Upcoming Library Events & News
December, 2018

Happy Holidays & A Goodbye

Come in and view the beautiful Holiday display made by the Circulation Desk Staff!

All elements of the display were created from upcycled books by staff members Debbie Gendreau, April Denault, and Michelle Garcia.

A message from Ashley Kenney, Adult Services Librarian:

Hello everyone, Ashley here. As the staff member who usually puts together the newsletter, it is with a heavy heart that I am writing to say goodbye to the JEL and Southbridge communities. I have accepted a supervisory position at another library, and will be leaving JEL this month - my last day is planned to be Friday, December 14.

I have truly enjoyed my time here (nearly 9 years!), Southbridge has such a wonderful community and I will miss seeing everyone's smiling faces every day! 
I have worked with such a fantastic team here at the library, and am so grateful for all of my experiences in Southbridge.

Thank you everyone!!

-Ashley Kenney

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

 Ongoing Events: Book Club & Knitting

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

The library will be closing early (1:00 pm) on Christmas Eve. 
We will be closed on Christmas Day 
and New Year's Day

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.
drivesHoliday Community Giving
The library will be a collection point for 2 community drives this December.

-Southbridge Cops 'N' Kids & Southbridge Lions Toy Drive
-New Hope Hat & Mitten Tree

See below for more details on both drives!

Southbridge Cops 'N' Kids & Southbridge Lions Toy Drive

Donations boxes are located next to the Information and Children's Room Desks.


New Hope Hat & Mitten Tree
Thanks to the JEL Knitting Group, we are accepting donations of hats, scarves, and mittens. Hand-made or store-bought are both accepted! Donations will go to the New Hope shelters for distribution. Please bring donations to the Information Desk.

madrigalMadrigal Singers of St. John Paul II
Thursday, December 6 at 6:30 pm
The Madrigal Singers under the direction of Brandon Vennink will perform in the Reading Room of the Jacob Edwards Library on Thursday, December 6th from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. 

Some gingerbread houses designed by the Children's Room staff will be raffled as door prizes.

All welcome! Light refreshments will be provided compliments of the Friends of Jacob Edwards Library.
boxofficeFilm Screening -  Ocean's 8
Thursday, December 13 at 6:00 pm

"Debbie Ocean recruits seven women to help her steal a $150 million necklace at the Met Gala"

Rated PG-13. Running time 110 min.

Presented as part of the Library Box Office series, sponsored by the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library.
grossmanAuthor Leigh Grossman
Thursday, December 13 at 6:30 pm

You are invited to attend a book talk and signing with author Leigh Grossman. All welcome! Light refreshments will be served.

Some information about this fantasy novel:
"A thousand years after the apocalyptic Holy Wars banished them from Ananya, the gods have returned-massacring the Empress and the Ananyan royal family, stripping away the magic that sustains Ananya's empire, and leaving it exposed to invading neighbors and vengeful fey.
            Ketya, neglected daughter of Ananya's most powerful official, wakes in the arms of the dead Empress. Along with her father she is rescued by Sperrin, a famous soldier whose post-traumatic stress disorder was "treated" by removing memories of his wife and daughter-memories which have returned with the destruction of Ananya's magic. Ketya finds herself fleeing into the uncertain safety of the mountains where she and Sperrin hope to regroup with other survivors. Ketya's father holds the answers to what happened and whether Ananya's magic can be restored-but the disaster that happened on his watch has shattered his sanity, leaving his daughter and her rescuer to try and piece things together.
            Harried by creatures out of ancient history Ketya and Sperrin make their way toward a mountain stronghold where an Ananyan army still stands, besieged by fey who want to retake the mountains they lost in the Holy Wars. Amid a desperate battle they uncover the depths of betrayal that ravaged Ananya-a betrayal that can only be undone if they agree to escort the traitor to the land of the gods themselves."
ongoingOngoing Events

Book Club 
No December Meeting

The Book Club will not be meeting in December. Copies of January's discussion book ( A Man Called Ove  by Frederik Backman) will be available at the Information Desk for checkout.

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. 

Knitting with Sonya
Every Tuesday, 
10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Stop by and join our knitting circle in the Reading Room every Tuesday! 

The Annual Knitters' Holiday Party will be Tuesday, December 11 in the Pioppi Room.

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!

childrensWelcome to the Children's Corner!

Check here to find out about upcoming events in the Children's Room.
Story Times

Story Time
Wednesdays at 10:30 am
Stories & Songs for 3-4 year olds, but all ages are welcome to join us. Come for story time, and stay for the craft!

Toddler Time
Fridays from 10:30 - 11:15 am
Stories & songs geared for 2-3 year olds, but all ages welcome. Playtime and music before and after.

Hora de Cuentos
Monday, December 17 at 6:30 pm
Join us for stories and songs in Spanish and English on the third Monday night of each month.

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 Club
Tuesdays,  3:00 - 4:30 pm
Saturays, 10:00 am - 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
Zoo at Forest Park
Magic Wings
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 collection, click here. Or on your mobile device or eReader, download the Overdrive app to get started. All you need is your library card number!

If you have questions or are having trouble, please ask us! Drop by, call, or email!

New bags available!

The Friends of the Library now have these fantastic new book bags available for sale! You can purchase bags at the Information Desk.

All proceeds support FOJEL, who provide funding for library events and programs (including, but not limited to, Summer Reading & Museum Passes).

Only $5 each, available in black, navy and maroon, 
they are perfect for carrying your library materials home!

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 17
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, December 18
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
Programs at Jacob Edwards Library may be recorded for Southbridge Public Access TV 
and/or photographed for promotional purposes.

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