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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:
Closed Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020 for New Year's Day
Closed Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in observance of Martin Luther King Day

In a pilot program almost a year in the making,  all six Martha's Vineyard libraries will eliminate overdue fines for materials starting today. This means that for all patrons holding an Island library card, there will be no more daily late fines for overdue items. Existing late fines from all accounts will be cleared, and fine-related restrictions will no longer be placed on the use of public computers or digital materials. 

Martha's Vineyard libraries join over 450 libraries across the country that have eliminated overdue fines, and we're very proud to be part of this wave of positive change -- a change that supports our libraries' core values of providing equitable service, fostering early literacy, and maintaining free access to information.

Happy New Year!

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, Jan. 10, 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 visit their page on the library's website.  
Save the Date:
Climate Program Set
For Saturday, Feb. 1

Rob Hannemann, chair of the Vineyard Sustainable Energy Committee (comprising representatives from all of the Island towns' energy committees), will speak at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, about the vision of the Vineyard becoming a 100% Renewable Energy Island by 2040.  
This campaign is connected to a non-binding resolution that will be on the annual town meeting warrants. Join us for this presentation and bring your questions.
Feeling a bit over-indulged after the holidays? Here's the skinny: Come enjoy our series of food-themed films and you won't gain an ounce. Plus, to keep you from gnawing on the furniture, healthy, guilt-free snacks will be served.
  These films are for adults only.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi
7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8
An affectionate, elegant, and compelling ode to a master chef, but torture to watch on an empty stomach. Directed by David Gelb.
(US, 2011)

The Baker's Wife
2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11
Disaster befalls a small village in France when the baker's wife abandons him for another man. A classic comedy with delightful performances and a witty script. Written and directed by Marcel Pagnol.
(France, 1938)

Like Water for Chocolate
7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15
A delight for the senses with lots of passion and romance, a dash of comedy, and the sensuality of food. Directed by Alfonso Arau.
(Mexico, 1993)

Julie & Julia
7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22
Meryl Streep and Amy Adams in an ebullient celebration of French cooking, self-determination, and butter. Directed by Nora Ephron.
(US, 2009)

Soul Kitchen
7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29
A lively ensemble piece about a struggling restaurant and its eccentric regulars.
Directed by Fatih Akim.
(Germany, 2010)

Vegan Society Presents
Documentary Film
2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25

A well-researched, convincing documentary about the benefits of a "plant-based" diet to address both the problem of world hunger and personal health. The New York Times reviewer says the film makes "( a) persuasive case for banishing meat and dairy from the dinner table." 
Directed by Lee Fulkerson. Members of the Martha's Vineyard Vegan Society will introduce the film and answer your questions about veganism (US, 2011)
Community Dance Class
10:30 a.m. to Noon
On Thursdays,
Jan. 9 through March 5

The Yard's "Making It" Program presents a series of free adult community dance classes. The Yard's Director of Island Programs and Education, Jesse Keller Jason, makes every(body) feel comfortable in this class, beginning with a guided warm-up to align the body and introduce dance technique along with building strength, stability, and flexibility. After bodies are warm and energized, participants transition to upbeat movement sequences that travel across the floor and end class with a group combination that leaves space for the dancers' own creativity. Beginners through advanced participants are welcomed, but sign-up is suggested since space is limited.
Opera Club:
George Frideric Handel's
1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12

From Glyndebourne, Jean-Marie Villegier's spellbinding 1998 production of Handel's tale of royal exile, lust, and betrayal. Set in the silent movie era, Handel's music is matched by the sophisticated glamour and visual daring that characterized the birth of cinema. With a stunning performance by Anna Caterina Antonacci in the title role, and great support from Kurt Streit and Umberto Chiummo, among others. 

William Christie conducts The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
The opera runs 3 ½ hours with intermission.
All adults are welcome.

Housing Rehabilitation Program
Informational Session
6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15

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.

Coffee with the Trustees
Saturday, Jan. 18,
10:30 a.m. to noon
Drop in for coffee and conversation this morning with our library trustees. Bring your questions, comments and ideas about the library and its services. All are welcome.
The Great Edgartown Type-in
2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18

Our reference librarian, Nis Kildegaard, has been collecting and tinkering with vintage typewriters since moving to the Island nearly 40 years ago. This Saturday he'll set out a few dozen favorite machines all day in the Program Room and encourage visitors to try them out. At 2 p.m. he'll give an illustrated talk that explores the history of typing machines and shares his passion for them.
Healthy Foods Giveaway
with the MV Vegan Society
Noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24

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 produce 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.
Adventures in Slow Cooking
1  p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28

We're officially into winter and deeply into crock pot season. For our first Adventures in Slow Cooking session we'll show you how to prepare the perfect Super Bowl Sunday meal, with juicy pot roast sandwiches, German-style potato salad and a zingy coleslaw with lime dressing. Come learn the method and taste the results.
Sign-up is required, since space is limited.

Library Book Group
4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29

The Edgartown Library book group gathers on Jan. 29 to discuss the next book on this year's theme, "Essays and Explorations."

"Trick Mirror," Jia Tolentino's debut collection of essays, meditates on the role of social media, and the internet more broadly, in shaping identity, public discourse, and political engagement, particularly of millennials like herself. 

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.
Drop-in Knitting Group
Tuesdays from 3 to 5 p.m.

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.

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.

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.
YA Space Adventure & Book Club
Tuesdays beginning Jan. 14 from 5-7 p.m.

Players will get a chance to roleplay a multi-species crew exploring the universe on a ship of their creation. We'll be using the Lasers and Feelings system by One Seven Designs. There are no long character creation sessions, no complicated math -- just show up and play.

Once a month we'll take a break to read and discuss a book taking place somewhere in the cosmos. After our book discussion we will travel into that story to go exploring. Be warned, you must always obey the prime directive: Have fun!
January in the Children's Room 
The Pinkletinks Band gave a lively December concert in the Children's Room.

*** Weekly Programs and Story Hours ***

Open Paint Group
Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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. 
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 ***

Movie Double Feature
Friday, Jan. 3,
with showtimes at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Join us for two favorite movies, presented back-to-back on our
big screen in the Program Room. We'll be presenting Abominable
at 11 a.m., and Dora and the Lost City of Gold at 1 p.m. Popcorn 
will be served.

Toy Swap
Saturday, Jan. 4, 1 p.m.
Do you have toys your children have outgrown? Does your toy collection need a reboot? Bring your new or gently used toys to the library to swap with others!

Dog Man Party
Saturday, Jan. 18, 3 p.m.
Is your child a fan of the Dog Man book series by Dav Pilkey? Join us for an afternoon of all things Dog Man! We will have crafts, food, and lots of Dog Man activities as well as a raffle for the complete set of Dog man books .

Cookie Decorating
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 3:30 p.m.
We will provide the supplies for you to create your own festive snowflake cookies. This drop-in program is for all ages, but children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.