Upcoming Library Events & News
July, 2019

The warm weather is here and summer reading is underway at the Jacob Edwards Library!  The adult, young adult and children's areas all have exciting reading incentive contests along with lively programming throughout the month.  Adults and young adults can try their hand at Summer Reading BINGO 2019. Students may find their summer reading books in designated areas in the main hall on the first floor, and in the children's room on the ground floor.  Stop in and register for the summer reading program for chances to win prizes that are "out of this world!"

Art Exhibition

The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to host the work of local artist Isabella Maluf throughout the month of July.  The artist's work - paintings in oil and acrylic - is on view during library opening hours. There will be a reception for the artist on Thursday, July 11th at 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of Jacob Edwards Library. All welcome!

Summer Meals Program

The Jacob Edwards Library is a site for the 2019 summer meals program.  Lunch will be provided, free of charge, for those aged 18 and under at the library from June 24 through August 2, 2019 between the hours of 11 am and 1 pm.  Stop by the library for a healthy lunch, and stay for a fun program, to read a new book, and the opportunity to meet new friends!  

Digital News

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) has partnered with BiblioBoard's Indie Author Project to provide over 30 independently-published books available throughout the summer.  Read more about this exciting opportunity to access this digital collection until September 2  here, in the Digital Commonwealth's June 2019 Newsletter.

There is always something going on or something to do at the library! Feel free to drop in anytime!

Automatic Renewals

Items on loan will now a utomatically renew for the next checkout period so you don't need to contact us or log into your account to renew them! If a chec ked out item can be extended for a longer period, it will automatically be renewed on the due date.
An email notification will be sent on the due date alerting you of the renewal status for checked out items. It will indicate if your items were successfully renewed or unable to be renewed (they do not renew them indefinitely- we need our materials back at some point!).

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

Featured Display:  ArtBella: Oil & Acrylic Paintings by Isabella Maluf
-Summer Meals Program
  -Film Screening:  Replicas
- Concert with Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards and Band

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 & Sunday: Closed

The Library will be closed 
on Thursday, July 4, 2019 
for Independence Day.

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.

The Silver Witch by Paula Brackston

July's Featured Display: ArtBella: Oil & Acrylic Paintings by Isabella Maluf

The Jacob Edwards Library is delighted to host the artwork of Isabella Maluf during the month of July. The work is on view during library opening hours. There will be a reception for the artist on Thursday, July 11th from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of Jacob Edwards Library. All welcome!

Artist Statement:
I am originally from Brazil and my passion for art was born within me. Since I was very little I played piano and danced ballet for many years. Thanks to my Mother, I had the opportunity to admire all artistic works, everything from crochet to sculpture. I discovered my passion for painting at a later age and amazingly surprised myself! I'm a self-taught artist that loves the freedom to create from my heart so I can express my feelings without worrying about professional training or degrees. My art is not meant to be compared with professional artists'; I believe that everyone has their own art inside of them. My paintings are creations of my inner personal expressions that I truly enjoy to share freely with the world. I have been a natural lover of art and beauty. For me, painting is a blessing, a gift from my Higher Self that helps me to express my feelings from the bottom of my heart. Painting is a part of my 'essence.' It was already there and happened to be expressed without conventional methods, tools or techniques. I use acrylic as well as oil in my paintings. My relationship with nature and people is my inspiration, and my curiosity is the fuel to explore my creativity. That's what I am! A self-taught artist that creates with passion! I hope you enjoy my art as much as I enjoy making it!

Isabella Garcia Banolas Maluf is a self-taught painter, pharmacist, married mother of two who lives in Woodstock, CT. She was born in 1967, in Tupancireta, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Her ancestors were immigrants from Italy and Spain. She attended the School of Pharmacy at UFRS, Brazil, and specialized in Homeopathy remedies. Her hunger for knowledge and curiosity inspired her to try a different kind of arts like music, dance, and at an older age, painting. A Renaissance art lover, she likes to learn about Leonardo da Vinci's life. For her, he is the most creative mind this world has ever seen. Also, Isabella studies Astrology, Tarot Cards, Kabbalah and others. She thanks her paintings for helping her overcome the dark side of life. The art of painting gives her the opportunity to rise and shine her light again.

Sponsored by Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library.
Monday through Friday, from 11 am-1 pm

The Jacob Edwards Library is once again a site for the 2019 summer meals program.  Lunch will be provided, free of charge, for those aged 18 and under at the library from June 24 through August 2, 2019 between the hours of 11 am and 1 pm.  Stop by the library for a healthy lunch, and stay for fun program and the opportunity to meet new friends!  

