Upcoming Library Events & News
August, 2016

Please read on for this month's upcoming events, and more library news.

 Ongoing Events: Book Club, Coloring, Knitting

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: Closed
Sunday: Closed

staffpicksAugust'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.
meditationBe the Peace: 
A Meditation Group
Every Monday at 6:30 pm

Beginning August 1, a free meditation group with Lynn Garland!  This group will contribute to the healing of violence on the planet by healing the places in ourselves where we feel a reaction or connection to it. We will use simple but powerful meditation practices that will identify and heal the places in ourselves that are part of the global pattern of violence. Feel free to join on any date.

No previous meditation experience is needed, just bring yourself!

These practices are not associated with any religious tradition or form of meditation but is compatible with all traditions and practices.
veteran1,364 Days: A WWII Veteran's Story
Wednesday, August 3 at 2:00 pm

What better way to celebrate our Town's Bicentennial than by sharing a Southbridge resident's World War II story.
On Wednesday, August 3, at 2:00 p.m., author Brenda Dion will entertain you with her father's anecdotes. Roger Dion was a U.S. Army Air Transport Command aircraft mechanic/flight engineer stationed in southern England. Roger's war story stands out from the rest as his lighthearted wit, enthusiasm, and down-to-earth approach to life transform ordinary, everyday occurrences into exciting and amusing events.
A question and answer period, as well as a book signing, will follow.
Join us in the Reading Room for what is sure to be an enlightening and entertaining experience.
Reception Thursday, August 4 
at 6:30 pm

Throughout the month of August, the library will host Rick Hamelin potter of www.piedpotterhamelin.com and artist Gariné Arakelian of  www.kulinafolkart.com. They share the same materials and studio, whose work differs only in style. Rick is the potter in both instances and Gariné is the artist who decorates with slips and glazes. A joint exhibit will demonstrate the versatility of the materials and the history of the pottery.

Reception for the artists on Thursday August 4th from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. All welcome! Light refreshments provided by the Friends of Jacob Edwards Library.

Later in the month, Rick Hamelin will give a pottery demonstration - see below for more details. This event is free and open to the public.
boxofficeFilm Screening - Suffragette
Thursday, August 11 at 6:00 pm

Inspired by true events, a moving drama exploring the passion and heartbreak of the women who risked everything in their fight for equality in early 20th century Britain.

Rated PG-13. Running time 107 min.

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

Thursday, August 18 at 6:30 pm

Honeybees are one of the hardest working creatures and there is so much to know! Join Kenneth Warchol, a veteran beekeeper, and share his knowledge, from this narrated visual presentation.  You will travel right inside a beehive to better understand the mysterious social insect and the role that it plays in humanity's survival on Earth.  Learn about the challenges honeybees face in our environment and find out how we can help this insect that is essential to our own survival.
Ken brings samples of a variety of honey for everyone to taste!

Ken Warchol became involved with the Massachusetts Federation of Beekeepers in the 1970s. He is considered the bee whisperer. He is a 6th generation caretaker of bees; his family's practice originated in Poland in the 1840s.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library
Thursday, August 25 at 6:30 pm

Rick Hamelin a.k.a. Pied Potter Hamelin will present an all-ages pottery demonstration program with a focus on the arts, the exploration of creativity and technique with a touch of history. 

During the month of August, the Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to present an exhibit of the Pied Potter Hamelin's work, which is on view during library opening hours.

MA Cultural Council

This program is sponsored by a grant from the Southbridge Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
bicentennialSouthbridge Bicentennial Celebrations

The Town of Southbridge turns 200 in 2016! Visit  southbridge200.org for information on all of the upcoming events! 

Mark your calendars for the Grand Fireworks Display, coming up on Saturday, August 13th!

And don't forget to like the Bicentennial on Facebook to keep up with the latest news!
ongoingOngoing Events

Book Club reads 
All the Light We Cannot See
Monday, Aug 1, 6:30 pm

All are welcome to join us for a discussion of Anthony Doerr's Pulitzer-winning  All the Light We Cannot See in the Reading Room. New participants are always welcome! 
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. 
Copies of next month's book for discussion, A Star for Mrs. Blake 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!

Thurs, Aug 4, 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!

Welcome to the Children's  Corner! 

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

Comedy Magic Show
with Ed Popielarczyk
Monday, August 1 at 6:30 pm

Meet the Pioneer Valley's "Comedy Magician" Ed Popielarczyk. With over thirty years experience of entertaining kids and creating magical experiences, Ed is well-known in the area and has visited Jacob Edwards Library previously and is back by popular demand! Audience participation is a must! Kids will be charmed and shriek with joy with Ed's magical tricks.

MA Cultural Council

This program is supported by the Southbridge Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Ice Cream

Summer Reading Wrap-Up
Ice Cream Social!
Friday, August 5 at 2:00 pm

We hope you had a blast with our Summer Reading program this year! All kids of all ages are invited to celebrate a summer of fun with an ice cream party!
We hope to see you there!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library

A Song & Story Celebration 
with Davis Bates & Roger Tincknell
Monday, August 8 at 6:30 pm

Join us for another opportunity to hear the stories and songs presented by beloved musicians and songsters Davis Bates and Roger Tincknell. Time to have fun!
Davis and Roger have over four decades of combined performing experience.  They have both received Parents' Choice awards for their most recent recordings. Davis won a Gold Award for  Family Stories  (which was named one of the ten best audio recordings of 1996 by Booklist magazine), and Roger won an Honor Award for  Earth Rhythms , an environmental album, and Silver Honors for  Carnavalito , one of his recent CDs.

MA Cultural Council
This program is supported by the Southbridge Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Additional funding provided by the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library.
Tuesday, August 9

We will provide the magazines, glue, scissors, and crayons, you supply the ideas and creativity! Drop in any time on the second Tuesday of the month to cut, paste, and craft a collage creation!
Crafty Wednesday
Every Wednesday

Stop by the Children's Room any time on Wednesday to make a special craft.  This is a drop-in program that runs all day.  Come to the Children's Room desk to get your craft supplies, be as creative as you like, and go home with a masterpiece!  Check our display to see which craft we will be making next!  
Construction Crew
Tuesdays and Thursdays
3:00 - 4:30 pm

We'll bring the L EGO bricks , you bring the ideas!   Best for children over age  five.   Completed projects  will  go on display in the Children's Room for  one  week.
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
Mystic Aquarium
Roger Williams Park Zoo
Salem Witch Museum
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 the Reference Department  to schedule an  appointment.

Jacob Edwards Library
Upcoming Meetings

The Friends of the Library will be meeting on 
Monday, August 15
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, August 23 at Noon 
in the Mills Room. 

Please note that meetings will now take place on the 4th Tuesday of the month, rather than the 3rd Tuesday.
All meetings are open to the public.
We hope to see you at the library soon!


The Jacob Edwards Library Staff
Programs at Jacob Edwards Library may be recorded for Southbridge Public Access TV 
and/or photographed for promotional purposes.

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