Upcoming Library Events & News
December, 2019

Summer pleasures they are gone like to visions every one
And the cloudy days of autumn and of winter cometh on
I tried to call them back but unbidden they are gone
Far away from heart and eye and for ever far away

John Clare (1793-1864)
Remembrances [1832?], l. 17

The Jacob Edwards Library is an official partner with the 2020 Census. Please consider attending the program on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 6:30 pm, where there will be lots of information on how the census works, why it is so important to participate, how to complete the forms correctly, and answers to your questions. 

At the event, there will be information about temporary job opportunities to work for the 2020 Census.

There are job opportunities too!

On Exhibition - Gingerbread Houses

Gingerbread House

During the month of December, Gingerbread Houses made by the children and the Children's Room staff will be on display.  Stop by the library throughout the month to view these confectionary  masterpieces. On Thursday, December 5, 2019, the sweet structures made by the staff will be raffled off for door prizes after a special winter concert by the Southbridge High School Jazz Band and Chorus. Please join us for an evening of music and cheer! All welcome!

Library Box Office


The film Fast Color will be presented on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 6:00 pm as part of the Library Box Office series, presented by the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library.

There is always something going on or something to do at the library! Feel free to drop in anytime!

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

Featured  Exhibition : Gingerbread Houses
  -Film Screening:  Fast Color
- US Census: Counting Everyone Once

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

The library will be CLOSING AT 1:00 PM on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2019.

The library will be CLOSED ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2019.

December'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.

Lots more to discover!

Gingerbread House

The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to display gingerbread houses in early December.  The confectionary creations, crafted by the staff of the children's room, will be raffled off as door prizes the evening of Thursday, December 5, 2019, after a music and choral performance by the Southbridge High School Jazz Band and Chorus.  Stop by the library and see these sweet structures for yourself!

The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to announce that the Southbridge High School Jazz and Chorus students will present the Winter Concert in the Reading Room on Thursday, December, 2019 at 6:30 pm. All welcome! Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library.

There will be four Gingerbread Houses to be raffled as door prizes at this event, made by the Children's Room staff. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library.

boxofficeFilm Screening - Fast Color
Thursday, December 12 at 6:00 pm

The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to present the film  Fast Color as part of its Library Box Office Series, on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 6:00 pm.

"A woman on the lam returns home to find her daughter has inherited her superhuman abilities" in this science-fiction film starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Lorraine Toussaint. Rated PG-13. Running time 100 minutes.

Films begin promptly at 6:00 pm and are screened in the Pioppi Room on the ground floor of the Library. 

Movie poster image ©Lions Gate Films, Inc. Movie description quotations: Swank.com.

Sponsored by Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library.
Thursday, December 19, 6:30 pm

You are invited to join us for a presentation on the 2020 US Census. Only happening every ten years, it is an important event!

The census is much more than just a head count. It provides a picture of our nation that helps determine where to build new schools, hospitals, and businesses; how federal funding is distributed; and how congressional seats are apportioned.

Once every decade, the federal government conducts a census of the entire population to count everyone in the United States and record basic information about them. Our nation's founders believed this data was so important that they mandated the decennial census in the Constitution.

In 2020, for the first time ever, the U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses online, but you can still respond by phone or mail if you prefer.

Confidential and Secure Strict federal law protects your census responses. It is against the law for any Census Bureau employee to disclose or publish any census information that identifies an individual or business. Census Bureau employees take a lifelong pledge of confidentiality to handle data responsibly and keep respondents' information private.

Please consider attending the program on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 6:30 pm, where there will be lots of information on how the census works, why it is so important to participate, how to complete the forms correctly, and answers to your questions.

All welcome! Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of Jacob Edwards Library.

If you are interested in helping to gather the data for the census, there are jobs at all levels and people are needed in our community. The presenter will talk about the job opportunities during the program and there is more information at the link below. This is a wonderful way to gain temporary employment or supplement ones income.

