Upcoming Library Events & News
February , 2018

Did you know...?

The Friends of the Library maintain a book sale year-round?  girl_pile_of_books.jpg

Books on display on the carts outside of the Children's room are always for sale, $1 for hardcovers, 50 cents for paperbacks and children's books.

Keep an eye out for the big Annual Book Sale coming in March!

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

-Featured Artist: April & Samantha Denault 

 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
Sunday: Closed

Holiday Hours:
President's Day - Closed 2/19
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.
artistOpening Reception: April & Samantha Denault
Thursday, February 1 at 6:30 pm

The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to host the work of staff member April Denault and her daughter Samantha for the month of February.

This is a mixed-media show and promises an exciting range of photography and wood-based art.
The mother-daughter duo, who are Southbridge natives, are keen photographers and are always seeking inspiration on Pinterest.

April has contributed her creativity to many staff displays throughout the library.

Samantha is a junior in high school, and has taken photography classes as one of her interests.

boxofficeFilm Screening -  Everybody Loves Somebody
Thursday, February 8 at 6:00 pm

A Mexican-American woman attends a family wedding, and takes along a white coworker as her date. However, the situation gets more complicated when an old flame of hers shows up at the event.

Rated PG-13. Running time 100 min. Bilingual (English and Spanish w/ English subtitles)

Presented as part of the Library Box Office series, sponsored by the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library.
bandSouthbridge High School Band
Thursday, February 15 at 6:30 pm

Dr. Arthur Thovmasian and the Southbridge High School Band will perform at the Jacob Edwards Library.

All welcome! Light refreshments will be served.

chronicReleasing Chronic Pain
Thursday, February 22 at 5:30 pm

Releasing Chronic Pain: Understanding The Brain And Pain Connection

Do you find yourself thinking, "When will this pain end?" "Why do I still have this pain?" or "How can I get rid of this pain?" These, or questions like them are on the minds of countless people who suffer from chronic pain.

This workshop will introduce some of the most recent breakthroughs in our understanding of pain. Brad and Pamela Thompson of Wellness Within will dispel three important myths about pain and will introduce a powerful and natural pain-reducing technique that has proven effective in reducing or even eliminating pain.

Participants will be able to immediately use this self-help technique toward improving their pain experience.

ongoingOngoing Events

Book Club 
Monday, February 5
6:30 pm

This month the book club will discuss  The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney.

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. 
Extra copies of the book coming up for discussion  are available at the Information Desk for checkout.

Up next month -
The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen: 83 1/4 years Old

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!

Now at Town Hall
Thursday, Feb 1, 6:00 pm

The Krosslink group now meets at the Town Hall in the Economic Development Office.

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!

teenTeen Events
Magic at the Library
Friday, February 23, 3:00 pm

If you play Magic: The Gathering, stop by to play with others! Other games (Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon) also welcome!

All skill levels!

childrensWelcome to the Children's Corner!

Check here to find out about upcoming events in the Children's Room.
Take Your Child to the Library Day
Saturday, February 3
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Come see all the library has to offer! Enjoy playing some games, creating a craft and decorating a cookie!!

Take your child to the library and you will feed their imagination. A love of reading and books starts with pictures, stories and rhymes which even the youngest child can enjoy!

Vacation Week Fun!

Author Sandra Hinds
Wednesday, February 21
2:00-3:00 pm

You are invited to attend a presentation by Sandra A. Hinds, author of the book "I Love You Every Second".

This sweet and beautifully illustrated book is simply about LOVE-the love of parents and caregivers for children. The themes of the book are love, building self-esteem, and education.

Sandra A. Hinds considers herself to be an "island" lady. She was born on the island of Jamaica, grew up in Bermuda, and since living in Massachusetts, she has fallen in love with Martha's Vineyard. She received her Masters of Social Work degree from Boston University, and has a deep passion for teaching. Sandra is very active in her church and community. She shares her life with her husband Ray (her Prince), and their children Raesa and Marcus.
Jay Mankita's 
Traveling Maker Space
Tuesday, February 20
2:00 - 3:00 pm

T eaching artist Jay Makita presents this hands-on workshop for kids and families!

Mini-zip lines. Ping pong ball catapults. Exploding popsicle stick snakes. 
Domino pyramids, walls & rallies. 
Rube Goldberg Machines 
& mechanical doodads. 
Swivels, pulleys, levers, ramps 
& archimedes screws.

STEM fun for all ages!

*NEW* Monday Night Coding
Every Monday at 6:30 pm

Code is a practice used to introduce children of all ages to computer science. Join us every Monday night!
*NEW* Happy Book Birthday!

Did you know that new books are released on Tuesdays? Come in every Tuesday to "read a book that is celebrating a birthday"!
Story Times

Join us for a story time! All story times are geared towards the noted age ranges, but all ages are welcome!

Story Time:
Wednesdays at 10:30 am.
Ages 3-4

Toddler Time:
Fridays at 10:30
Children under 3

La Hora de Cuentos:
Monday, February 26 at 6:30 pm
Stories and songs in Spanish and English

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 Crew
Tuesdays,  3:00 - 4:30 pm
Saturdays, 10:30am - 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
Springfield Museums
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 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!

Credit cards update

Due to a change in 
C/W Mars policy, we can no longer accept credit cards over the desk as payment for overdue fees 
and/or lost books. 
If you wish to pay your fines by credit card, you may do so by logging into your  online account.
All in-person transactions must be cash or personal check. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Please ask us at the Information Desk if you have any questions.

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, February 26
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 27
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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