Upcoming Library Events & News
July, 2016

Have you signed up for Summer Reading yet?!
Kids (0-11), Teens (12-17) and Adults (18+) each have their own program. If you're going to be reading anyways, why not sign up for the chance to win some great prizes?

All of the details are on our Summer Reading page!

Please read on for this month's upcoming events, and more library news.

 Ongoing Events: Book Club & Knitting

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

Closed Sign
The library will be 
closed on Independence Day
Monday, 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.
smokingYou Can Quit Smoking
Wednesday, July 6 at 4:00 pm

Join us for an  educational presentation by Project Coordinator Tina Grosowsky  on tobacco prevention policy; effective tobacco cessation resources; the effects of secondhand smoke on children and adults; and tobacco industry tactics that target young people. All welcome!
The Central Massachusetts Tobacco-Free Community Partnership supports communities' efforts to lower smoking prevalence and exposure to secondhand smoke. Tobacco use is the #1 cause of preventable death and disability in Massachusetts. More than 9,000 residents die every year from the effects of tobacco - one person every hour of every day. Thousands more are disabled by tobacco use, suffering with chronic illness and pain.

exhibitArtist Audrey Weber
Reception Thurs, July 7 at 6:30 pm

During the month of July, the library is pleased to host the work of local artist Audrey Weber.

"Audrey Weber was born and raised in Southbridge and studied theater and art at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. Her work focuses on storytelling through self-published zines, costume making, illustration and quilt making. Inspired by folk traditions, the natural world, vintage picture books, and cosmology Audrey strives to tell stories through images, often focusing on narratives that celebrate pacifism, feminism, beauty and the mysteries of the world we live in, both small and large. She currently is working on her first picture book while living on a small farm in Montague, MA."

You are invited to attend the opening reception on Thursday, July 7th from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Light refreshments provided by the Friends of Jacob Edwards Library.
All welcome!
Thursday, July 7 at 6:00 pm

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!

Krosslink.org is a volunteer-driven community program created to help develop, nurture, and foster entrepreneurship by connecting aspiring entrepreneurs to local business leaders, mentors and civic leaders who can help them achieve their goals. The result is a vibrant   eco-system where individuals looking to build a business can find resources and activities to kick start their plans and find mentoring by SCORE business experts.
boxofficeFilm Screening - Heist
Thursday, July 14 at 6:00 pm

When their attempt to rob a casino goes awry and a shootout ensues, Vaughn and Cox are forced to flee on foot and hijack city Bus 657 and take passengers hostage.

Rated R. Running time 93 min.

Presented as part of the Library Box Office series, sponsored by the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library.

MandevilleIn Concert: Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards
Thursday, July 21 at 6:30 pm

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.

Get a sneak peek of this talented duo before their Concert on the Common on August 21!

MA Cultural Council

This program is supported by a grant from the Southbridge Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
belangerWeird Massachusetts with Jeff Belanger
Thursday, July 28 at 6:30 pm

Prepare to explore the unexplained with Jeff Belanger-one of the most visible and prolific paranormal researchers today. Take a multimedia journey through the history, oddities, paranormal, and just plain weird side of the Bay State.
Since 1997, the journalist has interviewed thousands of eyewitnesses to paranormal occurrences. He's the award-winning, Emmy-nominated host, writer, and producer of New England Legends on PBS, and is the author of over a dozen books on the paranormal (published in six languages).

Belanger is the founder of Ghostvillage.com, the Web's most popular paranormal destination according to Google, and is a noted speaker and media personality who has lectured at libraries, universities, corporations, MENSA's national conference, and has given a prestigious TEDx talk in New York City.
He's also the host of the cable/Web talk show, 30 Odd Minutes. Belanger has written for newspapers like The Boston Globe and USA Today and is the series writer and researcher for Ghost Adventures on the Travel Channel. He's been a guest on hundreds of radio and television programs.

MA Cultural Council

This program is supported by a grant from the Southbridge Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
bicentennialSouthbridge Bicentennial Events

The Town of Southbridge turns 200 in 2016! Visit  southbridge200.org for information on all of the upcoming events, a nd don't forget to like the Bicentennial on  Facebook  to keep up with the latest news!

