Upcoming Library Events & News
January , 2018

Happy New Year!

New Museum Passes
Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library, we now have 2 new museum passes available to check out! Both passes give you FREE admission!

- The Springfield Museums (includes The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum)

See details and all of our available passes here, or ask a staff member!

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

-Featured Artist: John Ferrara

 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:
New Years' Day - Closed 1/1/18
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Closed 1/15/18
staffpicksJanuary'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: John Ferrara
Thursday, January 4 at 6:30 pm

We are pleased to welcome back John Ferrara, whose work will be on display throughout the month of January. This show will have a focus on his Oriental portraits and artwork.

All are welcome to the opening reception, which will be held on Thursday, January 4 at 6:30 pm.

"A journeyman artist. That is how John Ferrara describes himself, after sixty years of widely varied work in pastel, watercolor, pencil, and his own unique proprietary techniques.

Within the walls of John's home studio in Southbridge, MA is where many of his creations come to life. His studio is filled with easels, lighting and photographic equipment, tools of the trade, optical gadgets, and a partial archive of past work. One's eye is drawn to the faces in the many portraits displayed throughout the space. It is here that the conversation between the artist and his work continues daily, often backed by jazz music and, on cold days, the warm glow from a woodburning stove."

boxofficeFilm Screening -  Baby Driver
Thursday, January 11 at 6:00 pm

A talented, young getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. When he meets the girl of his dreams (Lily James), Baby sees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.

Rated R. 
Running time 113 min.

Presented as part of the Library Box Office series, sponsored by the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library.
glickmanAuthor James Glickman
Monday, January 18 at 6:30 p

The Jacob Edwards Library would like to invite you to attend a book talk and signing by local author and academic James Glickman. All welcome! Light refreshments will be offered by the Friends of Jacob Edwards Library. Copies of the book  Crossing Point will be available for purchase and signing.

'Based closely on the known historical record,  Crossing Point brings to life the American Revolution in all of its bloody detail. When the Revolutionary War begins, Guy Watson is a slave to the Hazzard family in Rhode Island, but he is soon engaged in service for the American army by Samuel Ward, head of one New England's most prominent families. Torn about leaving his beloved June and the other slaves that have become his family, Guy eventually sets out with Samuel Ward and a battalion of men on a treacherous, and legendary, trek to Quebec.

The two men experience the inevitable toll the brutality of war takes, and it changes them forever. Upon their eventual return home, they come to realize the cost of war not just for those in battle, but also for those who stayed. Crossing Point vividly shares a little-known chapter in the national founding, and raises the question of what justice was fought for by the men who faced an uncertain freedom when the last shots were fired.'

James Glickman is a graduate of Yale University and the Iowa Writer's Workshop. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in the Boston Globe, Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, Berfrois, and many other journals.  Sounding the Waters, his previous novel, came out in 1996 to wide acclaim. He teaches at the Community College of Rhode Island. Mr. Glickman lives in Sturbridge.

beesNative Bees in MA with Dr. Rob Gegear
Thursday, January 25 at 6:30 pm

Pollinators are declining at an unprecedented rate worldwide due to human-induced rapid environmental change. These declines pose a significant threat to our food supply and consequently, there has been major focus on the development and implementation of conservation strategies to maintain pollination services to crop plants.

 However, the overwhelming majority of current strategies do not consider the keystone role that pollinators play in natural ecosystems, making them an ineffective tool for maintaining and restoring biodiversity. 

Dr. Robert Gegear  of WPI Department of Biology and Biotechnology, and Director of the New England Bee-cology Project, will discuss the importance of developing an ecologically-focused approach to developing and maintaining your garden, citing examples from his ongoing field research in Massachusetts. 
ongoingOngoing Events

Book Club 
No meeting in January

There will be no meeting of the Book Club in January, due to the holidays.
Feel free to stop by the library for a copy of the book we will be discussing in February -  The Nest.

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.

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, Jan 4, 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, January 26, 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.

*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"!


Brain Teaser Fun
Saturday, January 20
10:30 - 11:15 am

Celebrate Brain Teaser month and learn some "jokes" and fun puzzles!
Puzzle Day
Monday, January 29
6:30 - 7:30

Come make a puzzle!
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, January 22 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, January 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, January 23 
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
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