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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
Please consider this your invitation to help us shape the Edgartown Library's Strategic Plan. Follow this link to begin the survey process online, which should take less than 10 minutes. If you'd rather work from a paper copy, surveys are available at the library, in the town clerk's office at Edgartown Town Hall, and at The Anchors (the Edgartown Council on Aging.) 

Be sure to reward yourself for taking our survey by entering
the library's raffle for a $100 gift certificate at the Seafood Shanty!

Looking ahead, August is the busiest month for programs in the library's year, with eight films, four outdoor concerts and five literary programs. You can read the full calendar below. We wish you a safe and enjoyable month and look forward to seeing you at the library.

Lisa Sherman,
Please Support the Library Friends,
Who Support Our Programs

Our programs at the Edgartown Library are supported in large part by the Friends of the Edgartown Library, who have their own page on our website.

The group's next monthly meeting is  Friday, August 3 at 10:30 a.m. at the library. Coffee and light fare will be served, and all are welcome to attend. 
August Art Exhibit
FOLKPOP: The Art of Wabi-Sabi
art by TimoNanda Elliott
Opening reception, 5-7 p.m. Friday, August 3

The library is pleased to exhibit the eclectic new work of Island artist TimoNanda Elliott throughout the month of August.

Timo's ongoing fascination with the ancient Japanese concept of Wabi-Sabi, and his commitment to share its core principles with others, inspired this show which explores these ideas visually.
Wabi-Sabi is an intuitive way of living that emphasizes finding beauty in imperfection, and accepting the natural cycle of growth and decay. One can see the influence of the ideas at play in the artist's work, some of which hints at Robert Rauschenberg's assemblages, as well as a painting style both playful and skillful. Join us in the Program Room for a festive reception celebrating our latest gallery wall exhibit.

More information about the artist, his work, and this solo exhibition can be found at the artist's website.

In conjunction with this exhibition, poet Donald Nitchie will conduct a writing workshop exploring classic Japanese haiku in translation and haiku-like poems in English, Saturday, August 25. More information below.
****   FILMS   ****
Deep Dive French Cinema: 
Five Wednesdays and Two Saturdays in August

All this summer, the Edgartown Library is screening gems from the French cinema, including classics, contemporary film and more obscure treasures. Come along for the whole ride and experience the range and richness of French film, or stop in for a personal favorite or two. This series is presented in tribute to Jack Wildauer.

Diabolique (1955)
7 p.m. Wednesday, August 1
In the icily brilliant Diaboliquethe cruel and abusive headmaster of a boarding school becomes the target of a murder plot hatched by an unlikely duo -- his meek wife and the mistress he brazenly flaunts. The film blends elements of suspense and horror and features strong performances, particularly from Simone Signoret. Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot.

Grand Illusion (1937)
3 p.m. Saturday, August 4
Praised as one of the greatest films ever made, La Grande Illusion is a brilliant, timeless piece of cinema. Exciting, amusing, and very moving, Jean Renoir's masterpiece stars Jean Gabin, Marcel Dalio, and Pierre Fresnay as French soldiers held in a WWI German prison camp. Erich von Stroheim is the unforgettable Captain von Rauffenstein.

Holy Motors (2012)
7 p.m. Wednesday, August 8
Mysterious, bewildering, thrilling, strange and impossible to classify -- director Leos Carax's film is pure cinematic sensation. Strap yourself in and come along for the ride. 

Pauline at the Beach (1983)
7 p.m. Wednesday, August 15
This sunny, funny, and elegantly made treat by filmmaker Eric Rohmer is a comedy of manners by a master of the intimate film. Pauline (Amanda Langlet) is the teen-aged cousin of the older, more sophisticated Marion (Arielle Dombasle). They share a beach holiday in Normandy and learn some piquant lessons about life and love.

My Journey Through French Cinema (2016)
12 noon to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, August 18
Writer-director Bertrand Tavernier is one of the great auteurs of the movies, and his very personal tour of French cinema -- idiosyncratic, insightful, and enthusiastic -- is essential viewing for cinephiles and Francophiles alike. A 3 ½ hour treasure trove of expertly chosen clips, rare interviews, and behind-the-scenes footage.

Polisse (2012)
7 p.m. Wednesday, August 22
This raw cop thriller about the Child Protection Division of the Paris police is not interested in creating heroes. It does have an array of completely believable performances, a high-pitched energy, and a dead aim for the truth, no matter how brutal. Directed by Maïwenn.

8 Women (2002)
7 p.m. Wednesday, August 29
As delectable as the best pastry, as bubbly as the best champagne -- an over-the-top 1950s murder mystery by director François Ozon featuring an eye-popping cast.
****   MUSIC   ****
Sounds Like Summer!
Our popular series continues
at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays in August

Sounds Like Summer, the library's tradition of presenting free, family-friendly concerts on the lawn, continues on Tuesdays through this month. Here's the August lineup:

Tuesday, August 7: Jon Zeeman Jazz
Jazz guitarist John Zeeman and his band make the standards sound brand-new.

