Upcoming Library Events & News
June, 2016

The summer weather is finally here, and we are gearing up for Summer Reading! 
Our 2016 program begins Monday, June 27 and runs six weeks through Friday, August 5. 
Come in and preregister beginning June 23!
See the Children's Corner for info on the Kickoff Party for Kids SR.
Please see the Summer Reading page on our website  for all the details, 
we have some great programs and prizes this year!

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

 Ongoing Events: Book Club, Coloring, 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: Closed (Saturday hours will 
resume after Labor Day)
Sunday: Closed

staffpicksJune'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.
Thursday, June 2 at 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. 
All are welcome!

Krosslink.org is a volunteer-driven community program created to help develop, nurture, and foster entrepreneurship by connecting aspiring entrepreneurs to local business leaders, mentors and civic leaders who can help them achieve their goals. The result is a vibrant eco-system where individuals looking to build a business can find resources and activities to kick start their plans and find mentoring by SCORE business experts.
Reception Monday, June 6  at 6:30 pm

The Artful Friends Raffle is back! Items being raffled off range from donated art - paintings, photos, collage, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, cards, fabric art and other handmade items - to gift certificates from local restaurants and businesses. Buy a $5 raffle card with 25 chances to win, and spread your chances out over as many or as few items as you like!

Winners will be drawn on Thursday, June 30th following the Pride in Southbridge event. Winners do not need to be present at the drawing to win, but we hope to see you there!

The opening reception will feature music with Rita Schiano and Rob Adams. All are welcome, and light refreshments will be served. Raffle tickets will be available for sale at the reception, and throughout the the month at the Information Desk.

boxofficeFilm Screening - Freeheld
Thursday, June 9 at 6:00 pm

When a New Jersey police lieutenant is diagnosed with terminal cancer, she and her registered domestic partner must work to secure her pension benefits.

Rated R. Running time 103 min.
Presented as part of the Library Box Office series, sponsored by the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library.

  budgetManaging Income & Expenses
Wednesday, June 22 at 2:00 pm

Take control and feel confident about your financial future!

Wise financial management requires a system to track and prioritize your income and expenses. In this workshop, Money Management International (MMI) will teach you how to evaluate where you are financially, then guide you through creation of a system to get you where you want to be. MMI offers worksheets and expert advice to help you organize your financial management system. 
You will learn how to:
* live within your income and create a budget;
* spend your money wisely;
* reach your financial goals;
* prepare for financial emergencies, and
* develop smart money management habits.

Managing Income and Expenses: Getting from here to there is part of the Journey to Financial Security series. You are invited to participate in this free seminar. All welcome!
paintingPaint Your Own Stunning  Still Lifes 
Wednesday, June 29 at 2:00 pm

All materials provided, no experience needed!  This free workshop has limited space, so call 508-764-5426 or email [email protected] to sign up now! Take home your own work of art!

Art instructor Gregory Maichack will teach participants how to pastel paint like the masters, and everyone will take home their finished piece of art. Essential techniques of pastel painting will be clearly demonstrated. Greg will provide hundreds of professional grade pastels, paper, & pencils. All skill levels, from sheer beginners to advanced welcome!

MA Cultural Council

This program is sponsored by a grant from the Southbridge Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
pridePride in Southbridge 
with Sarah Jo Burke
Thursday, June 30 at 6:30 pm

Our Annual Pride in Southbridge event will be held on Thursday, June 30 at 6:30 pm. 

We are delighted to welcome back Sarah Jo Burke to present her original and cover versions of acoustic, folk, blues, jazz and traditional Irish music on a variety of instruments.

Sarah's stage experience dates back to childhood in the '60s when she was a member of the internationally acclaimed Burke Family Singers. For 12 years she sang, toured and recorded with the group, appeared on television in more than a dozen specials and on variety shows such as the Jack Paar, Mike Douglas and Ed Sullivan shows.

Sponsored by the Friends of JEL, the Pride in Southbridge event is celebrating its 11th year and we are looking forward to an evening of the community coming together to celebrate inclusion. Light refreshments will be served, all are welcome!

