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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 September:
The Library is closed Monday, Sept. 3, for Labor Day
Herb Foster, author and Library trustee, spoke in August at the launch event for his latest book.
(Behind him is the Library's August art exhibition, featuring new work by TimoNanda Elliott.)
September brings us into autumn, but the first three weeks of this month are actually part of summer on the Vineyard.  It's like that here at the Library, too -- still very much the busy season, and especially so with the academic year starting on Tuesday, Sept. 4, next door at the Edgartown School.

Looking ahead, September features more great films from France, special music events, the return of two book discussion groups and a celebration of an Edgartown treasure, the artist Margot Datz. We hope you'll enjoy this Labor Day weekend, and then make plans to attend our programs. For the full run-down, please read below.

Lisa Sherman,
Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish performed in August as part of Sounds Like Summer, the outdoor music series underwritten entirely by the Friends of the Edgartown Library.

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, who have their own page on our website.

The group's next monthly meeting is  Friday, Sept. 7 at 10:30 a.m. at the library. Coffee and light fare will be served, and all are welcome to attend. 
September Art Exhibit

New work by Sarah Gail Hutcherson
Opening reception Friday, Sept. 7, 5-7 p.m.

Sarah Gail Hutcherson works in massive installations consisting of up to 400 individual paintings. The work is geometric and textile inspired patterns, all acrylic on wood. She paints on repurposed wood that otherwise might be burned or thrown away. "Blues" was inspired by the artist's stay in Northern California, surrounded by "rain, water, and beauty." Come and celebrate the opening of our September exhibit at a reception for the artist, and wrap yourself up in these moody blues.
Celebrating Margot Datz and Her Mural:
Friday, Sept. 21, from 5-7 p.m.

For eight months, from October 2017 into May of this year, library visitors had the privilege of watching a great Island artist at work, as Margot Datz painted an ambitious mural across the entire east wall of the Children's Room. She went straight from this project to another for the town of Chilmark, and then came summer. Now with the busy season over, the library is finally celebrating Margot and this wonderful cultural contribution to Edgartown, a colorful mural filled with beautifully detailed portraits of creatures from all the major oceans of the world. We hope you'll join us on Sept. 21 to help us thank Margot and to learn more about this amazing project.
****   FILMS   ****
Deep Dive French Cinema: 
Three Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
And Three Saturdays at 3 p.m.

All this summer, the Edgartown Library has been screening gems from the French cinema, including classics, contemporary film and more obscure treasures. Come along for the whole ride and experience the range and richness of French film, or stop in for a personal favorite or two. This series is presented in tribute to Jack Wildauer.

Cache (2005)
7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5
In this dark thriller with a political subtext, one can imagine Hitchcock smiling in the wings as the film's principal characters are almost driven mad through sheer duress. Juliette Binoche and Daniel Auteuil star. Michael Haneke directs.

L'Atalante (1934)
3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8
Full of playfulness, poetry, and visual riches, Jean Vigo's only full-length feature is a landmark of French cinema and one of the most beloved film romances.

Contempt (1963)
7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12
Jean-Luc Godard's melancholy but memorable study of the end of a marriage showcases the charms of the French film phenomenon, Brigitte Bardot.

Band of Outsiders (1964)
3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15
This effervescently romantic caper film remains a gem of the French New Wave. Does anyone remember the 60s dance craze "The Madison"? Directed by Jean-Luc Godard.

The Last Metro (1980)
7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19
Filmmaker François Truffaut takes us backstage at a Parisian theatre company during the Nazi occupation. Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu star in a gently comic, romantic meditation on love, loyalty, heroism and history.

The Rules of the Game (1939)
3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22
A comedy of manners whose wit only occasionally betrays its more serious intentions, it contrasts the romantic entanglements of rich and poor during a weekend at a country estate. Jean Renoir directs (and gives a superb comic performance in) this masterpiece that foreshadows the end of a way of life in Europe with the coming war.
****   MUSIC   ****
Celebrate the Quartet!
An opera program with Susan Grunthal
7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4

On the first Tuesday of September, Susan Grunthal of the Taconic Opera will share classic performances of opera's most famous quartets on the library's big screen.  Join us to enjoy an evening of great music and Susan's insightful commentary.

