Upcoming Library Events & News
March , 2018

Annual Book Sale!

The Annual Friends of the Library Book Sale will be held:  
Thursday, March 22, 2:00 pm- 8:00 pm
Friday, March 23, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday, March 24, 9:00 am - 12 Noon

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

Pioppi Room, lower level
All sales benefit the Friends of the Library! To learn more about the Friends, read on:

Join the Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Library are actively seeking new members and volunteers!
                                                                                  Barbara Day, President
                                                                                                       Isabel Lopes, Vice President
                                                                                                    Katriona Eberly, Secretary
                                                                                                                        Vivian Delisle, Treasurer                                                                                                                       

Dear Friends of Jacob Edwards Library
According to our by-laws, it's time to solicit our annual dues. Please fill out and return the membership remittance envelope (available at the library Information Desk). We would particularly appreciate your email address, so we can communicate as needed while saving postage.
We are very appreciative of the financial support from our members - your generosity helps to provide the museum passes, speakers and programs for adults, teens and children, music programs and receptions.
We are also hoping to encourage your active support in the Friends by attending art opening receptions, movie screenings, speakers and entertainment. There are many interesting and unique programs scheduled here at Jacob Edwards Library - and your participation would be very welcome. The current active members are a small, but dedicated, group - and we could really use a few more people to help with programs. The Library Box Office showing popular, foreign and independent movies is the second Thursday of the month. The schedule for speakers and programs is posted in the reading room, on the library website and in the electronic newsletter.
The Friends meet the third Monday of each month to plan activities and respond to library needs. We could use new ideas and suggestions.
If you would like to volunteer to help with programs, please indicate your interest on the return envelope or talk to one of the Friends at one of the events. March will be the major book sale, April is the annual meeting and the Artful Friends Raffle takes place in June.
Thanks for your support and see you at the library.
Friends of Jacob Edwards Library

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

-Featured Artist: Women's Art & Craft Show

 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.
artistOpening Reception: Women's Art & Craft Show
Thursday, March 1 at 6:30 pm

It's time again for our Annual Women's Art & Craft Show! 

In it's 14th 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 1st at 6:30 pm. Light refreshments will be provided, compliments of the Friends of the Library.
boxofficeFilm Screening -  The Beguiled
Thursday, March 8 at 6:00 pm

A soldier seeks refuge at an all-female boarding school in Virginia during the Civil War, where the ladies compete for his affections while tending to his injuries.

Rated R. Running time 94 min.

Presented as part of the Library Box Office series, sponsored by the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library.
anishDeathbed Scenes as Death of Community in Mid-20th Century Irish-American Fiction 
with Beth O'Leary Anish
Thursday, March 15 at 6:30 pm

For the first 100 years that the Irish lived in cities of the northeastern United States, they mostly inhabited ethnically homogeneous neighborhoods, with Catholic parishes at their center.  

Just after World War II, however, thanks in part to economic incentives provided to returning soldiers, the Irish in America began dispersing to the suburbs.  The environment in which Irish Americans lived began to change drastically during this time period.  

 Irish-American novelists in the decade after World War II strove to capture the Irish-American community of their grandparents they saw fading away.  This presentation will discuss some of the historical factors that caused this change in make-up of the Irish-American community.  It will then examine how novels from this time period use the death of a community elder to symbolize the disappearance of the concentrated ethnic neighborhoods, those familiar Irish-American environments, of the authors' youths.  

Edward McSorley's Our Own Kind  (1946), Mary Doyle Curran's The Parish and The Hill  (1948), and Edwin O'Connor's The Last Hurrah  (1956) express concern for what the Irish had become when they lost the core of values represented in the immigrant generation.  Wakes, keening, and deathbed confessions function in these novels both as literal, traditional send offs for elderly immigrant characters, and as symbolic farewells to the set of values they represent.
ponsorAuthor Michael Ponsor: The One-Eyed Judge
Thursday, March 22 at 6:30 pm

The Honorable Judge Michael A. Ponsor will read from his newly released second novel, The One-Eyed Judge. The reading is free and open to the public.

The One-Eyed Judge is a fictional account of a complicated and emotional child pornography case. Set in western Massachusetts, the plot emerges through the eyes of the arresting police officer, the judge's law clerks, the defense attorney, the prosecutor, the witnesses, and the defendant himself. Most importantly, the book presents the viewpoint of the judge on the bench, caught up in the cross currents of his personal life, and facing the nearly impossible task of giving both the defense and the prosecution an impartial and unbiased trial.

