In This Issue
JEL Staff Picks
Featured Artist: Mario Quiroz
Film Screening: Entre Nos
Poetry Reading: Eve Rifkah
Fascinating Rhythm with Cornell Coley
An Evening of Flamenco
Children's Corner

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Book a Librarian

Curious about how to download ebooks to your ereader or tablet - or even just how to use it in the first place? 

Would you like to learn how to use the library catalog to renew your items online or request an interlibrary loan?

How about some assistance getting started with genealogy or a research topic?

For any of these topics and more, you can now "Book a Librarian!"

Call 508-764-5426 or email to schedule a 
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All teens are invited to take our survey! Tell us what you want to see at JEL!
School Supplies

Thank you to all who donated to our School Supplies Drive! 

Catholic Charities have distributed the supplies to families in Southbridge, helping kids in our community get ready to go back to school.

Library eBooks!


You can download FREE ebooks from the library!

Library ebooks, MP3 audiobooks, and videos are available to download for Kindle, iPad/iPhone, Androids, Nooks, and other devices! 


Just visit the Digital Catalog to get started.

Museum Passes




Did you know that the library offers free and discounted admission to area museums and attractions? 


Roger Williams Zoo, Ecotarium, and the Mystic Aquarium are just a few of the available passes. For a full list and more information, see here.


Thank you to the Friends of the Library for their support of the Museum Pass program!


The Department of Transitional Assistance also has partnerships with several Boston-area museums. Receive discounted admission by simply presenting your EBT card on admission.

A to Z World Culture


School is back in session - and that means homework, projects, and papers to write. If a history or social studies assignment focuses on a country or culture, keep this database in mind!


A to Z World Culture provides history and information about 175 countries and their cultures. Learn about their customs, religions, and other cultural aspects, and download images of flags, maps and currency for those projects.


All you need to log on is your library card number!

Contribute to the 100th Anniversary Memory Project!



We would like to invite all of our patrons, past and present, to share your memories of the library!


The notebook is available at the Information Desk to anyone interested. Anything you may recall about visiting the library and what it meant to you in the past is welcome! 

Knitting with Sonya 


From 10:30-12:30 every Tuesday, come join our knitting circle in the Reading Room! Any handcrafters are welcome to join, whatever your level of experience.

Friends of the Library

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The Friends of the Library will meet Monday, September 22nd 

at 6:00 p.m. in the Mills Room.


The Friends extend an invitation to all library patrons to join their group. To find out more, please visit 

The Friends Page 

on our website.

Board of Trustees 


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 The Board of Trustees of the Jacob Edwards Library will meet on Tuesday, September 23rd at 

12:00 Noon.  


All meetings are open to the public.


After 10 years of service, Fr. Peter Joyce has resigned from the Board. We thank Fr. Peter for his dedication and commitment to JEL and will continue to work with him in the community.


If you are interested in serving on the Board, please submit a letter of interest and resume.

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JEL News & Events

September 2014


September means back to school and the beginning of the fall season - did you know that it is also Hispanic Heritage Month? The library has several programs to celebrate.

First up is the month-long exhibit of a photo essay by Mario Quiroz: Aging Minority in Massachusetts. All are welcome to a reception for the artist on September 4th. A screening of Entre Nos, the story of a family who immigrates from Colombia, will be held on September 11th. And finally, a performance of Flamenco dancing by the students and staff of Flamenco Worcester on September 25th finishes off the month with an exciting show!

For more information on these programs and more, read on!  

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September'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.

Featured Artist: Mario Quiroz
Aging Minority in Massachusetts
Reception Thursday, September 4th at 6:30 p.m.


The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to present a photo essay by Mario Quiroz about the aging experience of immigrants in the Commonwealth. The display will be on view for the full month of September, as part of the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. We invite the community to stop by and view this amazing body of work.


"The way we face aging is based on our own personal experience. Growing older in a different culture, a foreign land, and many times in a new language can create unexpected challenges. On the other hand, immigrants at old age posses a strength that would help them to harvest the results of years of labor.


Family, community and the proud satisfaction of having contributed for decades to their new country is a beacon of hope for future generations."

This photo essay is produced in partnership with the Chinese Progressive Association, the Cleghorn Neighborhood Center of Fitchburg, Centro Presente, the Brazilian Immigrant Center, MIRA, and the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers. For more information please go to 

Book Club: That Old Cape Magic
Monday, September 8th at 6:30 p.m.


All are welcome to join us for a discussion of Richard Russo's That Old Cape Magic in the Reading Room. New participants are always welcome (no commitment!) - copies of next month's book, The Saffron Kitchen by Yasmin Crowther, are available at the Information Desk for checkout. 


"For Griffin, all paths, all memories, converge at Cape Cod.  The Cape is where he took his childhood summer vacations, where he and his wife, Joy, honeymooned, where they decided he'd leave his LA screenwriting job to become a college professor, and where they celebrated the marriage of their daughter Laura's best friend.


But when their beloved Laura's wedding takes place a year later, Griffin is caught between chauffeuring his mother's and father's ashes in two urns and contending with Joy and her large, unruly family. Both he and she have also brought dates along. How in the world could this have happened?
By turns hilarious, rueful, and uplifting, That Old Cape Magic is a profoundly involving novel about marriage, family, and all the other ties that bind."

Library Box Office:  Entre Nos
Thursday, September 11th at 6:00 p.m.


"In Entro Nos, adoring mother Mariana has toted her two children from Colombia to New York City to indulge her husband's whim. But when he abruptly abandons the family, she'll have to rely on her own imagination and courage and that of her remarkable kids to survive insurmountable odds during their first summer in the United States."

A winner and official selection at multiple film festivals, this screening continues JEL's Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations.
In Spanish  w/ English subtitles. 
Running time: 96 minutes.

All screenings are held in the Pioppi Room, lower level.
Poetry Reading: Eve Rifkah
Wednesday, September 17th at 3:00 p.m.


Poet Eve Rifkah will present a reading from her newly published collection, Dear Suzanne.

"Suzanne is Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938) born in poverty she began working at age 12.

After a fall from a trapeze while working in a circus she switched to modeling. Renoir features her in two of his large dance paintings, indeed she was his favorite model as well as many other artists of time. Valadon became an artist herself mentored by Edgar Degas. Her art was critically acclaimed though her son Maurice Utrillo's paintings provided the bulk of their income. She married twice and had affairs with Erik Satie, Toulouse-Lautrec among other.

The poems include verse persona poems in Valadon's voice and prose poems in my own voice written as letters to her from times in my life that run parallel to hers."

The reading will feature images of paintings that feature Suzanne as the model, photographs, and her own paintings as well.

Fascinating Rhythm with Cornell Coley
Thursday, September 18th at 6:30 p.m.


Cornell Coley "A Fascinating Rhythm" interactive program with drums & folkloric instruments, dance and songs - for all ages. Join us for a high energy performance.

Using his drumming & dance skills, the berimbau (musical bow), African djembe drum, congas, African, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian percussion, award-winning teaching artist Cornell "Sugarfoot," Coley, M. Ed. "edu-tains" audiences of all ages.


Led by his own highly skilled playing and dancing, Cornell's engaging solo performance draws audiences 'in' by blending thought-provoking questions and senarios with the "hands-on" experience of playing and dancing with him. He enters the room playing and singing, and immediately engages audiences with movement and dialog. Audiences come up on stage to play the cornerstone instruments - drums, bells and shakers -. Everyone jams "carnival style" at the end!


MA Cultural Council This program is supported in part by a grant from the Southbridge Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

An Evening of Flamenco
Thursday, September 25th at 6:30 p.m.

The Jacob Edwards Library presents an Evening of Flamenco as part of it 100th Anniversary Celebration series and Hispanic Heritage Month. This is sure to be an energetic performance of flamenco dancing and music with Edmy Ortiz, Roberto Rios and the Students of Flamenco Worcester. 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.  

Children's Corner

Upcoming and Ongoing Children's Programs


Pajama Story Time

Mondays at 6:30 p.m.


Join us to listen to some stories and sing some songs. Some weeks we will watch a short film. This program is geared towards children ages 4-8, but all ages are welcome!



Super Kids

Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.  


Come to story time! It is a fun morning of stories, songs, and sometimes dancing in the Children's Room. The story time is aimed at children aged 3-5, but all are welcome.


Crafty Wednesday

Wednesday, all day long!  


Stop by the Children's Room on Wednesday to do a special craft designed by Miss Karola. The crafts in September include a tiger, a picture frame, acorn people, and an autumn leaf project.  We can't wait to see what amazing crafts she comes up with for October!  


Lego Club

Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

We'll bring the Legos, you bring the ideas! Each week there is a different theme, recent ones have included boats and skyscrapers. If you are in the library, stop by the Children's Room to see different Lego projects on display. 

Toddler Time 
Fridays from 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
This program is designed for children under three and their caregivers, and includes playtime and a short story time. The story time will be at 10:45, with playtime and music before and after. Join us for Toddler Time, and stay to check out our great collection of board books!

No registration necessary for any of our regular programs!

Questions? Call 508-764-5427 or email  Betsy


Even when our doors are closed you can visit our website to access databases, renew and request materials, download ebooks, and so much more.  


Hope you have an enjoyable Labor Day weekend!



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