Upcoming Library Events & News
March, 2017

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Paper surveys are also available at the Information and Children's desks.
Thank you in advance for your participation!

Book Sale
The Annual Friends of the Library Book Sale will be held: 

Thursday, March 30, 2:00 - 8:00 pm
Friday, March 31, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday, April 1, 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.

 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
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.

Reception Thursday, March 2, 6:30 pm

It's time again for our Annual Women's Art & Craft Show! 
In it's 13th 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 2nd at 6:30 pm. Light refreshments will be provided, compliments of the Friends of the Library.
boxofficeFilm Screening - Ashby
Thursday, March 9 at 6:00 pm

High-school student Ed Wallis enters into a friendship with his neighbor, Ashby, a retired CIA assassin who only has a few months left to live.

Rated R. Running time 100 min.

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

irelandFrom Ireland to America

Roger Tincknell, an experienced musician and storyteller returns to the Jacob Edwards Library to present a participatory and upbeat program that will include traditional and contemporary Irish and Irish American songs and instrumentals performed on guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, Irish bouzouki, bodhran, sppons and limberjack (Irish 'dancing' instrument). The audience is warmly welcomed to sing, dance and play spoons!

Sponsored by the Southbridge Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
fishingNight Fishing Tips
Thursday, March 23 at   6:30 pm

Fishing Guide and Outdoor Writer Allan Butler will present a Seminar on Night Fishing. Allan will cover many of the successful techniques that he has used while guiding for over two decades. He will instruct you on what to look for, where to fish, the gear you need, and how best to catch your target fish, all while doing it safely!
Whether it is the peacefulness, the productivity, the trophies that come out, or a time of day you can call your own, Night Time is a great time to be on the water fishing! Often thought of as the time of day when you would fish for just hornpout and catfish, our region is gifted with many species that feed aggressively at night. Bass, Walleye, Trout and Panfish, all are readily caught at night and that is not including the many saltwater fish you can catch at night, as well!  This seminar is for both the diehard angler or someone that just wants to "find" more time when you can fish, there will be something for you!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library
thoreauThoreau's Anniversary
Wednesday, March 29 at 3:00 pm

In honor of Henry Thoreau's 200th anniversary, historian and naturalist Dr. Kevin Dann is walking from New York City to Concord, Massachusetts. Performing  Captain of a Huckleberry Party - his provocative celebration of Thoreau in riddle, rhyme, and story - in 13 towns along the way, he hopes to inspire a new generation of Americans to take up Thoreau's practice of enlivened observation of Nature and enlightened citizenship.

Historian, naturalist, and troubadour Dr. Kevin Dann is the author of ten books, including  Bright Colors Falsely Seen: Synaesthesia and the Search for Transcendental KnowledgeAcross the Great Border Fault: The Naturalist Myth in America; and  Lewis Creek Lost and Found. He has taught at Rutgers University, University of Vermont, and SUNY. He wrote, produced, and acted in Brooklyn's first immersive street mystery,  Enigma.
safariA Photographic Safari
Thursday, March 30 at   6:30 pm

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel solo on an African safari to see the "Big Five" (Buffalo, Rhino, Elephant, Leopard and Lion) as well as many other African animals and birds? This is your opportunity to see and hear one person's experience of such an excursion. Barbara Merolli will be sharing her adventures and photographs of safaris to the Mala Mala Game Reserve in South Africa and Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana, with a side trip to Boulders Beach outside of Cape Town to see African penguins.  

Barbara is the science librarian at the College of the Holy Cross where she has worked for the past 10 years. Formerly, she worked in various management positions at a large corporation for 30 years. Barbara has traveled internationally to Britain, Poland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Botswana and Uganda.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library
ongoingOngoing Events

Book Club 
The Road to Little Dribbling
Monday, Mar 6, 6:30 pm

Please join us to discuss 
by Bill Bryson.
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  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!

Monday, Mar 2, 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!

teenTeen Events
literacy Friday Magic at JEL
Friday, March 31 at 3:00 pm

Casual gameplay for players of all skill levels! Other games (Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, etc) welcome too! Bring a friend, or learn how to play.
literacy Empowering Youth Through Literacy: a workshop offered by Teacher Eric Burton of the Southbridge Public School
Thursdays at 3:30 pm

Join the Discussion

How does rap help express yourself?

Why do rappers say what they say?

Why is Rap a Multimillion Dollar Industry



Small Discussion Group:  Ten Participants Maximum

Southbridge Youth - Ages 16 and older

Possible Future Recording Opportunities

Sponsored by the Southbridge School District

childrensWelcome to the Children's Corner!

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

Join us for a story time! All story times are geared towards the noted age ranges, but all ages are welcome!

Bedtime Story Time: 
Monday evenings at 6:30 pm. Ages 4-8

Superkids Story Time:
Wednesdays at 10:30 am.
Ages 3-5

Toddler Time:
Fridays at 10:30
Children under 3

Dr. Seuss' Birthday!
Thursday, March 2
All Day

Come celebrate and enjoy our favorite 
Dr. Seuss books! Reading and crafts for all! Drop in and say Happy Birthday to a library favorite!
La Hora de Cuentos
Monday, March  13
6:30 pm

Join us for stories and songs in Spanish and English, now on the second Monday night of each month!
Author Visit: Mariana Silva-Buck
Saturday, Mar. 4, 11am-Noon

Join us in welcoming author 
Mariana Silva-Buck as she reads her book 
The Adventures of Zandor!

St. Patrick's Day
Friday, March 17
All Day!

Join us for a St. Patrick's Day story 
and a craft!
First Day of Spring
Monday, March 20
All Day!

Join us for a Spring craft!

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,  10:00 am - 12 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
Salem Witch Museum 
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!

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.

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  to schedule an  appointment.

Jacob Edwards Library
Upcoming Meetings

The Friends of the Library will be meeting on 
Monday, March 20
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 28 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
Programs at Jacob Edwards Library may be recorded for Southbridge Public Access TV 
and/or photographed for promotional purposes.

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