Upcoming Library Events & News
October , 2017

Red Ribbon Week is October 23-31
Learn more about Red Ribbon Week and take the pledge here

Did you know...
You can download magazines for free?
Download them right to your tablet, phone or computer!
Sign in with your library card to create an account.
The best part? No returns, and they never expire! 
All issues you download are yours to keep as long as you wish.

With over 50 popular magazines to choose from, we have something for everyone.
If you prefer to read your magazines on paper, don't forget we have a large collection available for check out in the Reading Room.

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

Exhibit: Dale Monette
Travels in Uganda: A Photographic Safari

 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

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.
On Display All Month

Photography by Dale Monette will be on display for the month of October here at JEL. 

Dale, a wildlife photographer,  has spent 3 years with many thousands of hours on the 82,000 acre Quabbin Reservoir watershed in central MA photographing wildlife.
Please stop by to view his work!
ugandaTravels in Uganda: 
A Photographic Safari 
Thursday, October 5 at 6:30 pm

Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to invite you to a presentation by Barbara Merolli on her recent trip to Uganda and to share in her adventures and photographs.

If you think of Idi Amin and Aids when you think of Uganda, you might find it a nice surprise that there is a lot more going on there. Join Barbara Merolli to hear about her visit to Uganda, trekking with gorillas and chimpanzees, sailing down the Kazinga Channel, watching the tree climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park, and participating in multiple safari drives to see buffalo, elephants, hippos, leopards, alligators and more!

Barbara is the science librarian at the College of the Holy Cross where she has worked for the past 10 years. Formerly, she worked in various management positions at a large corporation for 30 years. Barbara has traveled internationally to Britain, Poland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Botswana and Uganda.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library.
boxofficeFilm Screening -  Don't Breathe
Thursday, October 12 at 6:00 pm

Three friends plot to rob a blind recluse's home, but instead discover that their target has a horrifying secret.

Rated R. 
Running time 88 min.

Presented as part of the Library Box Office series, sponsored by the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library.
  thoreauThoreau and Central MA with Dr. Mark Wagner
Thursday, October 19 at 6:30 pm

The Jacob Edwards Library is hosting the final program in the series celebrating Henry James Thoreau and his 200th birthday. 

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Mark Wagner, Director of the The Binienda Center for Civic Engagement at Worcester State University who will connect Thoreau to the central Massachusetts area.

Part of The Last Green Valley's Walktober Celebrations.
Thursday, October 26 at 6:30 pm

Dr. Teresa Fava Thomas of Fitchburg State University will present a program on the Italian Immigration Experience. All welcome! This program is being presented as part of The Last Green Valley's celebration of heritage. October is Italian Heritage Month.

Teresa Fava Thomas holds a doctorate in history from Clark University, and is a professor of history at Fitchburg State University, where she teaches Modern Italian History and Italian-American Immigration. She received FSU's Faculty Research & Scholarship Award in 2017. 

Her research has been presented at academic conferences in the USA and in Italy, and her book The Reluctant Migrants: Migration from the Italian Veneto to Central Massachusetts was published by Teneo Press. Her current research is on the impact of both world wars on Italian civilians.

Copies of The Reluctant Migrants: Migration from the Italian Veneto to Central Massachusetts will be available for sale at the event!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library.

ongoingOngoing Events

Book Club 
Monday, October 2, 6:30 pm

This month the group will discuss The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown.
Copies are available at the desk to check out now!

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. 
Extra copies of the book coming up for discussion  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!

Now at Town Hall
Thursday, Oct 5, 6:00 pm

The Krosslink group now meets at the Town Hall in the Economic Development Office.

Starting a new business, or thinking about it? Then come to the Krosslink meeting and learn about a free community support network that can help you grow your business. 
We'll discuss how to sustain, market and grow this program in Southbridge and beyond.  Networking and refreshments  
6:00-6:30, followed by discussion and a Q&A Session. 
All are welcome!

teenTeen Events
*NEW* Chess Club
Every Wednesday after school (3:00 pm)
Join us for the new Chess Club!
Players of all skill levels welcome, bring a friend!

Friday Magic at JEL
Friday, October 27 at 3:00pm
Casual gameplay for players of all skill levels! Other games (Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, etc) welcome too! Bring a friend, or learn how to play.

childrensWelcome to the Children's Corner!

Check here to find out about upcoming events in the Children's Room.
New Hope Story Time
Monday, October 30
6:30 - 7:30 pm

Malerie Germain will be here to read a story and make a craft!
October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.
ASPIRA Hora de Cuentos
Wednesday, October 4
3:00 - 4:00 pm

Guest storytellers from ASPIRA will hold a special Hora de Cuentos!
Safety At Home
with Firefighter Gary Peck
Monday, October 23
6:30 - 7:30 pm

October is Fire Prevention month and FF EMT Gary Peck of the Southbridge station will present a program in the Children's Room.

This program will focus on children and how they can be empowered to respond to emergencies that may take place in their homes. Your questions are welcomed!

Make a Difference Day
Saturday, October 28
11:00 am - Noon

Hands on activities, coloring and stories on how we can make a difference in our community and for ourselves!

Story Times

Join us for a story time! All story times are geared towards the noted age ranges, but all ages are welcome!

Bedtime Story Time: 
Monday evenings at 6:30 pm. Ages 4-8
Hora de Cuentos on Monday, October 16

Story Time:
Wednesdays at 10:30 am.
Ages 3-4

Toddler Time:
Fridays at 10:30
Children under 3

*NEW* 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
Saturdays, 10:30am - 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
Salem Witch Museum 
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!

Credit cards update

Due to a change in 
C/W Mars policy, we can no longer accept credit cards over the desk as payment for overdue fees 
and/or lost books. 
If you wish to pay your fines by credit card, you may do so by logging into your  online account.
All in-person transactions must be cash or personal check. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Please ask us at the Information Desk if you have any questions.

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 16
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, Oct 24 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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