Upcoming Library Events & News
August, 2017

  Summer Reading is wrapping up!
Visit  our Summer Reading website for all the details!
Get your reading logs or raffle tickets in before the deadline!
Deadline for Teens & Adults is 4:00 pm, Friday 8/4 
Deadline for Children's Reading Logs is 5:00 pm, Friday 8/4

Did you know...
...the library is a Summer Food Service Location?

Monday  through Friday from 11am - 1pm, all children under 18 are welcome to have a FREE lunch at the library! Stop by the Children's Room!
Summer Food Service ends Friday, August 4th.

School Supply Drive  

The library is a drop-off location for the Annual School Supplies/Back Pack Drive for Catholic Charities, which ends August 4th!

This year's goal is to serve at least 200 children and youth in grades 1-12.  If you would like to donate, the following items are needed: 3-Ring binders; 1-3 subject notebooks; backpacks; book covers; calculators; colored markers; crayons; erasers; glue sticks; highlighters; pencils; pens; pocket folders; rulers; and Whiteout.  
For more information about this program, please contact Marie Kudron, Interim Area Administrator, at mkudron@ccworc.org or at 508-765-5936
All donations need to be collected by Friday, August 4th. There will be a collection box available by the Information Desk.
If you know of any families who would like to receive a backpack, they need to come to the Southbridge office, which is located at 79 Elm Street; Southbridge, to sign up.  Families can contact the Southbridge office at 508-765-5936 for more information. 

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

Exhibit: Photography by Helen Boyle

 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: 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.
Opening Thursday, August 3 at 6:30 pm

Please join us in welcoming Helen Boyle, a local artist who will be displaying her photography at the library this month! An opening reception will be held on Thursday, August 3rd at 6:30 pm, all welcome!

" A photograph can do many things. It can bring back a memory, bring a smile or a tear. It can sometimes stir the soul or the imagination. Taking the time to see the people and beauty around us is easy to do just pause for a moment."

boxofficeFilm Screening -  A Monster Calls
Thursday, August 10 at 6:00 pm

A boy befriends a wise tree monster while coping with bullying and his mother's terminal illness, using his imagination to escape reality.
Rated PG-13.           
Running time 108 min.

Presented as part of the Library Box Office series, sponsored by the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library.
brassQuintessential Brass Concert - "Made in America"
Thursday, August 17 at 6:30 pm

Quintessential Brass will perform a program entitled "Made In America" which highlights music by American composers and performers and celebrates America's rich musical traditions. 

Their program will include some early American music, as well as the music of Leroy Anderson, John Phillip Sousa, John Bon Jovi, Henry Mancini, the Beach Boys, Henry Filmore, Charles Ives, John Williams, Lee Greenwood, Stevie Wonder, Jason Mraz, and others, as well as music from Broadway, the Big Band Era, and popular TV and movie themes. 

This brass quintet consists of five full-time professional musicians who have, individually, performed with groups all over the world, recorded CDs and movie soundtracks, performed for Presidents, and at venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Quintessential Brass has recorded two CDs: "Miscellenea" and "A Quintessential Christmas". For more information, you may visit their website here.

MA Cultural Council
This event is sponsored by the Southbridge Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

ongoingOngoing Events

Book Club 
August 7 at 6:30 pm
The Kitchen House

The club will meet on Monday, August 7 to discuss  The Kitchen House  by Kathleen Grissom. Copies are available at the desk to check out now!

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!

Now at Town Hall
Thursday, August 3, 6:00 pm

The Krosslink group now meets at the Town Hall in the Economic Development Office.

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
Seed Bombs!
Friday, Augst 4 at 2:00pm
All teens and tweens are welcome to join us to make wildflower seed bombs! All materials provided.

Friday Magic at JEL
Friday, August 25 at 3:00pm
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 will resume the week of 9/11/17**
**Mondays at 6:30, Wednesdays at 10:30 and Fridays at 10:30**
Caravan Puppets
Monday, August 7
6:30 - 7:30 pm

Caravan Puppets will be back to perform their "Getting Along" puppet show!
An interactive and funny show, with a positive message.

Thanks to the Southbridge Cultural Council for sponsoring this event.
Summer Reading!
Ends August 4

Friday, August 4th is the last day to report your Summer Reading time!
Don't forget to come in with your reading log to be eligible for one of the grand prizes!
National Ice Cream Sandwich Day
Wednesday, August 2
All day!

Come in and enjoy a treat anytime on 8/2!

*NEW* Tinkering Thursdays
Thursdays, 3:00-4:00pm

Drop in and make a collage!

Tribute to 9/11
Monday, August 21
4:00 - 6:00 pm

For a community service project through Project 351, Madison Gendreau is organizing a card making drive at the library. Annually, Ambassadors and Alumni serve with reverence and respect to honor and remember those lost on 9/11 and in military combat since. A central focus of service is expressing gratitude to First Responders -- a community that suffered grievous loss on September 11th and who serve with bravery and courage each and every day in our 351 communities.
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

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.

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, August 14
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 22 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
Programs at Jacob Edwards Library may be recorded for Southbridge Public Access TV 
and/or photographed for promotional purposes.

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