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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
  Holiday Closings:
Closed Monday, Feb.19 for Presidents' Day
February at the Library
Weekly chair yoga classes continue on Friday mornings, into March, in the program room
As we approach the second anniversary of occupancy in our new library, the fine-tuning of the facility continues. At the end of this month we plan to close the Children's Room for a few days while a crew installs sound-absorbing material to 2,000 square feet of the ceiling. The result, we hope, will be a more peaceful sonic environment for users of all ages in of one of the library's most popular spaces.

We're proud to announce that the Edgartown Library has received LEED Silver Certification for environmental excellence from the United States Green Building Council. This award recognizes the building for its energy efficiency and its excellent air quality. The LEED acronym stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design; it's the most widely used green building rating system in the world.

I invite you to read the listings below, which should dispel any remaining suspicions that February is a quiet month of the year. From films to live music, from virtual nature walks to cooking lessons, yoga sessions and sign language classes, our February calendar at the library is chock-full of programs.

Looking forward to seeing you here --

Lisa Sherman

Gourmet slow-cooker class will convene again on Feb. 20.
On the Road:  Film Series Continues

The road movie is a genre with a wealth of variety and plenty of excellent film-making. 
Come explore with us on Wednesday evenings

Please note, this series is for adults.

Red Lights
Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m.
Character drives the plot of this domestic drama that goes way off-road into Hitchcock country. Cédric Kahn directs his own adaptation of a Georges Simenon story.
(France, 2003)

Midnight Run
Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m.

A thoroughly engaging action film, boasting a superb cast that transforms its rather trite story line into something very memorable. Directed by Martin Brest.
(US, 1988)

The Way Back
Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m.

Desperate, determined prisoners flee a Siberian gulag to begin a treacherous march to freedom. Directed by Peter Weir.
(US, 2011)

Lost in America
Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m.
A sharply observed satire about two disenchanted yuppies who abandon their suburban existence to hit the open road. Albert Brooks directs and stars with Julie Haggerty.
(US, 1985)
Women's Winter Film Series
Frida at the Edgartown Library
6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6

A rich, moving, and often humorous film about an inspiring and influential figure in 20th-century art. Salma Hayek gives an outstanding performance in a role that spans thirty years of Kahlo's life. Director Julie Taymor brings Frida to the screen with brilliant, surreal flourishes worthy of her subject. (US and Mexico, 2002)

This film is one in a series being presented around the Island by the Women's Committee of We Stand Together -- Estados Todos Juntos. A full schedule of the series will be available at the library circulation desk.

For Black History Month, Library Presents
Two Special Screenings

Two film presentations at the Edgartown Library this month will honor the achievements of African Americans in the visual and performing arts.

Against the Odds:
The Artists of the Harlem Renaissance
3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10
The art of Lois Mailou Jones.

The period known as the Harlem Renaissance (the 1920s and '30s) witnessed an extraordinary outburst of creativity among African-American visual artists. However, racial prejudice and segregation kept the work of these artists out of many mainstream galleries and museums.
This documentary, directed by Amber Edwards and narrated by actor Joe Morton, relates how black artists triumphed over these formidable odds. The film features more than 130 rarely seen paintings, prints, photographs, and sculptures by African American artists, and even more rarely seen archival footage of the artists at work. (US, 1994)

What Happened, Miss Simone?
6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20

This documentary, directed by Liz Garbus, is the story of Nina Simone's life and career as an artist and activist. Through archival interviews, extensive performance footage, and new interviews with family, friends, and colleagues, it paints a fascinating portrait of an extraordinary and influential individual. (US, 2015)

Sign Language Classes:
Wednesdays in February, 6:30 p.m.

The libraries of Martha's Vineyard are collaborating with MVTV on a project called "MV Signs Then and Now," an effort to revive sign language as a second language as it existed on the Island from the late 1600s to the middle 1900s.

Here at the library, Lynn Thorpe will lead a four-session Beginners Sign Language Workshop, meeting from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28. Space is limited; please call or stop by to sign up for this free course.

Meanwhile, MVTV is broadcasting a new lesson on Channel 13 three times each week: Saturdays at 9 a.m., Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. The series is also available on DVD at all the Island libraries.
Opera Club Presents  Eugene Onegin
1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11

The Metropolitan Opera's 2007 live broadcast of Tchaikovsky's romantic opera, Eugene Onegin, dazzled viewers all over the world. Renee Fleming is the love-struck Tatiana, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky the caddish Onegin, in a magical production by Robert Carsen. The cast is completed with Ramón Vargas as Lenski and Elena Zaremba as Olga. Maestro Valery Gergiev conducts the Met Orchestra and Chorus.
The opera runs 2½ hours, plus intermission. All adults are welcome.
Enjoy a Virtual Tour of the Caroline Tuthill Preserve
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13

Join us for a multimedia presentation by Sheriff's Meadow Foundation's executive director, Adam Moore, and director of stewardship, Kristen Fauteux, that will guide you through the marshes, forests, ponds and trails of the enchanting Caroline Tuthill Preserve in Edgartown. All are welcome.
Music to Warm the Winter Day:
Celtic Duo Stanley & Grimm
3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17
Celtic duo Stanley & Grimm entertain with a celebration of traditional music through old and new interpretations of jigs, reels, and songs. Fiddler Nikki Engstrom and singer/guitarist Sean Brennan create a musical journey through a bounty of fiddle tunes and ballads of all origins, alongside modern tunes and songs they have composed.

