Upcoming Library Events & News
April , 2018

New! Canvas FOJEL Book Bags

The Friends of the Library now have these fantastic new book bags available for sale!
All proceeds support FOJEL, who provide funding for library events and programs (including, but not limited to, Summer Reading & Museum Passes).
Only $5 each, available in black, navy and maroon, 
they are perfect for carrying your library materials home!

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

-Featured Artist: Linda Shoup - Regeneration

 Ongoing Events: Book Club & Knitting

Teen Events
Children's Corner - School Vacation Events!

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

The library will be closed on Patriots' Day, Monday, April 16.

The library will also be closed on 
the morning of Wednesday, April 11
to facilitate staff safety training 
with a SWAT officer. 
The library will open at 1:30 pm.
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.
artistOpening Reception: Linda Shoup - Regeneration
Thursday, April 5 at 6:30 pm

Please join us for the Opening Reception of Lynda Shoup's Mixed Media exhibit, Regeneration!
Lynda's work will be on display here at the library throughout the month of April. We hope you will join us for the opening on Thursday, April 5 at 6:30 pm. Light refreshments courtesy of the Friends of JEL.

"Modern life is rife with obstacles to self actualization. Time, money, commitments, the expectations of others, are only some of the barriers to fulfilling our own life purposes. Then there are the wounds we sustain as a matter of course in the act of living. Wounds which can fester and grow instead of healing.

Regeneration is a reflection of my belief in the possibility of not only healing, but transformation re ndering us more capable, fully healed, as strong as ever with a deepened perspective and determination to make the world a better place.

In creating the works for Regeneration, I used materials which would generally have been destined for the trash and used them along with carefully curated materials to create works which speak to the ability of the human spirit to change, to deepen and to thrive."

Lynda Shoup is a mixed media artist who makes paper, art journals, collage, handmade books, printing and fiber arts. Her work often uses recycled materials and focuses on how disparate materials and ideas can be combined to create harmony.

boxofficeFilm Screening -  Life
Thursday, April 12 at 6:00 pm

Life tells the story of the six-member crew of the International Space Station that is on the cutting edge of one of the most important discoveries in human history: the first evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars. As the crew begins to conduct research, their methods end up having unintended consequences and the life form proves more intelligent than anyone ever expected.

Rated R. Running time 103 min.

Presented as part of the Library Box Office series, sponsored by the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library.
journalIntroduction to Art Journaling with Lynda Shoup
Thursday, April 19 at 6:30 pm

*Registration required!* See below.

Art journals combine words and images to create an avenue for personal expression. They can be simple or very complex. 

Drawing ability is not a prerequisite for making an art journal. Use of paint, collage, simple marks and words can yield a powerful art  journal.

Participants will create a simple style of journal and begin the process of adding words and images. 

This free class will be taught by April's featured artist, Lynda Shoup.

Class size is limited, participants must call to register 508-764-5426 or email [email protected] to reserve your spot.
lepageDale LePage in Concert with John Courchaine
Monday, April 23 at 6:30 pm

In celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month, well-known Worcester vocalist Dale LePage will present a concert, immediately following the Annual Meeting of the Friends of Jacob Edwards Library. The concert is free and open to the public!

Dale has been voted Entertainer of the Year by Worcester Magazine for 7 years running. He is the host of Pride TV and Woo Tube. Dale will be accompanied by guitarist John Courchaine. All welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library
poetryPoem in Your Pocket Day: National Poetry Month
Thursday, April 26 at 6:30 pm

Join us to celebrate National Poetry Month!

April 26 is Poem in Your Pocket Day. On this day, select a poem, carry it with you, and share it with others at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, street corners, and on social media using the hashtag #pocketpoem

Poem in Your Pocket Day was initiated in April 2002 by the Office of the Mayor in New York City, in partnership with the city's Departments of Cultural Affairs and Education. In 2008, the Academy of American Poets took the initiative to all fifty United States, encouraging individuals around the country to participate. In 2016, the League of Canadian Poets extended Poem in Your Pocket Day to Canada.

Choose any poem you like, or stop by the library during the month to pick up a printed poem to take with you.  Then join us at 6:30 pm on April 26 to share the poem of your choice!
pioppiAuthor Anthony Pioppi: The Finest Nines
Monday, April 30 at 6:30 pm

The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to present a book talk with author Anthony Pioppi. The event will be followed by a book signing. Books will be available for sale from the author. 

