Upcoming Library Events & News
November, 2019

"November's sky is chill and drear,
November's leaf is red and sear."
~Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)
Marmion [1808], canto I, introduction, st. 1(1)

The cool weather has arrived! Why not stop by the Jacob Edwards Library to pick up a new book or two to cozy up with? Many new and exciting titles have recently been added to the collection, so if you're near 236 Main Street, stop in to see the new items, or browse the shelves from the comfort of your own home via the  online catalog.

Food for Fines

During the month of November, the Jacob Edwards Library will be participating in the "Food for Fines" program.  
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!


National Native American Heritage Month

November is National Native American Heritage Month. Come by the Library to browse books, music and films in the collection which highlight the literary, musical and artistic contributions of Native Americans.

Art Exhibition

The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to host Suzanne Staubach of  Willow Tree Pottery during the month of November. Suzy will be joined by photographer Joseph Szalay and the exhibit will feature the work of both artists. 


Construction Notice

Please excuse our appearance while we conduct repairs to our entrance from the parking lot-side of the building.  These repairs are scheduled to take place for a few days in the beginning of November, to facilitate an upgrade and 
provide a safer entryway. 

There is always something going on or something to do at the library! Feel free to drop in anytime!

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

Featured  Artists: Suzanne Staubach of Willow Tree Pottery and Photography by Joseph Szalay
  -Film Screening:  The Hustle
- Author Talk and Book Signing:
A Garden Miscellany: An Illustrated Guide

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

The library will be CLOSED on 
Monday, November 11, 
Thursday, November 28 
Friday, November 29, 2019.

November'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.

Lots more to discover!

The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to host Suzanne Staubach of Willow Tree Pottery during the month of November. Suzy will be joined by photographer Joseph Szalay and the exhibit will feature the work of both artists. The work will be on display throughout the month of November, during library opening hours.  All are invited to a reception to meet both of the artists on Thursday, November 7, 2019 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. 

Ms. Staubach is also an author, and her third book, titled  A Garden Miscellany: An Illustrated Guide to the Elements of the Garden, was published in October 2019. On Thursday, November 21, 2019 there will be a presentation on the book followed by a book signing. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. 

Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of Jacob Edwards Library. 
All welcome!

Sponsored by Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library and The Last Green Valley/Walktober 
boxofficeFilm Screening - The Hustle
Thursday, November 14 at 6:00 pm

"An unlikely female duo of con artists cooperate to beguile and deceive rich men for money. Hilarity ensues as a worldly and sophisticated schemer tries to induct her lowbrow and inexperienced counterpart into the upper leagues of feminine deception. " -- Movie Licensing website Swank.com.

Rated PG-13. Running time 94 min.

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

Movie poster image copyright Universal Pictures. 
Thursday, November 21 at 6:30 pm

Suzanne Staubach of Willow Tree Pottery is also an author and will present a talk on her third publication, titled A Garden Miscellany: An Illustrated Guide to the Elements of the Garden, published in October. We are delighted to host her presentation on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 6:30 pm in the Reading Room, followed by a book signing. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. 
Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of Jacob Edwards Library. 
All welcome!

During the month of November, the library is hosting a joint exhibition of Ms. Staubach's pottery and the photography of Joseph Szalay. The show will feature the work of both artists and will be on view during library opening hours.

Sponsored by The Friends of Jacob Edwards Library.
ongoingOngoing Events

Book Club 
Monday, November 4
6:30 pm

The book club will meet to discuss Pachinko: A Novel by Min Jin Lee  this month.
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 December's discussion book 
will be 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!

Teen Corner

November's Craft - Reusable Vinyl Tote Bags!

We are up-cycling this month at the Jacob Edwards Library! You may have heard that single-use plastic bags are no longer going to be provided at certain retailers beginning in November, so why not help your planet, and be prepared for your future shopping trips by making your very own reusable vinyl tote bag at the library!

We will make use of beautiful color pages from old books and magazines to construct our bags, and see where our imaginations take us. Using cord, string, beads and a few other materials, our bags will go from drab to fab!

