Upcoming Library Events & News
March, 2020

March is Women's History Month

Aaron H. Pease.  Southbridge Woman's Club Float in 1916 Centennial Parade Southbridge Massachusetts. [ca. 1855-1923]. Jacob Edwards Library Collection. 

March's Art Exhibit - Annual Women's Art & Crafts Show

Join the Jacob Edwards Library as we celebrate Women's History Month this March.  This month's art display will feature works by crafters and artists from Southbridge and the surrounding areas, thereby highlighting the talent that exists within a 20-mile radius of our community.  Stop by the library during the month to take in the creative wonders, and meet the artists at a reception on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 6:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served, courtesy of the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library. 


Annual Book Sale

The annual Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library book sale will be held from Thursday, March 26 through Saturday, March 28, 2020.  Stop in for great deals on your favorite books, movies and music.  Adult and children's titles will be available. 

A Musical Month Ahead!

The last weeks of March will bring two exciting musical acts to the Jacob Edwards Library.  Join us on Thursday, March 19th at 6:30 pm for " An Introduction to Jewish Heritage with  Yiddish Song" with Yosl (Joe) Kurland and the Wholesale Klezmer Band.  On Thursday, March 26th, Oakes & Smith, along with Kala Farnham return to the library with their performance titled "Celebrating Women in Story and Song."

Both programs are Sponsored by The Southbridge Cultural Council. The Southbridge Cultural Council is a local agency funded by Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

There is always something going on or something to do at the library! Feel free to drop in anytime!

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

Featured  Exhibition : Annual Women's Art & Craft Show
  -Film Screening:  The Peanut Butter Falcon
-An Introduction to Jewish Heritage with Yiddish Song

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: 9:00 am - 1: 00 pm

March'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.

Lots more to discover!
Please join us in welcoming the artists behind March's featured exhibition.

In honor of Women's History Month, the Women's Art & Crafts Show highlights the creative works of local artists.  This multi-media display will feature a variety of artworks, as creators showcase their talents in fiber art, painting, ceramics, photography, calligraphy and more.  This exhibition is a testament to the wide-ranging artistry that exists within a 20-mile radius of Southbridge.  We invite all visitors to discover more about local artists and crafters throughout the month of March.

An opening reception will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 6:30 pm. All are welcome, light refreshments will be served.

Light refreshments provided by the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library.
boxoffice Film Screening - The Peanut Butter Falcon
Thursday, March 12 at 6:00 pm

The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to present the film The Peanut Butter Falcon as part of its Library Box Office Series, on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 6:00 pm.

"A young man with Down Syndrome teams up with a scruffy outlaw to travel across the Southeast, encountering colorful characters along the way." Starring Shia LeBeouf and Dakota Johnson. Rated PG-13. Running time 97 minutes.

Films are screened in the Pioppi Room on the first floor of the Library. 

Movie poster image ¬©Lions Gate Films, Inc. Movie description quotations: Swank.com.

Sponsored by Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library.
Thursday, March 19 at 6:30 pm

Yiddish, the thousand-year-old language of the Jews from Eastern Europe contains within its vocabulary, idiom and grammar the experiences, world view, and culture of Ashkenazic Jewry. In this program, Yosl Kurland will perform Yiddish and Loshn Koydesh (holy tounge or Hebrew) songs of lullabye, love and liturgy, social justice, of kindness and of hope spiced with the humor of Yiddish vaudeville. The Yiddish is made clear with story, explanation, and projected translations. In introducing Jewish music and culture to diverse audiences, Yosl works to foster intercultural understanding. Yosl will be accompanied on accordion by Aaron Bousel.

Vocalist and educator Yosl Kurland, a founding member of the Wholesale Klezmer Band ( www.ganeydn.com ) since 1982, performs and writes Yiddish songs and synagogue music. With his band he performed widely for weddings, bar/bas mitzves and concerts, including at Carnegie Hall with Pete Seeger, and has taught workshops at elementary, middle and high schools on Yiddish music, dance, literature. He developed programs on "Yiddish Songs of Cultural Resistance in the Holocaust" and "A Jewish Perspective on Social Justice in Song". He taught history at an inner-city alternative high school for 17 years using period songs to engage students and to illustrate events more vividly. He teaches adult education classes on Yiddish language and literature as well as klezmer music and is a cantor for Temple Israel of Greenfield.

