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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

January Closings & Holidays:
Closed  Tuesday, Jan. 1
Closed Monday, Jan. 21, for Martin Luther King Day
Happy New Year: Library Swings into 2019
Santa posed for snapshots with young friends at the library on Dec. 19.

The festivities of the holiday season kept us busy all through December. Now comes a quieter time of the Vineyard year -- although you wouldn't know it by reading the list of events coming up at the library in January.

Highlights of January include the first of two instructive workshops on Social Media (Instagram this month, followed by Facebook in February), and our first Slow Cooking class of the winter. A new film series starts this month for adults, and for young adults and children we have book groups, game nights, art programs and much more on the schedule.

The coffee is fresh and hot every morning here at the library, and there are plenty of overstuffed chairs just perfect for curling up with a good book. We've got nearly 40,000 of them, and we look forward to seeing you in January.

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 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 11 at the library. Coffee and light fare will be served, and all are welcome to attend. 

****   FILMS   ****
Into the Heart of Art:
Film Series Starts Jan. 9
Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
(and one Saturday afternoon in February)

Our new film series explores the artistic life through stories -- some real, some imagined -- about writers, musicians, and painters. These programs are for adults only.

Jan. 9

Keira Knightley brings to vivid life the young Colette, discovering new desires and needs, and taking her first steps toward literary fame. With Dominic West as her devilishly charming libertine husband. Directed by Wash Westmoreland. 
(UK, 2018)

Jan. 16

A young Jeffrey Wright is superb in this biopic as Jean-Michel Basquiat, the artist who rose from homelessness to fame in the New York art scene of the 1980s. Writer-director Julian Schnabel, himself a successful artist, authentically recreates a scene that he knows firsthand. 
(US, 1996)

Love & Mercy
Jan. 23

A dive into the mind of singer-composer Brian Wilson of Beach Boys fame makes for a fascinating, unconventional biopic. Paul Dano stars as the young Wilson, and John Cusack as Wilson in his maturity. Directed by Bill Pohland. 
(US, 2014)

Jan. 30

Set in the South of France, 1915, Renoir is a sumptuous study of love, light, and art making. With an assured central performance by Michel Bouquet, it tells a leisurely paced story of the master painter's last period of intense creativity upon the arrival of a beautiful copper-haired model. Directed by Gilles Bourdos. 
(FRANCE, 2013)

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)
Documentary Screening 
Alive Inside
1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8
and 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12

This month we're presenting two screenings of filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett's documentary Alive Inside,  which compellingly conveys how music -- so intimately wedded to our emotions, and experiences -- can help the severely ill elderly reconnect with themselves. All adults are welcome. (2014)
Popcorn Movie 
Leave No Trace
6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15

Occasionally uplifting and sometimes heartbreaking, it's a challenging and rewarding film with fine direction by Debra Granik and affecting performances by Ben Foster and Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie as a father and daughter living off the grid. (2018)
****   MUSIC   ****
Opera Club Matinee: 
Verdi's Don Carlo
1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27

We'll present one of Verdi's mightiest operas, Don Carlo, for our January selection. This thrilling production was filmed live at the Salzburg Festival in 2013, and surpasses most others with its exemplary singing. Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros are a dream team as the Spanish prince and his love, Elisabeth de Valois, with the rest of the cast living up to the stellar leads. Leading the Concert Association of the Vienna Staatsoper and the Vienna Philharmonic, Antonio Pappano presides over a nuanced performance that has plenty of Verdian sweep and grandeur, which works in counter point to Peter Stein's simple production.

The opera runs five hours with intermissions.  All adults are welcome.
****   Classes & Other Programs   ****
Introduction to Social Media:
Instagram + Mobile Photography Workshop
with Angela Prout and Marnely Murray
1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5

Learn the basics of how to use Instagram, set up an engaging profile, and connect with your audience, whether you're running your personal account or your local business account. Instagram is all about the visuals, so this social media class will focus strongly on how to take a good photo with your mobile phone, how to perform quick edits, and a dive into what makes a good photo on social media.

Social Media pros and founders of Shored Up Digital, Angela Prout and Marnely Murray, will be lead this 1 1/2  hour class, with hands-on practices as well as 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.
Library Book Group
4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16

January's book for discussion at the library is Conan Doyle for the Defense, by Margalit Fox.

This true-crime book is also a vivid portrait of the author behind the most famous of all fictional detectives, Sherlock Holmes. Writes the Washington Post: "Conan Doyle for the Defense will captivate almost any reader while being pure catnip for the devotee of true-crime writing."

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.
Slow Cooking Class
This Month's Recipe: General Tso's Chicken
1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22

Dust off your slow cooker and learn the easy way to prepare world cuisine. We'll kick off a new year of slow cooking with an easy version of a Chinese takeout favorite, General Tso's Chicken. With tender chunks of meat, a sweet and savory sauce, and a little bit of heat, this dish is perfect for parties but simple enough for a weeknight meal. Join us to learn the recipe and enjoy tasting the results. 

Class size is limited, so please call or stop in to register.
Healthy Food Distribution
12 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25

Starting this January, the Martha's Vineyard Vegan Society will be distributing fresh vegetables and fruits once monthly at the Edgartown Library. The group wishes to promote healthy, plant-based eating, and will gladly answer any questions about the benefits and advantages of a vegan diet. Friday, Jan. 25 from 12 to 2 PM is the first of the Healthy Foods Giveaway days, one bag for each adult while the supply lasts.
* Young Adult Programs *
Young Adult Board Game Night
Tuesdays in January 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.
Young Adult Art Club
4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9

The Young Adult Art Club, led by Morgan, is planning to work with pastels on the afternoon of Jan. 9. Aimed at the 12-and-up crowd, this program focuses on a different art medium 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, Jan. 16

This month's book selection, led by Morgan, is Light as a Feather, by Zoe Aarsen. It's the first volume in a new series of junior high novels, a fast-paced, creepy series about group of friends who are on the run from their predicted -and untimely- deaths.

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.
YA Guitar Workshop
3:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18

Are you interested in guitars? Whether you play in school, at home, or not yet at all, we invite you to join us for the library's first YA guitar program, for ages 12 to 18.

We'll look at different types of music you can play and show you a few guitar basics, and we'll try to answer all your questions. If you have an instrument, bring it to the library -- if not you can borrow one of ours.

Please call in advance or stop at the desk to sign up.
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 January

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.  January's theme is Meet Me at the Circus! Come listen to stories about the circus and snack on popcorn.

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 January

Nature Programs with Liz Dengenis
Wednesdays, Jan. 9 and 23, 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.

Family Book Swap
Saturday, Jan. 12, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
January is National Book Blitz Month. Celebrate with us by taking part in a Family Book Swap event. Bring books in new or gently used condition and swap them with other families. Enjoy light refreshments and leave with new (to you) additions to your home library. Children's and adult books are both welcome.

Dungeons & Dragons Club
Saturday, Jan. 19, 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Pre-registration is recommended for this monthly club. 
For ages 11 and up.

Special Story Hour with the Edgartown Police
Thursday, Jan. 24 at 10:30 a.m.
Officers from the Edgartown Police will be taking over this morning's story hour. All are welcome and no preregistration is needed.

After-School Nutrition Program
Friday, Jan. 25, 3:30 to 4:30 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.  R egistration is not required and all kids 9 and up are welcome to join.