November 2021 508-627-4221
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

Library closures this month:
Thursday, Nov. 11th for Veterans Day
Thursday and Friday, November 25th and 26th, for Thanksgiving
(open regular hours on Saturday, November 27th)


Please CLICK HERE to visit our website and learn more.

Still have questions? We’re here to help. Please call us at 508-627-4221 or email with your inquiries or special requests.
Adult Programs
[Online] Murder is My Business: Mystery Writers Panel of “Agatha Award” Winner and Nominees
Wednesday, November 3
Join us for an all-star panel discussion featuring all five nominees for this year's Agatha Award for Best First Mystery Novel. The Agatha Awards honor the “traditional mystery,” best typified by the works of Agatha Christie. The panel will include winner Erica Ruth Neubauer, author of Murder At The Mena House, and author Catriona McPherson will serve as moderator.

This event is hosted by the Tewksbury 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. The first 25 people to sign up for this fun and fascinating program will have the opportunity to have an item appraised. All participants will benefit from Mr. Ivankovich's expertise regarding how to determine the value and best place to sell your objects.

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

[Online] Restorative Yoga
Sundays in November
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 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, & 11/28

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

[Online] Edward Hopper: Alienated Majesty, with Janet Mandel
Friday, November 12
A roadside gas pump, a nondescript diner, a bleak hotel room—Edward Hopper had a remarkable ability to invest the most ordinary scene with intense mystery and emotional depth, creating enigmatic narratives not easily unraveled. His vision lingered on uncanny depictions of New England towns, New York City architecture, and stark yet intimate interpretations of everyday life. This talk will reveal why so many claim Hopper to be the supreme American realist of the 20th Century.

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

[Online] The Magic of a Winter Garden with Joan Butler
Tuesday, November 16
Gardening expert Joan Butler is back with more practical advice and inspiring suggestions for your garden. The garden can be a magical place, even in winter. Stripped of summer foliage and flowers, the success of a winter garden lies in its structure, basic design, and choice of plant material. This richly illustrated lecture provides inspiration and tips on arranging your garden for winter, choosing the best trees, shrubs, and perennials, and grouping them to create arresting compositions.

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

[Online] Chef Look Cooks: Turkey Roulade with a Cranberry Gastrique 
Thursday, November 18
Chef Look gets the holiday season “rolling” with an elegant roulade, a culinary classic guaranteed to wow your guests before the first bite. Breast of turkey will be pounded, stuffed, and rolled into a pinwheel roulade and baked to a golden brown. He’ll top off the dish with a ruby-red cranberry gastrique, a mouthwatering and tangy sauce that is so easy to make, you’ll use it all season.

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

[Online] Build it; Build it Better: Poetry Workshop
Friday, November 19
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.
Materials will be emailed to all registrants before the workshop.

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

[Online] Movie in Focus: Film Discussion Group
Shine (AUS, 1995)
Monday, November 22
The astonishing story of classical pianist David Helfgott comes to the screen with rousing direction by Scott Hicks and an extraordinary cast of actors. In addition, there is the music of Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Mozart, and Liszt, and bold photography from master cinematographer Geoffrey Simpson. 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] Pushing the Cinematic Envelope: From Censorship to Film Ratings of the 60s and 70s
Tuesday, November 23
As far back as the silent movie era, film content has been sometimes called into question. Through the generations, thematic material, on-screen violence, lurid images, and objectionable language have often been the subject of scrutiny and debate. What is the history of the attempts by both Hollywood and external forces to curb or eliminate the impact of controversial scenes, dialogue, and characters? Enjoy clips and trailers, and hear some behind-the-scenes stories with film historian Frank Mandosa.

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

[Online] Author Talk: Thomas Dresser
Martha's Vineyard in the American Revolution
Tuesday, November 30
Join us to launch a new work by local historian Thomas Dresser: Martha’s Vineyard in the American Revolution. While colonists revolted against British oppression on the mainland, the American Revolution played out in miniature on our island. We've heard about the destruction of the Holmes Hole Liberty Pole, of Grey’s Raid on Island farmers' sheep, and of the story behind Tea Lane, but there’s so much more. Tom Dresser has researched the stories of those days of war, when the Royal Navy patrolled the Vineyard Sound and a host of locals rose up for independence.

Kids & Families
Welcome to the Children's Room
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
Thanksgiving Break Boredom Buster Kit
Starting November 22
Come pick up an activity kit filled with plenty of things to keep you busy over the Thanksgiving break. Kits will be available for all ages, while supplies last.
[In Person] Wiggle with the Words
(no program on 11/11 & 11/25)
Join Elyce in the Program Room for a movement-based storytime using fun props and interactive stories. This program is geared toward ages 1-5, but all are welcome. No registration necessary. Please note, all visitors over the age of two must wear a mask over their nose and mouth at all times.
Fit Camp with Bonnie Kingsbury
Thursdays in November
(no camp on 11/11 & 11/25)
3:15pm - 4:15pm
Kids can get their bodies moving on Thursday afternoons in November 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.
Board Game & Activity Stations
Come check out the 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.
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 for school.

Call the library or email 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 November
(no program on 11/20)
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 the comfort of your car in both of our parking lots, or, when the weather agrees, on the library lawn where there is 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, November 4 at 9:00am, and all are welcome to attend. Send an email to 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.
phone: 508.627.4221