SEPTEMBER 02, 2014

Library Hours

Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday & Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
(Closed Sunday)

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Here, you can  keep  in touch with the latest about your library's programs and collections.

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Special 5K Event on Labor Day: <br>USATF-Sanctioned Run/Walk to the New Library  

Special 5K Event on Labor Day:
USATF-Sanctioned Run/Walk to the New Library

The Friends of the Edgartown Library tried something ambitious last year -- organizing the first-ever Pennywise Path 5K Run/Walk to the New Library. This USATF-sanctioned event, held on Labor Day, was such an amazing, wonderful success that they're doing it all again this Labor Day 2014, Sept. 1.

Runners will gather at 9 a.m. that Monday at the Edgartown School and be shuttled by bus to the starting point on Pennywise Path, which runs roughly parallel to the Vineyard Haven Road. The route winds along the path, connecting with the bike path for the last mile or so through town to the school campus. The first 200 registrants will get a commemorative T-shirt.

You can pick up registration forms at the library desk, or follow this link to register electronically.

Viva Verdi! Listening Course Focuses on Operas  

Viva Verdi! Listening Course Focuses on Operas

Viva Verdi!, a free listening course devoted to the late operas of the great composer Giuseppe Verdi, will be offered here at the library in three sessions this September. Leading the program is Susan Grunthal of the Taconic Opera. This class for adults will meet at 6:30 p.m. on two Tuesdays, Sept. 2 and 9, and at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 7. For more information, call the library at 508-627-4221. 

Help us raise $5,000 for the new library!  

Help us raise $5,000 for the new library!

Muralist Margot Datz has created art in many of the Vineyard’s public spaces. After months of heartfelt preparation by Ms. Datz, a moveable mural project is being fitted into the entrance hall of our 1904 Carnegie library, providing a transformative experience as you enter the library.
You may notice that most of the book spines have no lettering. Already, these books are beginnng to come alive with favorite book titles, commissioned by the community by making a gift of $100 or more to the library’s Above and Beyond Fund, which is administered by the library trustees. The Above and Beyond Fund was established to fund exciting “wow” items for the new Edgartown Library.
To learn more, contact library director, Jill Dugas Hughes; director@edgartownlibrary.org or 508-627-4221.
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.

Raffle Supports Summer Music Series  

Raffle Supports Summer Music Series

Fine art photographer Robert Avakian, a member of our library board of trustees, has generously donated a hauntingly atmospheric image of Edgartown at night as the prize in a raffle being held this summer by the Friends of the Edgartown Library. The Friends, who underwrite the Sounds Like Summer music series on the library lawn, will use the funds they raise in this raffle to help with the cost of the popular music program. 

Raffle tickets are $10, available at the desk (or from the Friends on the nights of our free concerts, every Tuesday evening through August).

Visit Our Facebook Page  

Visit Our Facebook Page

Book Discussion Group Meets  

Book Discussion Group Meets

New members are always welcome. Our monthly book-club is led by library director, Jill. Pick up a book at the front desk.

Wednesday, Sept. 17 @ 2:00- Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter

Create a User Name in CLAMS  

Create a User Name in CLAMS

The CLAMS library network has introduced a new online feature that makes it much more like the experience you're used to on other Internet sites. Instead of having to log in with your 13-digit library card number, you now have the option of creating a simple user name that will take you into your account.
Download Music FREE  

Download Music FREE

Use Freegal to download 3 free songs per week.

You can sign in here with your Edgartown library card number and PIN. Once signed in, you can select and download 3 free songs each week in the MP3 format.
 With this service you can also stream music free for up to three hours each day.


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Click to See Your Town Government at Work  

Click to See Your Town Government at Work

All year 'round, Edgartown Town Hall is a bustling center of civic activity, with important decisions being made at public meetings almost every day. Now, we're happy to report, there's an easy way to check in and find out what's on the agendas of every Edgartown board and committee.

Just visit this handy link and you'll be whisked to the page of Edgartown's excellent municipal website where all meeting agendas are posted. You might be surprised at all the work that's going on -- and you might find a reason to become more involved in the decisions that shape the future of our town.

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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Click here to learn about the campaign to build the new Edgartown Public Library.


Just click the random image above to begin exploring our recent library acquisitions. Each one has a link where you can reserve the item.


The Road to Winter. Oil on canvas, 18 by 22 inches. By Edward Willis Redfield (1869-1965), American painter. From the Simpson Collection. -- Redfield is known for starting the "New Hope" school of painting in Pennsylvania.
Edgartown Free Public Library
58 North Water Street, 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