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MAY 11, 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 May
@ 9am (no program on 5/23)

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 May 2, 9, 16, & 30
Note: no program on May 23.

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.
Ornithologist and Author Alan Poole: Three Weeks on a Euro-Osprey Tour  

Ornithologist and Author Alan Poole: Three Weeks on a Euro-Osprey Tour


Thursday, May 13 @ 7pm

The extraordinary revival in osprey numbers that we are witnessing in southern New England has not been restricted to our shores. Nearly eliminated from most of Europe half a century ago, ospreys are staging a remarkable comeback, from Scotland to Spain and from France to Finland. Follow South Coast osprey expert Alan Poole as he brings us along on a three-week summer trip through Europe, visiting osprey researchers and gathering material for his recently published book, Ospreys: the revival of a global raptor. Part travelogue, part natural history, this beautifully illustrated lecture will provide glimpses of Europe through an osprey lens. Come celebrate the revival of a global raptor, from Martha's Vineyard to Europe!

Alan Poole, an Associate of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, was editor of the Birds of North America life history series for 22 years. He lives along the Westport River estuaries in southeastern Massachusetts, has been studying ospreys for over 35 years, and has written two books on the species.

Request the link at programs@edgartownlibrary.org.

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

Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf A Film by Thomas Piper  

Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf A Film by Thomas Piper

Filmmaker Q & A: Friday, May 21 at 2pm
Open Screening: Mon. May 17 - Sun. May 23

We are showcasing the work of the brilliant landscape designer Piet Oudolf in two separate programs this month.

The first is a virtual screening of Thomas Piper’s documentary on the Dutch genius, Five Seasons, between Monday, May 17 and Sunday, May 23. The screening will be accompanied by a Q&A with the filmmaker on Friday, May 21 at 2pm.

The second program will be on Thursday, May 27 at 7pm with landscape design consultant Deborah Chud (see below).

Five Seasons is an immersive and meditative documentary that reveals how the revolutionary landscape designer Piet Oudolf upends our conventional notions of nature, public space, and ultimately, beauty itself. 

Request the link to the film and the Zoom link to the filmmaker’s Q&A at programs@edgartownlibrary.org.

This program is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library and the Chilmark, West Tisbury, Oak Bluffs, and Vineyard Haven libraries.
Author Talk with Laurie David: Imagine It! A Handbook for a Happier Planet  

Author Talk with Laurie David: Imagine It! A Handbook for a Happier Planet


Tuesday, May 18 @ 7pm

Join us for a talk with Laurie David, co-author of Imagine It! A Handbook for a Happier Planet. Ms. David co-wrote the book with Heather Reisman, both of whom are long-time environmental activists who have brought their message to audiences through award-winning documentaries, including Fed Up, The Biggest Little Farm, and the Oscar–winning An Inconvenient Truth.

With their latest project, they outline in clear steps how environmentally conscious “lifestyle shifts” can lower our use of plastic, paper, water, and harmful chemicals. A cleaner, healthier world can be ours—if we imagine it. Ms. David will take questions after the talk. 

Request the link at programs@edgartownlibrary.org

Chef Look Cooks  

Chef Look Cooks

Thursday, May 20 @ 5pm

This month Chef Look puts his special signature on a classic well-known dish. Perfect for a brunch or a light supper, he'll be making poached eggs nestled on a bed of sautéed shitake mushrooms and springy asparagus, topped with a rich, lemony Hollandaise. Tender roasted potato wedges complete the dish. Gather your ingredients and cook along with Chris, or just enjoy the show.

Request a link to join the fun at programs@edgartownlibrary.org.

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

Movie in Focus: Film Discussion Group  

Movie in Focus: Film Discussion Group


Bicycle Thieves
(Italy, 1948)
Monday, May 24 @ 11pm

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.

Bicycle Thieves shows us one frantic day in the life of a working man, desperate to find the stolen bicycle his job depends upon. Set in the bomb-battered streets of post-WWII Rome, director Vittorio de Sica’s film has long been considered a masterpiece of Italian neorealism. But it is also a universal story that still speaks to us, one teeming with life, energy, and emotion. This film is streaming for free on Kanopy.

Request the link at programs@edgartownlibrary.org.
A Piet Oudolf Story with Landscape Design Consultant Deborah Chud  

A Piet Oudolf Story with Landscape Design Consultant Deborah Chud


Thursday, May 27 @ 7pm


When Dr. Deborah Chud wanted to landscape her new home, she imagined just what she wanted it to look like. But after many months and too much money, the result was nothing near what she had envisioned. Then she discovered the work of Piet Oudolf, the brilliant Dutch landscape designer who placed equal importance on both structure and color.

Gardeners and designers have always looked longingly at Oudolf’s gardens when leafing through his many beautifully-illustrated books, but Deborah Chud wanted something more. In what turned into a five-year journey, she studied Oudolf’s designs and developed an unprecedented understanding of why Oudolf’s gardens are so magical. She also created the world’s most comprehensive database of his plant combinations. In this presentation, we’ll learn Chud’s personal story: how she started as a non-gardener and created her current garden (see above), along with a monster database and a new career. She’ll also describe the historical context of Oudolf’s work. Finally, she’ll introduce his basic design principles of structure, coherence, and contrast.

Join us for a remarkable evening by emailing programs@edgartownlibrary.org

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

Library Book Group  

Library Book Group


Thursday, May 27 @ 4pm

Join local author Jean Stone and library director Lisa Sherman for a virtual discussion of The Midnight Library by Matt Haig.

This New York Times bestselling novel is a celebration of life's possibilities - and how one woman is able to step into the possible outcomes of her life, exploring the best and the worst that could happen.

Digital copies are instantly 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

 

FAIRHAVEN SCENE

Oil on Canvas, 13 by 18 inches, by American artist Charles Henry Gifford (1839-1904). Painted in 1893; signed and dated on lower right.
 
 
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