Upcoming Library Events & News
July, 2017

  Summer Reading is here!
Visit  our Summer Reading website for all the details!

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!
Thanks to New Hope for staffing the lunch program
 on Mondays - they will also
 have  crafts and stories with an anti-bullying theme every Monday during lunch!

School Supply Drive  

The library will be a drop-off location for the Annual School Supplies/Back Pack Drive for Catholic Charities. 

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: Piyali Samant & Greg Hamilton

 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

staffpicksJuly'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 Thurs, July 6 at 6:30 pm

Please join us in welcoming Piyali Samant and Greg Hamilton, two local artists who are displaying their work at the library this month! An opening reception will be held on Thursday, July 6th at 6:30 pm, all welome!

"I grew up in the historic city of Ahmedabad, 350 miles west of Mumbai in India. By age 15 I was drawing portraits of people, animals, nudes and developed a great love for free hand Henna patterns. 

I graduated as a computer engineer and came to United States for a Masters in IT and later an MBA. I worked in IT management most of my professional life. Through it all, I continued painting and exhibiting art, but not as often and as much as I would have liked. A year after completing my MBA at age 33, I decided that a day spent not painting was a day wasted. On April 10, 2014 I left my career in IT to pursue my life-long dream of being a daily painter. I am a contemporary artist. I paint daily out of my studio in Auburn, MA. Oil is my first love, but I also enjoy working with graphite, charcoal and ink. Most of my pieces are commissioned portraits of people and pets created using photo references of the subjects. Other commissions in my portfolio include semi-abstract florals, athlete figurative paintings."

"My painting has began taking on this performative/dialogic character with Craigslist Portrait Roulette (2013) where I offered free portraits to any stranger brave enough to come to my warehouse painting studio in Webster Square and pose for three hours. Participants were able to keep their favorite portrait, and the ones they did not select were completed by me and comprised the series. This project inspired the first Worcester Portrait Exchange, where 100 individuals were paired with a stranger and tasked with creating, and gifting a portrait to each other.  Results included photographs, paintings, drawings and sculpture, and even installation.

I am inspired by improvisational nonprofessional forms of creativity. I believe that Worcester's unique character is best served by an "Arts Scene" that is welcoming, informal, participatory and experimental. I hope to promote the idea that a local artist has "made it" not necessarily when their work is saleable to collectors for high sums (an unlikely goal in a city without a significant collector market) but when their practice influences and invigorates the communities in which they live and work.
I am currently working to combine my existing visual art activities with an emerging community art practice. In the coming years I hope to develop new cultural projects that operate at the intersection of disciplines; combining art, ethnographic research and participatory experience design."

boxofficeFilm Screening -  Deepwater Horizon
Thursday, July 13 at 6:00 pm

The crew of the Deepwater Horizon fights for survival after the explosion of the oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico.
Rated PG-13.           
Running time 97 min.

Presented as part of the Library Box Office series, sponsored by the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library.
markMark Mandeville & Raianne Richards in Concert
Thursday, July 20 at 6:30 pm

Join us for a free concert with perennial favorites, Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards!

For over a decade, Mark & Raianne have resonated with the lovers 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.

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 
No Meeting This Month

Please note there will be no Book Club meeting in July.
The club will meet again on 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, July 6 at 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, July 7 at 2:00pm
All teens and tweens are welcome to join us to make wildflower seed bombs! All materials provided.

Finger Knitted Bracelets
Friday, July 14 at 2:00pm
A fun and easy craft!

Character Corner Bookmarks
Friday, July 21 at 2:00pm
Make a page-corner bookmark, and decorate it with a fun character!

Friday Magic at JEL
Friday, July 28 at 2:00pm
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.
Ed the Wizard
Ed the Wizard
Monday, July 10
6:30 - 7:30 pm

Welcome back Ed the Wizard!

His magic shows are not to be missed!

Thanks to the Southbridge Cultural Council for sponsoring this event.

Summer Reading!
"Ice Cream Truck"
Middle-of-Summer Celebration
Wednesday, July 19
1:00-2:00 pm

Visit our "Ice Cream Truck" on July 19!

It's time for Summer Reading!

Kids ages birth-11 can participate in this year's Summer program for kids at JEL
(teens 12-18 and adults see our website).

Sign up at the Children's Room desk to get your welcome packet & reading log.
Log your child's reading time every day, and return your logs to the library for a chance to win great prizes!

We have lots of fun coming up this summer, so stay tuned!
Musical Petting Zoo
Tuesday, July 11
11:00 am

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra is bringing their musical petting zoo back to JEL! Kids will get to see instruments of all kinds, and get a chance to try them out!

Sponsored by the Southbridge Cultural Council.

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

Drop in and make a collage!

Henry the Juggler
Monday, July 17
6:30 pm

Henry the Juggler is back!
The mime artist and juggler will perform his amazing tricks for us again this year!
At the end of the show, Henry will even let attendees try out a few of his tricks!

Sponsored by the Borgatti Fund and FOJEL
Turtle Rescue League
Tuesday, July 18
2:00 pm

Do you want to learn more about turtles and how you can help them? The Turtle Rescue League can help with that!
Maybe you've seen them around helping a turtle on the road! They also have a small sanctuary where turtles can live while they heal or wait to be adopted. Learn all about what they do, and about the turtles they help!
Crocodile River Music
Monday, July 24
6:30 pm

Crocodile River promotes and performs African and African-influenced music, including Brazilian, Caribbean and Flamenco. Join us at the Jacob Edwards Library for a fun evening of music and dance! This is a wonderful opportunity to embrace some other musical and dance traditions!
Author Jenn Bishop
Thursday, July 27
11:00 am

Local author Jenn Bishop returns to JEL to talk about her new book, 14 Hollow Road!

This middle grade book is: "A warm coming-of-age novel about a community banding together in the wake of a tornado, perfect for fans of reader favorites like Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt and Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff."
Minecraft Madness!
Monday, July 31
6:30 pm

Combining balloon artistry, magic, comedy and improv, this 45-minute action-packed performance is a Minecraft fan's dream! Over a dozen volunteers join Jungle Jim on stage for activities such as the Building Block Madness Tournament, a riveting Zombie Chase, the Balloon Firework Rocket extravaganza, and the incredible giant slime-ball creation! Best suited for ages 3-10.

Sponsored by the Southbridge Cultural Council and FOJEL
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, July 17 
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, July 25 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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