MARCH 03, 2015

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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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NOTICE TO PATRONS: <br>Parking Lot Closes  

Parking Lot Closes


The parking lot beside the library will close to all patrons and staff on Monday, March 2, as site work begins for the restoration of the privately-owned Warren House property next door. 


At this time of year, there's almost always parking on North Water Street, just past the library. We're three blocks from the Vineyard Transit Authority's Church Street terminal, and there's a public parking lot outside the Edgartown Yacht Club that's also a short walk from our front door.


We're grateful to the owners for letting the public use these parking spaces for more than a year and a half after their purchase of the property -- this was truly a generous gesture. And we look forward to opening the new Edgartown Public Library, with more than 50 dedicated parking spaces for patrons, this fall. Between now and then, we are sorry for the inconvenience!


WAR: Film Series Concludes -- Weather Permitting! -- on March 3  

WAR: Film Series Concludes -- Weather Permitting! -- on March 3

War is the title and theme of the Edgartown Library's winter film series, a set of six originally set to finish on Feb. 24. But as we all know, this winter's weather changed many people's plans. Now, to conclude the series, we'll screen a previously snowed-out film here at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3. It's a ripping seafaring tale, set during the Napoleonic wars -- based on the books by Patrick O'Brian and full of salt, sweat and swagger. Peter Weir is the director.

Please note: This film series is for adults. 

DIY Upcycled Jewelry Workshop: Create a unique treasure  

DIY Upcycled Jewelry Workshop: Create a unique treasure

Resident Trashionista, Rachael Convery, will show you how to reuse, restyle, repurpose and chic up the unworn jewelry, orphaned beads and lonesome necklaces floating around your drawer in a free two-session workshop, offered here at the library on Tuesdays, March 24 and 31, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Bring any jewelry you would like to redesign or use the library's supply of materials. Space is limited, so call the library to sign up. This is an adult program. 
Slow Cooking Class Introduces <br>Korean Dish in March Session  

Slow Cooking Class Introduces
Korean Dish in March Session

Our slow-cooking class has filled the library with wonderful aromas now for two months in a row. This free crockpot cooking demonstration program, which continues on Thursday, March 26, at 1:30 p.m., teaches the easy way to prepare delicious world cuisine. Featured in March is Dakjjim, a sweet and savory chicken dish from Korea.
Space is limited for this adult program, so please call the library to register.

Download pdf file: Slow Cooker Indian Curry
Download pdf file: February's recipe for Beef Bourguignon
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.

Wednesday, March 18 at 2 p.m., our book for discussion is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith.

Looking ahead, we'll be discussing The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe on April 15, and A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki on May 20.

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.

Visit Our Facebook Page  

Visit Our Facebook Page

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.


Lithographic print, 11 by 14 inches. By Ruth Howland Sutton, circa 1950.
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