In This Issue
JEL Staff Picks
Edward Heske & Charles Gaulin Art Exhibit
Book Club: The Round House
Film Screening: Shun Li and the Poet
Poet Susan Elizabeth Sweeney
JoyCo Jazz Trio
Children's Corner

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Monday, April 21st for Patriot's Day.

Museum Passes



Looking for something fun for the kids during April vacation?


Did you know that the library offers free and discounted admission to area museums and attractions? 


Roger Williams Zoo, Ecotarium, and the Mystic Aquarium are just a few of the available passes. For a full list and more information, see here.


Thank you to the Friends of the Library for their support of the Museum Pass program!

Citizen Alert System


Click HERE to Sign Up


Receive alerts about emergencies and other important community news by signing up for the Town's Emergency Alert Program. 


If you or a family member need assistance or access to a computer to sign up, stop by JEL! A staff member will be happy to help.


"This system enables us to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods. 


You will receive time-sensitive messages wherever you specify, such as your home, mobile or business phones, email address, text messages and more.


 You pick where, you pick how."

Auto and Small Engine Repair


Spring is here - maybe your lawn mower needs a   tune-up or your car needs some repairs after the long winter? We can help!


JEL subscribes to both the Auto Repair and Small Engine Repair Reference Centers! Just log in with your library card and enter the make and model to see repair manuals, diagnostic and troubleshooting information and diagrams, and much more!

HiSET (formerly GED)


The GED is no more in Massachusetts! There is a new curriculum and test. Please visit the HiSET website for more information regarding the new test.

Ongoing Programs 


Anime Club for Teens

The Anime Club meets every Tuesday in the Pioppi Room, from 3:10 - 4:30 p.m. Stop by for manga, video games, cosplay, movies, and more!


Knitting with Sonya

From 10:30-12:30 every Tuesday, come knit with Sonya in the Reading Room! Assistance will be given to anyone needing help with a pattern. Any handcrafters are welcome to join!

Contribute to the 100th Anniversary Memory Project!



The 100th Anniversary year of the library will begin in May 2014. 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! 

Library eBooks!

You can download FREE ebooks from the library!

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


Just visit the Digital Catalog to get started.

Friends of the Library

Book bags


The Friends will hld their Annual Meeting in the Mills Room at

6:00 p.m. on Monday,

April 28th, followed by music from the JoyCo Jazz Trio (see above!)


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 


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 The Board of Trustees of the Jacob Edwards Library will meet on Tuesday, April 15th at 12:00 Noon.  


All meetings are open to the public.

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JEL News & Events

April 2014


Massachusetts Library Snapshot Day is Wednesday, 
April 9th at the Jacob Edwards Library! What is Snapshot Day? It gives us the opportunity to tell the story of a day in the life at JEL. How many books are checked out? How many people are doing their homework? Searching for a job or writing a resume? During Snapshot Day we collect data and photos that help demonstrate the value of libraries and raise public awareness that libraries are busier than ever. Stop by and support your local library! 

Local artists Edward Heske and Charles Gaulin will have their work on display in the Main Hall for the month of April. Also be sure to check out a display of different currencies in the display cases, courtesy of Lisi Coin.

April is National Poetry Month - join us in celebrating with poet Susan Elizabeth Sweeney on April 17th, as she reads from her collection Hand Me Down. We will also be screening the independent film Shun Li and the Poet on April 10th.

It's also Jazz Appreciation Month! Stop by on April 28th to hear the music of the JoyCo Jazz Trio.
Please read on for information on all of this month's programs, library news, and more!
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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.

April's Art Exhibit: Edward Heske & Charles Gaulin
Reception Thursday, April 3rd at 6:30 p.m.


Sturbridge artist Edward Heske and Charlton artist Charles Gaulin will exhibit their artwork at JEL for the month of April. 

"Heske has over sixty years experience in the fine arts and graphic design fields. He was an illustrator, a designer, and an art director for Avco Corporation and American Optical Corporation, and a free-lance advertising artist for ten years. He designed the YMCA logo while with AO.

Ed Heske studied with the Famous Artist Course, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Boston New England School of Advertising Art, and En Plein Air workshops with Chalres Movalli, Steve Allrich, Charles Sovek, T.M. Nicholson, Kevin MacPherson, David P. Curtis, and many of the Plein Air Painters of America.

He was a member of the Wilmington Avco Art Assocation, the Rockport Art Assocation, the Monson Arts, and President of the Sturbridge Art Association, and is currently a member of the Massasoit Art Guild. He has received over 20 award show ribbons in various art exhibits. Ed has experience in designing and painting stage sets for plays and musicals in little theatre groups in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Heske presently paints En Plein Air (outdoors), at his home studio, and at the Charles Gaulin Studio in Charlton, MA."

"Charles Gaulin attended the Worcester Art Museum School and has studied under various master painters that include Alex Gazonis, Betty Lou Schlem, and David Lussier.

Charles is a Southbridge resident and is the owner of the Charles Gaulin Studio in Charlton, MA.


