auctioneer, appraiser, and radio show host Mike Ivankovich will determine what your antiques, collectibles, and personal treasures are worth on the market today. Each attendee is invited to have 1-2 items for Mike to appraise on camera.

Co-sponsored by the Martha's Vineyard Public Libraries.

Kids & Families
Welcome back!
The Children's Room is open for walk-in services, no appointments are needed! Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. Please note, all visitors over the age of two must wear a mask over their nose and mouth at all times. Current services include: 
  • Browsing
  • Study space
  • Chromebooks
  • Library card signup
  • Librarian recommendations
Halloween DIY Craft Bag Pickup
Mon-Sat, Oct. 25-30
10am - 5pm
Come to the Children’s Room all week to pick up a Halloween DIY Trick or Treat bag. Kids who arrive in costume on Sat., Oct. 30 will also receive a special Halloween goodie bag!
New: Fit Camp with Bonnie Kingsbury
Thursdays in October
3:15pm - 4:15pm
Kids can get their bodies moving on Thursday afternoons in October on the library lawn, weather permitting. This after school youth fitness program will offer healthy activities incorporating simple cardio, agility, and mind over matter drills. No registration necessary. For kids 8 and older.

This program has been generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.
New: Board Game & Activity Stations
Come check out the new board game and activity stations in the Children's Room. We've got classic games like chess and Candy Land, as well as fun tabletop games like Llamanoes. Activities include puzzles, coloring pages, and more.
New: After School Crafting
The Children's Room is open every day after school for open crafting time! There will be all sorts of crafting supplies available for kids to make any artful creations that come to mind.
Daily Craft Bags To-Go
Stop by the Children's Room during our open hours to pick up a daily craft! Limit one craft bag per child per day.

New Children's Books
Want to find out what new books can be checked out at the library? Take a look at our regularly updated lists of brand new children's books. From picture books to graphic novels to chapter books, we've got it all.

Click here to find your next favorite read.
Community Service Opportunities
Does your child want to make a difference in the community? The Children's Room provides many flexible opportunities for volunteer work. Volunteering in the Children's Room can also count toward community service requirements at school.

Call the library or email childrens@edgartownlibrary.org for more information.
Story Walk at Sheriff’s Meadow Sanctuary
The Edgartown Library and Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation have partnered to bring you a story walk every month.

This self-guided activity takes place at the Sheriff's Meadow Sanctuary and is for children of all ages and their caregivers.
Book Besties
Let us find the perfect books for your child
Too busy to make requests and browse online? Let us do the choosing for you! Just fill out this form with some details about your child's reading preferences, and our talented library staff will place items on the hold shelf for you to pick up.

[In Person] Micro RPG Gaming
Saturdays in October
(no program on 10/2)
Stop by the library on Saturdays this fall to stretch your social muscles and learn about a new way to interact with friends and family. Each week, Game Master Chris will take a look at a new, easy to learn micro role-playing game. There will be an in-person gameplay session run by Chris at 11am, and there will also be to-go game kits so players can also play at home.
CLAMS and Library Services
Free Extended WiFi

Get connected with free outdoor WiFi from the Edgartown Library. Bring your laptop, tablet, or smartphone to enjoy free internet access 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

You can enjoy the library's WiFi from both of our parking lots or on the library lawn, with plenty of seating.
Lendable Technology

Chromebooks run the Chrome operating system and use Google services such as Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

WiFi Hotspots
Need internet access? Check out a mobile WiFi hotspot from the Edgartown Library to get internet on the go.

For more information, click here.
Get the CLAMS
Library App

The CLAMS app lets you browse collections, manage your account, add a digital library card, and more. It also includes special features like integrated NYT bestseller lists and Coming Soon titles. Take a tour of the app with Chris by clicking on the video.

Available for iOS and Android.
Library Card Signup

For information on how to sign up for a library card, click here.
Browse New Library Materials

Click on the lists below to find our newest and most popular titles. Please contact us if you need assistance putting items on hold - we are always happy to help.

Remote Tech Time

Sign up for a one-on-one session with our tech-savvy library staff and upgrade your tech literacy. You can learn how to access e-books, audiobooks, language learning software, streaming movies, and get general tech help, all with the power of your library card, all for free.
Call or email the library to sign up, or click here to make an appointment.
Digital Services
There are several digital services you have access to as an Edgartown Library patron, and as a Massachusetts resident. From listening to audiobooks, to streaming Oscar-winning films, to getting free access to the New York Times online, check it all out by
The Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library is a volunteer organization that supports much of the rich programming the library offers.

The Friends' monthly meeting will be held via Zoom on Thursday, October 7 at 9:00am, and all are welcome to attend. Send an email to director@edgartownlibrary.org for a link to the meeting.

To donate to The Herb and Anita Foster Staff Education Fund, which supports professional development for Edgartown Library staff members who wish to pursue educational endeavors that support and enhance their role at the library, send a check to the Friends of the Edgartown Public Library, 26 West Tisbury Road, Edgartown, MA 02539, or click on this link and select The Herb and Anita Foster Staff Education Fund from the drop-down menu.

To learn how to sign your child up for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, a new partnership with the Friends that provides free books to children from birth through age five, click here.
email: info@edgartownlibrary.org 
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