Although there are close to eight thousand nine-hole courses worldwide, how do golfers determine which are the best ones to play? In The Finest Nines, Pioppi highlights the twenty-five finest nine-hole courses in North America and details how to play each one.

Anthony Pioppi is a golf writer, historian and archaeologist. He is the author of four books in addition to The Finest Nines; Shoreacres, The First 100 Years: 1916-2016 (2017); To the Nines (reprinted 2016); The History of the Minikahda Club Golf Course (2013) and Haunted Golf with Chris Gonsalves (2009). Pioppi has has written for such publications as USGA, Golf Course Architecture and Golf Punk and was a Contributing Editor for Superintendent magazine.

A 1981 graduate of Southbridge High School, he resides in Middletown, Conn
ongoingOngoing Events

Book Club 
Monday, April 2
6:30 pm

This month the book club will discuss 

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!

teenTeen Events
Magic at the Library
Friday, April 27, 3:00 pm

If you play Magic: The Gathering, stop by to play with others! Other games (Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon) also welcome!

All skill levels!

childrensWelcome to the Children's Corner!

Check here to find out about upcoming events in the Children's Room.
Meet the Tooth Fairy: Kids Dental Awareness Program
Saturday, April 7
10:30 am - 11:30 pm

Kids Zone Dental office is scheduled to bring Tooth Fairy Community Outreach Program to Southbridge at the Jacob Edwards Library.

Dressed in a gleaming blue gown, with feathery white wings spread across her back and a golden crown atop her head, the uniform she normally wears during her night job as the Tooth Fairy, Kate our amazing Tooth Fairy, explains to children how important it is for them to care for their teeth.
The kids who ranged in age from 0-8, asked Kids Zone Tooth Fairy so many questions about whether or not she could fly, what does the Tooth Fairy do with all the teeth? How many teeth does she collect in a night?

You are invited!
Vacation Week Fun!

Forest Park Traveling Zoo
Tuesday, April 17 at 2:00 pm

Everyone loves the opportunity to see animals up close and learn about them! This innovative and exciting program features a variety of animal ambassadors and artifacts from the Franklin Park Zoo. Learn about the animals, their special adaptations, habitats, behavior, diets and status in the wild. The audience will have an opportunity to touch and observe the animals, as well as ask questions. Hope you can join us!
Sponsored by the Borgatti Trust
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Thursday, April 19 at 2:00 pm

Come celebrate Diary of a Wimpy Kid Month!
Test your knowledge of the series, check out a book, and do some activities!

Maker Space Hour
Friday, April 20 at 2:00 pm

Come and create an Earth Day collage, or have fun working on a STEM activity!
YMCA Art Display
Monday, April 23 at 6:00 pm

Artwork from the YMCA will be displayed in the Children's Room all month long!
We hope you'll join us for the opening reception on Monday, April 23 at 6pm!

*NEW* Monday Night Coding
April 2nd and 9th at 6:30 pm

Code is a practice used to introduce children of all ages to computer science. Join us!
*NEW* Happy Book Birthday!

Did you know that new books are released on Tuesdays? Come in every Tuesday to "read a book that is celebrating a birthday"!
Story Times

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

Story Time:
Wednesdays at 10:30 am.
Ages 3-4

Toddler Time:
Fridays at 10:30
Children under 3

El dia de los niños/El dia de los libros
Monday, April 30 at 6:30 pm
Come listen to special guest readers from ASPIRA at our Monday night story celebration of children, families, and reading that occurs yearly on April 30th to emphasize the importance of advocating literacy for all children.
Tinkering Thursdays
Thursdays, 3:00-4:00pm

STEM-related hands on activity using everyday and recycled items to design your own creations!
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, 10:30am - 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
Eric Carle Museum
Springfield Museums
Mystic Aquarium
Roger Williams Park Zoo
Tower Hill Botanic Gardens
Worcester Art Museum
Salem Witch Museum 
The Trustees locations
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.

bookBook 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 next meeting on  Monday, April 23
at 6:00 pm.

This will be the Annual Meeting of the FOJEL. Immediately following the meeting will be a concert with Dale LePage - see event info above!
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 24
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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