Tuesday, August 14: Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish
Enjoy an hour with the Island's favorite party band. Warning: spontaneous dancing is a distinct possibility.

Tuesday, August 21: Missis Biskis
This new trio spotlights the strong country-rock vocals of Ellen Biskis.

Tuesday, August 28: The Grateful Dread
The famed reggae-rock band closes our season in style, mon.
Opera Club Matinee: 
Donizetti's  Don Pasquale
1 p.m. Sunday, August 19

This delightful 2010 production filmed live from the Metropolitan Opera boasts a wonderful cast, including Anna Netrebko, Matthew Polenzani, and Mariusz Kwiecien. And in the title role, John Del Carlo quite literally stops the show. James Levine conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; the traditional production is by Otto Schenk. Inspired silliness for a summer's day!

All adults are welcome. The opera runs 2 ½ hours, plus intermission.
* Book Talks & Workshops *
College Admissions: How to Stay Sane
6 p.m. Thursday, August 2

Bestselling author and former Princeton professor Elizabeth Benedict started her company Don't Sweat the Essay to help high school students with their college application essays. She now guides families through the entire process. 

If you or your rising high school senior is worried about applying to college, come hear her advice about strategies for applying, for doing application essays, including the Common Application, and for staying sane during this chaotic, high stakes process. Bring your questions, your concerns, and your kids. Free.

The Spirit of Shackleton:
An Illustrated Talk by Alex Welles
7 p.m. Thursday, August 9

Nearly a hundred years after the famed "Endurance Expedition" of Sir Ernest Shackleton, adventure traveler Alex Welles followed in the footsteps of the legendary South Pole explorer.

Welles will narrate a presentation of breathtaking photographs from his travels throughout the world's most remote wilderness -- from the Falkland Islands to the Antarctica Peninsula, from former whaling stations to a King penguin rookery -- all  in the spirit of Shackleton.

Book Launch and Author Reception
Ghetto to Ghetto: Yiddish and Jive
In Everyday Life
with author Herbert L. Foster
5-7 p.m. Saturday, August 11

Yiddish and jive words permeate every aspect of American life. In fact, Americans of Jewish and African descent have contributed more words and phrases to today's common American English usage than any other ethnic groups. How many of these words do you use every day?

Herb Foster -- Professor Emeritus, State University of New York, Buffalo, and Edgartown Library Trustee -- has made a decades long study of these vivid, lively, and wonderfully descriptive words, and will present his newly published work on the subject. Come meet the author and celebrate the book's launch.
Author Presentation
Andrew Robinson Discusses His Novel,
The Long Journey Home
7 p.m. Thursday, August 16

Time travel, historical dramas with strong female leads, and alternate history are three of Andrew Robinson's favorite subjects. About a year ago, while watching the Outlander series, he was inspired to create his latest novel. The story centers on a young couple -- Arthur Mayhew, long-time resident of Martha's Vineyard, and his girlfriend Hazel Lowe -- going back in time and having to survive in a culture of which they have little experience or understanding. 

Join us and meet the author.
Haiku Workshop
with Donald Nitchie
11 a.m. Saturday, August 25

Donald Nitchie's Haiku workshop is based on the idea that imitation is the best way to learn to write, and to appreciate, poetry.

Participants will look at what makes a haiku by examining several classic and contemporary haiku and haiku-like poems, and then use those texts as models for one or more writing assignments, with the goal of coming up with several poems. Featuring haiku by Issa, Basho, Buson, Billy Collins, and others. 

Give us a call to sign up for this very special program.
Save the Date
Celebrate the Quartet!
An opera program with Susan Grunthal
7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4

On the first Tuesday of September, Susan Grunthal of the Taconic Opera will share classic performances of opera's most famous quartets on the library's big screen.

Children's Room Events

A musical storytime with Al deCant was a highlight of our programs for children in July.

Weekly Events in August:

Story Hours
Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. -- Silly Stories at the Playground. Join us at the Robinson Road Rec Area
(near the Boys and Girls Club and tennis courts). All ages welcome.

Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. -- Musical Story Time. Join us at the library to listen and sing along to rhymes and songs. This story hour is geared toward preschoolers, but all are welcome.

Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. -- Lap-Sit Storytime. At the library, this program is 
for infants and children up to 24 months with a caregiver. 

Weekly Crafts and Play Groups
Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- Daily Drop-in Crafts. For all ages --
k ids under age 9 must be accompanied by an adult.

Tuesdays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. -- Little Artists Open Paint. Come use our collection of fingerpaints and assorted brushes, paint and dot art. Children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturdays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. -- Sensory Play Group. At the library, open to all. Play with our
water/sand table and explore the different stations, which will change weekly.
Children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult.