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The library will be closed on

Friday, July 3

in observance of Independence Day.
Petro Pool Pass
A J Petro State Pool, Randolph Street, Southbridge, MA

The AJ Petro Pool is now open for the summer! The library has a free one-day family admission pass that can be checked out with your library card. Ask at the Information Desk!


See our website for details and more information.

Discounted and Free Museum Admission

The library offers passes to a variety of area museums and attractions! 


Locations include:

-Old Sturbridge           Village


-Mystic Aquarium

-Roger Williams Zoo

-Tower Hill Botanic       Gardens

-Worcester Art           Museum

-Fruitlands Museum

-USS Constitution

-MA ParksPass


See our website for discount details and more information.


Thank you to the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library for sponsoring this program!

We now accept credit cards!

We can now accept credit cards as a form of payment for your overdue or lost book fees. 

Stargaze with our Telescope!

The library now has a telescope which can be checked out and taken home - use it to spend a summer night stargazing in your own back yard!

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!
Pass It On gives older adults the tools to start conversations about scams and pass on what they know.

There are all kinds of scams out there on the internet - identity theft, health care scams, "you've won" contest scams, and many others. 

Sharing what you know can help protect someone who you know from a scam. Pass It On has videos and activities you can use to spread the word about these scams and how to avoid them.
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? 

"Book a Librarian" to show you how!

Call 508-764-5426 or email Ashley 
[email protected] to schedule a 
20-30 minute appointment.
Teen Survey

All teens are invited to take our survey! Tell us what you want to see at JEL!

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.

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.

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JEL News & Events

July 2015


It's time for Summer Reading! We have programs for all ages - kids, teens, and adults. Sign up at the Children's Room desk (kids) or the Information Desk upstairs (adults & teens). If you're going to be reading anyway, why not be entered to win some great prizes while you're at it?!

See our website for more details!

Please read on for more information on all of this month's events, and more library news.

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July'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.
Teen Tuesdays - Summer Superheroes
Tuesdays, see below!


All teens and tweens (ages 12-18) are welcome to Teen Tuesdays!


Teen Graphic Novel Workshop

We have an extra-special program on July 14th - Published graphic

novel and comics artist Andy Fish will be here to teach you how to illustrate your own graphic novel! All materials are provided, so stop by for this FREE workshop. Begins at 3:00 pm in the Pioppi Room - no advanced registration required! 

Sponsored by the Southbridge Cultural Council.



Teen Summer Movie Series

This year's Summer Reading theme is Unmask! To celebrate, we will be showing a superhero movie every Tuesday at 2:00. (All movies rated PG-13, screenings on the big screen in the Pioppi Room)

July Movie Schedule:


July 7: Marvel's The Avengers

July 21: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

July 28: The Amazing Spiderman 2



Featured Artist: Katherine Smith
Reception Thursday, July 2 at 6:30 pm  


Katherine Smith is a visual artist residing in the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts.  Her love of drawing and painting came at an early age. Growing-up in Northeastern Connecticut she attended after school and summer art classes where her natural affinity for image making grew over the years eventually leading her to a degree in Studio Painting at Bard College at Simon's Rock. She works now from a home studio in Tyringham, MA and is part of the folk music duo Oakes and Smith which she and her fianc? Robert Oakes formed in 2010.

This show represents a selection of works that Katherine has developed over the past few years. The images represent themes of fairy-tale, nature and spirit.  Katherine invites the viewer to look within and create their own story.


Please join us for the opening reception on Thursday, July 2 at 6:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served, all are welcome!

Library Box Office: If You Don't, I Will
Thursday, July 9 at 6:00 pm


"Pomme and Pierre have been together a long time. Passion and spontaneity have given way to predictability and cold shoulders. But there's a lingering optimism, a hope they can return to the couple they used to be, attending chic art openings and sharing a laugh like young lovers. On a hike together one afternoon, Pomme declares her independence by deciding to stay in the woods rather than return to an underwhelming life with Pierre. Pierre tries to get back to normal, despite his worry over her whereabouts and the indelible sense that he's missing his better half. Meanwhile, Pomme begins an extended meditation in the forest on where her own life should go next, with or without Pierre. In the end, both are left to contemplate the strength and meaning of each other's commitment."

In French w/ English subtitles. Unrated (recommended for 18+) Running time: 102 minutes.

All screenings are held in the Pioppi Room, lower level.
Senior Safety with the Worcester DA
Wednesday, July 15 at 2:00 pm


Elisabeth Haddad from the Worcester District Attorney's office will provide a presentation on senior safety, in assocation with the Southbridge Council on Aging. All are welcome for this free presentation!

Oakes & Smith Concert
Thursday, July 16 at 6:30 pm


All are welcome to join us for a free concert featuring folk artists Oakes & Smith.

