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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

The library will close from 10 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday, June 3 
for Glenn Carpenter's memorial service
Ahead: An Event-Full Month
Coffee, laptops and quiet time in morning light along the east wall.
The pace of life across the Island quickens in June, and the Edgartown Library is no exception. As you can read below, we're offering a variety of public programs this month -- and the calendar will be packed still fuller in July and August.

But even as the Vineyard enters its most hectic season, we promise you places of respite here at the library. Our new building is filled with quiet nooks for reading and study, and even in the peak of summer you'll find a parking spot in the roomy lot behind the library.

So come for the programs and good fellowship, or come to get away from the crush of summer: either way, we always look forward to seeing you here.

Lisa Sherman,

The chess table is a popular spot downstairs.
Environmental Politics:
Mass Audubon Director of Public Policy Speaks
At the Library at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 1

Jack Clarke, Mass Audubon's Director of Public Policy, will discuss how current events in Washington are affecting climate change, energy, and environmental policy and how Mass Audubon is addressing it at a local, state, and federal level.

This program is f ree and open to all adults.
Book Talk:  Author Thomas Dresser Speaks
At 7 p.m. o
n Tuesday, June 6

Celebrated local historian Thomas Dresser reads from his latest book, Hidden History of Martha's Vineyard, in a free 7 p.m. program on Tuesday, June 6.

Behind the mansions and presidential vacations of Martha's Vineyard hide the lost stories, mysteries, and forgotten events of a small island.  What was the Island's role in the Underground Railroad? Why do chickens festoon Nancy Luce's grave? How did Vineyarders react in 1923 when the island's supply of liquor was deep-sixed in a shipwreck? Delve below the surface of history to discover the origin and meaning of local place names and the significance of beloved landmarks.

The evening is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served.
Stranger in a Strange Land:
Eight-Week Film Series Begins Wednesday, June 7

In May, the Edgartown Library completed a project of tuning the acoustics in our program room. This June, we're celebrating with the first four films in a Wednesday series entitled "Stranger in a Strange Land." Here's the lineup:

Wednesday, June 7, 7 p.m.
Aguirre, the Wrath of God

Our series begins with Werner Herzog's masterpiece, starring Klaus Kinski. Set in Peru in 1650, the story of an expedition by Spanish conquistadors makes a haunting and riveting film that transcends the epic genre (Germany, 1972). This screening is for adults only.

Wednesday, June 14, 7 p.m.

Brooklyn tells the story of a young Irish immigrant in the 1950s, beautifully played by Saoirse Ronan, navigating her way through that very strange and exotic land (US, 2015).

Wednesday, June 21, 7 p.m.
The Third Man

This classic thriller, about a bewildered Yankee trying to decipher the mysteries of post-WWII Vienna, stars Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, and a very elusive Orson Welles. Carol Reed deftly directs the Graham Greene story, and the zither music is still fabulous (UK, 1949).

Wednesday, June 28, 7 p.m.

Winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, this new film from acclaimed director Jacques Audiard is a gripping, human tale of an immigrant's survival in Europe (France, 2016).
Birdwatching Walk Begins from the Library
At 3 p.m. Saturday, June 10

It's nesting time on the Vineyard, and ecologist Robert Culbert will lead a lucky group of birding enthusiasts on an afternoon birdwatching excursion beginning at the library. This program for adults is free, but space is limited and registration is required. Please call the library at 508-627-4221 to sign up or for more information.

Opera Club Presents
The Pearl Fishers
1 p.m. Sunday,  June 11

The Metropolitan Opera's acclaimed new production of Bizet's The Pearl Fishers (Les Pêcheurs de Perles) was filmed live in HD in 2016. Conducted by Gianandrea Noseda and directed by Penny Woolcock, Bizet's sweeping romance tells the story of a beautiful Hindu priestess pursued by rival pearl divers competing for her hand. Diana Damrau leads the cast as the priestess Leïla, opposite Matthew Polenzani as Nadir, Mariusz Kwiecien as Zurga, and Nicolas Testé as the high priest Nourabad. 

All adults are welcome. Please note that Opera Club screenings will be presented on Sunday through September.
A Pilgrim's Travels:
Clara Kisco Presents an Illustrated Talk
At  7 p.m. Tuesday, June 13

Clara Kisco will speak about her walk through Spain on one of the several "Caminos" that lead to Santiago de Compostela. 

The evening is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served.
Valerie Sonnenthal Leads MELT Method
Introductory Hand and Foot Workshop
At 10 a.m. Thursday, June 15

Learn simple self-treatments you can do at home to remain active, healthy, and pain-free for life. Erase pain and tension in your hands, feet, neck, and low back brought on by everyday stress, overuse, and age. This simple self-treatment can make your whole body feel better and provide relief from many persistent conditions.

Registration is required for this free one-hour workshop. Please sign up at the library's circulation desk or call, 508-627-4221 

The Future of Bats on Martha's Vineyard: Naturalists
Present Program at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20

BiodiversityWorks biologists Luanne Johnson and Liz Baldwin will share findings from their research on the Vineyard's population of Northern Long-eared Bats. These bats are threatened with extinction due to White Nose Syndrome, caused by a fungus introduced to New England in 2006. 

Join us to learn about bats and their behavior, the syndrome killing bats, the status of our bat populations, and how you can help save our bats.

Martha's Vineyard Spirituals Choir Returns to Library
For 3 p.m. Concert on Saturday, June 24

Join us for an afternoon of inspiration, fun, and education. Led by Jim Thomas, founder and president of the organization, the Spirituals Choir returns to the Edgartown Library to start their season of song. All are welcome to this free performance.

The U.S. Slave Song Project (USSSP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about authentic U.S. slave songs. U.S. slave songs, also known as Negro spirituals, are true American folk music. They were sung by slaves between 1619 and 1865, when the last slaves were freed.
Moving Beyond Exercise, 
An Introduction to Nutritious Movement:
Workshop Offered at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 29

Katy Bowman's Nutritious Movement offers  a refreshing perspective, one that will change your relationship to your body and help you learn to see the multitude of natural movement possibilities in your home, work environments and how you move through your day. 

Don't miss this opportunity to learn how to add increased flexibility, balance and enjoyment back into your body. You must be registered for this one-hour program; please call us at 508-627-4221 or drop in to the library to sign up.

June in  the Children's Room

Story Hour Programs in June:

Story Time with Elyce is presented each Monday and Tuesday morning this month at  10:30 -- activity to follow!

Deb MacInnis leads a Story Hour every Thursday at 10:30 a.m., and Weezie leads a musical Storytime every Saturday, also at 10:30 a.m.

Afternoons, Monday Through Saturday, June 12-17:

During this last week of school, we're offering a special craft program every afternoon from 3 to 4 p.m. Make a gift for your teacher -- we provide the materials, you bring the creativity.

-- Saturday Activities This Month --

Saturday, June 3, 2 p.m.
Build a Fairy House in this afternoon's craft program.

Saturday, June 10, 2 p.m.
Learn about codes and ciphers, and how to make your own secret messages. 

Saturday, June 17, 2 p.m.
Decorate a coffee mug to give to Dad for Father's Day.

Saturday, June 24, 2 p.m.
Build a Lego car and race it against other builders.

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