January 2023

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Library Hours

Monday: 10am-5pm

Tuesday: 10am-6pm

Wednesday: 10am-6pm

Thursday: 10am-5pm

Friday: 10am-5pm

Saturday 10am-5pm


Library closures this month:

Monday, January 2nd - Closed for New Year's Day (observed)

Monday, January 16th - Closed for MLK Day

Tuesday, January 24th - Closed for Staff Training (evening programs will run)



Questions?


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 wide array of programs at the Edgartown Library are funded in large part by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library. The Friends are a volunteer organization whose mission is to raise funds and support the library and its programs. To make a donation, please read their 2022 Annual Appeal Letter, and consider supporting the Friends today.


Want to join? The Friends' next monthly meeting will be held via Zoom on Thursday, January 5th at 9:00am, and all are welcome to attend. Please email info@edgartownlibrary.org for the 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.

SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, Feb. 4, 4pm - 6pm:

Support the Friends with your own piece of vintage library history!


All proceeds from this $5 limited edition, vintage-designed Edgartown Public Library card will support library programming. Love your current barcode? No problem - we can easily match your vintage card to your existing barcode. Each card comes with its own handy carrying sleeve for easy storage, just like the old days. Inquire about yours at the circulation desk today!

Adult Programs

[In Person] Monday Matinees

Mondays (no program on 1/2 or 1/16)

3pm

During the month of January, we will be celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his achievements as a civil rights activist.


No registration required.


This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.

MLK/FBI (2020, USA)

Monday, January 9 @ 3pm


Selma (2014, USA)

Monday, January 23 @ 3pm


King In the Wilderness (2018,USA)

Monday, January 30 @ 3pm

[In Person] Coffee and Conversations Parent Group

Wednesdays

10:30am

Join other parents and parenting specialists for coffee and light refreshments as we talk about the daily joys and challenges of parenthood. The MV Family Center will provide a child watcher for the younger children as they explore a new topic every week through our Discovery Days program, which will be taking place concurrently in the Children's Room (see Kids Programs below for details).


Registration is required for child watch.


This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library and The Martha’s Vineyard Family Center.


For more info and to register, click here.

[In Person] Vinyasa Power Yoga, with Colleen Macsuga (all levels)

Saturdays

9am

Colleen Macsuga leads a Vinyasa class that is therapeutic, creative, and powerful. Vinyasa (a practice designed to help you heal while keeping you in peak physical shape) incorporates elements of strength building, making it a dynamic experience. If you have a yoga mat, please bring it with you. The library will have a limited number of mats available for use. All levels are welcome; each pose is guided from the foundation to the full expression.


Registration is requested.


Classes will be on January 7, 14, 21, and 28.


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


For more info and to register, click here.

[In Person] Drop-in Knitting Group, with Cindy Bonnell

Wednesdays

3pm

Master knitter Cindy Bonnell presides over a sociable group of knitters on Wednesday afternoons upstairs in the library's Board Room. Experts and aspiring knitters of all levels of experience are welcome to bring their projects and drop in for support, inspiration, and advice.


No registration required.


This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.

[In Person] Tech Time at the Anchors

Wednesday, January 11

11am - 12pm


Do you have questions about using your laptop, smartphone, iPad, or other devices? The Edgartown Library is partnering with the Edgartown Council on Aging to provide tech time sessions every month at the Anchors. Call 508-627-4368 to sign up for a 20-minute slot.


You can also stop by the library during our open hours for tech help, or schedule a tech appointment by clicking here.

[Online] 50+ Job Seekers Networking Group

Wednesday, January 4 @ 9:30am

Wednesday, January 18 @ 9:30am

If you are seeking a new career direction, unemployed, re-entering the job market after a long employment gap, or recently retired and looking for your "encore career", this networking group is perfect for you!


Every first and third Wednesday of the month, join us in a professional networking forum conducted in a safe and comfortable environment that's conducive to developing new relationships and developing skills and strategies to help in your career transition. Meetings include a presentation and hands-on workshop on topics relevant to career transition, guest speakers, access to hiring managers, small group breakout rooms to network, and one-on-one coaching guidance. This program will continue through June, and there will be a new topic covered in each session.


Registration is required.


This program has been generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library, in participation with over 60 other Massachusetts public libraries.


For more info and to register, click here.

[In Person] Speechcraft: A Four-Session Intro to Public Speaking, with Cheryl Burns

Tuesdays starting January 17

5:30pm - 7:30pm

Speechcraft is a workshop series that will help you develop your presentation skills through practice and by studying the materials provided. Participants will gain confidence in all aspects of communication, including written and impromptu speeches, body language, and listening.


Registration is required and space is limited. Please note, your registration is a commitment to attend all four workshops in this series.


Workshop dates are January 17, 24, 31, and February 7.


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


For more info and to register, click here.

[Online] Chef Look Cooks: Lo Mai Gai (Steamed Sticky Rice Pouches)

Thursday, January 19

5pm

Join Chef Look as he celebrates Lunar New Year with a classic night market treat. During the New Year celebration, sticky rice is usually featured in a sweet cake called nian gao. We’ll take the glutinous rice that makes up the cake flour and instead create a sticky, savory street food classic. Marinated chicken, mushrooms, and classic Chinese flavors will combine to create a perfect hand-sized treat that you can dip in a sweet peanut-based sauce.


