Upcoming Library Events & News
November, 2018

The library is once again holding its 
Annual November 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!

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

 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 
Monday, November 12
in observance of Veterans Day.

We will also be closed on 
Thursday, November 22 & 
Friday, November 23 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.
Please join us in welcoming November's Featured Artist, FOGGer. A reception for the artist will be held on Thursday, November 1 at 6:30 pm. All are welcome, light refreshments will be served.

"Long into the future during the Chromarchaic Era. Year 9202. The story of QUASAR'S QUEST begins on Drackylvania, the 4th moon orbiting Galvandia West in the Galvandian System. On Drackylvania, a coniferous swamp land home to many highly evolved amphibians, birds, and thousands of insane insects, the salamanders are working their way up the food chain. 

-- QUASAR - a member of a highly evolved future Red Eft species, 
a.k.a. Red Spotted Newt (Salamander fam.) 
Latin scientific: Fotophthalmus Viridescens. 

  This super amphibian has adapted the ability to transform to and from its natural 2nd and 3rd life stages for proficient terrestrial and aquatic abilities. As well as evolving a color shifting aposematism with a dual lattice of guanine crystal cell iridophores buried in their skin like a chameleon which also provides as a thermal dermis blanket reflecting infrared energy. Internally they also possess an enhanced magnetoception radar, where he can tap into magnetic fields within 80 meters and pin point other organisms in that range along with a biogenic magnetite conductor fueling a polarity compass no longer needing to be charged by a sun, moonlight is viable too. They've developed a tetrodotoxin system bearing venomous fangs and the ability to shoot venom like a cobra. The extremely toxic neurotoxin TTX2, is a hybrid of acid and TTX. TTX interrupts the transmissions sent between the body and the brain by blocking fast voltage-gated sodium channels causing voluntary muscle paralyses. TTX2 when spit from the mouth also reacts as an advanced hydrofluoric acid causing instant disintegration of the perpetrator or structure at hand. Not a salamander you want to mess with. 
  These little dinos' can also teleport. Yea, teleport. It must have something to do with their intense magnetic reception, there is not much information available on the science behind the phenomenon. Quasar transfers through Kragmatic Portals (a stable type of black hole) swirling across the universe into uncharted glowing galaxies. Being the only "Kragmatic traveler" on record, it is unknown if Quasar is the only one that can see a portal open, or if he creates them with his mind......"
boxofficeFilm Screening - 
Greater Southbridge
Thursday, November 8 at 6:00 pm

Due to popular demand and community interest in viewing the film, the Library will be screening its archival copy of this Southbridge documentary. 

Seats are limited! Please call 508-764-5426 or email [email protected] to reserve a spot.

"This documentary cuts right to the heart, soul, and funny bone of one small New England town's collection of colorful and offbeat characters. Despite the economic and social issues the independent film touches on, the real story of Greater Southbridge is how its four main characters become a reflection of the town and subsequently America itself. Created by native Southbridgian and first time director Rod Murphy, along with childhood friend Justin Earls and accomplished television documentary editor Scott B. Morgan, Greater Southbridge breaks the traditional documentary golden rule of unbiased, unattached observation, by becoming wholly involved in their subjects' lives."

Rated NR. Running time 84 min.

Presented as part of the Library Box Office series, sponsored by the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library.
massageSelf-Care Massage with Jenny Xie
Thursday, November 15 at 6:30 pm

Have you ever wondered if there were some kind of massage techniques you could do for yourself to ease your pain levels? This workshop will help you keep some self-massage tricks in your back pocket for when the need arises! 

Join Jenny Xie for 60 minutes of hands-on learning as she leads you through a few group exercises and guides you as you try out the self-massage stations set up around the room. Learn how to relieve some of your holiday stress!
 weirAuthor Meghan Maclean Weir
Thursday, November 29 at 6:30 pm

The Jacob Edwards Library is delighted to welcome author and physician Meghan MacLean Weir. Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of Jacob Edwards Library and all are welcome!

The Book of Essie is the first novel written by Meghan MacLean Weir and is a finalist for the New England Book Award. The book has been receiving critical acclaim since its recent publication. 

"A captivating novel of family, fame, and religion that tells the story of the seventeen-year-old daughter of an evangelical preacher, star of the family's hit reality show, and the secret pregnancy that threatens to blow their entire world apart. 

Esther Ann Hicks-Essie-is the youngest child on Six for Hicks, a reality television phenomenon. She's grown up in the spotlight, both idolized and despised for her family's fire-and-brimstone brand of faith. When Essie's mother, Celia, discovers that Essie is pregnant, she arranges an emergency meeting with the show's producers: Do they sneak Essie out of the country for an abortion? Do they pass the child off as Celia's? Or do they try to arrange a marriage-and a ratings-blockbuster wedding? Meanwhile, Essie is quietly pairing herself up with Roarke Richards, a senior at her school with a secret of his own to protect. As the newly formed couple attempt to sell their fabricated love story to the media-through exclusive interviews with an infamously conservative reporter named Liberty Bell-Essie finds she has questions of her own: What was the real reason for her older sister leaving home? Who can she trust with the truth about her family? And how much is she willing to sacrifice to win her own freedom?"

MEGHAN MACLEAN WEIR was raised in the rectory of her father's church in Southbridge, Massachusetts, and later moved with her family to Buffalo, New York. Her memoir, Between Expectations: Lessons from a Pediatric Residency, chronicles her years in training at Boston Medical Center and Boston Children's Hospital. She continues to live and work as a physician in the Boston area.
ongoingOngoing Events

Book Club 
Monday, November 5
6:30 pm

The book club will meet to discuss I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai 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. 

The Book Club will not be meeting December. Copies of January's discussion book (A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman) 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!

No school = Teen Movie
Incredibles 2
Wednesday, November 21
2:00 pm


We'll show it in the Pioppi Room, on the big screen with surround sound. 
All teens and tweens welcome!

childrensWelcome to the Children's Corner!

Check here to find out about upcoming events in the Children's Room.
Native American Celebration
Saturday, November 3
10:30 - 11:30 am

Join us for a craft and story to celebrate Native American Heritage Month.
Harry Potter Fun
Friday, November 16
3:00 - 4:00 pm

Celebrate the premiere of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald with some Harry Potter fun at the library!
Gingerbread House
Gingerbread House Registration!
Call or stop by the library to sign up!

Spots will go quickly! Stop by the Children's Room or call 508-764-5427 to reserve your child's spot.

Sessions this year will be:
Monday, November 26, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Thursday, November 29, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Saturday, December 1, 10:00 - 11:00 am

All materials provided. 
Thank you to the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library for sponsoring this event.
Story Times

Story Time
Wednesdays at 10:30 am
Stories & Songs for 3-4 year olds, but all ages are welcome to join us. Come for story time, and stay for the craft!

Toddler Time
Fridays from 10:30 - 11:15 am
Stories & songs geared for 2-3 year olds, but all ages welcome. Playtime and music before and after.

Hora de Cuentos
Monday, November 19 at 6:30 pm
Join us for stories and songs in Spanish and English on the third Monday night of each month.

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
Saturays, 10:00 am - 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
Zoo at Forest Park
Magic Wings
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 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 or 
email  to schedule an  appointment.

Jacob Edwards Library
Upcoming Meetings

The Friends of the Library will hold their next meeting on  Monday, November 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, November 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
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