April 2022
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Library Hours
Please note: Masks are optional when visiting the library.

Monday: 10am-5pm
Tuesday: 10am-6pm
Wednesday: 10am-6pm
Thursday: 10am-5pm
Friday: 10am-5pm
Saturday 10am-5pm

Library closures this month:
Monday, Apr. 18th - Closed for Patriots' Day


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Still have questions? We’re here to help. Please call us at 508-627-4221 or email info@edgartownlibrary.org with your inquiries or special requests.
The programs at the Edgartown Library are supported in large part by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library. To make a donation, please read their 2021 Annual Appeal Letter, and consider supporting the Friends today.

The Friends' next monthly meeting will be held via Zoom on Thursday, April 7 at 9:00am, and all are welcome to attend. Send an email to director@edgartownlibrary.org for a link to the meeting.

To learn how to sign your child up for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, a partnership with the Friends that provides free books to children from birth through age five, click here.
Adult Programs
Introducing Emily Becker

As many of you know, our dear Virginia Munro, who has been bringing stellar programming to the Edgartown Library for the past 15 years, embarked on a much-deserved retirement at the end of March. Virginia built an incredible year-round calendar of programming and events over the years, which she kicked into high gear after we opened the doors at West Tisbury Road seven years ago.

During the last two weeks of March, Virginia worked closely with the newest member of our team, Emily Becker. We are so excited to have Emily join our crew and see where she will take library programming in the years to come. Please say hello to Emily during your next visit to the library!
[Online] Gustav Klimt & Vienna’s Golden Age, with Janet Mandel
Tuesday, April 5
Gustav Klimt dominated cultural life in Vienna at the turn of the Twentieth Century, being the bridge between the symbolism of fin-de-siècle Europe and the modernism that captured the imagination of the continent. Arts educator Janet Mandel will tell the story of his remarkable life while examining his ebullient landscapes, sensual drawings, and ravishing portraits. We will also learn what happened to his many Jewish patrons and the Klimt works they owned during the Nazi era and beyond.

This program has been generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.

[In Person] Film: Pan's Labyrinth (Spain, 2006)
Saturday, April 9
In Guillermo Del Toro’s Academy Award-winning film set in the Falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.

This program has been generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.
[Online] Author Talk: Janet Skeslien Charles, author of The Paris Library
Thursday, April 14
Breakfast in Paris, anyone? Author Janet Skeslien Charles will join us from Paris via Zoom for a discussion of her new best-selling novel, The Paris Library, published in 2021. Based on the true World War II story of the heroic librarians at the American Library in Paris, The Paris Library is for lovers of books, libraries, and historical fiction. Janet is also the award-winning author of Moonlight in Odessa. She first learned about the history of the American Library in Paris while working as their Programs Manager.

This program is co-sponsored by the Eldredge Public Library and the Edgartown Free Public Library

[Online] Decluttering Advice from Dana K. White
(aka, A Slob Comes Clean)
Thursday, April 14
Decluttering expert and self-proclaimed recovering slob Dana K. White offers sustainable ideas to simplify and manage your home. In her new book Organizing for the Rest of Us, Dana teaches us how to make great strides with minimal effort in every room of our home. Fans of Dana’s podcast, A Slob Comes Clean (which has been downloaded 9 million times) will treasure this resource. With her lighthearted approach, Dana provides bite-size, workable solutions to break through every organizational struggle you have–for good!

This program is hosted by the Oak Bluffs Library and co-sponsored by the Edgartown, Vineyard Haven, and West Tisbury libraries.

[In Person] Film: The Story of a Three Day Pass (France, 1967)
Tuesday, April 19
Melvin Van Peebles’s edgy, angsty, romantic first feature could never have been made in America. Unable to break into segregated Hollywood, Van Peebles relocated to France, taught himself the language, and wrote a number of books in French, one of which was La Permission, which would become this stylistically innovative movie.

This program has been generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.
[Online] Chef Look Cooks: Garlicky Chicken Tenders with Garlicky Lima Beans
Thursday, April 21
Anyone who has watched Chef Look’s monthly cooking classes already knows that garlic is his favorite vegetable. We in his audience can practically smell the aroma through our laptop screens. In April’s recipe, there is no holding back. Chris will bake the chicken tenders to a crackly crunch on the outside and juicy perfection on the inside. And his garlicky beans will convince you to take a second look at the humble lima bean.

This program has been generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.

[In Person] Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society Piano Trio
Saturday, April 23
To celebrate Spring, the library will co-sponsor and host a concert with the MVCMS featuring pianist Jung-A Bang, violinist Zenas Hsu, and cellist Eunghee Cho. The program includes Mendelssohn’s dramatic Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor,
Op. 66, Soir et Matin by Mel Bonis, and Cafe Music by Paul Schoenfield.

Seating is limited and registration is required.

This program has been generously funded by the MVCMS and the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library

[Online] Eating for Cognitive Health, with Dietitian Judy Palken
Tuesday, April 26
Certain foods seem to be good for our memory and learning, and for preserving those precious abilities as we get older. For example, there are those luscious blueberries, but what else? It turns out that there are many other foods that are good for our cognitive health. Join us as we discuss brain-power nutrition with registered dietitian Judy Palken.

This program has been generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.

