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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Pastel Paint The Mir
Monday, Sep. 20, 2 pm - 4 pm
The Jacob Edwards Library on 236 Main Street, in Southbridge, MA will host award-winning pastel artist Gregory John Maichack to present an adult hands-on workshop, “Pastel Paint the Miracle Flowers,” on Monday, September 20, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. This pastel painting workshop is designed for sheer beginners to experienced artists. Seats may fill quickly so please
call (508) 764-5426 to register. Participants will freely experiment with hundreds of the artist’s professional grade pastels, pastel pencils, and pastel paper, in this fun pastel painting workshop.

In this new, highly researched two-hour workshop, participants have fun producing their own pastel painting inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s enormous mural, The Miracle Flowers, which Elizabeth Arden, the cosmetics mogul, commissioned her to paint in 1936. Gregory Maichack is a seasoned pro at teaching pastel techniques, as recognized by the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) Boston; Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), and hundreds of libraries and local cultural councils. 

We will extract from The Miracle Flower two flowers from the original 6 X 7 foot flower painting, and pastel paint our own wonderful creation on paper in yellows and purple, with greens and blues for background. Maichack will demonstrate again how beginners to accomplished artists can pastel paint easily using techniques of masters such as O’Keeffe. As always, all will keep their 12 X 18 pastel paintings.

Mr. Maichack’s workshops have been so well-liked, many libraries and senior centers have booked and rebooked him, often twice a year. “What I heard through students’ comments reflects a teaching style that is rare: encouraging, positive and constructive, with information given in a style that students find approachable, accessible, and clear,” wrote Melinda Georgeson, Director of Education, Norman Rockwell Museum .
    
Artist Gregory John Maichack lives in western Holyoke . He is a portraitist and painter working primarily in pastels. Winner of the Award of Merit from the Bennington Center for the Arts: Impressions of New England Show 2003, he also was awarded the Savoir-faire Pastel Award from the Great Lakes Pastel Society. Maichack was commissioned by Westfield State College to paint the pastel portrait of the past president of Westfield State College, Doctor Frederick Woodward, which was unveiled at the dedication of the  Woodward Center . He has been in many national juried shows and was awarded numerous Massachusetts Cultural Council grants. In addition to portraiture, his still lifes and landscapes are represented by galleries from Kennebunkport, Maine to San Francisco, California. Visit his new web site at www.GregoryMaichack.com
    
Maichack has been a faculty member of the Museum Studio School in the Fine Arts Museum Quadrangle in Springfield, MA; and taught at Holyoke and Greenfield Community Colleges, Westfield State University, East Works, and The Guild, Northampton. Maichack’s pastel paintings have been selected twice for the Annual National Exhibition of the Academic Artists Association and as a result Maichack was invited to be a member of this prestigious organization.
 
“This project is supported in part from 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 and Mass Cultural Council.
Monday Night STEAM
Children's Room Jacob Edwards Library
Monday, Sep. 20, 6:30pm
Join us on Monday Night at 6:30pm for STEAM Club!
Lego Club
Tuesday, Sep. 21, 3.30pm
Join us on Tuesday afternoons at 3:30pm for Lego Club!  This is a fun event, bring your imagination!
 
Crafty Wednesday
Children's Room Jacob Edwards Library
Wednesday, Sep. 22, All Day
Crafty Wednesday!
Drop in craft for the under 12's, all day on Wednesdays!
In Person Storytime
Children's Room Jacob Edwards Library
Wednesday, Sep. 22, 10:30am
You are invited to join Ms. Liz, Children's Librarian each Wednesday at 10:30 for Storytime.  This is a "LIVE" in person event! Masks are recommended...please join in on the Storytime fun!
The progam will also be recorded and available on Facebook Live!
Flamenco Boston - li
Thursday, Sep. 23, 6:30 pm-7:30 pm
Flamenco Boston will perform at the Jacob Edwards Library in Southbridge on Thursday, September 23rd. Anthony Tran will accompany the dancers on guitar. Presented as part of the library's celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
ANTONIO "TIRITI" TRAN is an upcoming flamenco guitarist in the New England scene and has worked with Flamenco Boston since 2009. Antonio has studied music since the age of 12 and has studied in Spain in Granada, Jerez, Sevilla, Malaga, and Alhaurina El Grande. Antonio has also worked with modern dancers from the Boston area, and he was featured in Dave Glista's film, Revealing Space. Antonio has been featured regularly on television programs such as the Steve Katsos Show and All About the Arts. He is currently working on his first full length album.

