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.
Closing on Monday, Oct. 14 for Columbus Day
|Author Lydia Hill Slaby's talk about her memoir, 'Wait, It Gets Worse: Love, Death, and My Transformation from Control Freak to Human Being,' was a highlight of September at the library.
After embarking on a yearlong process that included invaluable input from staff, library trustees, and the Edgartown community, the library has completed its first five-year Strategic Plan since occupying our new home on West Tisbury Road. Our plan is a dynamic, ambitious, and exciting document that will provide the library with a framework for meeting the needs of our community and delivering the highest levels of service possible.
We love hearing from our patrons, and we welcome your feedback. If you have thoughts on how to improve service at the library, please drop us a note in one of our new suggestion boxes - one is located next to the coffee station, and another is in the Children's Room.
For the full list of this month's programs, which includes poetry workshops, a musical performance, movies, opera, technology help sessions, information about our upcoming fourth annual clothing swap in November and more, please read below.
Please Support the Friends
Who Support Our Programs
The Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library will hold their next monthly meeting at the library at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, and all are welcome to attend.
SAVE THE DATE: On Thursday, Oct. 17th starting at 5pm, please join us at the Wharf 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 at the library, beginning Oct. 9
These films are for adults only.
Antarctica: A Year on Ice
7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9
Stunning cinematography highlights this film about Antarctica's magnificent emptiness and the few hardy souls who live there.
Directed by Anthony Powell. (US, 2013)
7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16
When style maven Iris Apfel meets the legendary documentarian Albert Maysles, fun, philosophy
and fashion ensue.
7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23
A portrait of the great tenor that keeps the singing up front and the controversies behind the curtain.
Directed by Ron Howard. (US, 2019)
7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30
In this mystery wrapped in a sailing film, co-directors Louise Osmond and Jerry Rothwell tell a gripping story of impossible dreams, solitude and madness.
A Private War
6 p.m. Tuesday
Award-winning documentary filmmaker Matthew Heineman's first narrative film tells the story of one of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time, Marie Colvin (Rosamund Pike). Featuring Jamie Dornan, Stanley Tucci, and Tom Hollander. (US, 2018)
This film is for adults.
3 p.m. Saturday
Three hombres from the West Coast will strum up a storm at the Edgartown Library on Saturday, Oct. 5. Known for their expressive and colorful programming, Trio Camino brings together classical guitarists David Grimes, Gregory Newton, and Michael Nigro. Together they share a passion for the guitar and for sharing their music with audiences around the world. They have performed at Guitar and Chamber Music Festivals throughout Argentina, Chile, the Philippines, Bulgaria, France, Greece, and the US. Saturday's concert will feature music from Greece, Spain, and Mexico. All are welcome to this free event.
Pelléas et Mélisande
1 p.m. Sunday,
Somewhere between an opera and a fever dream, Claude Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande is a musical experience like no other.
The only opera Debussy ever completed, it is considered a landmark in 20th-century music. The libretto was adapted by Maurice Maeterlinck from his own Symbolist play of the same title. A smash hit in fin de siècle Paris, it tells the story of a tragic love triangle.
This 2010 production from the Vienna Opera stars Stéphane Degout and Natalie Dessay as the doomed lovers. Stage direction and costume design by Laurent Pelly. Bertrand de Billy conducts the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien and Chor. The opera runs three hours, plus intermission.
All adults welcome.
BOOK TALKS & OTHER PROGRAMS
Donald Nitchie Leads Poetry Workshops
with guests Steve Ewing & Ellie Bates
at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 &
Saturday, Oct. 26
Love poetry? Curious about poetry? Perplexed by poetry? Join us for two instructive and inspiring poetry workshops led by Island poet Donald Nitchie, at 1 p.m. on two Saturdays, Oct. 19 and 26. Participants will explore poetry and its inner workings by reading and discussing two or more poems from classical and contemporary poets, and then use those poems as models for in-class writing exercises.
For added fun and encouragement, Donald will be joined by poets Steve Ewing (Oct. 19) and Ellie Bates (Oct. 26). These sessions will last about 90 minutes, and are free and open to all adults. Sign-up is suggested, as space is limited.
7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22
Narrators don't just read a book: They make it a performance, investing every word and character with life and bringing a transporting experience to the listener.
A founding narrator with Recorded Books, Davina Porter is known for the beauty of her voice, her facility with dialects and accents of all sorts, and her intelligent readings of both classic and popular literature. From the wildly popular Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, to timeless classics such as Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina, the divine Davina captures queens and courtesans, detectives and crooks, all in her expressive voice.
Join us for an evening of conversation with the award-winning actress/audiobook narrator and learn all about her fascinating career.
Library Book Group
4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30
The Edgartown Library book group gathers on the last Wednesday of October to discuss the next book on this year's theme, "Essays and Explorations."
"All That You Leave Behind," written by filmmaker Erin Lee Carr, is a memoir that both celebrates and wrestles with the legacy of her father, the late, great New York Times columnist David Carr.
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.
NEW! Sign up for a 30-minute one-on-one session with tech guru
Tech Time with Chris
Tuesdays starting Oct. 8
Sessions offered 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Chris Look on Tuesday mornings starting on October 8, 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.
Young Adult Game Night returned to the library in September and has been a popular program from the very start. 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.
October in the Children's Room
|The parade of kids from the Edgartown School into the library each afternoon is a highlight of the day.
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 at 10:30 a.m. --
Nursery School Naturalists
with Felix Neck
Join Felix Neck naturalist Liz Dengenis to look for signs of the season.
Watch the natural year unfold in stories, crafts, live animal presentations,
and more. No preregistration is required.
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. -- Sign Language Story Hour and Open Signing Group
This program is geared
toward preschool children, but all are welcome.
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.
hildren must be accompanied by an adult.
Tuesdays, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 15
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.
Special Events This Month
Cake Decorating Workshop:
Friday, Oct. 4, 3:00 p.m.
This new monthly program is geared towards
kids ages 8 and up.
Pre-registration is encouraged, as the class
to 10 participants. The group will meet on
the first Friday
of each month.
To sign up, please call the library at 508-627-4221.
Calling All Conductors!
A Thomas the Train Event:
Saturday, Oct. 5, 3:30 p.m.
Come listen to Thomas the Train stories, do a Thomas craft, and
receive a free train conductor's hat and bandana. All ages of
Thomas fans are welcome; children under 8 must be
accompanied by an adult.
Red Cross Pillowcase Project:
Thursday, Oct. 10, 3:30
The Pillowcase Project aims to educate middle school children with age-appropriate language and activities about storms and natural disasters, and how to prepare for related events. Participants receive a pillowcase to decorate and take home to use as a personal emergency supplies kit. The Red Cross Emergency Vehicle will be on-site for kids to explore. This program is taught by trained Red Cross staff and volunteers. All are welcome; children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
he Fourth Annual Clothing Swap is Saturday, November 16!
Donation drop-offs accepted from
Tuesday, Oct. 22 through Friday, Nov. 15
Starting Tuesday, Oct 22, the children's room will be accepting
new and gently used items for the fourth annual clothing swap
on Saturday, Nov. 16.
Please click here for donation guidelines and drop off times.
Trick or Treat in the Stacks:
Saturday, Oct. 26, 10:30 a.m. to noon
Come to the library and give your Halloween costume a trial run. We will have the Children's Room decorated for the occasion, and treats for all. There will be crafts, and prizes for everyone in a costume. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.