Mark your calendars for the Grand Fireworks Show, August 13!
Be sure to check out the Bicentennial Store at 19 Hamilton Street for souvenirs, including T-shirts, bracelets, Christmas tree ornaments, and more.

Also, keep an eye on Southbridge Community Television's YouTube channel, where you can watch the Celebrating Southbridge series with Town Manager Ron San Angelo. Episode 3 introduces the Bicentennial Committeee Co-Chairmen, and discusses the events planned.
  ongoingOngoing Events
Book Club - No meeting this month

The Book Club will not be meeting in July. Join us again on August 1 to discuss Anthony Doerr's Pulitzer-winning All the Light We Cannot See in the Reading Room. New participants are always welcome, and copies of the book will be available at the desk any time this month.
This is a no-commitment book club, attend as many or as few meetings as you like!
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.
Author Jenn Bishop
Friday, July 8 at 2:30 pm

The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to host a book talk and signing with Jenn Bishop, author of The Distance to Home. The fiction title is written for readers in grade 3 to 8 and provides a gripping story about a girl's love of baseball, her sister and the passing of her biggest fan. A heart wrenching story with lots of dramatic elements. Copies of the book will available for purchase at the end of the program. All welcome!

"In a piercing first novel, Bishop introduces a family grappling with devastating loss . . . Bishop insightfully examines the tested relationships among grieving family members and friends in a story of resilience, forgiveness, and hope." - 
Publishers Weekly
Let's Get Moving Magic Show  with Mike Bent
Monday, July 11 at 6:30 pm

Using hilarious comedy, amazing magic, crazy puppets, games, music, sound effects and riveting storytelling, the show will motivate kids to get fit and stay fit! As with all Mike's shows, Let's Get Moving! revolves around books kids love, including  The Rechargeables: Eat Move Sleep by Tom Rath and  The Busy Body Book by Lizzy Rockwell. The show also features a wacky, high-energy and magical game show (with real prizes!) that helps kids and adults learn how to make fun, healthy lifestyle choices! Suitable for ages 3 and up! 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library
Fun and Games Magic Show with Debbie O'Carroll
Monday, July 18 at 6:30 pm

Learn about fitness through the art of stage magic. This fun-filled program is perfect for ages 4 to 12 and it reinforces the idea that exercise is good for you. Debbie's lively participatory magic show highlights the physical benefits of playground games, organized sports, dance and healthy nutrition.
MA Cultural Council

This program is supported by the Southbridge Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Creature Teachers 
Live Animal Show
Monday, July 25 at 6:30 pm

The Creature Teachers is a family owned live animal business specializing in environmental and animal education whose goal is to fascinate audiences with the wonders and diversity of the animals that share our planet. We invite you to join us for this fun program at the Jacob Edwards Library Children's Room and have an opportunity to get close to the animals and learn about their care.  The Creature Teachers have years of experience with both animals and people, with an emphasis on providing an enjoyable educational atmosphere for all.
The Creature Teachers take great pride in making sure the animals have the best care possible. Every animal at The Creature Teachers is captive born and raised. This ensures less stress and health problems and the physical well being and mental enrichment for all the animals is their focus. This ensures healthy, friendly animals for every program. 

Sponsored by the Olive I and Anthony A Borgatti Donor Advised Fund at Greater Worcester Community Foundation
Thursday, 7/12

We will provide the magazines, glue, scissors, and crayons, you supply the ideas and creativity! Drop in any time on the second Tuesday of the month to cut, paste, and craft a collage creation!
Crafty Wednesday
Every Wednesday

Stop by the Children's Room any time on Wednesday 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 and 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
Mystic Aquarium
Roger Williams Park Zoo
Salem Witch Museum
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.

Book 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 be meeting on 
Monday, July 18
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 26 at Noon 
in the Mills Room. 

Please note that meetings will now take place on the 4th Tuesday of the month, rather than the 3rd Tuesday.
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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