* * * *    June 2019    * * * * 
edgartownlibrary.org   * * *    508-627-4221  
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
June Brings a Change of Seasons
In monthly programs since January, the Martha's Vineyard Vegan Society has distributed an estimated two tons of free food from tables in the library program room. The last of this season's food distribution events was held May 24.

June brings the beginning of summer - the busiest time of the year across the island, and the Edgartown Library is no exception. Tuesday, June 18 is the last half-day of school, and summer officially begins a few minutes before noon on Friday, June 21.

The end of the academic year brings a set of changes to the rhythms of everyday life at the library. No longer do scores of kids pour into the children's room at 2:42 pm on weekday afternoons. Some of our seasonal programs -- including the weekly Radio Games hosted by Laurel Redington of MVYradio -- go on summer break. Meanwhile other programs begin, including an international film series, "Big World, Big Screen," that will last for the duration of summer. And in the children's room, we are gearing up for our summer reading theme, A Universe of Stories, with lots of events and programs scheduled.

This busy season reminds us how fortunate we are to have the Friends of the Edgartown Library providing financial support for the many programs you can read about below. We wish you all a happy June, and we look forward to welcoming you at the library --

Lisa Sherman,
Friends of the Library
-- Annual Meeting --
5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 4

The Friends of the Edgartown Library will hold their annual meeting at the library -- and all are invited. This meeting will feature a slide program on the annual Art in Bloom show of the Martha's Vineyard Garden Club. There will be a brief formal meeting with reports and election of officers -- and there will be tasty refreshments for everyone. 

The Friends will hold their regular monthly meeting on Friday, June 7th at 10:30am at the library, and all are welcome.

The Friends organization is an essential supporter of the library, underwriting many of the public programs offered here. If you're looking for a fun way to be of service to the Edgartown community, we encourage you to consider joining the Friends.

****   FILMS   ****
Big World, Big Screen
Our Summer Film Series Begins

We'll have a world of cinema on display 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.

7 p.m. Wednesday, June 5

Our series opens with a fascinating ensemble drama about the police who work in the Paris child protection unit. Directed by Maïwenn.
(France, 2012)

Good Manners
7 p.m. Wednesday, June 12

A haunting mash-up of fantasy, horror, and social commentary that is never predictable.
Directed by Marco Dutra and Juliana Rojas.
(Brazil, 2018)

7 p.m. Wednesday, June 19

A whole lotta testosterone on one luxury yacht brings the male dynamic into sharp focus in this raffish entertainment about a fishing trip. Directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari.
(Greece, 2016)

7 p.m. Wednesday, June 26

Masterful filmmaking from director Hirokazu Koreeda yields a deeply humane look at the fringes of society. (Japan, 2018)
Movie Matinee: 
Free Solo
2 p.m. Saturday, June 8

Yes, we've made you scroll a long ways, but isn't that an amazing image? Free Solo is an intimate and unflinching portrait of the climber, Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world's most famous rock, the 3,000-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, without a rope. Filmmakers Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin capture the jaw-dropping drama. 
(US, 2018)
****   MUSIC   ****
Opera Club Matinee: 
Bellini's Norma
1 p.m. Sunday, June 9

Filmed live at Covent Garden in 2016, soprano Sonya Yoncheva sings the towering role of Norma, a priestess torn between love and duty in Vincenzo Bellini's timeless tale. Set in a fanatically religious and war-torn modern society, the spectacular production by Àlex Ollé for The Royal Opera also stars tenor Joseph Calleja as Pollione, and Sonia Ganassi as Adalgisa, Norma's greatest friend and unwitting rival in love. Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano leads this superb cast, the Royal Opera Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House in one of the greatest works of the bel canto repertory. The opera runs 3 hours, plus intermission. 
All adults welcome.
Spirituals Choir
3 p.m. Saturday, June 22

Join us for an afternoon of inspiration, fun, and education. Led by Jim Thomas, founder and president of the organization, the Spirituals Choir returns to the Edgartown Library to start their season of song. All are welcome to this free performance.

The U.S. Slave Song Project (USSSP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about authentic U.S. slave songs. U.S. slave songs, also known as Negro spirituals, are true American folk music. They were sung by slaves between 1619 and 1865, when the last slaves were freed.

