Upcoming Library Events & News
July , 2018

Summer Reading!


Kids (through age 11) sign up in the Children's Room. Read 15 minutes each day to earn prizes and raffle tickets! Be sure to check out the Children's Corner section of this newsletter for all of the fun events we have happening this month, including live animals, magic shows, musical petting zoo, and more!

Teens (12-17) and Adults (18+) are invited to p lay Book BINGO with us this summer!  Pick up a BINGO card at the desk. Every 5 squares you fill in gets you a raffle entry - get BINGO with those 5 squares and get an extra ticket, plus an entry into a bonus drawing for Cumberland Farms gift cards!

See the details for all our Summer Reading fun on our website.

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

 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

Saturday hours will resume after Labor Day

The library will be closed on 
Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4.
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.
Congratulations to all the winners of the Artful Friends Raffle! The winners are...
  • Painting by Kristy McColl - #770, Wendy Ramirez
  • Burgundy Afghan by Barbara Day - #736 Chamira Santiago
  • $25 GC Publick House from Janina & Nancy Swiacki - #715 Heidi Curboy
  • 3 Course Dinner Publick House - #761 Barney Polakowski
  • Jimi Hendrix print by Charles Gaulin - #708 Betty O'Connor
  • Multicolor scarf by Anne Fisher - #684 Shirley Polenski
  • Doll Outfit by Imelda Lundstrom - #687 Pat Sharon
  • Tea Cups from Scott Benoit - #709 Bernice Rheaume
  • Yoga Mat & Socks by Wiebke Gilbert - #686 Cecilia Desrosiers
  • Citronella Candles from Shirley Polenski - #747 Jess Reed
  • Beach Scene by Joy Waldman - #685 Barbara Jernstrom
  • Baseball Quilt by Jacqueline Hemeon - #697 Charlene Szware
  • Black Shawl by Donna Craven - #673 Peggy Bresnahan
  • Gateway Players GC - #649 Betty O'Connor
  • "Dragonfly Spirit" by Susan Brunell - #692 Susan Lataille
  • Handknit Socks by Suzanne Bousquet - #678 Robert Foster
  • Winter Set by Patricia Fournier - #686 Cecilia Desrosiers
  • Painting by Tom Lapriore - #672 Bonnie Holske
  • Photograph by Mara DeWitt - #652 Maureen Doyle
  • Print by Kathy Murray - #752 Keith Nichols
  • Miniature Cinderella by Judy Rynearson - #717 Mark Noga
  • Handknit Dress & Hat by Kathy Dashnaw - #695 Donna Reckinagel
  • Cormier's GC - #657 Ted Bartlett
  • Pitcher from Willowtree Pottery - #694 Margaret Wholean
  • Print by Julie Caprera - #755 Leila Glaser
  • Mario's GC 1 - #753 Charlie Gaulin
  • Mario's GC 2 - #656 Ted Barlett
  • Handknit Hat by Diane Daniels - #715 Heidi Curboy
  • Painted Slate by Mary Larochelle - #738 Kristina Hebert
  • Painting by Alberto Mercado - #747 Jess Reed
  • Shawl by Donna Craven 1 - #689 Susan Cornetta
  • Shawl by Donna Craven 2 - #771 Margaret Morrissey
  • Library Bag by Donna Craven - #687 Pat Sharon
  • Painting 1 by Suzanne Chaffee - #724 Gabriel McCarthy
  • Painting 2 by Suzanne Chaffee - #761 Barney Polakowski
  • Painting 1 by Simone Germain - #702 Sue Bousquet
  • Painting 2 by Simone Germain - #654 Margaret Morrissey
  • Painting 3 by Simone Germain - #763 Sherri Farraher
  • Metrot Bistro GC - #697 Charlene Szware
  • Focus Fitness Gym Membership - #744 Lynn Wolstencroft
  • Greeting Cards 1 by Isabel Lopes - #758 Imelda Lundstrom
  • Greeting Cards 2 by Isabel Lopes - #727 Laura Tomasko
  • Greeting Cards 3 by Isabel Lopes - #704 Louise Majewski
  • Wall Hanging by Louise Majewski - #740 Maryellen Smith
  • Dexter Russell GC - #699 James Ferron
  • Stop & Shop GC - #664 Maureen Carragher
  • Gateway Players GC - #681 Karol Foster
  • Chip-n-Dip Bowl by April Denault - #658 Rita Schiano
Thank you to all of those who purchased raffle tickets, and to all of the donors who contributed prizes! Your generosity every year is what makes this raffle such a success!
boxofficeFilm Screening - 
Thank You For Your Service
Thursday, July 12 at 6:00 pm

A group of U.S. soldiers attempt to reintegrate into civilian life after serving in Iraq.

