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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

Closures this month:
Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 24 & 25, for Christmas
Closing at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31
(Closed on New Year's Day, Jan. 1, 2020)

The fourth annual Clothing Swap, on Nov. 16, was a reminder to us all of the powerful possibilities the library presents
for programs that serve our community in unexpected ways.

On Saturday, Dec. 14, we look forward to joining in the festivities of the Christmas in Edgartown weekend with a day chock-full of fun that includes refreshments and treats, family gift-making in the children's room, live music, a screening of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King Ballet, as well as a workshop on the art of making the perfect zero-proof cocktail.   

If you're already marking your calendars for January, please note that starting January 9 The Yard's "Making It" Program will present a series of eight free adult community dance classes in our Program Room. More details to come in our January newsletter.

We invite you to read all about our December events below, and we wish all our patrons the very best in this holiday season and in the new year ahead.

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

The Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library will hold their next monthly meeting at the library at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, and all are welcome to attend.

The programs at the Edgartown Library are supported in large part by the Friends of the Edgartown Library. To make a donation, please  read their  2019 Annual Appeal Letter and consider supporting the Friends.

The Friends' Annual Poinsettia Sale will be held during the library's Open House from 12-3 pm on Saturday, Dec. 14. They will have plants, books, gift items as well as a raffle. Please stop by for some holiday cheer!  
Our three-month series of documentary films concludes this December 
with a slate of must-see movies.  These films are for adults only.

Three Identical Strangers
7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4
Filmmaker Tim Wardle skillfully unfurls a story that ranges from incredible to heartwarming to tragic.
(UK, 2018)

Pearl Harbor
2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7
Laura Verklan's film on the attack that propelled America into WWII features archival combat footage, moving personal accounts, and historical analysis. 
(US, 2001)

7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11
A clash of cultures twists into a true crime story set in the beautiful, remote region of Galicia, Spain. Directed by Andrew Becker and 
Daniel Mehrer.
(UK, 2017)

7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18
Exciting, emotional, and inspiring, Maiden tells the story of the first all-women crew to compete in the grueling Whitbread Round the World yacht race. Directed by Alex Holmes.
(UK, 2018)

Special Screening:
Downton Abbey
2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21

The Crawleys are back, and we'll be showing the wildly popular movie based on the TV series at a special matinee. Lord and Lady Grantham have been chosen to host King George and Queen Mary at Downton and excitement is running high, upstairs and down. Written by Julian Fellowes and directed by Michael Engler.
(UK, 2019)

Movie Matinee:
The Farewell
2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28

Join us to enjoy this h eartwarming comedy-drama about an extended Chinese family and a great big lie. 
Written and directed by Lulu Wang.
(US & China, 2019)

Opera Club:
Netrebko and Hvorostovsky --
Live from Red Square
1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15

A screening of the "filmed live" 2013 concert when two of the world's greatest opera singers took to an outdoor stage in Red Square, Moscow.
Soprano Anna Netrebko and baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky fill the historic magnificent square with works from Verdi, Puccini, Giordano, Tchaikovsky, and others. Join us for this special holiday Opera Club and enjoy this delightful concert on the library's big screen. All adults welcome.

Holiday Open House
Saturday, Dec. 14, from 12 noon to 4 p.m.
We'll have refreshments, crafts, and live music throughout the afternoon as the library takes part in the Christmas in Edgartown weekend. Highlights of the day include:

Friends of the Library Poinsettia Sale
Noon to 3 p.m.
Purchase a fresh, beautiful plant to celebrate the season, and we'll wrap it for you. All plants are donated by Donaroma's Nursery, and 100% of the proceeds support the Friends of the Edgartown Library. 

Family Gift-Making in the Children's Room
Noon to 4 p.m.
Drop in and we'll provide all the materials for kids to make one-of-a-kind holiday gifts.

Holiday Entertaining 
with Zero-Proof Cocktails
1 to 2 p.m., for adults
Everyone likes to raise a glass during the holidays, but not everyone wants the alcohol. In this workshop you'll learn to hand-craft a variety of tasty zero-proof 
cocktails fit for holiday gatherings.   We'll demonstrate several delicious and 
elegant drinks you can make at home with just a little forethought and preparation. Tasting is required, but signup is not.

Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker 
and the Mouse King Ballet
3 p.m.
From the Dutch National Ballet, a delightfully ingenious adaptation of the beloved holiday tradition, presented on the library's big screen. All are welcome.
Plastic-Free MV:
Public Forum on Proposed Bottle Bylaw
5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10

Come hear students from Plastic-Free MV
explain the single-use bottle bylaw that will be
voted on this year at town meeting. 
Town Hall with Keith Chatinover
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17

Dukes County Commissioner Keith Chatinover will hold a nonpartisan public forum for Edgartown residents to answer questions, hear concerns, and receive public input on topics related to County government and services.
Library Book Group
4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18

The Edgartown Library book group gathers on Dec. 18 to discuss the next book on this year's theme, "Essays and Explorations."

