Upcoming Library Events & News
January, 2020

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

Robert Frost (1874-1963)
Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening [1923], st. 11

United States Census 2020

Once every decade, the federal government conducts a census of the entire population to count everyone in the United States and record basic information about them. Our nation's founders believed this data was so important that they mandated the decennial census in the Constitution. Only happening every ten years, it is an important event!

In 2020, for the first time ever, the U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses online, but you can still respond by phone or mail if you prefer. The library has computer access for those who would like to respond online.

If you are interested in helping to gather the data for the census, there are temporary jobs at all levels and people are needed in our community. 
Click here for more information on employment opportunities with the Census:  https://2020census.gov/jobs

JEL - The Community Place To Be

The Jacob Edwards Library serves as a meeting place for many community-based organizations throughout the year.  The following are several groups that are currently, or will soon be gathering at the library to serve needs within the community:

  • AARP Tax-Aide Program: Beginning in mid-January, appointments will be taken for free income tax preparation services for low and moderate-income persons from AARP.  These services will be held at the Jacob Edwards Library on Mondays from 9:15 am-12:15 pm and Thursdays from 3:00-6:00 pm, beginning on February 3, 2020 and will run through April 6, 2020. Please contact 508-764-5426 to book an appointment or for more information
  • WCAC's Fuel Assistance Program: WCAC's Fuel Assistance Program is designed to provide relief to those households that are struggling with high home heating costs. Massachusetts' Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) targets assistance to households with low incomes and highest energy costs. The LIHEAP is intended to help defray the cost of heat during the winter months, November 1 - April 30 of each year.  To schedule an appointment, please contact WCAC directly at 508-754-7281.
  • Adult Basic Skills and HiSET/GED Preparation: Taught by Webster ABE Linkages, the adult basic skills and HiSET/GED preparation program serves adults ages 16 and older, not currently enrolled in high school, who want to improve basic reading, writing and math skills for future education and career or who want to prepare for the HiSET or GED high school equivalency test. Classes are kept small to provide a safe and encouraging environment. Please note: adults can have a high school diploma and still be eligible for this program. All classes are FREE! The Webster ABE Linkages office will assist you with any questions regarding the HiSET or GED tests and about preparation for taking the tests. Please contact them at 508-949-8282.
Libby: Audio and E-Book App


Receive a new smartphone or tablet for the holidays? Interested in listening to audiobooks or reading ebooks on your device? Stop into the library and ask a staff member how to download and use the Libby app on your device to listen to audiobooks, or read ebooks and magazines.  This exciting app can also be used on other e-readers, such as Kindle.
Learn more about Libby here.

January's Art Show - Donna Silverberg & John Ferrara

Artwork by Donna Silverberg.

The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to host local artists Donna Silverberg and John Ferrara during the month of January. An artists' reception will be held on Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 6:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served, courtesy of the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library. All welcome!

Artist Donna Silverberg has been interested in artmaking since she could hold a crayon, and it has continued to be a lifelong passion. Donna has worked with textiles, metal, and many other art media, and currently works primarily in drawing media and paint.  Every work is for her both a learning experience and an expressive work. 

Over more than a 60-year career in the arts, John Ferrara has worked in book illustration, sculpture, graphic design, printmaking, photography, theater arts and  has designed Playbill covers. The exhibit at the Jacob Edwards Library illustrates just a small sample of some of his works with an Asian theme. 

Artwork by John Ferrara.

There is always something going on or something to do at the library! Feel free to drop in anytime!

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

Featured  Exhibition : Donna Silverberg & John Ferrara
  -Film Screening:  Blinded by the Light
-Kleen Guyz Soaps and Essential Oil Paths Demonstrate Soap Making
- Author Panel Program 
-Hoyt Running Chairs

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

The library will be CLOSED ON 

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Monday, January 20, 2020.

January'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.

Lots more to discover!

Artwork by Donna Silverberg.

The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to host local artists Donna Silverberg and John Ferrara during the month of January. An artists' reception will be held on Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 6:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served, courtesy of the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library. All welcome!