Immediately following the performance, the Friends of the Library will draw the winners of the Artful Friends Raffle. 
ongoingOngoing Events

Book Club reads 
A Cold & Lonely Place
Monday, June 6, 6:30 pm

All are welcome to join us for a discussion of Sara J. Henry's  A Cold & Lonely Place 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 (All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr)  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!

Coloring for Grown-Ups
Weds, June 15, 2:00 pm

We're pleased to offer something new - Coloring for Grown-Ups! Now you can try your hand at coloring: 
de-stress and self express! 
Unwind, relax and color with us on the third Wednesday of each month (in the Mills Room, lower level).   These more intricate coloring pages are catching on everywhere, come and see what everyone is talking about. 
We'll provide all the materials.  Drop in anytime between 2 and 4 pm, and stay as long or as little as you'd like!

teeneventsTeen Events

Teen Friday - Coloring
Friday, June 10 at 3:00 pm

Drop in on Friday after school to unwind and color! We will have pages and colored pencils available in the Teen Area for anyone who wants to take a break from homework, or color while you hang out with friends. All teens and tweens welcome!
Teen Friday Movie - Friday Night Lights
Friday, June 24 at 2:00 pm

Odessa, TX is home to the Permian High School Panthers, the football team with the best winning record in the state. Odessa is a town with more than its share of problems. But football is the one thing that brings all the people of Odessa together, and on Friday nights every fall, as many as 20,000 people fill Permian's football stadium to watch Coach Gary Gaines and his boys try to lead the team to victory. 
Running time: 118 minutes, rated PG-13. 
In the Pioppi Room, lower level.

Welcome to the Children's  Corner! 

Check here to find out about upcoming events in the Children's Room.
Eat Like a Rainbow 
with Jay Mankita
Summer Reading Kickoff
Monday, June 27
6:30 pm
More fun and great songs by stellar presenter Jay Mankita! Be part of this musical experience and enjoy the beginning of summer and being on vacation from school.

This is also the officially kickoff of Summer Reading 2016! Preregister beginning June 23, or register at the program that night. Then get reading to earn your weekly prizes! See here for full program details.

Jay Mankita is an American songwriter, guitarist, recording artist, and dad. He's based in the Northeast, but travels all over. Jay writes and performs songs for kids about animals, ecology, and healthy food in schools, libraries, fairs and festivals. 

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

Therapy Dogs with 
Carol, Maxwell & Shelby
Thursday, June 16
6:30 pm

The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to present author Carol Majewski who has written Room for One More: A Dog's Story about Helping People. This is an endearing book about her dog Maxwell, who will be on hand to for a few tricks. Shelby will also accompany the author and her husband. The story is told  from a dog's point-of-view. It illustrates how an energetic puppy emerges into a loving and effective therapy dog. 

Carol Majewski lives in Southeastern CT with her husband and two dogs. As a former teacher, she now combines two activities she loves; interacting with children and dogs at the same time. Books will be available for purchase for $10 each. Ms. Majewski will be happy to sign books at the end of the program.

Construction Crew
~with LEGO bricks~
Tuesdays & Thursdays
3:00 - 4:30 pm

We'll bring the LEGO bricks, you bring the ideas! Best for children over age five.
Complete projects will go on display in the Children's Room for one week.

Crafty Wednesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Stop by the Children's Room any time on Wednesday to make a special craft.  This is a drop-in program that runs all day.  Come to the Children's Room desk to get your craft supplies, be as creative as you like, and go home with a masterpiece!  Check our display to see which craft we will be making next!   

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
Mystic Aquarium
Roger Williams Park Zoo
Salem Witch Museum
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 the Reference Department  to schedule an  appointment.

Jacob Edwards Library
Upcoming Meetings

The Friends of the Library will be meeting on 
Monday, June 20
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, June 28 at Noon 
in the Mills Room. 

Please note that meetings will now take place on the 4th Tuesday of the month, rather than the 3rd Tuesday.
All meetings are open to the public.
We hope to see you at the library soon!


The Jacob Edwards Library Staff
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