Summer Reading Success

The Edgartown Library summer reading program this year involved more than 100 children and for the first time reached out to children at the Boys’ and Girls’ Club. The statewide theme was Dig Into Reading. Leading this summer’s readers at the library was Jason Alpert-Wisnia, who read and reported on 58 books. Brandon Engerman read 33 books and Elizabeth Madsen read 24. Reading more than 15 books each were Whitney Johnson, Sasha Kagan, Ellie Kogan, Brant Maynard, Natasha Muromcew, Mary Muromcew, Simon Rhett and Celia Schaper.

Edgartown Library Stakes Its Claim at New Location

Edgartown School students joined town and library officials Monday to celebrate the first visible marker of Edgartown’s new library: a sign announcing the beginning of the project. A group of students from kindergarten, first grade and third grade at the school posed for a picture in front of a sign that says: “Watch your new library being built here.” The sign is in front of the old brick Edgartown School, which will be demolished this summer to make way for the new library.

Library Trustees Sever Ties with Foundation

In a widening rift between Edgartown leaders and the nonprofit Edgartown Library Foundation, the town library trustees voted Tuesday to ask the foundation to cease and desist fundraising for the library, and to remove the Edgartown library image and information from its website.

“They are no longer, in my opinion, supporting the library or doing any service to the library whatsoever, and because of that I’d like to make sure . . . that any reference to [the Edgartown Library Foundation] is removed from our website,” library trustee Julie Lively said.

Selectmen, Nonprofit Clash Over Edgartown Library Donations

Edgartown selectmen and members of the Edgartown Library Foundation sparred Monday over whether the nonprofit organization would turn over money for the town’s new library project, with selectmen criticizing the organization for a lack of transparency and withholding the money, while foundation members said they had concerns about the project’s completion and wanted naming opportunities for the new library.

Edgartown Library Eyes Move With $5 Million Grant

A new Edgartown Public Library, approved by town voters and hinging on state funding, took a giant leap toward reality Thursday.

Edgartown was awarded a $5 million grant Thursday from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, one of eight towns to receive $41.8 million in construction grants from the state.

Edgartown Library: A Critical Phase

Edgartown Library: A Critical Phase


The Edgartown library must expand now or else fail the community it serves.

That's the message the board of trustees of the Edgartown Free Public Library is hoping to convey to town officials and voters this week as it starts a critical phase of its push for expansion of the century-old facility. A crucial vote next week will decide the first step in what the board hopes will be a successful bid to bring the library into the 21st century.

Edgartown Library Expansion Sought

Edgartown Library Expansion Sought

Special Town Meeting Set for August 31; Plan is to Buy Captain Warren House; There Is Desperate Need for Space


Edgartown residents will convene this month for a special town meeting to decide whether to purchase a property adjacent to the Edgartown Free Public Library to make room for expansion of the century-old library.

Ambitious Town Library Plan Unveiled

Ambitious Town Library Plan Unveiled

Historic Commission Takes First Look at Expansion


Trustees of the Edgartown Free Public Library unveiled designs for the proposed $11.5 million expansion project on North Water street this week.

The plan, which would connect the Carnegie library and recently purchased Captain Warren house by way of a 17,000-square-foot addition, raised eyebrows at the historic district commission public hearing on Wednesday.

Edgartown Library Wins State Grant for Its Expansion Project

The Edgartown library has been provisionally awarded $4.59 million as part of an omnibus bond bill that authorizes a total of $137.5 million for public library construction across the state.

The grant would help pay for an expansion project for the library on North Water street with a price tag of $15 million.

The library began action on the project in 2004 when the town agreed to buy the Capt. Warren house next door to the library on North Water street.

Edgartown Library Prepares to Reopen

Edgartown library staffers were stepping over wet cement this week in an effort to ready the old Carnegie building on North Water street for its official reopening next Tuesday.

The sidewalk under repair is one thing that is not their problem — town highway superintendent Stuart Fuller is in charge of that project — but they have had their share of problems following last year’s furnace puffback incident. The building was closed in early December after a burst furnace covered much of the furniture, upholstery and stock in an oily vapor.