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Monday, May 25th

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Our last open Saturday for the summer will be May 23rd. Saturdays will resume after Labor Day.

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

May 2015


Please join us in the children's room as we say farewell to Karola Daigle after nearly sixteen years of service at the Jacob Edwards Library. We wish her the best of luck in this next exciting chapter of her life! A public retirement party will be held on Friday, May 8 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm in the Children's Room. All are welcome!

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

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May'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: Delia Rodriguez
Thursday, May 7 at 6:30 pm  


Local knitter Delia Rodriguez will be displaying her knitting at the library for the month of May. A reception for the artist will be held on Thursday, May 7 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served, all are welcome! Stop by any time during the month to view her work.

Book Club: And Then There Were None
Monday, April 6 at 6:30 pm


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


"First, there were ten - a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they're unwilling to reveal - and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion."

Teen Tuesdays & Chess Club
Every Tuesday, 3:00 pm (right after school)
Chess Club: May 2 & 9, 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:


May 5: Wii Gaming - Drop in to play some Wii games!


May 12: Movie - Dracula Untold - Rated PG-13


May 19: Craft Day - Origami - Try your hand at origami! We'll have origami paper and some instructions, drop in and get crafty

May 26: Anime Day - Drop by to see a screening of a new anime - TBA 



Teen and Tween Chess Club 

Saturdays 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 May 2 & 9.

Claire Birtz Gallery Opening Reception
Monday, May 11 at 6:00 pm


You are invited to the official opening of the Claire Birtz Gallery at Jacob Edwards Library. Please join us for refreshments and music by classical guitarist Nick Cutroneo. All are welcome!

Library Box Office: Traitors
Thursday, May 14 at 6:00 pm


"Malika, leader of Traitors, an all-female punk rock band, has a strong vision of the world, her hometown of Tangier, and her place in it. When she needs money to save her family from eviction and to realize her dreams for the band, Malika agrees to a fast cash proposition: a smuggling run over the mountains for a dangerous drug dealer. 

But her companion on the road is Amal, a burnt-out young drug mule who Malika decides to free from her enslavement to the dangerous drug dealers. The challenge will put Malika's rebel ethos to the test, and to survive she will have to call on all her instincts and nerve. "
In Arabic & French w/ English subtitles. 
Unrated (recommended for 18+)
Running time: 83 minutes.

All screenings are held in the Pioppi Room, lower level.
Brian McKeown, author of 
Hannah's Left Hook
Saturday, May 16 at 6:30 pm


Author Brian McKeown will present an overview of his book Hannah's Left Hook and discuss the writing process. Copies of the book will be available for sale and a book signing will be conducted at the end of the program. All welcome!

" Through countless scrubbings of St. Lawrence's Church floor, a poor washerwoman develops a devastating left hook. During the Great War she persuades the Birkenhead Shipyard to hire her as its first female laborer, beginning her transformation into a working-class legend.

Set in northwest England, Hannah's Left Hook is a story of survival, feisty determination, and the occasional black eye. Hannah Corcoran and her family battle their way through the tumultuous events of the first half of the twentieth century. Whether it's a butcher who thumbs his scales, a foreman who exploits female shipyard workers while their husbands and brothers fight the Great War, an agent provocateur who escalates the food riots of 1932, or a sergeant who drafts under-age boys during WW II-Hannah's left hook strikes to defend the rights of the unemployed and the oppressed."
Going Native: Low Maintenance Shrubs and Trees with Betty Sanders
Thursday, May 21 at 6:30 pm


Native trees and shrubs evolved in New England without our help. They have adapted to hot, dry summers and cold winters, to browsing deer and local insects. The flowers and fruit they produce attract birds and butterflies, and along with their foliage add color to your landscape. Nativars-the cultivars of native plants-have expanded the color palette and options for the homeowner.


Join us for a talk by Betty Sanders, of Betty on Gardening on how to incorporate these native plants into your yard or garden! 


Sponsored by the Jacob Edwards Library Board of Trustees as part of the 

100th Anniversary Celebration.

May Art Display

A Pop Art Show by the third graders of the West Street School will be on display in the Children's Room for the month of May. A reception will be held on Monday, May 18th at 6:00 p.m.


I Like to Read with Rick Goldin  

Saturday, May 2 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Join us for a music and puppet show! Rick Goldin's "I Like To Read" music program features songs about books, reading and going to the library. It also includes appearances by Rick's singing animal puppets Henry the Horse and Quackleberry Duck, and features lots of movement, humor, and singing along. This program is designed to encourage children to read, and to get them to discover that books and reading can be fun.

The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation Grant is made possible by the Holtz-Tetrealt family. 


Public Reception for Karola's Retirement
Friday, May 8 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Please join us in the Children's Room as we say farewell to Karola after nearly sixteen years of service at the Jacob Edwards Library. We wish her the best of luck in this next exciting chapter of her life.

Sponsored by the Jacob Edwards Library Trustees.


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 or Betsy. The crafts in May include a Mother's Day bouquet, a sheep, a jellyfish, and a flowering branch.

Watch out for some changes with the Wednesday crafts! We are going to focus developing creativity and individual expression in our young patrons with the Wednesday crafts. We can't wait to see what the next crafts are! 



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 dinosaurs and bugs.  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! *There will be no Toddler Time on Friday, May 8th*


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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