Artist Donna Silverberg has been interested in artmaking since she could hold a crayon, and it has continued to be a lifelong passion. Donna has worked with textiles, metal, and many other art media, and currently works primarily in drawing media and paint. She has taught art classes at all levels, from pre-k to college, in public school and at other organizations.
Donna earned a BFA at Syracuse University and a Masters at Clark University. Her inspiration comes from nature and natural forms and textures, and references 3-D tactile qualities in 2-D form. Every work is for her both a learning experience and an expressive work.

Over more than a 60-year career in the arts, John Ferrara has worked in book illustration, sculpture, graphic design, printmaking, photography, theater arts, and has designed Playbill covers. He worked in all aspects of standard and proprietary graphic techniques, often using traditional media in nontraditional ways. He is well known for his many portraits that mirror the human condition.
John has exhibited extensively, including at the Boston Public Library, public libraries in Springfield and New Haven, at Pratt Institute, M.I.T., at several other colleges and many other venues. He is presently showing his work in a revolving exhibit at the Gallery at 12 Crane in Southbridge.
Born in 1932, John attended Pratt Institute and is a Navy veteran. He has lived in Central Massachusetts for more than 50 years and presently lives in Southbridge, Massachusetts.
The exhibit at the Jacob Edwards Library illustrates just a small sample of some of his works with an Asian theme. Some of his other works include portraits and posters of famous artists and musicians, baseball players, great literature, and historic periods.
See more of John's work at: artofjohnferrara.com

Artwork by John Ferrara.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library.
boxofficeFilm Screening - Blinded By The Light
Thursday, January 9 at 6:00 pm

The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to present the film Blinded by the Light as part of its Library Box Office Series, on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 6:00 pm.

A British teen of Pakistani descent writes poetry as a means to escape the turmoil of England in the late-1980s. He discovers a commonality in the music of Bruce Springsteen. Starring Viveik Kalra and Haley Atwell. Rated PG-13. Running time 115 minutes.

Films begin promptly at 6:00 pm and are screened in the Pioppi Room on the ground floor of the Library. 

Movie poster image ©New Line Cinema. 

Sponsored by Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library.
Thursday, January 16 at 6:30 pm

The library will host Kleen Guyz Soaps and Essential Oil Paths who will demonstrate the ancient art of soap making and talk about the history of this craft. Billy Bolster and Kristin Celmer are the folks behind this venture.

Kleen Guyz Soaps and Essential Oil Paths are handcrafted with premium natural ingredients - and packed with valuable oils. We do not add sulfates, parabens, unnatural preservatives or petroleum products.  Handmade through a cold process method, our soap retains its natural benefits - including glycerin which is highly valued for its skin care qualities.

Our most common ingredients include:
Goat milk: goat milk contains alpha-hydroxy acids such as lactic acid which help remove dead skin cells from your skin's surface.  This leaves new, smoother cells on the surface of your skin.
Coconut milk: coconut milk soaps contain lots of fatty acids which deep clean the skin by removing all sorts of impurities (dirt, dust. dead cells, etc.) while maintaining skin's natural hydration.
Olive oil: produces a creamy bar of soap with a clean lather. It delivers a clean feel.
Coconut oil: coconut oil delivers an incredibly rich lather and creates those "huuuuge" bubbles. It controls dryness by minimizing moisture lost.
Sunflower oil: with lots of vitamin E and fatty acids, sunflower oil produces a creamy lather.
Vegetable shortening: adds mildness and lots of fluffy lather. It also adds softness to the soap bar.
Natural scrubs: for fresh skin, get rid of the old dead skin by gently scrubbing. We use natural scrubs, with ingredients like ground and steel-cut oats, flax seeds, pumice powder, cornmeal and mint leaves.
Essential oils/fragrance: Almost all our soaps are scented with essential oils. A few of our soaps (rose) use a synthetic fragrance to boost scents (if you have sensitivity be sure to ask).
Lye: lye is also known as sodium hydroxide and is a common ingredient in all handmade soap. When combined with the other ingredients, a reaction occurs and transforms it into soap. The lye is neutralized through this process and there is none in the final product. 

