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.
February Closings & Holidays:
Opening late at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13
Closed Monday, Feb. 18, for Presidents Day
February: Another Busy Month at the Library
|Adventures in Slow Cooking: One of the library's most popular winter programs.
What's up at the Edgartown Library this February? Quite a lot -- from music to movies, from celebrations to learning opportunities -- and we've packed this newsletter with all the details below.
Highlights of January included the first Slow Cooking class of the winter season, and the first of two workshops on Social Media. Both these programs continue in February, together with a busy calendar of films (and Opera Club, of course) as well as programs for young adults and children. And during school vacation, which stretches from the end of February into the beginning of March, we have special activities for kids of all ages every day of the week.
We invite you to enjoy all that the library has to offer through the winter month ahead.
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, Feb. 1 at the library. Coffee and light fare will be served, and all are welcome to attend.
Into the Heart of Art:
Film Series Continues
Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
(with one Saturday matinee screening on Feb. 2)
Our series explores the artistic life through stories -- some real, some imagined -- about writers, musicians, and painters. These programs are for adults only.
1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2
Director Milos Forman's lavishly produced story of Antonio Salieri -- a rich and well-connected composer at the court of Emperor Joseph II -- and his envy of the newly arrived genius, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. F. Murray Abraham was rewarded with an Oscar for his performance as Salieri. With Tom Hulce as an equally fine Mozart. (US, FRANCE, & CZECH, 1984)
7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6
A film about the act of creation, the art of observation, and Paterson -- about a poetry writing bus driver named Paterson in Paterson, N.J. -- couldn't embody both more perfectly. With a quietly charismatic performance from Adam Driver. Directed by Jim Jarmusch. (US, 2015)
7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13
A beautiful exploration of art and creation and its difficulties, the film has a brilliant performance by Timothy Spall at its center as the great, innovative English painter. Mike Leigh directs. (UK, 2014)
A Star Is Born
7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20
A tale of romance, the adrenaline rush of creation, and the crushing weight of fame, retold for a new generation with passion and emotion. A remarkable performance from pop-star Lady Gaga drives the show, with good work by Bradley Cooper in front of and behind the camera, in his directorial debut. (US, 2018)
February's Popcorn Movie:
A Simple Favor
6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5
A stylish, twisty, post-modern film noir with irresistible work by its co-stars, Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively. Director Paul Feig skillfully balances suspense and humor. (US, 2018)
This movie is for adults only.
Dames in Action Series:
Her Majesty, Mrs. Brown
2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9
This is the first in a series of films from four formidable "Dames" -- Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Eileen Atkins, and Joan Plowright, the recent subjects of the documentary "Tea with the Dames."
First up: Dame Judi stars in a richly detailed drama about the widowed Queen Victoria's intimate relationship with her Scottish servant and the subsequent uproar it provoked. Co-starring Billy Connolly. Directed by John Madden. (UK, 1997)
Special Screening for
African-American History Month:
Daughters of the Dust
6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12
A boldly imaginative, visually beautiful drama from director Julie Dash.
In the early 20th century, a multi-generational family in the Gullah community on the Sea Islands off of South Carolina - former West African slaves descended from the Yoruba tribe who adopted many of their ancestors' traditions - struggle to maintain their cultural heritage and folklore while contemplating a migration to the mainland. (US, 1991)
St. Valentine's Day Rom-Com Matinee:
Crazy Rich Asians
2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14
Glossy, sprawling, and crowded with beautiful people, like the fantasy Singapore it depicts, this movie practically jumps off the screen. Directed by Jon M. Chu. (US, 2018)
Valentine's Day treats will be served. All adults welcome.
Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann
From the Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden, this 2016 revival of a well-loved production by John Schlesinger provides the perfect vehicle for tenor Vittorio Grigòlo as Hoffmann to display his wonderful voice and masterful acting. Here he is surrounded by a strong supporting cast, including Sonya Yoncheva in the role of Antonia and Thomas Hampson as Hoffmann's arch rival. Maestro Evelino Pidò leads the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House through the enchanting score.
The opera runs 3-½ hours, including intermission. All adults welcome.
Stanley & Grimm
The lively duo of fiddler Nikki Engstrom and guitarist/vocalist Sean Brennan perform traditional Celtic favorites -- and new songs destined to become favorites -- in an afternoon program sure to banish the February chill from your bones.
**** Classes & Other Programs ****
Got the winter blues? Need a new challenge? Consider the plucky little ukulele. It's easy to learn, fun to play, and there's a free workshop at the library with expert Deirdre Decarion to start you on your way. Bring an instrument or borrow one of the library's.
