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.
Closing at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, for Annual Town Meeting
Closed Monday, April 15, for Patriots' Day
April Is the Season for Citizenship
|Chief of Police Bruce McNamee visited the library in full Scottish regalia and performed on the bagpipe.
April is tax time here and across the nation. This seems the perfect moment to say how grateful we are to the citizens of Edgartown for your support, and how proud we are of the services we provide to our community with a slice that represents just two percent of the municipal operating budget.
Edgartown's Town Meeting convenes at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at the Old Whaling Church. Election Day follows on Thursday, April 11, with polls open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the selectmen's meeting room at town hall. You can click here for a full copy of the 2019 annual meeting warrant.
We look forward to seeing you at the library in April.
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. You can
visit their page
on the Library's website, or
to make a donation.
The group's next monthly meeting is at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 5 at the library. Coffee and light fare will be served, and all are welcome to attend.
Join the Cult:
Film Series Continues
Our eight-film series, extending into May, features films that have achieved cult status -- each with a fiercely devoted audience, many with recognizable catch-phrases now embedded in the matrix of our language. These programs are for adults only.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
7 p.m. Wednesday, April 3
A satire that satirizes everything, 44 years after its release it remains the gold standard in subversive comedy. At times witty, other times just goofy, it's always over the top. Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones co-direct the whole Python gang. (UK, 1975)
2001: A Space Odyssey
7 p.m. Wednesday, April 10
An extraordinary work of art, the film's ambiguities are still debated more than fifty years after its release.
Directed by Stanley Kubrick. (UK & US, 1968)
The Big Lebowski
7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17
A film where pulp detective fiction meets stoner bowling comedy, its cult following has grown over the decades. The Dude abides. Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. (US, 1998)
Note: no film on April 24
King of Hearts
7 p.m. Wednesday, May 1
Though it flopped in its native France, the film became a cult sensation when it premiered in the U.S. amidst the burgeoning anti-war movement of the late 1960s. Now a world-wide favorite, it's one of director Philippe de Broca's most memorable films. (FR, 1965)
Dames in Action Series:
2 p.m. Saturday, April 20
An engaging story set in Italy for those who appreciate wisteria and sunshine, with a gem of an English cast. Dame Joan Plowright shines. Directed by Mike Newell. (UK, 1991)
6 p.m. Tuesday, April 30
This year's Best Film Oscar-winner showcases two fine performances, the Best Supporting Actor Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali, and his co-star, Viggo Mortensen. Directed by Peter Farrelly.
This film is for adults only.
A celebration of William Shakespeare
in film and live performance
-- Please note the 6:30 p.m. start time for this week's evening screenings --
Through the last week of April, we're celebrating
Shakespeare's history plays by screening a series of exceptional productions from the Royal Shakespeare Company. "The Henriad" -- the plays Richard II, Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2, and Henry V -- contains some of Shakespeare's most exciting, psychologically illuminating work, exploring England's bloody and heroic past through timeless theatre.
The director of the RSC, Gregory Doran, took on the challenge of directing all four of these beauties over four seasons.
We'll complete the film screenings with a captivating production of The Tempest, also from the RSC. This is immersive Shakespeare, filmed live at Stratford-upon-Avon.
6:30 p.m. Monday, April 22
"This blessed plot, this earth,
this realm, this England."
Henry IV Part 1
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23
"There lives not three good men unhanged in England,
and one of them is fat and grows old."
Henry IV Part 2
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24
"Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown."
6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25
"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers."
6:30 p.m. Friday, April 26
"We are such stuff that dreams are made on."
3 p.m. Saturday, April 27
Bringing our Will Power festival to a musical conclusion is Duo Marchand -- Marcia Young, soprano and harp, and Andrew Rutherford, lute -- with a program entitled "Music from the Theatre," featuring songs from the 17th and early 18th century. Enjoy an afternoon of time travel and stay for a reception with the artists afterwards.
Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni
Pagliacci by Leoncavallo
This month we'll be screening two short operas that are often billed together -- but seldom is there a double role debut on the same evening.
At the 2015 Salzburg Easter Festival, star tenor Jonas Kauffman pulled that off to rapturous praise with the roles of Turiddu and Canio. Philipp St
lzl created the innovative staging, and Christian Thielemann conducts the Dresden State Orchestra.
The operas together run 3 hours, including intermission. All adults are welcome.
Celebrate Tartan Day with the MV Scottish Society
Saturday, April 6, from 1 to 3 p.m.
special event will focus on some of the delights of being Scottish -- even if just for an afternoon.
There'll be music from the Scottish Society Singers, a shortbread competition open to everyone, tartans galore, and more. Available for purchase will be Martha's Vineyard District Tartan items specially made in Scotland.
All are welcome -- tartaned up or not!
Adventures in Slow Cooking
This Month's Recipe: Thai Beef Curry
1 p.m. Tuesday, April 16
At our April session, the featured dish is Thai Beef Curry. With lean beef and traditional Thai flavors of coconut and lime, this boldly spiced, fragrant red curry is a snap to make in a slow cooker. We invite you to come learn the method, and stay to enjoy the delicious results.
Please call or stop in to register, as space is limited.
4 p.m. Wednesday, April 17
Our book for discussion at the library this month is
, by Joan Silber.
