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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

Holidays in October:
The Library is closed Monday, Oct. 8, for Columbus Day.

The Library will open three hours later than usual, at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9,
following a staff workshop.
Movies, Books, Music and a Celebration:
October at Your Library
Margot Datz tucked this little mermaid, modeled after her granddaughter, into the corner of her mural.
One year ago we watched, with growing amazement, as artist Margot Datz began the eight-month process of creating her grand marine mural on the east wall of our Children's Room. On Friday, Oct. 12, we're throwing a party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to thank all the donors who helped make this project possible, and to celebrate Margot as the creative genius behind it. We hope you'll join us.

Looking ahead, October features the beginning of a new documentary film series, as well as a set of four favorite films from the great director Alfred Hitchcock. We're launching a new art group for preteens and teens; the Library's third annual Clothing Swap is set for Saturday, Oct. 20, and the month closes with a Halloween party for the kids and a live concert for adults. Have a great October, and we look forward to seeing you at the library.

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, Oct. 5 at the library. Coffee and light fare will be served, and all are welcome to attend. 

This month the Edgartown Library is going live with hoopla, a new digital media service that allows you to enjoy movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows on your computter, 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 blue image above or follow the hoopla link on our library's website.
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Hot Docs: New Film Series
Starting Oct. 10 -- Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

This month the library opens a 10-film series of remarkable documentaries, most of them new and recent, with a couple of older "you gotta see this" films thrown in the mix. Here's the October lineup:

The Endurance
Oct. 10

A faithful and dramatic documentary chronicles Sir Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated expedition to Antarctica, told through interviews, archival audio and film, and on-location footage. Narrated by Liam Neeson. Directed by George Butler. (US, 2000)

City of Ghosts
Oct. 17

A tough and close look at RBSS, an improvised news organization in Syria, and their quest to report on the country's civil war. Matthew Heineman directs. (2017)

California Typewriter
Oct. 24
A salute to the manual typewriter grows into a rich, thoughtful meditation on what the digital era is doing to us. Featuring Sam Shepherd, David McCullough, and Tom Hanks. Directed by Doug Nichol. (2017)

Hitchcock /Truffaut
Oct. 31
In 1962, two of the greatest minds in cinema sat down for an intimate and expansive interview. Kent Jones bases his film on that conversation between master director Alfred Hitchcock and the young Francois Truffaut, then a film critic and neophyte filmmaker. With insightful analysis and cleverly curated film clips. (2015)

Please read below for details on the Hitchcock film screenings that lead up to this film in the documentary series.
Four from Hitchcock:
A Mini-Series in October

During most of his lifetime the master filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock was disparaged by film snobs for his genre, prolific output, and for remaining within the constraints of the Hollywood system. It took the filmmakers of the French New Wave to appreciate his genius and liberate Hitchcock from his reputation as a creator of frivolous entertainment.  As a lead-up to the screening of the documentary Hitchcock/Truffaut on Oct. 31, we'll present four of Hitchcock's best and most influential films.

Notorious (1946)
3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13

An elegant, absorbing romantic melodrama that dovetails with a thrilling espionage story. Hitchcock's visual style is a marvel. Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, and Claude Rains star.

Psycho (1960)
6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16

The granddaddy of shock cinema , Psycho seamlessly blends sex, crime, and suspense, punctuated by a few scream-inducing surprises. Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins star.

Rear Window (1954)
6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23

An intensely intimate film that opens speculation into the voyeuristic probing of filmmaking itself. It remains a masterpiece that combines technical and artistic skills of the highest degree. James Stewart, Grace Kelly, and Thelma Ritter star.

Vertigo (1958)
6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30

Hitchcock's deepest and most personal film is an endlessly complex statement on masculinity and erotic obsession. James Stewart is brilliant as an acrophobic police detective, and Kim Novak perfect as his mysterious object of desire.
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Opera Club Matinee: 
Giuseppe Verdi's  Rigoletto
1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14

An elegant, traditional production from the Teatro Regio di Parma, this filmed live performance (2008) is a delight for eyes and ears. Leo Nucci, the Rigoletto of our time, stars with Nino Machaidze as Gilda, and Francesco Demuro as the Duke. Massimo Zanetti leads the orchestra through Verdi's magnificent score. The spare, yet stunning production is by Pier Luigi Samaritani.

All adults are welcome.
A Celebration of Samhain
Áine Minogue, Celtic Harp and Vocals
3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27

Between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice is the Gaelic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-wan), marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the "darker half" of the year.