All materials will be provided. All welcome!

Did You Know?
Did you know that the Jacob Edwards Library provides access to over a dozen online databases? Most of these digital resources can be accessed from home - think of them as your 24/7 library!  This month we look at  Newspapers & Magazines!

The Jacob Edwards Library provides online access to several daily newspapers in digital format for research, including local and regional papers such as the Boston Globe, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, the Lowell Sun, the Boston Herald and the New York Times.  

Magazines can be accessed online via the OverDrive Digital Catalog. Magazine topics include fashion and beauty, business, gardening, health and fitness, news and more - there is something for everyone!  Check out a digital magazine or read the news online today!

childrensWelcome to the Children's Corner!

Check here to find out about upcoming events in the Children's Room.
One Minute Play Workshop!

Please join us for a fun workshop event with playwright Mary Darling from Gateway Players!

Saturday November 2, 2019 from 10:30 am -11:30 am
We will talk about playwriting , show some examples and  provide a few prompts for the participants to write their plays, offer help to anyone struggling to come up with ideas and then have everyone read their work out loud at the end. Creative fun for everyone!

Sponsored By Gateway Players

Gingerbread House
Gingerbread House Workshop
Register Now to decorate your very own 
Gingerbread House for the Holidays!

Saturday Nov 30, 2019 10:00 am-11:00 am
Monday Dec 2, 2019 6:00 pm-7:00 pm
Thursday Dec 5, 2019 6:00 pm-7:00 pm

Bilingual Story Time
Monday  November 18,2019 6.30pm
Join us for a story and Craft in Spanish and English. 

"Monday Night Steam"
Mondays, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Botley the Coding Robot, try our "Hack" Computer ,Kinetic Sand, Snap Circuits, Picasso Tiles, Play Dough  and much more!!   Each Monday will feature one fun activity, every week will be different.  

Tinkering Thursdays
Thursdays, 4:00-5:00pm
STEM-related hands on activity using everyday and recycled items to design your own creations.

Toddler Story Time
Wednesdays at 10:30 am
Stories & Songs  for preschoolers, stay for story and create a craft.


Story Time
Fridays 10:30 am
S ongs, story and playtime for the
 little ones 3 and under.

Crafty Wednesday
Every Wednesday

Stop by the Children's Room any time on Wednesdays to make 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,  3:00pm - 4:30pm
Saturdays, 10:30am-12:00pm

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
Zoo at Forest Park
Magic Wings
Mystic Aquarium
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Roger Williams Park Zoo
Tower Hill Botanic Gardens
Worcester Art Museum
Salem Witch Museum 
USS Constitution Museum
Massachusetts Parks Pass
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 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 collection, click here. Or on your mobile device or eReader, download the Overdrive app to get started. All you need is your library card number!

If you have questions or are having trouble, please ask us! Drop by, call, or email!

New bags available!

The Friends of the Library now have these fantastic new book bags available for sale! You can purchase bags at the Information Desk.

All proceeds support FOJEL, who provide funding for library events and programs (including, but not limited to, Summer Reading & Museum Passes).

Only $5 each, available in black, navy and maroon, 
they are perfect for carrying your library materials home!

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  
to schedule an  appointment.

Jacob Edwards Library
Upcoming Meetings

The Friends of the Library will hold a
monthly meeting
Monday, November 18
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 meet on 
Tuesday, November 26, 2019  at Noon 
in the Mills Room, unless a meeting is needed and called by the Chair.
All meetings are open to the public.

Read all about it!  Did you know that you can access the Southbridge Journal online via Google News?  Read about the happenings in town from 1861 through 1900 from the comfort of your own home via this digital offering!


The Jacob Edwards Library Staff

1. From "Bartlett's Familiar Quotations." 18th ed. John Bartlett, Geoffrey O'Brien, gen. ed. 
New York: Little, Brown, 2012. p. 373.5.

Programs at Jacob Edwards Library may be recorded for Southbridge Public Access TV 
and/or photographed for promotional purposes.

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