In This Issue
JEL Staff Picks
Teen Tuesdays & Chess Club
Book Club: The Art Forger
Featured Artist: Rose Ann Reed
Film Screening: Hyde Park on Hudson
Authors B. Eugene McCarthy and Fran Quinn
It's in the Little Things with Gayle Suzanne
Children's Corner

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Holiday Closings

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The library will be closed on Thursday, January 1 and Friday, January 2.

Happy New Year!


We will also be closed on Monday, January 19 

in honor of 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 

Book a Librarian

Did you get a shiny new device over the holidays? Curious about how to download ebooks to your new ereader or tablet - or even just how to use it in the first place? 

"Book a Librarian" to show you how!

Call 508-764-5426 or email Ashley to schedule a 
20-30 minute appointment.
New! Old Sturbridge Village Passes

We now offer discounted passes to Old Sturbridge Village through our museum pass program! 


The pass grants 

50% off daytime admission for up to 4 individuals.


Passes are available on a first-come first-served basis, although Southbridge residents may call ahead to reserve passes for a specific day. 


Thank you to the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library for sponsoring this program!


Check out our website for more details and information on all of the free and discounted passes we offer to local museums and attractions.

MA Health Connector Open Enrollment


Open Enrollment for health insurance through the MA Health Connector is November 15, 2014 - February 15, 2015.


Everyone who needs health insurance through the Health Connector in 2015 must fill out a new application for coverage-even if they already applied in 2013 or 2014.


Assistance in applying is available at the 

Family Health Center 

32 Orchard Street. 

Teen Survey

All teens are invited to take our survey! Tell us what you want to see at JEL!

Library eBooks!


You can download FREE ebooks from the library!

Library ebooks, MP3 audiobooks, and videos are available to download for Kindle, iPad/iPhone, Androids, Nooks, and other devices! 


Just visit the Digital Catalog to get started.

Contribute to the 100th Anniversary Memory Project!



We would like to invite all of our patrons, past and present, to share your memories of the library!


The notebook is available at the Information Desk to anyone interested. Anything you may recall about visiting the library and what it meant to you in the past is welcome!


If you can't make it in to submit your memories in person, please feel free to email them to us: 

Knitting with Sonya 


From 10:30-12:30 every Tuesday, come join our knitting circle in the Reading Room! Any handcrafters are welcome to join, whatever your level of experience.

Friends of the Library

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The Friends of the Library will meet Monday, January 26 at 6:00 p.m. in the Mills Room.


The Friends extend an invitation to all library patrons to join their group. To find out more, please visit 

The Friends Page 

on our website.

Board of Trustees 


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 The Board of Trustees of the Jacob Edwards Library will meet on Tuesday, January 20 at 12:00 Noon.  


All meetings are open to the public.


There is currently a vacancy on the Board of Trustees. If you are interested in serving on the Board, please submit a letter of interest and resume.

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JEL News & Events

January 2015


Happy New Year!

We're very excited to announce that Southbridge Rotary Club has generously donated a StarBlast 4.5 inch Astro Reflector Telescope to the library! The gift was made possible through the Library Telescope Program of the Aldrich Astronomical Society, Inc.

The program enables interested libraries throughout Massachusetts to acquire a loaner telescope for their library patrons. Rotarian Dino Tata is an active member of the group and is part of a volunteer team who modify the various moving parts of the telescope to provide durability for use by the public and supportive material of celestial objects to observe. This is a hands-on process performed locally at Anna Maria College. In six years over 100 telescopes have been placed with local libraries.

Keep an eye out in the coming weeks - we look forward to learning how to use the microscope and loaning it to patrons for their own observations of the night sky! Thank you to the Southbridge Rotary Club and Aldrich Astronomical Society, Inc., for their generosity in providing this technology to the community.
Dino Tata, John Root and Jim J. Zebrowski of the Aldrich Astronomical Society, Inc. with Margaret Morrissey

Please read on for more information on all of this month's events, and more library news.

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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.
Teen Tuesdays & Chess Club
Every Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (right after school)
Chess Club January 10 and 24, 10:30 a.m. - Noon


All teens and tweens (ages 12-18) are welcome to join us for Teen Tuesdays! Stop by the Pioppi Room every Tuesday for video gaming, crafts, movies, Anime, and more - we'll have something different every week.


This month's schedule:

Jan 6: Author Matt DeBettencourt - Meet a published author! Matt lives right in Worcester, and is the author of The Island of Time and

 its new sequel, The Island of Legends Past. Stop by to learn about his books, and the process of writing and getting published.


Jan 13: Sorry, no Teen Tuesday this week


Jan 20: Movie: If I Stay - We'll be showing it on the big screen!


Jan 27: Anime Day - See how much you really know - stop by to play Anime Jeopardy!



Teen and Tween Chess Club 

Every other Saturday from 10:30 a.m. - Noon, stop by the Teen area to play chess! You can get lessons from Adam & Ben Piche, who will be there to help, or just challenge them to a match.  

This month's dates are January 10 and January 24.

Book Club: The Art Forger
Monday, January 5 at 6:30 p.m.


All are welcome to join us for a discussion of B.A. Shaprio's The Art Forger in the Reading Room. New participants are always welcome (no commitment!) - copies of next month's book, My Beautiful World by Sonya Sotomayor, are available at the Information Desk for checkout.

"On March 18, 1990, thirteen works of art today worth over $500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It remains the largest unsolved art heist in history, and Claire Roth, a struggling young artist, is about to discover that there's more to this crime than meets the eye.

Making a living reproducing famous artworks for a popular online retailer and desperate to improve her situation, Claire is lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting-a Degas masterpiece stolen from the Gardner Museum-in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when that very same long-missing Degas painting is delivered to Claire's studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery.

