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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

November Closings & Holidays:
Closed Monday, Nov. 12, for Veterans Day.

The Library will close at 5pm on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 
and is closed Thursday, Nov. 22, for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
We will be open the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving.
So Much More Than Books . . .
The Library's third annual Clothing Swap on Oct. 20 drew a crowd.
In October, we enjoyed reading a compilation of essays by 12 prominent authors (from Barbara Kingsolver to Amy Tan)  on the importance of libraries in their lives. In one of those essays, Chris Bohjalian tells the story of how the library in his small Vermont town was lost to a flood, then rebuilt again. He concludes: "It's not merely that libraries connect us to books. It's that they connect us to one another."

Don't get us wrong: The Edgartown Library has a wonderful collection. But we also have wonderful community connections -- these were on display when hundreds of people came around for the third annual Clothing Swap in October, and they're evident at every movie and book talk and free concert here throughout the year.

We look forward to seeing you at the library in November. Please read on for a complete calendar of the month's events.

Lisa Sherman,
Please Support the Library Friends, 
Who Support Our Programs

Our programs at the Edgartown Library are supported in large part by the Friends of the Edgartown Library. You can visit their page on the Library's website, or click here to make a donation. 

The group's next monthly meeting is at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 2 at the library. Coffee and light fare will be served, and all are welcome to attend. 

Just in case you missed last month's announcement: The Edgartown Library is now connecting you with Hoopla, a new digital media service that allows you to enjoy movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows on your computer, tablet or phone -- even on your TV.

There's no waiting: Titles can be streamed immediately or downloaded for offline enjoyment later. The Hoopla service has hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from, with more added daily. To get started, just click the image above or follow the Hoopla link on our library's website.
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Hot Docs Film Series
Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
(no film on Nov. 14)

This month the library continues presenting a series of remarkable documentaries, most of them recent, with a couple of older "you gotta see this" films thrown in the mix. Here's the November lineup:

Nov. 7

Jennifer Peedom's film documents the aftermath of Everest's worst tragedy through unforgettable characters and the visual magnificence of the mountain the Sherpas call Chomolungma.
(Australia & Nepal, 2015)

Mommy Dead and Dearest
Nov. 21

A twisted and twisty documentary about a high-profile murder case that's as unsettling as it is absorbing. Directed by Erin Lee Carr. 
(US, 2017)

Dark Money
Nov. 28

A political detective story that examines one of the greatest threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. Directed by Kimberly Reed.
(US, 2018)
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Ukulele Workshop 
with Deirdre DeCarion
11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24

Join us for an introduction to the ukulele with Deirdre DeCarion (of Featherstone's Uke Jam fame).

George Harrison of the Beatles loved the ukulele -- and what's not to love?  Ukuleles are fun, affordable, and easy to learn to play. Deirdre will present an introduction to the plucky little instrument and show you a few basics. Bring an instrument or borrow one of the library's. 
Opera Club Special Screening:
The Opera House
2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24

A new documentary by multiple Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Susan Froemke surveys a remarkable period of the Metropolitan Opera's rich history and a time of great change for New York City. Drawing on rarely seen archival footage, stills, and recent interviews, the film chronicles the creation of the Met's Lincoln Center home of the last fifty years. 

Featured prominently are famed soprano Leontyne Price, whose performance in Barber's Antony and Cleopatra opened the Met's Lincoln Center Opera House in 1966; Rudolph Bing, the Met's autocratic general manager who engineered the move from the old house to the new one; Robert Moses, the ambitious city planner who bulldozed an entire neighborhood to make way for Lincoln Center; Wallace K. Harrison, whose quest for architectural glory was never realized.  

All adults are welcome.
Opera Club Matinee: 
Lucia di Lammermoor
1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25

Soprano Anna Netrebko adds Donizetti's tragic heroine to her growing list of Met triumphs in this production set in the 19th century. The sensational tenor Piotr Beczala is her lover, Edgardo, and Mariusz Kwiecien is Lucia's brother, whose brutal authority forces her to marry for the sake of the family fortunes. Marco Armiliato leads the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra through the magnificent score, and Mary Zimmerman directs this "Live from the Met" production from 2009. The opera runs three hours, including intermission.

All adults are welcome.
* Book Talks & Workshops *
Do You Haiku?
with Donald Nitchie
Saturday, Nov. 17, from 1-3 p.m

Poet Donald Nitchie's Haiku Workshop is based on the idea that imitation is the best way to learn to write, and to appreciate, poetry.