Oakes & Smith perform gentle, acoustic folk with voices blending in close harmonies. They sing soothing and soulful tunes inspired by nature, love, spirit, art and poetry. The harmonious blend of their voices creates an ethereal sound and unique quality not often heard in today's popular music, and their songs evoke a sense of wonder, expressing themes such as love, beauty, innocence and mystery. Their debut album, First Flight, mixed by Grammy-winning engineer Oz Fritz and released in November 2013, has been received warmly by listeners and critics alike.
Healthy & Allergy-Free Baking 101
Thursday, July 23 at 2:00 pm


Are you thinking that now is the time to begin eating healthier, but you don't want to give up those desserts you really enjoy?

Do food allergies or dietary restrictions prevent your family members from enjoying the sweets they crave?

Would you like to know how to adapt your favorite baked recipes to accommodate almost any food need you and your family have?

Come learn the "secrets" to substituting ingredients in recipes to create desserts which not only are healthier for you but delicious tasting, too.

Through her personal experience and her knowledge from cookingfor family owned restaurants, Paula Castner has almost forty years of familiarity with food allergies and almost twenty years of experience with hypoglycemic and diabetic requirements. Unwilling to give up the treats she likes to eat, she has spent years discovering and perfecting the best ways to make cakes, cookies, breads, and more which meet a variety of dietary needs but also satisfy the desire for something tasty and sweet.


Don't forget to sign up for summer reading! This year's theme is heroes, and we are to have a lot of hero-related activities in the Children's Room.

Registration for summer reading starts July 1, 2015! 
Come to lunch at the Jacob Edwards Library!
For thousands of children, the end of school means the end of book reports and spelling tests, and the end of school breakfast and lunch - their most reliable source of nutrition. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a federally funded program that provides free meals to children, ages 18 and under, when school is out for the summer. Starting July 6, 2015 children under 18 can have free lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. thanks to Project Bread and the Southbridge Public School District who prepares the meals. Come to the library for lunch, and stay for one of the fun programs that we are planning!
Ecology of Sound with Ricardo Frota
Monday, July 6 at 6:30 p.m.    
Join us for an amazing music experience of sound and rhythms from the Bra zilian rainforest with Ricardo Frota.
Ecology of Sound is a music/sound experience, a channel to give path for the manifestation of the spirit of creativity living within us, through listening, experimenting, playing, interacting, inventing, reinventing.



Sponsored by The Southbridge Cultural Council.


Sensational Movement 

with Gina Iadarola

and Vickie Ludden 

Tuesdays, July 7, 14, and 21   

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   


Join us for a class that focuses on sensory awareness/development, dance, and movement with Gina Iadarola and Vickie Ludden. The program will include yoga poses, various cultural dances, martial arts, and therapeutic dances. This is the first in a series of inclusive movement programs, stay tuned for more in July! Each class will focus on a theme introducing a sensory system, emotion, and specific activity and dance.  


The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation Grant is made possible by the Holtz-Tetreault family.



The Creature Teachers

Monday, July 13 at 6:30 p.m.

The Creature Teachers is a family owned business specializing in environmental and animal education. Their goal is to fascinate audiences with the wonders and diversity of the animals that share our planet.

The Creature Teachers will be visiting the library with a number of different animals.



Sponsored by the Lego Children's Fund 


Ed the Wizard

Monday, July 20 at 6:30 p.m.


Join us to learn about Ed's Hero, Dumbledore, and how he provided the inspiration needed to become Ed the Wizard. Starting at 4 Privot Drive, experience the power of inspiration, how to improve your own reading skills, and learn how to become your own Super Hero as we visit classes from Divination through Potions. This is a great program for all ages!

Sponsored by the Southbridge Cultural Council


Super You! Hero Training Academy with Mike Bent

Monday, July 27 at 6:30 p.m.


Mike Bent, the Nickelodeon award-winning children's entertainer is returning to the Jacob Edwards Library! This silly, super hero-themed, character-building show teaches kids what it takes to be a REAL superhero: respect for others, responsibility, honesty, and perseverance.Using hilarious comedy, amazing magic, crazy puppets, music, sound effects and riveting storytelling, the show will help kids discover their inner "super powers" and become certified Agents of R.E.A.D.


Sponsored by the Lego Children's Fund.


 Stay tuned for information about even more programs that we are planning!



Super Kids Story Time 

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 to join us. Come for story time and stay to do the craft! 



Crafty Wednesday 

Every Wednesday, all day long!   


Stop by the Children's Room on Wednesday to do a special craft. There are a lot of superhero  crafts in July to go along with the summer reading theme, including puppets!





Lego Club
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

We'll bring the Legos, you bring the ideas! Each week there is a different theme, recent ones have included robots and spaceships.  This is a drop-in program, no need to sign up! 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 songs, movement, and short stories for toddlers. 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.  





We have read some great books recently in the Children's Room! Stop by and ask about them, or you see if it is available by clicking on the book title.


Guji Guji by Chih-Yuan Chen


Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson 


Daddy's Lullaby by Tony Bradman 


Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan 


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



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