JUNE 29, 2015

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Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday & Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
(Closed Sundays)

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Opera Club Meets Sunday, July 12  

Opera Club Meets Sunday, July 12

Opera lovers unite! The Edgartown Library's Opera Club is meeting at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon, July 12, for a special matinee movie on the big screen in our Children's Room. 
This month's program is a screening of one of the most beloved operas of all time -- Puccini's Madama Butterfly.Filmed live at the Metropolitan Opera, Anthony Minghella's stunning production is as thrilling visually as it is to hear. Patricia Racette stars as Cio-Cio San, Marcello Giordani is her callous lover, Pinkerton, and Dwayne Croft sings the role of Sharpless. Patrick Summers conducts.
Please note, this program is for adults.
Book Group Meets  

Book 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.

We'll be discussing Chimanda Ngozi Adichie's novel, Americanah, at our 2 p.m. gathering on Wednesday, July 22. Up for discussion in August is Alice Hoffman's novel, Illumination Night.

This Wednesday: Tom Dresser Tells the Story of Martha's Vineyard  

This Wednesday: Tom Dresser Tells the Story of Martha's Vineyard

Author Tom Dresser presents his latest book, "Martha's Vineyard: A History," in a free 7 p.m. program here at the library on Wednesday, June 24.

His book traces the Island's story from the time before the first European settlers to the present day, chronicling how this remarkable community adapted and came to be one of the most sought-out vacation destinations on the East Coast.


Library Director News

Jill Dugas Hughes has announced plans to resign as Library Director of the Edgartown Free Public Library, effective August 30, 2015.
For the next three months she will continue in her current role, overseeing day-to-day operations, serving as the Project Director for the soon to be opened library building project, helping the Board of Trustees to search for and select a new Library Director, and ensuring a smooth transition to new leadership.
She will continue to work with the library until the completion and transition to the new library.  After three years at the Edgartown Library, Jill plans to move off-island to spend more time with her family.

Download pdf file: Press Release 5-19-15

Edgartown Library Seeks New Library Director


The Board of Trustees of the Edgartown Free Public Library seeks an inspired and energetic Library Director as we plan to open the doors to our new, innovatively designed $10.3 million library this fall. The director will fulfill the goals detailed in the recently developed strategic plan and embolden the team as we develop and provide contemporary offerings at our new location. For information, contact Jill Dugas Hughes via email or phone. Directorsearch@edgartownlibrary.org, 508-627-4221. Apply via email with a meaningful cover letter and your resume as Word or pdf attachments. This position closes June 30, 2015. E.O.E. 


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 now adorns the entrance hall of our 1904 Carnegie library, providing a transformative experience as you enter the library.
You may notice that many of the book spines have lettering. These books bear titles requested by library supporters who have made 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.

Here's Something Cool: Moby-Dick, Read Aloud, Online  

Here's Something Cool: Moby-Dick, Read Aloud, Online

Plymouth University in England has completed a remarkable project, recording the entirety of Herman Melville's great book, "Moby-Dick," and making it available online.

"Moby-Dick," say the creators of this project, "is an explosive exposition of one man's investigation into the world of the whale and the way humans have related to it." It is on many short lists of the greatest novels ever written by an American.

Each of the book's 135 chapters, plus the Epilogue, is a separate audio file, and the chapters are presented by wonderful readers -- some of them famous, some not. You can visit the Moby Dick Big Read project by clicking this link.

Visit Our Facebook Page  

Visit Our Facebook Page

Slow Cooking: That Was a Tasty Class  

Slow Cooking: That Was a Tasty Class

Our slow-cooking class, begun in the depths of winter, held its final session on May 7 with instructions for preparing a delicious Greek lamb dish.We've finished this series of programs, but the dishes are listed below -- all tested and ready for you to enjoy.
Please check this website periodically for notices of new cooking programs at the library.

Download pdf file: Slow Cooker Indian Curry
Download pdf file: February's recipe for Beef Bourguignon
Download pdf file: Slow Cooker Dakjjim
Download pdf file: Chicken Tortilla Soup
Download pdf file: Slow-cooker Greek Lamb
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.
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58 North Water Street, Edgartown, MA 02539
Hours: Monday 11-5; Tuesday and Wednesday 11-8, Thursday through Saturday 11-5; closed Sunday.
Phone: 508-627-4221 and 508-627-1373