Upcoming Library Events & News
September, 2018

Magazines now available on OverDrive

If you already download eBooks or audiobooks from OverDrive (or even if you don't!), the app now has full issues of popular magazines available to download for free, with no waiting lists! 

RBDigital/Zinio users - please note that JEL no longer subscribes to RBDigital, as so many of the titles are duplicated with OverDrive. 

Magazines can be downloaded and read on  your  phone, tablet, computer, or other device. All you need is your library card number!

Download the OverDrive app to get started, or visit https://cwmars.overdrive.com

If you need assistance in getting set up, or have questions, drop in or give us a call! We're happy to help.

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 
(beginning September 8)
Sunday: Closed

The library will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 3.

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.

Our featured artist for September is David Berg of Blackwood Imaging, in partnership with Pedro Aponte.

"As an artist, I synthesize my research of the Transatlantic Slave Trade by examining
its impact on history in the Caribbean. I am uniquely positioned to undertake this
work, as an artist of Danish and African ancestry, born and raised in St. Croix, U.S.
Virgin Islands. From that vantage point, my work focuses on the slave trade as it was devised in Denmark, executed in Ghana, and implemented in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
My work provides an emotional encounter with the history of slavery, colonization and the current process of decolonization of African diasporic peoples whose ancestors were subjugated to the horrors of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. 
My work in this area began with an image of a woman underwater with a chain and torch--a reference to the slave trader's brutal practice of throwing their human "cargo" overboard when they were deemed undesirable as property. The photo series responds to that with
images of former victims in positions of strength and no longer enslaved. Other photo
series illustrate the effects of, and resistance to Colonialism with images of African
cultural traditions such as moko jumbies and African diasporic people. As part of my artistic process, I am deeply involved in the research of the Middle Passage by examining archives in both Denmark and St. Croix. This has inspired me to want to go beyond documentation and capture the emotional trauma of historical events and present-day relationships between the people and cultures of Denmark, Ghana and St. Croix."

Please join us for an opening reception on Thursday, September 6 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. All welcome, light refreshments will be served.
boxofficeFilm Screening -  Professor Marston & the Wonder Women
Thursday, September 13 at 6:00 pm

Biopic of Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston details his polyamorous personal life.

Rated NR. Running time 108 min.

Presented as part of the Library Box Office series, sponsored by the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library.
ryanWicked Shadow of the Hunter with Tracey Ryan
Thursday, September 13 at 6:30 pm

The Jacob Edwards Library would like to invite you to a book talk and signing with author Tracey Ryan. Light refreshments will be served. All welcome! This second title is of particular interest to folks in Southbridge as local restaurant Mario's is featured in the story!

"In Wicked Shadow of the Hunter, Ryan once again combines suspenseful storytelling with a rich depth to the characters, allowing readers to feel like they are part of the gripping plot. Taking place in Boston and Hardwick, the author continues the suspenseful story of Emma Sharpeton and Hunter Logan. Picking up where Wicked Game of the Hunter left off, Emma and Hunter quickly realize that dark shadows lurk around every corner, weaving a tangled web of deception and threats from the elusive stalker. The pair need to conquer a labyrinth of obstacles, including secrets buried deep in the past, before they become even more tangled in the spider's web."

When asked if she intended to write a trilogy, Ryan responded, "Actually, no. I had the story idea in my head and thought it'd be good for one book. It wasn't until I started putting my thoughts into an outline that I realized I had enough content for a trilogy. It surprised me to be quite honest. And now that I'm finished with the second book and writing the third, part of me doesn't want the story to end." 

The buzz has continued with this next installment of the trilogy and has ignited local interest from readers. "Can't wait to read it!" "I just ordered mine in time for my vacation!" "Cover looks great!" 

