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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

Closures this month:
Monday, Nov. 11 for Veterans Day
Late opening at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 19 for Staff Training

 Early closing at 5 p.m. on Wed. Nov. 28 and closed on Thursday, Nov. 28 for Thanksgiving
** OPEN Friday & Saturday, Nov. 29 & 30 **
The library staff was transformed into the denizens of a medieval castle for Halloween 2019.

Our celebration of Halloween at the library started early, on Oct. 26, when a party in the Children's Room drew a happy bunch of costumed kids and their families. The month ended with a medieval bang as our staff transformed the library into a castle for Halloween.

As we head into the deeper months of fall, all of us at the library continue to be thankful for the patrons we have been given the privilege of serving here, and for the support this library receives from its community all year long.

For the full rundown of this month's programs, which includes movies, opera, technology help, a special evening of poetry and music, our fourth annual clothing swap, cake decorating for kids, and more, please read below.

Lisa Sherman,
Please Support the Friends ,
Who Support Our Programs 
All Year

The Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library will hold their next monthly meeting at the library at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, and all are welcome to attend. 

SAVE THE DATE: On Friday, Nov. 15, please join us at Lucky Hank's for a Dine to Donate event to support the Friends. A portion of the food receipts for dinner that night will be donated to The Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library. Please come and support the Friends while enjoying a lovely dinner!

Join us for screenings of compelling documentary films, 
on Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons this month
These films are for adults only, unless noted.

Pavarotti (encore screening)
Matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2
A portrait of the great tenor that keeps the singing up front and the controversies behind the curtain.
Directed by Ron Howard. (US, 2019)

The Wrecking Crew!
7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6
Filmmaker Denny Tedesco (son of legendary studio guitarist Tommy Tedesco) tells the story of the great session musicians behind pop music's biggest hits of the 60's and 70's.
(US, 2008)

They Shall Not Grow Old
7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13
Director Peter Jackson's moving documentary honoring British Troops in World War II is also a work of technological magic.
(UK and NZ, 2019)

Note: No Films 11/20 or 11/27

Born in China
Matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30
Venturing into parts of China unknown to most audiences, filmmaker Lu Chuan takes a visually stunning look at three animal families: the golden monkey, the snow leopard, and the giant panda. All are welcome.
(US and China, 2016)
Opera Club:
Gaetano Donizetti's 
L'Elisir D'Amore
1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10

Laughs, glorious singing, and great chemistry between the two leads sums up November's Opera Club selection: John Copley's vintage production from the Metropolitan Opera of Donizetti's delightful opera buffa, L'Elisir D'Amore (The Elixir of Love). 

A better cast is hard to imagine with soprano Kathleen Battle as Adina, tenor Luciano Pavarotti as the love-sick Nemorino, Juan Pons as Belcore, and Enzo Dara as Dulcamara. James Levine conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus through the lively, lyrical score. (1992) 

The opera runs 2 ½ hours, including intermission. All adults welcome.
Songs of Youth and of Experience:
Poetry & Music Fit for a Full Moon            
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12

Join us for an evening of poetry and music while the full moon shimmers above. Donald Nitchie and Claudia Taylor, two superb local writers, will read from their work, and David Stanwood -- a poet of the keyboard -- will provide his beautiful improvisations to round out the evening. This program is free and open to all adults.

Fourth Annual Clothing Swap
Saturday, Nov. 16, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Bring your contributions to the library through Nov. 15 during regular hours, and you'll receive a voucher to attend the Swap. Acceptable items -- in new condition or slightly used only, please! -- include the following:

* Kids' clothes, newborn to 17 years
* Adult clothes of all sizes
* Backpacks, accessories, jewelry, dress-up costumes

There will be raffles, refreshments and face-painting on the afternoon of the Swap. Remember that you must bring your voucher to participate. For more information, call the library at 508-627-4221 and ask for Elyce.
Healthy Foods Giveaway
with the MV Vegan Society:
12 noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22

The Martha's Vineyard Vegan Society is back at the Edgartown Library with their monthly free food distribution and an informative talk on how to eat a healthy, plant-based diet. One bag per adult, while supplies last.
Library Book Group
4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27

The Edgartown Library book group gathers on the last Wednesday of November to discuss the next book on this year's theme, "Essays and Explorations."

"The Source of Self-Regard," by the Nobel honoree Toni Morrison, is a collection of essays, speeches, and meditations written over the course of four decades, yet speaking to today's social and political moment as directly as this morning's headlines.

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 every Tuesday afternoon this month 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 f rom 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Sign up for a 30-minute one-on-one session with tech guru
Chris Look
 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, and all for free. 

Call the library, or fill out this form, to make an appointment for a 30-minute one-on-one session with Chris, or drop-in to see if there's a space.
YA Game Night
Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m.*

Here's your night 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.

*NOTE: There will be no game night on Wednesday, Nov. 27.
November in the Children's Room 
Three of our many Halloween visitors to the Children's Room
on Saturday, Oct. 26.

Weekly Programs and Story Hours

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 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Wednesdays, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. --  Drop-in After School Crafts
We'll feature a new project every week -- just drop in. For ages 8 and up.

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

Fridays at 10:30 a.m. -- Felt Board Story Time
This program is geared  toward preschool children.

Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. to noon -- Library Playdate
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. 
C hildren must be accompanied by an adult.

Special Events This Month

P lay with Dough 
Saturday, Nov. 2, 3:00 p.m.
Toddlers! Come play with dough and develop fine motor skills.
Squishing dough is a great way for toddlers to develop the
muscles they'll need to grip a pencil to write. Your little ones are
welcome to create whatever they choose with our dough and
dough-related toys.

Radio Games
Tuesdays, Nov. 5 and 12, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Radio Games with Laurel Redington of MVY Radio is an after-school program 
created to engage middle schoolers with each other and foster effective
communication. The goal is to encourage imagination, conversation, empathy,
creativity, and individuality. All middle schoolers are welcome to join.

Cake Decorating Workshop
Friday, Nov. 8, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
This monthly program is geared towards  kids ages 8 and up. 
Pre-registration is encouraged, as the class  is limited 
to 10 participants. 

To sign up, please call the library at 508-627-4221.

Kids Movie Marathon (with popcorn!)
Wednesday, Nov. 27, beginning at 11:00 a.m.
Enjoy the day off from school with a movie marathon. 
Screenings are at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. 
Children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult.

Secret Life of Pets 2 -- 11:00 a.m.
Aladdin -- 1:30 p.m.

Family Game Day
Friday, Nov. 29, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Drop in today and try our board games, card games 
and other family activities.

Handprint Gift Making
Saturday, Nov. 30, 2 to 4 p.m.
You bring the hands, and we will supply everything you need 
to make a special handprint gift. 
Choose from a variety of ideas.