In her new novel, writes The New York Times, "
Silber writes . . . a series of interlinked stories, a generous structural decision that both allows characters to fully inhabit their own narratives and gives space to the lives that intersect or run parallel to them." Concludes the reviewer: "This is a novel of richness and wisdom and huge pleasure. Silber knows, and reveals, how close we live to the abyss, but she also revels in joy, particularly the joy that comes from intimate relationships."
All are welcome to join the discussion. The library has available copies to check out if you're interested -- just ask at the front desk.
Healthy Food Distribution
Friday, April 26 from noon to 2 p.m.
The Martha's Vineyard Vegan Society will have its next Healthy Foods Giveaway Day at the library from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, April 26. Come enjoy a healthy snack and grab a bag of fresh fruits and vegetables, free of charge.
The giveaway is to promote healthy, plant-based diets on-Island. Members of the society will also be here to answer any food-related questions and chat about veganism. One bag per adult, while supplies last.
Birding Walk with Robert Culbert
Saturday, April 27 at 9:30 a.m.
The avian world is stirring (also peeping, chirping, and singing), and Robert Culbert of Nature Watch will lead a lucky few birding enthusiasts on a walk to one of his favorite hot spots.
This program is free, but registration is required -- so come in or call to sign up and for directions to the meeting place.
Young Adult Board Game Night
Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m.
(except on April 9, when we close early
for town meeting)
Young Adult Board Game Night, led by Tom, continues every Tuesday this month (except on town meeting night, as noted). Get all the gaming fun without the digital daze that comes with video games.
We have classics, as well as some great new games. We'll also provide snacks, because gamers need to eat, too.
4-5 p.m. Wednesday, April 10
The Young Adult Art Club, led by Morgan, is a program for the 12-and-up crowd, focusing on different art media every month. In April, kids will explore using different types of paint.
Sign-up is required, so we can be sure to have enough materials on hand.
Please call or ask at the front desk.
Young Adult Book Group
3-4 p.m. Wednesday, April 24
This month's book for discussion, led by Morgan, is The Black Coats, a powerful new novel from Colleen Oakes about a secret society of girls who plot revenge on the men who hurt them.
All young adults are welcome to join this group. The library has copies to check out if you're interested -- just ask at the front desk.
Children's Room Events
|Every day is a great day for reading at the Edgartown Library.
Events for Kids in April
Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. -- Story Time
All this month we celebrate the arrival of spring. Join us for stories about this season of new beginnings.
Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. -- Silly Stories
Here's a chance for toddlers to get those wiggles out. We'll share silly stories that encourage play and movement.
Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. -- Portuguese Story Hour
Join us for stories in Portuguese geared toward preschool children.
Crafts and Play Groups
Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- Open Paint Group
Come use our collection of finger paints and assorted brushes, paint and dot art.
Children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult.
Tuesdays, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. -- Radio Games
Radio Games with Laurel Redington of MVY Radio is an after-school program created to engage middle schoolers with each other and foster effective communication. The goal is to encourage imagination, conversation, empathy, creativity, and individuality. All middle schoolers are welcome to join! This program is made possible by a grant from the Cape Cod 5 Foundation.
Wednesdays, 3 to 4 p.m. -- After-School Crafts
We'll feature a new project every week -- just drop in.
For ages 9 and up.
Fridays, 10:30 a.m. to noon -- Discovery Days with the Martha's Vineyard Family Center
For preschoolers, with a different theme each week.
No sign-up is required, but kids under 9 must be accompanied by an adult.
Fridays, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. -- After-School Knitting
With expert knitter Cindy Bonnell, for ages 9 and up.
Pre-registration is strongly suggested.
Call the library at 508-627-4221 to sign up.
Special Event: Wednesday, April 10:
Nursery School Naturalists, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Join Felix Neck naturalist Liz Dengenis to look for signs of spring. We'll experience the awakening of spring through stories, crafts, live animal presentations, and more.
School Vacation Week in the Children's Room
Note: The Library is closed Monday, April 15
Drop-in crafts will be available every day during school vacation week
from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Drop-in Egg Dyeing
Saturday, April 13, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
We will provide the eggs and all of the supplies needed to create beautiful dyed eggs. Children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult.
Drop-in Seed Planting
Tuesday, April 16, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Join us for a program about growing your own flowers, herbs, and
vegetables. We'll provide the seeds and egg cartons to
get you started with plants you can take home. Thank you to Mahoney's
for donating the seeds.
IGI Community Lunch
Wednesday, April 17, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
This program is free and all are welcome.
Thursday, April 18, 1 p.m.
Up on the big screen today is
Family Movie and Popcorn
Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse.
Friday, April 19, 1 p.m.
This afternoon we'll be screening a
A Dog's Way Home.
Easter Bunny Visits the Library:
Saturday, April 20, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Stop by to say hi and take a photo with the Easter Bunny,
before heading to the annual Easter Egg Hunt, which starts at
1 p.m. sharp
at the town recreation center, adjacent to the
Boys' and Girls' Club.
Story Hour with the FARM Institute
Wednesday, April 24, 10:30 a.m.
The FARM Institute will bring baby lambs
along for this special story time.
After-School Nutrition Program
Friday, April 26, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Public health nurse Lila Fischer offers this program
for kids age 9 and up, teaching
good nutrition habits
and leading participants in making a healthy
after-school snack. No preregistration is
Coin Day: Thursday, April 25, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Come learn about coins and the hobby of coin collecting.
All ages are welcome; children under 9 must be
accompanied by an adult.