Registration is required.


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


For more info and to register, click here.

[In Person] Patricia Neal Portrait Unveiling

Friday, January 20

12pm - 2pm

Stop by the library on what would have been actress Patricia Neal’s 97th birthday to enjoy some cake and coffee and check out the library’s newly acquired gift: a commissioned portrait of Ms. Neal that made its way from the National Arts Club in New York City to our library, where it now appropriately presides over our film section.


No registration required.


This event has been generously sponsored by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.

[In Person] Homemade Dumplings, with Chef Look

Saturday, January 21

2pm - 4pm

Do you love steamed dumplings, potstickers, and pierogies, but think it’s just too hard to make the dough and filling at home? Good news! Chef Look is here to show you how easy it is to whip up some dumpling dough at home, just in time to celebrate Lunar New Year. He’ll also mix up a classic meat-based filling and show you a few ways to fill and seal your dumplings. Participants will also be sent home with a recipe for the perfect dipping sauce.


Registration is required.


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


For more info and to register, click here.

[Online] And That's the Way It Is: A Look Back at 70 Years of TV News, with Brian Rose

Tuesday, January 24

7pm

Television news has undergone some remarkable transformations over the decades. Brian Rose, professor of Communications and Media Studies at Fordham University, will give a presentation on the history of broadcast television, including the Camel News Caravan, Walter Cronkite, and the 24/7 news cycle. We will learn about MSNBC and the Fox News Channel, which introduced a more partisan approach to news coverage that would have enormous implications for American political life. The talk will also look at these sweeping changes and examine the impact (both positive and negative) of television journalism over the past seven decades. 


Registration is required.


This program has been generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown, West Tisbury, Vineyard Haven, Chilmark, and Oak Bluffs Public Libraries.


For more info and to register, click here.

[In Person] Open Mic Night at EPL

Wednesday, January 25

6pm - 7:30pm

Calling all performance artists, musicians, and poets! The Edgartown Library will be hosting an open mic night on the last Wednesday of every month. This will be a space to practice, encourage, and connect with other artists. Come work on the performance of a new song, practice a monologue for an upcoming play, or tell a story you would like to share; there will even be room for movement to perform a dance piece. Or just come to watch, listen, support, and connect with our creative community. Performances will be capped at 8 minutes.


Registration is required for all performers.


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


For more info and to register, click here.

[In Person] Supporting Your Gut Health, with Ana Cristina Lewis

Thursday, January 26

4:30pm

Does your gut suffer from digestive issues, ranging from mild inflammation to debilitating gut problems? Come to this presentation with Functional Registered Dietitian Ana Cristina, where she'll discuss dietary and lifestyle approaches to healing your gut and getting to the root of your discomfort. 



Registration is requested.


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


For more info and to register, click here.

[In Person] Lucky Red Envelope Letters for Lunar New Year

Saturday, January 28

11am

Ring in the Year of the Rabbit (which symbolizes longevity, peace, and prosperity in Chinese culture) by sending kind sentiments in red envelopes to the people you care about.


Traditionally, these ornate envelopes are filled with crisp bills, but in these trying economic times, we will be filling them with something just as precious: personalized notes offering kind words, luck, and prosperity. Join Nis Kildegaard for a lesson in letter writing with antique typewriters. We will provide stationery, stamps, and of course, the customary red envelopes to send positive thoughts to the important people in your life. All supplies and typewriters will be available to use until Thursday, February 2nd in our Program Room. 


No registration required.


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

Kids & Families

[In Person] Karate 101 Lesson

Friday, January 6

3pm

Lisa Belcastro from Action Karate will be leading a beginner karate lesson for kids ages 8-12.


No registration required.

[In Person] Drop-in Paint Group

Mondays (no program on 1/2 or 1/16)

10:30am - 12pm

Drop in and free-paint using our collection of finger paints and paintbrushes. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.


No registration required.

[In Person] Drop-in

Play-Doh Group

Tuesdays (no program on 1/24)

10:30am - 12pm

Create and play using our collection of Play-Doh and sculpting toys in the Children's Room. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.


No registration required.

NEW [In Person] Discovery Days at the Library

Wednesdays

10:30pm

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. This program is held concurrently with the Coffee and Conversations Parent Group, see Adult Programs above for details.


No registration required.

[In Person] Fit Camp with Bonnie Kingsbury

Wednesdays

3:15pm - 4:15pm

Kids can get their bodies moving on Wednesday afternoons in the Program Room. This after-school youth fitness program will offer healthy activities incorporating simple cardio, agility, and mind over matter drills. For kids 8 and older.


No registration required.


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

[In Person] Wiggle with the Words Storytime

Thursdays

10:30am


Join Elyce in the Program Room for a movement-based storytime using fun props and interactive stories and songs. This program is geared toward ages 1-5, but all are welcome.


No registration required.

Library Book Boxes

A monthly library subscription service

Book boxes are back! 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 and older. Here's how it works:


  1. Fill out the subscription form on our website (the form will go live on January 15, with limited signups available).
  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. Participants will receive an email when their box is ready for pickup. 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!


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

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
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.

To apply for a library card online, 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.


New Adult Fiction

New Adult Nonfiction

New DVDs

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 
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phone: 508.627.4221

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