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The library will be closing early, at 1:00 pm, on Friday, April 3 for staff professional development.


We will also be closed on

Monday, April 20

for Patriots Day


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Tax Assistance

FREE Tax Assistance will be available again this year at the library through the AARP Foundation  Tax-Aide Program. The last date for appointments is 
April 6th. 

Call 508-764-5426 to schedule an appointment.

Tax Forms

For 2015, the IRS will be providing a limited number of forms.


The only forms available this year are 1040, 1040A,

& 1040EZ.

(No Instruction Booklets) 


They will not be providing libraries and other locations with schedules & instruction booklets as they have in the past. The IRS is strongly encouraging taxpayers to e-file.


You may order any instruction booklets,  forms, or schedules you need directly from the IRS through this form, or by calling 



You may also print them from the IRS website at home, or here at the library (please note: 20 cents per page to print from library computers)

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? 

"Book a Librarian" to show you how!

Call 508-764-5426 or email Ashley 
[email protected] to schedule a 
20-30 minute appointment.
Discounted and Free Museum Admission

The library offers passes to a variety of area museums and attractions! 


Locations include:

-Old Sturbridge           Village


-Mystic Aquarium

-Roger Williams Zoo

-Tower Hill Botanic       Gardens

-Worcester Art           Museum

-Fruitlands Museum

-USS Constitution

-MA ParksPass


See our website for discount details and more information.


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

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.

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!


If you can't make it in to submit your memories in person, please feel free to email them to us: [email protected] 

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.

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JEL News & Events

April 2015


April is a busy month here at JEL! We celebrate National Poetry Month, Jazz History Month, and National Library Week. 

Artisan Bread maker Susan Cornetta will be here to discuss her craft; local poet Brad Davis will host a poetry reading and discussion; learn about the art of soap making with Susan McGrath; and we have musical entertainment in the form of jazz (JoyCo Jazz Trio) and Celtic music (Doolin). 

And don't forget about us during April Vacation Week! We are here with programs and crafts for all ages!

Please read on for more information on all of this month's events, and more library news.

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April'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.
Art Reception: Artistic Women
Thursday, April 2 at 6:30 pm  


These 5 women, Carole Bentley, Margery Cook, Mary Kay Ebersold,

Jane Stendrup, and Michele Loftus-Trzcinski, are all members of the Massasoit Art Guild. They are frequent participants in the

Wednesday Morning open studio sessions where each artist works on their individual projects while supporting, critiquing and encouraging each other in their endeavors. These women have varied backgrounds, experiences and skills, but they all have one thing in common, their love of creating art!  

Please join us for the reception and meet the artists on Thursday, April 2 at 6:30 pm! Light refreshments will be provided, compliments of the Friends of the Library. 

We hope you will stop by to view the show, the artwork will be on display throughout the month in the Main Hall.
Book Club: In the Blood
Monday, April 6 at 6:30 pm


All are welcome to join us for a discussion of Lisa Unger's In the Blood in the Reading Room. New participants are always welcome (no commitment!) - copies of next month's book, And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, are available at the Information Desk for checkout.


"Liar, liar, pants on fire . . . College senior Lana Granger has told so many lies about her past that the truth seems like a distant, cloudy nightmare.  But she meets her match when she begins babysitting for a volatile, manipulative eleven-year-old boy.  Soon after Lana takes the job, her close friend Beck mysteriously disappears.  Lana instantly begins fabricating stories - to friends, to police, to herself.  Why doesn't her account jibe with those of eye-witnesses?  Lana will do anything to bury the truth about that night ... and about her life.  But someone else knows her secrets.  And he's dying to tell."

Teen Tuesdays & Chess Club
Every Tuesday, 3:00 pm (right after school)
Chess Club: April 4 and 18, 10:30 am - Noon


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


This month's schedule:


Apr 7: Wii Gaming - Drop in to play some Wii games!


Apr 14: Origami Instructions and origami paper will be provided 


Apr 21: Mockingjay, Part 1 Starting at 2:00 p.m. for vacation week, we'll be showing it on the big screen in the Pioppi Room

Apr 28: Anime Day - Drop by to see a screening of a new anime - TBA 



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 April 4 & 18.

Library Box Office: Ilo Ilo
Thursday, April 9 at 6:00 pm


"Set in Singapore during the 1997 Asian financial crisis. Ilo Ilo chronicles the day-to-day drama of the Lim family - troublesome grade-schooler Jiale and his overstressed parents, Heck and Leng.
Comfortably middleclass and with another baby on the way, they hire Teresa, a Filipino immigrant, as a live-in maid and nanny. An outsider in both the family and Singapore itself, Teresa initially struggles to manage Jiale's antics and find her footing in her new community. The two eventually form a unique bond, but just as Teresa becomes an unspoken part of the family, unforeseen circumstances in an uncertain economy will challenge the new normal yet again."
In Mandarin & Tagalog w/ English subtitles. 
Unrated (recommended for 18+)
Running time: 99 minutes.