Opera Club Matinee: 
Vincenzo Bellini's  I Puritani
1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16

First performed in 1835, this bel canto gem overflows with ravishing arias and ensembles. The filmed live production from Teatro Comunale di Bologna (2010) has a cast that can't be bettered, particularly its principals: tenor superstar Juan Diego Flórez is partnered by Georgian soprano Nino Machaidze in this exciting tale of England's Civil War between the Royalists and the Puritans. Joining them in a striking new staging is celebrated bass baritone, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo. Pier'Alli designed the production, and Michele Mariotti conducts. 

All adults are welcome.
* Book Talks & Workshops *
Author Talk: Max Skjöldebrand
7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11

Join us for a talk with Max Skjöldebrand on his newly published book, A Tale of Two Theaters, to learn about the 2015 restorations of the iconic Capawock and Strand theaters.

Skjöldebrand is a British architect and photographer who first started coming to Martha's Vineyard in 2000 as a seasonal resident. He's lived here year-round since 2010.  From April through June 2015, Skjöldebrand photographed the restorations of the Capawock in Vineyard Haven and the Strand in Oak Bluffs.

He has exhibited his photographs at the Featherstone Center for the Arts, and has had solo shows at the West Tisbury library, the M.V. Film Center, and the M.V. Playhouse. A Tale of Two Theaters will be available for purchase and signing.
iPad Refresher Class
with Kathy Lavieri
10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12

So you have an iPad and you're excited to use it -- but where to begin? Or do you just want to refresh your skills? Kathy Lavieri, technology trainer with over twenty years of experience working with diverse groups of adults, will hold an iPad Refresher program for seniors.

This program is co-sponsored by the Edgartown Council on Aging and the library. Please call the library (508-627-4221) or The Anchors (508-627-4368) to reserve your spot, as space is limited.
Library Book Group Resumes
Join us at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19

After its summer break, the Edgartown Library's adult book group is back in business, gathering on Sept. 19 to read Tara Westover's memoir, Educated.

It's the story of a young woman raised by survivalists whose decision to seek a formal education amounts to nothing less than an act of self-reinvention. Writes the New Yorker: " This story, remarkable as it is, might be merely another entry in the subgenre of extreme American life, were it not for the uncommon perceptiveness of the person telling it."

We have copies for readers at the library front desk. All are welcome to join the discussion. Looking ahead, October's book is A Vineyard Christmas, a novel by Island author Jean Stone.

. . . and a literary heads-up . . .
Book Launch Event
ith Author Jean Stone:
3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6

Join us in celebrating the publication of Island resident Jean Stone's newest novel, A Vineyard Christmas

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 for the author. 
Young Adult Book Group Is Back!
3-4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26,
And on the Last Wednesday of Each Month
Through the School Year

September's book for the library's young adult book group is The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas -- the bestselling novel that inspired a movie coming out this October.

By the time she's 16, this story's central character, Starr Carter, has has lost two childhood friends in gun killings -- one by a gang member, another by a cop. As the only witness to the police shooting, she must decide whether to step forward and testify about what happened, or to keep her identity a secret and try to live a normal life. 

Morgan Stanley-Kominers of the library staff, who coordinates this book group, says: "This book is powerful. It's timely, important, and should be required reading for everyone over the age of 12. I'm excited to share it with our young adults."
Children's Room Events

Kids enjoyed Touch a Truck, a library program held this August on the grounds of the elementary school.

This September, the Children's Department is launching a new after-school nutrition program for kids ages 9 and up, which will meet the last Friday of each month through the school year. The first program will be held Friday, Sept. 28, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and will be led by Public Health Nurse, Lila Fischer. She will teach the basics of good nutrition habits, and lead the kids in making a healthy after-school snack that they can learn to make themselves. No pre-registration is required.

Looking ahead to October, we're making plans now for a monthly Artist in Residence series featuring a talented member of the Island community each month. Please watch next month's newsletter and our website for details, or speak with Elyce in the Children's Room.

Weekly Events for Kids in September

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. September's theme: Fun with Felt Board Stories.

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.

Wednesdays, 3 to 4 p.m. -- After School Crafts. We'll feature a new project every week.
For ages 9 and up.

Special Events for Kids in September

After School From Tuesday-Saturday, Sept. 4-8 -- Cover Your Schoolbooks.
We'll have lots of supplies to help you decorate and protect your books,
each afternoon from 3 to 4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 15, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. -- Toddler Sensory Play Group. 
Play with
water/sand tables and explore the different stations.