Upcoming Library Events & News
November, 2016

The library is holding its Annual Food For Fines Drive!
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 St. John Paul II Food Pantry 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!

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

 Ongoing Events: Book Club, Coloring, Knitting

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

Closed Sign
The library will be 
closed on Veterans Day
Friday, November 11.

We will also be closed on 
Thursday and Friday, November 24-25 
for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

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.

Through a Glass Darkly by Karleen Koen
These Is My Words by Nancy E. Turner
Time and Time Again by Ben Elton
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
exhibitMy Southbridge: An Interpretation
Reception Thursday, Nov 3 at 6:30 pm

In celebration of the Town of Southbridge's Bicentennial, the Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to host an exhibit of original artwork and literature that shows Southbridge through the eyes of its residents!

Paintings, photographs, poems, short stories, abstract expressions...anything goes was our motto! We hope that you will stop by to view this unique exhibit, and see Southbridge through someone else's point of view.
boxofficeFilm Screening - Anomalisa
Thursday, November 10 at 6:00 pm

A man crippled by the mundanity of his life experiences something out of the ordinary.

Rated R. Running time: 90 minutes.

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

gatineauDedication of the Felix Gatineau Walking Cane
Saturday, November 12  at  11:30 am

Thanks to Dr. James Martel and the Gatineau Family for donating Felix Gatineau's walking cane to the library. It will be part of the Gatineau archive at the library and is mounted by the Reference Desk on the opposite wall to the bronze bas relief by sculptor  Lucien H Gosselin (1883-1940).

A reception will take place on Saturday November 12th at 11:30 a.m. and light refreshments will be served. All welcome!

fishingFishing the Quabbin Area
Thursday, November 17  at  6:30 pm

Join master fisherman Allan Butler as he discusses the best spots for fishing in the Quabbin Area! 

Allan will talk about the different varieties of fish you can catch, where to find them, and the best techniques - whether you're out on the water, on the shore, or ice fishing this winter!

MA Cultural Council This program is supported by a grant from the Southbridge Cultural Council, a local agency with is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
ongoingOngoing Events

Book Club reads 
Our Souls at Night
Monday, Nov 7, 6:30 pm

All are welcome to join us for a discussion of Kent Haruf's Our Souls at Night  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  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, Nov 3, 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!

childrensWelcome to the Children's Corner!

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

It's that time of year! Sign up for free make and take Gingerbread Houses!
Register your children now, as workshop slots are limited. Three dates available:

Monday, November 28, 2016 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Monday, November 28, 2016 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Thursday, December 1, 2016 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Thank you to the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library for sponsoring this program.
Story Times

Join us for a story time!

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
Quién Es?'
Saturday, Nov 19 
at 11 am

Join us to play and learn latin rhythms with Maura Mendoza and Guillermo Ortiz! The Jacob Edwards Library looks forward to welcoming them back. 
All welcome!

Thanks to the Olive I. and Anthony A. Borgatti Fund at Greater Worcester Community Foundation for sponsoring this bilingual concert.
Book Reading from the 'Weird Series'
Monday, Nov 21 at 6:30 pm

Join us for a story and craft sponsored by New Hope Inc.

This is the second book in the "Weird Series" focusing on Bullying prevention. Come join us and enjoy a story, share a snack, 
and create a craft!
Great for kids aged 5-12!
Allergy Alert
Wednesday, Nov 2 at  3 pm

Join Marci Komssi, an advocate for children with allergies and founder of AllerWare, to discuss and learn about allergies in children. Food allergies affect 5% of all children under the age of 5, more than 1 million children in the US alone.
R.E.A.D. to Drifter, 
Our Therapy Dog!
Saturday, Nov 5 at 11 am
Come meet our Therapy Dog "Drifter" and R.E.A.D.!
The Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) program improves children's reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method: reading to an animal. 
Please call 508-764-5426
Registration required!!
Every Thursday

We will provide the magazines, glue, scissors, and crayons, you supply the ideas and creativity! Drop in any time on Thursdays to cut, paste, and craft a collage creation!

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
3:00 - 4:30 pm
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, November 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, November 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!
Happy Thanksgiving!


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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