Wholesale Klezmer Band accordionist Aaron Bousel began playing the instrument at age ten, though it wasn't until 1995 that he began to play klezmer. He has participated in workshops at KlezKanada in Quebec and Yidstock at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst. Soon after moving to Amherst, MA in 1997 he became accordionist for the band Hu Tsa Tsa with which he has played for life-cycle celebrations and local synagogue functions. He is also accordionist for the Yiddishkeit Klezmer ensemble and has accompanied Mak'hela, the Jewish chorus of western Mass.

Sponsored by The Southbridge Cultural Council. The Southbridge Cultural Council is a local agency funded by Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Light refreshments provided by the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library.

Husband-and-wife duo Oakes & Smith create an ethereal sound not often heard in today's popular music. The couple evokes a soulful sense of wonder, expressing themes of love, creativity, mystery, and an appreciation of natural beauty. Oakes & Smith "bring a sense of calm and ease to the air ... with songs so full of wisdom and true emotion." www.oakesandsmith.net

Armed with a voice and an entourage of instruments, Kala Farnham set out with one vision: To inspire through the power of musical storytelling. Drawing from a classical and theatrical background, she presents a hallmark reinvention of the folk tradition, drawing audiences into imaginative vantagescapes of the familiar world.  www.kalafarnham.com

Sponsored by The Southbridge Cultural Council. The Southbridge Cultural Council is a local agency funded by Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Light refreshments provided by the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library.
Ongoing Events

Book Club 
Monday, March 2
6:30 pm

The book club will meet to discuss Furious Hours by Casey Cep  this month.
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. 

Copies of April's discussion book 
will be available at the Information Desk 
for checkout.
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!

Teen Corner
March's Craft - Seashell Nature Drawing

In honor of Women's History Month, we explore the work of American artist Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986).  O'Keeffe was frequently inspired by nature, and in this month's activity, we channel her inspiration and works by creating our own "nature studies" on paper. We will closely examine one of her painted and drawn subjects - shells - and create our own works of art, using real shells and O'Keeffe's paintings as guides.  
Come celebrate the work of this famed female artist and create with us this March!

All materials will be provided. All welcome!


childrensWelcome to the Children's Corner!

Check here to find out about upcoming events in the Children's Room.
Monday March 2, 2020 6:30 pm. 
All welcome!
Come celebrate Dr Seuss Birthday 
 make a "LORAX "craft and 
listen to the "LORAX" book!

Red Nose Day with Maggie the Clown
 Saturday March 7, 2020 10:30am

The Red Nose is our calling card. 
It's simple, universal and - best of all - a fun way to create connections and break through barriers.
 A Red Nose encourages people to come together, share a laugh, and gives the world something to smile about. 
It's a powerful way to start a conversation about Red Nose Day and its goal: to end child poverty one nose at a time.

"Monday Night STEAM"
Mondays, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Botley the Coding Robot, try our "Hack" Computer ,Kinetic Sand, Snap Circuits, Picasso Tiles, Play Dough  and much more!!   Each Monday will feature one fun activity, every week will be different.  

Tinkering Thursdays
Thursdays, 4:00-5:00pm
STEM-related hands on activity using everyday and recycled items to design your own creations.

Toddler Story Time
Wednesdays at 10:30 am
Stories & Songs  for preschoolers, stay for story and create a craft.


Story Time
Fridays 10:30 am
S ongs, story and playtime for the
 little ones 3 and under.

Crafty Wednesday
Every Wednesday

Stop by the Children's Room any time on Wednesdays to make 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 Club
Tuesdays,  3:00pm - 4:30pm
Saturdays, 10:30am-12:00pm

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. 

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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
Magic Wings
Mystic Aquarium
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Roger Williams Park Zoo
Tower Hill Botanic Gardens
Worcester Art Museum
Salem Witch Museum 
USS Constitution Museum
Massachusetts Parks Pass
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 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 collection, click here. Or on your mobile device or eReader, download the Overdrive app to get started. All you need is your library card number!

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!


The Friends of the Library will be available to receive donations of gently used books and DVDs on the following  dates:

Saturday, March 14th from 10 am to 12:30 pm
Monday, March 16th from 
6 pm to 7:30 pm

Starts Thursday March 25th at 1 pm and ends on Saturday at noon. Bargains galore!


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  
to schedule an  appointment.

Jacob Edwards Library

Upcoming Meetings

The Friends of the Library will hold a
monthly meeting
Monday, March 16, 2020
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 meet on 
Tuesday, March 24, 2020  at Noon 
in the Mills Room.
All meetings are open to the public.

We hope you spring into the Jacob Edwards Library this March! See you 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.

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