Upcoming Library Events & News
November , 2017

If you have overdue fines on your account, you can clear them this November while providing food for those in need in our community. 
Donations will go to the Catholic Charities Food Share for distribution.

Each non-perishable food item donated will clear $1.00 in existing overdue fines, for up to $10.00 per card holder. Please note that no damaged or expired food items will be accepted, and credit cannot be applied toward fees for lost or damaged books.

Please bring your donations to the Information Desk so that we can credit your account!

The Friends of Jacob Edwards Library are organizing a Holiday Book Sale. Plenty of time to do your holiday gift shopping!

Starting on Monday November 20th at 9 am and running until December 23rd.  Gently used books donated by the community will be available, book bags, pins, Cats Meouw creations, as well as the DVD Memories of Southbridge.

Did you know...
You can learn a language for free?

JEL subscribes to Mango Languages, an online language-learning system!
Mango is free for all library patrons and can be accessed anywhere with an Internet connection. Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application by focusing on the four key elements of language learning: vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture.
Mango offers access to 60 foreign language courses 
and 17 English courses taught completely in the user's native language. 

Learn on your computer, or download the app to learn on your phone or tablet!

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

Exhibit: Leslie Tracy

 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

The library will be closed on 
Friday, November 10 
i n observance of Veterans Day. 
We will be open with our normal hours 
on Saturday, November 11.

The library will also be closed on 
Thursday, November 23 and 
Friday, November 24 for Thanksgiving.
staffpicksNovember'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.
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 2 at 6:30 pm

Please join us in welcoming Leslie Tracy, this month's featured artist. Her work will be on display all month, and all are invited to an opening reception on Thursday, November 2 at 6:30 pm.

"The thing that may set me aside from other artists could be that I have many favorite subjects I need to paint, or draw. Mainly, I love an interesting face, and it usually represents something with a deeper meaning and character.

I want to inspire others with my subject matter. I have since a very young age, when I began to write at all, worked on my art, I studied other artists, and read. There were never enough things to absorb. Along with the craving for painting, music was always important while I worked, classical usually, but I have many musical favorites. I grew up in a very small, local town, and prefer that life still, so that I can continue to grow and try and perfect my work. At about the age of 12, my Father bought me my first set of oil paints, and an easel . I remember him saying "whatever you do, try not to spend too much time on portraits, its too difficult to master." Of course he was smirking, and I took on the challenge. My family always encouraged me to continue, and I soon found myself with many people ordering my paintings, or buying my sketches and drawings. Which has continued to be part of my life ever since.     


I was accepted at The Art Institute Of Boston just before graduation, I was however, not able to attend. But that only made me work harder, and continue to express my self though art, and explored many mediums.


Later as an adult, I found parents of young artists asking me to teach their children, and this blossomed into a 22 plus years, amazing journey mentoring young people. I enjoy that also. A few, have gone on to an art related college and I have given references to them upon request.

  • The following are some of the exhibitions I have been a part of.
    • Partnered with Jacob Knight in Spencer, Main street 1995 winter.
    • Taught at The Hitchcock Academy, In Brimfield Mass. three years both summer and winter courses.
    • Member ongoing of The Massasoit Art Guild, Spencer Mass.
    • Member QVCAH, Southbridge Mass, on Board of Directors for a time.
    • Exhibited for many years at The Spencer Fair , in Spencer Mass,  and The Woodstock Fair, combined the following are some of my awards:
      • First Place 3 times, Second Place 3 times, Third Place 2 times, Honorable Mention, 2 times, Fourth Place 1 time.
      • Massasoit Art Guild , BEST IN SHOW 2013
      • Doreen Sequin Memorial Award 2015, and Honorable  Mention
I feel very honored to have earned any of these, and am very thankful. I will continue to explore what I am capable of, and will always need to paint and draw."
boxofficeFilm Screening - Priceless
Thursday, November 9 at 6:00 pm

A man agrees to drive a box truck cross-country and not ask questions about its mysterious cargo. But when he learns that he's transporting two women, he decides to fight back against the human traffickers who hired him.

Rated PG-13. 
Running time 97 min.

Presented as part of the Library Box Office series, sponsored by the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library.
  operaABC's of Opera with Greater Worcester Opera
Thursday, November 16 at 6:30 pm

What exactly is opera?  Is it a snobby art form that only elitists can enjoy?  Or is it a version of "pop music" that was written to speak to the heart and entertain people like you and me?  Come and discover some things you never knew about opera, including a little bit of history, a peek behind the scenes, and a glimpse at its cultural relevance today.  Join conductor and lecturer Aldo Fabrizi, soprano Elaine Crane, mezzo-soprano Angela Jajko and pianist Olga Rogach as we tell tales, teach you a few things, and give lots of live examples so you'll go home knowing more about this beautiful and surprisingly accessible art form.
Thursday, November 30 at 6:30 pm


This event will paint with a broad brush and will explore: Estate Taxes, The Probate Process, Managing Retirement Income, Gifting, Trusts, Uses for Life Insurance, Nursing Homes & Medicaid, and Long Term Care Insurance. Come learn with us about the retirement landscape and how to protect your nest egg so you can enjoy your golden years!

ongoingOngoing Events

Book Club 
Monday, November 6, 
6:30 pm

This month the group will discuss Dead Wake 
by Erik Larson.
Copies are available at the desk to check out now!

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.

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, Nov 2, 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
Bullying and Teen Dating Workshops
Tuesdays, November 14 and 21 at 3:00 pm

Bullying: How to make friends and shut down bullying in your school & community
Tuesday, November 14, 3:00 pm
Open to tweens in grades 4-6 and their
 parents & caregivers
No one deserves to be bullied - at school or online.
In this workshop, students will learn how to respond when they see bullying, what to do if they're getting bullied online, how to help a friend, and where to find reliable resources to prevent and end bullying.
At the same time, parents & caregivers will come away with strategies and resources for supporting their middle schoolers through friendships and bullying.

Teen Dating: Navigating love, relationships and heartbreak in high school
Tuesday, November 21 at 3:00 pm
Open to teens in grades 7-12 and their parents & caregivers
Love and relationships in high school can feel like an emotional roller-coaster.
In this workshop, teens will discuss real-life scenarios and learn how to communicate their wants & needs in relationships, recognize red flags, prevent breakup violence, and what to say to friend in an unhealthy relationship.
At the same time, parents & caregivers will be invited to explore their own values and learn how to support their teens through romantic relationships.

childrensWelcome to the Children's Corner!

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

Registration for making Gingerbread Houses has begun!
Spots go quickly, so stop by the Children's Room or give us a call soon.

Sessions will be:
Monday, November 27th, 6:00-7:00 pm
Tuesday, November 28th, 3:00-4:00 pm
Saturday, December 2, 10:00-11:00 am

Sponsored by the Friends of Jacob Edwards Library
Author Michael Lewis
Monday, November 14
6:30 - 7:30 pm
Cap'n McNasty will be reading his newest book: "The Great Thanksgiving Food Fight"

Come join us for prizes, games and pictures with a real pirate!
Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Hora de Cuentos
Wednesday, November 20
6:30 pm

Join us for a story and craft 
in Spanish and English
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
Hora de Cuentos on Monday, October 16

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

Toddler Time:
Fridays at 10:30
Children under 3

*NEW* 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 Club
Tuesdays,  3:00 - 4:30 pm
Saturdays, 10:00am - 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 
Springfield Museums
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.

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, November 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, Nov 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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