Celebrating National Poetry Month:
2022 MV Poet Laureate Sponsored Island
Poetry Contest

To foster and encourage participation in the Island poetry community, the Martha’s Vineyard Poet Laureate Jill Jupen and other Island poets are sponsoring a poetry contest with non-tiered cash and book prizes in three age groups. There will be two winners each in the categories of middle school, high school, and adult poetry, and will be announced on April 15. There will be a reading and awards ceremony to follow on Saturday, April 30 at 4pm at the Chilmark Free Public Library.

Kids & Families
[In Person] Earth Day Craft Bag
Friday, April 22
10am - 5pm
Pick up a take-home bag during our open hours that includes a pot, seeds, potting soil, and supplies to decorate your very own potted plant. 

This program has been generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.
[In Person] Fit Camp with Bonnie Kingsbury
(no program on 4/18)
3:10pm - 4:10pm
Kids can get their bodies moving on the library lawn, weather permitting. This after-school youth fitness program will offer healthy activities incorporating simple cardio, agility, and mind over matter drills. No registration necessary. For kids 8 and older.

This program has been generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.
[In Person] Drop-in Paint Group
10:30am - 12pm
Come and free-paint using our collection of finger paints and paintbrushes. Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.
NEW [In Person] Discovery Days at the Library
10:30am - 11:30am
Come to the library for this joint program with the Family Center on Wednesday mornings. Caregivers and children will read, discover, and explore a new theme together each week.
[In Person] Drop-in LEGO Club
3pm - 5pm
Do you have a LEGO-crazy kid? They can meet up with fellow LEGO fans and play with the library’s stash. This is an opportunity for kids of all ages to get creative and build anything they choose. Kids can either work on their own creations or build as a team.
[In Person] Wiggle with the Words
Join Elyce in the Program Room for a movement-based storytime using fun props and interactive stories. This program is geared toward ages 1-5, but all are welcome.
Library Book Boxes
A monthly library subscription service
Want to find your next good book, plus get some cool items to keep? Sign up for the library's monthly subscription box for kids and teens ages 8+. Here's how it works:
  1. Fill out the subscription form
  2. Wait. This is the hard part! Subscriptions will be filled at the beginning of each month.
  3. Pick up your Book Box at the library. We'll notify you when it's ready so you can visit the library and pick up your box! Each box will contain two library materials, and the rest is yours to keep.
  4. Return the library materials after a month, then fill out a new form to sign up for the next month!

To receive your May Book Box, please fill out the form by April 21st.

This program has been generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.
New Children's Books
Want to find out what new books can be checked out at the library? Take a look at our regularly updated lists of brand new children's books. From picture books to graphic novels to chapter books, we've got it all.

Click here to find your next favorite read.
Community Service Opportunities
Does your child want to make a difference in the community? The Children's Room provides many flexible opportunities for volunteer work. Volunteering in the Children's Room can also count toward community service requirements for school.

Call the library or email childrens@edgartownlibrary.org for more information.
Story Walk at Sheriff’s Meadow Sanctuary
The Edgartown Library and Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation have partnered to bring you a story walk every month.

This self-guided activity takes place at the Sheriff's Meadow Sanctuary and is for children of all ages and their caregivers.
Book Besties
Let us find the perfect books for your child
Too busy to make requests and browse online? Let us do the choosing for you! Just fill out this form with some details about your child's reading preferences, and our talented library staff will place items on the hold shelf for you to pick up.

CLAMS and Library Services
Free Extended WiFi

Get connected with free outdoor WiFi from the Edgartown Library. Bring your laptop, tablet, or smartphone to enjoy free internet access 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

You can enjoy the library's WiFi from the comfort of your car in both of our parking lots, or, when the weather agrees, outdoors, where there is plenty of seating.
Lendable Technology

Chromebooks run the Chrome operating system and use Google services such as Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

WiFi Hotspots
Need internet access? Check out a mobile WiFi hotspot from the Edgartown Library to get internet on the go.

For more information, click here.
Get the CLAMS
Library App

The CLAMS app lets you browse collections, manage your account, add a digital library card, and more. It also includes special features like integrated NYT bestseller lists and Coming Soon titles. Take a tour of the app with Chris by clicking on the video.

Available for iOS and Android.
Library Card Signup

For information on how to sign up for a library card, click here.
Browse New Library Materials

Click on the lists below to find our newest and most popular titles. Please contact us if you need assistance putting items on hold - we are always happy to help.

Tech Help

Sign up for a one-on-one session with our tech-savvy library staff and upgrade your tech literacy. You can learn how to access e-books, audiobooks, language learning software, streaming movies, and get general tech help, all with the power of your library card, and all for free.
Call or email the library to sign up, or click here to make an appointment with staff, either in-person or remote.
Inkjet Cartridge Recycling Program
Support our local Vineyard League by recycling ink jet cartridges. The League of Women Voters of Martha’s Vineyard has drop boxes for collecting used printer inkjet cartridges in all six towns, including at the Edgartown Library. Cartridges are sent to a recycler, keeping them out of landfills. Please note, inkjet cartridges are the only kind that can be accepted.

Questions? Contact Irene Ziebarth at 202-680-8076, or ireneziebarth@gmail.com.
Digital Services
There are several digital services you have access to as an Edgartown Library patron, and as a Massachusetts resident. From listening to audiobooks, to streaming Oscar-winning films, to getting free access to the New York Times online, check it all out by
email: info@edgartownlibrary.org 
website: edgartownlibrary.org
phone: 508.627.4221