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The library will be closed on Monday, February 16 

for Presidents' Day 

Tax Assistance

FREE Tax Assistance will be available again this year at the library through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program. 

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)

Afghan Raffle

The Tuesday Knitting Group created a beautiful afghan for the Library's 100th Anniversary!

The Friends of the Library will be raffling off the afghan on Thursday, February 19th, at 7:30 p.m. 

Tickets can be bought at the desk anytime (including that night!), $2 each or 3 for $5.

Proceeds benefit Friends of the Library, which helps fund lirbary programs and events throughout the year.
Book a Librarian

Did you get a shiny new device over the holidays? Curious about how to download ebooks to your new 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 to schedule a 
20-30 minute appointment.
New! Old Sturbridge Village Passes

We now offer discounted passes to Old Sturbridge Village through our museum pass program! 


The pass grants 

50% off daytime admission for up to 4 individuals.


Passes are available on a first-come first-served basis, although Southbridge residents may call ahead to reserve passes for a specific day. 


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


Check out our website for more details and information on all of the free and discounted passes we offer to local museums and attractions.

MA Health Connector Open Enrollment


Open Enrollment for health insurance through the MA Health Connector is November 15, 2014 - February 15, 2015.


Everyone who needs health insurance through the Health Connector in 2015 must fill out a new application for coverage-even if they already applied in 2013 or 2014.


Assistance in applying is available at the 

Family Health Center 

32 Orchard Street. 

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: 

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.

Friends of the Library

Board of Trustees 


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JEL News & Events

February 2015



You are invited to the 
20th Annual Library Legislative Breakfast!
Friday, February 6th, 2015
8:00 a.m. (registration begins at 7:30) - 10:00 a.m.

The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to host the 2015 Library Legislative Breakfast.

We invite you to join with legislators, local officials, librarians and supporters to share ideas about libraries and library services.
All are welcome, we hope to see you there!


Thanks to the generosity of the Southbridge Savings Bank, the library now has an AWE Early Literacy Station in the Children's Room!

Early Learning Station

This dedicated touchscreen computer is designed for children ages 2-8 and is ideal for teaching computer skills at an early age. Children can browse more than 70 educational  - and fun! - games on topics from reading to math and everything in between. It's also bilingual (English/Spanish)! We hope this system will provide a safe and fun learning environment for young children who may or may not have access to a computer at home. 

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

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February'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.
Teen Tuesdays & Chess Club
Every Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (right after school)
Chess Club: February 10 and 24, 10:30 a.m. - 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:

Feb 3: Wii Gaming - Drop in to play some Wii Games!


Feb 10: Movie - Step Up: All In - What's better than movies on the big screen? 


Feb 17: Make a Fleece Scarf - Feeling crafty? Learn how to make your own fleece scarf! Starts at 2:00, but drop in anytime between 2 and 4. 

Sponsored by the 100th Anniversary/Board of Trustees.


Feb 24: Anime Day - We'll be screening the upcoming Fantastic Detective Labyrinth



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 February 10 and 24.

Book Club: My Beloved World
Monday, February 2 at 6:30 p.m.


All are welcome to join us for a discussion of Sonia Sotomayor's My Beloved World in the Reading Room. New participants are always welcome (no commitment!) - copies of next month's book, House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III, are available at the Information Desk for checkout.


"An instant American icon--the first Hispanic on the U.S. Supreme Court--tells the story of her life before becoming a judge in an inspiring, surprisingly personal memoir.

With startling candor and intimacy, Sonia Sotomayor recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a progress that is testament to her extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.  She writes of her precarious childhood and the refuge she took with her passionately spirited paternal grandmother. She describes her resolve as a young girl to become a lawyer, and how she made this dream become reality: valedictorian of her high school class, summa cum laude at Princeton, Yale Law, prosecutor in the Manhattan D.A.'s office, private practice, federal district judge before the age of forty. She writes about her deeply valued mentors, about her failed marriage, about her cherished family of friends. Through her still-astonished eyes, America's infinite possibilities are envisioned anew in this warm and honest book, destined to become a classic of self-discovery and self-invention, alongside Barack Obama's Dreams from My Father."

Art Reception: Abu Mwenye and Paul Mlinga
Thursday, February 5 at 6:30 p.m.


