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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
Closing on Monday, Sept. 2 for Labor Day
Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish played to a packed crowd in the Program Room on a rainy Tuesday night in August.

After a magnificent summer, we are looking forward to the inevitable transition into fall mode at the library. We'll close for Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 2, and then on Tuesday, Sept. 3, we're looking forward to seeing many familiar faces as school resumes and we experience the daily procession of schoolchildren filtering into the library after the final bell rings at 2:40 p.m. 

With fall comes the return of several programs, including our monthly library book group and our young adult games night. This year's book group theme, Essays & Explorations, starts with September's selection, The Beautiful No: And Other Tales of Trial, Transcendence, and Transformation. Author Sheri Salata held an engaging talk here at the library in August, and that selection set the tone for the remaining selections, which are by women of all ages writing about their own experiences and observations, as well as conveying the stories of other women. Please pick up a bookmark listing our fall selections at the library, and join the conversation.

This is a moment for all of us at the library to be grateful for the wonderful summer staffers who helped us serve our patrons through the busiest months of the year, and also for the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library, whose financial support helps us fill the whole year with such a rich calendar of events.

We hope that you'll enjoy this Labor Day Weekend, and then plan to visit us at the library this month. For the full run-down, 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 monthly meeting at the library at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 6, and all are welcome to attend. 

September Art Exhibit
Opening Reception for Richard Limber:
4-6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6

Join us for the opening of our September art exhibit, and meet the artist. Writes Mr. Limber: "Most of my output is a reaction to something. Sometimes a face, or a body that is in front of me, or an image in a newspaper that jumps out at me. Another source of material has been stills from experimental movies from the fifties and sixties. At times I combine some of these pictures with doors and structures to create a theatrical construction with a political edge. These methods of working are an effort to be maximally engaged when creating, with the hopes of drawing the future viewer with a dramatic image that isn't afraid of telling a difficult story."
We've featured a world of cinema at the Edgartown Library
all summer (which continues two days into autumn, but who's counting?).

Join us for screenings of compelling international films, 
most of them newly released, 
with a few classics thrown into the flavorful mix. 
These films are for adults only.

COMING IN OCTOBER: Stay tuned for the lineup of another Hot Docs series ,
featuring new and must-see documentary films.

A Separation
7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4
complex and intense family drama with elements of a thriller. 
Directed by Asghar Fahadi. (Iran, 2011)

Becoming Astrid
7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11
Director Pernille Fischer Christensen crafts an incisive, engaging portrait of the artist 
as a young woman. (Sweden, 2018)

2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14
A fitting tribute to the three Villas B ô as brothers, leading advocates for Brazil's Amazonian Indians. 
Directed by Cao Hamburger. (Brazil, 2014)

7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18
Starkly beautiful with a powerful narrative, this historical drama of 19th-century Brazil 
has a contemporary resonance. 
Directed by Daniela Thomas. (Brazil, 2017 )

Summer Hours
7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25
profoundly moving film about family traditions, treasures, and memories. 
Directed by Olivier Assayas. (France, 2009)
Two Documentaries, One Afternoon:
Special Focus on the Environment

On Saturday, Sept. 21, we're screening two films with an environmental emphasis
in observance of Climate Preparedness Week.

Burned: Are Trees the New Coal?
1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21
The latest documentary from filmmakers Alan Dater and Lisa Merton tells the little-known story of the accelerating destruction of our forests for fuel, and considers the broader impact of this industry on the climate. (US, 2017)

The Age of Stupid
2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21
Filmmaker Franny Armstrong imagines the world in 2055, devastated by climate change. 
Humanity's sole survivor (Pete Postlethwaite) tries to figure out what went wrong.
(New Zealand, 2009)
Opera Club:  
Giuseppe Verdi's 
Giovanna D'Arco
1 p.m. Sunday,
Sept. 22

An early effort from Giuseppe Verdi, "Giovanna D'Arco" clearly points out the greatness that was to come. Based on the Schiller tragedy "The Maid of Orleans," Verdi and his librettist, Solera, depart from both the play and historical fact by turning Joan's father into the opera's powerful antagonist. The opera is still a favorite in Italy, admired for its emotionally affecting arias and exciting choral writing. 

