Library News
Jacob Edwards Library
June 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 will be held from June 27th - August 5th.
Stay tuned for more details!
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!

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!

June Art Exhibit

"Exploring Line, Color, and Texture"
 Michele Fontaine

Thursday, June 2
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The library is pleased to present a solo exhibit of the work from patron Michele Fontaine. Some patrons may recognize Michele's work, as she has participated in other shows over the years.

Imagine 2050:
Visioning Session with CMRPC

Wednesday, June 8
11 am - 12 noon

The Jacob Edwards Library and the Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC) are excited to invite the Greater Southbridge community to an Imagine on the GO Visioning Session on June 8th at
11:00 AM.

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.

Imagine on the GO Visioning Sessions include a brief presentation on Imagine 2050 and a time to discuss how participants Imagine for the future of Central Massachusetts through the lenses of economy, environment, and equity. All feedback received during Visioning Sessions will be considered for the Vision Statement and Objectives of the Regional Plan.

This is Central Massachusetts’ plan, and we invite you to continue joining the conversation. Check out our website to stay in touch, learn more, & sign up for a (virtual or in person) visioning session with your group to keep the discussion going!

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, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and other services.

Cornell Coley Fascinating Rhythm
A Juneteenth Celebration!
Fascinating Rhythm with Cornell Coley

Thursday, June 16
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to present Fascinating Rhythm with Cornell Coley - a Juneteenth celebration!
Cornell Coley is an award-winning percussionist, dancer, recording artist, teacher and producer. Mr. Coley has won numerous local and national grants and awards, including from the Mass Cultural Council, New England Foundation for the Arts, The Boston Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has taught Afro-Latin dance at 10 major colleges. His current, long-term drumming clients include Hyde Square Task Force with teens and Tewksbury Hospital for therapeutic work with patients. His former band Afrika Gente, started 12 years ago, has evolved into a Latin jazz performance project encompassing some of the top musicians in New England. The most recent project is called Rhythm Recipes: BIPOC Joy and Healing, a performance and drum circle event. Their inspiring live performances are also videotaped for later viewing. Mr. Coley presented a TEDx Talk "Drumming and Your Brain: Magic and Science."

Please visit his web site at

Knock on Wood

Thursday, June 23
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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.

You are invited to Knock on Wood - a high-energy acoustic folk-rock duo, featuring singer-songwriter Howie Newman on guitar, lead vocals and harmonica. Howie is joined by fiddler Joe Kessler who also plays mandolin and sings backup vocals. The duo performs Classic Rock covers and funny original songs. It's a very lively show with great musicianship, nice vocal harmonies and a little humor here and there.

One of the most engaging performers on the local music circuit, Howie combines music, comedy and audience participation to provide a truly unique entertainment experience. His amusing compositions are up-tempo and catchy, and he keeps things lively with funny between-songs banter and short comedy bits. Howie has opened for Tom Paxton, Vance Gilbert, Brewer & Shipley, Pure Prairie League, Bill Staines, Lui Collins, Don White, Modern Man and many others. He has released six CDs, receiving national airplay on National Public Radio and the Midnight Special as well as dozens of other North American outlets. His music has also been aired in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. For more information please check Howie's website at

Joe Kessler, who plays fiddle and mandolin, has an energetic improvisational style that includes folk, rock, jazz and bluegrass. He is also an outstanding backup vocalist. Joe has toured extensively throughout the United States and Canada as well as eight other countries. He has performed with Morphine, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, the Boogaloo Swamis and many others.
16th Pride in Southbridge
Concert with Giuliano

Thursday, June 30
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Sponsored by the Friends of Jacob Edwards Library.

The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to host the 16th Pride in Southbridge event with a performance with Giuliano.

Giuliano has been performing as a solo acoustic act since 2013 after spending his formative years on stage traversing the worlds of Theatre and Rock and Roll. In 2016 Giuliano culminated his studies at Berklee College of Music where he earned a degree in performance.

Hailing from Worcester Mass, today he can be found performing in and around the New England music scene. In addition to his solo act, Giuliano fronts the band Hot Letter. He and the band have received awards for Best Male Vocalist, Best Rock Act, and Best Jam and Groove Act at the 2016 Worcester Music Awards, as well as Best “Up-and-Comers” Act in 2010.

Giuliano is also one half of Wildcard Characters, a vibey queer duo he launched in 2020 with his partner Joshua Croke. Giuliano has performed at various noteworthy venues including Daryl’s House in Pawling NY, Hard Rock Cafe in Boston, Mechanic’s Hall in Worcester, and The Wren in NYC. He has shared the stage in collaboration with top musicians including 90s songstress Paula Cole, rock and blues legend Al Kooper (Blood Sweat and Tears, Bob Dylan), and opened several times for Joe Cocker’s touring band, Mad Dogs Unchained. Giuliano and Hot Letter hosted an impromptu jam session featuring Gloria Estefan at one of their hometown summer concerts in 2016.

In addition to being a natural entertainer, Giuliano is a songwriter and his live performances weave unique interpretations of well-loved songs with his poignant and inspired original work.

Staff Pick
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

"On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family’s history that began before he was born — a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam — and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation. At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity. Asking questions central to our American moment, immersed as we are in addiction, violence, and trauma, but undergirded by compassion and tenderness, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is as much about the power of telling one’s own story as it is about the obliterating silence of not being heard."
-- from publisher

Featured Database

Getting ready to take your driver's permit test? is a free resource that includes an online driver’s manual, engaging practice tests, and an exam simulator that will have you ready to pass the official exam the first time!

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
Southbridge Schools
Summer Meals Program
Kids age 18 and under can stop by the Jacob Edwards Library this summer for lunch!

Summer meals are provided
free of charge.

No I.D. or registration is required.

A huge thank you to the Food Services staff of the Southbridge Public Schools!

Welcome to the Children's Page
June 2022

Summer Programs begin Monday, June 27th
at 6:30 pm with
Magic by George

Sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge!

Summer Reading theme
Beyond the Beaten Path - we will have lots of fun activities to share
with you!

Magic by George

Join us on Monday June 27th for the first Summer Reading event
at 6:30 pm

Magic by George is an award winning entertainer who was a big hit last year, so we invited him back to kick off our summer events at the library!

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.

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

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

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, June 28 at 12 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. 

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

Donations of gently used books are now being accepted.

We look forward to seeing you at the library!

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