**   Other Programs   **
Art Reception: "Between the Lines"
Island Librarian Art Show
Saturday, June 1 
3:30 - 5 p.m.  at the West Tisbury Library

If you've ever wondered about the creative endeavors of your favorite librarians on the island, wonder no more: the West Tisbury Library has collected an ensemble of librarian artwork that will be displayed throughout the month of June in the upper and lower level display areas of the library. The show includes work by librarians from the Edgartown Library, Oak Bluffs Library, Vineyard Haven Library, and West Tisbury Library.  
Author Talk with Tom Dresser
Tuesday, June 11 
at 7 p.m.

Sailing ships, steamers, horse-drawn  and horse-less carriages, and high speed ferries: Island historian Tom Dresser is back with a new book, which is a good reason to celebrate. Beginning with the dugout canoes of the Wampanoag, A Travel History of Martha's Vineyard shows how the evolution of transportation changed the settling of our Island, its history, and how it will likely affect our future. Come meet the author and hear all about it.

Author Talk with Herb Foster
Tuesday, June 18 
at 7 p.m.

Yiddish and Jive words permeate every aspect of American life. In fact, Americans of Jewish and African descent have contributed more words and phrases to today's common American English usage than any other ethnic groups. How many of these words do you use every day?

Herb Foster -- Professor Emeritus, State University of New York, Buffalo -- has made a decades long study of these lively, and wonderfully descriptive words, and will present the second edition of his work, Ghetto to Ghetto: Yiddish and Jive in Everyday Life, on the subject.

iPad Refresher Class
Wednesday, June 19 
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 to reserve your spot, as space is limited.

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

Podcast Workshop with Timo Elliot
Tuesday, June 25 
at 6:30 p.m.

Timo Elliot, the creator and host of the new "Timonanda Talks" podcast, will show you all the tricks you need to know to start podcasting using a smartphone and a couple of apps. Bring your smartphone, pen and paper, and a few of the great ideas/topics you are interested in sharing.

This workshop is free, but you must be registered to participate as space is limited. Please drop in to sign up or call the library.
Library Book Group
4 p.m. Wednesday, June 19

Our book for discussion at the library this month is Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine , by Gail Honeyman.

Of this best-selling debut novel, The Guardian writes: " The central character of Eleanor feels instantly and insistently real, as if she had been patiently waiting in the wings for her cue all along. Most workplaces have an Eleanor: the slightly odd, plastic bag-clutching person who scuttles away from all communal enterprises; who rarely says a word that isn't about the matter in hand; whose home life can only be speculated about, not always kindly."

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.
* Young Adult Programs *
YA Board Game Night
Tuesdays 6/4, 6/11, and 6/18 from 5-7 p.m.

Young Adult Board Game Night, led by Chris, continues every Tuesday this month until the end of the school year. 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 snacks, because gamers need to eat, too. 
Children's Room Events

Painted faces in the crowd -- kids had a perfect day for Toddler Olympics on the library lawn in May.

Events for Kids in June

Story Hours

Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. -- Story Time 
June's theme is Baby Animals. Come enjoy stories featuring baby animals of all kinds.

Fridays at 10:30 a.m. -- Toddler Story Time 
Join us for a story each week to kick off the Family Center's Discovery Fridays. The theme will change each week.   

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.

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.

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 must be accompanied by an adult.

Special Events This Month

Nursery School Naturalists with Felix Neck:
Wednesday, June 5, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Watch the season unfold as we experience the warming months 
of the island  through our spring creatures, stories, crafts, live animal presentations,  and more. Signup is not required; best for ages 3-5.

Games Day:
Friday, June 7, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Join us for afternoon fun on the library lawn. We will have a ton of outdoor games, contests, and hot dogs on the grill. Kids under 9 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Crafts Program: Making Crayon Candles
Saturday, June 8, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
We'll provide everything you need to make your own colorful candle. All ages are welcome; kids under 9 must be accompanied by an adult.

Coin Collecting Workshop
Thursday, June 13, 3 p.m.
Learn about coin collecting, and go on a scavenger hunt to find coins to keep. All ages welcome; kids under 9 must be accompanied by an adult.

Father's Day Gift and Card Making
Saturday, June 15, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
We'll provide everything you need to make Dad a gift and card for Father's Day. All ages welcome; kids under 9 must be accompanied by an adult.

Special Story Hour with Guests
From Coast Guard Station Menemsha
Thursday, June 20, at 10:30 a.m.
Our visitors from the Coast Guard always bring special gear 
to share with kids when they lead a library story hour.

Summer Reading Open House
and Sign-up:
Saturday, June 29, noon to 3 p.m.
Visit the Children's Room this afternoon to learn about the range of summer programs we're offering this year, and to sign up for the summer reading program. Kids of all ages are encouraged to participate. Children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult.