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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
Summer Art, Music, Movies and More
Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish, a beloved Island band, will rock the front lawn on Tuesday, August 6 at 6:30 p.m.

August's highlights include a new art exhibit by Rob Hauck on the gallery wall of our program room, the continuation of our "Big World, Big Screen" international film series, a visit by Taco Dragon, an end-of-summer-reading ice cream celebration, and of course the second month of live Tuesday evening concerts on the library's front lawn. 

For all the details, please read on. We look forward to seeing you this month at the Edgartown Library.

Lisa Sherman,
Please Support the Friends of the Library,
Who Support Our Programs  All Year

The Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library will hold their monthly meeting at the library at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 2, and all are welcome to attend. The Friends, who help support the cost of library programs all year, will have a table at our Tuesday concerts, selling their popular sets of drink coasters with images from the Children's Room mural created by artist Margot Datz.
Art Exhibit at the Library
Opening Reception for Rob Hauck:
4-6 p.m. Saturday, August 3

Join us for the opening of our August art exhibit, and meet artist Rob Hauck. Writes the artist: " I use collage because it involves remnants of things that have lost their original meaning or utility. With scraps, I create a new sense and understanding of visual or conceptual reality, transforming what once was into what is anew; the process of coming apart and falling together."

Tuesday nights at 6:30 p.m.
Johnny Hoy & the Bluefish
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 6
The Island's favorite party band kicks off the month on our front lawn (or in the program room if it's raining). Bring your dancing shoes.

Jon Zeeman
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 13
Jon Zeeman, guitarist extraordinaire, and his band rock original tunes and covers. 

Missis Biskis
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 20
Enjoy the sounds of this n eo-country band with Ellen Biskis's soaring vocals

The Grateful Dread
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 27
Grateful Dead tunes with a Reggae groove -- and a rousing farewell to another Island summer.
We're featuring a world of cinema at the Edgartown Library all summer.
Join us for weekly screenings of compelling international films, 
most of them newly released,  with a few classics thrown into the flavorful mix. 
These films are for adults only.

The Year My Parents Went on Vacation
7 p.m. Wednesday, August 7
A nuanced coming-of-age drama set in the 1970s by director Cao Hamburger. 
(Brazil, 2006)

Never Look Away
2 p.m. Saturday, August 10
A sweeping romantic historical drama, Never Look Away follows thirty years in the life of a great artist. Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck.  (Germany, 2018)

Woman at War
7 p.m. Wednesday, August 14
Quirky, original, and well played, the film's serious message is handled with a deft hand.
Directed by Benedikt Erlingsson. 
(Iceland, 2018)

The Secret in Their Eyes
7 p.m. Wednesday, August 21
This complex psychological drama, the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 2010, has it all: a perfect cast, engrossing plot, and fine direction by Juan Jose Campanella.  (Argentina, 2009)

The Son's Room
7 p.m. Wednesday, August 28
A thoughtful, understated, and powerful family drama. Nanni Moretti stars and directs.
(Italy, 2001)

Giant Pandas of Chengdu: 
a talk by Alex Welles
7 p.m. Thursday, August 8 
Adventure-traveler Alex Welles returns for another talk about his world travels illustrated with video and images. This time he'll captivate us with his up-close experiences in Chengdu Panda Base, a non-profit research and breeding facility for giant pandas and other rare animals, located in Sichuan, China. The presentation includes other scenic highlights of China. Spoiler alert: the Panda-Cam recorded Alex's visit with the year-old Panda cub, Jiao Miao. And you thought it couldn't get cuter than cat videos.
Martha's Vineyard Library Association Presents:
Palaces for the People
A Book Talk with 
Author Eric Klinenberg
3 p.m. Friday, August 2, 
at the Chilmark Library

Eric Klinenberg will give a talk based on his book, Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life. The program, moderated by Maureen Sullivan, former president of the American Library Association, will explore how shared spaces, including libraries, play a crucial role in bridging societal divides.

This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing, and refreshments will be served.

