In This Issue
Food for Fines
JEL Staff Picks
*NEW* Teen Tuesdays & Chess Club
Book Club: The Book Thief
Featured Artists: Monica Elefterion & Bayda Asbridge
Film Screening: Moonrise Kingdom
Meet a Civil War Soldier
The Mysteries of the Internet with Eric Silverberg of Google
Children's Corner

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Holiday Closings

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The library will be closed on Tuesday, November 11    for Veterans Day, 

and Thursday & Friday, November 27 & 28 

for Thanksgiving.

In Memory of Paula Dacoles

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Paula Dacoles, a member of the Jacob Edward Library Board of Trustees, on October 2nd, 2014.


Paula served representing the Trust since 1986, most recently as Board of Trustees Financial Director. A moment of silence was observed at the October Board of Trustees meeting in her honor, and she will be greatly missed.

New! Old Sturbridge Village Passes

We now offer discounted passes to Old Sturbridge Village through our museum pass program! 


The pass grants 

50% off daytime admission for up to 4 individuals.


Passes are available on a first-come first-served basis, although Southbridge residents may call ahead to reserve passes for a specific day. 


Thank you to the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library for sponsoring this program!


Check out our website for more details and information on all of the free and discounted passes we offer to local museums and attractions.

MA Health Connector Open Enrollment


Open Enrollment for health insurance through the MA Health Connector is November 15, 2014 - February 15, 2015.


Everyone who needs health insurance through the Health Connector in 2015 must fill out a new application for coverage-even if they already applied in 2013 or 2014.


Assistance in applying is available at the 

Family Health Center 

32 Orchard Street, 

and a Health Benefit Advisor will be at the library on November 18, from 2-4 p.m. to provide assistance.

Book a Librarian

Curious about how to download ebooks to your ereader or tablet - or even just how to use it in the first place? 

Would you like to learn how to use the library catalog to renew your items online or request an interlibrary loan?

How about some assistance getting started with genealogy or a research topic?

For any of these topics and more, you can now "Book a Librarian!"

Call 508-764-5426 or email [email protected] to schedule a 
20-30 minute appointment.
Teen Survey

All teens are invited to take our survey! Tell us what you want to see at JEL!

Library eBooks!


You can download FREE ebooks from the library!

Library ebooks, MP3 audiobooks, and videos are available to download for Kindle, iPad/iPhone, Androids, Nooks, and other devices! 


Just visit the Digital Catalog to get started.

Massachusetts History Online


Massachusetts History Online contains full-text articles gathered from almost 50 sources that directly relate to Massachusetts history, both past and present, including people, places, historical events and more.


All you need to log on is your library card number!

Contribute to the 100th Anniversary Memory Project!



We would like to invite all of our patrons, past and present, to share your memories of the library!


The notebook is available at the Information Desk to anyone interested. Anything you may recall about visiting the library and what it meant to you in the past is welcome! 

Knitting with Sonya 


From 10:30-12:30 every Tuesday, come join our knitting circle in the Reading Room! Any handcrafters are welcome to join, whatever your level of experience.

Friends of the Library

Book bags


The Friends of the Library will meet Monday, November 17 at 6:00 p.m. in the Mills Room.


The Friends extend an invitation to all library patrons to join their group. To find out more, please visit 

The Friends Page 

on our website.

Board of Trustees 


JEL Sign

 The Board of Trustees of the Jacob Edwards Library will meet on Tuesday, November 18 at 12:00 Noon.  


All meetings are open to the public.


There is currently a vacancy on the Board of Trustees. If you are interested in serving on the Board, please submit a letter of interest and resume.

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JEL News & Events

November 2014


On display this month, you might notice a hand-crafted afghan, created by members of our weekly Tuesday knitting group. The knitters have generously donated this afghan to the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library to raffle off as their tribute to the 100th Anniversary of JEL! 

Tickets will be available at the Information Desk, $2 per ticket or 3 for $5. All proceeds will benefit FOJEL, and their support of the library's programs and events. 

The raffle drawing will be held following our holiday concert, featuring Michael Caprera and Hunter Foote, on Thursday, December 4th! The concert begins at 6:30 p.m., and the raffle drawing will be held at 7:30. The winner needs not be present to win, but we hope to see you there!

For more information on this month's programs and more, read on!  

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Food for Fines - Annual Food Drive 2014

Our annual holiday food drive starts November 1 and will run until the end of the month!   


If you owe overdue fines for items returned late, each canned good or non-perishable food item you donate will clear $1.00 in fines. 

Food for Fines


All donations are welcome, even if you don't owe fines but would still like to participate! All items will be donated to the Blessed John Paul II Food Pantry.


Please bring donations to the Circulation or Children's Room Desk during normal operating hours. 


Please note that the Food for Fines program does not apply to replacement fees for lost or damaged items.

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.

*NEW* Teen Tuesdays & Chess Club
Every Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (right after school)
Chess Club November 1 and 15, 10:30 a.m. - Noon


All teens and tweens (ages 12-18) are welcome to join us for Teen Tuesdays! Stop by every Tuesday for video gaming, crafts, movies, Anime, and more - we'll have something different every week.


This month's schedule:

Nov 4th: Wii Gaming Day - Did you know that the library has a Wii? Come downstairs to the Pioppi Room to hang out and play videogames.


Nov. 11th: Library Closed for Veterans Day


Nov. 18th: Hunger Games Trivia - Get ready for the release of Mockingjay, Part 1! Test your knowledge of all things Hunger Games.


