Upcoming Library Events & News
December, 2015

Welcome to our new newsletter!

As so many of our patrons use their mobile devices to check email, our newsletter is now in a computer- and mobile- friendly format. We hope you like it!

Please read on for this month's upcoming events, and more library news.

 Ongoing Events: Book Club, Coloring, 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

Closed Sign
The library will be 
closed on  Christmas Day, December 25
We will be closing early, at 
1:00 pm, on Christmas Eve, December 24, 
as well as at  
5:00 pm on New Year's Eve, December 31.

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.
Gingerbread House
On display all month

We hope you'll stop by the library this month to view all the wonderful holiday decorations the Circulation staff have put together, as well as the Gingerbread Houses created by kids at our Annual Gingerbread House Making Workshop! (To sign your child up, see details in the Children's Corner below!) 

Here's a sneak peek of some of the festive creations!
booksigningBook Signing: Susan Lynn Pelletier, author of Turning Point
Tuesday, December 1 at 2:00 pm

Charlton author Susan Lynn Pelletier will be here in the Reading Room to sign copies of her book, Turning Point.

"A return to Seagull's Perch is the last thing Angelique intended to do, but the request from her great-great-grandmother to be there to celebrate her 105th birthday could not be ignored. Arriving home with her two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, she's faced with her mother, whom she hasn't spoken to in three years. Also entering back into her life is her ex-fianc√© seeking forgiveness and to become a part of her and her daughter's life. 

Angelique seeks to reconcile the past so she can move forward with her future. Her great-great-grandmother is aware that for her time is running out. The family all gather to listen to Varvara telling her story. She delivers a colorful history of events that spans over ten decades. Beginning with her birth in Russia, to her life on an estate in France, and finally to the present, living on the shores of Rhode Island."
firesMajor Fires in Southbridge's History with Dick Whitney
Thursday, December 3 at 6:30 pm

Dick Whitney will present a slideshow with photographs of the major fires in Southbridge, with a focus on events since the 1970s. The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of Jacob Edwards Library.

The presentation will be about 30 minutes long, introducing historical photographs and newspaper articles. The talk will be followed by an opportunity for the community to share their memories of these fires. The Southbridge Cable Access TV will capture this program and will broadcast at a later time. This program will document one aspect of the historical events in town and will contribute to the Bicentennial Celebration documentaries in 2016.

Dick Whitney would like to encourage anyone with recollections of the Maci, Globe and Hamilton fires to participate,  but **ALL** information is welcome and will contribute to this documentary.
krosslinkKrosslink Kick-Off
Thursday, December 3 at 6:00 pm

Business owners and entrepreneurs are welcome to join us for the kick-off of Krosslink in Southbridge! The meeting will be held in the Pioppi Room, lower level.

This meeting will feature an Expert Speaker session with Wanda Aviles, G&W Fashion; Jay Livernois, Metro Bistrot; and Ruben Rios, Ruben's Transportation. A Q&A Session will follow.

Krosslink.org is a volunteer-driven community program created to help develop, nurture, and foster entrepreneurship by connecting aspiring entrepreneurs to local business leaders, mentors and civic leaders who can help them achieve their goals. The result is a vibrant   eco-system where individuals looking to build a business can find resources and activities to kick start their plans such as networking events with other business leaders, a collaborative workspace filled with keynote speakers, bar-stool pitch sessions, facilitated meet-up sessions and mentoring by SCORE business experts.
boxofficeFilm Screening - The Future
Thursday, December 10 at 6:00 pm

When a couple decides to adopt a stray cat their perspective on life changes radically, in this whimsical, smart comedy.

Rated R. Running time 91 min.
Pioppi Room (lower level)

Presented as part of the Library Box Office series, sponsored by the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library.

qccReadings from the work of
QCC Creative Writing Students
Monday, December 14 at 1:00 pm

Students of the  Creative Writing, ENG 202-S1 course offered at Quinsigamond Community College, Southbridge Campus will present a reading of their work completed during the current semester. The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to host this presentation and showcase the creative work that is being done! All welcome! 

Thanks to Dr. MaryKate McMaster, instructor of Creative Writing, ENG 202-S1 for arranging this event.
concertHoliday Concert with the SMHS Jazz & Concert Bands
Monday, December 21 at 6:30 pm

Start into the holiday spirit on a musical note!

