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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Summer Reading Regis
Monday, Jun. 24, all day
Summer Reading
2024        
Jacob Edwards Library
 
·        Children ages birth through 11 may participate in the children’s program. People aged 12-17 can participate in the teen program.
·        Read independently or with an adult, just have fun and read, read, read!  It still counts when someone reads to you!
·      Participants fill out a reading log every week - each week the goal is 15 minutes a day. Reach the goal, and bring in the log to claim your weekly Treasure Chest prize!
·        This year, we will raffle off seven prizes per week for a total of six weeks! Wow! Visiting the library will give you an extra ticket also bring a friend and you will get 3 extra tickets!
     
Jacob Edwards Library
236 Main Street
Southbridge, MA
Questions? Call 508-764-5427 or
email Liz at egendrea@cwmars.org
Pumpernickel Puppets
Monday, Jun. 24, 6:30pm
Summer Reading Kick-off
Pumpernickel Puppets
June 24, 2024
6:30pm
Join us for an event and register for Summer Reading 

For over forty years the Pumpernickel Puppets have captivated audiences of all ages with humorous and colorful adaptations of classic folk and fairy tales. John McDonough and his puppets present over two hundred fifty shows a year at schools, libraries and private parties throughout the New England area. 

The Pumpernickel Puppets have had the honor of appearing at The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, The Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta, GA and the prestigious International Festival of Puppetry sponsored by the Jim Henson Foundation in New York.


 

This performance is being supported by a grant from the Southbridge Cultural Council,

a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Sponsored by Southbridge Cultural Council.
Summer Reading Regis
Tuesday, Jun. 25, all day
Summer Reading
2024        
Jacob Edwards Library
 
·        Children ages birth through 11 may participate in the children’s program. People aged 12-17 can participate in the teen program.
·        Read independently or with an adult, just have fun and read, read, read!  It still counts when someone reads to you!
·      Participants fill out a reading log every week - each week the goal is 15 minutes a day. Reach the goal, and bring in the log to claim your weekly Treasure Chest prize!
·        This year, we will raffle off seven prizes per week for a total of six weeks! Wow! Visiting the library will give you an extra ticket also bring a friend and you will get 3 extra tickets!
     
Jacob Edwards Library
236 Main Street
Southbridge, MA
Questions? Call 508-764-5427 or
email Liz at egendrea@cwmars.org
Tuesday, Jun. 25, 12 noon
The Board of Trustees of the Jacob Edwards Library meet monthly, unless otherwise noted. Meetings take place on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 12 noon, in the Mills Room, lower level.The meetings are open to the public.
The December meeting will be on the third Tuesday, December 17, 2024
  Sponsored by Board of Trustees Jacob Edwards Library.
Board of Trustees Me
Tuesday, Jun. 25, 12 noon
The Board of Trustees of the Jacob Edwards Library meet monthly, unless otherwise noted. Meetings take place on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 12 noon, in the Mills Room, lower level.
There will be no meeting in August 2023.
The December meeting will be on the third Tuesday, December 19th, 2023. Sponsored by Board of Trustees.
Construction Crew
Tuesday, Jun. 25, 3:30pm
Join us on Tuesday afternoon from 3:30 to 4:30 pm for Construction Crew.
We will supply the LEGO bricks you supply your ideas!
 
Kiva Centers Present
Tuesday, Jun. 25, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
The Sturbridge, Charlton and Southbridge libraries are pleased to present an in-person program on Tuesday, June 25th, featuring the Kiva Centers. 
All welcome!
The Kiva Centers present "Our Mental Health: Here and Now": a panel discussion where participants will discuss mental health support for LGBT!A+ people and how, during htese difficult times, our friends family and allies can help care for us as well as how we can care for ourselves. The panelists will share some personal anecdotes about how they manage their mental health and care for themselves as part of a community that is often judged and treated unfairly. They will share some of their own tools used for coping and self-care in the nation's current climate. Sponsored by Joshua Hyde Library Sturbridge, Charlton Public Library and Jacob Edwards Library.
Crafty Weds
Children's Room Jacob Edwards Library
Wednesday, Jun. 26, All Day 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Join us every Wednesday for a craft. Drop in anytime all day! 
Summer Reading Regis
Wednesday, Jun. 26, all day
Summer Reading
2024        
Jacob Edwards Library
 
