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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

December Closings & Holidays:
Closed Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 24 & 25, for Christmas.
(The Library will also close on New Year's Day --  Tuesday, Jan. 1)
An Invitation: Open House at the Library
On Saturday, Dec. 8

The Edgartown Library jumps into the holiday spirit on Saturday, Dec. 8, with a day filled with programs, live music and treats.

It all begins with an 11 a.m. crafts program in the Children's Room, decorating wrapping paper for the holiday season. Our Open House from noon to 4 p.m. will feature two film screenings in our program room (see details below), tasty treats and a fund-raising poinsettia sale by the Friends of the Edgartown Library, who provide vital support all year for public programming for all ages.

We look forward to seeing you at the library at our Open House, and all through this festive month. Please read on for a complete calendar of December's events.

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. You can visit their page on the Library's website, or click here to make a donation. 

The group's next monthly meeting is at 12 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6 at the library. Coffee and light fare will be served, and all are welcome to attend. 

****   FILMS   ****
Mini-Film Festival at Our Open House:
Screenings at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 8

Our film presentations on the afternoon of the library's holiday open house begin at 1 p.m. with our annual screening of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker ballet. We'll present the visually splendid 2004 production from the San Francisco Ballet, choreographed by Helgi Tomasson and conducted by Martin West. All are welcome.

At 3:30 p.m. we'll present a program decidedly for adults: a screening of the Mark Morris Dance Group's hilarious, gender-bending, naughty rendition of Tchaikovsky's classic, entitled "The Hard Nut." This screening includes mature subject matter; all adults are welcome.
Hot Docs Film Series
Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
(no film on Dec. 26)

In December the library continues its series of remarkable documentaries, most of them recent, with a couple of older "you gotta see this" films thrown into the mix.
Here's the December lineup:

Riding Giants
Dec. 5

Just short of dropping you into the ocean with a surfboard, filmmakers Stacy Peralta and Sam George's Riding Giants serves as the definitive (and immersive) guide to the essence of all that is surfing. This is vicarious cinema at its best.
(US, 2004)

Seymour: An Introduction
Dec. 12

Filmmaker Ethan Hawke's gentle, meditative study is a warm and lucid portrait of Seymour Bernstein and his exceptional life and work. It's also a love letter to the study of music itself.
(US, 2015)

Happy People: A Year in the Taiga
Dec. 19

Filmmaker Werner Herzog takes viewers on yet another unforgettable journey into remote and extreme natural landscapes, this time with a visually stunning documentary about indigenous people living in the heart of the Siberian Taiga. Co-directed by Dmitry Vasyukov.
(Germany, 2013)
****   MUSIC   ****
Opera Club Matinee: 
Giacomo Puccini's La Bohème
1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9

From the Royal Opera, John Copley's classic production of Boheme, then in the repertory at Covent Garden for over forty years. This revival comes from 2009, and features Teodor Ilincai and Hibla Gerzmava as the young lovers, Rodolfo and Mimi. In the pit, maestro Andris Nelsons (in his ROH debut) draws sumptuous playing from the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. 

The opera runs three hours with intermission.  All adults are welcome.
Ukulele Class
with Deirdre DeCarion
1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11

Deirdre Decarion's Ukulele Workshop last month was such fun it's back by popular demand. Deirdre (of Featherstone's "Uke Jam" fame) will give an introduction to the plucky little instrument, guiding you through chords, strumming technique, and some basic theory. Plus, all participants receive a folder full of music and instructional material. Bring your own ukulele or borrow one of the library's excellent instruments.

Join the class and follow in the musical footsteps of such famous uke-lovers as George Harrison, Jimi Hendrix, Marilyn Monroe, and Elvis.
Holiday Concert Gala
Screening an All-Star Performance
2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29

On the last Saturday afternoon of the year, we'll screen one of the thrilling all-star concert filmed live from Berlin's Waldbühne amphitheatre in July 2006, with tenors Placido Domingo and Rolando Villazon, and soprano Anna Netrebko performing a program of operatic favorites. The Orchestra of the Deutschen Opera of Berlin is under the baton of conductor Marco Armiliato. All adults welcome.
Meet Your Commissioner
A Town Hall-Style Meeting w ith Keith Chatinover
Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 6-7:30 p.m

Keith Chatinover, newly elected member of the Dukes County Commission, is at 18 years old perhaps the youngest Commissioner to serve. He's made it his mission to be transparent, accountable, and accessible to voters. He will be holding the first of seven town hall-style meetings, one for each county town, at the Edgartown Library.

