JULY 30, 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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Here, you can  keep  in touch with the latest about your library's programs and collections.

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Sounds Like Summer: <br>Music Series Features Kent Riley Band August 4  

Sounds Like Summer:
Music Series Features Kent Riley Band August 4

Sounds Like Summer, the library's popular free music series, continues this July and August on the front lawn. Our scheduled August 4 concert features a popular Island group, Kent Riley and his House Band.

The music starts at 6:30 p.m. and lasts about an hour. We put out about a dozen chairs, but you're welcome to bring blankets and beach chairs of your own. This series continues every Tuesday evening at the library through August, thanks to generous support from the Friends of the Edgartown Library.

The Art of FOOD: Announcing a Youth Program<br>For Ages 9 and Up  

The Art of FOOD: Announcing a Youth Program
For Ages 9 and Up

Melinda Rabbitt DeFeo, farm & garden educator at the Edgartown School, will lead a new, week-long educational program being offered this summer fot kids ages 9 and up, with a session beginning Monday, August 10.
In this five-day program, Melinda will lead an intensive, hands-on experience exploring the many aspects of what makes a strong food system. Enrollment is limited to 10, and the cost of $150 covers field trips and a healthy local lunch each day. Classes run Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
For more information on The Art of Food and to register, ask at the library desk or click below for a brochure. 

Download pdf file: Art of FOOD program & registration form
Museum Presents One-Day Exhibit <br>On History of Our Library  

Museum Presents One-Day Exhibit
On History of Our Library

The Edgartown Public Library, born as a small room of books upstairs from a Main Street shop in 1891, celebrates its 125th anniversary next year. In anticipation of that milestone, the Friends of the Edgartown Library and the Martha's Vineyard Museum are presenting a "pop-up" exhibit of photos and artifacts celebrating the library's history, from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, August 7, at the Museum campus, 59 School Street, Edgartown. All are welcome to learn about the library's evolution from a small room to the vibrant community center it is today.

Drop in Mondays to Build an Edible Container Garden  

Drop in Mondays to Build an Edible Container Garden

Melinda Rabbitt DeFeo, horticulture educator at the Edgartown School, is leading a drop-in program from 1-3 p.m. on every Monday through August here at the library. Join us in cultivating a container garden of edible vegetables. All ages are welcome, and this program is free.

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.


Oil on wood panel, 8 by 12 inches, by American artist Dwight William Tryon. Signed on lower right, "E W Tryon;" inscribed with title and dated 1924 on verso.
Edgartown Free Public Library
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