Library Events

Join us for upcoming events, classes and programs at Jacob Edwards Library! All events are free and open to the public.
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Crafty Wednesday
Children's Room Jacob Edwards Library
Wednesday, May. 23, All Day Event

All day, every Wednesday all year long!
                                          Drop in and make a craft in the children’s room! Future crafts are on display in the                                                          Children’s Room!
 
 

 Story Time
Wednesday, May. 23, 10:30 a.m.
Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.
                                            Stories and songs for three and four year olds, but all ages are welcome to join us!                                                            Come for storytime, and stay for the craft.
 

 
Tinkering Thursday
Children's Room
Thursday, May. 24, 3:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m.
                                                      Thursday from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m
                                                       
                                                      Hands-on STEAM-related activities to stimulate the brain for school-age children. Where you can use your imagination and create using eveyday items, and  upscaled products!! Come see what it is all about!!
Throwing Back Potter
Thursday, May. 24, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rick Hamelin, otherwise known as Pied Potter Hamelin, will present his workshop on the development of pottery and the trade called "Throwing Back Pottery."

PLEASE NOTE: THE EARLIER START TIME FOR THIS PROGRAM AS IT IS 90 minutes duration

This is a wheel-thrown pottery demonstration of techniques and forms throughout history with a discussion of the potters' trade in Massachusetts, with particular reference to Southbridge/Sturbridge, from 17th to 19th centuries.

All welcome! Light refreshments will be provided by the Southbridge Historical Society.

Master potter Rick Hamelin and Gariné (ga-renée) Arakelian, a third generation artist, have been making pottery together since 1990, the year they got married and moved to Warren, Massachusetts. 
Rick has been potting since 1976 and has been committed to researching in depth the historical Redware potters and clay industries of New England, and especially, Massachusetts. Like Gariné, he had been a teacher and worked in museums. He is also a popular demonstrator and lecturer. The Pied Potter Hamelin pottery dates to 1985. Pied Potter Hamelin can be taken linguistically apart and understood as a “Colorful Potter from a Small Town”. Pied means multi-colored. Potter is the trade. Hamelin translates into “one from a small town”.

Supported in part by a grant from the Southbridge Cultural Council, a local agency which is support by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Also generously sponsored by the Friends of Jacob Edwards Library and the Southbridge Historical Society. Sponsored by Southbridge Cultural Council, Friends of JEL and the Southbridge Historical Society.
Infant/Toddler Story
Friday, May. 25
Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
                                            Stories and songs for the "twos and threes" but all ages are welcome to join us!                                                            Come for short storytime, and after stay and play and make new friends!
 
Friday, May. 25, 3:00 pm
If you play Magic: The Gathering, stop by to play with others! Other games (Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon) also welcome!

All skill levels!
Construction Crew
Saturday, May. 26
                                                     Saturday from 10:30a.m. - 12:00 p.m
                                                       
                                                       We'll bring the Legos, you bring the ideas! Best for kids over 5.                                                                                  and finished Lego projects may go on display in the Children’s Room.
 
Library Closed - Mem
Monday, May. 28
Knitting with Sonya
Tuesday, May. 29, 10:30 am- 12:30 pm
Join us for a drop-in knitting and crafting group every Tuesday! The group is informal and friendly, and meets in the Reading Room. 
Construction Crew
Tuesday, May. 29, 3:00 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.
                                                      Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m
                                                       
                                                       We'll bring the Legos, you bring the ideas! Best for kids over 5.                                                                                  and finished Lego projects may go on display in the Children’s Room.
 
Crafty Wednesday
Children's Room Jacob Edwards Library
Wednesday, May. 30, All Day Event

All day, every Wednesday all year long!
                                          Drop in and make a craft in the children’s room! Future crafts are on display in the                                                          Children’s Room!
 
 

 Story Time
Wednesday, May. 30, 10:30 a.m.
Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.
                                            Stories and songs for three and four year olds, but all ages are welcome to join us!                                                            Come for storytime, and stay for the craft.
 

