In This Issue
JEL Staff Picks
Botanical Art in Summer by Susan Lozoraitis
Film Screening: Tanta Agua
Give My Regards to Broadway with CJay Music
Who's Tracking You Online? The Quiet Big Data Revolution
Teen Book Discussion: The Graveyard Book
Children's Corner

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The library will be closed on Friday, July 4th in observance of  Independence Day.

Welcome, Betsy!

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Welcome to our new Children's Librarian, Betsy Vecchi!


Betsy comes to us from the Millis 

Public Library and previously interned at Brookline Public Library. 

Why not drop in soon and introduce yourself! 

Library eBooks!


You can download FREE ebooks from the library!

Library ebooks, MP3 audiobooks, and videos are available to download for Nook, Kindle, iPad/iPhone, Androids, and other devices! 


Just visit the Digital Catalog to get started.

Museum Passes




Looking for an inexpensive family day trip this summer?Did you know that the library offers free and discounted admission to area museums and attractions? 


Roger Williams Zoo, Ecotarium, and the Mystic Aquarium are just a few of the available passes. For a full list and more information, see here.


Thank you to the Friends of the Library for their support of the Museum Pass program!



Looking for your next favorite book? Give Novelist a try!


Browse read-alikes for your favorite authors, search by title to find similar books, explore fiction through genres and subcategories, read reviews, browse lists of award-winners and much more. 


All you need to log on is your library card number!

Contribute to the 100th Anniversary Memory Project!



We would like to invite all of our patrons, past and present, to share your memories of the library!


The notebook is available at the Information Desk to anyone interested. Anything you may recall about visiting the library and what it meant to you in the past is welcome! 

Knitting with Sonya 


From 10:30-12:30 every Tuesday, come join our knitting circle in the Reading Room! Any handcrafters are welcome to join, whatever your level of experience.

Friends of the Library

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The Friends of the Library will meet Monday, July 21st at 6:00 p.m. in the Mills Room.


The Friends extend an invitation to all library patrons to join their group. To find out more, please visit 

The Friends Page 

on our website.

Board of Trustees 


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 The Board of Trustees of the Jacob Edwards Library will meet on Tuesday, July 15th at 12:00 Noon.  


All meetings are open to the public.

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JEL News & Events

July 2014


Summer Reading 2014 is here!

Kids, Teens, and Adults can all sign up - the more you read, the more chances you have to win prizes! See our Summer Reading website for information on how to sign up, and don't forget to keep checking our events calendar for some great programs.

The themes for Summer Reading this year are:
Kids: Fizz Boom Read!
Teens: Spark a Reaction
Adults: Literary Elements

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July'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.

Botanical Art in Summer by July's Featured Artist Susan Lozoraitis
Reception Thursday, July 10th at 6:30 p.m.


The Jacob Edwards Library presents an art show by Susan Lozoraitis during the month of July. The exhibit will include paintings in oils and acrylics on canvas. Noteworthy is Ms. Lozoraitis' use of recycled dresses creatively transformed into 3-dimensional work. 

There will be an artist's reception on Thursday, July 10, 2014 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. All welcome! Light refreshments provided by the Friends of Jacob Edwards Library. 

Library Box Office:  Tanta Agua
Thursday, June 10th at 6:00 p.m.


"What could be worse than being 14 and on vacation with your father, stuck indoors during a seemingly endless rainstorm? 
Alberto and his two children, Lucia and Federico, set off to a hot springs resort for a short vacation. Alberto, who doesn't see his kids much since the divorce, refuses to allow anything to ruin his plans. But the springs are closed until further notice due to heavy rains, and Lucia's adolescent rebellion clashes against her father's enthusiastic efforts for family quality time. 
When she meets friends her age, equally bored at the rained-out resort, Lucia's vacation starts looking up. But flings can be fleeting, and it's her father's reliable insistence they spend time together that proves to be the most meaningful part of their unexpectedly enjoyable getaway."
In Spanish w/ English subtitles. Running time: 102 minutes.
All screenings are held in the Pioppi Room, lower level.
"Give My Regards to Broadway"            with CJay Music
Thursday, July 17th at 6:30 p.m.


Sit back, relax, and even sing along as Jonathan Costello performs the music of Broadway featuring the works of Richard Rodgers.  Jon is joined by his mom and pianist, Chris Costello, in some favorite duets from musical theater.  From the early theater stages to the more modern productions of Sondheim and Schoenberg, join Jonathan as he Gives his Regards to Broadway.

The Jacob Edwards Library 100th Anniversary celebration presents CJay Music. All welcome - join us for an evening of music. Light refreshments will be served. 