The venture came about when one year, John and I decided to make homemade soap for relatives.  We researched milder ingredients than those in Grammy's recipe and started making a few bars as Christmas gifts. Well, soap making is addicting and a few bars has turned into hundreds of bars.  And one craft show has turned into many, where the Kleen Guyz are happy to meet new friends and help keep old fashioned crafting alive. 

Sponsored by Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library.

Stack of Books
The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to present a panel of local authors who will give a presentation on their books.

Susan Brunell author of  The Dragonfly Spirit: A Mother's Journey of Learning About Death, Life, and the Road Back to Peace.
After her twenty-year-old daughter dies in an automobile accident the author finds herself on a journey of grief that, until then, she could not even imagine. As she travels down this path, that has been determined for her, she learns about death and its effect on her life and the lives of others she loves. This is a story about learning to grow and cope despite great loss. It's also about opening the heart and mind to possibilities for healing and growth. Tools to understand the process and deal with the tragedy of loss are offered for the grieving and their loved ones. This is not a story about death. It's about trying to understand death, and how it affects our lives. It's about a journey that no parent chooses to take. It's about learning to live life to its fullest while searching for Peace.

Susan Brunell was born in Burbank, California. After moving to New England when she was a very young child she spent the remainder of her childhood in a small town in Massachusetts with her parents, her brother, and her sister. Susan currently lives in Connecticut with her husband, Stephen. She enjoys spending time with her family, including her daughter and grandson, along with her stepsons and granddaughter. Susan has worked in the health care field in various capacities. She has spent most of her career working to help senior citizens and their families. She has a Bachelors degree in Social Services from Eastern Connecticut State University. She has co-facilitated a support group for Alzheimers caregivers, and she currently facilitates a parents grief support group.

Tracey Ryan  
My writing roots: I have been a devoted reader of mysteries almost my entire adult life and an avid writer.  The Wicked Game of the Hunter romantic mystery series includes many of the aspects I've learned from many years of reading. The third volume of the series titled:  Wicked Storm of the Hunter is now available.
My style: I try to look at events, people and places in everyday life to see how they can be weaved into a story. Adding details brings these things to life on a page for readers and helps them be drawn into the mystery.

Tracey was born in central Massachusetts and currently resides there with her husband. She holds an undergraduate marketing degree from Westfield State University and an MBA from Anna Maria College. 

Charles Smith
Author Charles Smith's an Army Infantry Veteran who wrote the book series called the Life Long Experience Series which reflects his lifelong lived experience. He is in long term recovery since 1993 and has had PTSD since age 6 undiagnosed until his adult life. Despite these obstacles and many more he is successful author. He worked as a Private Investigator and Security Consultant for several years. He's a Peer Support Specialist in the mental health field. Recovery Specialist and Case Management, in the field of Addiction Recovery. Plus the Vice President of The Human Services Club at Quinsigamond Community College, graduating in the Spring of 2020.

Norma Kennedy will be present with copies of her book for signing.

Sponsored by Friends of Jacob Edwards Library.

The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to present a program about Hoyt Running Chairs - a locally owned and operated business that designs and manufactures state-of-the-art racing chairs for individuals with disabilities.

The name Hoyt is well known in running circles. Dick Hoyt has pushed his son Rick in over 1,000 races including marathons, triathalons and 6 Ironman races. The business idea came together when Dick Hoyt asked Mike DiDonato of Southbridge Tool and Manufacturing if a brand new chair could be built for Rick because he was very uncomfortable in his original chair. They teamed up to create this innovative running chair called The Signature. Hoyt Running Chairs is a sub-division of Southbridge Tool and Manufacturing.

The Signature was built in time for the Hoyts to compete in the 2010 Boston Marathon. The chair was beautifully built for comfort, speed, and maneuverability. Soon, other teams and families began asking for a chair. In 2014, Mike was approached by Nick Sotar, a retired bicycle shop owner, who admired The Signature but had some ideas to improve the design. Nick presented Mike with a design for a revolutionary new racing chair called The Blade, which is easily disassembled and can be shipped in a bike box.

