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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

The Library will be closed Thursday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.
Summer Opens with Celebration
Craftsmen place the school memorial into the library's front sidewalk, using original bricks from the 1924 school.

In a touching ceremony on Sunday, June 24, a memorial to the old Edgartown Elementary School building was dedicated on the library's front patio. 

The memorial, fashioned in the image of a compass rose and inset with bricks salvaged from the school building where Edgartown's children were educated for more than three-quarters of a century, represents the culmination of four years of dreaming, planning, and fund-raising by Doris Ward, who taught language arts for many years at the school which was taken down in 2013 to make room for the new library.

The memorial, crafted by Edgartown artisans Alex Morrison and Alan Gowell in bluestone and granite, is in the shape of a compass. Miss Ward told the MV Times in 2015 that she chose this design because the compass denotes "direction, and the sea in our blood, as we are sailors living on an Island."

Congratulations and many thanks to Doris, who never lost her bearings in her quest to see the site of the old Edgartown School honored in brick and stone.

Lisa Sherman,
Friends of the Library Support Our Programs
This Summer, and All Through the Year

The Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library will hold their monthly meeting at the library on Friday, July 5, at 10:30 a.m. -- and all are welcome to attend. The Friends, who provide essential support for the cost of library programs all year, will have extra visibility this summer at our weekly music on the lawn programs, and at other events. The Friends are also selling their popular sets of drink coasters, featuring images from the Children's Room mural created by Island artist Margot Datz.

On Tuesday, July 2, the Friends of the Library will sponsor a program at noon at the Federated Church in Edgartown: Twelve members of the Vineyard community will present a public reading of a speech by the famous abolitionist Frederick Douglass, entitled "The Meaning of the Fourth of July to the Negro." All are welcome to attend. 

And on the evening of Friday, July 19, you're cordially invited to Lucky Hank's Restaurant on upper Main Street, which is holding another Dine to Donate event -- with a portion of all proceeds benefiting the Friends organization.

July's Art Exhibit at the Library
Opening Reception for Kimberly Kimball:
4-6 p.m. Saturday, July 6

Join us for the opening of this summer's first art exhibit at the library, and meet artist Kimberly Kimball. Says the artist: "This collection of artwork has been designed to bring attention to the silent struggle of native plants. I refer to this work as the process of building compositions, provoking thought and stimulating conversation. The paintings reflect the beauty found in the natural world and are rooted in realism but become somewhat stylized. The titles and collaged materials were chosen to pique the viewer's interest and generate discussions."

Ms. Kimball's work will be displayed through July on the gallery wall in our Program Room. Dedicated viewing hours are Monday & Wednesday, 10-3 Tuesday, 10-8 and Friday, 1-5, and the exhibit is also accessible whenever programs aren't underway.
Author Talk
Martha Hall Kelly
7 p.m. Wednesday, July 10 
Meet the author of the bestselling novel Lilac Girls, Martha Hall Kelly. The former journalist blends her crack research skills with her talent for writing "page-turner" fiction yet again with this year's Lost Roses, a story of friends separated by the Russian Revolution, also inspired by real events. Enjoy an evening in the company of this exciting novelist. Books will be available for purchase. 
Book Launch 
with author Jean Stone
and her new novel, 
A Vineyard Summer
7 p.m. Thursday, July 18
It seems fitting that Edgartown Library should host Ms. Stone's launch for her new Vineyard novel,  A Vineyard Summer, sequel to  A Vineyard Christmas, as the library (and some of its staff) made an appearance in the previous book. And a jolly launch it will be, with the witty Ms. Stone not only speaking about this novel -- only her ninth book set on Martha's Vineyard -- but also of her many adventures as a 'washashore'. 
Books will be available for purchase.
Tuesday nights at 6:30 p.m.
Beginning July 9, 
and continuing through July & August
Joel Harrison Trio
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 9
Hot guitarist Joel Harrison kicks off the Edgartown Library's weekly evenings of music, playing jazzy standards with his trio. Bring a blanket to picnic, or just come to listen. There's a different band every week; free and family friendly. If it rains the show moves inside.

PickPocket Bluegrass Band
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 16
Rowdy, rambunctious, and just plain fun, these boys can pick. 

Sabrina and the Groovers
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23
Sabrina's got her Groover back -- guitarist Don Groover, that is. Come enjoy as the diva and her great band perform R&B and rock tunes. 

Joanne Cassidy & Friends
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 30
Popular Island vocalist Cassidy teams up with some top players to perform rock and American roots music.
We're featuring a world of cinema at the Edgartown Library all summer.
Join us for almost four months of compelling international films, 
most of them newly released,
with a few classics thrown into the flavorful mix.
These films are for adults only.