Sponsored by The Southbridge Cultural Council. The Southbridge Cultural Council is a local agency funded by Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. Sponsored by Southbridge Cultural Council and Mass Cultural Council.
Friday Storytime
Friday, Sep. 24, 10:30 am
Join us on Friday Mornings for Storytime at 10:30am! For toddlers ages 2 and up. 
Lego Club
Saturday, Sep. 25, 10:30am
Join us on Saturday mornings at 10:30am for Lego Club! This is a fun event, bring your imagination!
 
Composting Demonstra
Monday, Sep. 27, 2 pm - 3 pm

Composting Demonstration for Jacob Edwards Library – September 27, 2021 – 2:00pm

Anna Smith, Interim Recycling Educator for the Town of Southbridge, and longtime avid gardener will present a demonstration about composting on September 27, 2021 at 2:00pm.  The program is free and all are welcome!

The presentation will offer simple instructions on home composting.  Audience participation is welcomed and encouraged.

This program is supported in part by a MADEP Recycling Dividends Program Grant.

 

Sponsored by MADEP Recycling Dividends Program .
Monday Night STEAM
Children's Room Jacob Edwards Library
Monday, Sep. 27, 6:30pm
Join us on Monday Night at 6:30pm for STEAM Club!
Lego Club
Tuesday, Sep. 28, 3.30pm
Join us on Tuesday afternoons at 3:30pm for Lego Club!  This is a fun event, bring your imagination!
 
Crafty Wednesday
Children's Room Jacob Edwards Library
Wednesday, Sep. 29, All Day
Crafty Wednesday!
Drop in craft for the under 12's, all day on Wednesdays!
In Person Storytime
Children's Room Jacob Edwards Library
Wednesday, Sep. 29, 10:30am
You are invited to join Ms. Liz, Children's Librarian each Wednesday at 10:30 for Storytime.  This is a "LIVE" in person event! Masks are recommended...please join in on the Storytime fun!
The progam will also be recorded and available on Facebook Live!
Reflections of Gaia:
Friday, Oct. 1, 9 am - 5 pm
The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to present "Reflections of Gaia" a photography exhibit by Janet McDonald. The show opens on Friday, October 1, 2021 and runs until October 29th. We hope you will come by during the month and view the show!

Reception for the artist  Monday, October 4th at 6:30 pm.

Statement
"I often find wonder and beauty in the world around me. Whether I'm walking through the woods or even spending time in my own neighborhood, I always see magic in the ordinary. I am compelled to capture those scenes through my eyes so I can not only relive the joy I felt in that moment, but share these portals into my perspective and experiences with others."  

Bio
Janet McDonald is an artist, a creator, and a nature lover. She received a BFA from UMass Dartmouth and later earned a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Eastern Connecticut State University. Janet worked as a textile graphic designer at Steven's Linens for over a decade before pursuing a completely different creative outlet as a Pre-K teacher.  Janet's photography has been exhibited at the Sochar Gallery, the Vanilla Bean Cafe, and the Sherill Library, among other places throughout New England. The Brookside Chalet has a permanent display of Janet's photographs, inspiring visitors to explore the beauty, history, and serenity of Northeast Connecticut whether it be a whimsical look into the Thompson Dam or a striking view of Cargill Falls. 

For more information on Janet and her work, visit her Instagram account @janetmcdonaldphotography. 
Reflections of Gaia:
Saturday, Oct. 2, 9 am - 1 pm
The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to present "Reflections of Gaia" a photography exhibit by Janet McDonald. The show opens on Friday, October 1, 2021 and runs until October 29th. We hope you will come by during the month and view the show!

Reception for the artist  Monday, October 4th at 6:30 pm.

