Upcoming Library Events & News
June, 2017

  Summer Reading starts June 26!
(Sign-ups for kids begin June 19)
Keep an eye on our website and Facebook for more information!

Did you know...
...you can check out discount museum passes from the library?

Passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis to all library patrons, and on a reservation basis to Southbridge residents.
Enjoy some of the best attractions in the area, without paying full price this summer!

-AJ Petro Pool (on Randolph St.)
-Old Sturbridge Village
-Mystic Aquarium
-Roger Williams Park Zoo
-Worcester Ecotarium
-Tower Hill Botanic Gardens
-Worcester Art Museum
-Fruitlands Museum
-Salem Witch Museum
-USS Constitution Museum

All of the details are available on our website, or by stopping by the library.

Also, check out Free Fun Fridays!
Every Friday, all summer long, select museums and attractions are offering free admission.
Sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation.

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

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.


Opening Mon. June 5, 6:30 pm
   Rita Schiano & Rob Adams
Closing Thurs. June 29, 6:30 pm
   The BeeKeepers

It's time for the Annual Artful Friends Raffle!

With a huge variety of raffle 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 29. 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.

Rita Schiano & Rob Adams: Monday, June 5th

Opening night: Featured entertainers and perennial favorites Rita Schiano and Rob Adams will kick off the raffle, on Monday, June 5th at 6:30 pm. 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, and attendees will have the first shot at purchasing their raffle chances. 

The BeeKeepers/Pride in Southbridge: Thursday, June 29

Closing & Prize Drawing: The Annual Pride in Southbridge Event, featuring a performance by The BeeKeepers will be held on Thursday, June 29 at 6:30 pm. The music of The BeeKeepers is described as Classy-Swampy-Bluesy-Folk that Sticks to Your Soul Like Honey: three women, two voices, over a dozen instruments.  Our Annual Pride in Southbridge event is in support of the LGBTQ community, with the goal of fostering inclusion and understanding.

Prize winners will be drawn immediately following the concert, at 7:30 pm. If your name is drawn, you do not need to be present to win - but we hope you will come and enjoy the music anyway!

The Friends of Jacob Edwards Library would like to acknowledge and thank all the supporters who have helped to make this Raffle a success over the years!
boxofficeFilm Screening -  Sully
Thursday, June 8 at 6:00 pm

In the aftermath of Captain Sullenberger's unprecedented landing on the Hudson River, he must endure the weight of     sudden fame and second-guessing by investigators.
Rated PG-13.
Running time 96 min.

Presented as part of the Library Box Office series, sponsored by the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library.
Henry David Thoreau with Prof. Sarah Luria
Reading Wednesday, June 14 at 2:00
Discussion Thursday, June 15 at 6:30 pm

In celebration of the Bicentennial of Henry David Thoreau, the Jacob Edwards Library is hosting a Community Read of his classic, Walden. Copies will be available at the Information Desk for anyone interested to check out, please join us on Thursday, June 15th at 2:00 pm!

The following day, Professor Sarah Luria of the College of Holy Cross will present "Thoreau in Town: How Thoreau Saw our Settled Landscapes and How He Can Help Us Now:" a program on the author and environmentalist, reflecting on his survey work and love of the environment, weaving in his literary work throughout.

Dr. Luria is an Associate Professor in the English Department. Her areas of research and interest include: 19th Century American Literature; Geography and Landscape Studies; Environmental
 Studies; American studies; 19th Century Political Oratory and Rhetoric; Sentimentalism.

Sponsored by Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library, Walden Woods Project, and Bicentennial of Henry David Thoreau.
oakesOakes & Smith

Oakes and Smith perform gentle, acoustic folk with voices blending in close harmonies. They sing soothing and soulful tunes inspired by nature, love, spirit, art and poetry. The harmonious blend of their voices creates an ethereal sound and unique quality not often heard in today's popular music, and their songs evoke a sense of wonder, expressing themes such as love, beauty, innocence and mystery. Their debut album,   First Flight , mixed by Grammy-winning engineer   Oz Fritz  and released in November 2013, has been received warmly by listeners and critics alike.  
Robert Oakes and Katherine Smith met eight years ago and it was a match made in music heaven. The two both had musical families and both are artistic. Not only does Katherine have a beautiful voice, she is also a gifted painter and artist and Robert plays a number of string instruments and has released a solo album titled 'Heart Broken Open' in 2009. They officially formed Oakes and Smith in 2010 along with other band members. 'Between the Earth and the Sky' is their second EP, and it's slowly driving the couple to Indie/Folk stardom.
The EP is inspired by the Berkshires, the Massachusetts enclave where the couple lives. They describe the place as "a peaceful place filled with natural and cultural beauty." Jon Anderson of YES joins Katherine on 'Closer to Home,' the final track on the album. It is simply put; a truly beautiful album capable or blessing even the 'unholiest' of hearts. The music is unrushed, calm, spiritual, and soft enough to qualify as a lullaby. It's definitely an album for those serene moments.
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 
The Book That Matters Most by Ann Hood
Monday, June 19, 6:30 pm

Please join us to 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.

Please note there will be no Book Club meeting in July.
The club will meet again on August 7 to discuss The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom. Copies are available at the desk to check out now!

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!

Now at Town Hall
Thursday, June 1 at 6:00 pm

The Krosslink group now meets at the Town Hall in the Economic Development Office.

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!

teenTeen Events
Friday Magic at JEL
Friday, June 16 at 3:00 pm

Casual gameplay for players of all skill levels! Other games (Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, etc) welcome too! Bring a friend, or learn how to play.

childrensWelcome to the Children's Corner!

Check here to find out about upcoming events in the Children's Room.
Ed Popielarczyk
Summer Reading Kickoff
Monday, June 26
6:30 - 7:30 pm

A professional magician, balloon twister, and entertainer!

 Ed takes a lot of pride in bringing smiles to his friends' faces. 
Whether he is performing a magic show or making a balloon creation, he is entertaining.

Join us for this family-favorite event, which is also our Kick-off for Summer Reading 2017!

Summer Reading!
Sign up beginning June 19
Program begins June 26

School is almost out, and that means it's time for Summer Reading!

Kids ages birth-11 can participate in this year's Summer program for kids at JEL
(teens 12-18 and adults see our website).

Sign up at the Children's Room desk to get your welcome packet & reading log.
Log your child's reading time every day, and return your logs to the library for a chance to win great prizes!

We have lots of fun coming up this summer, so stay tuned!
Henry David Thoreau Storytime
Monday, June 19
6:30 pm

200th Birthday Celebration!
Listen to a story about the famou Concord, MA-born author and philosopher

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

Drop in and make a collage!

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

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
Salem Witch Museum 
Mystic Aquarium
Roger Williams Park Zoo
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.

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 19
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 27 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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