In This Issue
JEL Staff Picks
*NEW* Teen Tuesdays & Chess Club
Book Club: Olive Kitteridge
Holiday Concert with Hunter & Michael
Writers! Meet an Award-winning Author & Publisher
Film Screening: 2 Autumns 3 Winters
Children's Corner

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Holiday Closings

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The library will be closing early, at 1:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and will be closed on Christmas Day and December 26th. 

New! Old Sturbridge Village Passes

We now offer discounted passes to Old Sturbridge Village through our museum pass program! 


The pass grants 

50% off daytime admission for up to 4 individuals.


Passes are available on a first-come first-served basis, although Southbridge residents may call ahead to reserve passes for a specific day. 


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


Check out our website for more details and information on all of the free and discounted passes we offer to local museums and attractions.

MA Health Connector Open Enrollment


Open Enrollment for health insurance through the MA Health Connector is November 15, 2014 - February 15, 2015.


Everyone who needs health insurance through the Health Connector in 2015 must fill out a new application for coverage-even if they already applied in 2013 or 2014.


Assistance in applying is available at the 

Family Health Center 

32 Orchard Street. 

Book a Librarian

Curious about how to download ebooks to your ereader or tablet - or even just how to use it in the first place? 

Would you like to learn how to use the library catalog to renew your items online or request an interlibrary loan?

How about some assistance getting started with genealogy or a research topic?

For any of these topics and more, you can now "Book a Librarian!"

Call 508-764-5426 or email Ashley 
[email protected] to schedule a 
20-30 minute appointment.
Teen Survey

All teens are invited to take our survey! Tell us what you want to see at JEL!

Library eBooks!


You can download FREE ebooks from the library!

Library ebooks, MP3 audiobooks, and videos are available to download for Kindle, iPad/iPhone, Androids, Nooks, and other devices! 


Just visit the Digital Catalog to get started.

Contribute to the 100th Anniversary Memory Project!



We would like to invite all of our patrons, past and present, to share your memories of the library!


The notebook is available at the Information Desk to anyone interested. Anything you may recall about visiting the library and what it meant to you in the past is welcome!


If you can't make it in to submit your memories in person, please feel free to email them to us: [email protected] 

Knitting with Sonya 


From 10:30-12:30 every Tuesday, come join our knitting circle in the Reading Room! Any handcrafters are welcome to join, whatever your level of experience.

Friends of the Library

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The Friends of the Library will meet Monday, December 15 at 6:00 p.m. in the Mills Room.


The Friends extend an invitation to all library patrons to join their group. To find out more, please visit 

The Friends Page 

on our website.

Board of Trustees 


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 The Board of Trustees of the Jacob Edwards Library will meet on Tuesday, December 16 at 12:00 Noon.  


All meetings are open to the public.


There is currently a vacancy on the Board of Trustees. If you are interested in serving on the Board, please submit a letter of interest and resume.

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JEL News & Events

December 2014


The holidays are in full swing now - we hope you will join us for our annual Holiday Concert with Hunter Foote & Michael Caprera on December 4th! All are welcome at this free concert, so bring the family for an evening of holiday music. We will be raffling off door prizes, and also the beautiful afghan created by our Tuesday Knitting Group. Tickets are for the afghan raffle are available for sale at the Information Desk, $2 per ticket or 3 for $5. 

Please read on for more information on all of this month's events, and more library news.

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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.
*NEW* Teen Tuesdays & Chess Club
Every Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (right after school)
Chess Club December 6 and 20, 10:30 a.m. - Noon


All teens and tweens (ages 12-18) are welcome to join us for Teen Tuesdays! Stop by the Pioppi Room every Tuesday for video gaming, crafts, movies, Anime, and more - we'll have something different every week.


This month's schedule:

Dec 2: Wii Gaming Day - Did you know that the library has a Wii? Come downstairs to the Pioppi Room to hang out and play videogames.


Dec 9: YA Book JeopardyLove to read? Test your knowledge of some of the most popular YA books of the last few years and see how much you really know.


Dec 16: Recycled Gift Bow Craft - Learn how to make beautiful gift bows from old magazine pages!


Dec 23: Holiday Movie Holiday movie: which would you rather see? The Nightmare Before ChristmasElfFred Claus, or A Christmas CarolVote here!


Dec 30: Anime DayWe'll be screening an anime film, TBD!


Teen and Tween Chess Club 

Every other Saturday from 10:30 a.m. - Noon, stop by the Teen area to play chess! You can get lessons from Adam & Ben Piche, who will be there to help, or just challenge them to a match.  

This month's dates are December 6 and December 20.

Book Club: Olive Kitteridge
Monday, December 1 at 6:30 p.m.


All are welcome to join us for a discussion of Elizabeth Strout's Olive Kitteridge in the Reading Room. New participants are always welcome (no commitment!) - copies of next month's book, The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro, are available at the Information Desk for checkout. 