"Where the Crawdads Sing," by Delia Owens, has been hailed by The New York Times as "a painfully beautiful first novel that is at once a murder mystery, a coming-of-age narrative and a celebration of nature."

All are welcome to join the conversation. Bookmarks with selections and dates are available at the circulation desk. Copies of the book in most formats (including digital) are available for checkout.
Housing Rehabilitation Program
Informational Session
5-6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18

TRI -- The Resource Inc. -- has opportunities available to fund housing rehabilitation in the six towns of Martha's Vineyard. To learn about this program for homeowners, which can provide funds of up to $40,000 for such critical home repairs as roofing and siding, electrical, heating and plumbing work, minor structural repairs, lead paint abatement and energy upgrades, please attend this informational session at the library. 

For more information, call program manager Melissa Vincent at 508-696-3285.
Healthy Foods Giveaway
with the MV Vegan Society
Noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20

The Martha's Vineyard Vegan Society is back with their monthly free food distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables. Everyone is welcome to bring a bag to fill with your choice of the goods on offer. Members of the Society will be here to share recipes, serve healthy snacks, and provide information on the benefits of eating a plant-based diet. One bag per adult, while supplies last.
Drop-in Knitting Group
Tuesdays from 3 to 5 p.m.
(no program on Dec. 24)

Cindy Bonnell, master knitter, presides over a sociable group of knitters on Tuesday afternoons 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. 

Tech Time with Chris
Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
(no program on Dec. 24)

Sign up for a 30-minute one-on-one session with our tech guru
 on Tuesday mornings, and upgrade your tech literacy.
You can learn how to access e-books, audio books, language learning
software and streaming movies, all with the power
of your library card, and all for free. 

Call the library, or fill out this form, to make an appointment for a 30-minute one-on-one session with Chris, or drop-in to see if there's a space.
YA Game Night
Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m.
(no program on Dec. 25)

Here's the night for your teen to get all the gaming fun without the digital daze that comes with video games. We'll have classics as well as some great new games. And we provide snacks -- because gamers need to eat, too.
December in the Children's Room 
Family story time in a cozy corner of the Children's Room.

*** Weekly Programs and Story Hours ***

Open Paint Group
Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
(no program Dec. 24 and Dec. 31)
Come use our collection of finger paints and assorted brushes, 
paint and dot art.  Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Drop-in After School Crafts
Wednesdays, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. 
(no program on Dec. 25)
We'll feature a new project every week -- just drop in. For ages 8 and up.

Discovery Days with the Family Center
Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
Join us each week for the Family Center's  Discovery Days program.  The theme changes every week. Program is geared toward toddlers and pre-K aged children.

Toddler Story Time
Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
This program is geared  toward toddlers and pre-K aged children.

Library Playdate
Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. to noon
Come play at the library with toys and friends! Toddlers and pre-K aged children 
and their caregivers can join us for unstructured play and casual reading
in a warm environment. Please note, this is an unsupervised program,
and all c
hildren must be accompanied by an adult.

*** Special Events This Month ***

Cake Decorating Workshop
Friday, Dec. 6, 3 to 4 p.m.
This monthly program is geared towards  kids ages 8 and up. 
Pre-registration is encouraged, as the class  is limited 
to 10 participants. 

To sign up, please call the library at 508-627-4221.

Family Gift-Making
Saturday, Dec. 14, noon to 4 p.m.
We'll provide all the supplies (while they last) in the Children's Room
to make a personal gift for a loved one, just drop in. All ages are
welcome, but kids under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Santa Visits the Library
Tuesday, Dec. 17, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Come take a picture with Santa and tell him
your holiday wishes 
for this year.
All kids will receive a book to take home.

Kids' Concert with 
The Pinkletinks
Saturday, Dec. 21, 10:30 a.m.
Enjoy a family-friendly and free concert with
this popular Island band.

White Elephant Gift Swap
Saturday, Dec. 28, starting at 1 p.m.
Did you receive a gift this year that is not quite "you"? Bring a
new-in-the-package gift that you would like to swap. 
Light refreshments served. All ages welcome, children under 8
must be accompanied by an adult.

New Year's Eve 
Celebration for Kids
Tuesday, Dec. 31, from 10:30 a.m. to noon
Enjoy refreshments, crafts, music -- and a countdown to 12 noon!