July 2021
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Open for In-Person Browsing
Hours of Operation in July:

Main Library - no appointment necessary
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm

Children's Room - by appointment (link below)
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm

(CLOSED Monday, July 5th for Independence Day)


Please CLICK HERE to visit our website and learn more.

Still have questions? We’re here to help. Please call us at 508-627-4221 or email info@edgartownlibrary.org with your inquiries or special requests.
Frederick Douglass Reading
Several Islanders participated in this year's recorded reading of 'What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?', a speech by noted abolitionist Frederick Douglass, first delivered in Rochester, New York on July 5, 1852.

This reading was made possible by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library, the Federated Church of Martha's Vineyard, and the Rotary Club of Martha's Vineyard.

This program is dedicated to the memory of Mary Jane Carpenter, beloved Friend of the Library, devoted member of the Federated Church, and an Island historian who conceived of and first organized this annual reading of Frederick Douglass' famous speech on Martha's Vineyard.

To view the reading, click here.
IGI Mobile Market @ the Library
Every Monday from 5pm-6pm starting on July 12, the IGI Mobile Market truck will be in the Edgartown Library's parking lot to sell locally-grown produce and eggs at reduced prices. The market also offers a selection of lightly processed, Island-made items, often using local ingredients.

The mobile market stops at eight locations each week across the Island. It is part of Island Grown Initiative’s mission to expand healthy food access for all Islanders, with a focus on people who participate in food assistance programs. Everyone is welcome.

Adult Programs
[Online] Restorative Yoga
Sundays in July
Certified yoga instructor Jelisa Difo leads a weekly online class in restorative yoga, a practice that allows you to slow down, restore, and relax your body through passive stretching. No experience required.

Classes are on 7/4, 7/11, 7/18, & 7/25.

This program has been generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.

[Online] Mechanic Shop Femme
Thursday, July 8
Chaya Milchtein, the larger-than-life personality behind Mechanic Shop Femme, will teach you the when's and why's to perform specific car maintenance tasks - without the “mansplaining"! A little education goes a long way toward protecting one of your biggest investments.

Sponsored by the Martha's Vineyard Library Association and hosted by the Oak Bluffs Public Library.

[Online] Libby Virtual Training
Monday, July 12
Want to learn how to use Libby to get access to free eBooks and eAudiobooks? Join us for this free training from Overdrive. A session covering the basics will be followed by an open Q&A session for users, followed by a Tips & Tricks session.

Sponsored by the Martha's Vineyard Library Association and hosted by the Vineyard Haven Public Library.

[In Person] Sounds Like Summer Music Series
Tuesdays in July and August (starting July 13)
Live music on the library lawn is back! Bring a blanket to picnic, or just come for the show. There's a different band weekly, and all shows are free and family friendly.

JULY 13: Jephcote Band
JULY 20: Joel Harrison-Stan Strickland Quartet
JULY 27: Jaywalkers
AUGUST 3: Johnny Hoy & the Bluefish

These performances are generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and Martha’s Vineyard Bank.

[Online] Tick Talk with Richard Johnson
Wednesday, July 14
Field Biologist and Martha’s Vineyard tick expert Richard Johnson will speak on the Island’s tick problem, tick-borne illnesses, and how to protect yourself. Prevention is protection; he will answer any questions you have on this crucial subject.

[Online] iPad Workshop with Kathy Lavieri
Thursday, July 15
You have an iPad and you’re excited to use
it - but where to begin? Or perhaps you’d just like to refresh your skills and learn a few new tricks? Kathy Lavieri, a technology trainer with over 20 years of experience working with adult learners, is here to help. Space is limited.

[Online] Chef Look: Chillin' & Grillin'
Thursday, July 15
Chef Chris Look is back with a deuce of summer specials. Summer cooking means the thrill of the grill to Chris, and he’ll share his tips and techniques for cooking up whatever looks best at the farm stand. Register for the first of his programs below.

This program has been generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.

[Online] Movie in Focus: Film Discussion Group
The Hunt (Denmark, 2012)
Monday, July 26
The Hunt (Denmark, 2012) is an engrossing, unsettling psychological drama with Mads Mikkelsen’s great performance at its center. Directed by Oscar-winner Thomas Vinterberg (Another Round, 2020), this film is available to stream for free with your library card on Kanopy and Hoopla.

[In Person] Author Talk: Thomas Dresser
Schlepping Around Martha’s Vineyard
Wednesday, July 28 (rain date Friday, July 30)
Tom Dresser’s newest book is a guided tour of Martha's Vineyard for both tourists and locals curious about Island walks and sights to see. The book is dedicated to Herb Foster, who was both a strong supporter of the Vineyard community and a former member of the Edgartown Library Board of Trustees. A previously published piece by Herb is also featured in the book.

Tom will be donating all proceeds from book sales at this event to the Herb and Anita Foster Staff Education Fund, which was established by the Friends of the Edgartown Library and supports staff professional development.

This Friends-hosted event will take place on the library lawn. Rain date is Friday, July 30 at 6:30pm.
[Online] Who Wrote Shakespeare?
Thursday, July 29
Author and playwright David Kruh will present the story of one man’s search for the “real” author of the works credited to Shakespeare, and how
-amazingly- that search played a role in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

This program has been generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.