"At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town of Crosby, Maine, and in the world at large, but she doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her: a lounge musician haunted by a past romance; a former student who has lost the will to live; Olive's own adult child, who feels tyrannized by her irrational sensitivities; and her husband, Henry, who finds his loyalty to his marriage both a blessing and a curse.

As the townspeople grapple with their problems, mild and dire, Olive is brought to a deeper understanding of herself and her life-sometimes painfully, but always with ruthless honesty. Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human condition-its conflicts, its tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires." 

Holiday Concert 
with Hunter Foote and Michael Caprera
Thursday, December 4 at 6:30 p.m.


All welcome! Bring the family for an evening of holiday music colored-candy-canes.jpg featuring two talented local musicians. Michael Caprera on piano/keyboard and Hunter Foote on violin will play holiday favorites as solos and duets. Light refreshments will be served.

Door prizes! Thanks to the Friends of the Library two beautiful Gingerbread Houses, created by the Children's Room staff, will be raffled off at the end of the night.

We will also be raffling off the beautiful afghan created by our Tuesday Knitting Group in honor of the library's 100th Anniversary! Tickets for the afghan raffle are $2, or 3 for $5, and can be purchased at the Information Desk at any time.

Calling All Writers! Meet Award-winning Author & Publisher L.M. Browning
Monday, December 8 at 6:30 p.m.


Join award-winning author and publisher L.M. Browning in a round-table discussion where she will share insights into the publishing industry and answer any questions you may have about the submission process and getting your work noticed by publishers. As a working writer, seasoned editor, and Founder of Homebound Publications-a rising independent publisher in New England-she understands both sides of the publishing process and will share the tips she has accumulated over her years of experience.

Library Box Office: 2 Autumns, 3 Winters
Thursday, December 11 at 6:00 p.m.


"Arman is 33 and ready to make a change, starting with a run in the park. When he literally bumps into Am�lie - slightly cynical but nevertheless lovely - on the jogging path, he's dead-set on making a connection with her. As a bit of contrived fate brings them together, Arman's best friend Benjamin suffers an unexpected stroke, relegating him to the hospital for weeks where he falls for his doting young physical therapist. Over the course of two autumns and three winters, Arman, Am�lie and Benjamin share the incidental moments, unexpected accidents, unconventional love stories and unforgettable memories that will define who they are."
In French w/ English subtitles.
Running time: 93 minutes.

All screenings are held in the Pioppi Room, lower level.

   Upcoming and Ongoing Children's Programs


It's time to decorate the Gingerbread Houses!









Sessions will be held on:  

Monday, December 1 at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 2 at 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 4 at 3:00 p.m.
Registration is required for this program. There are still spots available for the Thursday session, so stop by the Children's Room or give us a call at 508-764-5427 to sign up!

La Hora de Cuentos 

Monday, December 8 at 6:30 p.m.

Join us for a bilingual story time in the Children's Room. Stories and songs will be shared in both Spanish and English. This month we will have guest readers from ASPIRA!

El primer lunes de cada mes tendremos una hora de cuentos biling�e en La Sala de Ni�os de la biblioteca.   


Horizon Wings Raptor Rehabilitation & Education

Monday, December 29 at 6:30 p.m.  

Join us to meet some birds of prey at the library! Horizon Wings is a non-profit Wildlife Rehabilitation Center specializing in Birds of Prey. All of the program birds in our care are unable to survive in the wild, but have overcome their individual challenges and have learned to adapt to their new lives as feathered ambassadors. Be inspired by their individual stories of survival, explore fascinating facts about each species, and learn what you can do to help them. Sponsored by the Borgatti Trust.




Pajama Story Time

Mondays at 6:30 p.m.

Join us to listen to some stories, sing some songs, and do a craft. This program is geared towards children ages 4-8, but all ages are welcome! Pajamas are optional. 


Super Kids Story Time 

Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.  

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

Every Wednesday, all day long!  

Stop by the Children's Room on Wednesday to do a special craft  designed by Miss Karola. The crafts in December are pretty great! They include a picture frame, a reindeer puppet, holiday tree, and Santa Claus.  We can't wait to see what amazing crafts she comes up with for next year!   


Lego Club
Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
We'll bring the Legos, you bring the ideas! Each week there is a different theme, recent ones have included robots and spaceships.  If you are in the library, stop by the Children's Room to see different Lego projects on display.  

Toddler Time 
Fridays from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 
This program is designed for children under three and their caregivers, and includes playtime and a short story time. 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!


No registration necessary for any of our regular programs!

Questions? Call 508-764-5427 or email  Betsy.  


Even when our doors are closed you can visit our website to access databases, renew and request materials, download ebooks, and so much more.  

Wishing all of our patrons and their families a safe, fun-filled, and happy Holiday season!



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