He is especially fond of Plein air painting as it gives him the opportunity to study and paint the effects of light on the ever changing landscape.  He is available for commissioned work and the studio is open on a call-ahead basis."

Book Club reads The Round House
Monday, April 7th at 6:30 p.m.


The book club will meet to discuss The Round House by Louise Erdrich on Monday, April 7th at 6:30 p.m. in the Reading Room. New members are welcome! If you need a copy of the book, just ask at the Information Desk.

"One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and thirteen-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.

While his father, who is a tribal judge, endeavors to wrest justice from a situation that defies his efforts, Joe becomes frustrated with the official investigation and sets out with his trusted friends, Cappy, Zack, and Angus, to get some answers of his own. Their quest takes them first to the Round House, a sacred space and place of worship for the Ojibwe. And this is only the beginning."

Library Box Office:  Shun Li and the Poet
Thursday, April 10th at 6:00 p.m.


"Shun Li works in a textile factory near Rome, slowly paying off the broker that brought her from China to Italy, while saving money so she can bring her young son to join her. She is suddenly transferred to work as a bartender at a pub in a small town along the Venetian Lagoon. The pub is the hangout of the local fishermen, including Bepi, a handsome old Slav immigrant nicknamed "The Poet." A tender, delicate friendship grows between Shun Li and Bepi. But gossip soon threatens their innocent relationship, a bond that had once transcended two very different, yet not at all distant cultures."
In Italian and Mandarin with English subtitles. 
Running time: 100 minutes.
All screenings are held in the Pioppi Room, lower level.

About the Library Box Office: Most true independent and foreign films get squeezed out of commerical theaters by Hollywood blockbusters, and face skyrocketing costs that make it daunting - if not impossible - to reach appreciative audiences. JEL subscribes to the Film Movement series to bring "art house" independent and foreign films to you.
Poet Susan Elizabeth Sweeney
Thursday, April 17th at 6:30 p.m.


April is National Poetry Month, and JEL is pleased to welcome Worcester poet Susan Elizabeth Sweeney, author of the recently published Hand Me Down.


"In this collection of poems, Susan Elizabeth Sweeney plumbs the depths of grief and loss. Hand Me Down examines things that those we love have left behind - from jokes and family stories to a porcelain cup, a matchbox, a four-poster bed, or a doll without any shoes. In a series of poignant vignettes, crafted in traditional, shaped, and invented forms, Sweeney shows how such things both remind us of what we've lost and help us to find ourselves again. 


Susan Elizabeth Sweeney's poems and translations have appeared in The Worcester ReviewFriends Journal, DinerThe Journal of Irish Literature, and elsewhere, and have received awards including an American Academy of Poets Prize and the Frank O'Hara Poetry Prize.  Beth grew up in Baltimore, graduated from Mount Holyoke College, and earned an MFA in poetry and a PhD in American literature from Brown University.  She now lives with her husband and their two dogs in Worcester, Massachusetts, where she teaches American literature and creative writing at the College of the Holy Cross. 

JoyCo Jazz Trio & FOJEL Annual Meeting
Monday April 28th, Meeting: 6:00, Music: 6:30 p.m.

The Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library Annual Meeting will be held on Monday, April 28th 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."

Children's Corner
Upcoming and Ongoing Children's Programs
Special Programs

April Display: YMCA
All Month
Artwork from the YMCA will be displayed in the Children's Room all month long. A reception will be held on Monday, April 14th at 6:00 p.m. Come check it out!

Sea Shore Science
Tuesday, April 22nd at 3:00 p.m.
Learn about the sea shore and the animals who make it their home with Michael Glaser. A great way to spend Earth Day! Sponsored by the Olive I. and Anthony A. Borgatti Fund.

Game Day
Wednesday, April 23rd from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Fun for all the family! Check out some of the board games and have fun.

Recycled Craft Project
Friday, April 25th from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Keeping Earth Day in mind, we will make some creative crafts from recycled goods.

El da de los nios/El da de los libros
Monday, April 28th at 6:30 p.m.
Come listen to special guest readers from ASPIRA at our Monday night story time! El da de los nios/El da de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day) is a celebration of children, families and reading that occurs yearly on April 30th. The celebration emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for children.

Regular Programs

Pajama Movie Time

Monday nights at 6:30 p.m.

Sing some songs, and watch a short film.

Pajamas optional!  Geared towards ages 4-8, but all ages welcome. 


Crafty Wednesdays

All day, every Wednesday all year long!

For the Under 12's.  Drop by and make a special craft!  Display of future crafts to make on view.



Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Stories and songs aimed at the preschool crowd, but all ages welcome!



Thursdays 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.

We'll bring the LEGO bricks - you bring the skills and ideas!  Best for builders 5 years and older. Work on your own project or work as a team! Projects can be kept if you return the next week to build some more.


Babytime Playgroup

Fridays from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Designed for children under three, this is a time for babies and their families to get together and play in the library.  At 11:15 there will be a 10-15 minute mini storytime with songs and fingerplays.  This is a 'drop in and leave' program, you are welcome anytime between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

No registration necessary for any of our regular programs!
Questions? Call 508-764-5426 or email Karola.

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