Upcoming Library Events & News
March, 2016

It's Book Sale time! The Annual Friends of the Library Book Sale will be held:

Thursday, March 24, 2:00 - 8:00 pm
Friday, March 25, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday, March 26, 9:00 am - 12 Noon

Hardcovers - $1.00
Paperbacks - 50 cents
Children's books - 50 cents
DVDs & CDs - $1.00
Saturday - Fill a bag for $5.00! Bags provided.

Pioppi Room, lower level
All sales benefit the Friends of the Library and their programs, including museum passes, Summer Reading, special events, and craft supplies.

Please read on for this month's upcoming events, and more library news.

The Slave's Cause 
Norman Rockwell Museum

 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

staffpicksMarch'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.
  • The Lake House by Kate Morton
  • The Slaves Cause by Minisha Sinha
  • The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm
exhibit12th Annual Women's 
Art  & Craft Show
Reception Thursday, March 3 
at 6:30 pm

It's time again for our Annual Women's Art & Craft Show! 
In it's 12th year, the show is a great chance to see the talents of local women on display.
View art in a variety of mediums from women artists in the area - from oil and watercolors to hand-knit works, and everything in between. Selected works will be for sale, as noted throughout the exhibit.

The show will be on display throughout the month. Please join us for the opening reception to browse the work and chat with the artists on Thursday, March 3rd at 6:30 pm. Light refreshments will be provided, compliments of the Friends of the Library.
Thursday, March 3 at 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!

SPEAKER: George Charles Allen
President & CEO of AeroVenture Institute (AVI), George Charles Allen is an experienced leader, pilot, aviation executive, award-winning entrepreneur, aerospace educator and space scientist.  AVI's mission is to re-ignite the spirit of imaginative, entrepreneurial, and scientific innovation from aviation to space exploration for students of all ages and ambitions. Connecting classroom science to real-world applications in the aerospace industry, he creates exciting and indelible learning opportunities.
Agenda:    6:00 - 6:30   Networking 
         6:30 - 7:00   Speaker
          7:00 - 7:30   Q&A Session 

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.
CDSMPut Life Back in Your Life: Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop
Fridays at Noon

Are you an adult age 55 or older with an ongoing health condition? Please join us for this continued FREE six-week workshop, which is being held at the library on Fridays. 
To register or get more information, please call: Tri-Community YMCA at 508-765-5466. Although the class has started, there is still space - class size is limited, so call now! Classes began Friday, February 19, and will be held every Friday through the end of March from Noon - 2:30 pm at the library. A free, nutritionally balanced lunch will be provided for workshop participants each week at 11:00 am prior to the class.

Chronic Disease Self-Management is for anyone living with an on-going medical condition like Arthritis, Asthma, Chronic Back Pain, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Cancer, COPD, Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Parkinson's Disease Stroke...and more.
Chronic disease, pain and discomfort may limit activities you enjoy. Join the Chronic Disease Self-Management workshop and start to live again!

You'll get the support you need, find practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, understand new treatment choices, and learn better ways to talk with your doctor and family about your health.

Funding for this project provided in part by a Community Development Block Grant administered by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and the Town of Southbridge. A collaborative program between the Jacob Edwards Library, the Council on Aging, SCM Elderbus, Tri-Valley, Inc., Harrington Hospital and Tri-Community YMCA.
boxofficeFilm Screening - Mr. Holmes
Thursday, March 10 at 6:00 pm

A retired Sherlock Holmes looks back on his life, and grapples with an unsolved case involving a beautiful woman.

Rated PG. Running time 104 min.

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

Monday, March 14 at 6:30 pm

Please join us for traditional Irish music with Doolin, and their Evening in Ireland concert. Free, and open to the public!

In County Clare Ireland, surrounded by the beauty of Burren, the Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands, lies the seaside village of Doolin. Musicians from around the world travel to this capital of Irish traditional music seeking inspiration. They join with the locals expressing themselves in musical conversations in the nightly seisi ú ns that are the heartbeat of Irish life.

It is this same inspiration that brought John Ebersold and Tim Loftus together to form Doolin. With John on vocals and guitar, and Tim on flute, whistle, and bodhr á n, Doolin delivers a unique blend of music designed for audiences of all ages. From toe-tapping jigs, reels, and hornpipes to songs of the sea and heartfelt ballads, Doolin will leave you wanting to hear more!

MA Cultural Council

This program is sponsored by a grant from the Southbridge Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
bicentennialSouthbridge Bicentennial Celebrations

The Town of Southbridge turns 200 in 2016! Visit  southbridge200.org for information on all of the upcoming events! Mark your calendars for the Grand Parade, coming up on Saturday, May 14th!

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!
bicentennialThe Slave's Cause 
with author Manish Sinha  
on Thursday, March 24th  at 6:30 

Manisha Sinha who will present a program on her newly released book The Slave's Cause on Thursday, March 24th at 6:30 pm. Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of Jacob Edwards Library and all are welcome!