Please note: the library will be closed on Thursday, July 4, 2019 and lunch will not be served that day. 
boxofficeFilm Screening - Replicas
Thursday, July 18 at 6:00 pm

" A neuroscientist brings back his dead family using an illegal procedure that goes against the very laws of both man and science." -- Movie Licensing website Swank.com.

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.

Movie poster image copyright Lions Gate Films, Inc.
Thursday, July 25 at 6:30 pm

The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to host a concert with musician/songwriters Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards and their bandmates Doug Williamson on bass and piano and Peter Hart on pedal steel guitar. They continue to  impress listeners with their heartfelt songs and to inspire an even deeper appreciation of contemporary American folk music.

Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards are clearly inheritors of a timeless legacy, creating music that is both original and evocative of a rich tradition. Blending distinctive voices and a wide range of accompaniment (guitar, harmonica, ukulele, clarinet, penny whistle, electric bass), their songs have been well-received by audiences around the eastern United States and Canada since 2010. Transcending the genre of folk Americana, their music echoes inspiration from traditional folk duos and singer/songwriters, combining beautiful harmonies and a lyrical intensity, while establishing a unique sound of their own.

Both artists are products of central Massachusetts mill and factory towns, and for all their national exposure, they are passionately dedicated to the region and what it has to offer. Each summer for the past decade they have organized the "Massachusetts Walking Tour" where they hike the roads and trails of the Commonwealth, more than 100 miles in less than two weeks, in support of the arts in local communities along the way. Each evening they stop over in yet another Massachusetts town, putting on a free concert there, along with local performers and fellow artists who accompany them on their journey. 
ongoingOngoing Events

Book Club 
Monday, July 1
6:30 pm

The book club will meet to discuss Dinner with Edward: the Story of a Remarkable Friendship by Isabel Vincent  this month.
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 August's discussion book 
will be 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!

childrensWelcome to the Children's Corner!

Check here to find out about upcoming events in the Children's Room.
Summer Reading
Starts June 24 through August 2 

Join us this summer for some great "free" fun!
Free lunch served daily to anyone 18 and under!

Come visit the library for your summer reading books!
Toe Jam Puppet Band
Monday, July 1 at 6:30 pm

You are invited to join us for a concert with the fun and zany Toe Jam Puppet Band. All welcome!

Thanks to sponsorship from the Olive I. and Anthony A. Borgatti Jr. Donor Advised Fund of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation.
Couet Farms Fromagerie
Tuesday , July 2 at 11:30 am-12:30 pm

Learn about Couët Farm & Fromagerie, where they create unique, award-winning cheese for your every meal; old-world heart meets new-world innovation.
We believe that food should nourish your soul and that everything we do should support and empower our community. Our mission is to be a sustainable family business that creates beautiful, delicious, wholesome cheeses.

Sponsored by Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library.

Debbie O,Carroll
Monday, July 8 at 6:30pm

Tom and Debbie O'Carroll's Loony Lunar Magic Show celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with exciting magic, fun comedy and lively songs about our amazing satellite. Youngsters will learn about Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin, the astronauts who made this incredible journey, as well as Katherine Johnson the NASA mathematician who made their journey possible! They will learn about a lunar eclipse; discover why most earthlings see a rabbit, not a face, in the moon; have fun exploring the phases of the moon and much more! Debbie O'Carroll wrote the original script and built the highly visual stage props.Tom O'Carroll has selected a variety of favorite songs about the moon to share. Together they create a delightful way for children of all ages to experience the moon myths, moon facts and moon science featured in The Loony Lunar Magic Show.

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

Zach LaVergne Mustard Seed Microfarm
Tuesday, July 9 at 11:30 am-12:30 pm

Zack LaVergne is the owner of Mustard Seed Microfarm in Southbridge.  He will talk about his venture of what started as a small backyard garden in 2017, and has grown into a ¼ acre Certified Naturally Grown market garden specializing in growing super fresh fruits and vegetables for the local community.  Zack is passionate about farming and is particularly interested in growing and preserving heirloom fruits and vegetables.  Zack also serves his community as the chair of the Southbridge Agricultural Commission which works to preserve and promote agriculture in Southbridge.

