February 2022
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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:
Monday, Feb. 21st - Closed for Presidents' Day


Please CLICK HERE to visit our website and learn more.

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.
Free At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits Available
The library is partnering with the Edgartown Board of Health as a pick up location for free at-home COVID test kits. Kits are available at the library during open hours, while supplies last. Pre-registration is not necessary.
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, February 3 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
[Online] Restorative Yoga with Jelisa Difo
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 will be on 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, & 2/27.

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

[Online] Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman, with Janet Mandel
Wednesday, February 9
The sculptor Augusta Savage became a star of the Harlem Renaissance, despite her daily encounters with the obstacles of racism, gender discrimination, and poverty. Her art celebrates African American culture, and her work as an educator and political activist catalyzed social change. Art historian Janet Mandel’s illustrated talk will introduce you to this remarkable artist by exploring Savage’s lasting legacy and affecting works.

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

[In Person] Love is All You Need: Pianist Jeremy Berlin and Vocalist Shelagh Hackett
Saturday, February 12
Join us in our Program Room for an afternoon performance of love songs in honor of St. Valentine's Day. Tender, wry, sentimental, amusing - love songs come in all flavors, and Shelagh and Jeremy will serve up a delicious assortment. 
The performance is free, but reservations are required since seating is limited. Please note, you will not be admitted without proof of registration and a mask. 

Should conditions require us to cancel this in-person event, it will be rescheduled at a later date.

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

[Online] Food and Mood, with Dietician Judy Palken
Tuesday, February 15
Everyone knows that certain foods do more than nourish the body. After a tough day, a chocolate chip cookie or a slice of pizza (while not very healthy choices) can bring pure comfort to the soul. But did you know that there are healthy foods that can brighten the way we feel? Foods that can boost our mood and nourish the body? This is especially good to know in these dark winter months. Join dietician Judy Palken as she takes a look at the effects of highly-processed foods, bananas, chocolate, and more on our moods.

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

[Online] Movie in Focus: Film Discussion Group
Woman at War (Iceland, 2018)
Monday, February 21
Original and well played, Woman at War has a serious environmental message as well as quirky humor, both handled with the deft hand of director Benedikt Erlingsson. Starring Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir as a beloved teacher with a double life and... well, you’ll just have to watch it, since any synopsis of this Cannes Festival winner will be riddled with spoilers. Stream the film for free and at your leisure on Kanopy, and join us for the Zoom discussion.

[Online] The Past is Prologue: Photographer Stephen DiRado Retrospective
Wednesday, February 23
Photographer and filmmaker Stephen DiRado will guide us through a retrospective of his career of over 40 years. The artist will illustrate his development as a photographer with examples from his series “Bell Pond,” “Mall,” “Beach,” “With Dad,” and others. Using a tripod-mounted large-format analog camera, DiRado has accumulated over 9,000 photographs, each meticulously constructed with an insightful and empathetic narrative.

[Online] Chef Look Cooks: Shrimp and Grits Cajun Style
Thursday, February 24
Get out your beads, sequins, and feathers! Mardi Gras is coming and you can count on Chef Look to make something fabulous for this most decadent of celebrations. Don’t miss his recipe for sweet, hot, and succulent shrimp and grits; tender shrimp, plumped onto a bed of creamy grits in a moat of rich, red broth. Oh, yeah. The perfect meal whether you’re serving up a tableful of friends or planning a more intimate Fat Tuesday.

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

[Online] Film Talk with Frank Mandosa:
A Tribute to Sidney Poitier
Monday, February 28
Elegant, charming, and fierce; when Oscar-winning actor and director Sidney Poitier died last month, he left a legacy of indelible film performances and civil rights activism. Join film historian Frank Mandosa for a look back at the extraordinary life and art of the man who changed the rules in Hollywood and beyond.

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

Kids & Families
Kids' Programs Update
Please note that for the month of February, the library will be suspending the Wiggle with the Words & Drop-in LEGO Club programs. Please check our website often for the most current updates to our programming.

The Children's Room remains open during our regular hours, for all visitors.
[In Person] Black History Month Spotlight Craft
Wednesdays in February
Celebrate Black History Month at the library by picking up a craft bag every Wednesday that highlights the achievements of African Americans throughout history.
[In Person] Drop-in Valentine's Day Card Making and Craft Bag
Monday, February 7-
Saturday, February 12
Visit the library during our open hours and we will have all the supplies you need to create a Valentine for your loved one! There will also be a Valentine’s Day-themed craft bag available for pick up.
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 March Book Box, please fill out the form by February 21st.
Winter Reading Program
Our Winter Reading Program is back! Pick up your reading log from the Children’s Room, keep track of the books you read (or have read to you) and bring your log back to the library to receive a stamp. Collect stamps to earn prizes!
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