In This Issue
JEL Staff Picks
Book Club: Hawthorn & Child
9th Annual Artful Friends Raffle + Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards
Film Screening: The Deflowering of Eva Van End
Jumpin' Juba
Dale LePage & James Dower: Pride in Southbridge
Book Signing @ The Vienna
Children's Corner

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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! 

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Teen Health & Wellness is a safe, trusted resource for teens (and their parents!).


Get information on issues and topics ranging from bullying to nutrition, substance abuse to school skills, and everything in between. 


Teens can even tell their own stories, vote on hot topics, get information about hotlines and resources, and more.


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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!

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Receive alerts about emergencies and other important community news by signing up for the Town's Emergency Alert Program. 


If you or a family member need assistance or access to a computer to sign up, stop by JEL! A staff member will be happy to help.


"This system enables us to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods. 


You will receive time-sensitive messages wherever you specify, such as your home, mobile or business phones, email address, text messages and more.


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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.

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.

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The Friends of the Library will not be meeting this month - the next meeting will be held in July.


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

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Board of Trustees 


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 The Board of Trustees of the Jacob Edwards Library will meet on Tuesday, June 17th at 12:00 Noon.  


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JEL News & Events

June 2014


There's lots going on this month at JEL!
We have three musical performances throughout the month. Folk duo Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards on June 5th, blues band Jumpin' Juba on June 19th, and Dale LePage, with pianist James Dower on June 26th.
We are also kicking off our 9th Annual Artful Friends Raffle! Stop in anytime this month to purchase your raffle tickets and enter to win items ranging from original artwork to gift certificates for local businesses and restaurants.
Please read on for information on all of this month's programs, library news, and more!
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June'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.

Book Club reads Hawthorn & Child by Keith Ridgway
Monday, June 2nd at 6:30 p.m.


The book club will meet to discuss Hawthorn & Child by Keith Ridgway in the Reading Room. New members are welcome! If you need a copy of the book, just ask at the Information Desk.

"Hawthorn and his partner, Child, are called to the scene of a mysterious shooting in North London. The only witness is unreliable, the clues are scarce, and the victim, a young man who lives nearby, swears he was shot by a ghost car. 


While Hawthorn battles with fatigue and strange dreams, the crime and the narrative slip from his grasp and the stories of other Londoners take over: a young pickpocket on the run from his boss; an editor in possession of a disturbing manuscript; a teenage girl who spends her days at the Tate Modern; and a madman who has been infected by former Prime Minister, Tony Blair. Haunting these disparate lives is the shadowy figure of Mishazzo, an elusive crime magnate who may be running the city, or may not exist at all."


The Book Club will be taking a break in July, and will resume their meetings in August to discuss The Brooklyn Follies by Paul Auster.

9th Annual Artful Friends Raffle +
Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards
Reception Thursday, June 5th at 6:30 p.m.


Local artists and businesses have donated artwork of all mediums Art and styles, gift certificates and gift baskets, and so much more! 


Please join us for the reception on Thursday, June 5th at 6:30 p.m. Be one of the first to browse the items available and get your raffle tickets in early!  


Raffle tickets will be available for purchase throughout the month, $5.00 for 26 chances. Proceeds from the raffle will support the Friends of Jacob Edwards Library programs, such as museum passes, summer reading club programs, receptions, speakers and library equipment.


Folk duo Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards will perform throughout the reception, beginning at 6:30 p.m. 


Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards are a folk duo from Massachusetts whose songs resonate with the lover of Americana and old country music, commanding familiar traditional melodies and poignant, introspective lyrics, and backing them with delicate arrangements on ukulele, clarinet, guitar and banjo. They began in the basements, coffee shops and art spaces of New England, and have since tested the stages of more traditional folk music venues, colleges, living rooms and bar rooms from Boston to Austin, Denver to Nashville, Asheville to Portland, and back 'round again.


The drawing will be held on Thursday, June 26th at 7:30 p.m. (see below for info on performer Dale LePage, beginning at at 6:30!), and entrants need not be present to win.

Library Box Office:  
The Deflowering of Eva Van End
Thursday, June 12th at 6:00 p.m.