Áine Minogue's performance will explore the Celtic roots of Halloween as it is derived from this ancient festival. Says Minogue: "Samhain, or Halloween as it has come to be known, was actually New Year's Eve on the old Irish and Celtic calendar and was arguably the most important day of their year. The children's tradition of otherworldly creatures coming to life on Halloween has its origins in the ancient feast of Samhain."

Áine has done extensive research into Celtic Halloween traditions and unearthed some unusual and haunting selections from Scotland, Wales, Brittany and Ireland.
Born in County Tipperary, Ireland, Áine Minogue has recorded fifteen solo albums, and has contributed to numerous soundtracks and compilations with recordings for PBS, BMG, Virgin, Universal and Warner Bros. 

All adults are welcome.
* Book Talks & Workshops *
Book Launch 
with author Jean Stone
3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6

It'll be Christmas in October at the book launch for author Jean Stone's newest novel , A Vineyard Christmas . W e're not kidding ... we'll have Christmas cookies, decorations, and Christmas music. And a free drawing for a very special day for two with the author on Saturday, Dec. 8, during Christmas in Edgartown weekend. 

Picture this: An isolated cottage on Chappy, a northeaster coming, and a baby left on the doorstep -- add Jean's trenchant sense of humor and "walk-ons" by many familiar Island personalities. Come hear all about it and join the reception afterwards for the author.   And please, read on . . . 

Book Group 
with author Jean Stone
4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17

The author herself will be on hand as the library book group gathers this month to discuss her novel. We have copies for readers at the library front desk. All are welcome to join the conversation.
Young Adult Book Group
3-4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24

October's book for our young adult book group is The Agony House, by Cherie Priest -- a new illustrated novel from the author of I Am Princess X.

Denise Farber has just moved back to New Orleans with her mom and step-dad. They left years ago after Hurricane Katrina and are back now, wagering the last of their family's money on fixing up an old, run-down house and converting it to a bed and breakfast.

When the unexplained noises start, that seems a little weird. When floors start collapsing suddenly and deadly objects fall everywhere -- and voices start speaking to Denise -- she knows something more sinister lies hidden.

The library has copies to check out if you're interested in joining the discussion -- just ask at the front desk.
New:  Art Club for Preteens & Teens
4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10

Supplies have been ordered, we've marked our calendar, and the Library's new Art Club is set to hold its first session. This program is aimed at the 11-and-up crowd, and will focus on a different art medium on the second Wednesday of every month. On Oct. 10, the club will be working with Jovi air-dry clay. Please pre-register so the library can be sure to have supplies.

This is something our young patrons have been asking about for some time, so kids: You're invited to take part in our first meeting.
Third Annual Clothing Swap
1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20

If you took part in our clothing swap events in 2016 or 2017, you mostly know the drill. We've made only a few changes to this popular program -- here are the details:

Bring your contributions to the library from Oct. 1 to 19 during our regular hours, and you will receive a voucher to attend the Swap.

Acceptable items: Please bring clean, new or slightly used contributions only  --

* Kids' clothes, newborn to 17 years.
* Adult clothes of all sizes.
* Childrens' and adults' shoes.
* Halloween costumes and toys.
* Backpacks, accessories, jewelry.

There will be raffles and refreshments on the afternoon of the Swap. Remember, you must bring your voucher to participate. For more information call the library at 508-627-4221 and ask for Elyce.
Children's Room Events

Mike Parker and Phil DaRosa are the library's featured artists in October.

This month, the Children's Department is launching a new Artist in Residence series featuring a talented member of the Island community each month. In October, musicians Mike Parker and Phil Darosa are our featured artists and will lead a songwriting workshop.

Weekly Events for Kids in October

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.
October's theme is Flipped Stories: Bring your own favorite story or choose from one of our wordless picture books, and you read to the librarians.

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. beginning Oct. 9 -- Radio Games.
Radio Games with Laurel Redington of MVY Radio is a new after-school program created to engage our 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.
For ages 9 and up.

Fridays, 10:30 a.m. to noon -- Discovery Days at the library 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 October

October's Artists -- Become a Songwriter:
Friday, Oct. 12, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Mike Parker and Phil DaRosa will work with kids age 9 and up. This workshop will focus  on songwriting -- each participant will leave with the tools to put their feelings  and ideas on paper. 
Pre-registration is required; limit is 10 participants.

After-School Nutrition Program: 
Friday, Oct. 26, 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. No registration is required.

Halloween Costume Party:
Saturday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Come dressed in your costume, 
play Halloween games,
decorate sugar-free cookies, and enjoy healthy snacks. 
All ages are welcome; kids under 9 must be accompanied by an adult.