Sponsored by Friends of Jacob Edwards Library and 2020 US Census.
ongoingOngoing Events

Book Club 
Monday, December 2
6:30 pm

The book club will meet to discuss The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim DeFede   this month.
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 January's discussion book 
will be 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!

Teen Corner

December's Craft - Big Gingerbread Houses! 

Gingerbread House

Join us in December as we create large-format gingerbread houses from non-edible materials, and also learn about the history of the edible treat known as Lebkuchen, celebrated in Nuremberg, Germany.  As we continue our crafting tradition in the young adult area of using recyclable materials, we will build a super-sized house from found materials and objects, in the fashion of traditional food-based gingerbread houses. Creativity will be our guide this month!  Drop in any time. 

All materials will be provided. All welcome!

Did You Know?
Did you know that the Jacob Edwards Library provides access to over a dozen online databases? Most of these digital resources can be accessed from home - think of them as your 24/7 library!  This month we look at  ConsumerReports.org!

This resource provides product reviews to consumers looking to gain information on items before they purchase, allows consumers to comparison shop, and provides news and consumer alerts. The site is currently highlighting "Holiday Gift and Shopping Guides." This database is available within the library and remotely (off-site), so patrons may browse simply by logging in with their library card number and password on their device.  

childrensWelcome to the Children's Corner!

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

Wooden Christmas Tree Ornament Workshop!

Please join us for a fun workshop event with 
Chris Forgues from  B and C Wood Crafts

Monday  December 9, 2019 from 6:30 pm-7:30 pm
We will make Christmas tree ornaments!
Sponsored By B and C Wood Crafts

Gingerbread House
Gingerbread House Workshop
Registration Required
 Decorate your very own 
Gingerbread House for the Holidays!

Monday Dec 2, 2019 6:00 pm-7:00 pm
Thursday Dec 5, 2019 6:00 pm-7:00 pm

Holiday Magic Show
Saturday December 21,2019 10:30 am
Join us for a fun magic comedy show with the on and only 

Sponsored by MEFA and the UFund College Savings Plan

"Monday Night STEAM"
Mondays, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Botley the Coding Robot, try our "Hack" Computer ,Kinetic Sand, Snap Circuits, Picasso Tiles, Play Dough  and much more!!   Each Monday will feature one fun activity, every week will be different.  

Tinkering Thursdays
Thursdays, 4:00-5:00pm
STEM-related hands on activity using everyday and recycled items to design your own creations.

Toddler Story Time
Wednesdays at 10:30 am
Stories & Songs  for preschoolers, stay for story and create a craft.


Story Time
Fridays 10:30 am
S ongs, story and playtime for the
 little ones 3 and under.

Crafty Wednesday
Every Wednesday

Stop by the Children's Room any time on Wednesdays to make 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,  3:00pm - 4:30pm
Saturdays, 10:30am-12:00pm

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
Magic Wings
Mystic Aquarium
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Roger Williams Park Zoo
Tower Hill Botanic Gardens
Worcester Art Museum
Salem Witch Museum 
USS Constitution Museum
Massachusetts Parks Pass
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 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!

The Friends of the Library will be available to receive donations of gently used books and DVDs on the following  dates:

Saturday, Dece mber 7, 2019 - 10 am to 12:30 pm 
Monday, December 16, 2019 - 6 to 7:30 pm
As there is limited space, the Friends can only accept materials that meet the following criteria: Book donation guidelines


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  
to schedule an  appointment.

Jacob Edwards Library
Upcoming Meetings

The Friends of the Library will hold a
monthly meeting
Monday, December 16
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 meet on 
Tuesday, December 17, 2019  at Noon 
in the Mills Room, unless a meeting is needed and called by the Chair.
All meetings are open to the public.

We hope to see you at the Jacob Edwards Library this December. Stay warm!


The Jacob Edwards Library Staff

1. From "Bartlett's Familiar Quotations." 18th ed. John Bartlett, Geoffrey O'Brien, gen. ed. 
New York: Little, Brown, 2012. p. 405.1.

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

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