Upcoming Library Events & News
December , 2017

Happy Holidays!
The holiday decorating has been completed! Staff chose a Victorian-era themed display. 
We invite you to come by and view the hand-made decorations, created by the staff from two up-cycled books.
Pictured are April, Debbie and Michelle with one of their beautiful creations!

The Friends of Jacob Edwards Library are holding a Holiday Book Sale. 
Plenty of time to do your holiday gift shopping!

The sale will continue until December 22nd.  Gently used books donated by the community will be available, book bags, pins, Cats Meouw creations, as well as the DVD Memories of Southbridge.

New Museum Passes
Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library, we now have 2 new museum passes available to check out!

- The Springfield Museums (includes The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum)

See details and all of our available passes here, or ask a staff member!

Please read on for all of this month's upcoming events and news!

-Don't Think It Hasn't Been Fun
with Sarah Jo Burke

 Ongoing Events: Book Club & 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: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

Holiday Hours:
Friday, 12/22 - Closing at 1pm
Saturday, 12/23 - Closed
Monday, 12/25 - Closed
Monday, 1/1 - Closed
staffpicksDecember'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.
burkeDon't Think it Hasn't Been Fun with Sarah Jo Burke
Thursday, December 7 at 6:30 pm

The Jacob Edwards Library is delighted to invite you to attend a presentation by Sarah Jo Burke, a member of the famed Burke Family Singers. 

On Thursday, December 7th, 2017, Sarah Jo will present the newly-released audiobook version of her popular family memoir "Don't Think It Hasn't Been Fun"  with its uplifting musical interludes. Perhaps we will be lucky enough to have Sarah Jo play some music too!

Copies of the audiobook will be available for sale and Sarah Jo will sign copies. All welcome! Light refreshments will be served, compliments of the Friends of the Library.
qccQCC Creative Writing Class
Monday, December 11 at 1:00 pm

You are invited to attend a presentation from one of Quinsigamond Community College's Creative Writing Classes. The students will be presenting their short fiction, poetry, plays and creative nonfiction. All welcome!
boxofficeFilm Screening - 
Beatriz at Dinner
Thursday, December 14 at 6:00 pm

A Mexican immigrant gets into an argument with a            real-estate tycoon at a posh dinner party.

Rated R. 
Running time 83 min.

Presented as part of the Library Box Office series, sponsored by the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library.
revolutionRedeeming the Revolution with Dr. Joseph Lenti
Monday, December 18 at 6:30 p

Nearly fifty years ago, on October 2, 1968, over 300 students and other civilians were murdered while peacefully demonstrating in a plaza in Mexico City's Tlatelolco district. The Massacre of Tlatelolco, hence, precipitated a political crisis that forced the Mexican government to alter its relationship with the working class, a sector only tangentially connected to the blood bath. 

In his new book,  Redeeming the Revolution: the State and Organized Labor in Post-Tlatelolco MexicoDr. Joseph U. Lenti describes events that, although they happened half a century ago in a place far away, have increasing relevance in today's America. Through its treatment of themes including political populism, class conflict, workers' activism, and government repression, Lenti's book  demonstrates how a government may use history, legacy, and ideology to appease the masses and obscure the truth. 

Lenti is a native of Southbridge and a graduate of Southbridge High School (Class of 1996). Lenti has a B.S. in history from Northeastern University and a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. Since 2010 he has been a professor of Latin American history at Eastern Washington University in Spokane, WA. 
This will be his first ever academic talk in his hometown. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing following the discussion. 
doolinCeltic Holiday Music with The Doolin Lads
Thursday, December 21 at 6:30 pm

Join us for an evening of beautiful Celtic Holiday music, performed by The Doolin Lads! All are welcome, light refreshments will be served.

In County Clare Ireland, surrounded by the beauty of Burren, the Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands, lies the seaside village of Doolin. Musicians from around the world travel to this capital of Irish traditional music seeking inspiration. They join with the locals expressing themselves in musical conversations in the nightly seisi ú ns that are the heartbeat of Irish life.

It is this same inspiration that brought John Ebersold and Tim Loftus together to form The Doolin Lads. With John on vocals and guitar, and Tim on flute, whistle, and bodhr á n, Doolin delivers a unique blend of music designed for audiences of all ages. 

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.
ongoingOngoing Events

Book Club 
Monday, December 4 
6:30 pm

This month the group will discuss A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith.
  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. Please note the book club will not be meeting in January, and will resume in February to discuss The Nest.

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!

Now at Town Hall
Thursday, Dec 7, 6:00 pm

The Krosslink group now meets at the Town Hall in the Economic Development Office.

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!

teenTeen Events

Teen Craft - Make a Recycled Gift Bow
Wednesday, December 20, 3:00-4:00 pm

Learn how to make recycled gift bows for all your holiday gifts! All materials provided. All teens and tweens welcome!

Guardians of the Galaxy, V.2
Wednesday, December 27 at 2:00 pm

Join us for a vacation week movie! We will be showing Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 on the big screen in the Pioppi Room. All teens and tweens welcome! 
Rated PG-13, 137 minutes.

Magic at the Library
Friday, December 29, 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!

childrensWelcome to the Children's Corner!

Check here to find out about upcoming events in the Children's Room.
Gingerbread House
Gingerbread Houses

Register to make a Gingerbread House!
Spots go quickly, so stop by the Children's Room or give us a call soon.

One session left! Registration required.
Saturday, December 2, 10:00-11:00 am

Sponsored by the Friends of Jacob Edwards Library

Hour of Code
Thursday, December 7
4:00 - 5:00 pm
The hour of code is a global movement introducing children of all ages to computer science. 
National Cocoa Day
Wednesday, December 13
3:00 - 4:00 pm

Come listen to Ms. Liz read a holiday favorite and enjoy a cup of cocoa

Movie Day
Thursday, December 28
1:00 - 3:00 pm

Come see the new movie Nut Job 2!
Rated PG, 91 minutes.
Author Tamra Wight
Friday, December 29
1:00 - 2:00 pm

Come meet the Children's Book author and listen to a reading! Followed by a book signing.
Story Times

Join us for a story time! All story times are geared towards the noted age ranges, but all ages are welcome!

Bedtime Story Time: 
Monday evenings at 6:30 pm. Ages 4-8
Hora de Cuentos on Monday, December 18

Story Time:
Wednesdays at 10:30 am.
Ages 3-4

Toddler Time:
Fridays at 10:30
Children under 3

*NEW* Tinkering Thursdays
Thursdays, 3:00-4:00pm

STEM-related hands on activity using everyday and recycled items to design your own creations!
Crafty Wednesday
Every Wednesday

Stop by the Children's Room any time on Wednesdays to do a special craft. This is a drop-in program that runs all day. Simply stop by the Children's Room desk to get your craft supplies, and take home a masterpiece. 

Construction Crew
Tuesdays,  3:00 - 4:30 pm
Saturdays, 10:30am - Noon

We'll bring the LEGO bricks, you bring the ideas! This is a drop-in program, so there is no need to register. Best for children over 5.

Completed Lego projects go on display in the Children's Room for a whole week. If you are in the library, stop by the Children's Room to see different Lego projects on display. 

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
Eric Carle Museum
Springfield Museums
Mystic Aquarium
Roger Williams Park Zoo
Tower Hill Botanic Gardens
Worcester Art Museum
Salem Witch Museum 
The Trustees locations
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.

bookBook 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  to schedule an  appointment.

Jacob Edwards Library
Upcoming Meetings

The Friends of the Library will hold their next meeting on  Monday, December 18
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, Dec 19 at Noon 
in the Mills Room. 
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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