4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20
February's book for discussion at the library is The Witch Elm, by Tana French.
Hailed by The New York Times as "Irish writer Tana French's best and most intricately nuanced novel yet," this is a spellbinding stand-alone from one of the best suspense writers working today.
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, Feb. 22 from noon to 2 p.m.
The Martha's Vineyard Vegan Society will have its next Healthy Foods Giveaway Day at the library on Friday, February 22, from noon to 2 p.m. Come have 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.
a workshop with Angela Prout and Marnely Murray
1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23
Learn the basics of how to use Facebook, to stay connected with family and friends or to promote your business. Facebook has evolved over the years and has made recent headlines, but it is still a popular platform for quickly and efficiently exchanging information. Angela and Marnely will review how to enhance your profile, how to find other users and groups that interest you, how to get more "likes" for your business page, how to edit privacy controls and how to tag and share your content to best reach your desired audience.
Social Media pros and founders of Shored Up Digital, Angela Prout and Marnely Murray, will lead this 1-1/2 hour class with hands-on practices as well as fielding any questions you might have about social media in general. Registration is required as class size is limited. Participants are asked to bring a few non-perishable items for donation to our Island Food Pantry box.
This class is for people who have already created a Facebook page.
Please come prepared with your correct login information and the app already
downloaded on your phone, if applicable.
This Month's Recipe: Chicken Blanquette
1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26
Dust off your slow cooker and learn the easy way to prepare world cuisine.
This month's crockpot recipe is the classic Chicken Blanquette, a chicken stew as only the French could devise. Made with tender morsels of chicken, plump mushrooms and herbs in a creamy wine sauce, it's the perfect dish for a special dinner, but easy enough for a weeknight meal. Join us to learn the method and sample the delicious results.
Class size is limited, so please call or stop in to register.
Young Adult Board Game Night
Tuesdays in February from 5-7 p.m.
Young Adult Board Game Night, led by Tom, continues every Tuesday 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 for this 12-and-up event. Please call the library at 508-627-4221 to sign up.
4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13
This month, the Young Adult Art Club, led by Morgan, will be working with liquid watercolors. Aimed at the 12-and-up crowd, this program focuses on different art media every month.
Sign-up for this program 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, Feb. 20
This month's book for discussion, led by Morgan, is The Prince and the Dressmaker, by Jen Wang. Set in Paris at the dawn of the modern age, it's an exuberantly romantic tale of identity, young love, art and family.
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
|Children enjoyed a January story hour with Edgartown's chief of police, Bruce McNamee.
Weekly Events for Kids in February
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.
February's theme is Love One Another. Join us for stories about love and friendship.
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. 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!
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 to sign up.
Special Events for Kids in February
Story Hour with Bruce the Bear
Saturday, Feb. 2, 10:30 a.m.
The children's book character makes
a special visit to the library for
this morning's story hour program.
Nature Programs with Liz Dengenis
Wednesdays, Feb. 6 and 20, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Join Felix Neck naturalist Liz Dengenis to look for signs of winter.
Watch the season unfold as we experience the Island's quieter months
with winter creatures, stories, crafts, live animal presentations and more.
For ages 3 to 5. No preregistration is needed.
Fairy House Making:
A Crafts Program
Saturday, Feb. 9, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
We'll provide all the materials you need to make your very own fairy house.
Feel free to bring along any additional supplies you'd like to use.
All ages welcome; children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult.
Valentine Crafts Program
With the Farm Institute:
Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 3 to 4 p.m.
Join us with guests from the Farm Institute
to make laced yarn valentines.
Dungeons & Dragons Club
Saturday, Feb. 16, 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Pre-registration is recommended
for this monthly club.
For ages 11 and up.
After-School Nutrition Program
Friday, Feb. 22, 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
egistration is not required; all kids 9 and up
February Break Week:
Drop-in Crafts, Every Day
From Monday, Feb. 25 to Saturday, March 2, we'll have a different crafts activity
every day in the Children's Room between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Just drop in -- children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult.
Community Pizza Night
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Bring your own toppings -- we'll supply the dough.
All ages are welcome; children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult.
Free Community Lunch,
Served by Island Grown Initiative:
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
This program is free and all are welcome.
Mario Kart Tournament
Thursday, Feb. 28, beginning at 1 p.m.
Refreshments will be served. This program is for ages 7 and up --
participants under 9 must be accompanied by an adult.
Free Community Lunch,
Served by Island Grown Initiative:
Friday, March 1, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
This program is free and all are welcome.
Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration
Saturday, March 2, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dr. Seuss was born on this day in 1904. Celebrate his life and books with us
at the library with snacks, party games and activities.