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Summer Reading

Summer Reading is still going strong for all ages! 


It's not too late to sign up, just get your raffle tickets in! 


Prize winners will be drawn on August 14. 

Petro Pool Pass
A J Petro State Pool, Randolph Street, Southbridge, MA

The AJ Petro Pool is open for the summer! The library has a free one-day family admission pass that can be checked out with your library card. It is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Ask at the Information Desk!


See our website for details and more information.

Stuff the Bus!

JEL will be a collection point for donations for the Annual Stuff the Bus drive!


Donate school supplies (notebooks, pencils, backpacks, etc), and Catholic Charities will distribute them to students in need before school starts.

Taller sobre la gestión de enfermedades crónicas

en Español

Las clases serán los días Martes: 8/13, 8/20, 8/27, 9/03,9/9/10, 9/17


Horario: 2:00pm-4:30pm


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Para más informacion o para inscribirse

Llame a Roxana Gomez al (508)798-1900 Ext 248

Discounted and Free Museum Admission

The library offers passes to a variety of area museums and attractions! 


Locations include:

-Old Sturbridge           Village


-Mystic Aquarium

-Roger Williams Zoo

-Tower Hill Botanic       Gardens

-Worcester Art           Museum

-Fruitlands Museum

-USS Constitution

-MA ParksPass


See our website for discount details and more information.


Thank you to the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library for sponsoring this program!

We now accept credit cards!

We can now accept credit cards as a form of payment for your overdue or lost book fees. 

Stargaze with our Telescope!

The library now has a telescope which can be checked out and taken home - use it to spend a summer night stargazing in your own back yard!

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!
Pass It On gives older adults the tools to start conversations about scams and pass on what they know.

There are all kinds of scams out there on the internet - identity theft, health care scams, "you've won" contest scams, and many others. 

Sharing what you know can help protect someone who you know from a scam. Pass It On has videos and activities you can use to spread the word about these scams and how to avoid them.
Book a Librarian

Curious about how to download ebooks to your ereader or tablet - or even just how to use it in the first place? 

"Book a Librarian" to show you how!

Call 508-764-5426 or email Ashley to schedule a 
20-30 minute appointment.

Library eBooks!


You can download FREE ebooks from the library!

Library ebooks, MP3 audiobooks, and videos are available to download for Kindle, iPad/iPhone, Androids, Nooks, and other devices! 


Just visit the Digital Catalog to get started.

Knitting with Sonya 


From 10:30-12:30 every Tuesday, come join our knitting circle in the Reading Room! Any handcrafters are welcome to join, whatever your level of experience.

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JEL News & Events

August 2015


We have some great new online resources to introduce!

New Catalog Improvements
First, you may have noticed some new additions to our online catalog. It now has an easy-to-remember URL, It is also integrated with Novelist Select, a program that gives you recommended books, readalikes, and series information right in the book record! Take a look at Alex Cross, Run for example, to see all of the books in Patterson's Alex Cross series (and what order to read them in!), and some recommended titles and authors to try if you've already read them all.

Zinio Digital Magazines
Do you love to flip through magazines? JEL now subscribes to Zinio, a service that gives you FREE access to over 50 popular magazine titles digitally. Read them right on your computer screen, or download the app to read them on your tablet, phone or other device. Look for the Zinio link on our homepage to set up an account and get started! You'll just need a valid Jacob Edwards Library card to sign up.

Commonwealth eBook Collections
There are two new state-wide eBook collections, in addition to the Overdrive program that you may already be familiar with. Both are part of the new Commonwealth eBook Collections. The first of these is Axis360, which is a supplement to Overdrive - more popular eBooks and audiobooks to check out! The second is Biblioboard, a great resource for history research papers or just browsing, containing public domain and primary source documents. Your username and PIN/password for both of these is your library card number and the same password you use to log into your online catalog account.

If you have questions about any of these resources, or need help getting started with them, give us a call at 508-764-5426, or email us at We're always happy to help!

Please read on for more information on all of this month's events, and more library news.

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August'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.
Also, check out our  eBook staff picks on the new Axis360 eBook collection!
Teen Tuesdays - Summer Superheroes
Tuesdays, see below!


All teens and tweens (ages 12-18) are welcome to Teen Tuesdays!


Teen Improv Workshop




We have a special program for teens on 

August 11 at 2:00 pm. 


Jape Payette, professional acting coach, will be here to teach a Teen Improv Workshop!


Learn how to channel your inner actor through a series of activities and challenges. Become different characters and try your hand at acting!


Sponsored by the Southbridge Cultural Council.



Teen Summer Movie Series

This year's Summer Reading theme is Unmask! To celebrate, we will be showing a superhero movie on Tuesdays at 2:00 pm. (All movies rated PG-13, screenings on the big screen in the Pioppi Room)

August Movie Schedule:


August 4: Guardians of the Galaxy

August 25: Man of Steel                                                                                                                          


Sorry, no Teen Tuesday on August 18   
Book Club: This Boy's Life
Monday, August 3 at 6:30 pm  


All are welcome to join us for a discussion of Tobias Wolff's This Boy's Life: A Memoir in the Reading Room. New participants are always welcome (no commitment!) - copies of next month's book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, are available at the Information Desk for checkout.

"This unforgettable memoir, by one of our most gifted writers, introduces us to the young Toby Wolff, by turns tough and vulnerable, crafty and bumbling, and ultimately winning. Separated by divorce from his father and brother, Toby and his mother are constantly on the move, yet they develop an extraordinarily close, almost telepathic relationship. As Toby fights for identity and self-respect against the unrelenting hostility of a new stepfather, his experiences are at once poignant and comical, and Wolff does a masterful job of re-creating the frustrations and cruelties of adolescence. His various schemes - running away to Alaska, forging checks, and stealing cars - lead eventually to an act of outrageous self-invention that releases him into a new world of possibility."

Art Exhibit: Diversity - An International Poster Exhibit by Stephen Lewis


Immigration rights, racial tension, violence against women, religious strife - these are realities that face us daily.


The ideas depicted in this exhibit encourage us to think about stereotypes and our perceptions of how we view others. Some posters go further by encouraging not only a change in thinking, but also suggest ways to make changes. 

Organizations in many countries use posters as a way to communicate ideas and messages to their audience. Posters are sometimes used as billboards and are pasted on walls, fences, and poles all over a city. Unions sometimes hang posters in work places to warn of dangers, educate about benefits or inspire actions. Posters sometimes use mainly the written word to communicate a message. Other times they rely on creative art to communicate the idea. It is an art form that is easily accessible to many people. The art goes to the people rather than the people having to go to a museum. It is a communication tool that is less frequently used by unions in the United States.


The posters are from a collection of more than 5300 of Stephen Lewis. He is a long-time activist in the labor movement, and the former Treasurer of his union. Stephen has exhibited at a number of public libraries in Massachusetts, Boston City Hall, and two of the state Heritage parks. He has presented at the annual conference of the National Council on Public History, and on some cable television programs. He can be reached by email at or at Facebook under labor/progressive political posters. The posters/photos were contributed by friends, collected at conferences, visits to some of the organizations, and from connections made through the internet.

60th Anniversary of the 1955 Flood
Monday, August 10 at 6:30 pm


Local historian and library trustee, Dick Whitney will present a talk on the August 19, 1955 flood that swept through Southbridge.  


Drawing from the large collection of images on his website, Mr. Whitney will set the scene and discuss how this natural disaster affected this community.

All welcome! The Friends of Jacob Edwards Library will provide light refreshments.

Library Box Office: Life of Crime
Thursday, August 13 at 6:00 pm


"A pampered housewife (Jennifer Aniston) is kidnapped by a pair of blundering ex-cons in an effort to extort money from her sleazy real-estate tycoon husband (Tim Robbins). This seems like the perfect scheme until the housewife decides to even the score."

Rated R.
Running time: 101 minutes.

All screenings are held in the Pioppi Room, lower level.
Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards
Thursday, August 20 at 6:30 pm


Please join us for a concert with folk music duo Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards! You may have caught them in previous years as part of their Massachusetts Walking Tour, or seen their Concert on the Common. Light refreshments will be served, all welcome!

For over a decade, Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards have

 resonated with the lover of Americana, old country, and harmony singing, commanding crafted melodies and poignant, introspective lyrics, backing them with delicate arrangements on ukulele, clarinet, guitar and banjo.  

