Upcoming Library Events & News
October, 2019

With the arrival of October, the air is crisp and the leaves begin their annual transition from green to shades of yellow, orange and red.  This month we celebrate " Walktober " at the Jacob Edwards Library, and in the 35 towns in eastern Connecticut and south-central Massachusetts that make up the National Heritage Corridor known as the Last Green Valley.   Join us this month for a variety of programs that celebrate the unique character of Southbridge.

October is also  Red Ribbon Week , and the Jacob Edwards Library has many resources for patrons to learn about making healthy choices.  The Southbridge Town Manager's Substance Abuse Advisory Committee newsletter is available, along with numerous brochures for caregivers and families dealing with substance abuse.  The library also has numerous books, and databases such as  Gale Health & Wellness Resource Center  and   Teen Health and Wellness  that address current health issues.  

Art Exhibition

The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to host Connected in Nature:  Landscape Paintings by Piya Samant and Doreen LaScola.  A reception will be held on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 6:30 pm. All welcome! Light refreshments will be served.

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 Biography, History & Genealogy.

The Jacob Edwards Library provides online access to Gale databases, including Biography in Context, U.S. History in Context, and World History Context.  Researchers may find thousands of biographies, reference articles, images, maps, video and audio files in these robust resources.   Students may find the World Book Early Peoples and World Book Inventions and Discoveries databases helpful resources for school projects and reports. 

Those researching family history and genealogy have access to the  Ancestry site at the Jacob Edwards Library.  Stop by the Library and speak to the staff to learn how this exciting resource can be used to research your family history.

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  Artist: Connected in Nature: Landscape Paintings by Piya Samant and Doreen LaScola
-A Distinct Alien Race: the Untold Story of Franco-Americans with Author David Vermette
  -Film Screening:  The Vanishing
-Film Screening: Paris to Pittsburgh
-Voyagers Visitors and Home with Dale Monette 

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, October 14, 2019.

October'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.


Artwork by Piya Samant.

Artwork by Doreen LaScola.

The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to host Connected in Nature: Landscape Paintings by Piya Samant and Doreen LaScola.  A reception will be held on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 6:30 pm. All welcome! Light refreshments will be served.

"Connected in Nature", is a collection of oil and mixed media paintings that portrays the energy and vastness nature.  Participating artists are Piya Samant, visual artist and art curator and Doreen LaScola, mixed and multi media artist.

Sponsored by Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library and The Last Green Valley/Walktober 
Monday, October 7 at 6:30 pm

The Jacob Edwards Library invites you to attend a presentation by author David Vermette on his recently published book "A Distinct Alien Race" The Untold Story of Franco-Americans. All welcome! Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of Jacob Edwards Library. The author will sign copies of the book after the program. Copies of the books will be available for sale.

In the later-19th century, French-Canadian Roman Catholic immigrants from Quebec were deemed a threat to the United States, potential terrorists in service of the Pope. Books and newspapers floated the conspiracy theory that the immigrants seeking work in New England's burgeoning textile industry were actually plotting to annex parts of the United States to a newly independent Quebec. Vermette's groundbreaking study sets this neglected and poignant tale in the broader context of North American history. He traces individuals and families, from the textile barons who created a new industry to the poor farmers and laborers of Quebec who crowded into the mills in the post-Civil War period. Vermette discusses the murky reception these cross-border immigrants met in the USA, including dehumanizing conditions in mill towns and early-20th-century campaigns led by the Ku Klux Klan and the Eugenics movement. Vermette also discusses what occurred when the textile industry moved to the Deep South and brings the story of emigrants up to the present day. Vermette shows how this little-known episode in U.S. history prefigures events as recent as yesterday's news. His well documented narrative touches on the issues of cross-border immigration; the Nativists fear of the Other; the rise and fall of manufacturing in the U.S.; and the construction of race and ethnicity.

David Vermette is a freelance writer, researcher, and editor.  A Distinct Alien Race: The Untold Story of Franco-Americans is the author's first book and was published in October 2018. This presentation is part of  a tour in the New England states.

Copies of A Distinct Alien Race will be available for sale and a booksigning will follow the presentation.

Sponsored by Friends of Jacob Edwards Library and The Last Green Valley/Walktober.
boxofficeFilm Screening - The Vanishing
Thursday, October 10 at 6:00 pm

"Three lighthouse keepers stumble upon gold while they were on their six-week shift on an uninhabited island, 20 miles from the Scottish coast. " -- Movie Licensing website Swank.com.