Thanks to sponsorship from the Friends of Jacob Edwards Library.
Turtle Rescue League
Monday, July 15 at 6:30 pm

The Turtle rescue League was founded in 2009, with the goal of protecting our native turtle species. From the beginning, the Turtle Rescue League (TRL) has been a native turtle rescue, providing assistance for non-native and pet turtle issues only secondarily. Our doors are always open to the native turtles of the Northeastern United States. It is because of this our acceptance of non-native species is very restricted in order to maintain quarantine and protect the native turtles that call our wilds their home.

Thanks to sponsorship from the
 Friends of Jacob Edwards Library.

Nick Dellisola, Bee Keeper
Tuesday, July 16 at 11:30am-12:30pm

We are pleased to invite local
beekeeper Nick Dellisola to present a program on his interesting work with bees and how beneficial they are to the environment.

Thanks to sponsorship from the Friends of Jacob Edwards Library.
Kim the Tooth Fairy
Wednesday, July 17 at 11:00am-1:00pm
Come welcome and meet Kim the Tooth Fairy for some fun and face painting!!

Thanks to sponsorship from Kids Zone Dental.
Readers Theatre
Thursday, July 18 at 11:30am-1:00pm

Readers Theater in Partnership with Gateway Players!  
Readers Theater is a dramatic presentation of a written work in a script form. Readers read from a "script" and reading parts are divided among the readers. The workshop is being produced by Mary Darling. Come have some fun and see how we can "act out and read"!

Sponsored by Gateway Players.
Creature Teachers
Monday, July 22 at 6:30pm

Animals of many stripes will be here on view! You are invited to come by and learn about the behavior and habitats of many different wild animals.

Thanks to sponsorship from the Olive I. and Anthony A. Borgatti Jr. Donor Advised Fund of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation.

Ed the Wizard
Ed the Wizard
Monday, July 29 at 6:30pm

Join us for a magic show with Ed The Wizard where magical secrets are about to be shared! Using everyday objects found at home, Ed takes the audience along with him for some fun science experiments! Students are challenged with questions about Alchemy, Scientific Principles, and their general knowledge of the physical world.

This program is ideal for students of all grades!  Using three of the four Classical Greek Elements, Earth, Wind, Water, (sorry, no Fire), learn how to change the properties of water, look though solid objects, and defy gravity. 

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

Eileen Kneeland
Tuesday, July 30 at 11:am-noon

Eileen is the school and community outreach coordinator from the Worcester District Attorney's Office.  Join us for a craft, story time and short film about being kind to one another.
Story Time
Thursdays at 10:30 am
Stories & Songs  all ages are welcome to join us. Come for story time,   then have some Lunch!

"Steam" It Up Friday
Fridays, 11:00am-12:00pm
Kinetic sand, Snap Circuits, Picasso Tiles  and more!!   Each Friday will feature one fun activity, every week will be different.  

Tinkering Thursdays
Thursdays, 12:00-1:00pm
STEM-related hands on activity using everyday and recycled items to design your own creations!
Crafty Wednesday
Every Wednesday

Stop by the Children's Room any time on Wednesdays to make 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 Club
Tuesdays,  3:00 - 4:30pm
Thursdays, 3:00-4:30pm

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
Eric Carle Museum
Zoo at Forest Park
Magic Wings
Mystic Aquarium
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Roger Williams Park Zoo
Tower Hill Botanic Gardens
Worcester Art Museum
Salem Witch Museum 
USS Constitution Museum
Massachusetts Parks Pass
AJ Petro Pool 
(pool opens 6/22)
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 collection, click here. Or on your mobile device or eReader, download the Overdrive app to get started. All you need is your library card number!

If you have questions or are having trouble, please ask us! Drop by, call, or email!
librarynewsFriends News

New bags available!

The Friends of the Library now have these fantastic new book bags available for sale! You can purchase bags at the Information Desk.

All proceeds support FOJEL, who provide funding for library events and programs (including, but not limited to, Summer Reading & Museum Passes).

Only $5 each, available in black, navy and maroon, 
they are perfect for carrying your library materials home!

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  
to schedule an  appointment.

Jacob Edwards Library
Upcoming Meetings

The Friends of the Library will hold a
monthly meeting
Monday, July 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 meet on 
Tuesday, September 24, 2019  at Noon 
in the Mills Room, unless a meeting is needed and called by the Chair.
All meetings are open to the public.
We hope to see you at the library soon! Stop in to enjoy one of our many games or puzzles, or to pick up a new book or magazine.  

Meet Marshy at the Library! Marshy was named by a young patron, Nick Kaeding. All space-themed crafts were created by JEL Staff.  You're invited to explore these other-worldly creations on your next visit to the library.


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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