Upcoming Library Events & News
April, 2017

Congratulations and thank you to our Tuesday morning knitting group! 
They have just celebrated 10 years knitting and crafting together!
New participants are always welcome, see the listing in our ongoing events section for all the details.

Please read on for all of this month's upcoming events and news!

 Ongoing Events: Book Club & Knitting

Teen Events
Children's Corner

Library Hours & Holiday Closings:

Monday: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

Closed Sign
The library will be closed in the morning on Tuesday, April 11 from 9am-1pm 
for staff training.
We will be open that day from 1-5pm.

The library will also be closed for 
Patriot's Day on Monday, April 17
staffpicksApril's JEL Staff Picks

Looking for a good book? Here are some that JEL staff have recently enjoyed! Clicking on the title will take you right to
the library's catalog, where you can check to see if it's available, and put a hold on popular titles.


Reception Thursday, April 6, 6:30 pm

Please join us in welcoming our featured local aritst for the month of April, Ferol Smith! Her work will be on display all month, and an opening reception will be held on Thursday, April 6 at 6:30 pm.

Ferol Smith creates paintings inspired by nature and many of her works are done while on location.

She paints primarily in oil and has studied for several years at the Worcester Art Museum and New England School of Fine Art. She also completed a landscape painting course in Tuscany, Italy. Her work has been featured in a number of art shows and exhibits. In addition to painting on location, Ferol paints out of her studio in Leicester, MA. She is a member of the Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts and Humanities.

Her current work has been focusing on capturing the simple beauty of rural landscapes in and around New England including old mills, barns and farmland. The beauty in this area is unique and Ferol enjoys capturing the essence of these tranquil scenes.
boxofficeFilm Screening - 
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
Thursday, April 13 at 6:00 pm

A Portokalos family secret brings the beloved characters back together for an even bigger and Greeker wedding.

Rated PG-13. Running time 94 min.

Presented as part of the Library Box Office series, sponsored by the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library.

poetryPoetry Reading

Join us in celebrating National Poetry Month! We have a panel of talented and celebrated Massachusetts poets coming to JEL to read for us.

Poets: Eve Rifkah, Dan Lewis, Jennifer Freed, Joyce Heon, Susan Roney-O'Brien, Patty Youngblood and Susan Elizabeth Sweeney will present a poetry reading from their original works. 

All are welcome, light refreshments will be served.
jazzJazz Concert with Brian Kearsley and Hugh Allen
Monday, April 24 at 6:30 pm

April is also Jazz Appreciation Month! Get your jazz fix with Brian Kearsley and Hugh Allen of JoyCo!

"JoyCo plays fun music you can dance to. This four-piece, feel-good live band plays the best hits in pop, dance, club, rock, funk and soul. JoyCo (as in joy company  - but don't call them that!) is all about creating good times - especially for those who need a chance to let loose and party."

This performance will follow the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library Annual Meeting (at 6:00 pm - see below for details). All are welcome to this free concert!
ongoingOngoing Events

Book Club 
Furiously Happy
Monday, Apr 3, 6:30 pm

Please join us to discuss 
by Jenny Lawson.

This is a no-commitment book club, attend as many or as few meetings as you like! The group meets on the first Monday of every month. 
Extra copies of the book coming up for discussion  are available at the Information Desk for checkout.
Knitting with Sonya
Every Tuesday, 
10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Stop by and join our knitting circle in the Reading Room every Tuesday! 

All handcrafters (not just knitters!) are welcome to join, whatever your level experience. Stuck on your current project or wanting to learn a new technique? Chances are one of the group will be able to lend a hand!  Drop by for a few minutes or stay for the full two hours. 
We hope to see you there!

Monday, Apr 6, 6:00 pm

Starting a new business, or thinking about it? Then come to the Krosslink meeting and learn about a free community support network that can help you grow your business. 
We'll discuss how to sustain, market and grow this program in Southbridge and beyond.  Networking and refreshments  
6:00-6:30, followed by discussion and a Q&A Session. 
All are welcome!

teenTeen Events
Vacation Week Movie
Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them
Wednesday, April 19
1:30 pm

Stop by during April Vacation to see the newest movie from JK Rowling's Wizarding World! On the big screen in the Pioppi Room.
Rated PG-13, 133 minutes. 
Friday Magic at JEL
Friday, April 21 at 3:00 pm

Casual gameplay for players of all skill levels! Other games (Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, etc) welcome too! Bring a friend, or learn how to play.

childrensWelcome to the Children's Corner!

Check here to find out about upcoming events in the Children's Room.
Story Times

Join us for a story time! All story times are geared towards the noted age ranges, but all ages are welcome!