Kids, Teens, & Families
Children's Room Appointments
Monday - Saturday
10am - 5pm
Appointments are available to visit the Children's Room! Come browse materials, pick up a craft bag, sign up for summer reading, and more. Slots are available for up to four people per group for 45 minutes. Masks are required for all visitors over the age of two.

For more info and to sign up, click here.
Tony the Pony
Tuesday, July 6
Come to the Children's Room outdoor garden area (weather permitting) and see Tony the Pony do some tricks and teach you about horses!

No registration necessary.
The Pinkletinks in Concert
Saturday, July 17
Families are invited to the library's front lawn (weather permitting) to see the Island’s popular kid rock band, the Pinkletinks. They'll perform classic children’s songs in a rock-band format, at a volume appropriate for children’s ears.

No registration necessary.
Adopt a Stuffed Animal
10am - 5pm
Visit the library every Tuesday throughout the summer to pick up a mystery bag with your own stuffed animal to keep and read to. The bag will also include a fact sheet about your animal, as well as a list of book suggestions.
Get Crafty with Kerith
Join Kerith in the Children's Room outdoor garden area for a different craft every week, while supplies last. Please note that some crafting materials (paint, crayons, scissors, glue) will be shared by the group.

No registration necessary.
Summer Reading Program
Visit the library to sign up and pick up a Tails and Tales themed Summer Reading kit. Keep track of the books you read (or have read to you) and bring your log back to the library to receive a stamp. Collect stamps to earn prizes!

The Summer Reading program has been generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library, as well as our sponsors at Edgartown Meat & Fish, Dairy Queen, Edgartown Pizza, and Rosewater Market & Takeaway
New Children's Books
Want to find out what new books can be checked out at the library? We have regularly updated lists of brand new children's books. From picture books to graphic novels to chapter books, we've got it all.

Click here to find your next favorite read.
Summer Art Show
Visit the library to pick up an art bag with a set of coloring pages designed by Island artist Tara Reynolds. Complete your masterpiece at home, and drop it off at the library during open hours to have it displayed in the front windows of the Children's Room.
Story Walk at Sheriff’s Meadow Sanctuary
The Edgartown Public Library and Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation have partnered to bring you a new story walk every month.

This is a self-guided activity for children of all ages and their caregivers. For more information, click here.
Book Besties
Let us find the perfect books for your child
Too busy to make requests and browse online? Let us do the choosing for you! Just fill out this form with some details about your child's reading preferences, and our talented library staff will place items on the hold shelf for you to pick up.
[Online] Teen Program: Monster Mondays
Join library assistant Chris on Monday mornings throughout the summer for “Monster Mondays,” a teen summer reading series where viewers take a look at classic monsters throughout history and fantasy.

Every Monday at 10am, Chris will post a video in which he explores a different monster's origins and takes a look at its strengths and weaknesses so you can be prepared should you ever find yourself face to face with one.

Videos will be posted to the library's YouTube page and Facebook page.
CLAMS and Library Services
Free Extended WiFi

Get connected with free outdoor WiFi from the Edgartown Library. Bring your laptop, tablet, or smartphone to enjoy free internet access 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

You can enjoy the library's WiFi from both of our parking lots or on the library lawn, with plenty of seating.
Lendable Technology

Chromebooks run the Chrome operating system and use Google services such as Gmail, Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

WiFi Hotspots
Need internet access? Check out a mobile WiFi hotspot from the Edgartown Library for Internet on the go.

For more information, click here.
Get the CLAMS
Library App

The CLAMS app lets you browse collections, manage your account, add a digital library card, and more. It also includes special features, like integrated NYT bestseller lists and Coming Soon titles. Take a tour of the app with Chris by clicking on the video.

Available for iOS and Android.
Library Card Signup

For information on how to sign up for a library card, click here.
Browse New Library Materials

Click on the lists below to find our newest and most popular titles. Please contact us if you need assistance putting items on hold - we are always happy to help.

Remote Tech Time

Sign up for a one-on-one session with our tech-savvy library staff and upgrade your tech literacy. You can learn how to access e-books, audiobooks, language learning software, and streaming movies, all with the power of your library card, all for free.
Call or email the library to sign up, or click here to make an appointment.
Digital Services
There are several digital services you have access to as an Edgartown Library patron, and as a Massachusetts resident. From listening to audiobooks, to streaming Oscar-winning films, to getting free access to the New York Times online, check it all out by
The Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library is a volunteer organization that supports much of the rich programming the library offers.

The Friends' monthly meeting will be held via Zoom on Thursday, July 1 at 9:00am, and all are welcome to attend. Send an email to director@edgartownlibrary.org for a link to the meeting.

To donate to The Herb and Anita Foster Staff Education Fund, which supports professional development for Edgartown Library staff members who wish to pursue educational endeavors that support and enhance their role at the library, send a check to the Friends of the Edgartown Public Library, 26 West Tisbury Road, Edgartown, MA 02539, or click on this link and select The Herb and Anita Foster Staff Education Fund from the drop-down menu.

To learn how to sign your child up for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, a new partnership with the Friends that provides free books to children from birth through age five, click here.
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