Upcoming Library Events & News
September, 2016

September is Library Card sign up time! If you do not have a library card, please consider stopping by to get one. With an official ID displaying your current address, you can get one right away and have access to all the resources at our library and throughout the network! This card provides access to lots of free materials and information!

 Please read on for this month's upcoming events, and more library news.

 Ongoing Events: Book Club, Coloring, Knitting

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
beginning September 10
Sunday: Closed

Closed Sign
The library will be 
closed on Labor Day,
Monday, September 5

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.

You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott
Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Why Grow Up by Susan Neiman
Thirty Eight: The Hurricane That Transformed New England by Stephen Long

exhibitArtist Julian Guzman

The creative work of designer and artist Julian Guzman will be on display throughout the month. The library is pleased to present Julian's latest work.

These pieces are an exploration of thought and how we can remove ourselves from our work to be truly instinctual. Julian Guzman creates pieces from intricate layers of hand-cut paper, complimented by soft gradients of ethereal color. Simple line work builds upon itself to create a boundless network of a complex infinite system. The ephemeral nature of cut paper and tulle are emphasized by the passing of light filtering through each, offering a unique experience in each piece. These works provide a vignette of fragments of these environment.

More of Julian Guzman's work can be viewed at www.skriptboston.com. He is a graduate of Wentworth Institute of Technology with a  B.S. in Architectural Engineering Technology.

meditationBe the Peace: 
A Meditiation Group
Mondays at 6:30 pm

Every Monday in September, a free meditation group with Lynn Garland!  This group will contribute to the healing of violence on the planet by healing the places in ourselves where we feel a reaction or connection to it. We will use simple but powerful meditation practices that will identify and heal the places in ourselves that are part of the global pattern of violence. Feel free to join on any date.

No previous meditation experience is needed, just bring yourself!

These practices are not associated with any religious tradition or form of meditation but is compatible with all traditions and practices.
boxofficeFilm Screening - The  Borinqueneers
Thursday, September 8 at 6:00 pm

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, we will be screening The Borinqueneers as our Library Box Office film for September.

This compelling film chronicles the untold story of the Puerto Rican 65th Infantry Regiment, the only all-Hispanic unit in U.S.Army history. Having performed with distinction early in the Korean War, the Borinqueneers of the 65th would face their greatest challenge in the fall of 1952, when more than 100 soldiers were arrested. The film is narrated by Hector Elizondo.

Esta emocionate película relata la historia del Regimiento 65 de Infantería, la única unidad hispana que ha servido en el Ejercito estadounidense. Narrado por David Ortiz Angleró.

Unrated. Running Time: 78 minutes

Sponsored by Friends of Jacob Edwards Library and ASPIRA.
flandersAuthor Kevin Flanders
Thursday, September 15 at 6:00 pm

You are invited to join us for a book talk and signing with local author Kevin Flanders. Complimentary light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of Jacob Edwards Library. All welcome!

"Jack Gibson was never the same since the tragedy. He moved across the country, living alone in a little house in the middle of the woods. He didn't want any visitors. And his phone conversations with family members became progressively shorter over time...and stranger.  Now Jack is dead, but his friends say something was very wrong in the weeks leading up to his death..."

A lifelong resident of Massachusetts, Flanders has written over ten novels and multiple short stories.  When he isn't writing, Flanders enjoys spending time with his family and two dogs, playing ice hockey, photographing trains, and traveling to a new baseball stadium with his father each summer. He also takes part in several writing functions and mentors student writers, currently serving as a guest instructor at David Prouty High School in Spencer, MA.  The author resides in Monson, MA.

bicentennialSouthbridge Bicentennial Celebrations

The Town of Southbridge turns 200 in 2016! Visit  southbridge200.org for information on all of the upcoming events, a nd don't forget to like the Bicentennial on  Facebook  to keep up with the latest news!

Also, keep an eye on Southbridge Community Television's YouTube channel, where you can watch the Celebrating Southbridge series with Town Manager Ron San Angelo. Episode 3 introduces the Bicentennial Committeee Co-Chairmen, and discusses the events planned.

The QVCAH and the Southbridge Historical Society will be presenting some programs:  Southbridge Highlights

A Walk Through Time: A collection of art works by Southbridge Artists. Selected items from the collection of the Southbridge Historical Society - and more. At the Arts Center 111 Main Street.  The exhibit opens Sunday, September 11th, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. until October 23rd. 
     Gallery hours: 
Thursdays: 4 pm to 8 pm;  Fridays 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Special Receptions:
Oak Ridge Cemetery Walk on 9/17/2016
"Centre" Village Walking Tour on 10/8/2016
Bicentennial Time Capsule Burial 10/22/16
ongoingOngoing Events

No Book Club for September

There will be no book club meeting in September. All are welcome to join us in October for a discussion of April Smith's A Star for Mrs. Blake in the Reading Room. New participants are always welcome! 
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 next month's book 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!

Thurs, Sept 1, 6:00 pm

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. This month is the bar stool pitch session. 
Talk about your business idea in a short pitch session and garner feedback from your fellow entrepreneurs!  Sessions will be moderated by Elvis Dyer.

All are welcome!

childrensWelcome to the Children's Corner!

Check here to find out about upcoming events in the Children's Room.
International Dot Day !  
 September 11 
at 6:30 pm

A new tradition is beginning at the library! We are celebrating International Dot Day! Join us for a story time and use your imagination and creativity to "make your mark" on our first ever "Dot" mural to be displayed in the Children's Room.
Curiosity Day
Friday September 16

Come celebrate Curious George's Birthday! Stories and activities all day!
Latin Music 
with Maura Mendoza
Monday, September 26 
at 6:30 pm

The Jacob Edwards Library looks forward to a return visit from vocalist Maura Mendoza and guitarist Guillermo Ortiz. All welcome! Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

Sponsored by Olive I. and Anthony A. Borgatti Fund at Greater Worcester Community Foundation, and ASPIRA.
Tuesday, Sept 13

We will provide the magazines, glue, scissors, and crayons, you supply the ideas and creativity! Drop in any time on the second Tuesday of the month to cut, paste, and craft a collage creation!
Crafty Wednesdays
Every Wednesday

Stop by the Children's Room any time on Wednesday 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 10:00-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. 
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.

Book 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 be meeting on 
Monday, September 19
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, September 20th at Noon 
in the Mills Room. 
All meetings are open to the public.
We hope to see you at the library soon! Lots of innovative programs coming up in the Children's Room. Drop in and say hello to Liz, Kathy and Deb!


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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