This production from the Teatro Regio di Parma stars Svetla Vassileva in the title role, Evan Bowers as Carlo VII, and Renato Bruson as Giacomo. Bruno Bartoletti conducts the Orchestra and chorus of the Teatro Regio di Parma. Sung in Italian with English subtitles, the opera runs 2 ½ hours, including intermission. 

All adults welcome.

Out of the Blue:
Three artists explore the wonder of 
our Island's birds through poetry,
music and photography
2 p.m. Saturday, 
Sept. 28 
Island poet Warren Woessner reads from his newest poetry collection, "Exit-Sky", in a collaboration with photographer Lanny McDowell and pianist David Stanwood. "Out of the Blue" fuses Woessner's poetry with McDowell's mesmerizing avian art slideshow and Stanwood's live piano improvisations.
It is, in turn, a beautiful, meditative, and joyful experience. 
The program runs for approximately 90 minutes, including time to meet the artists.
 All adults are welcome to this unique event.
Anxiety Management Workshop:  
Led by A.B.C. Worry Free author Noel Foy
6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10

Noel Foy, founder of AMMPE Neuroeducational Consulting and author of A.B.C. Worry Free, will lead a workshop on empowering both kids and adults to manage anxiety from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the library on Tuesday, Sept. 10. She'll discuss how anxiety can inhibit learning and relationships, and how the strategies outlined in her book -- including cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness -- can help reduce the worry.
Preregistration is not required, and all are welcome.
Author Talk:
Wait, It Gets Worse
Lydia Slaby
7 p.m. Tuesday,
Sept. 24

Lydia Slaby was 33 years old and had everything she believed would make her happy: three private school degrees; a successful husband; a high-paying job as an attorney -- but under the surface Lydia's life was in free-fall. When she made a doctor's appointment to talk about the toll of extreme stress, she was instead admitted with a diagnosis of lymphoma.
As a cancer survivor, Lydia tries to piece back together her marriage, her career, and her own worth. With a voice that is wise, irreverent, and filled with sharp humor, Wait, It Gets Worse is a story about following all the rules only to learn the hard way that control is a lie and an illusion, and love will save your life. 

Join us for an author talk like no other, and meet this remarkable woman. Her book will be available for purchase.
National Voter Registration Day:
Tuesday, Sept. 24
-- a collaborative program
of the Library and the
League of Women Voters

If you've recently moved, turned 18 or changed your name, you might need to update your voter registration. The Edgartown Library is partnering with the Vineyard chapter of the League of Women Voters as a part of the National Voter Registration Day effort on Tuesday, Sept. 24. Volunteers from the League will be set up at a table near the library entrance, ready to help you ensure your right to vote and take part in the democratic process.
Library Book Group  Resumes
4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25

September brings another season of monthly gatherings for the Edgartown Library book group. To kick off this year's theme, "Essays and Explorations", o ur first selection will be Sheri Salata's book, The Beautiful No and Other Tales of Trial, Transcendence and Transformation.

"The Beautiful No," writes Elizabeth Gilbert, "is a road map for transformation -- an honest, funny, and soulful look at what it really means to take stewardship over your own existence. This book will bring help and hope to so many people."

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. 

YA Game Night Is Back!
Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m.
Beginning Sept. 11

The return of Young Adult Board Game Night is another sign of the changing seasons here at the library. 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'll provide snacks -- because gamers need to eat, too.
September in the Children's Room 
One hundred eighty-nine readers participated in this year's Summer Reading program.

Weekly Story Hours

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. -- Silly Story Time
This story hour is geared  toward preschool children,
but all are welcome.

Weekly Crafts and Play Groups

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 9 must be accompanied by an adult.

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.

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. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Special Events This Month

Play with Dough:
Saturday, Sept. 7, 3 to 4 p.m.
Toddlers -- come play with dough and develop fine motor skills!
Squishing dough is a great way for toddlers to develop the muscles
needed later to grip a pencil. Your little ones are welcome
to create whatever they choose with our dough and dough-related
toys such as rolling pins and animal shapes

Nursery School Naturalists:
Wednesdays, Sept. 11 and 25, 
10:30 a.m. to 12 noon
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.

Literary Scavenger Hunt:
Saturday, Sept. 28, 2  to 4 p.m.
Drop in for a scavenger hunt that will put your knowledge of the library 
to the test. Prizes will be awarded. 
This is a family event; children under 9 must be with an adult.