Upcoming Library Events & News
May, 2017

Did you know you can "Book-a-Librarian"?

If you would like some one-on-one help with any aspect of using the library, contact us to schedule a personalized  20-30 minute session.  Possible topics include:

-Using the library catalog stack_of_books.jpg
-Placing holds & using your online account
-Learning how to download library eBooks
-Book recommendations
-Getting started on your research paper
-Formatting a Word document
-Setting up an email account
Call 508-764-5426 or  email us  to schedule an  appointment.

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: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

Closed Sign
The library will be closed for 
Memorial Day on Monday, May 29

Saturday, May 27 will be our last open Saturday until after Labor Day.
staffpicksMay'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.


  • Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
  • One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline
  • The Stars are Fire by Anita Shreve
Reception Thursday, May 4, 6:30 pm

For the month of May, local artists Ruth Bolton and Joan Erickson will exhibit their artwork. A reception for the artists will be held on Thursday, May 4th at 6:30 pm. We hope to see you there!

Ruth Bolton (aka Brand) has a BFA in painting from RISD where she won the nation-wide entrance scholarship and a life drawing prize. She played the lead in two plays in her senior year and continued in her life with acting, building with wood, puppeteering and currently writing. For this exhibit she is displaying mostly flower paintings in honor of the season and her 89th birthday. In a glass case will be printouts of her other paintings sold as cards, her self-bound books (learned while working 17 years at OSV along with knitting, ash-basket and other skills.)
Joan Erickson is an artist and poet now living in Worcester, having recently moved from West Brookfield. She has studied at many places, including adult courses at the Worcester Art Museum, watercolor courses on location in Kennebunkport, ME and received a BFA from U-Mass, Amherst. She has exhibited her work in shows and galleries in New England. She has had poems published and reads them in local venues and coffee houses. She is hanging a variety of her subjects - flowers, landscapes, and still lifes. She will also include some poems to go with the paintings.
boxofficeFilm Screening - 
Florence Foster Jenkins
Thursday, May 11 at 6:00 pm

An heiress longs to become an opera star in 1940's New York, despite a horrible singing voice.
Rated PG-13
Running time 110 min.

Presented as part of the Library Box Office series, sponsored by the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library.
Thursday, May 11 at 4:00 pm

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month!

Paula Denoncourt, Certified Holistic Health Counselor who  specializes in food allergies, intolerances, digestive issues and lyme disease, will be here to talk about lyme disease. All welcome!
moonshineMoonshine Holler 
Free Concert!

Come to the Jacob Edwards Library for a free concert! All welcome! Thanks to the Southbridge Cultural Council for sponsoring this event.

Like America itself, old-time traditional music evolved from many cultural influences. In this program, Moonshine Holler will demonstrate the roots and branches of this uniquely American music, from the Scots-Irish fiddle sounds, mixing with the African-derived banjo sounds, through the influences of minstrelry, Vaudeville and Tin Pan Alley, and the advent and popularity of the radio. With their many instruments, including: fiddle, banjo, guitar, harmonica, ukulele and slide guitar, and demonstrations of traditional dance alongside the music, Moonshine Holler presents an energetic and educational romp through old-time American music and dance that involves and enlightens audiences of all ages.

MA Cultural Council
Sponsored by the Southbridge Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
  mcmasterAuthor Robert T. McMaster
Thursday, May 25 at 6:30 pm

Please join us for a reading and discussion with local author Robert T. McMaster. McMaster continues his Trolley Days series with Noah's Raven:

"September, 1917. America has entered the Great War, the War to End All Wars. While young Americans by the hundreds of thousands are marching into battle in Europe, back home the nation's social fabric is being torn asunder by patriotic fervor and xenophobia. 
Anne Wellington, Jack Bernard, and his sister Claire befriend a scientist excavating fossil dinosaur tracks along the banks of the Connecticut River. Soon dark secrets will be revealed, some buried in ancient rock, some hidden deep in the heart of their mysterious new acquaintance. 
When two German-American classmates are taunted in the schoolyard, 14-year-old Claire Bernard rushes to their defense. While her intentions are good, she is soon plunged into a dark world of international conspiracy where prejudice and suspicion blur distinctions between friend and foe, good and evil, a world where she could well be the next victim. 

Noah's Raven, Book 3 of the Trolley Days Series, a riveting story of intrigue set in a tumultuous period in our nation's past. "

ongoingOngoing Events

Book Club 
All He Ever Wanted
Monday, May 1, 6:30 pm

Please join us to discuss 
by Anita Shreve.

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.
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

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, May 26 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.
Story Times

Join us for a story time! All story times are geared towards the noted age ranges, but all ages are welcome!

Bedtime Story Time: 
Monday evenings at 6:30 pm. Ages 4-8

Superkids Story Time:
Wednesdays at 10:30 am.
Ages 3-5

Toddler Time:
Fridays at 10:30
Children under 3

Cinco de Mayo
Saturday, May 6, 10:30-11:30am

Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo with us!
Piñata ! Snack! Craft!
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
Saturdays,  10:30 am - 12 Noon

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. 

La Hora de Cuentos
Monday, May 8
6:30 pm

Join us for stories and songs in Spanish and English, now on the second Monday night of each month!
All Day every Thursday!

Drop in and make a collage!

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 Annual Meeting on 
Monday, May 15
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, May 23 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.

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