Opera Club:  
Richard Wagner's 
Der Fliegende Holländer
1 p.m. Sunday,
August 4

The revolutionary staging of this production from the Bayreuth Festival, 1985, stars Lisbeth Balslev as Senta, Matti Salminen as Daland, and the towering Simon Estes as the Dutchman.
Conducted by Woldemar Nelsson and directed by Harry Kupfer. The opera runs 2 ½ hours, including intermission. Sung in German with English subtitles.

Author Talk:  
A Conversation with Author Sheri Salata and Paul Samuel Dolman
7 p.m. Thursday,
August 15

Join Bestselling author Sheri Salata, and the host of the 'What Matters Most' podcast, Paul Samuel Dolman, for an inspired conversation about Sheri's new book, The Beautiful No, And Other Tales of Trial, Transcendence, and Transformation, and  her time as President of Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Productions. Ms. Salata will also take questions and sign books.

Author Talk:  
Skip Finley Presents His New Book, Historic Tales of Oak Bluffs
7 p.m. Thursday, 
August 22 

Skip Finley's Town of Oak Bluffs columns in the Vineyard Gazette were widely popular thanks to his breezy style and historical content. In this curated collection, he presents a chronological telling of how the community became a welcoming seaside resort for a uniquely diverse group of residents and visitors, including five American presidents. Books will be available for purchase.
iPad Refresher Class
Wednesday, August 28
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

So you have an iPad and you're excited to use it -- but where to begin? Or do you just want to refresh your skills and learn a few new tricks? Kathy Lavieri, technology trainer with over twenty years of experience working with diverse groups of adults, will hold an iPad Refresher program. 

Call us at the library or call The Anchors (508-627-4368) to reserve your spot, as space is limited.

This program is co-sponsored by the Edgartown Council on Aging.

Knitting Group Gathers Weekly,
Tuesdays from 3 to 5 p.m.

Cindy Bonnell, master knitter, presides over a sociable group of knitters every Tuesday afternoon this month in one of our upstairs meeting rooms here at the library. Knitters and aspiring knitters of all levels of experience are welcome to bring their projects and drop in for support, inspiration and expert advice. 

August in the Children's Room 
Touch a Truck Day was a highlight of the library's programs for kids in July.

In the Children's Room, our Summer Reading program is in full swing,
and kids of all ages are encouraged to visit the library and sign up. 
Log the books you read this summer to earn prizes, and join us 
for our programs, which include  galaxy-themed crafts, 
guest speakers,  and more for all ages. 
And be sure to explore our spaceship control room!

Weekly Story Hours

Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. -- Story Time on the Library Lawn
(We'll gather inside if the weather is disagreeable.) This story hour is
toward preschool children, but all are welcome.

Fridays at 10:30 a.m. -- Discovery Days Story Time 
Join us for a story each week to kick off the Family Center's
Discovery Days program. The theme will change each week. 
This program is best for ages 8 and under.

Weekly 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.

Monday Through Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- Daily Drop-in Crafts  
For all ages; children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult.

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.

Special Events This Month

Taco Dragon Story Hour:
Saturday, August 3, 10:30 a.m.
Join us for a special story hour with a visit from
Taco Dragon, from the popular book series.

Space Coin Show:
Tuesday, August 6, 
3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Come check out a variety of space-related coins, 
and learn how to design a coin of your own. 
All ages welcome, and pizza will be served.

iRobot Visit:
Wednesday, August 7, 
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Our friends from iRobot will bring their latest machines
and show them at work.

Planet Lantern Decorating:
Saturday, August 10, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
We will provide the lanterns and lights (while supplies last), 
as well as everything you need to transform your lantern into 
your favorite planet. 
Children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult.

Making Galaxy Soap:
Saturday, August 17, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
We will provide all the supplies (while they last). 
Children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult.

Summer Reading Celebration
and Ice Cream Social:
Saturday, August 24, from 12 noon to 2 p.m.
Join us to celebrate the conclusion of our season 
of summer reading with ice cream (donated by Dairy Queen!), 
crafts, and a raffle.