Upcoming Library Events & News
January, 2016

Happy New Year!

Here's hoping you had a wonderful holiday season, and best wishes for the New Year!

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 New Year's Day.  
We will also be closed on 
Monday, January 18 in observance of 
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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.
exhibitElisabeth Hyder - Brookfield PaperWorks
Reception Thursday, Jan. 7 at 6:30 pm

Our featured artist for January is Elisabeth Hyder, owner of Brookfield PaperWorks. Please stop by any time this month to view her work on display, or join us for the opening reception on Thursday, January 7 at 6:30 pm. All are welcome and light refreshments will be served.

"Working with colors and patterns gives me great satisfaction. To see an idea take form from head to hand to paper is a new delight each time I do it. I love the freedom this wet-pigment process gives me. Colors blend, line up, overlap, cross each other, patterns suddenly show a three-dimensional structure, a design starts to flow. When one paper is finished and the next started, there is often a continuity, a new idea begging to come out.

It is a great privilege to be able to vary my work. I am happiest when each new paper is a different design or uses different colors. Although I have done dozens or even scores of the same pattern (as for an edition of books), I only start purring when my papers differ from each other.

When my day's work of papers is done, I set them aside for various later projects. For my collages I spend a lot of time finding just the right color shade or pattern for its parts. I also find pleasure in coming up with new forms or shapes made with my papers: little pyramids hung from a string, an zigzag-folded album with a variety of paste paper squares, cut-out letters of different colors and patterns.

Like many artists before me, I am glad to find that color and pattern offer endless variations, and together they border on an infinity of possibilities."
krosslinkKrosslink Bar-Stool Pitch Sessions
Thursday, January 7 at 6:00 pm

Talk about your business idea in a short pitch session and garner feedback from your fellow entrepreneurs! Sessions will be moderated by Elvis Dyer. 
Networking & refreshments from 6:00 - 6:30.

Format for your pitch should be:
  • A quick 60 second introduction to let the group know who you are and what your background is.
  • A no more than 2 minute talk about what your business idea is and why you are excited about it (you need to be able to explain why you are passionate about your idea).
  • A no more than 1 minute talk about what is stopping you from executing your idea (pick the most important one that is stopping you or preventing you from jumpstarting what you want to do).
  • Keep your pitch informal and genuine. We want you to be honest and candid so that the mentors and attendees can provide the right feedback, suggestions and recommendations. No Powerpoint presentations please, just informal discussions!
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.
boxofficeFilm Screening - Arbitrage
Thursday, January 14 at 6:00 pm

A troubled hedge fund magnate desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help. Starring Richard Gere.       

Rated R. Running time 107 min.

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

booklaunchReception - Launch of The First Century: Jacob Edwards Library 1914-2014
Thursday, January 28 at 6:30 pm

You are cordially invited to join us in celebrating one hundred years of service to
Southbridge and the area.

The Board of Trustees of the Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to launch  The First Century: Jacob Edwards Library 1914-2014, a new book
documenting the history of the library and library services in the community. 

The Dale LePage  Duo  will provide the musical ambianceRefreshments will be served.
All welcome!

Copies of the book will be available for sale by the Friends of Jacob Edwards Library.  Books are $10 each. The proceeds will go to support library programming and resources. 

Looking forward to seeing you there!
bicentennialSouthbridge Bicentennial Celebrations

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

Tickets for the Grand Gala Ball on Saturday, February 13th are available here at the library. Hurry, tickets are limited and will only be sold until January 13th - no tickets will be sold at the door! Also available at the Town Clerk's office, tickets are $75 and include dinner. See here for more information. FREE ballroom dance lessons continue at the Pilsudski Polish American Club on January 8th at 6:30 pm.

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 
Zelda: A Biography
Monday, Jan. 4, 6:30 pm

All are welcome to join us for a discussion of Nancy Milford's   Zelda: A Biography 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, Jan. 20, 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, January 15 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 - Minions
Friday, January 29 at 3:00 pm

Stop by for an after school movie! Despicable Me's minions get their very own spin-off in Minions.
Running time: 91 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.
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.  
Lego Club
Thursdays, 3:00-4:30
Saturdays, 10:00-12:00
We'll bring the Legos, you bring the ideas! This is a drop-in program, so there is no need to register. 

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, January 25 
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 26 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
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