All screenings are held in the Pioppi Room, lower level.
Poetry in the Round 
with Poet Brad Davis & Friends
Thursday, April 16 at 6:30 pm


Join us in celebrating National Poetry Month with local poet Brad Davis and friends. All are welcome!

Brad Davis is a near-neighbor from just over the line in Connecticut. His poetry has been published in such magazines as The Paris Review, Poetry, Connecticut Review, Image, and Ruminate. Last April his new book, STILL WORKING IT OUT, was published in the Poiema Poetry Series by Cascade Books. Brad has taught at the College of the Holy Cross and Eastern Connecticut State University, and currently serves as a counselor (and teacher and coach and poet-in-residence) at Pomfret School, a secondary boarding school in Pomfret, CT. The Jacob Edwards Library is one of his favorite reading venues.

Artisan Bread with Susan Cornetta
Thursday, April 23 at 6:30 pm


Susan developed a passion for bread baking after realizing that she needed to make a change in her life. In 2011, after 20 years in customer service, she embarked on a journey, along with her husband Rich as her support, to start her own business. That required learning from the best, finding out what ingredients would produce exceptional loaves and then practicing her craft over and over again until it met the standard she set out to achieve.

Susan's Artisan Breads is the fulfillment of a dream of owning her

own business.
Knowledge, Passion, and Risk are the drivers and the end goal is a customer base which is loyal to an unsurpassed product and that her business is a partner and employer in the community. 

Susan will share with you the following:

  • Key process and concepts in the production of Artisan Bread
  • The importance of quality ingredient and the right tools
  • Discuss her business journey-  What she has learned in starting her own business- the strengths, the hurdles,  and doing this in a community that was unfamiliar territory both personally and professionally
Susan is looking forward to your joining in her participative discussion.  As an added incentive, Susan may be bringing in some samples "strictly for demonstration purposes."
JoyCo Jazz Trio
Monday, April 27 at 6:30 pm


The Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library Annual Meeting will be held on Monday, April 27th at 6:00 p.m. Following the meeting, the public is welcome to enjoy the music of JoyCo!


"Brian and Ray played jazz together in high school in college years; Ray and Hugh met in the shortly thereafter; now the three of them have almost two decades experience performing together. That experience has developed a seasoned jazz group. 

This group plays mostly jazz standards, as well as some suitably arranged pop tunes."

Soap Making with Susan McGrath
Tuesday, April 28 at 11:00 am


Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to welcome back Sue McGrath to present a program on soap making. 


Participants will learn all about soap, how it is made, the tips and tricks from an experienced soap maker and lots more. Those attending will be given a sample to take home and work with. 


Attendees who wish to take a sample home, please bring an old dish towel or hand towel to wrap and insulate the small cup of soap which you will be taking home, for safe transportation. Instructions will be provided. 

Doolin - Celtic Music Duo
Thursday, April 30 at 6:30 pm


Please join us for an evening of Celtic music, featuring John Ebersold and Tim Loftus of The Boys of the Town. With a shared passion for Celtic music, they combine their talents on guitar, flute, whistle, and bodhrán.


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.



April Art Display

 Artwork from the Tri-Community YMCA Daycare will be on display in the Children's room for the month of April. A reception will be held on Monday, April 13th at 6:00 p.m.


Spectacular Science with Kosmic Kelly

Saturday, April 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Join us for a fun science program with Kosmic Kelly! Things will fizz, foam, bubble, and pop in the Children's Room as we do different fun science experiments!

Sponsored by Harvard Pilgrim Employee Donor Fund and Kennedy Donovan Center EI Program.


At the Seashore with Michael Glaser

 Tuesday, April 21 at 2:00 p.m.

Join us for an afternoon of seashore science and live ocean animals with marine educator Michael Glaser. He will bring a variety of marine animals and stories about them.

Sponsored by Anthony and Olive I Borgatti Donor Advised Fund at Greater Worcester Foundation


El día de los niños/El día de los libros
Monday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m.


Come listen to special guest readers from ASPIRA at our Monday night story time! El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), is a celebration of children, families, and reading that occurs yearly on April 30th that emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for children.


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 Karola. The crafts in April include a rabbit, a giraffe, bugs, and a bear.  We can't wait to see what amazing crafts Karola comes up with next!   



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 time travel and castles.  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. - 11:15 a.m. 
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!


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 download ebooks, renew and request materials, access online resources for homework, and so much more.  



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