Join us for an afternoon of music to warm the soul. This is a free program.
Adventures in Slow Cooking
Authentic Bolognese Sauce: 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20

Our  February slow cooking demo features an adaption of Marcella Hazan's Bolognese sauce recipe, widely acknowledged as the only Bolognese sauce recipe you'll ever need. It's classic, authentic Italian, delicious, and so easy the slow cooker way. Learn the technique and sample the delicious results. 

Space is limited for this class- please visit the library or give us a call to reserve a spot.
Chair Yoga Classes Continue, Fridays at 10 a.m.

This gentle Yoga practice while seated includes movement, breath training and meditation. All levels of experience are welcome for this class led by Carolyn Kildegaard. 

Classes continue on Friday mornings through March 16 (no class on Feb. 16). Please call or visit the library to register for this free series.

Book Group Meets
4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21

The Edgartown Library book group, moderated by Jean Stone, is enjoying another season of lively discussions -- always on the third Wednesday of the month. This group is open to all, and our library staff can help you get a copy of this month's book to read.

Up for discussion on Feb. 21 is Little Fires Everywhere, a novel by Celeste Ng. Publishers Weekly describes the book as "both an intricate and captivating portrait of an eerily perfect suburban town with its dark undertones not-quite-hidden from view, and a powerful and suspenseful novel about motherhood."
Popcorn Movie Night Presents  Walking Out
6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27

A father and son are faced with a brutal test of endurance in this snowy thriller.  Filmed in the majestic mountains of Montana, it's a penetrating story about family and the traditions that bind them. Written and directed by Andrew J. Smith and Alex Smith. (US, 2017)
Young Adult Book Club
3 - 4 p.m. on Feb. 7th

Join Morgan after school for the launch of the Young Adult Book Club. Members who attend will decide on a group name and vote on the club's first selection from a list of choices. The next meeting to discuss the book will be on Wednesday, March 7th at 3 p.m. All young adults are welcome to join. 
Snacks and refreshments will be served.

February in the Children's Room
Baking class with Elyce Bonnell.

Weekly Story Hours:
10:30 a.m. on Thursdays with Elyce
10:30 a.m. on Saturdays with Weezie

Saturday Drop-In Crafts for all ages:
Every Saturday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Kids under age 9 must be accompanied by an adult.

Homework Club
Mondays - Thursdays, 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

 After School Crafts:
Mondays - Fridays 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Join us Thursday mornings all month for a series of Rescue Hero Story Hours:

Rescue Heroes Story Hour
with Lieutenant Dolby of the  Edgartown Police Dept.
10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 1

Rescue Heroes Story Hour
with the U.S. Coast Guard
10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 8

Rescue Heroes Story Hour
with the Edgartown EMTs
10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15

Rescue Heroes Story Hour
with the Edgartown Fire Department
10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 22

Special events in the Children's Room this month:

Story Hour with Peter Rabbit:
Saturday, Feb. 3, 3 p.m. 
Beatrix Potter's beloved rabbit joins us for a special story hour.
We'll also have a craft activity from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
and kids are welcome to drop in.


Farm Institute Craft Program:
Make Felted Valentines
Wednesday, Feb. 7, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. 
Join the Farm Institute at the Edgartown Library as they bring wool from their Cotswold sheep to craft a farm Valentine. Each participant will go home with a valentine to share. Drop-ins welcome; children under 9 must be accompanied by a caregiver.

Family "Spread the Love" Party
6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14
Bring the whole family and join us in the Children's Room for some sweet treats,  and paint your own canvas to take home.

Baking with Elyce:
Friday, Feb. 23, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Kids ages 9 and up must pre-register for this free program, and will learn how to bake a different yummy (and healthy) treat each month. February's cooking project is cornflake cupcakes. All supplies will be provided.

Tracking with the Trustees:
Tuesday, Feb. 27, from 1-3 p.m.
Join The Trustees of Reservations for a lesson on tracking animals during the winter months. We'll learn about the different imprints animals leave behind across the Island, on farmland, beaches and trails. Pre-registration is not required; children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult.

Please Support the Library Friends,
Who Support Our Programs

Our programs at the Edgartown Library are supported by the Friends of the Edgartown Library, who have their own page on our website. Please click here to read the Friends' annual appeal letter.

Upcoming meeting date: Friday, Feb. 2nd at 10:30 a.m. at the library. Coffee and light fare will be served, and all are welcome to attend!