The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to present a concert by the Middle High School students under the direction of Dr. David Garcia. The show will include the jazz ensemble and the concert band. All are welcome, and light refreshments will served.

Three Gingerbread Houses made by the JEL Children's Room staff will be raffled off as door prizes at the end of the performance. We hope to see you there!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library
ongoingOngoing Events

Book Club reads 
My Father's Wives
Monday, Dec. 7, 6:30 pm

All are welcome to join us for a discussion of Mike Greenberg's  My Father's Wives in the Reading Room. New participants are always welcome! 
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. 
Copies of next month's book for discussion, Zelda: A Biography  by Nancy Milford, are available at the Information Desk for checkout.
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!

Coloring for Grown-Ups
Weds, Dec. 16, 2:00 pm

We're pleased to offer something new - Coloring for Grown-Ups! Now you can try your hand at coloring: 
de-stress and self express! 
Unwind, relax and color with us on the third Wednesday of each month (in the Mills Room, lower level).   These more intricate coloring pages are catching on everywhere, come and see what everyone is talking about. 
We'll provide all the materials.  Drop in anytime between 2 and 4 pm, and stay as long or as little as you'd like!

teeneventsTeen Events

Christmas Craft - Recycled Gift Bows
Friday, December 18 at 3:00 pm

All teens are welcome to join us for a special Teen Friday craft! Dress up your gifts with this earth-friendly project. Teens will learn how to make gift bows from old magazine pages - or any scrap paper you have hanging around the house. In the Pioppi Room.
Teen Friday - Coloring
Friday, December 4 at 3:00 pm

Drop in on Friday after school to unwind and color! We will have pages and colored pencils available in the Teen Area for anyone who wants to take a break from homework, or color while you hang out with friends. All teens and tweens welcome!

childrensWelcome to the Children's Corner!

Check here to find out about upcoming events in the Children's Room.
Annual Gingerbread House Making!  
Thursday, December 3   

It's time for our always-popular Annual Gingerbread House workshop!
All materials are provided.
 Kids will have the choice of taking their sweet constructions home right away, or have them displayed at the library until Christmas (pick them up before the holiday to enjoy at home!)
Limited slots available - Registration is required! 
Call 508-764-5427 
There will be two sessions: 
3-4 pm, and 6-7 pm

Thanks to the Friends of Jacob Edwards Library for sponsoring this program!

Super Kids 
Story Time

Come to story time! It is a fun morning of stories, songs, and sometimes dancing in the Children's Room. The story time is aimed at children aged 3-5, but all are welcome to join us. Come for story time and stay to do the craft!

Crafty Wednesday
Wednesday, 9:00 - 5:00

Stop by the Children's Room any time on Wednesday 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.  

Lego Club
Thursday, 3:00-4:30
Saturday, 10:00-12:00
We'll bring the Legos, you bring the ideas! This is a drop-in program, so there is no need to register. 

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.  

Toddler Time
Friday, 10:30-11:15
This program is designed for children under three and their caregivers, and includes songs, movement, and short stories for toddlers. The story time will be at 10:45, with playtime and music before and after. Join us for Toddler Time, and stay to check out our great collection of board books!

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
Mystic Aquarium
Roger Williams Park Zoo
Tower Hill Botanic Gardens
Worcester Art Museum
Fruitlands Museum
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!

We now accept credit cards!

We can now accept credit cards as a form of payment for your overdue or lost book fees.

Please ask us at the Information Desk if you have any questions.
Book 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 Ashley  to schedule an  appointment.

Jacob Edwards Library
Upcoming Meetings

The Friends of the Library will not be meeting in December. The next meeting is January 18.
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, December 22 at Noon 
in the Mills Room. 

Please note that meetings will now take place on the 4th Tuesday of the month, rather than the 3rd Tuesday.
All meetings are open to the public.
We hope to see you at the library soon! Wishing all of our patrons Happy Holidays!



The Jacob Edwards Library Staff
Programs at Jacob Edwards Library may be recorded for Southbridge Public Access TV 
and/or photographed for promotional purposes.

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