Who's Tracking You Online? 
The Quiet Big Data Revolution
Thursday, July 31st at 3:00 p.m.
Take MBI Survey

The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to welcome back Greg Page of Merrimack Analysis Group!

"Every mouse click, every keystroke, and every tablet or smart phone selection that we make helps data collectors paint a picture about who we are.  The digital footprints that individuals quietly and slowly create with this data trail can be useful to everyone from retailers to health care professionals to the government.  During this interactive presentation, we will talk about the positive, negative, and uncertain implications of the era of Big Data, to include critical issues surrounding individual privacy and security.  We will also discuss ways that individual web users can minimize their online footprint."

This is a free program presented as part of the 100th Anniversary Celebration of Jacob Edwards Library. All welcome!
Teen Book Discussion:                                
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Thursday, July 31st, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Welcome to the first ever The Perks of Being a Wandering Book Club.  Each week for 7 weeks, wander to a new library for a book discussion!

This is a collaborative program that travels from library to library and open to all teens in grades 6-12.  Participating libraries will advertise each week's event and will have books on hold that you can check out at the Circualtion Desk.  This is a great opportunity to meet new teens who love to read, to discuss your favorite books with other fans, or to just get out of the house weekly.  You may also participate online. 


At JEL, we will be discussing Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book. 


"After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack-who has already killed Bod's family . . . "

Children's Corner

Upcoming and Ongoing Children's Programs


Special Programs


AbraKABOOM! Mad Science

Monday, July 7, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

AbraKABOOM! Mad Scientist Magic Show is full of surprises! It combines science fiction and science fact with magic, comedy, storytelling, puppets, music and sound effects. The show takes place in a mad scientist's laboratory and is silly -- not too scary. The magic effects will look like science experiments gone wrong and will have lots of fun surprises along the way. Mike Bents shows always revolve around great books and this show will feature Aliens Love Underpants by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort and Probuditi! by Chris Van Allsburg as well as many others. Sponsored by the Southbridge Cultural Council.


Fizz Boom Read: Celebrations in Story and Music with John Porcino

Monday, July 14, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm  

John Porcino has been described as "A combination of Robin Williams, Pete Seeger and Captain Kangaroo" and playing to audiences all over the country, since 1983. Join us at the Jacob Edwards Library for a fun evening of stories and song from this acclaimed performer. Sponsored by Southbridge Cultural Council.


Mousetrap Science with Jungle Jim of Boston

Monday, July 21, 6:30 - 7:30 pm   


The ever-popular Jungle Jim returns to Southbridge! Join us on July 21st to participate in this high energy educational event! Jungle Jim uses balloons to create his own magic and will present: How to Catch a Mouse: Simple Machines at Work, and its part of the science curriculum that elementary school students in Massachusetts are required to learn. It culminates in us building a Rube Goldberg Mousetrap entirely made from balloons and volunteers from the audience. Sponsored by Southbridge Cultural Council and Friends of Jacob Edwards Library.  


American Poodles At Work

Monday, July 28, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to present Animal Poodles At Work - a Spencer based organization that places Standard Poodles as assistance dogs. A puppy-in-training and a trained dog will visit the library on Monday evening July 28th at 6:30 pm. They are dedicated to providing well-trained, intelligent, healthy Poodles who enjoy working for their partners, fulfilling the assistance dogs' purpose as an unobtrusive helpmate. This program will introduce the concept of pet therapy. All are welcome! Sponsored by Olive I. and Anthony A. Borgatti Jr..




Regular Programs

Crafty Wednesdays

All day, every Wednesday all year long!

For the Under 12's.  Drop by and make a special craft! Future crafts are on display in the Children's Room. 



Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Stories and songs aimed at the preschool crowd, but all ages welcome!



Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

We'll bring the LEGO bricks - you bring the skills and ideas!  Best for builders 5 years and older. Work on your own project or work as a team!


Babytime Playgroup

Fridays from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Designed for children under three, this is a time for babies and their families to get together and play in the library. This is a 'drop in and leave' program, you are welcome anytime between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.


Project Bread - Lunch Served at Jacob Edwards Library

Monday-Friday 11:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m

Starting Monday, July 7 the Jacob Edwards Library will be providing lunch each day, Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 pm. Anyone under 18 years old can have lunch at the library! Thanks to a partnership with the Southbridge School District who prepare the lunches and the Southern Worcester County Educational Collaborative (SWECE) who are here to serve the meals each day.    


No registration necessary for any of our regular programs!

Questions? Call 508-764-5427 or email  Betsy


Even when our doors are closed you can visit our website to access databases, renew and request materials, download ebooks, and so much more.  



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