 
Tinkering Thursday
Children's Room
Thursday, May. 31, 3:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m.
                                                      Thursday from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m
                                                       
                                                      Hands-on STEAM-related activities to stimulate the brain for school-age children. Where you can use your imagination and create using eveyday items, and  upscaled products!! Come see what it is all about!!
From Habitants to Im
Thursday, May. 31, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
From Habitants to Immigrants: The Sansoucys, the Harpins, and the Potvins, is the story of three French Canadian families, from the forays of the Carignan Salières Regiment in 1665-66, to settlement in the Canadian wilderness, dependence on a family economy, the pain of epidemics and war, the loss of French Canada, the ensuing cultural conflicts, the end of available farmland, and finally, emigration to the mill towns of Massachusetts and the creation of a Franco-American diaspora across the United States. The chronicle of the Sansoucy, Harpin, and Potvin families reveals the strength of French Canadian families, parishes, and communities, their sorrows, limitations and joys. It is the story of generations of oppressed but resilient people in the context of the social, economic and political events of their times, their emigration and eventual assimilation as industrious and patriotic American citizens. The book contains oral histories, family letters, and photographs.

Jacqueline Lessard Finn, classroom teacher, public school administrator, and adjunct professor of reading and language arts, has nurtured a life-long passion for history and languages. She holds a B.A. from from Rivier College, M.A. and C.A.G.S. from Worcester State University, and an Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Massachusetts, with post graduate studies in ethnography and discourse analysis.

Leslie Choquette is Professor of History, L’Institut français Professor of Francophone Cultures and Director of the French Institute at Assumption College. Her courses have included “France Since 1789," and “The History of Canada."
She received her undergraduate degree from Radcliffe College and her master's and doctorate from Harvard University.
She is the author of "Frenchmen into Peasants: Modernity and Tradition in the Peopling of French Canada," which won the Alf Andrew Heggoy prize in French colonial history. Professor Choquette has also written many articles about the French presence in North America. In November 2012, she received Le Prix du Quebec from the Quebec Government for her contribution to the field of Quebec Studies.
  Sponsored by Friends of Jacob Edwards Library.
Infant/Toddler Story
Friday, Jun. 1
Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
                                            Stories and songs for the "twos and threes" but all ages are welcome to join us!                                                            Come for short storytime, and after stay and play and make new friends!
 
Monday Night Coding
Children's Room Jacob Edwards Library
Monday, Jun. 4, 6:30 p.m.
Monday nights at 6:30 p.m.
                                            Come learn the basics of coding! Have fun on computer playing games and  learning skills ! All ages welcome!
Book Club - The Lila
Monday, Jun. 4, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
The book club will discuss The Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly. Copies are available at the desk to check out now!
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. Extra copies of the book coming up for discussion  are available at the Information Desk for checkout.

"New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline’s world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939—and then sets its sights on France.
 
An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement. In a tense atmosphere of watchful eyes and suspecting neighbors, one false move can have dire consequences.
 
For the ambitious young German doctor, Herta Oberheuser, an ad for a government medical position seems her ticket out of a desolate life. Once hired, though, she finds herself trapped in a male-dominated realm of Nazi secrets and power.
 
The lives of these three women are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens and Kasia is sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women. Their stories cross continents—from New York to Paris, Germany, and Poland—as Caroline and Kasia strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten."
Knitting with Sonya
Tuesday, Jun. 5, 10:30 am- 12:30 pm
Join us for a drop-in knitting and crafting group every Tuesday! The group is informal and friendly, and meets in the Reading Room. 
Construction Crew
Tuesday, Jun. 5, 3:00 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.
                                                      Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m
                                                       
                                                       We'll bring the Legos, you bring the ideas! Best for kids over 5.                                                                                  and finished Lego projects may go on display in the Children’s Room.
 
Crafty Wednesday
Children's Room Jacob Edwards Library
Wednesday, Jun. 6, All Day Event

All day, every Wednesday all year long!
                                          Drop in and make a craft in the children’s room! Future crafts are on display in the                                                          Children’s Room!
 
 

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