January 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:

Saturday, Jan. 1st - Closed for New Year's Day
Monday, Jan. 17th - Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. 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.
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, January 6 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.
Edgartown Library Earns Three Stars
We're thrilled to announce that the Edgartown Public Library received a three-star rating in a national ranking of Library Journal's annual review of public libraries. The Oak Bluffs LIbrary also earned three stars, and the West Tisbury Library earned five stars.

A total of 5,846 U.S. libraries were rated nationwide, 261 qualified as star libraries, and 14 Massachusetts libraries earned star ratings this year. 

Library Journal ranks the best-performing libraries within budget categories, based on a review of library data reported to the government including visits, checkouts, program attendance, e-material circulation, public computer use, and wi-fi sessions per capita. For more information, please visit libraryjournal.com.
Herb Foster Board Room Dedication
[In Person] Board Room Dedication
Monday, January 31
Please join us for the dedication of the library's board room in honor of the late Herb Foster, on what would have been his 94th birthday. While on the Board of Trustees, Herb was an unwavering champion of the library whose constant support and positivity left a lasting impression on the board, the staff, the Friends, and all who love the library.

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

📸 Eli Dagostino
Adult Programs
[Online] Restorative Yoga
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 1/2, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23 & 1/30.

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

[Online] Johannes Vermeer: His Life and Art, with Janet Mandel
Wednesday, January 12
17th century Holland witnessed extraordinary innovation in science, commerce, and artistic expression, and Johannes Vermeer remains one of the most significant painters of this Dutch Golden Age. Art historian Janet Mandel’s illustrated talk will explore the life of Vermeer through an examination of some of his most important and iconic works.

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

[In Person] The Jeremy Berlin Trio: Jeremy Berlin,
Eric Johnson, and Tauras Biskis
Saturday, January 15
To banish the post-holiday doldrums, we present the Island’s finest jazzmen (Jeremy Berlin on piano, Eric Johnson on bass, and Tauras Biskis on drums) performing standards and original music live in our Program Room. Come join us and meet our new “baby,” the Mason & Hamlin baby grand piano, donated to the library by Island musician David Crohan. Registration to attend is required. 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] So Many Diets! Evaluating Your Choices, with dietitian Judy Palken
Tuesday, January 18
There are a lot of diets out there. You will find that some, despite being very well-known and having devoted followers, are problematic and unhealthful; others, not so bad. Before diving into one to follow through on your New Year’s resolution to “get healthy,” let’s take a closer look at a few of them.

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

[Online] Chef Look Cooks: Baked Apples with Homemade Custard
Thursday, January 20
A unicorn if there ever was one, Chris is demonstrating a dessert this month! Perfect for satisfying that winter craving for warming spices, his recipe for baked stuffed apples with vanilla custard sauce is a lighter, healthier approach to this homey favorite. No guilt, just delicious. The recipe will be sent to all registrants.

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

[Online] Movie in Focus: Film Discussion Group
Mustang (Turkey, 2015)
Monday, January 24
Mustang (Turkey, 2015), the sensational debut of director Deniz Gamze Ergven, confidently walks a tightrope between hope, despair, comedy, and tragedy. With a stunning cast of young actors, beautiful cinematography and music, and a strong screenplay, it’s an ageless, universal story of sisterhood. Stream the film for free and at your leisure on Kanopy, and join us for the Zoom discussion.

Kids & Families
Kids' Programs Update
Please note that for the month of January, 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] Martin Luther King Jr. Dream Wreath Craft
Saturday, January 15
10am - 5pm
Come grab a craft bag to create an
'I Have a Dream' Wreath. All materials to create the wreath are included.
NEW Library Book Boxes
A Monthly Library Subscription Box
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 February Book Box, please fill out the form by January 24th.
NEW Winter Reading Program
Starting January 3rd
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!
Children's Librarian On the Go
Can't make it to the library? Sign up for this service! Children's Librarian Elyce will hand-select materials and craft bags to be delivered to your door up to four times per month. Email childrens@edgartownlibrary.org for more info.
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