Manisha Sinha is Professor and Graduate Program Director of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She was born in India and received her doctorate from Columbia University where her dissertation was nominated for the Bancroft prize. She is currently working on a co-authored History of the South to be published by the University of North Carolina Press, an essay on the history of black abolitionism for a Routledge anthology, and an article on the abolitionist roots of Radical Republicanism for a collection that will be published by W.W. Norton. She is co-editor of the "Race and the Atlantic World, 1700-1900," series of the University of Georgia Press. She has written for the The New York Times, The New York Daily News, The Huffington Post, and the History News Network. She has appeared on Jon Stewart's The Daily Show and was a consultant and on-screen expert for the Emmy nominated PBS documentary, The Abolitionists (2013), which is a part of the NEH funded Created Equal film series.

"Lucidly written, compellingly argued and based on exhaustive scholarship, 'The Slave's Cause' captures the myriad aspect of this diverse and far-ranging movement and will deservedly take its place alongside the equally magisterial works of Ira Berlin on slavery and Eric Foner on the Reconstruction Era...." Fergus M. Bordewich, The Wall Street Journal 2/20/2016

Matthew Price in the Boston Globe writes "The Slave's Cause" is a multifaceted as the movement it chronicles. Sinha includes lenghty thematic chapters on women in the fight and how abolition linked up - and clashed with - other reform movements...."

on Thursday, March 31st  at 6:30 

Thomas Daly, Curator of Education at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge  will present an illustrated talk, reviewing the Rockwell body of work with a focus on advertising done for companies in Western/Central Mass. This will include Fisk Tire, Mass Mutual and American Optical as well as others.
The Norman Rockwell Museum  presents the world's largest collection of original Norman Rockwell art , including beloved paintings from The Saturday Evening Post  and the Four Freedoms , and the best in the field of American illustration . Experience Rockwell's art , life and legacy in the artist's picturesque New England  hometown of Stockbridge, Massachusetts  nestled in the culturally rich Berkshires .

Please join us to learn more about the fascinating work of the museum and this q
uintessential  American artist and his work.
ongoingOngoing Events

Book Club reads 
The Orphan Train
Monday, Mar 7, 6:30 pm

All are welcome to join us for a discussion of Christina Baker Kline's The Orphan Train 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 Girl on the Train  by Paula Hawkins, 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, Mar 16, 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, March 25 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 - The Last Witch Hunter
Friday, March 11 at 3:00 pm

Kaulder is cursed with immortality by the Witch Queen, and uses eternity to track down evil witches and fight for humanity.
Running time: 106 minutes, rated PG-13. 
In the Pioppi Room, lower level.

Welcome to the Children's  Corner! 

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

Action Story Time
Saturday, March 5th
11:00 am

Join us on the first Saturday of the month for this fun, family program 
full of movement and motion.  Each story will involve audience participation 
and the songs will keep children on their feet.
 A perfect program for active families! 

Super Kids Story Time
Wednesdays, 10:30 am

Come to story time for a fun morning of stories, songs, and movement in the Children's Room.  This story time is aimed at children aged 3-5, but all are welcome.  Come for story time and stay to make the craft! 

Crafty Wednesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Stop by the Children's Room any time on Wednesday to make a special craft.  This is a drop-in program that runs all day.  Come to the Children's Room desk to get your craft supplies, be as creative as you like, and go home with a masterpiece!  Check our display to see which craft we will be making next!   

Construction Crew 
~with LEGO bricks~
Thursdays, 3-4:30 pm
Saturdays, 10 am-12 pm

We'll bring the L EGO bricks , you bring the ideas!   Best for children over age  five.   Completed projects will go on display in the Children's Room for one week.

Toddler Time
Fridays, 10:30-11:15 am

This program is designed for children under three and their caregivers, and includes one short story and song for toddlers.  
The story time will be at 10:45 am, with playtime and music before and after. 
Lap-sit babies are welcome!  

Look what's new in the Children's Room!
     We have a new display board for children to use.             This large, colorful area is a perfect place to show off your art work, poetry,  short stories, and other creations.  Just let us know if you have an item you would like us to display. 
The Jacob Edwards Library Children's Room has a wonderful
new puppet theater! Thanks to a donation from a retired educator
in memory of her colleague and friend Mary Puracchio.  Mary was a
supporter of the Jacob Edwards Library, the arts and drama, and an elementary teacher in the Southbridge School System.
Thank you to Bay Path Vocational High School students and teachers for refurbishing 
two chairs for the Children's Room. They make a perfect seating
area for our new puppet theater! 

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 the Reference Department  to schedule an  appointment.

Jacob Edwards Library
Upcoming Meetings

The Friends of the Library will be meeting on 
Monday, March 21
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, March 22 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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