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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. 

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.
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.

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

March 2015



Annual Book Sale

Thursday, March 26, 2:00 - 8:00 pm
Friday, March 27, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday, March 28, 9:00 am - 12 Noon

Hardcovers - $1.00
Paperbacks - 50 cents
Children's books - 50 cents
DVDs & CDs - $1.00

Saturday - Fill a bag for $5.00!

Pioppi Room, lower level

Thanks to the Friends of the Library!


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

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March'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.
Book Club: House of Sand and Fog
Monday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m.


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


"On a road crew in California, a former colonel in the Iranian Air Force sees a way to restore his family's dignity in an attractive bungalow available on county auction. But the house's owner, a recovering alcoholic and addict down on her luck, will fight for the one thing she has left. And her lover, a married cop, will be driven to extremes to win her love. In this masterpiece of American realism and Shakepearean consequence, Andre Dubus III's unforgettable charaters careen toward inevitable conflict, their tragedy painting a shockingly true picture of the country we live in today." 

Teen Tuesdays & Chess Club
Every Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (right after school)
Chess Club: March 7 & 21, 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:


Mar 3: Wii Gaming - Drop in to play some Wii games!

Mar 10: Movie - Maleficent - Get ready for Disney's new Cinderella with a re-watch (or first watch!) of this live-action retelling of Sleeping Beauty.


Mar 17: Fairy Tale Jeopardy - Celebrate the release of Disney's new live-action Cinderella by testing your knowledge of fairy tales


Mar 24: Movie - If I Stay - We'll be showing If I Stay right after school - bring tissues, this one's a tearjerker!

Mar 31: 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 March 7 & 21.

Art Reception: 11th Annual Women's Handwork Show
Thursday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m.


It's time again for our Annual Women's Handwork Show! In it's 11th year, the show is a great chance to see the talents of local women on display.  
Colored Pencils
View art in a variety of mediums from women artists in the area - from oil and watercolors to hand-knit works, and everything in between. 

The show will be on display throughout the month. Please join us for the reception and meet the artists on Thursday, March 5th at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided, compliments of the Friends of the Library.
Library Box Office: In a World...
Thursday, March 12 at 6:00 p.m.


"In this hilarious and idiosyncratic comedy, Carol is an underachieving voice coach living in the shadow of her egotistical father Sam, the undisputed king of the voice-over industry. When Sam kicks her out, Carol lands her first voice-over job with the help of charming sound engineer Louis. 

As romantic sparks begin to fly, Carol finds herself facing a momentous decision when continued job offers put her in head to head competition with her dad. The engaging supporting cast includes Rob Corddry, Michaela Watkins and Ken Marino with cameos by Eva Longoria and Geena Davis."
In English, Rated R.
Running time: 93 minutes.

All screenings are held in the Pioppi Room, lower level.
Where are the Women? Genealogy Research Tips with Charlene Sokal
Thursday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m.


grandma-photo-album.jpg Genealogist and Research Librarian Charlene Sokal will present a program demonstrating how to get the most of the genealogy databases - and Family Search. As March is National Women's History Month, there will be emphasis on finding female ancestors that can be difficult to track.

Charlene Key Sokal, MSLS, AB, is a Professional Genealogist with more than 20 years' research experience in Genealogy and Local History. She specializes in immigration genealogy and all types of genealogical research in New York, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Massachusetts. She has so far traced her German ancestors back to 1655. She is a retired Reference Supervisor of Worcester Public Library.
The Dyeing Room with Robert McMaster
Thursday, March 26 at 6:30 p.m.


Robert McMaster, Southbridge native and author of Trolley Days, has published a new historical novel set in Massachusetts. Please join us in welcoming him back to JEL for a talk about The Dyeing Room, followed by a book signing.

"Spring - 1917. War is raging in Europe and America has just cast its lot against the German war machine. Back home, the nation is reeling with social strife: workers marching for their rights, immigrants demanding fair treatment, suffragettes clamoring for the vote. 

In Holyoke, Massachusetts, seventeen-year-old Jack Bernard has a new job at one of the city's largest textile mills, hoping to save money for college. Meanwhile, his friend, Tom Wellington, appears to have taken control of his demons and set himself on a new course. Soon the lives of both young men, their families and friends, will be torn asunder by forces and events far beyond their control. 

The Dyeing Room, Robert T. McMaster's second novel, is an absorbing blend of adventure, mystery, and romance populated with characters so life-like they seem to leap from the pages and materialize before our very eyes. Readers young and old will be captivated by this story from a century past, the world of our forebears, an era that, however distant, still speaks to us across the generations."

 The Children's Corner


La Hora de Cuentos 

Monday, March 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.     




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 March include robot puppets, a truck, and an octopus.  We can't wait to see what amazing crafts Karola comes up with for April!   



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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