"From our family to yours, we take pride in designing and manufacturing state of the art adaptive chairs to promote inclusion for recreational and athletic activities."
ongoingOngoing Events

Book Club 
Monday, January 6
6:30 pm

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 February's discussion book 
will be 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!

Teen Corner

January's Craft - "We Have Dreams" Sky


Join us in January as we celebrate the legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. by creating a sky filled with our own hopes and dreams for 2020.  Create a cloud or clouds with the materials provided, and write your hopes, wishes and dreams for the coming year on it.  We will add each cloud to the sky and together will look to our sky for inspiration throughout 2020.

All materials will be provided. All welcome!

Did You Know?
Did you know that the Jacob Edwards Library provides access to over a dozen online databases? Most of these digital resources can be accessed from home - think of them as your 24/7 library!  This month we look at  Literature & Art!


Gale Literature Resource Center:  Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world.

NoveList Plus: Need some ideas on what novels to read? This reader's advisory tool will help. Search award and prize book lists by genre; search by plot, title, or author to find similar books; browse books by subject; explore fiction through genres and subcategories; read reviews, descriptions and articles; etc.

Salem Literature:  This database includes access to the complete content of   Masterplots, Fourth Edition.   Masterplots analyzes the most important works in all genres - long fiction, short fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction - throughout history and around the world.

childrensWelcome to the Children's Corner!

Check here to find out about upcoming events in the Children's Room.
Family Game Hour
Children's Room Jacob Edwards Library
Saturday January 4, 2020
 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Come enjoy some family time at the Library, 
relax and play a board game or two!

"Monday Night STEAM"
Mondays, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Botley the Coding Robot, try our "Hack" Computer ,Kinetic Sand, Snap Circuits, Picasso Tiles, Play Dough  and much more!!   Each Monday will feature one fun activity, every week will be different.  

Tinkering Thursdays
Thursdays, 4:00-5:00pm
STEM-related hands on activity using everyday and recycled items to design your own creations.

Toddler Story Time
Wednesdays at 10:30 am
Stories & Songs  for preschoolers, stay for story and create a craft.


Story Time
Fridays 10:30 am
S ongs, story and playtime for the
 little ones 3 and under.

Crafty Wednesday
Every Wednesday

Stop by the Children's Room any time on Wednesdays to make 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 Club
Tuesdays,  3:00pm - 4:30pm
Saturdays, 10:30am-12:00pm

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
Magic Wings
Mystic Aquarium
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Roger Williams Park Zoo
Tower Hill Botanic Gardens
Worcester Art Museum
Salem Witch Museum 
USS Constitution Museum
Massachusetts Parks Pass
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 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 collection, click here. Or on your mobile device or eReader, download the Overdrive app to get started. All you need is your library card number!

If you have questions or are having trouble, please ask us! Drop by, call, or email!

New bags available!

The Friends of the Library now have these fantastic new book bags available for sale! You can purchase bags at the Information Desk.

All proceeds support FOJEL, who provide funding for library events and programs (including, but not limited to, Summer Reading & Museum Passes).

Only $5 each, available in black, navy and maroon, 
they are perfect for carrying your library materials home!

As there is limited space, the Friends can only accept materials that meet the following criteria: Book donation guidelines


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  
to schedule an  appointment.

Jacob Edwards Library
Upcoming Meetings

The Friends of the Library will hold a
monthly meeting
Monday, January 27, 2020
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 meet on 
Tuesday, January 28, 2020  at Noon 
in the Mills Room.
All meetings are open to the public.

We hope to see you at the Jacob Edwards Library in January! Happy New Year!


The Jacob Edwards Library Staff

1. From "Bartlett's Familiar Quotations." 18th ed. John Bartlett, Geoffrey O'Brien, gen. ed. 
New York: Little, Brown, 2012. p. 623.6.

Programs at Jacob Edwards Library may be recorded for Southbridge Public Access TV 
and/or photographed for promotional purposes.

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