Rated R. Running time 101 min.

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

Movie poster image copyright Lions Gate Films, Inc. 
boxofficeFilm Screening - Paris to Pittsburgh
Thursday, October 17 at 6:00 pm

Join the Jacob Edwards Library on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 6:00 pm, for a screening of Paris to Pittsburgh, a new film from National Geographic, produced by RadicalMedia in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies -- narrated by Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning actress and activist Rachel Brosnahan ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel").

From coastal cities to America's heartland, Americans are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of climate change.  And as the weather grows more deadly and destructive, they aren't waiting on Washington to act.  Learn about their incredible stories in Paris to Pittsburgh, and be inspired to create change in your own community! Watch the trailer  here

This film will be screened at 6:00 pm in the Pioppi Room. 

Sponsored by Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library.
Thursday, October 24 at 6:30 pm

Professor Teresa Fava Thomas of Fitchburg State University will present a program on her research of the Italian community in Southbridge and their prosperity in the early part of 1900s. The presentation will  examine the diaspora from Palestrina (Lazio), in central Italy, to Southbridge, Massachusetts, where the economic empowerment of Italian immigrants proceeded faster than in other areas of Massachusetts.

Dr. Thomas is the author of  The Reluctant Migrants: Migration from the Veneto to Central Massachusetts 1880-1920 . Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing, after the event.

Sponsored by Walktober/The Last Green Valley and Friends of Jacob Edwards Library.
Thursday, October 31 at 6:30 pm

Dale Monette of North Quabbin Photography will present a program  Voyagers, Visitors, and Home based on his new book. Dale is a recognized expert on the animal life and history of the Quabbin area and we are pleased to invite him to present a program on his new photographs and lore. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing after the presentation.

Dale R. Monette specializes in nature photography, wildlife and landscapes. He was born and raised in Athol, Massachusetts, and since the early 1970s, has lived within two miles of the Quabbin Reservoir, where he finds many of his subjects. An avid birder since his youth, Dale has spent hours hiking and fishing in the area. During the 1980s, he was involved in the successful efforts to bring back the common loon and bald eagles, as nesting species to the Quabbin watershed, while working for Mass Wildlife. Though his photographs, Dale shares his unique familiarity of the land and the animals living throughout this special region.

The program is presented in partnership with The Last Green Valley, as part of the Walktober events. All welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by The Last Green Valley and the Friends of Jacob Edwards Library.
ongoingOngoing Events

Book Club 
Monday, October 7
6:30 pm

The book club will meet to discuss Bed: A Novel by David Whitehouse  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 November'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

Cozy Craft for October - Hogwarts Mug Rugs

With the arrival of autumn comes a chill in the air - time for nice, hot mugs of hot cocoa and apple cider.  Why not stop by the library and make your very own Hogwarts-themed mug-rugs this month?  Our October craft combines books and a bit of handwork that will result in fabulous pieces of functional housewears! This hands-on project will make the use of a hand-built loom to weave mug rugs in yarn of the "house colors" of your choosing.  You can even make a set of four to represent each house! Your mug rug will be the perfect accessory to use after your Walktober adventures!  Stop in to the young adult area at any time to get started! 

All materials will be provided. All welcome!

childrensWelcome to the Children's Corner!

Check here to find out about upcoming events in the Children's Room.
Halloween Fun!
Join the Tooth Fairy for story time at the JEL Children's Room! There will be goodies for all , crafts and a special appearance from the GHOSTBUSTERS! So put on your costumes and join us for some Halloween fun! 
Sponsored by Kids Zone Dental.

Bilingual Story Time
Monday  October 21,2019 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, October 28
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, October 22, 2019  at Noon 
in the Mills Room, unless a meeting is needed and called by the Chair.
All meetings are open to the public.
Did you know that some of the presentations at the library are recorded by the Southbridge Cable TV staff and are available on the cable channel or on JEL on You Tube, soon after the presentation?

We hope to see you at the library soon! Stop in to enjoy one of our many games or puzzles, or to pick up a new book or magazine.  Be sure to stop in to see us and register for a new library card!  Happy Fall!

L.J. Richards & Co. " Part of the town of Southbridge, Worcester Co.," from  
New Topographical Atlas of the County of Worcester, Massachusetts. Philadelphia, 1898. 


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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