March 2020 508.627.4221
Library Hours
Monday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday & Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Sunday
The Edgartown Library has its very own story of long-lost library books being returned. These two treasures were recently discovered in an attic and brought back to us after being checked out almost 90 years ago!
Please Support the Friends,
Who Support Our Programs
The Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library, a volunteer organization that supports much of the rich programming at the library (including the free Conflict Resolution Course offered this month; see below for details), holds its next monthly meeting at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 6th . All are welcome to attend.

Please consider supporting our Friends by clicking on the donate button below.

SAVE THE DATE : A Dine to Donate event benefiting the Friends will be at Offshore Ale in Oak Bluffs on Thursday, March 5 from 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., and 5 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. A ticket must be presented at the time of payment, so please stop by the library to receive one, or click here to present the ticket on your mobile phone.
Film Series
Our new film series showcases the film adaptations of Patricia Highsmith’s novels, an American author best known for her psychological thrillers.

This series is for adults; films contain sexual situations, violence, and nudity.
Purple Noon
(Plein Soleil)
7 p.m. Wednesday, Mar. 11
The first film adaptation of Highsmith’s vicious novel, "The Talented Mr. Ripley", introduced a ridiculously handsome Alain Delon as the sociopath Tom Ripley and shot him to stardom. Directed by René Clément. (France, 1960)

7 p.m. Wednesday, Mar. 18
Lots of atmosphere and talented leads give this lesbian love story set in the buttoned-up 1950s its heart and soul. Directed by Todd Haynes (US, 2015)

Strangers on a Train
7 p.m. Wednesday, Mar. 25
Master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock meticulously directs Highsmith’s story of a deadly quid pro quo, with a screenplay by Raymond Chandler. (US, 1951)

The Cry of the Owl
(Le Cri du Hibou)
7 p.m. Wednesday, Apr. 1
A troubled young artist has a dangerous pastime: spying on his beautiful neighbor. Director Claude Chabrol develops the absurd interplay of fate and human nature in this twisty thriller. (France, 1987)

Other Events This Month
Popcorn Movie:
Knives Out
6 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 3
A contemporary nod to the great Agatha Christie mystery movies of the past, this darkly funny joy ride of a film has a great ensemble cast led by Daniel Craig.
(US, 2019)
AARP Tax Help
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 3 and
Monday, Mar. 30
Volunteers, certified and trained under the AARP Tax Aide Program, will offer free income tax preparation assistance for taxpayers here at the library, with a special emphasis on those sixty years and older. Sessions are by appointment only. Please call the Edgartown Council on Aging at 508-627-4368 to secure an appointment.
Free Conflict Resolution Course
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Saturdays, Mar. 7, 14, 21, 28
This four-week course, led by the MV Mediation Program, is open to all but particularly appropriate for those serving the public such as municipal workers, teachers, social workers, and others who wish to strengthen their conflict resolution skills for use on the job and in their community work. This course is provided free thanks to the Friends of the Edgartown Public Library. Certification will be provided for those who complete the course.

If you are interested in becoming a mediator, conflict coach, financial conflict coach or group facilitator, this is a great place to get started with your learning. For a full list of dates and course descriptions,  click here

To register for this free course, contact the MVMP office at 508-693-2999 or, call the library, or  follow this link .
Opera Club:
Puccini's Turandot
1 p.m. Sunday, Mar. 8
Maria Guleghina is a standout as the Princess in Zeffirelli’s opulent staging of Giacomo Puccini’s final opera, filmed live at the Metropolitan Opera in 2010. Marcello Giordani as Caláf, Samuel Ramey as Timur, and Marina Poplavskaya as Liú round out the excellent cast. Andris Nelsons conducts. The opera runs 2 ½ hours including intermission. All adults welcome.
Adult Community Dance Classes with The Yard :
Thursdays through April 30
at 10:30 a.m.
The Yard's free adult community dance classes with Jesse Keller Jason continue on Thursday mornings. Participants at all levels are welcomed, but sign-up is suggested since space is limited.
Vineyard Vegan Society
Healthy Foods Giveaway
Noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Mar. 20