Nov. 25th: Anime Day - Hang out with other Anime fans - we'll be showing Legend of the Millennium Dragon (rated PG-13).


Teen and Tween Chess Club 

Every other Saturday from 10:30 a.m. - Noon, stop by the Teen area to play chess! You can get lessons from Adam & Ben Piche, who will be there to help, or just challenge them to a match.  

This month's dates are November 1st and November 15th.

Book Club: The Book Thief
Monday, November 3 at 6:30 p.m.


All are welcome to join us for a discussion of Markus Zusak's The Book Thief in the Reading Room. New participants are always welcome (no commitment!) - copies of next month's book, Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout, are available at the Information Desk for checkout. 


"It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still.

By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, left behind there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery.

So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordian-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library, wherever there are books to be found.

But these are dangerous times. When Liesel's foster family hides a Jewish fist-fighter in their basement, Liesel's world is both opened up, and closed down.

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time." 

Featured Artists: Monica Elefterion 
and Bayda Asbridge
Reception Thursday, November 6 at 6:30 p.m.


The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to present an art exhibit by Monica Elefterion and Bayda Asbridge, which will be on display for the month of November. Please join us on Thursday, November 6 for a reception for the artists - light refreshments will be served.


Schooled in the fine arts and communication arts, Monica Wagner Elefterion keeps busy in her studio at the Mind Barn in southern Worcester County, MA. She came upon wool felting in Australia and since then limited her artistic palette to merino wool and fibers.  Her day job in Marketing and Public Relations at the Worcester Art Museum keeps her involved with 51 centuries of art along with new and emerging artists.  She is co-founder of the Mind Barn Learning Center and Monica's Garden. 


Born in Syria, raised in Kuwait, Bayda Al-Jurdi Asbridge has also lived in England and Vermont, and now resides in MA. In Feb. 2012, Bayda started taking Japanese weaving (Saori) classes. Once she started weaving, it seemed that her life had become a full circle, as she originally came from a culture famous for its textiles (Syrian Damask fabric) and craft. Weaving has become a principle form of artistic expression. Now, Bayda works as an art teacher at Worcester Art Museum, as an Arabic-English interpreter at UMASS Medical Centers, and as an ESL teacher for the Hudson-Maynard adult Education Center in Hudson, MA. 

Library Box Office: Moonrise Kingdom
Thursday, November 13 at 6:00 p.m.


"Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore -- and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle. 

Bruce Willis plays the local sheriff. Edward Norton is a Khaki Scout troop leader. Bill Murray and Frances McDormand portray the young girl's parents. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as the boy and girl."
In English.
Running time: 94 minutes.

All screenings are held in the Pioppi Room, lower level.
Meet a Civil War Soldier
Monday, November 17 at 6:30 p.m.


Just in time for the 151st anniversary of the Gettysburg Address! 


A historical reenactor will portray a Civil War Soldier from the Connecticut 27th who ends his tale explaining that he is planning on going down to that service at the new cemetery and hopes that President Lincoln won't give too long a speech.

The Mysteries of the Internet with 
Eric Silverberg of Google
Thursday, November 20 at 6:30 p.m.


Have you ever wondered what actually happens when you type a web address into your computer? Where does that address go, how does it get there, and is it safe along the way? How is the web different than broadcast media and the telephone system? Is the Internet reliable, and if so, how does it stay that way? What about electronic communications, like email? How do they get to the right person and no one else? In this talk, we'll explore how the Internet functions at a high level and why it's actually not even the same everywhere in the world.

Eric Silverberg was born and raised in Southbridge. He is a software engineer with experience in content distribution and network infrastructure. He is an employee of Google, Inc., and presently works on their content distribution platform. 

   Upcoming and Ongoing Children's Programs

Registration for the  Annual Gingerbread House Program begins on November 1st! Spots go quickly, so stop by the Children's Room or give us a call at 508-764-5427 to sign up. 
Sessions will be December 1st from 6:30-7:30 and December 2nd from 3:00-4:00.

La Hora de Cuentos 

Monday, November 3 at 6:30 p.m.

Join us for a bilingual story time in the Children's Room. Stories and songs will be shared in both Spanish and English. We will have a bilingual story time on the first Monday evening of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Children's Room! 

El primer lunes de cada mes tendremos una hora de cuentos biling�e en La Sala de Ni�os de la biblioteca.   


Pajama Story Time

Mondays at 6:30 p.m.

Join us to listen to some stories, sing some songs, and do a craft. This program is geared towards children ages 4-8, but all ages are welcome! Pajamas are optional. 


Super Kids Story Time 

Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.  

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

Every Wednesday, all day long!  

Stop by the Children's Room on Wednesday to do a special craft designed by Miss Karola. The crafts in November are pretty great! They include a basket, a pine cone craft, Pilgrim puppets, and a turkey.  We can't wait to see what amazing crafts she comes up with for December!  

Lego Club
Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
We'll bring the Legos, you bring the ideas! Each week there is a different theme, recent ones have included robots and spaceships.  If you are in the library, stop by the Children's Room to see different Lego projects on display.  

Toddler Time 
Fridays from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 
This program is designed for children under three and their caregivers, and includes playtime and a short story time. 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!


No registration necessary for any of our regular programs!

Questions? Call 508-764-5427 or email  Betsy.  


Even when our doors are closed you can visit our website to access databases, renew and request materials, download ebooks, and so much more.  


Happy Thanksgiving!



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