Celtic Music at the library – BOYS of the TOWN sponsored by Southbridge Cultural Council

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The Southbridge Cultural Council has sponsored a concert of Celtic music at Jacob Edwards Library.  Join us this Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. to hear Boys of the Town.

After many years of individually exploring various musical genres, these three friends teamed up to share a common love: Celtic-based music.

With Hunter Foote on fiddle, John Ebersold on guitar and vocals, and Tim Loftus on flute, whistle and bodhran, Boys of the Town delivers top-shelf entertainment-from high energy, toe-tapping jigs and reels to heartfelt ballads.

Their unique blend of traditional Irish tunes, original songs, and favorite covers is guaranteed to leave audiences of all ages with a skip in their steps and a song in their hearts.


Ed The Wizard Casts A Spell at JEL

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On Monday, August 1, 2011, The Jacob Edwards Library was pleased to present a magic show with Ed The Wizard. Fifty two people were under the magic spell for the hour-long program. The magician cited many references to books throughout his performance, including to Hocus Pocus A Tale of Magnificant Magicians which he kindly donated to JEL, so everyone can access. Another interesting tale was that of the audio CD that Ed the Wizard borrowed through his own public library and it came from Southbridge! Another great program brought to you by the Southbridge Cultural Council.

Wondering What to do? Some suggestions….

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Crafty Wednesday Yarn Doll

Join us at Jacob Edwards Library to make a free craft - today is Yarn Doll day

Now that summer is underway, there are times when you may be wondering what to do, why not visit the library? We can offer all kinds of materials to be borrowed, including books, music CDs, the most up to date DVDs, Wii and DS games, computer use and WiFi connection,  and assistance with research to name just a few services.

Additionally, thanks to the support of the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library, the Southbridge Cultural Council and the Summer Food Service (Project Bread), we can also offer some great programs – A Magic Show with Frank DiMellio (at 11:15 a.m.) and A Concert with Original Compositions from Hunter Foote and Michael Caprera (at 6:30 p.m.) on Thursday this week. Each Wednesday, the staff in the Children’s Room offer a craft making opportunity. Today it is Yarn Dolls. See you at JEL!

Concert Under One Sky: A Multi-Cultural Celebration Thursday, June 30 at 6 p.m.

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Under One Sky

Concert Sponsored by Southbridge Cultural Council

Under One Sky Concert in Southbridge

JEL and the Southbridge Cultural Council are delighted to present Parents’ Choice Award winning performers Davis Bates and Roger Tincknell in a program of stories and songs to help kick-off and celebrate their annual summer reading program. Entitled Under One Sky: A Multi-Cultural Celebration, the performance will involve the audience, through song and story, in a variety of cultural traditions. Hear how the bear missed the train, how coyote got his howl, and how foam got to be in the ocean, and be prepared to sing, move and dance, especially to the closing song, Woody Guthrie’s This Land is Your Land.. The songs and stories are accompanied by the Aztec rainstick, Inca flute, Russian balalaika, African drum, as well as guitar, mandolin, and the North American banjo. There will even be a short lesson in how to play the spoons, and a visit from a dancing wooden dog.

Davis Bates and Roger Tincknell have over six decades of combined experience performing for families, in community settings throughout the Northeast, and are known both for their warm and participatory performing style. Pete Seeger has called Davis “thoughtful, creative, human, and a fantastic storyteller.” His traditional style of telling is a refreshing change from video’s and passive televised entertainment, empowering and encouraging audiences of all ages to join in the fun, and to take the stories home with them to share with others. His storytelling cassette, Family Stories, won a Parents Choice Gold Award, and was recently named on of the years best audio recording by Booklist magazine. Roger Tincknell is an accomplished musician, singer and song-writer, whose concerts include a wide variety of guitar styles, as well as banjo, mandolin, bouzouki, harmonica and piano playing. His repertoire ranges from sensitive love songs ballads to fiddle tunes, country and swing songs, blues, and show stopping yodeling. Roger also won Parents Choice honor awards for his album of environmental songs, entitled Earth Rhythms, and his most recent release, Carnivalito.

Under One Sky: A Multi-Cultural Celebration is appropriate to all ages, and will take place at the Jacob Edwards Public Library on Thursday, June 30, 2011, starting at 6:00 pm. Admission is free. This program is funded by the Southbridge Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For more information call (508) 764-5427. Be sure not to miss this wonderful inter-generational entertainment event.