These nonpartisan meetings are intended to be an opportunity for voters to ask Keith questions, impart words of wisdom or caution regarding his new position, and to interact with one of the Commission's newest members. All are welcome.
Library Book Group
4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19

December's book for discussion at the library is  Three Things About Elsie , by Joanna Cannon.

This novel from the bestselling author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep delivers a suspenseful and emotionally satisfying story about a lifelong friendship, a devastating secret, and the small acts of kindness that bring people together. It is, writes the People Magazine reviewer, "infused with warmth and humor."

The library has copies to check out if you're interested in joining the discussion -- just ask at the front desk.
* Young Adult Programs *
YA Board Game Night
Wednesdays in December from 5-7 p.m.

Our latest program aimed at the 12-and-up crowd, YA Board Game Night, got off to a great start in November and continues every Wednesday this month. 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 food, because gamers need to eat, too.

Pre-registration is recommended. Call the library at 508-627-4221 to sign up.
Young Adult Art Club
4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5

Supplies have been ordered, we've marked our calendar, and the Library's new Young Adult Art Club is set to hold its third session. Aimed at the 12-and-up crowd, this program focuses on a different art medium every month. 

On Dec. 5, the club will be painting holiday scenes with acrylic paints. Sign-up is required -- please call or ask at the front desk.
Young Adult Book Group
3-4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12

This month's book selection is This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story, by Kheryn Callender. At the story's center is Nathan Bird, who has sworn off happy endings but is sorely tested when his former best friend, Ollie, moves back to town.

The library has copies to check out if you're interested in joining the conversation -- just ask at the front desk.
Children's Room Events

Cindy Bonnell led an introduction to knitting in November.
She's leading a knitting group for kids on Fridays beginning this month.

Weekly Events for Kids in December

Story Hours

Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. -- Preschool Story Time 
Join Elyce to listen and sing along to rhymes and songs. This story hour is geared toward preschoolers, but all are welcome.
December's theme is Hibernation: we'll share stories featuring animals that hibernate each winter.

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.  

Weekly Crafts and Play Groups

Tuesdays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. -- Open Paint Group
Come use our collection of fingerpaints 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 learn to communicate effectively. The goal is to foster courage, imagination, conversation, empathy, creativity, and individuality. All middle schoolers are welcome to join!

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.

Thursdays, 3 to 4:30 p.m. -- After School Gaming
Use our Nintendo Switch consoles to try out different games.  For ages 9 and up.

Fridays, 10:30 a.m. to noon -- Discovery Days with the Martha's Vineyard Family Center. 
Each week we'll have a different preschool-age theme. No sign-up is required, but kids 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 for details and to sign up.

Special Events for Kids in December

Open House at the Library:
Saturday, Dec. 8, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In the Children's Room, we're holding a drop-in crafts program for the whole family: decorating your own wrapping paper for holiday gifts.

Santa Visits the Library:
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
All are welcome to the Children's Room for a visit and photo-op with Santa. He'll have special gifts -- a book for each child to take home. We'll also have holiday crafts tables set up, and will be serving hot chocolate and kettle corn. Children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult. This event is free and open to all.

After-School Nutrition Program: 
Friday, Dec. 21, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. 
Once a month, 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. We're holding today's program after a half-day at the school, as the long holiday break begins.  R egistration is not required.

Drop-in Crafts: 
Saturday, Dec. 22, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visit the Children's Room to make your own holiday cards and wrapping paper. All ages are welcome; children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult.

Annual Family Re-Gifting Party:
Thursday, Dec. 27, beginning at 1 p.m.
Not sure what to do with that gift you received that's "not quite you?" Bring it to the library for our Yankee swap-style gift exchange. Just re-wrap the new item you'd like to swap and bring it to the library. One item per person, please. We'll gather for light refreshments at 1 pm. before starting the swap. No registration is required.

Dungeons & Dragons Club
Saturday, Dec. 29, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Pre-registration is strongly recommended for this monthly club. 
For ages 11 and up.

Children's New Year's Eve Celebration: 
Monday, Dec. 31, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Come make New Year's party poppers and decorate cookies. 
We'll have free New Year's Eve sunglasses while supplies last.
All ages are welcome -- children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult.