Library News
Jacob Edwards Library
August 2022
Library Hours

Monday & Thursday 9 am - 8 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday 9 am - 5 pm

Curbside pickup is available during library hours!

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JEL has hotspots!

Are you going on vacation this summer?
Now you can take WIFI with you!
Hotspots may be borrowed for one week so that you can stay connected wherever you may roam!
Have you seen our new website?

We appreciate your patience as we continue to update and add content.

Questions? Feedback?
Please contact us at 508-764-5426. 

JEL programs are always free and all are welcome!

Knitting with Sonya

Tuesday mornings
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Reading Room

For all handcrafters!

August Art Exhibit

"My Favorite Places"
 Lauria Tiberii

Thursday, August 4th
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Library is pleased to present an exhibit of the work of Lauria Tiberii.

From the artist:

"I was born and brought up in Southbridge, and live here still, with my husband, Fred. We have two daughters; Ana and her husband Craig Dougherty who have three daughters, Emilia, Grace and Alysa. Our other daughter is Natalie, and her husband Jesse Stanley, who are expecting their first child in September. I worked as a clerical assistant in the Department of Athletics at Nichols College for 29 years, retiring in July of 2020.

I have always had a natural ability to draw; even as a child, I remember making my own paper dolls and had some creative cover pages for book reports and great illustrations in my notebooks! By the time I started high school, I had heard of a local artist named Christine O'Brien who was giving art lessons in her home. I expressed an interest in this and my parents generously obliged by signing me up for classes. So, I took lessons from Christine all through my high school years, and it was she who told me about the Worcester Art Museum School. After I graduated from high school Christine was kind enough to write a letter of recommendation for application to the museum school and I was accepted. While at Worcester Art Museum School I majored in fine art, when most of my classmates were studying commercial art. I don't regret that decision, even though I have not made a living from my art. However, I have done many commissioned works over the years, many being pet portraits, which seem to be my forte lately. I also do 'welcome' slates which can be hung outside on your home. My favorite medium in which to work is acrylics. Christine O'Brien taught me how to paint with acrylics in an 'oil' style; since acrylics are generally used for abstract or hard-edge work, it was quite a challenge to paint landscapes and portraits with them. But I think I've mastered it and now I can't imagine using anything else.

I am a member of the Ruth Wells Center, and have participated in some of their exhibits. I had my first solo exhibition in 2020 at Jacob Edwards Library, however it had to be virtual because of Covid. So, I am happy to have a 'live' show this year. I hope you enjoy it."
Stolen Moments
Sarah Clay and the StarCats

Thursday, August 11th
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to host a concert in the Reading Room with Sarah Clay and the StarCats. The group consists of Draa Hobbs on guitar, Steve Bulmer on bass, and Sarah Clay on vocals. The theme of the evening's performance will be songs reminiscent of the sweet, serendipitous things that happen at summer camp, or when you venture off the beaten path. 

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Southbridge Local Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
Imagine 2050 on the GO

Thursday, August 18th
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Please note the earlier start time.

The Jacob Edwards Library and the Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC) are excited to invite the Greater Southbridge community to another Imagine 2050 on the GO Visioning Session.

Imagine 2050: A Vision for Central Massachusetts is a region-wide comprehensive planning initiative that will establish long-range strategies for the 40- community region. Working with residents, business owners, governments, and institutional partners, CMRPC will facilitate development of the community-driven plan. The project aims to identify the resources, problems, possibilities, and needs of the region; these findings will inform a plan to improve the welfare and prosperity of those who live, work, and visit Central Massachusetts.

Imagine on the GO Visioning Sessions include a brief presentation on Imagine 2050 and a time to discuss how participants Imagine for the future of Central Massachusetts through the lenses of economy, environment, and equity. All feedback received during Visioning Sessions will be considered for the Vision Statement and Objectives of the Regional Plan.

This is Central Massachusetts’ plan, and we invite you to continue joining the conversation. Check out our website to stay in touch, learn more, & sign up for a (virtual or in person) visioning session with your group to keep the discussion going!

