Upcoming Library Events & News
October, 2018

Red Ribbon Week
October 23-31, 2018

WHAT IS RED RIBBON WEEK? It is an ideal way for people and communities to unite and take a visible stand against drugs. Show your personal commitment to a drug-free lifestyle through the symbol of the Red Ribbon, October 23 - 31st.

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 Columbus Day, Monday, October 8.

staffpicksOctober'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 our Featured Artist for October, Debra Horan. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, October 4 at 6:30 pm. All welcome, light refreshments will be served!

Debra Ostrokolowicz Horan was born and raised in Webster, Massachusetts and is a graduate of The Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration. She pursued a career in freelance illustration for several years and worked for publications including Worcester Magazine, the Worcester Phoenix, the War Resistors League (NY), Orange Coast Magazine (CA), Inside Sports, and Rhode Island Monthly magazine. From 1994 through 2004 she was an active member of the women's art group ARTXII, based out of Worcester, MA, who organized and participated in regional and national gallery, university and museum shows.

Since 1995, she has been the owner and operator of Booklovers' Gourmet, a bookstore, cafe and art gallery, in Webster, MA. This career enables her to combine her artistic and literary interests as well as help support local artists, authors, poets and musicians in the community by creating a welcoming place for them to gather and draw inspiration from one another.

The artistic media Debra is currently working with include photography, drawing and collage with mixed media elements. Her main inspiration comes from spending time outdoors in the beauty and serenity of nature, especially trees, and the importance of experiencing our natural environment and open space, which can lead to a deeper sense of respect, well-being, self-discovery and interconnectedness to every living thing.

Debra can be reached at 508-949-6232 or [email protected].
boxofficeFilm Screening -  Get Out
Thursday, October 11 at 6:00 pm

Get Out, a speculative thriller from Blumhouse (producers of The Visit, Insidious series and The Gift) and the mind of Jordan Peele.

When a young African-American man visits his white girlfriend's family estate, he becomes ensnared in a more sinister real reason for the invitation.

Rated R. Running time 103 min.

Presented as part of the Library Box Office series, sponsored by the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library.
dalemonetteBirds with Dale Monette
Thursday, October 18 at 6:30 pm

The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to invite Dale Monette to return and present an homage to birds,from his extensive collection of photographs taken in the Quabbin area and further afield.

2018 marks the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most powerful and important bird-protection law ever passed. In honor of this milestone, National Geographic, the National Audubon Society, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and BirdLife International have joined forces with more than 100 other organizations and millions of people around the world to celebrate 2018 as the "Year of the Bird." 

This effort aims to heighten public awareness of birds because of their wonder and beauty-and because they symbolize nature's interconnectedness and the importance of caring for our shared planet. The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to contribute to this program.

Mr. Monette's work is available to view on his website  http://www.northquabbinphotography.com/  He regularly updates the site with new images from his hikes in and around the Quabbin. In 2017, Dale Monette launched his book of photography Secret Lives of the Quabbin Watershed.

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

This program is presented in conjunction with The Last Green Valley Walktober series that encompasses activities in 35 towns in the southern Worcester County area of Massachusetts and into Connecticut following the path of the Quinebaug and Shetucket rivers.
 tornadoThe Impact of the 2011 Tornado
Thursday, October 25 at 6:30 pm

Danelle Laflower and Jen Santoro will present a program based on their research in the Brimfield State Forest area after the June 1, 2011 tornado which was deemed an EF-3 or experienced wind speeds in excess of 136 mph.

Their focus included studying the re-growth of downed trees and to determine which species are faring best, as well as reviewing how targeted salvage-logging affected those areas. and to analyze the ecological effect of salvaging. They tracked the changes that took place and summarized that though individual trees were damaged the forest itself was not, it was just changed.

From the Southbridge Evening News: "They found the forest's dominant red oaks and red maples had a mixed response. The latter seem to be recovering pretty well along the tornado track, alongside black birch and American chestnut, while the former is doing better in the nearby "control" areas of untouched forest. The birches have been the big winner comprising 60 percent of the regeneration in the blowdown zone."

Danelle Laflower is a forest ecologist and until recently was at the Department of Conservation and Recreation, and Jen Santorois a graduate of the University of Vermont.
Monday, October 29 at 6:30 pm

Explore the basics of paranormal activity with host Rob Goff of Agawam Paranormal. 

This program is designed to entertain and inform the public about the paranormal world. Starting with terminology, equipment and EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena), spirit photography and video, as well as ghost hunting skills and suggestions; the scope of subjects covered is wide-ranging. The presentation is continuously updated to reflect new discoveries and trends in the field. This program is a must for anyone interested in the paranormal.

The program is free and open to all. The Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library will provide light refreshments.

Rob Goff became interested in the paranormal over 30 years ago when he was witness to things he could never explain adequately. He has done extensive research on the subject and has a scientific mindset and approach to any investigation.
ongoingOngoing Events

Book Club 
Monday, October 1
6:30 pm

The book club will meet to discuss The Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz 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 (I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai) are now 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 = Friday afternoon Teen movie
Friday, October 19
2:00 pm


What movie do you want to see on the big screen in the Pioppi Room?
Then come see the winning movie at 2:00 on 10/19

childrensWelcome to the Children's Corner!

Check here to find out about upcoming events in the Children's Room.
Leaf Decorating
Saturday, October 13
10:30-11:30 am

Come create a Leaf Craft!
Inspired by the books Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert and Look What I Did With A Leaf by Morteza E. Sohi, join us for some fun crafting using
nature to create unique designs and natural scenes.
Also Enjoy a reading of the story Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert!
Wednesday, October 31 - All Day

Join us for a special Crafty Wednesday on Halloween! We'll tell scary stories, too.
Make a Difference Day
Friday, October 26
3:00 - 4:00 pm

Come for a hands-on activity, and learn how we can all make a difference for others in our community.
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, October 15 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 Crew
Tuesdays,  3:00 - 4:30 pm
Saturays, 10:30 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, October 15
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, October 23
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
Programs at Jacob Edwards Library may be recorded for Southbridge Public Access TV 
and/or photographed for promotional purposes.

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