·        Children ages birth through 11 may participate in the children’s program. People aged 12-17 can participate in the teen program.
·        Read independently or with an adult, just have fun and read, read, read!  It still counts when someone reads to you!
·      Participants fill out a reading log every week - each week the goal is 15 minutes a day. Reach the goal, and bring in the log to claim your weekly Treasure Chest prize!
·        This year, we will raffle off seven prizes per week for a total of six weeks! Wow! Visiting the library will give you an extra ticket also bring a friend and you will get 3 extra tickets!
     
Jacob Edwards Library
236 Main Street
Southbridge, MA
Questions? Call 508-764-5427 or
email Liz at egendrea@cwmars.org
Tyke Tales Storytime
Wednesday, Jun. 26, 10:30am
Storytime every Wednesday Morning at 10:30am with Ms. Liz
Great for those ages 3-5, but all are welcome.
Afternoon Author Tal
Wednesday, Jun. 26, 2 pm - 3 pm
The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to host Edward Londergan who will present a talk on his books, as part of the Afternoon Author Talks series. All welcome!

Edward has published the award-winning Devil's Elbow, The Long Journey Home and Unlike Any Other. 

From the author:
"I've always had a fascination with the written word from the time I was in elementary school.
After wondering what I was going to be when I grew up, and writing part-time for years, one day I quit my job and now pursue my passion of working with words as an author.

I have many stories to tell and write every day. It's only work if you don't enjoy it.

I've been reading every night since I was a kid and read a few books a week. Even though I'll read just about anything you put in front of me, my favorite authors are John Steinbeck, Paulo Coehlo, Stephen King, Robert B. Parker, Margaret Atwood, Carl Hiaasen, Harper Lee, David Baldacci, John Sandford, and Kenneth Roberts."


  Sponsored by Friends of Jacob Edwards Library.
Mindfulness Meditati
Wednesday, Jun. 26, 3:30 pm
The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to host Iris Vega certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher and Mentor to present a series of sessions in the Pioppi Room, lower level.

Inviting Mindfulness Meditation into your daily routine is an opportunity to cultivate awareness and presence. 
Join us on Wednesdays June 5th and June 26th at 3:30 pm for “Mindfulness Meditation with Iris”.
Beginners or Experienced practitioners, are all welcome!
You may bring your Yoga mat if you prefer doing the practice lying down. Sponsored by Friends of Jacob Edwards Library.
Summer Reading Regis
Thursday, Jun. 27, all day
Summer Reading
2024        
Jacob Edwards Library
 
·        Children ages birth through 11 may participate in the children’s program. People aged 12-17 can participate in the teen program.
·        Read independently or with an adult, just have fun and read, read, read!  It still counts when someone reads to you!
·      Participants fill out a reading log every week - each week the goal is 15 minutes a day. Reach the goal, and bring in the log to claim your weekly Treasure Chest prize!
·        This year, we will raffle off seven prizes per week for a total of six weeks! Wow! Visiting the library will give you an extra ticket also bring a friend and you will get 3 extra tickets!
     
Jacob Edwards Library
236 Main Street
Southbridge, MA
Questions? Call 508-764-5427 or
email Liz at egendrea@cwmars.org
Community Scan of Ph
Thursday, Jun. 27, 12:00 -7:30 pm (Thursday June 27 at 12 noon-7:30 pm & Monday, July 1 12:00 pm-7:30 pm)
Join us at the Pioppi Room, Jacob Edwards Library to have some of your family history digitized and be part of a joint project with Eastern Washington University and the Jacob Edwards Library.