When Springfield fede ral Judge Michael Ponsor semi-retired after three decades on the bench, he started to enjoy two privileges of part-time work, selecting the cases he would oversee, and having more time for fiction writing. His first novel, The Hanging Judge, reached the New York Times bestseller list. 

The One-Eyed Judge features the same main character, Judge David Norcross, who Ponsor insists is only loosely based on himself. "Judge Norcross is far less experienced than I am," Ponsor said in a recent interview. "In some ways, he's a nicer, sort of more ingenuous person."
lizzieLizzie Borden & the 40 Whacks  
Interactive Theater, Delvena Theater Company
Thursday, March 29 at 6:30 pm

Lizzie Borden took an axe...or did she? You decide! 

Delvena Theatre Company presents an interactive performance of Lizzie Borden and the 40 Whacks. 

'On a scorching hot day in Fall River, back in August of 1892, a heinous crime occurred. Spinster Lizzie Borden was accused, tried, and acquitted for the vicious ax murders of her father and stepmother. This true unsolved mystery has fascinated people for over 100 years. Two people died on that day in 1892, but Lizzie continues to live on in American folklore.

An edutainment production, written by Fran Baron and directed by Joseph Zamparelli, the show will feature Lynne Moulton and Joseph Zamparelli in multiple roles. The performance includes a mock trial that  invites the audience to participate by questioning Lizzie and deciding her guilt or innocence. Did she or didn't she? You be the judge on March 29th at the Jacob Edwards Library.'

The Delvena Theatre Company was founded in 1992 and has performed at various venues, most often at the Boston Center for the Arts. The company was nominated for five Independent Reviewers of New England awards. Its production of 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' was on Theatre Mirror's Best List for acting, directing and production. Presentations of 'Anna Weiss' and 'Beyond Therapy' were included on Theatre Mirror's best play list and 'Blue Heart' was placed on Aisle Say's best list.

MA Cultural Council Lizzie Borden and the 40 Whacks is funded in part by a grant from the Southbridge Cultural Council, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
ongoingOngoing Events

Book Club 
Monday, March 5
6:30 pm

This month the book club will discuss The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen: 83 1/4 years Old by Hendrik Groen.

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. 
Extra copies of the book coming up for discussion  are available at the Information Desk for checkout.

Up next month - Left Neglected by Lisa Genova

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!

Now at Town Hall
Thursday, March 1, 6:00 pm

The Krosslink group now meets at the Town Hall in the Economic Development Office.

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
Magic at the Library
Friday, March 23, 3:00 pm

If you play Magic: The Gathering, stop by to play with others! Other games (Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon) also welcome!

All skill levels!

childrensWelcome to the Children's Corner!

Check here to find out about upcoming events in the Children's Room.
Meet the Tooth Fairy: Kids Dental Awareness Program
Saturday, March 3
10:30 am - 11:30 pm

Kids Zone Dental office is scheduled to bring Tooth Fairy Community Outreach Program to Southbridge at the Jacob Edwards Library.

Dressed in a gleaming blue gown, with feathery white wings spread across her back and a golden crown atop her head, the uniform she normally wears during her night job as the Tooth Fairy, Kate our amazing Tooth Fairy, explains to children how important it is for them to care for their teeth.
The kids who ranged in age from 0-8, asked Kids Zone Tooth Fairy so many questions about whether or not she could fly, what does the Tooth Fairy do with all the teeth? How many teeth does she collect in a night?

You are invited!

*NEW* Monday Night Coding
Every Monday at 6:30 pm

Code is a practice used to introduce children of all ages to computer science. Join us every Monday night!
*NEW* Happy Book Birthday!

Did you know that new books are released on Tuesdays? Come in every Tuesday to "read a book that is celebrating a birthday"!
Story Times

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

Story Time:
Wednesdays at 10:30 am.
Ages 3-4

Toddler Time:
Fridays at 10:30
Children under 3

La Hora de Cuentos:
Monday, March 26 at 6:30 pm
Stories and songs in Spanish and English

Tinkering Thursdays
Thursdays, 3:00-4:00pm

STEM-related hands on activity using everyday and recycled items to design your own creations!
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, 10:30am - 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
Eric Carle Museum
Springfield Museums
Mystic Aquarium
Roger Williams Park Zoo
Tower Hill Botanic Gardens
Worcester Art Museum
Salem Witch Museum 
The Trustees locations
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.

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 or 
email  to schedule an  appointment.

Jacob Edwards Library
Upcoming Meetings

The Friends of the Library will hold their next meeting on  Monday, March 19
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 27
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.

Copyright © 2018. All Rights Reserved.