December 2021 508-627-4221
Library Hours
Please note: Masks are required for all library visitors over the age of two.

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

Library closures this month:

Friday, Dec. 24th - Closing at 1pm for Christmas Eve
Saturday, Dec. 25th - Closed for Christmas Day
Saturday, Jan. 1st - Closed for New Years Day


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Still have questions? We’re here to help. Please call us at 508-627-4221 or email 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, December 2 at 9:00am, and all are welcome to attend. Send an email to for a link to the meeting.

To learn how to sign your child up for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, a new partnership with the Friends that provides free books to children from birth through age five, click here.
Library Open House
[In Person] Library Open House
Saturday, December 11
12pm - 4pm
The Friends' Annual Poinsettia Sale is back! Stop by for some holiday cheer during the library's Open House, and purchase a beautifully wrapped poinsettia plant. Plants are $5 each, and all sales benefit the Friends.
There will also be a family craft, a raffle, grab-and-go refreshments, and a screening of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King on our big screen (see movie screening details below, under Adult Programs).

Masks are required for all visitors over the age of two.

Many thanks to Donaroma's Nursery for donating the plants and supporting our Friends!
Adult Programs
[Online] Author Talk: Thomas Dresser
Martha's Vineyard in the American Revolution
Tuesday, November 30
Join us to launch a new work by local historian Thomas Dresser: Martha’s Vineyard in the American Revolution. While colonists revolted against British oppression on the mainland, the American Revolution played out in miniature on our island. We've heard about the destruction of the Holmes Hole Liberty Pole, of Grey’s Raid on Island farmers' sheep, and of the story behind Tea Lane, but there’s so much more. Tom Dresser has researched the stories of those days of war, when the Royal Navy patrolled the Vineyard Sound and a host of locals rose up for independence.

[Online] Organizer Jamie Novak: Stress-Proof Your Holiday Season
Tuesday, December 7
Make that list and check it twice! Join us for a holiday countdown program with Jamie Novak, organizing humorist and author of Keep This, Toss That, when she reveals the 7 simple organizational skills you’ll need to stay on top of this busy time. Jamie will help you get ready for an enjoyably stress-free and clutter-free holiday season, and a very tidy new year!

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

[Online] Martha's Vineyard in World War II: Presented by Thomas Dresser and Jay Schofield
Thursday, December 9
To honor this week’s 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, we’ve planned a special presentation about life on the Island in the Second World War. Authors Thomas Dresser and Jay Schofield will base their talk on their book Martha’s Vineyard in World War II, co-written with the late Herb Foster and published in 2014.

[In Person] Movie Screening: The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
Saturday, December 11
From the Dutch National Ballet, a delightfully ingenious adaptation of the beloved “Nutcracker” by Tchaikovsky, presented on the library’s big screen. All are welcome. Please note, all visitors over the age of two must wear a mask over their nose and mouth at all times.

No registration necessary, but seating will be limited.
[Online] Restorative Yoga
Sunday, December 12 & 19
Certified yoga instructor Jelisa Difo leads a weekly online class in restorative yoga, a practice that allows you to slow down, restore, and relax your body through passive stretching. No experience required.

Classes this month are on 12/12, & 12/19. There will be no class on 12/5 or 12/26.

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

[Online] Cassatt, Morisot, Valadon: Women Painters in Paris with Janet Mandel
Tuesday, December 14
Despite their relative obscurity, many women painters reached impressive heights of creative achievement and professional success in 19th through early 20th century Paris. Art historian Janet Mandel’s lavishly illustrated talk will examine the lives and the works of three of these exceptional artists: Mary Cassatt, Berthe Morisot, and Suzanne Valadon.

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

[Online] Chef Look Cooks: Italian Wedding Soup
Thursday, December 16
Don’t have an Italian grandma to hand down delicious family recipes? Never fear, Chef Look will teach you a classic. Italian Wedding Soup, named for the perfect “marriage” of greens and meat, has a rich broth, tender and juicy chicken-ricotta meatballs, and a nourishing vegetable. Add a loaf of warm crusty bread and you’ll think you are mangiare a napoli! The recipe will be sent to all registrants.

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

[In Person] Reading and Book Signing: Steve Ewing, Waterfront Poems
Saturday, December 18
A new book from poet Steve Ewing is cause to celebrate. And you won’t want to miss his in-person reading and signing of this unique illustrated book of poems. As Steve describes it: “Waterfront Poems are some of my reflections on growing up and working my whole life on the Edgartown harbor. I've surrounded the poems with images sprung from the easels and sketchbooks of artists who have also been captivated by the beauty and the industry of this special place.” Registration is required for this event, and seating will be limited. Masks are required.

[Online] Celtic Duo Stanley and Grimm Holiday Celebration
Sunday, December 19
Celtic duo Stanley & Grimm (fiddler Nikki Engstrom and singer/guitarist Sean Brennan) bring on the holidays with a Celtic music celebration. Their lively interpretations of jigs, reels, and holiday songs will have you up and dancing in your living room.

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

[Online] Movie in Focus: Film Discussion Group
Barbara (Germany, 2012)
Monday, December 20
This month’s film is Barbara, set in pre-unification East Germany. Director Christian Petzold creates a tense atmosphere that combines the edginess of a political thriller with the suspense of a Hitchcock film. A skillful performance by the talented Nina Hoss as the titular Barbara makes her story all too believable. Stream the film for free on Kanopy with your library card.

This virtual film discussion group is facilitated by programs coordinator Virginia Munro.

Kids & Families
[In Person] Drop-in Holiday Card &
Gift Tag Making
Saturday, December 11
12pm - 4pm
Visit the Children's Room during our annual Open House and make a special holiday card or gift tag. This activity will also be available as a to-go craft.

The library will also host a Teddy Bear as part of the Martha’s Vineyard Teddy Bear Suite Fundraiser. Take a photo with our Teddy and find out more information about the Teddies Around Town scavenger hunt.

Masks are required for all visitors over the age of two.
[In Person] Santa Visit
Saturday, December 18
10am - noon
Santa is visiting the library! This event will take place outside in the Children's Room garden space, weather permitting. Take a photo with Santa, and take home a holiday-themed craft bag.
[In Person] Kids New Year's Eve Celebration Kit
Friday, December 31
10am - 5pm
Stop by the library during open hours on New Year's Eve day to pick up a bag filled with fun activities for kids to ring in the New Year! 

NEW [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.

Masks are required for all visitors over the age of two.
[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. No registration necessary.

Masks are required for all visitors over the age of two.
[In Person] Fit Camp with Bonnie Kingsbury
3:15pm - 4:15pm
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.
Board Game & Activity Stations
Come check out the board game and activity stations in the Children's Room - we've got classic games like chess and Candy Land, as well as fun tabletop games like Llamanoes. Activities include puzzles, coloring pages, and more.
After School Crafting
The Children's Room is open every day after school for open crafting time! There will be all sorts of crafting supplies available for kids to make any artful creations that come to mind.
Daily Craft Bags To-Go
Stop by the Children's Room during our open hours to pick up a daily craft. Limit one craft bag per child per day.
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 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.

[In Person] Micro RPG Gaming
Saturdays in December
(no program on 12/25 or 1/1)
Stop by the library on Saturdays to stretch your social muscles and learn about a new way to interact with friends and family. Each week, Game Master Chris will take a look at a new, easy to learn micro role-playing game. There will be an in-person gameplay session run by Chris at 11am, and there will also be to-go game kits so players can play at home.
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, on the library lawn 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.

Remote Tech Time

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, all for free.
Call or email the library to sign up, or click here to make an appointment.
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
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
phone: 508.627.4221