Rated R. Running time 108 min.

Presented as part of the Library Box Office series, sponsored by the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library.
gimasLocal Author Priscilla Gimas
Wednesday, July 18 at 3:00 pm

Local author Priscilla Gimas will present her memoir, "Lights that Never Dim,' published in April.

Dr. Priscilla C. Gimas is a seasoned educator with extensive teaching and administrative experience. She has many achievements and has enjoyed many successes with her students. One of Priscilla's proudest achievements was her doctorate in educational leadership. Her dissertation examined how, and if, graduate programs prepared administrators to make decisions ethically. Dr. Gimas has also presented papers discussing the relationship between knowledge of self and ethical values.

Gimas's memoir addresses ethical questions. 'Everyone reading this book has experienced wrongdoings of some type in their life, whether on a personal or professional level or both. The question we all need to ask ourselves is whether we can uphold our personal moral values in the light of adversity and whether we want to face the consequences. Although this may sound like an easy choice to some, it isn't.'
rhubarbLove, Laughter & Rhubarb with Tinky Weisblat
Thursday, July 19 at 6:30 pm

The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to present Tinky Weisblat, author, singer and historian. She will be at the library to present  Love, Laughter and Rhubarb. All welcome. Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of Jacob Edwards Library

"As a child, I disliked rhubarb and balked at eating it. As an adult, I have evolved into an enthusiast for the tart red stalks that pop up in my New England yard every year. Like most converts, I am wildly enthusiastic about her rhubarb "religion." In Love, Laughter, and Rhubarb I share some of my reasons for loving rhubarb: its taste, its place as one of the first crops of the agricultural year, and above all its versatility. This sweet/tart plant can be made into just about anything.

The book provides more than 60 recipes, from beverages and appetizers through main courses and desserts. From the Madame Rhubarb (a Manhattan cocktail concocted with homemade rhubarb bitters) to Rhubarb Pizza to (of course!) Rhubarb Pie, Love, Laughter, and Rhubarb offers dishes to delight rhubarb enthusiasts and treats to tempt those who are not yet in love with "pie plant." The book also includes essays about the history of rhubarb, rhubarb's place in fiction, its use as the centerpiece of festivals around the country and beyond, and the many meanings of the word "rhubarb." Of rhubarb, I write:
It's beautiful. It's resilient. It's versatile. Oh, my goodness. I just realized that I may love rhubarb because it's like ME!"

Tinky aka Diva of Deliciousness has worked in a variety of settings-teaching college, editing the catalog at the Museum of Television & Radio, introducing movies at a French film festival-but her first love is writing. "My favorite topics are cooking and popular culture; I like to explore the connections that link food, story, and song." Tinky holds a bachelor's degree from Mount Holyoke College, a doctorate in American Studies from the University of Texas, and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Tennessee. 
The Solstice Sackbuts are a chamber trio specializing in the sackbut, the precursor to the modern trombone. You'll be delighted with warm brass tones and a fun program.

Take a vacation for a day while the Solstice Sackbuts take you on an international tour with a program of folk and pop music from around the world. No passports are required while your toes tap to sambas, tangos, tarantellas, polkas, horahs, waltzes, jigs, calypsos, as well as rock, jazz and some of the world's most famous and popular music.

The Solstice Sackbuts will take you to Peru, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Haiti, France, England, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Germany, Austria, Russia, the Czech Republic, Israel, Kenya and other destinations while playing lively and familiar selections.

MA Cultural Council
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 July Meeting

The book club will not be meeting in July. 
We will pick up again in August by discussing  

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!

childrensWelcome to the Children's Corner!

Check here to find out about upcoming events in the Children's Room.
Summer Reading!
June 25 - August 3

Don't forget to register for Summer Reading, and turn in your reading logs each week for prizes and raffle tickets!