Tracey (Hahns) Ryan resides in central Massachusetts with her husband. She holds an undergraduate degree from Westfield State University and an MBA from Anna Maria College. Tracey has been a financial services marketing professional for over twenty years and devoted reader of mysteries almost her entire adult life. She is currently working on the follow-up to Wicked Shadow of the Hunter.
marioPhotography as a Timeless Witness of America's Immigrant Heritage with Mario Quiroz-Servellón
Thursday, September 20 at 6:30 pm

The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to present the work of Mario Quiroz-Servellón in a presentation titled Photography as a Timeless Witness of America's Immigrant Heritage. Mario will focus on the role that photography has played shaping America's collective memory and connect it to different historical periods The community is invited to participate in this program that is presented as part of our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Mario E. Quiroz-Servellón was born in San Salvador and relocated to the US in 1999. Since then, Mario has been exhibiting his images in many shows. His work has been part of the Breaking Borders, an exhibition of Salvadoran photographers at the Museum of the Americas of the Organization of American States, in Washington DC and the National Museum of Anthropology in San Salvador.  His work is part of the permanent collection of The Commonwealth Archives and Museum, as well as the Fitchburg Art Museum.

Mario holds a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts with a specialization in Documentary Photography from Lesley University and a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from Lesley University College of Art and Design.
Thursday, September 27 at 6:30 pm

Between 1840 and 1930, approximately one million French-Canadians immigrated to the United States, the vast majority settling in New England. In Southbridge, Massachusetts a century ago, when state representative Félix Gatineau published his important chronicle of the town's Franco-American community, French-speaking immigrants and their American-born children represented 60% of the town's population!

Gatineau's  History of Franco-Americans of Southbridge, Massachusetts, originally written in French in 1919, has just been translated into English for the first time by Dr. Elizabeth Blood of Salem State University and has been published by Via Appia Press.

In this talk, Dr. Blood will offer a glimpse of what life was like for French-Canadians in Southbridge one hundred years ago, highlighting the role that the French-Canadian community played in establishing many of the town's political, cultural, business, and religious institutions and offering insight into the fascinating character of Félix Gatineau, himself.  Books will be available for purchase at the event.

All welcome! Light refreshments provided by the Friends of Jacob Edwards Library

This program is presented in conjunction with  The Last Green Valley Walktober series that encompasses activities in 35 towns in the southern Worcester County area of Massachusetts and into Connecticut following the path of the Quinebaug and Shetucket rivers.
ongoingOngoing Events

Book Club 
No September Meeting

The book club will not be meeting for the month of September. We will pick up again in October, to discuss The Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz.
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 the book are now 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!

No school = Friday afternoon Teen movie
Friday, September 28
2:00 pm

What movie do you want to see on the big screen in the Pioppi Room?
Then come see the winning movie at 2:00 on 9/28

childrensWelcome to the Children's Corner!

Check here to find out about upcoming events in the Children's Room.
Create a Collage
Monday, September 10 at 6:30 pm

All materials provided - drop in and make something unique!
International Dot Day
Friday, September 14 - All Day!

Come make your mark at our 
3rd Annual Dot Day!

Intro to Classical Music for Kids
with Erin Demelo & Alicia Rattin
Saturday, September 15
10:30 - 11:30 am

This 45 minute program will feature animal themed pieces from history played by kids (and teachers!) on piano, violin, and trumpet. 

 Come listen and guess which animal each piece is portraying, and participate by playing "Old Mc Donald had a farm" on handbells!

Sponsored by FOJEL
Family Game Night
Monday, September 24, 6:30 pm

Bring the family for a fun night of board games!

Story Times

Story Time
Wednesdays at 10:30 am
Stories & Songs for 3-4 year olds, but all ages are welcome to join us. Come for story time, and stay for the craft!

Toddler Time
Fridays from 10:30 - 11:15 am
Stories & songs geared for 2-3 year olds, but all ages welcome. Playtime and music before and after.

Hora de Cuentos
Monday, September 17 at 6:30 pm
Join us for stories and songs in Spanish and English on the third Monday night of each month.

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
Saturays, 10:30 am - 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
Eric Carle Museum
Springfield Museums
Zoo at Forest Park
Magic Wings
Mystic Aquarium
Roger Williams Park Zoo
Tower Hill Botanic Gardens
Worcester Art Museum
Salem Witch Museum 
The Trustees locations
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 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!

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 17
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 25
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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