Bedtime Story Time: 
Monday evenings at 6:30 pm. Ages 4-8

Superkids Story Time:
Wednesdays at 10:30 am.
Ages 3-5

Toddler Time:
Fridays at 10:30
Children under 3

April Art Display
YMCA Artwork
Reception Monday, 
April 10th at 6:30 pm

Artwork from the YMCA will be displayed in the Children's Room all month long! All are invited to a reception on Monday, April 10th at 6:30 pm.
La Hora de Cuentos
Monday, April 3
6:30 pm

Join us for stories and songs in Spanish and English, now on the second Monday night of each month!
Make Your Own Greenhouse
Saturday, April 8
10:30 - 11:30 am

Join us to celebrate Earth Day a little early,  and create a fun make and take greenhouse. Watch your "Bean" grow!

The Frightened Frog & Frog House Craft
Tuesday, April 19
10:30am - 12:30pm

Join us for a book reading and take home craft in celebration of Earth Day! Seats are limited, must register. Call 508-764-5426 or ask at the desk.
Sponsored by the Southbridge Garden Club
Animal Adventures Show
Thursday, April 20
4:30 - 5:30 pm

Come enjoy a fun animal show! All welcome!
Dr. Ed Laquidara from Animal Adventures will bring along live exotic animals to help teach children about bullying and self-esteem! 

Music with David Polansky
Friday, April 21
2:00 - 3:00 pm

You are invited to a fun concert for children and families!   David Polansky is a singer, composer and trumpet player.

The audience is encouraged to participate in singing, dance and other movement or even on-the-spot lyric writing! Who knows what this fun music and movement program will be!

Sponsored by the Olive I and Anthony A Borgatti Donor Fund
El día de los niños/
El día de los libros
Monday, April 24th
6:30 pm

Come listen to special guest readers from Pathways for Change at our Monday night story celebration of children, families, and reading that occurs every year!

Crafty Wednesday
Every Wednesday

Stop by the Children's Room any time on Wednesdays to do a special craft. This is a drop-in program that runs all day. Simply stop by the Children's Room desk to get your craft supplies, and take home a masterpiece. 

Construction Crew
Tuesdays,  3:00 - 4:30 pm
Saturdays,  10:00 am - 12 Noon

We'll bring the LEGO bricks, you bring the ideas! This is a drop-in program, so there is no need to register. Best for children over 5.

Completed Lego projects go on display in the Children's Room for a whole week. If you are in the library, stop by the Children's Room to see different Lego projects on display. 

librarynewsLibrary News

Discounted and Free Admission to Museums & Attractions

Did you know? The library offers passes to a variety of area museums and attractions! 
Locations include:
Old Sturbridge Village
Salem Witch Museum 
Mystic Aquarium
Roger Williams Park Zoo
Tower Hill Botanic Gardens
Worcester Art Museum
Fruitlands Museum
USS Constitution Museum
Massachusetts ParksPass
AJ Petro Pool (seasonal)
See  our website for details.
Thank you to the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library for sponsoring this program!
Stargaze with our Telescope!

The library now has a telescope which can be checked out and taken home - just like a book. Use it to spend a night stargazing in your own back yard! Who knows what you will see?

Instructions and tips on what to look for are included. Must be checked out by an adult 18 or older. 
Please ask at the desk for more details!

Library eBooks

Looking for free eBooks? Look no further than the library! You can download FREE ebooks to your computer or device, as well as digital audiobooks.

To browse our main collection, click here. On your device, download the Overdrive app to get started.

We also now have some new collections, thanks to a statewide eBook project, Commonwealth Collections. Axis 360 provides more popular options, similar to Overdrive. Biblioboard is great for homework and research, and also has a great collection of 'For Dummies' titles available.

If you have questions or are having trouble, please ask us! Drop by, call, or email!

Credit cards update

Due to a change in 
C/W Mars policy, we can no longer accept credit cards over the desk as payment for overdue fees 
and/or lost books. 
If you wish to pay your fines by credit card, you may do so by logging into your  online account.
All in-person transactions must be cash or personal check. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Please ask us at the Information Desk if you have any questions.

Book a Librarian!

You can now "Book a Librarian!" Contact us to schedule a personalized 
20-30 minute session.

Possible topics include:
-Help downloading eBooks
-Using your new mobile device or tablet
-Book recommendations
-Using the library catalog
-Placing holds & using your online account
-Setting up an email account
-Getting started on your research paper
-Formatting a Word document

Call 508-764-5426 or 
email  to schedule an  appointment.

Jacob Edwards Library
Upcoming Meetings

The Friends of the Library will hold their Annual Meeting on 
Monday, April 24
at 6:00 pm.
The Friends extend an invitation to all library patrons to join their group. To learn more, please visit  FOJEL's page on our website.

  The  Board of Trustees  of the Jacob Edwards Library will next meet on Tuesday, April 25 at Noon 
in the Mills Room. 
All meetings are open to the public.
We hope to see you at the library soon!


The Jacob Edwards Library Staff
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and/or photographed for promotional purposes.

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