CMRPC is the designated planning entity for Central Massachusetts.
Founded by the Legislature in 1963, CMRPC provides a variety of planning services to our constituencies and bring a regional perspective to planning and development. One of 13 Regional Planning Agencies in Massachusetts, CMRPC serves the City of Worcester and 39 surrounding communities in the southern two-thirds of Worcester County. CMRPC’s programs include Regional Collaboration and Community Planning, Transportation, Homeland Security, GIS, and other services.
Staff Pick
How to Grill Everything
by Mark Bittman

"Here's how to grill absolutely everything--from the perfect steak to cedar-plank salmon to pizza--explained in Mark Bittman's trademark simple, straightforward style. Featuring more than 250 recipes and hundreds of variations, plus Bittman's practical advice on all the grilling basics, this book is an exploration of the grill's nearly endless possibilities. Recipes cover every part of the meal, including appetizers, seafood, meat and poultry, vegetables (including vegetarian mains), and even desserts. Plenty of quick, high-heat recipes will get dinner on the table in short order (Spanish-Style Garlic Shrimp, Green Chile Cheeseburgers); low and slow "project" recipes (Texas-Style Smoked Brisket, Pulled Pork with Lexington BBQ Sauce) are ideal for leisurely weekend cookouts. You'll also find unexpected grilled treats like avocado, watermelon, or pound cake, and innovative surprises--like how to cook paella or bake a whole loaf of bread on the grill--to get the most out of every fire"-- from publisher
Featured Database
Need some ideas on what to read next?

NoveList Plus is the premiere database of reading recommendations. It is a comprehensive source of information about books that includes expert fiction and nonfiction recommendations for all ages, reviews, articles, lists and more.

The Jacob Edwards Library subscribes to multiple online databases which can help you with everything from schoolwork, finding up-to-date health information, to learning a new language, or preparing for your driving test. Check them out here!
Teen Corner
TAG - You're It!

Do you love the library? Join our Teen Advisory Group (TAG) and help us improve our library services to teens. At TAG you will weigh in on library programs and services, earn volunteer hours, make new friends, and build your leadership skills.

Open to Southbridge residents ages 12-18. TAG will meet on the third Tuesday of the month from 3-4 pm. The first meeting will be held on September 20th!

Welcome to the Children's Page
August 2022

Summer Reading theme
Beyond the Beaten Path - we will have lots of fun activities to share
with you!
Hands On Nature -Beginning Birding
Monday August 1, 2022

Hands on Nature

Come learn more about the local birds in your yard and how to start identifying them. Learn which birds are common in Massachusetts and which ones are fun to study! We will start a bird journal and will talk about fun easy ways to get started in the world of birding! Begin the easy journey to learn more about these beautiful creatures that are an essential part of our natural world. We will learn a few common bird songs and will be able to identify some by the end of the program. Create and then take home 2 simple feeders to attract local birds.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Southbridge Local Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Caravan Puppets
Monday August 8, 2022
6:30 pm
Caravan's library performances highlight the joys of creativity, imagination and the love of reading.  Our programs engage audiences with unique handmade puppets, a wide diversity of puppetry styles, exciting stories, interactive skits and original music.  
The 2022 summers theme "TALES OF TRAILS!" brings outdoors adventure to the puppet stage! Our production, "Tales Of Trails" features hand crafted puppets, original music and (hurray!) ... a collection of Caravan’s best loved multi-cultural tail tales.
Some stories are interactive, all have positive messages!
"Tales Of Trails!" brings four skits to every production.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Southbridge Local Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Monday Night

Join us on Monday evenings at
6:30 pm for STEAM Club! Activities include art, playdough, puzzles, building circuits, kinetic sand, tinkering and much more!

Lego Club

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Board Game Fridays

Drop in and play a game

All Day
Join us anytime from 9 am to 5 pm

In Person Storytime with Ms. Liz

Wednesdays & Fridays
at 10:30 am

Tinkering Thursday

Join us on Thursday afternoons from
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

What is Tinkering?
"to take things apart, put things together, figure out how things work, and attempt to build and make creations using tools."

Board of Trustees Meeting

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for Tuesday, September 27 at 12 pm, in the Pioppi Room.

Details will be available on the Town of Southbridge website, under Public Meetings Calendar, for all public meetings.

All meetings are open to the public.
Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library

The mission of the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library is to be the fundraising arm of the Library. We are a non-profit organization that raises money for items such as library programs, books, furniture, subscriptions, museum pass memberships and other materials, as needed. 

The Andrew J Petro Pool passes are available for checkout

New members are always welcome! Our membership dues go directly toward supporting the Jacob Edwards Library.

Donations of gently used books are accepted.

Next meeting Monday,
September 26th at 6:30 pm

We look forward to seeing you at the library!

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