Upcoming Library Events & News
June, 2018

Annual Artful Friends Raffle

With a variety of prizes to choose from, this year's raffle has something for everybody! Enter to win gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses, original artwork and photography, handcrafted items of all kinds, and more!

Only $5.00 buys you 25 chances to spread out however you wish. All prizes will be on display in the Main Hall during June, and winners will be drawn June 28. Proceeds support the Friends of the Library, an organization which sponsors library programs and events like Summer Reading, movie nights, museum passes, and so much more.

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

-Opening Reception: Rita Schiano and Rob Adams Farewell Concert
-Lyme Disease: Fact Not Fiction

 Ongoing Events: Book Club & Knitting

Summer Reading! (Kids, teens and adults!)
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
staffpicksJune'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.
artistOpening Reception: Artful Friends Raffle
Featuring Rita Schiano and Rob Adams
Thursday, June 7 at 6:30 pm

Featured entertainers and perennial favorites Rita Schiano and Rob Adams will kick off the Annual Artful Friends Raffle. We are especially honored to have them perform this year as it will be their farewell concert together!

Rita is a former New York jazz singer, and Rob has been a musical fixture in the area since the 1980's. Watching them perform together is always a treat! The event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library.
lymeLyme Disease: Fact not Fiction
Wednesday, June 13 at 2:00 pm

Please join us for a program on Lyme Disease, presented by Michele Miller.

Michele Miller is the co-founder of the Central Mass Lyme Foundation, Inc., that was formed in 2014, in memory of Michele's Mom, Jeanne Cloutier who passed away from late stage Lyme disease in 2013. Their foundation's mission is to raise awareness to the seriousness of Lyme disease.
boxofficeFilm Screening -  Forever My Girl
Thursday, June 14 at 6:00 pm

A country-music star reconnects with an old flame while visiting his hometown in Louisiana.

Rated PG. Running time 104 min.

Presented as part of the Library Box Office series, sponsored by the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library.
rustyRusty String Band
Thursday, June 21 at 6:30 pm

Please join us for a free concert with the Rusty String Band!

The members of the band are from Central MA and Northeastern CT.  Art plays a driving bass and is also well known in the area for his tasteful classical guitar.  Ed has played in numerous local bands and is a multi instrumentalist - playing mandolin, banjo and harmonica.  Bob plays guitar and composes the band's original songs.

MA Cultural Council

Supported by a grant from the Southbridge Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
pride Pride in Southbridge with Matt Anctil
Thursday, June 28 at 6:30 pm

Please join us for our Annual Pride in Southbridge Event!

This year we are pleased to welcome Broadway performer and Southbridge native Matt Anctil as our featured speaker.

Immediately following the program, we will draw the winners of the Artful Friends Raffle! Hope to see you there!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library.
ongoingOngoing Events

Book Club 
Monday, June 4
6:30 pm

This month the book club will discuss

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.

There will be no meeting in July - the Book Club will pick up in again August with
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!

Summer Reading - Libraries ROCK Book BINGO!
Begins Monday, June 25

Play Book BINGO with us this summer!

Teens and Adults can get in on the Summer Reading fun too. Beginning June 25 pick up a BINGO card at the library or download it from our website. Read books that fill in the categories, and when you get a BINGO turn it in at the desk!

Each BINGO is an entry into a weekly raffle for 
a $5 Cumberland Farms Gift Card, and into the grand prize raffle to be drawn in August. 

Keep an eye on our website and Facebook for more information to come!

childrensWelcome to the Children's Corner!

Check here to find out about upcoming events in the Children's Room.
Summer Reading!
Pre-registration Monday, June 18
Summer Reading Begins June 25!

Stop by on Monday, June 18 to pre-register for Summer Reading, and enjoy a popsicle while you're here! Sponsored by FOJEL. Summer Reading begins June 25!

Crocodile River
Summer Reading Kickoff
Monday, June 25 at 6:30 pm

Libraries Rock, and we are kicking off our 2018 Summer Reading program with a World Music performance by Crocodile River!

Sponsored by the Southbridge Cultural Council, a local agency that is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Southbridge ROCKS!
Friday, June 8 - All Day

Come in and paint a rock for #southbridgerocks!

Have you found a painted rock hidden around town? Join in the fun by coming by the library to paint your own rock!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, all materials provided.

Health and Movement Playtime
with Gina Iadarola
Fridays, 6/22-7/13 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
Introduction to Classical Music with Erin Demelo
Wednesday, June 27 at 1:00 pm

Join us to learn all about Classical Music, with Erin Demelo.
Story Times

Join us for a story time! All story times are geared towards the noted age ranges, but all ages are welcome!
Please note our final two weeks for Story Times will be June 4-15. 
All Story Times will be on hold for the Summer beginning June 18, so that our Summer Reading fun can begin!

Story Time:
Wednesdays at 10:30 am.
Ages 3-4

Toddler Time:
Fridays at 10:30
Children under 3

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, June 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, June 26
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
Programs at Jacob Edwards Library may be recorded for Southbridge Public Access TV 
and/or photographed for promotional purposes.

Copyright © 2018. All Rights Reserved.