Library News
Jacob Edwards Library
July 2022
Library Hours

Monday & Thursday 9 am - 8 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday 9 am - 5 pm

Curbside pickup is available during library hours!
JEL has a new website!

We appreciate your patience as we continue to update and add content.

Questions? Feedback?
Please contact us at 508-764-5426. 

"Read Beyond the Beaten Path" at JEL

Summer Reading for all ages is underway and will continue until August 5th!

Adults and Teens can sign up in person or by using this Google Form.

Caregivers can sign children up in person or by using this Google Form.
Southbridge Schools
Summer Meals Program
Kids age 18 and under can stop by the Jacob Edwards Library this summer for lunch fee of charge!

No I.D. or registration is required.
A huge thank you to the Food Services staff of the Southbridge Public Schools!
JEL has Hotspots!

Are you going on vacation this summer?
Now you can take WIFI with you!
Hotspots may be borrowed for one week so that you can stay connected wherever you may roam!
Imagine 2050 Visioning Survey

Imagine 2050: A Vision for Central Massachusetts is a region-wide comprehensive planning initiative that will establish long-range strategies for the 40-community region. Working with residents, business owners, governments, and institutional partners, CMRPC will facilitate development of the community-driven plan. The project aims to identify the resources, problems, possibilities, and needs of the region; these findings will inform a plan to improve the welfare and prosperity of those who live, work, and visit Central Massachusetts.

This survey does not include budgetary restrictions, project delays, or compromises. Your answers will shape the vision and objectives of Imagine 2050. The 10 minute survey can be completed by clicking on the image above. Paper surveys can be found at these locations.

CMRPC is the designated planning entity for Central Massachusetts.
Founded by the Legislature in 1963, CMRPC provides a variety of planning services to our constituencies and bring a regional perspective to planning and development. One of 13 Regional Planning Agencies in Massachusetts, CMRPC serves the City of Worcester and 39 surrounding communities in the southern two-thirds of Worcester County. CMRPC’s programs include Regional Collaboration and Community Planning, Transportation, Homeland Security, GIS, and other services.

JEL programs are always free and all are welcome!

Knitting with Sonya

Tuesday mornings
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Reading Room

For all handcrafters!

July Art Exhibit

 Maureen Ridge

Thursday, July 7th
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Library is pleased to present a solo exhibit of the work of Maureen Ridge.

From the artist:

"I made these monotypes between 2020 and 2022 during the heights of the pandemic. The people in the monotypes are frontline workers, people who had COVID-19 and died, and those who lived through the last few years and found ways to navigate the realities of existing in the middle of a pandemic.
In many ways this work is self portraiture of my past two years. I chose the images through personal experience - what I saw people doing is what I represented: Zooms I watched, street photographs that I took and media that I read or watched. The images are people living their lives in the midst of a mess of a thing. 
I decided to show this work in a public library because access is a central theme of my work, my life and my artistic practice. Libraries are places that are woven into the fabric of many of our daily lives, accessible to people who might not be able to enter other spaces that cost money. The pandemic is an everyday experience too. 
Showing my work in the context of libraries helps us bring our experiences of the daily into the foreground. I want people to feel inspired by my work to acknowledge how much the pandemic has shaped our daily lives, how it hurt us. I want this acknowledgment to inspire us to come together and figure out what it is we need on a deep and fundamental level to move forward as a society so that all of the people who make up our daily experiences, the teachers and children, the hospital and hospice workers are being cared for and ensure we aren’t leaving people behind. I want us to start or continue to show up for everyone. 
Making monotypes requires a level of trust in my artistic process that it is going to work out. It may not be exactly as I intended but that’s part of it too. It leads me to a place that I often couldn’t picture when I started. When I see the final image I am surprised or delighted or maybe even disappointed. All of these feelings are part of the process and help me clarify how I want to approach the next one. I get to start again from a place of even more knowing. Things are working out even when they look differently than I imagined."
Webb Telescope Images with Dino Tata

Thursday, July 14th
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to welcome Aldrich Astronomical Society member Dino Tata, who will present a program on the images that have been captured by the Webb Telescope.
Songs and Stories by Matt York

Thursday, July 21st
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to welcome longtime New England singer/songwriter Matt York. He will perform the songs of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, and Waylon Jennings and tell stories of their careers in an hour-long performance. The four songwriting legends joined forces in the 1980's to form the country supergroup The Highwaymen. However, prior to that, they'd each established themselves as stars and their careers intersected many times since the 1960's.

York has twice been nominated as Best Male Artist by the New England Music Awards and his latest release was named one of the Boston Globe's best albums of 2019.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Southbridge Local Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
Melting Pot:
Celebrating Pottery from Around the World

Thursday, July 28th
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm**

The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to welcome Pied Potter Hamelin. Rick has been potting since 1976 and became committed to learning about the historical redware potters after learning of the Colonial and Early American industries that existed in my native Central Massachusetts.
Pied Potter Hamelin makes redware pottery that is thrown on the wheel. After a drying period, my pots are bisqued and following the first firing they are covered with a lead-free glaze, of my own formulation, and fired again. A food-safe antiquing finish is applied to the unglazed surfaces as a final step.