BRING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS, LETTERS, SMALL OBJECTS & PRINTED MATERIALS TO HAVE THEM SCANNED FOR A PUBLIC DIGITAL ARCHIVE ABOUT MIGRATION HISTORY IN SOUTHBRIDGE. MATERIALS WILL BE RETURNED TO YOU.
 
Thursday June 27 12 pm - 7:30 pm
Monday July 1 12 pm - 7:30 pm

We hope you will participate. Please call the library 508-764-5426 to register. Sponsored by Eastern Washington University and Jacob Edwards Library.
Escaneo Communitario
Thursday, Jun. 27, 12 pm - 7:30 pm
Sponsored by Eastern Washington University and Jacob Edwards Library.
Literacy Cafe
Thursday, Jun. 27, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Literacy Cafe Conversation Group is a great opportunity to practice English in a small group setting. New students of every level are always welcome and encouraged to attend! No need to pre-register - just show up!
Thursday, Jun. 27, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Playwright Mary Darling will present a staged reading series of 10-minute plays with an LGBTQ+ theme. There will be an opportunity to discuss the plays and chat with the actors.
All welcome!

This program is presented in conjunction with the Joshua Hyde Library in Sturbridge, the Charlton Public Library, the Jacob Edwards Library in celebration of Pride in Southbridge.
  Sponsored by Jacob Edwards Library, Charlton Public Library and Joshua Hyde Library in Sturbridge.
Summer Reading Regis
Friday, Jun. 28, all day
Summer Reading
2024        
Jacob Edwards Library
 
·        Children ages birth through 11 may participate in the children’s program. People aged 12-17 can participate in the teen program.
·        Read independently or with an adult, just have fun and read, read, read!  It still counts when someone reads to you!
·      Participants fill out a reading log every week - each week the goal is 15 minutes a day. Reach the goal, and bring in the log to claim your weekly Treasure Chest prize!
·        This year, we will raffle off seven prizes per week for a total of six weeks! Wow! Visiting the library will give you an extra ticket also bring a friend and you will get 3 extra tickets!
     
Jacob Edwards Library
236 Main Street
Southbridge, MA
Questions? Call 508-764-5427 or
email Liz at egendrea@cwmars.org
Tales for Twos Story
Children's Room Jacob Edwards Library
Friday, Jun. 28, 10:30am
Join us every Friday for Story Time at 10:30 am 
Great for those 3 and under
Enjoy stories and fun with Ms. Liz!
Photographic Exhibit
Monday, Jul. 1, 9 am - 8 pm
The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to host an exhibit by photojournalist Michael Moore. The show will be on display throughout the month of July, during library opening hours. All welcome!
Meet and Greet will be held on Thursday, July 11th from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. 

From the Artist:

I am a Southbridge native. I moved to New Hampshire at the end of 1985 and still make my home there. 

Photography, for me, was mainly a hobby for several years, although a fairly serious one. I was shooting and processing black and white film and making prints from the start at age 18. I am mainly self taught but have studied the work of and with world renowned photographers. At age 25, I was fortunate to stumble upon photojournalism and quickly realized it was the career for me. I worked as a freelancer for 5 years at the Southbridge News, including teaching photography at the Pomfret (CT) School for 3 years, before taking a job as the chief photographer at the Keene (NH) Sentinel where I remained for 35 years. The quality of life in southwestern New Hampshire is what has kept me there.

The importance of news photography can not be overstated. Simply put, it is the documentation of life on our planet, human or otherwise, through photographs, whether regionally or globally. It is critical to a democratic society and archives a history of mankind.

A photojournalist may be called upon to photograph an endless array of subject matter, either planned or on a moments notice. I hope to demonstrate that to the viewers of this exhibit. Sponsored by Friends of Jacob Edwards Library.
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