See all the details on Summer Reading for kids here.

Springfield SO Musical Petting Zoo
Monday, July 2 at 6:30 pm

Come visit the Springfield Symphony Orchestra's Musical Petting Zoo!

Kids can try out a variety of real musical instruments in this interactive program. 
Bow a violin, blow on a horn, or tap out a rhythm on a drum!

Sponsored by the Friends of Jacob Edwards Library
Mad Science STEM Show
Monday, July 9 at 6:30 pm

Join us for a fun STEM presentation with the Mad Scientists from Mad Science! Demonstrations and hands-on activities let kids have fun with STEM concepts.

Sponsored by the Borgatti Trust

Health and Movement Playtime
with Gina Iadarola
Fridays, July 6 & 13  at 10:30 am

Join us for a fun time with movement and music presented by occupational therapist and certified yoga therapist: Gina Iadarola. The connection between exercise and learning is well known and kids will enjoy this fun activity!

Sponsored by the Borgatti Trust and the Friends of the Library
Author Sarah Lamstein
"Big Night for Salamanders"
Wednesday, June 27 at 1:00 pm

MA author Sarah Lamstein will present her book, Big Night for Salamanders.

"On the first warm rainy night of spring - Big Night - spotted salamanders by the hundreds crawl out of the woods and down to a vernal pool, where they mate and lay their eggs.
Evan and his parents know the salamanders need their help, for a road interrupts the salamanders' path to the vernal pool. Crossing a road at night is dangerous, especially for small amphibians. The family slows the traffic. They carry salamanders across the road. But the cars keep coming, and the hour is late. How can the family help these delicate creatures cross the road in safety?
Evan has a solution..."

The author is happy to sign copies of her books, following the presentation.

Sponsored by the Southbridge 
Conservation Commission
Magician Mike Bent
Rock & Roll & READ Magic Show
Monday, July 16 at 6:30 pm

Award-winning Children's entertainer Mike Bent presents his newest magic show!

Using hilarious comedy, amazing magic, crazy puppets, music, sound effects and riveting storytelling, the show will help even reluctant readers build positive associations with books, and inspire kids to read all summer long. Young readers will have a blast when they become a human xylophone that plays a mentally selected song. They'll be amazed when they see a drawing of a rock legend magically come to life!

Sponsored by the Southbridge Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Kim the Tooth Fairy
Tuesday, July 17 at 12:00 pm

Join Kim the Tooth Fairy for Music by Wibble,  Sing-a-long songs , dancing and a music makerspace craft!

Sponsored by KidZone Dental
Debbie O'Carroll 
Rock the Library Magic Show
Monday, July 23 at 6:30 pm

Magician Debbie O'Carroll joins Musician  Tom O'Carroll  in fun and funny interactive magic show that highlights the art of music. Tom's lively songs and tunes on the guitar, banjo, tin whistle, mandolin, Irish drum and African thumb piano will introduce youngsters to music from Scotland, Spain, East Africa, Ireland, Italy and the U.S. Debbie's enchanting magic illusions will involve all with some storybook characters from these magical and musical lands.

Sponsored by the Southbridge Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Fight Bullying with Eileen Kneeland, Worcester DA's Office
Tuesdays, July 24 & 31 at Noon

Learn the ways you can take a stand against bullying. Kids can do a High Five hand activity and listen to a presentation on kindness.

With Eileen Kneeland, Community Outreach Coordinator and Educator  for Worcester District Attorney  Joseph D. Early Jr.'s Office.
Animal Adventures
Monday, July 30 at 6:30 pm

The Animal Adventures Family Zoo & Rescue Center is back! Join us to meet some animals up close, and learn all about them!

Sponsored by the Borgatti Trust 

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

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 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
Thursdays, 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
Eric Carle Museum
Springfield Museums
Zoo at Forest Park *NEW*
Mystic Aquarium
Roger Williams Park Zoo
Tower Hill Botanic Gardens
Worcester Art Museum
Salem Witch Museum 
The Trustees locations
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!

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 or 
email  to schedule an  appointment.

Jacob Edwards Library
Upcoming Meetings

The Friends of the Library will hold their next meeting on  Monday, July 16
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 24
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
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and/or photographed for promotional purposes.

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