Participants will look at the inner workings of a haiku by examining several classic and contemporary haiku and haiku-like poems, and then use those texts as models for one or more writing assignments. The goal of the workshop is to compose several poems. Featuring haiku by Issa, Basho, Buson, Billy Collins, and others. 

Call us to sign up for this very special program.

Library Book Group
4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21

November's book for discussion at the library is The Widower's Notebook, a memoir by Jonathan Santlofer. 

Written with unexpected humor and great warmth, it's a portrait of a marriage, an account of the complexities of finding oneself single again after losing your spouse, and a story of enduring love.

The library has copies to check out if you're interested in joining the discussion -- just ask at the front desk.
* Young Adult Programs *
New: YA Board Game Night
5-7 p.m. Tuesdays, Beginning Nov. 6

Eyes dry from too much screen time? Hand-cramps from holding that controller for too long? Come to our program aimed at the 12-and-up crowd, YA Board Game Night, happening every Tuesday this month. 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 pizza, because gamers need to eat, too.

Pre-registration is strongly recommended. Call the library at 508-627-4221 to sign up.
Young Adult Art Club
4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7

Supplies have been ordered, we've marked our calendar, and the Library's new Young Adult Art Club is set to hold its second session. This program is aimed at the 12-and-up crowd, and will focus on a different art medium every month. 

On Nov. 7, the club will explore the art of calligraphy and ornamental lettering. Sign-up is required, please call or ask at the front desk.
Young Adult Book Group
3-4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28

November's book selection for our Young Adult Book Group is Fresh Ink, a remarkable new YA collection of stories from thirteen of the most recognizable diverse authors writing today including Nicola Yoon, Jason Reynolds, Melissa de la Cruz, and many more, published in partnership with We Need Diverse Books. 

The library has copies to check out if you're interested in joining the discussion -- just ask at the front desk.
Children's Room Events

The library's Halloween party last month was filled with happy kids and colorful costumes.

Weekly Events for Kids in November

Story Hours

Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. -- Preschool Story Time 
Join Elyce to listen and sing along to rhymes and songs. This story hour is geared toward preschoolers, but all are welcome.
November's theme is Picture Books: November is National Picture Book month, and you're invited to celebrate with Elyce while she shares some of her own favorite picture books.

Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. -- Silly Stories 
Here's a chance for toddlers to get those wiggles out. We'll share silly stories that encourage play and movement.  

Weekly Crafts and Play Groups

Tuesdays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. -- Little Artists Open Paint
Come use our collection of fingerpaints and assorted brushes, paint and dot art.
Children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult.

Tuesdays, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. -- Radio Games
Radio Games with Laurel Redington of MVY Radio is a new after-school program created to engage middle schoolers with each other and learn to communicate effectively. The goal is to foster courage, imagination, conversation, empathy, creativity, and individuality.  

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.

Thursdays, 3 to 4:30 p.m. -- After School Gaming
Use one of the library's Nintendo Switch consoles to try out different games.
For ages 9 and up.

Fridays, 10:30 a.m. to noon -- Discovery Days with the Martha's Vineyard Family Center. 
Each week we'll have a different preschool-age theme. No sign-up is required, but kids must be accompanied by an adult.

Special Events for Kids in November

Special Story Time with Tony the Pony:
10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3
Tony, the friendly pony from West Tisbury, is a therapy animal who makes visits around the Island. He's visited the library before, and he'll be back for this special story hour.

November's Artist in Residence -- Learning to Knit:
Friday, Nov. 16, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Professional knitter Cindy Bonnell will work this afternoon with kids ages 9 and up. Pre-registration is strongly recommended. Each participant will leave with their own set of knitting needles and yarn to get them started.

Dungeons & Dragons Club
Saturday, Nov. 17, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Pre-registration is strongly recommended for this monthly club. 
For ages 11 and up.

Family Movie Marathon: 
Friday, Nov. 23, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Yes, the library is open the day after Thanksgiving! Come enjoy movies on our big screen and snack on popcorn while you watch. Comfy chairs and floor spaces will be provided, but feel free to bring your own blankets and pillows.  Here's the lineup:
10:30 a.m. -- Disney's Christopher Robin
12:30 p.m. -- Hotel Transylvania 3
2:30 p.m. -- Incredibles 2

After-School Nutrition Program: 
Friday, Nov. 30, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. 
Lila Fischer, public health nurse, leads this program
for kids age 9 and up. 
She'll teach the basics of good nutrition habits and lead  participants in making a healthy after-school snack.
This program will continue on the last Friday of each month throughout the school year. R egistration is not required.