Upcoming Library Events & News
February, 2016

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 President's Day,
Monday, February 15

staffpicksFebruary'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.
exhibitArtist Tracy Crane
Reception Thursday, Feb 4   at 6:30 pm

During the month of February, the library is pleased to host studio artist Tracy Crane and her work. 

Tracy uses a wide variety of mediums to create her art including inks, acrylics, homemade paper and buttons. Her varied works have an accessible simplicity that captures ones eye and interest.

Creating since a child, she uses mediums as they suit mood, seasons and situations, preferring unconventional application. Influences include pop and contemporary artists, sculptors and cultures. Residing in Massachusetts for most of her life, and firmly planting her feet in West Brookfield her community supports her art and she supports her community. 

You are invited to attend the opening reception on Thursday, February 4th from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Light refreshments provided by the Friends of Jacob Edwards Library.
All welcome!
krosslinkCase Study: Using Krosslink 
Thursday, February 4 at 6:00 pm

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!

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 and find mentoring by SCORE business experts.
CDSMPut Life Back in Your Life: Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop
Fridays at Noon - Info Session Feb. 5

Are you an adult age 55 or older with an ongoing health condition? Please join us for this FREE six-week workshop, which will be held at the library on Fridays beginning February 19.
To register or get more information, please call: Tri-Community YMCA at 508-765-5466. Class size is limited, so call now! An Informational Session will be held on Friday, February 5th at Noon at the library. Classes begin Friday, February 19, and will be held every Friday for six weeks from Noon - 2:30 pm at the library. A free, nutritionally balanced lunch will be provided for workshop participants each week at 11:00 am prior to the class.

Chronic Disease Self-Management is for anyone living with an on-going medical condition like Arthritis, Asthma, Chronic Back Pain, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Cancer, COPD, Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Parkinson's Disease Stroke...and more.
Chronic disease, pain and discomfort may limit activities you enjoy. Join the Chronic Disease Self-Management workshop and start to live again!

You'll get the support you need, find practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, understand new treatment choices, and learn better ways to talk with your doctor and family about your health.

Funding for this project provided in part by a Community Development Block Grant administered by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and the Town of Southbridge. A collaborative program between the Jacob Edwards Library, the Council on Aging, SCM Elderbus, Tri-Valley, Inc., Harrington Hospital and Tri-Community YMCA.
boxofficeFilm Screening - Pariah
Thursday, February 11 at 6:00 pm

A Brooklyn teenager juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family.

Rated R. Running time 86 min.

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

speakoutSo You Have Some Questions?
Exploring LGTBQ Concerns
Thursday, February 11 at 6:00 pm

Please join us for a discussion with representatives from SpeakOUT Boston on LGBTQ and transgender issues, including bullying and identity. Whether you have a friend or family member who identifies as LGBTQ, you yourself do, or you would simply like to learn more and engage in discussion, we hope you will join us. Following the discussion will be an "Ask Us Anything" session. Anyone and everyone is welcome!

"SpeakOUT's mission is to work for a world free of homo-bi-trans-phobia and other forms of prejudice by telling the truths of people's lives. Our speakers are dedicated to making a difference by opening minds and changing attitudes towards the LGBTQ community."

This program is sponsored by a grant from CHNA5 (Community Health Network Area 5)
bicentennialSouthbridge Bicentennial Celebrations

The Town of Southbridge turns 200 in 2016! Visit  southbridge200.org for information on all of the upcoming events!

We hope you have your tickets for the Grand Gala Ball on Saturday, February 13th! See here for more information. 

Also, keep an eye on Southbridge Community Television's YouTube channel, where you can watch the Celebrating Southbridge series with Town Manager Ron San Angelo. Episode 3 introduces the Bicentennial Committeee Co-Chairmen, and discusses the events planned.

And don't forget to like the Bicentennial on Facebook to keep up with the latest news!
ongoingOngoing Events

Book Club reads 
The Great Gatsby
Monday, Feb 1, 6:30 pm

All are welcome to join us for a discussion of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic The Great Gatsby 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, The Orphan Train  by Christina Baker Kline, 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, Feb 17, 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

Teen Friday - Coloring
Friday, February 12 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!
Teen Friday Movie - Goosebumps
Friday, February 26 at 3:00 pm

Stop by for an after school movie! J
ack Black stars as author R.L. Stine.
Running time: 103 minutes, rated PG. 
In the Pioppi Room, lower level.

childrensWelcome to the Children's Corner!

Check here to find out about upcoming events in the Children's Room.
Photograph of presenter Julie Anne Collier, courtesy of Wingmasters
North American Birds of Prey with Wingmasters
Thursday, February 18 at 6:30 pm

What are you doing during February vacation? Would you like to see some raptors?

Birds of prey are also known as raptors, and they are hunting birds characterized by hooked beaks and powerful grabbing feet armed with sharp talons (the word raptor comes from a Latin word that means "to seize"). Raptors can also boast the best eyesight and the sharpest hearing in the animal kingdom. Raptors include hawks, falcons and owls, and this presentation, which incorporates 6 live birds of prey gives an overview of these different categories.

The program is designed to explain predation, the birds' place at the top of the food web, their different hunting adaptations and their status in a rapidly changing world. Because many birds of prey are declining in number, this presentation also features one or more of the endangered raptors that WINGMASTERS cares for, and explains why these species face an uncertain future.  For more information please go to www.wingmasters.net.

You are invited to join us in the Pioppi Room, lower level to learn more about these birds of prey and get to see a few of them! All ages welcome!

Sponsored by Olive I. & Anthony A. Borgatti Jr. Donor Advised Fund of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation
Super Kids Story Time
Wednesdays, 10:30

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
Wednesdays, 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.  
Construction Crew
Thursdays, 3:00-4:30
Saturdays, 10:00-12:00
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.  

Toddler Time
Fridays, 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 be meeting on 
Monday, February 22
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, February 23 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!


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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