Upcoming Library Events & News
February, 2017

The library is once again hosting the AARP Tax-Aide Program, providing FREE tax preparation assistance to low- and middle-income earners. Please call 508-764-5426 to make an appointment. Tax prep will begin on February 2nd, and appointments will be available on Mondays and Thursdays only. They are filling up quickly, so be sure to call soon!

Tax forms (federal and state) are also available, on the lower level of the library near the Children's Room, or can be downloaded from the IRS website.

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 
Monday, February 20 (Presidents Day)
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.

exhibitJenna Elliott Exhibit
Reception Thursday, Feb. 2 at 6:30 pm

All are welcome to stop by to view an exhibit by this month's featured local artist, Jenna Elliott! An opening reception will be held on Thursday, February 2 at 6:30 pm, light refreshments will be served. 

Jenna Elliott is a local artist who loves to play with all things creative. She attended UMass boston where she studied art and art history. Jenna's passion for exploring different mediums and her joy in viewing others' creative endeavors keeps her busy. She encourages everyone to find time for a little art in their life!
boxofficeFilm Screening - Exposed
Thursday, February 9 at 6:00 pm

A police detective investigates the truth behind his partner's death, and reveals disturbing police corruption and a dangerous secret.

Rated R. Running time 102 min.

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

quabbinQuabbin Loons with Photographer and Biologist Dale Monette
Thursday, February 16 at   6:30 pm

Dale Monette will return with an illustrated presentation of the loons in the Quabbin area. 

As a retired biologist and former employee of the Metropolitan District Commission and State Department of Conservation and Recreation, at the Quabbin and Ware River watersheds and Quabbin Visitor Center, Dale has a keen knowledge of the area. Through his stunning images one gets to see the loons up close and learn some interesting facts about them and their habitat.

All welcome! Light refreshments will be provided.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library
supremeReflections of a Love Supreme with Tom Ingrassia
Thursday, February 23 at   6:30 pm

Reflections of a Love Supreme  tells the story of Motown through the eyes--and camera lenses--of its fans. Many of the photos included have never been published before. They are personal, behind-the-scenes glimpses of the people, places and things that made Motown the music that inspired the generation. 

So, sit back, relax, and enjoy this pictorial journey back to the magical-and turbulent-1960s. It was a time when culture, society and politics were changing at a rapid pace. And it was the music of Motown that brought people together in a way never before achieved in popular culture. It didn't matter if you were black or white, rich or poor, young or old...we were ALL listening to, dancing to, and buying the music of Motown. Motown provided the soundtrack for the 1960s.

You are invited to join us for a presentation by author Tom Ingrassia who will read and discuss his new title:  Reflections of a Love Supreme: Motown Through the Eyes of Fans. After the presentation, Tom will be available to sign copies of the book.
ongoingOngoing Events

Book Club 
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend
Monday, Feb 6, 6:30 pm

Please join us to discuss  The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald.
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  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!

Monday, Feb 2, 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!

teenTeen Events
Friday Magic at JEL
Friday, February 24 at 3:00 pm

Casual gameplay for players of all skill levels.
Other games (Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, etc) welcome too! Bring a friend!

Vacation Week Movie: Cinderella
Wednesday, February 22 at 2:00 pm

Excited for next month's release of Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast? (We are!) Get ready with their last live-action remake, Cinderella! See it on our big screen in the Pioppi Room.
literacy Empowering Youth Through Literacy: a workshop offered by Teacher Eric Burton of the Southbridge Public School
Thursdays at 3:30 pm

Join the Discussion

How does rap help express yourself?

Why do rappers say what they say?

Why is Rap a Multimillion Dollar Industry



Small Discussion Group:  Ten Participants Maximum

Southbridge Youth - Ages 16 and older

Possible Future Recording Opportunities

Sponsored by the Southbridge School District

childrensWelcome to the Children's Corner!

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

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

Bedtime Story Time: 
Monday evenings at 6:30 pm. Ages 4-8

Superkids Story Time:
Wednesdays at 10:30 am.
Ages 3-5

Toddler Time:
Fridays at 10:30
Children under 3

Take Your Child 
to the Library Day
Saturday, Feb 4
11:00 am - 12 Noon

Take your child to the library and you will feed their imagination. A love of reading books starts with pictures, stories and rhymes which even the youngest child can enjoy!
La Hora de Cuentos
Monday, February 13
6:30 pm

Join us for stories and songs in Spanish and English, now on the second Monday night of each month!
R.E.A.D to Drifter!
Saturdays, February 4 and 11
11:00 am

Sign up at the desk to register your child for a reading session with Drifter, our Therapy Dog!

Author Donna Mae
Thursday, Feb 23
3:00 pm

Join us in welcoming Author Donna Mae as she reads her latest book, "The Wooly Adventures of Purl"

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
3:00 - 4:30 pm
10:00 am - 12 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. 
Mad Science
Friday, February 24
2:00 - 3:00 pm

Mad Science will be here for this awesome program using LEGOS to engage and spark our imaginations! Hands on STEM program you don't want to miss!

Sponsored by Olive I and Anthony A Borgatti Donor Advised Fund
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
Salem Witch Museum 
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!

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.

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  to schedule an  appointment.

Jacob Edwards Library
Upcoming Meetings

The Friends of the Library will be meeting on 
Monday, February 27
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 28 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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