"In this perfect blend of satire and sincerity, a dysfunctional family gets turned on its head when the 'perfect' exchange student moves in. 
Every member of the van End family is preoccupied with his or her own peculiar fixation--be it father Evert's Skype relationship with a boy in Africa (seemingly his only functional relationship), or mother Etty's relentless tirades against her dope-dealing youngest son or praises for her eldest son about to marry. 
Trapped in the middle is the youngest--15 year-old Eva--struggling for any attention or affection at all. When Veit, the adonis German exchange student Eva invited, moves in, the family is shocked and each family member must confront his or her own doubts, insecurities, fears and desires. During Veit's two week stay, all five family members began to reinvent themselves led by former wallflower, Eva, who begins a dramatic transformation."
In Dutch, English & German w/ English subtitles. Running time: 98 minutes.
All screenings are held in the Pioppi Room, lower level.
Jumpin' Juba
Thursday, June 19th at 6:30 p.m.


The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to present Jumpin' Juba!



Jumpin' Juba mixes regional blues from Chicago, Memphis and New Orleans together with roots-y rock & roll, jazz, calypso, and Latin flavors. This trio (guitar, piano, drums) features Steve Hurl (guitars, vocal), whose playing draws from the great acoustic blues fingerpickers, and from the blues-y string benders of the 1950s. Bruce Ward's burly piano work recalls such greats as Prof. Longhair, Otis Spann, and Albert Ammons. 


The band's two CD releases ( Bumpity Bump and Slap Happy) have received regional and overseas airplay, and have garnered many favorable reviews in MA papers and on the internet.


MA Cultural CouncilThis program is supported in part by a grant from the Southbridge Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

9th Annual Pride in Southbridge
Dale LePage & James Dower
Thursday, June 26th at 6:30 p.m.

Dale LePage, named Central MA Entertainer of the Year by Worcester Living Magazine, and Celebrity Pianist James Dower will perform for the 9th Annual Pride in Southbridge! Please join us in welcoming them to Southbridge.


These talented musicians will perform pieces from from the Burt Bacharach Songbook Show, featuring one of the worlds greatest Grammy Award winning composers.

Songs include: Close To you, Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head, I Say A Little Prayer, Walk On By, Anyone Who Had A Heart, The Look Of Love, I'll Never Fall In Love Again, This Guys In Love With You, Alfie, What The World Needs Now, Do You Know The Way To San Jose, Always Something There to Remind Me, A House Is Not A Home, Thats What Friends Are For.


Following the performance, the Artful Friends raffle drawing will take place at 7:30 p.m. Entrants need not be present to win, but we hope you'll still join us!

Book Signing @ The Vienna
Sunday, June 29th at 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Thanks to an opportunity provided by Vienna Restaurant and Historic Inn, there will be a book signing event at the well-known restaurant.


Children's book author Kevin M. Donovan will be signing copies of his German American "Opa & Me" series at the Vienna Inn & Restaurant. Kevin was invited to sign his books at the largest gathering of Germans in the United States in Milwaukee during a 4-day German fest and interviewed by local radio station, ate bratwurst, signed books and drank more beer. Prost! 


We invite you to join us at this off-site event where complimentary hors d'oeuvres created by Chef Krach will be served between 2 pm and 4 pm. 


A cultural experience not to be missed! Hoping to see you there!

Children's Corner
Upcoming and Ongoing Children's Programs
Special Programs

Musical Petting Zoo
Tuesday, June 24th, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
A fun and informative traveling hands-on exhibit of musical instruments for children in grades K-2 from the Springfield Symphony. After an introduction to the musical instruments, children will get a chance to bow a violin, blow a horn, or tap out a rhythm on a drum. Each child participating in the program will receive an Activity Book that includes information, coloring activities, and games about orchestra instruments.
Thanks to the Olive I. and Anthony A Borgatti Jr. fund for sponsoring this event.

Vic and Sticks - Recycled Rhythm
Monday, June 30th, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Join us for a rollicking performance from the ever popular Vic and Sticks. By singing about the three "R's"...reduce, reuse, recycle...the Recycled Rhythm talks about how recycling helps the world around us. Sponsored by the Southbridge Cultural Council.

Regular Programs

Pajama Story Time & Movie

Monday nights at 6:30 p.m.

Listen to some stories, sing some songs, and watch a short film.

Pajamas optional!  Geared towards ages 4-8, but all ages welcome. 


Crafty Wednesdays

All day, every Wednesday all year long!

For the Under 12's.  Drop by and make a special craft!  Display of future crafts to make on view.



Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

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



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.

No registration necessary for any of our regular programs!
Questions? Call 508-764-5426 or email Karola.

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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