Our featured artists for February are Abu Mwenye and Paul Mlinga. Please join us in welcoming them with a reception for the artists on Thursday, February 5th at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served, compliments of the Friends of the Library.


"If you asked Abu Mwenye about what inspires his many diverse paintings, the journey would begin in his native Tanzania. As a young child, Abu can remember being distracted from his homework by his Uncle who would be the member of the family who possessed skills in art. In fact, there were also members of Abu's immediate family, his mother Rita, whose art talents also cultivated his interest. Supported and encouraged by his family, Abu began to study and create art. Kanga patterns, Masai warriors, chungu, and shanga (beads) are just some of the images that can be seen in Mwenye's work. The deep connection the Artist feels to his homeland can clearly be felt. At the same time, Mwenye is able to show viewers the deep connection to his new home."

Backyard Astronomy: Using the New Library Telescope
Monday, February 9 at 6:30 p.m.


Did you know that the library has a new Orion telescope? Soon you will be able to check it out and do some space exploration from your own backyard!


Members of the Aldrich Astronomical Society from Paxton will be here to demonstrate how to use it. Find out what objects lie within the reach of this amazing telescope and how easy it is to use!

This telescope was donated to the Jacob Edwards Library during the 100th Anniversary Year by the Southbridge Rotary Club and will be maintained by the Aldrich Astronomical Society, Inc. as part of their 'Adopt a Library' Program. We are looking forward to rolling out this new equipment and having it available for the community to borrow. Adults will soon be able to reserve it with their library card.

Light refreshments will be served by the Friends of Jacob Edwards Library. 

Library Box Office: Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?
Thursday, February 12 at 6:00 p.m.


"In this madcap and lighthearted comedic romp, introverted optometrist Weichung begins to question his marriage with his wife Feng, upon learning of her desire to have another baby. At his sister's engagement party, Weichung bumps into an old friend, Stephen, a wedding photographer who, though also married, is living the high life of a younger, single gay man. When Stephen teases Weichung for his newly straightlaced lifestyle, dormant emotions are awakened in Weichung, setting him off on a quest for true romance and desire."
In Mandarin w/ English subtitles. Unrated (recommended 18+)
Running time: 106 minutes.

All screenings are held in the Pioppi Room, lower level.
Music with Art Sandoli
Thursday, February 19 at 6:30 p.m.



Arthur Sandoli

Local musician Artie Sandoli will play original music & original arrangements of numerous artists of many musical styles. 

Light refreshments provided by the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library.

All are welcome!


Immediately following the program, the Friends of the Library will be raffling off the afghan donated by our Tuesday Knitting Group. 

Be sure to get your tickets in!


 The Children's Corner


La Hora de Cuentos 

Monday, February 2 at 6:30 p.m.

Join us for a bilingual story time in the Children's Room, followed by a craft. Stories and songs will be shared in both Spanish and English.

El primer lunes de cada mes tendremos cuentos, canciones, y arte biling�e en La Sala de Ni�os de la biblioteca.     


Family Yoga with Anna Yoga 

Tuesdays, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.   

Come to the library for a parent and child yoga program! Yoga teacher Anna Sotar will teach the general philosophy of yoga and basic poses to parents and young children every Tuesday for the whole month of February. Wear comfortable clothes, and bring along a yoga mat if you have one! Sponsored by the Southbridge Cultural Council.
Valentine's Day with Maggie the Clown 
Saturday, February 14, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Please join us on Valentine's Day for a special show with Maggie The Clown! We will start with face-painting at 11:00 a.m., and the show will be at 11:30. There also will be Valentine's crafts all morning long in the Children's Room. We hope you will join us for this fun event!   

Sponsored by the Borgatti Trust.



Ed Popielarczyk's Comedy Magic Show

Tuesday, February 17, 3:00 p.m.  


Join us for a comedy magic show at the library! Ed Popielarczyk is a professional magician, balloon sculptor, flea circus ringmaster, and storyteller. He has been entertaining kids for over thirty years. This show depends on a lot of audience participation, so we are going to need your help! Everyone who comes up to be a helper will receive a souvenir!

Sponsored by the Borgatti Trust. 



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 February are mostly animal craft, including this special Valentine's flamingo.  We can't wait to see what amazing crafts she comes up with for March!   



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 robots 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. - 11:30 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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