Upcoming Library Events & News
September, 2017

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month!

If you've lost your library card or it's not in great shape, 
library card replacements are FREE this month!

Additionally, new patrons who register for their first library cards and 
former patrons who reactivate an expired library account will be 
entered  into a raffle drawing for a $25 Amazon Gift Card!
(Sorry, current card holders not eligible. If you're on our mailing list, chances are you already have a card - but please spread the word to those you know who might not!)

Did you know...
You can check out a telescope from the library?

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 backyard! 
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!

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

Exhibit: Sue Morello & Linda Spencer

 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 - 5:00 pm
(beginning September 9)
Sunday: Closed

staffpicksSeptember'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 Thursday, September 7 at 6:30 pm

Port Clyde Harbor by Linda Spencer
Please join us in welcoming Linda Spencer and Sue Morello, two local artists who will be displaying their paintings at the library this month! An opening reception will be held on Thursday, September 7th at 6:30 pm, all welcome!

Both Linda and Sue are members of the Massassoit Art Guild. 

Linda L. Spencer  is an artist and art teacher with over 35 years of experience.  She resides in central Massachusetts and is active in the local artist community.   Linda works primarily in watercolor, oil paints and pastels.  She enjoys painting a wide variety of subjects including landscapes, animals, vehicles, homes, people, and still life.  

Sue Morello will be exhibit paintings, but is also known for her basket weaving with Sheldon Farms Baskets in Barre, MA. Sue is a retired teacher from the Spencer/East Brookfield School System where she taught third grade for 35 years. She first learned to make baskets more than two decades ago from a basket weaver in a neighboring town and has continued the tradition ever since. Her passion for basket weaving has led to an ever increasing selection of handmade basket designs.
boxofficeFilm Screening -  Operation Avalanche
Thursday, September 14 at 6:00 pm

Two CIA agents assigned to find a Soviet mole in NASA uncover a conspiracy to fake the moon landing.

Rated R.        
Running time 94 min.

Presented as part of the Library Box Office series, sponsored by the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library.
flamencoAn Evening of Flamenco
Una noche de Flamenco
Thursday, September 21 at 6:30 pm

Join us for An Evening of Flamenco at the Jacob Edwards Library! Part of our Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations. We are delighted to welcome back Flamenco Worcester for an energetic performance of dancing and music.

The event is free and open to the public! Light refreshments will be served.

"Flamenco Worcester, under the direction of Edmy Ortiz, is a group of flamenco aficionados, students and performers building a community of dancers in Central Massachusetts. The goal of Flamenco Worcester is to showcase this powerful, classical Spanish art form to our region, promoting their love for a dance that is passionate, disciplined and elegant! The students of Flamenco Worcester often perform in the Massachusetts area at community events and festivals. One can begin flamenco at any time - no partner or dance experience is necessary. Flamenco is for everyone...male and female, all ages and body types. It is a particularly powerful tool for women and girls, helping build self-esteem and a positive body image." 

MA Cultural Council
This event is sponsored by the Southbridge Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

  quabbinSecret Lives of the Quabbin 
Thursday, September 28 at 6:30 pm

Please join us in welcoming back wildlife photographer Dale Monette, for his presentation on the Secret Lives of the Quabbin.

Dale has spent 3 years with many thousands of hours on the 82,000 acre Quabbin Reservoir watershed in central MA photographing wildlife and now 130 of his best photographs will be released in a beautiful book. 

Here are his stories and photographs of the animals of Quabbin as they go about their daily routines throughout the four seasons. See what Monette and his camera saw, from eagles and loons to otters, bears and more, along with scenic views of the 18-mile-long Reservoir.

Copies of his new book will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

ongoingOngoing Events

Book Club 
No September Meeting

The club will not be meeting this month due to the Labor Day holiday. They will next meet October 2 to discuss The Boys in the Boat.  Copies are available at the desk to check out now!

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
Thursday, Sept 7, 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
*NEW* Chess Club
Every Wednesday after school (3:00 pm)
All teens and tweens are welcome to join us to make wildflower seed bombs! All materials provided.

Friday Magic at JEL
Friday, August 25 at 3:00pm
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 will resume the week of 9/11/17**
**Mondays at 6:30, Wednesdays at 10:30 and Fridays at 10:30**
Children's Library 
Open House
Saturday, September 16
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Welcome the new school year and visit the Children's Library to see ALL we have to offer you!!! 
September is Library card sign up month so now is a great time to get your Library Card!!
Special incentive for all new sign ups!! 
One lucky winner from Children's will get a $25 Amazon gift card! 
International Dot Day
Thursday, September 14
All Day

Come make your mark at our 
2nd Annual Dot Day! 
Ecology of Sound with Ricardo Frota
Monday, September 25 at 6:30 pm

Ricardo Frota returns to present The Ecology of Sound. Absorb the rhythms, sounds and feelings of the Brazilian Rainforest. Enjoy the soundscape and learn through interactive songs from many diverse traditions. Make your own music!

Ricardo Frota is a Brazilian musician who creates instruments from found and upcycled materials. It is fascinating to hear these 'instruments' in this high energy performance.

An interactive multicultural music program for 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.
Story Times are back!

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

Story Time:
Wednesdays at 10:30 am.
Ages 3-4

Toddler Time:
Fridays at 10:30
Children under 3

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

STEM-related hands on activity using everyday and recycled items to design your own creations!
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, 10:30am - 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. 

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, September 18
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, Sept 26 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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