FEBRUARY 19, 2018

The Library will be closed Monday, Feb. 19,
In observance of Presidents Day

Regular Library Hours

Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday & Wednesday:
    10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
(Closed Sundays)

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On the Road: Film Series Continues <br>With Screening at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21  

On the Road: Film Series Continues
With Screening at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21

On the Road, the library's current film series, explores the rich tradition of the road movie. Our series continues Feb. 21 with The Way Back, a 2011 film from director Peter Weir, in which desperate, determined prisoners flee a Siberian gulag to begin a treacherous march to freedom.

Please note, this film series is for adults.

Facilitator Sought for Library Knitting Group  

Facilitator Sought for Library Knitting Group

The library is looking for an experienced knitter to lead a weekly knitting group. She or he should have the ability to instruct beginner knitters and help solve knitting problems, as well as a sense of humor.  The group is as much about laughter and fellowship as it is knitting.  The group meets Saturdays, from 10:30 until about noon, until May -- and reconvenes in the fall. If you’re interested in volunteering, please visit or call the library and ask for Virginia.

What Happened, Miss Simone? <br>Documentary Film Screens at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20  

What Happened, Miss Simone?
Documentary Film Screens at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20

Our second special film screening for Black History Month, directed by Liz Garbus, is the story of Nina Simone's life and career as an artist and activist. Through archival interviews, extensive performance footage, and new interviews with family, friends, and colleagues, it paints a fascinating portrait of an extraordinary and influential individual. (US, 2015)

Sign Language Classes Are Offered <br> Wednesdays in February at the Library  

Sign Language Classes Are Offered
Wednesdays in February at the Library

The libraries of Martha's Vineyard are collaborating with MVTV on a project called "MV Signs Then and Now," an effort to revive sign language as a second language as it existed on the Island from the late 1600s to the middle 1900s. Here at the library, Lynn Thorp will lead a four-session Beginners Sign Language Workshop, meeting from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28. Space is limited; please call or stop by to sign up for this free course.

Meanwhile, MVTV is broadcasting a new lesson on Channel 13 three times each week: Saturdays at 9 a.m., Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. The series is also available on DVD at the Island libraries.

Chair Yoga Classes with Carolyn Kildegaard <br>Offered Fridays at 10 a.m.  

Chair Yoga Classes with Carolyn Kildegaard
Offered Fridays at 10 a.m.

This gentle Yoga practice while seated will include movement, breath training and meditation. All levels of experience are welcome.

Carolyn Kildegaard taught Yoga for 25 years before working full time in community mental health at Martha's Vineyard Community Services. She holds a Master's Degree in East West Psychology, and is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher and a Certified Community Herbalist.

Classes will continue on Friday mornings through March 16 (no class on Feb. 16). Please call or visit the library to register for this free series.

Edgartown Library Offers New Streaming Movie Service  

Edgartown Library Offers New Streaming Movie Service

The popular on-demand video streaming service Kanopy is now available for free to all our patrons. With your library card number and PIN, you can sign up with Kanopy for free and start streaming films on demand right away. Just follow this link.

Offering what The New York Times calls “a garden of cinematic delights,” Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 titles, including award-winning documentaries and acclaimed films, rare and hard-to-find titles, and classic films, with collections from The Great Courses, Kino Lorber, and PBS among many others.

You can access Kanopy through a variety of devices and platforms, including Roku, Apple TV, iOS and Android, and Kanopy is also compatible for hearing- (with captions and transcripts) and visually-impaired patrons (compatible with technologies such as JAWS). Kanopy is free for users with an Edgartown library card, entitling you to stream as many as 10 films per month.

Adventures in Slow Cooking: Winter Series Continues at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20  

Adventures in Slow Cooking: Winter Series Continues at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20

Our February slow cooking demo features an adaption of Marcella Hazan's Bolognese sauce recipe, widely acknowledged as the only Bolognese sauce recipe you’ll ever need. It's classic, authentic Italian, delicious, and so easy the slow cooker way. Learn the technique and sample the delicious results. Space is limited for this class -- please sign up at the library or give us a call to reserve a spot.

(Meanwhile, we invite you to download these recipes --)

Download pdf file: Pork Carnitas
Download pdf file: Pico de Gallo
Download pdf file: Indian Butter Chicken
Download pdf file: Daube de Boeuf Provencal
Download pdf file: January Cassoulet
Download pdf file: Coq au Vin -- January 2018
Download pdf file: Persian Lamb Shanks
Library Book Group: Our Schedule  

Library Book Group: Our Schedule

The Edgartown Library book group, moderated by Jean Stone, meets for good reading and lively discussions on the third Wednesday of every month. Remember that this group is open to all, and that our library staff can help you get a copy to read.

Feb. 21, 4 p.m.:
Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng

March 21, 4 p.m.:
Since We Fell, by Dennis Lehane

April 18, 4 p.m.:
Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders

May 16, 4 p.m.:
Shores Beyond Shores, by Irene Butter

June 20, 4 p.m.:
Uncommon Type: Some Stories, by Tom Hanks


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36 Languages. Learn a language FREE.  

36 Languages. Learn a language FREE.

The Mango language learning service is available to you, as a library patron, from any internet connection — at the library, a coffee shop, or at home. All you need to log in is your 13-digit library card number. The Edgartown Library also subscribes, on behalf of all our patrons, to Mango's Little Pim service, a language learning program designed specifically for children from birth to age six.

Planning a Visit to Boston? <br>Stop Here First for Museum Passes  

Planning a Visit to Boston?
Stop Here First for Museum Passes

On your next trip to Boston, perhaps you'd enjoy an hour or three at the Museum of Fine Arts. If this is on your itinerary, do stop at our circulation desk before heading north -- and pick up a free pass. One pass entitles two visitors admission to the museum for $10 each. That's one more great reason to visit the library. The passes are generously purchased for us by the Friends of the Edgartown Library.

As you plan your fall travels around New England, you should definitely visit this page of the CLAMS network catalogue. It lists discount tickets to all sorts of destinations, from Battleship Cove to Mystic Aquarium, from the New Bedford Whaling Museum to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Enjoy!

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Edgartown Free Public Library
26 West Tisbury Road, Edgartown, MA 02539
Hours: Monday 10-5; Tuesday and Wednesday 10-8, Thursday through Saturday 10-5; closed Sunday.
Phone: 508-627-4221 and 508-627-1373