Statement
"I often find wonder and beauty in the world around me. Whether I'm walking through the woods or even spending time in my own neighborhood, I always see magic in the ordinary. I am compelled to capture those scenes through my eyes so I can not only relive the joy I felt in that moment, but share these portals into my perspective and experiences with others."  

Bio
Janet McDonald is an artist, a creator, and a nature lover. She received a BFA from UMass Dartmouth and later earned a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Eastern Connecticut State University. Janet worked as a textile graphic designer at Steven's Linens for over a decade before pursuing a completely different creative outlet as a Pre-K teacher.  Janet's photography has been exhibited at the Sochar Gallery, the Vanilla Bean Cafe, and the Sherill Library, among other places throughout New England. The Brookside Chalet has a permanent display of Janet's photographs, inspiring visitors to explore the beauty, history, and serenity of Northeast Connecticut whether it be a whimsical look into the Thompson Dam or a striking view of Cargill Falls. 

For more information on Janet and her work, visit her Instagram account @janetmcdonaldphotography. 
Lego Club
Saturday, Oct. 2, 10:30am
Join us on Saturday mornings at 10:30am for Lego Club! This is a fun event, bring your imagination!
 
Reflections of Gaia:
Monday, Oct. 4, 9 am - 8 pm
The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to present "Reflections of Gaia" a photography exhibit by Janet McDonald. The show opens on Friday, October 1, 2021 and runs until October 29th. We hope you will come by during the month and view the show!

Reception for the artist  Monday, October 4th at 6:30 pm.

Statement
"I often find wonder and beauty in the world around me. Whether I'm walking through the woods or even spending time in my own neighborhood, I always see magic in the ordinary. I am compelled to capture those scenes through my eyes so I can not only relive the joy I felt in that moment, but share these portals into my perspective and experiences with others."  

Bio
Janet McDonald is an artist, a creator, and a nature lover. She received a BFA from UMass Dartmouth and later earned a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Eastern Connecticut State University. Janet worked as a textile graphic designer at Steven's Linens for over a decade before pursuing a completely different creative outlet as a Pre-K teacher.  Janet's photography has been exhibited at the Sochar Gallery, the Vanilla Bean Cafe, and the Sherill Library, among other places throughout New England. The Brookside Chalet has a permanent display of Janet's photographs, inspiring visitors to explore the beauty, history, and serenity of Northeast Connecticut whether it be a whimsical look into the Thompson Dam or a striking view of Cargill Falls. 

For more information on Janet and her work, visit her Instagram account @janetmcdonaldphotography. 
Monday Night STEAM
Children's Room Jacob Edwards Library
Monday, Oct. 4, 6:30pm
Join us on Monday Night at 6:30pm for STEAM Club!
Reflections of Gaia:
Tuesday, Oct. 5, 9 am - 5 pm
The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to present "Reflections of Gaia" a photography exhibit by Janet McDonald. The show opens on Friday, October 1, 2021 and runs until October 29th. We hope you will come by during the month and view the show!

Reception for the artist  Monday, October 4th at 6:30 pm.

Statement
"I often find wonder and beauty in the world around me. Whether I'm walking through the woods or even spending time in my own neighborhood, I always see magic in the ordinary. I am compelled to capture those scenes through my eyes so I can not only relive the joy I felt in that moment, but share these portals into my perspective and experiences with others."  

Bio
Janet McDonald is an artist, a creator, and a nature lover. She received a BFA from UMass Dartmouth and later earned a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Eastern Connecticut State University. Janet worked as a textile graphic designer at Steven's Linens for over a decade before pursuing a completely different creative outlet as a Pre-K teacher.  Janet's photography has been exhibited at the Sochar Gallery, the Vanilla Bean Cafe, and the Sherill Library, among other places throughout New England. The Brookside Chalet has a permanent display of Janet's photographs, inspiring visitors to explore the beauty, history, and serenity of Northeast Connecticut whether it be a whimsical look into the Thompson Dam or a striking view of Cargill Falls. 

For more information on Janet and her work, visit her Instagram account @janetmcdonaldphotography. 
Lego Club
Tuesday, Oct. 5, 3.30pm
Join us on Tuesday afternoons at 3:30pm for Lego Club!  This is a fun event, bring your imagination!
 
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