Hundreds of concerts have been given and thousands of records have been sold, all on their own steam with longtime support from indie label Nobody's Favorite Records. Over the years, Mandeville & Richards have shared the stage with acts like Garnet Rogers, Melanie Safka, Eric Brace & Peter Cooper, John Gorka, Willie Watson, Pierce Pettis, Pokey LaFarge, Joan Osborne, Mustard's Retreat, Atwater & Donnely, Antje Duvekot, The Low Anthem, David Wax Museum, Deer Tick and Brownbird.

The Healing Power of Meditation with 
Dr. Matthew Raider
Thursday, August 27 at 6:30 pm


yoga-man.jpg Dr. Raider presents the latest clinical research on how meditation can improve our physical, mental and spiritual health. This evening you will have a chance to practice this simple technique that can reduce stress, enhance relaxation and promote inner growth.


Matthew Raider, MD is a, clinical physician and coordinating director of the Geriatric Teaching Program in Family Medicine at Middlesex Hospital in Connecticut. He has been practicing meditation for over 35 years.


All welcome, light refreshments will be served.


Henry the Juggler 
Monday, August 3 at 6:30 p.m.    
Henry the Juggler (alias Henry Lappen) is considered armed (and legged) and dangerous, and he is coming to the Jacob Edwards Library. He is known to cause spontaneous outbursts of laughter. He speaks little, but says a great deal through his expression and body language (and road signs!). He has in his possession BALLS, CLUBS, RINGS, TORCHES and other apparatus of his trade.

WARNING:  Henry involves innocent bystanders in his act.

Henry the Juggler has been performing and teaching juggling for more than 30 years. He has an international reputation and is active in the juggling community.

Sponsored by The Southbridge Cultural Council.

Jeannie Mack 
Tuesday, August 4 at 12:00 p.m.  

Join us for a spectacular concert with Jeannie Mack! This kids' entertainer plays the  guitar and the harmonica, and sings. She performs all over New England, and is coming to Southbridge!

She will sing a number of traditional favorites, as well as her own originals, and popular songs by leading kids' artists. It's going to be a great show!


Sponsored by the Southbridge Public Schools and the Federal Lunch Program.


  Come to lunch at the Jacob Edwards Library! 
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a federally funded program that provides free meals to children, ages 18 and under, when school is out for the summer. Until August 7, 2015 children under 18 can have free lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Thanks to Project Bread and the Southbridge Public School District who prepares the meals. Come to the library for lunch, and stay for one of the fun programs that we are planning!


  Super Kids Story Time 

Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.  

Come to story time! It is a fun morning of stories, songs, and sometimes dancing in the Children's Room. The story time is aimed at children aged 3-5, but all are welcome to join us. Come for story time and stay to do the craft! 



Crafty Wednesday 

Every Wednesday, all day long!   


Stop by the Children's Room on Wednesday to do a special craft. There are a lot of superhero  crafts in August to go along with the summer reading theme, including superhero pendants! We will also be making monsters! 


Lego Club
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

We'll bring the Legos, you bring the ideas! Each week there is a different theme, recent ones have included robots and spaceships.  This is a drop-in program, no need to sign up! If you are in the library, stop by the Children's Room to see different Lego projects on display.  

Toddler Time 
Fridays from 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. 
This program is designed for children under three and their caregivers, and includes songs, movement, and short stories for toddlers. The story time will be at 10:45, with playtime and music before and after. Join us for Toddler Time, and stay to check out our great collection of board books!


No registration necessary for any of our regular programs!

Questions? Call 508-764-5427 or email  Betsy.  

Did you know that a new Dr. Seuss book was recently discovered and published?
Keep an eye out for What Pet Should I Get? in the Children's Room!

Even when our doors are closed you can visit our website to download ebooks, renew and request materials, access online resources for homework, and so much more.  


A cool website/app we wanted to share:

Have you ever wished you could store all of your recipes in one place? Check out Pepperplate, a free recipe storage service. In addition to keeping your recipes, it also has meal planner and grocery list features. Use it on your computer and download the free app on all devices. Now when you find a great recipe on Zinio, you have a place to keep it :)

Enjoy the last month of summer!



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