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Library Hours 
Monday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday & Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday through Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: Closed
April Closings:
Closing early at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11, for annual town meeting
Closing Monday, April 17, for Patriots Day
A Celebration, and a Look Ahead
Spring flowers and tasty treats at the library's anniversary party.
On Saturday, March 25, the Friends of the Edgartown Library hosted a festive afternoon open house to celebrate the conclusion of our first year in Edgartown's new library building. We are so fortnuate to have this gracious, hard-working organization supporting so much of what we do.

The library received a surprise last week when Edgartown's 2016 Annual Town Report arrived, fresh from the printers, with a wonderful night shot of the new building (by photographer and library trustee Robert Avakian) on the cover.

Yes, it's town meeting season. Edgartown's annual town meeting convenes at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11, at the Old Whaling Church. The library will close at 6 p.m. so that all citizens, including our staff, can join in this important civic occasion.

On Thursday, April 13, when our town elections are held with polls open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at town hall, the ballot will list two uncontested candidates for election to the Edgartown Library Board of Trustees: David Faber, a science instructor on the faculty of the Edgartown School, and Chris Scott, longtime director of the MV Preservation Trust and member of the building committee that oversaw our new library's construction. We are grateful for their willingness to serve. And we want to thank our two outgoing members of the library board, Deanna Ahearn-Laird and Bob Avakian, for their dedicated service during a challenging and exciting chapter in the library's history that included the building of our new facility.

Lisa Sherman,

The cover of our town report_ with Robert Avakian_s photo.

Poets' Collective Presents  Free Reading
At 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 4

The Martha's Vineyard Poetry Collective returns to the Edgartown Library for another program sharing the poems they've written over the winter. Join us at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, to enjoy the readings and a reception afterwards.
Drumming and Dance from East Africa:
Free Program at Noon Saturday, April 8

We invite you to enjoy an afternoon performance and talk with Ugandan dancer/musician Godfrey Mulwulya, sponsored by The Yard, at 12 noon on Saturday, April 8.

Mr. Mulwulya will perform traditional East African dances and songs, and explain their origin and meaning. Come join us for a very special afternoon.

All ages are welcome.
International Film Series:
7 p.m. Screenings Continue i n April

At 7 p.m. on three Wednesdays this month, the library presents a series of international films. Here's the April lineup:

Wednesday, April 5:
Set in the 1950s, a frothy romantic comedy that has style to spare. Directed by Régis Roinsard, it stars  Romain Duris, Déborah François, and Bérénice Bejo (France, 2013).

Wednesday, April 12:
A Hijacking

A gripping thriller that mixes gritty realism with atmospheric beauty. 
Directed by Tobias Lindholm (Denmark, 2012)

Wednesday, April 19:

A seductive film exploring the concepts of fate and regret, stamped with director Pedro Almodovar's vibrant, vivid signature (Spain, 2016)
Opera Club Concludes Its Screenings
Of Wagner Opera with  Götterdämmerung
At Noon on Saturday,  April 15

At noon on Saturday, April 15, the library's winter-long screenings of the complete Ring of the Nibelung conclude with Götterdämmerung. The splendid Robert Lapage production was filmed live in 2012 with a cast worthy of Valhalla, including Jay Hunter Morris, Deborah Voigt, and Eric Owens. Maestro Fabio Luisi conducts the Metropolitan Orchestra. The opera runs five hours, including intermissions. Please note the noon start time. All adults are welcome.
Will Power: Library's Shakespeare Celebration
Presents 10 Programs Over Five Days
Beginning Tuesday, April 25

Are you ready for some Shakespeare? The Edgartown Library presents its second annual celebration of The Bard in film and music, from Tuesday through Saturday, April 25-29. Here's the full calendar:

Shakespeare in Love
Tuesday, April 25 at 2 p.m.

Will young William Shakespeare conquer his writer's block? Shakespeare in Love is a buoyant romantic comedy with Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes (1998).

Romeo + Juliet
Tuesday, April 25 at 7 p.m.

Romeo + Juliet is director Baz Luhrmann's exciting and intelligent updating of the play to a contemporary beach-front suburb. Clair Danes and Leonardo diCaprio star (1996).

Love's Labours Lost
Wednesday, April 26 at 2 p.m.

Set just before WWI, the Royal Shakespeare Company's Love's Labours Lost has delightful acting and inspired silliness. Directed by Christopher Luscombe (2015).

Caesar Must Die
Wednesday, April 26 at 7 p.m.