During the presentation Rick will throw some pots and make the skill seem effortless!

**Please note the earlier start time for the program.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Southbridge Local Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
Staff Pick
The Office BFFs: Tales of The Office from Two Best Friends Who Were There by Jennifer Fischer & Angela Kinsey

"An intimate, behind-the-scenes, richly illustrated celebration of beloved The Office co-stars Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey’s friendship, and an insiders' view of Pam Beesly, Angela Martin, and the iconic TV show. Featuring many of their never-before-seen photos.

Receptionist Pam Beesly and accountant Angela Martin had very little in common when they toiled together at Scranton’s Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. But, in reality, the two bonded in their very first days on set and, over the nine seasons of the series’ run, built a friendship that transcended the show and continues to this day. Sharing everything from what it was like in the early days as the show struggled to gain traction, to walking their first red carpet—plus exclusive stories on the making of milestone episodes and how their lives changed when they became moms—The Office BFFs is full of the same warm and friendly tone Jenna and Angela have brought to their Office Ladies podcast." -- from publisher
Featured Database
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The Jacob Edwards Library subscribes to multiple online databases which can help you with everything from schoolwork, finding up-to-date health information, to learning a new language, or preparing for your driving test. Check them out here!
Teen Corner

Welcome to the Children's Page
July 2022

Summer Reading theme
Beyond the Beaten Path - we will have lots of fun activities to share
with you!
Henry the Juggler
Monday July 11, 2022 6:30 pm
Henry the Juggler (alias Henry Lappen) is considered armed (and legged) and dangerous. He is known to cause spontaneous outbursts of laughter. He speaks little, but says a great deal through his expression and body language (and road signs!). He has in his possession BALLS, CLUBS, RINGS, TORCHES and other apparatus of his trade. He is capable of walking on a thin wire high above the ground. He is known to change his height through the use of stilts.
Henry involves innocent bystanders in his act.

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

Ecology of Sound with Ricardo Frota

Tuesday July 12, 2022 at 1:00 pm

Ricardo Frota performs engaging multicultural music with interactive playing and singing, mixing traditional rhythm instruments from Africa, Brazil, and indigenous sounds with instruments made from recycled and natural found objects.

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

Dan Steinenger
Lego Master
Monday July 18, 2022 6:30pm
Can you get paid to play? If you’re a LEGO Master Builder you can. Dan Steininger was one of only eight official LEGO Master Builders in the entire world and he wants to share what it’s like to have a dream job. He uses humor, great storytelling, and hands on building to not only inform audiences, but entertain and inspire them.

Dan shares insight on how the little plastic bricks have stayed on top for so long despite the rise of digital methods of play - including video games. Learn how Dan survived through the near demise of LEGO, how to use creativity to overcome mistakes, and maybe a few LEGO building tips along the way. Anyone can be a Master Builder. Dan will show you how.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Olive I. and Anthony A. Borgatti Jr. Donor Advised Fund at the Greater Worcester Community Foundation

Animal World Experience
Monday July 25, 2022 6:30pm

Animal World Experience was founded in 2006 by Matt Gabriel. I believe my company is unique because of the way I view my animals. I always hold the health and happiness of my animal family above myself, and also above my business goals. Almost all of the animals at Animal World Experience were rescued or adopted by myself over the years. Some of them I even adopted as a teenager! I will never breed, sell or adopt-out any of my animals and my commitment is to provide them with the loving, forever home that they deserve.
Mission Statement
"The mission of Animal World Experience is to provide the funnest, most interactive, and educational animal presentations to audiences of all ages. I hope that through my animal presentations people will develop respect and awareness for animals for all kinds."

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Olive I. and Anthony A. Borgatti Jr. Donor Advised Fund at the Greater Worcester Community Foundation

Monday Night

Join us on Monday evenings at
6:30 pm for STEAM Club! Activities include art, playdough, puzzles, building circuits, kinetic sand, tinkering and much more!

Lego Club

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Board Game Fridays

"Drop in and play a game"

All Day
Join us anytime from 9 am to 5 pm

In Person Storytime with Ms. Liz

Wednesdays & Fridays
at 10:30 am

Tinkering Thursday

Join us on Thursday afternoons from
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

What is Tinkering?
"to take things apart, put things together, figure out how things work, and attempt to build and make creations using tools."

Board of Trustees Meeting

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for Tuesday,
July 26 at 12 pm - 1:30 pm, in the Pioppi Room.

Details will be available on the Town of Southbridge website, under Public Meetings Calendar, for all public meetings.

All meetings are open to the public.
Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library

The mission of the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library is to be the fundraising arm of the Library. We are a non-profit organization that raises money for items such as library programs, books, furniture, subscriptions, museum pass memberships and other materials, as needed. 

The Andrew J Petro Pool passes are available for checkout

New members are always welcome! Our membership dues go directly toward supporting the Jacob Edwards Library.

Donations of gently used books are accepted.

Next meeting Monday,
September 26th at 6:30 pm

We look forward to seeing you at the library!

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