 The Martha's Vineyard Vegan Society is back with their monthly free food distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables. Everyone is welcome. 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: Čenakai (Lithuanian Clay Pot Stew)
1 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 24
March’s recipe is a hearty, succulent pork rib stew from Lithuania. Traditionally, the ingredients are layered in single-serving hand-made clay pots, so it’s a natural for the ceramic insert of a crockpot, allowing the vegetable, herb, and pork flavors to mingle and flirt. Come learn the method and enjoy the tasty results. Chef Chris Look will be doing the cooking this month, so don’t miss his library slow-cooking demo debut. This adult program is free, but sign-up is required.
Energy Committee Informational Meetings:
100% Renewable Energy Goal and Stretch Code Bylaw 
4 p.m. Tuesdays
Mar. 24 and Mar. 31

At this year's annual town meetings, island voters will have an opportunity to vote on a non-binding resolution put forward by the Vineyard Sustainable Energy Committee (VSEC) to set a 100% renewable energy goal for the Vineyard by 2040. This is an important way to demonstrate commitment as a community to finding new ways to reduce our carbon footprint over the next two decades. Join the Edgartown Energy Committee for an informal discussion about the 100% Renewable MV resolution on Tuesday, March 24 at 4 p.m.

The EEC will also hold a public hearing on the “Stretch Code Bylaw,” which will be on the spring Town Meeting warrant. Adopting the code fulfills one of five criteria required for Green Communities Designation. Find out what the bylaw means to you as a homeowner or builder on Tuesday, March 31 at 4 p.m.
Library Book Group
4 p.m. Wednesday,
Mar. 25
Hailed as “a dazzling achievement” ( Los Angeles Times ) and “riveting page-turner that explores desire, heartbreak, and infatuation in all its messy, complicated nuance” ( The Washington Post ), Lisa Taddeo’s  Three Women  has captivated readers, booksellers, and critics—and topped bestseller lists—worldwide.

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 Chris 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, all for free.
Call the library or click here to make an appointment for a half-hour with Chris, or just drop in to see if there's a space.
Young Adult Programs
Space Adventure
& Book Club:
Tuesdays, 5 to 7 p.m.
Players will get a chance to role play a multi-species crew exploring the universe on a ship of their creation.

Once a month we'll take a break to read and discuss a book taking place somewhere in the cosmos. Our book for discussion on March 24 is "We're Not From Here" by Geoff Rodkey. After our book discussion we will travel into that story to go exploring. Be warned, you must always obey the prime directive: Have fun!
YA Game Night
Wednesdays, 5 to 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.
Children's Weekly Programs
Preschool Play-Dough Playtime
Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Come use our collection of play-dough and play-dough tools. 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. to noon
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 children must be accompanied by an adult.
Children's Special Events
Cake Decorating Workshop
Friday, Mar. 6
3 to 4:30 p.m.
Please call the library or stop in to enter your child's name into the drawing for a spot in this workshop; class size is limited to 12, and is for ages 8 and up. Participants will be contacted prior to the workshop to confirm attendance.
Felix Neck
Nature Program
Wednesday, Mar. 11
3 to 4 p.m.
Join us on the second Wednesday of the month for an after-school program with Felix Neck, geared toward children ages 8 and up. Each month we'll feature a different environmental activity and craft.
Make a Leprechaun Trap
Saturday, Mar. 14
3 to 4 p.m.
We'll have all the supplies you need to make a leprechaun trap. All ages welcome; children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. 
St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt
Tuesday, Mar. 17
3 to 4 p.m.
Join us for an after-school St. Patrick's Day scavenger hunt that ends with a golden treat.
All ages welcome; children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
Pancakes in Pajamas
Story Hour
Saturday, Mar. 21
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Join this special story hour in your pajamas, and enjoy pancakes afterward.

All ages are welcome; children under 8 must be accompanied by a pajama-clad caregiver.
phone: 508.627.4221