In Caesar Must Die, inmates at a high-security prison in Rome prepare for a public performance of Julius Caesar. A remarkable, gritty film from Paolo and Vittorio Taviani (Italy, 2012). In Italian with English subtitles.

Twelfth Night
Thursday, April 27 at 2 p.m.

Filmed at the Globe Theatre in London, Tim Carroll directs an all male cast in Twelfth Night, or What You Will. The cast includes Mark Rylance as Olivia and Stephen Fry as Malvolio (2013).

Thursday, April 27 at 7 p.m.

Roman Polanski presents his nightmarish vision of Shakespeare's classic tragedy about the lust for power-and its bloody consequences. Macbeth stars Jon Finch and Francesca Annis as the ultimate power couple (1971). All adults welcome.

Friday, April 28 at 2 p.m.

With Coriolanus, one of Shakespeare's least performed plays, director (and star) Ralph Fiennes crafts a film of vigorous performances and provocative modern resonances (2012).

Acting Shakespeare
Friday, April 28 at 7 p.m.

In Acting Shakespeare, distinguished actor Ian McKellen performs some of Shakespeare's most striking monologues and offers his personal stories of a life in the theater. Alone onstage, without props or costumes, McKellen demonstrates the wit, humor, and power of Shakespeare (1982).

A Special WILL POWER Opera Club:
Giuseppe Verdi's Otello
Saturday, April 29 at 1 p.m.

In this production filmed live at the Metropolitan Opera in 2015, director Bartlett Sher probes the Moor's dramatic downfall with an outstanding cast: tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko plays the doomed Otello; new soprano star Sonya Yoncheva sings Desdemona, and baritone Zeljko Lucic plays the evil Iago, who masterminds Otello's demise. The Met's new music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, is at the podium.

Saturday, April 29 at 7 p.m.

Dan Sharkovitz, chair of the English Department at the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School, introduces Hamlet , Michael Almereyda's film from 2000 starring Ethan Hawke, Bill Murray and Julia Stiles. The film updates the play's action to modern Manhattan's financial empire, and was commended as "vital and intelligent" by NY Times critic Elvis Mitchell.

Mr. Sharkovitz finds many current resonances within the film and will give a short talk to deepen its viewing. 

Further Adventures in Slow Cooking:
Join Us Tuesday, April 11, at 1:30 p.m.

Adventures in Slow Cooking, the free winter instructional series with Virginia Munro, continues on Tuesday, April 11, at 1:30 p.m. 

Virginia's recipe for April is Persian-Spiced Lamb Shanks. We'll also put together a Persian spice mix for your pantry that makes the dish even more convenient to prepare..

If you're interested in learning the easy way to prepare delicious world cuisine, this program will inspire you to dust off that crockpot. But space is limited, so please call the library in advance to register.
Library Book Group Meets
Wednesday, April 19,  at 4 p.m.

The Edgartown Library book group, facilitated by author Jean Stone, will gather at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, to discuss LaRose, the award-winning 2016 novel by Louise Erdrich. 

LaRose, writes The New York Times, is a novel filled with the author's characteristic specificity and suffused with a  determination to speak of the most pressing human questions. Concludes the reviewer: "LaRose comes down firmly on the side of forgiveness. Can a person do the worst possible thing and still be loved? Erdrich's answer is a resounding yes."

Ask us to reserve a book for you and join in the conversation. This is a drop-in group, and all are welcome.
Knitting Group w ith Donna Blackburn
Continues at 10:30 a.m.  Saturdays
What better way to keep your hands warm this winter than a cool knitting project? Please join us weekly on Saturday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to noon for beginner's instructions, advanced knitting problem solving and, most importantly, good fellowship. 

This is a drop-in group, and all are welcome. We meet in the library's upstairs board room and look forward to seeing you.
April in  the Children's Room

Every  Monday and  Tuesday in April:
Special Story Time with Elyce at  10:30 -- activity to follow!

-- Saturday Activities --

Saturday, April 1, 2-4 p.m.
April Fools Celebration: Make and print funny faces and masks.

Saturday, April 8, 2-4 p.m.
Make your own cork and balloon characters. 

Saturday, April 15, 11 a.m.
Easter Egg Hunt, and then drop in all day to   make a chick, owl, or bunny out of plastic eggs

Saturday, April 22, 2-4 p.m.
Make a light-up Earth.

Saturday, April 29, 2-4 p.m.
Decorate your own flower pot and take a flower home in it.
Please Support the Library Friends,
Who Support Us

All our programs at the Edgartown Library are supported by the Friends of the Edgartown Library, who have their own page on our website. The Friends have recently sent out their annual appeal letter, which you can read here