Her desperate search for the truth leads Claire into a labyrinth of deceit where secrets hidden since the late nineteenth century may be the only evidence that can now save her life.

Art Reception: Rose Ann Reed
Thursday, January 8 at 6:30 p.m.


Our featured local artist for January is Rose Ann Reed. Her work will be on display throughout the month. Please join us for a reception for the artist on Thursday, January 8th at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served thanks to the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library.

"My name is Rose Ann Reed and I've lived in Southbridge for over 35 years. I enjoy doing a variety of art which includes charcoal, needlepoint, acrylic, photography, and watercolor. My formal training in watercolor was two sessions at the Worcester Art Museum taught by William Griffith, an excellent teacher.

I chose watercolor to work with because it was the least expensive. I use the primary colors only - red, yellow and blue - for my artwork. The brushes don't have to be expensive to do a good job, and are easy to clean. My photos are what I paint from. I'd like to thank to the library staff for the opportunity of exhibiting my work."

Library Box Office: Hyde Park on Hudson
Thursday, January 15 at 6:00 p.m.


"Academy Award nominees Bill Murray and Laura Linney star in this delightful look at one of the most pivotal meetings in history. As Great Britain faces an imminent war with Germany, US President Franklin D. Roosevelt (Murray) and his wife, Eleanor (Olivia Williams), invite the King and Queen of England for a weekend at their home in upstate  New York. But during the first-ever visit of a reigning British monarch to America, international affairs must be juggled with the complexities of FDR's domestic establishment, as wife, mother, and mistresses all conspire to make the royal trip an unforgettable one. Hyde Park of Hudson is a charming and fresh look at true events and the mysteries of love and friendship, from the acclaimed director of Notting Hill."
In English. Rated R.
Running time: 95 minutes.

All screenings are held in the Pioppi Room, lower level.
Author Talk & Book Signing:
B. Eugene McCarthy and Fran Quinn
Thursday, January 22 at 6:30 p.m.


B. Eugene McCarthy and Fran Quinn, authors of Sound Ideas: Reading and Speaking Poetry, will be at JEL for an author discussion and book signing. All are welcome! Light refreshments will be served, compliments of the Friends of the Library.


"Hearing and speaking are essential to making poems live. Poems are a physical experience. This book explains how to find your way to the heart of a poem by taking it off the page. The authors have taught poetry successfully with this method for many years and now they share it beyond their own classroom."

B. Eugene McCarthy has a degree in English and a Masters from the University of Detroit. He took his PhD at the University of Kansas in 1965. He taught a full range of undergraduate courses at Holy Cross College until his retirement in 2000. He has been an editor of The Worcester Review and participates in the Milton Ensemble which offers dramatic performances of books of Paradise Lost each year.


Fran Quinn has a bachelors degree from Assumption College and an ABD from UMass, Amherst. He taught literature in high schools and in colleges in New England for many years. One of the founders of the Worcester County Poetry Association in 1971, he organized Robert Bly's Mother Conference for years. He now conducts regular poetry workshops in Indianapolis, Chicago, New York City, and elsewhere.

It's in the Little Things: 
Book Talk with Gayle Suzanne
Thursday, January 29 at 6:30 p.m.


Please join us for a book talk with Gayle Suzanne, author of It's in the Little Things. Light refreshments provided compliments of the Friends of the Library - all welcome! 


"Do you have a voice deep down inside that you are not good enough? Do you believe a happy life is meant for others but not for you? Are you ready to shift energy and improve your life? Obstacles can bring us down but after we dust off and pick ourselves up, those obstacles can be valuable lessons in disguise. Through commitment and action, you can turn your life around for the better! 


With nearly 50 humorous or emotional stories from her personal experiences, Gayle Suzanne shares ideas and lessons that have had the most transforming impact on her life. Most stories have messages of how to appreciate seemingly insignificant events and how to take minor steps to improve your own circumstances. Sometimes in our lives people may have said negative things to us that might have left a damaging scar on our hearts. We believe those things to be our truth. Unless we dig deep and remove those negative thoughts, we may carry them with us our whole lives, even though they are not true. It is up to us to discover our real truth - that we are all special and unique individuals and we are all worthy of love." 


  Upcoming and Ongoing Children's Programs


La Hora de Cuentos 

Monday, January 5 at 6:30 p.m.

Join us for a bilingual story time in the Children's Room, followed by a craft. Stories and songs will be shared in both Spanish and English.

El primer lunes de cada mes tendremos cuentos, canciones, y arte biling�e en La Sala de Ni�os de la biblioteca.   



Pajama Story Time

Mondays at 6:30 p.m.

Join us to listen to some stories, sing some songs, and do a craft. This program is geared towards children ages 4-8, but all ages are welcome! Pajamas are optional. 


Super Kids Story Time 

Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.  

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

Every Wednesday, all day long!  

Stop by the Children's Room on Wednesday to do a special craft designed by Karola. The crafts in January have a wintery feel to them.  We can't wait to see what amazing crafts she comes up with for February!   




Lego Club
Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

We'll bring the Legos, you bring the ideas! Each week there is a  different theme, recent ones have included robots and spaceships.  If you are in the library, stop by the Children's Room to see different Lego projects on display.  

Toddler Time 
Fridays from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 
This program is designed for children under three and their caregivers, and includes playtime and a short story time. 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!


No registration necessary for any of our regular programs!

Questions? Call 508-764-5427 or email  Betsy.  


Even when our doors are closed you can visit our website to access databases, renew and request materials, download ebooks, and so much more.  

Wishing all of our patrons a Happy New Year!



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