APRIL 19, 2021

Adult Programming - Please note that all library programming will be taking place online until further notice.

PLEASE NOTE: 30 minutes prior to every program, we will post the link to enter the program on our Facebook page.

Restorative Yoga Class  

Restorative Yoga Class

Sundays in April
@ 9am (no program on 4/25)

Certified yoga instructor Jelisa Difo leads a Sunday online class in Restorative Yoga, a practice that allows you to slow down and restore and relax your body through passive stretching. During the long holds of restful poses, your muscles are allowed to release tension and welcome deep relaxation into the body and mind. No experience or flexibility required, however you will need the following props:
  • 1 bolster/firm pillow: To make a bolster, stuff a pillowcase with towels, blankets, or clothing until it is firm and packed tightly. Or use a large, firm pillow. 
  • 2 blocks: To make a block, stack hardcover books to a height of about 6-8 inches.
Sunday April 4, 11, & 18
Note: no program on April 25.

Send an email to programs@edgartownlibrary.org to register, and we'll send you a link to the class.

This program has been generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.
Poetry Writing Workshop  

Poetry Writing Workshop

Saturdays, April 17 & 24 @ 4pm

Poet and teacher Donald Nitchie is back via Zoom to coach you in creating poetry. Whether you are a practiced writer or have never written a poem (or fit somewhere in between), this workshop will inspire you. Participants will read and discuss two or more poems from classic and contemporary poets, and then use those poems as models for in-class writing exercises.

Please note that all are welcome, but space is limited. Email us for the link at programs@edgartownlibrary.org.

This program has been generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.
An Introduction to the Life, Natural World, and Poetry of Mary Oliver with Andrea Brandeis  

An Introduction to the Life, Natural World, and Poetry of Mary Oliver with Andrea Brandeis

Tuesday, April 20 @ 7pm

The late Mary Oliver remains one of our country’s most loved and quoted poets. Using accessible and precise language, her poetry considers the connection between nature and the spiritual world.

In this introduction to the poet, presenter Andrea Brandeis explores Oliver’s biography, her deep relationship with the natural world, and how that connection is expressed in her poetry. We will read and discuss some of Oliver’s greatest work from her book, Devotions.

Join us for this special evening by requesting the link at: programs@edgartownlibrary.org.

The Living Room Readings, Redux: Poets Fan Ogilvie and Arnie Reisman  

The Living Room Readings, Redux: Poets Fan Ogilvie and Arnie Reisman

Friday, April 23 @ 7pm

It was almost exactly a year ago that we presented Fan Ogilvie and Arnie Reisman in the library’s first ever live Zoom program. An audience gathered from all over our Island, state, and country. We even had listeners from South America!

From their living rooms to yours, Fan Ogilvie and Arnie Reisman will read from their own poetry and share a few poems from other poets that they just can’t keep to themselves.

Request the Zoom link at programs@edgartownlibrary.org for a front-row seat.

Songs in the Key of Spring: Pianist Adele Dreyer  

Songs in the Key of Spring: Pianist Adele Dreyer

Sunday, April 25 @ 7pm

After this long winter, we are all ready to celebrate spring. Resident pianist Adele Dreyer will perform a program of songs that epitomize the season of warming sun, budding flowers, gentle rain, and awakening love. Spring it on!

Request the link at programs@edgartownlibrary.org.
Movie in Focus: Film Discussion Group  

Movie in Focus: Film Discussion Group

The Return (Russia, 2003)
Monday, April 26 @ 11am

Until the day comes when we can enjoy films together again on the library’s big screen, we’re hosting a monthly virtual film group. View our movie of the month (free on Kanopy or Hoopla) and we’ll meet to discuss it via Zoom. Bring your impressions and opinions. Virginia Munro will choose the films and facilitate the group.

The Return (Vozvrashchenie) is a tense, emotionally gripping tale about two young brothers whose father has returned to the family after a twelve-year absence. Set in contemporary Russia, the impressive film debut of director Andrey Zvyagintsev begins as a road movie and steadily moves into the geography of suspense. This film is available to stream for free on Kanopy.

Request the link at programs@edgartownlibrary.org
Designing Shady Retreats with Joan Butler  

Designing Shady Retreats with Joan Butler

Tuesday April 27 @ 7pm

Spring is here, and what better excuse to play in the dirt than creating an inviting shady retreat? In this richly illustrated lecture, we will explore a variety of intriguing gardens with expert gardener and horticulturist Joan Butler of Enchanted Gardens. Joan will show us design tricks and strategies to light up shady corners, highlight unusual plants that thrive in low-light conditions, and demonstrate the creative use of art objects, seating, and water features.

Request the link for this inspiring and instructive presentation by emailing programs@edgartownlibrary.org.

ABOUT JOAN BUTLER: Joan has been an enthusiastic gardener and plant collector for over 35 years and believes gardens should invite you to linger in the world outside your door. The gardens on her half-acre suburban property have been included on several garden tours and feature exciting plant combinations, dramatic horticultural specimens, and extensive collections of native plants, hosta, and epimedium. She holds a BA in Geology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Certificate in Landscape Management from UMass Extension Green School. She is a Master Gardener, a horticulturist at Weston Nurseries, and is a past Chairman of the Massachusetts Landscape Design Council. She is a member of the Garden Consultants Council, the New England Hosta Society, and is an accredited Flower Show Judge. Joan has presented programs at flower shows in Massachusetts and Connecticut, as well as at numerous garden clubs, horticultural societies, and professional organizations.

This program has been generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.

Library Book Group  

Library Book Group

Thursday, April 29 @ 4pm

Join local author Jean Stone and library director Lisa Sherman for a virtual discussion of Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate.

This New York Times bestselling novel follows the interwoven story lines of Avery Stafford, a lawyer from a prominent South Carolina family, and Rill Foss, the eldest of five children who were taken from their parents’ boat by an unscrupulous children’s home in the 1930s.

Digital copies are available on OverDrive, or contact us to put your physical copy on hold.

Email director@edgartownlibrary.org for the Zoom link, and join the conversation.
Library Blogs  

Library Blogs

Trash Panda's Quarantine Food Blog
Feast your eyes on Library Assistant Chris Look's many meal creations on his new food blog. Follow his alter ego, Trash Panda, as he spruces up leftovers, digs all the way to the back of his fridge and cabinets, and talks at length about how much he loves eating. Explore techniques for using what you have on hand to create tasty and fulfilling dishes at home.

Check out his blog at trashpandaepl.wordpress.com

Feeling overwhelmed and don't know what to cook with what you've got? Send Trash Panda a list of ingredients or a picture of your fridge or cupboards, and get personalized advice on creating something delicious. Email him at trashpandaepl@gmail.com with all of your food questions.

Have Library Card, Will Travel
Join Library Assistant Kerith as she revisits her adventures around the world and dreams about the places she hopes to visit. She'll be listing books, movies, music, and other resources that draw upon memories of these special places. All materials highlighted are available with your CLAMS card.

Join Kerith on her travels at https://sites.google.com/view/eplblog/home


Gardening advice from Roxanne Kapitan

We'll post short videos from the Regenerative Gardening expert to aid you in your home gardening efforts:

Reduce Your Lawn Footprint the Regenerative Way



Oil on Canvas, 25.5 by 36 inches. By Peleg Frederick Brownell, 1885. From the Simpson Collection. -- Although he started his career in New Bedford, Brownell became one of Canada's premier painters.
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Phone: 508-627-4221 and 508-627-1373