The Bridge
7 p.m. Wednesday, July 3
This beautifully crafted film about youth, war, and politics has a powerful message that still resonates. Director Bernhard Wicki's unflinching feature debut. (Germany, 1959)

-- no film July 10 --

Daughter of Mine
7 p.m. Wednesday, July 17
A trio of vivid performances centers this raw and colorful film about the complexity of mother/daughter dynamics. Directed by Laura Bispuri. (Italy, 2018)

2 p.m. Saturday, July 20
Dark, gripping, and glorious - like Shakespeare's King Lear, on which it's based - this epic is essential viewing for any dedicated cinephile.
Directed by Akira Kurosawa. (Japan, 1985)

7 p.m. Wednesday, July 24
Mads Mikkelsen gives a tour de force performance in this survival thriller.
Directed by Joe Penna. (Denmark, 2018)

Let the Sunshine In
7 p.m. Wednesday, July 31
As the romantic, ornery, self-obsessed, and luminous artist looking for true love, Juliette Binoche is the beating heart of this bittersweet tale. Directed by Claire Denis. (France, 2018)
Opera Club Matinee: 
Benjamin Britten's Billy Budd
1 p.m. Sunday, July 21

From Glyndebourne Festival Opera (2010), a gripping production of Benjamin Britten's tale of naval life in the late 18th century, Billy Budd. Based on Herman Melville's novella, the director Michael Grandage recreates the claustrophobic atmosphere aboard the HMS Indomitable that leads to the final battle between good and evil. With Jacques Imbrailo in the title role, John Mark Ainsley as Captain Vere, and Phillip Ens as Claggart. The legendary Mark Elder conducts the London Philharmonic through this dark beauty. The opera runs 3½ hours including intermission.
Tick Talk: 
with Field Biologist Richard Johnson
7 p.m. Thursday, July 11 
Richard Johnson will speak on the Island's tick problem, tick-borne illnesses, and their prevention. Mr. Johnson, who for years has done field surveys on the Vineyard as part of the mission of his project, said this week that the Island is set to have its worst tick season on record. He will answer any questions you might have on the subject.

Cracking the College Application 
Code: How and Where to Apply
with Elizabeth Benedict
7 p.m. Thursday, July 25 

Bestselling author and editor Elizabeth Benedict and her company Don't Sweat the Essay, Inc. specialize in helping students on Martha's Vineyard and around the world create applications and personal essays that work. She also advises families on college selection and works with a test prep company that uses innovative online software. 
Liz will share her wisdom in a lively hour-long discussion, with time for questions and answers. She'll offer books to consult and practical tips for parents and students. 

iPad Refresher Class
Wednesday, July 31 
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

So you have an iPad and you're excited to use it -- but where to begin? Or do you just want to refresh your skills and learn a few new tricks? Kathy Lavieri, technology trainer with over twenty years of experience working with diverse groups of adults, will hold an iPad Refresher program. 

Call us here at the library or call The Anchors (508-627-4368) to reserve your spot, as space is limited.

This program is co-sponsored by the Edgartown Council on Aging.

July in the Children's Room 

We're celebrating space, and good stories, all summer at the Library.

In the Children's Room, our Summer Reading program is in full swing,
and kids of all ages are encouraged to visit the library and sign up. 
Log the books you read this summer to earn prizes, and join us 
for our programs through July and August, which include 
galaxy-themed crafts, guest speakers, and more for all ages. 
And be sure to explore our new spaceship control room!

Weekly Story Hours

Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. -- Story Time on the Library Lawn
(We'll gather inside if it's raining.) This story hour is geared
toward preschool children, but all are welcome.

Fridays at 10:30 a.m. -- Discovery Story Time 
Join us for a story each week to kick off the Family Center's
Discovery Fridays program. The theme will change each week. 
This program is best for ages 8 and under.

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.

Monday Through Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- Daily Drop-in Crafts  
For all ages; children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult.

Fridays, 10:30 a.m. to noon -- Discovery Days with the Martha's Vineyard Family Center 
For preschoolers, with a different theme each week.
No sign-up is required, but kids under 9 must be accompanied by an adult.

Special Events This Month

Galaxy Tie-Dye:
Saturday, July 13, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Bring your own white fabric item -- shirt, bag, scarf, etc. --
and we'll provide the supplies you need to dye them.
Children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult.

Amateur Astronomy with Mark Lovewell:
Wednesday, July 17, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Learn how to become an amateur astronomer, and check out Mark's telescope gear. Kids under 9 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Touch a Truck Day:
Saturday, July 20, 10 a.m. to Noon
At the Edgartown School
Meet us in the school parking lot, where fire, police and highway vehicles 
will gather for kids to explore. 
Please park at the library for this free event.

Moon Crazy Performance with Jackson Gilman:
Saturday, July 27, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Put on your imagination caps and blast off with Jackson on his
lunar adventures. This program features songs and stories, including
Frank Asch's Happy Birthday Moon, to take you far away
and pilot you happily home.

Storytime on Ice:
Wednesday, July 31, starting at 10:30 a.m.
Join Blades, mascot of the Boston Bruins, for a special event at the MV Ice Arena. There will be free skating starting at 10:30 a.m. -- then listen to a story and skate with Blades. Crafts and games will be available, as well as photo ops with Blades. This event is free and open to all.