Upcoming Library Events & News
November, 2015

Welcome to our new newsletter!

As so many of our patrons use their mobile devices to check email, our newsletter is now in a computer- and mobile- friendly format. We hope you like it!

We are sad to say goodbye to our Children's Librarian, Betsy Vecchi this month as she moves on to a new position. While we will miss Betsy, we wish her the best in the future! 
We hope you will join us for a farewell celebration on Monday, November 2 at 6:00 pm in the Children's Room. All are welcome to drop in to say goodbye, and have a slice of cake!

Please read on for this month's upcoming events, and more library news.
New Group! Coloring for Grown-Ups
Southbridge's Changing Landscape
Ongoing Events: Book Club and Knitting

Teen Events (calling all Hunger Games fans!)

Children's Corner - What's going on in the Children's Room this month!

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 
Thursday, November 11 for  Veterans Day,  as well as  Thursday and Friday, 
November 26-27 for  Thanksgiving.

foodforfinesFood For Fines 2015

Our Annual Food for Fines Drive will be held from November 1st through November 30th.

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 Catholic Charities for distribution.

Each non-perishable food item donated will clear $1.00 in 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!
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.
event2Reverse Mortgage Workshop
Wednesday, November 4 at 2:00 pm

What is a Reverse Mortgage? You are invited to attend this free information program to learn about home equity and how it can be converted. 
Presented by Money Management International.

Learn about the key benefits:
* Stay in your home.
* Proceeds over the cost of the home can be used for any purpose.
* No payments.
* Continue to own your home.
* Never repay more than the value of the home
* Loan advances are non-taxable.
As well as: Are there alternatives? Who qualifies? What property is eligible? and more. All workshop participants will be provided with a workbook and other handouts to take home.

Sponsored by Southbridge Savings Bank.
artistFeatured Artist - Frank White
Opening Reception 
Thursday, November 5 at 6:30 pm

This month the library hosts an exhibit from West Brookfield artist-craftsman Frank White, titled "Making the Cut: Decorative and Functional Woodturnings." All are welcome to join us for an Opening Reception on Thursday, November 5, and light refreshments will be served.

" At the outset woodturning was supposed to be a hobby, but production soon outpaced the number of friends and relatives willing to accept the gift of yet another bowl from a semi-skilled, beginning woodturner. So I began to sign up for craft shows hoping that some people might actually buy my work. And surprisingly some did! Over the past 24 years I have participated in a considerable number of shows in southern New England and New York and sold in galleries in New England and Chicago.  My work has been shown in exhibitions in Boston, Lexington, Providence, Chicago, Minneapolis as well as local venues, and I have demonstrated woodturning for local and regional club meetings and symposia.

An education in classics and 30 plus years as Curator of Mechanical Arts at Old Sturbridge Village, from which I retired in 2004, have imposed a particular stamp on my sense of design.  I work primarily with native, and mostly local, woods, often "found" wood that happens to be lying on the roadside waiting for someone like me to come and rescue it.  I use a lot of burls, frequently cherry burls both because of their greater availability in New England and their striking figure and color.  Some burls find their way to me from acquaintances; others I have purchased from men who work in the woods."
boxofficeFilm Screening - All Is Lost
Thursday, November 12 at 6:00 pm

After a collision with a shipping container at sea, a resourceful sailor finds himself, despite all efforts to the contrary, staring his mortality in the face.

Rated PG-13. Running time 106 min.
Pioppi Room (lower level)

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

coloringColoring for Grown-Ups!
Wednesday, November 18 at 2:00 pm

We're pleased to offer something new -  Coloring for Grown-Ups! Now you can try your hand at  coloring: 
de-stress and self express!  Unwind, relax and color with us on the third Wednesday of each month (in the Mills Room, lower level).   These more intricate coloring pages are catching on everywhere, come and see what everyone is talking about. 
We'll provide all the materials.  Drop in anytime between 2 and 4 pm.
event1Southbridge's Changing Landscape
Thursday, November 19 at 6:30 pm

The community is invited to attend this lecture presented by Ed Hood, Executive Director, Opacum Land Trust.
Using archaeological, historical and early photographic documentation, Ed Hood will provide an overview of the human impact on the land, and how the landscape we see in Southbridge today is the product of the continuous process of changing human land use. 

Using new research from the field of land conservation, Ed will provide insights into the potential look and feel of towns like Sturbridge in the future - a future that is being shaped by our actions today.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library
ongoingOngoing Events

Book Club reads The Other Wes Moore
Monday, November 2 at 6:30 pm

All are welcome to join us for a discussion of Wes Moore's The Other Wes Moore 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, My Father's Wives  by Mike Greenberg, 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!
teeneventsTeen Events

The Hunger Games Basic Survival Course
Tuesday, November 17 at 3:00 pm
Call 508-764-5426 or email [email protected] to sign up

Calling all tributes! Welcome to the 74th Annual Hunger Games! The time has come to say goodbye to loved ones and journey to the Capitol to begin your training.

-Learn to create life-saving shelter anywhere

-Discover how to locate and purify water

-Learn to build a quick fire that can be lit using only one match

-Practice Katniss's famous twitch-up snare

-Learn four edible/medicinal wild plants that are abundant throughout North America year-round

-Try your hand at Peeta's camouflage techniques

-Learn archery basics and one or more participants get to shoot a replica of Katniss's bow from the arena

Happy Hunger Games!  
And may the odds be ever in your favor!

For ages 10-18.
Presented by Animal World Experience. 
MA Cultural Council
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Southbridge Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Teen Friday - Coloring
Friday, November 6 at 3:00 pm

Drop in on Friday after school to unwind and color! We will have pages and colored pencils available in the Teen Area for anyone who wants to take a break from homework, or color while you hang out with friends. All teens and tweens welcome!
Welcome to the Children's Corner!

Check here to find out about upcoming events in the Children's Room.
Super Kids
Story Time
Come to story time! It is a fun morning of stories, songs, and sometimes dancing in the Children's Room. The story time is aimed at children aged 3-5, but all are welcome to join us. Come for story time and stay to do the craft! 

Crafty Wednesday

Wednesday, 9:00 - 5:00

Stop by the Children's Room any time on Wednesday 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.  

Lego Club
Thursday, 3:00-4:30
Saturday, 10:00-12:00
We'll bring the Legos, you bring the ideas! This is a drop-in program, so there is no need to register.

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. 

Toddler Time
Friday, 10:30-11:15
This program is designed for children under three and their caregivers, and includes songs, movement, and short stories for toddlers. The story time will be at 10:45, with playtime and music before and after. Join us for Toddler Time, and stay to check out our great collection of board books!

Book News
Did you know that there is now an illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling?

Keep an eye out for this beautiful book on our shelves!

Good Luck Betsy!

We are sad to say goodbye to our Children's Librarian, Betsy Vecchi this month as she moves on to a new position. While we will miss Betsy, we wish her the best of luck in the future! 

We hope you will join us for a farewell party on 
Monday, November 2 
beginning at 6:00 pm 
in the Children's Room. 
All are welcome to drop in to say goodbye, and 
have a slice of cake!
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
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!

We now accept credit cards!

We can now accept credit cards as a form of payment for your overdue or lost book fees.

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 Ashley  to schedule an  appointment.

Jacob Edwards Library
Upcoming Meetings

The Friends of the Library will meet on Monday, 
November 16 at 6:00 pm 
in the Mills Room.
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 24 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! Wishing all of our patrons a wonderful Thanksgiving and a great start to the holiday season!



The Jacob Edwards Library Staff
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