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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!

We now accept credit cards!

We can now accept credit cards as a form of payment for your overdue or lost book fees. 

Stargaze with our Telescope!

The library now has a telescope which can be checked out and taken home - use it to spend a night stargazing in your own back yard!

Instructions and tips on what to look for are included. Must be checked out by an adult 18 or older. Please ask at the desk for more details!
Pass It On

ftc.gov/PassItOn gives older adults the tools to start conversations about scams and pass on what they know.

There are all kinds of scams out there on the internet - identity theft, health care scams, "you've won" contest scams, and many others. 

Sharing what you know can help protect someone who you know from a scam. Pass It On has videos and activities you can use to spread the word about these scams and how to avoid them.
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.

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.

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

October 2015


We have a busy month planned, with a little something for everyone! 

If you're looking to get in the Halloween spirit, we hope you'll stop by to see our new display featuring a haunted house made of horror novels and thrillers, created by our very own Circulation Department staff! We also have an interactive Salem Witch Trial, performed by the Delvena Theater Company. The audience becomes the jury in the trial of Susannah Martin in 1692 - see below for more details! And finally, Exists, a horror film is this month's Library Box Office pick.

We host Leila Philip and Garth Evans and their discussion on whether art can save nature, part of The Last Green Valley's Walktober events.

Learn how to effectively get the most out of your credit with a presentation on Credit Reports & Credit Scores from Money Management International, sponsored by Southbridge Savings Bank.

And for all of our genealogy buffs, learn how a new collection of genealogy periodicals can help you in your research, presented by Charlene Sokal.

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

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October'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.
Also, check out our  eBook staff picks on the new Axis360 eBook collection!
Teen Fridays
Every other Friday after school (3:00 pm)

All teens and tweens (ages 12-18) are welcome to Teen Fridays! 
Drop by anytime after 3:00. This month's schedule:  

October 16: Drop-In Coloring in the Teen Area 
October 30: Movie Day - Disturbia   (Pioppi Room)                                                                                                        
Art Exhibit: Eugene McCarthy
Reception Thursday, October 1 at 6:30 pm

Please join us in welcoming our featured artist for October, Eugene McCarthy! We will hold an opening reception on Thursday, October 1; all are welcome, and light refreshments will be served.    

    "Originally from Michigan, with a degree in English from University of Detroit, I took a PhD at University of Kansas and ventured East where we have stayed ever since, raising our five children in Worcester. 
      My teaching interests were chiefly English 18th Century literature, and African-American literature; my publication was in those areas as well.  I co-edited with Thomas L. Doughton an edition of eight narratives by ex-slaves who lived in Worcester: From Bondage to Belonging: The Worcester Slave Narratives (UMass Press, 2007).  My most recent book, written with Fran Quinn, is Sound Ideas: Hearing and Speaking Poetry (Hobblebush Books).  I was an editor of The Worcester Review, and participated with the Milton Ensemble to offer dramatic performances of books of Paradise Lost each year.  I now teach literature courses in the Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE) program at Assumption.
     An interest in painting encouraged me to enroll in a "Night Life" course in the 70s with Robert Duffy, the well-known area landscape artist. I wanted to do watercolors, and he gave me my first instruction in the basics that still inform my work. Over the years I took a few classes in watercolor, and after I retired from Holy Cross in 2000, I started regular classes at WAM with Kat O'Connor who grounded me in the fundamentals of watercolor, which has remained my sole interest.
     I have placed watercolors at several area juried shows, in Marlboro, Hopkinton (first place in 2009), and the Fitchburg Regional show (watercolor prize, summer 2011); in December, 2010, and October, 2014, I displayed my work at the Worcester Public Library."
Book Club: The Hanging Judge
Monday, October 5 at 6:30 pm  
All are welcome to join us for a discussion of Michael Ponsor's The Hanging Judge in the Reading Room. New participants are always welcome (no commitment!) - copies of next month's book, The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore, are available at the Information Desk for checkout.

"Based on the experience of the author, a federal judge who in 2000 presided over the first capital case in Massachusetts in more than fifty years, this extraordinary debut thriller offers an unprecedented inside view of a federal death penalty trial

When a drive-by shooting in Holyoke, Massachusetts, claims the lives of a Puerto Rican drug dealer and a nurse at a neighborhood clinic, the police arrest a black drug dealer. With no death penalty in Massachusetts, the US attorney shifts the double homicide out of state jurisdiction into federal court so that he can pursue the death penalty.
The Honorable David S. Norcross, who has been on the federal bench only two years, now presides over the first death penalty case in the state in fifty years. He must contend not only with an ambitious female prosecutor and a brilliant veteran defense attorney, but with a citizenry outraged at the senseless killing of a white hockey mom - not to mention the pressures of the media, anti-death penalty protesters, vengeful gang members, and the million other things that can go wrong in a capital trial."
Library Box Office: Exists
Thursday, October 8 at 6:00 pm

"A camping trip becomes a bloodsoaked nightmare as five friends are terrorized by a mysterious creature seeking vengeance."

Rated R.
Running time: 81 minutes.

All screenings are held in the Pioppi Room, lower level.
Can Art Save Nature? - Walktober 2015
Thursday, October 15 at 6:30 pm
You are invited to join us for a book reading and discussion about the creative collaboration between Leila Philip and Garth Evans and their exciting environmental awareness project called Water Rising. During the event the original artwork from Water Rising will be on exhibit. The Broadsheet - a beautiful reproduction of one poem and one watercolor will also be displayed along with enlarged text from the book.

Water Rising is a collaboration between Leila Philip and Garth Evans. Philip's realist poems - about nature, beauty, love and loss - alongside Evans's abstract, deeply hued layered watercolors. The words and the images interact to create a moving meditation on the power of art to express and explore our deepest human emotions and our connections to place.

Water Rising celebrates a sense of place. 100% of the net proceeds from book sales will be donated to support environmental stewardship. See  www.Water-Rising.com for more details.

This event is presented as part of Walktober, and is sponsored by The Last Green Valley, Opacum Land Trust, and the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library.
Salem Witch Hysteria
Thursday, October 22 at 6:30 pm
The Delvena Theater Company presents An Interactive Performance of  The Salem Witch Hysteri a.

Watch history come alive with these fascinating dramatizations of the true stories of the Salem Witch Hysteria. The setting is Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, a year in which, of the approximate 168 men and women accused of practicing witchcraft, 20 were executed.  

Let's see how things go in 2015 when the audience members become the jury in the trial of Susannah Martin. The audience will have the opportunity to question the defendant and form their own opinion as to her guilt or innocence. The cast will open up again to the audience after the performance for a lively discussion. Great performance - inspiring interactive entertainment!

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.
Credit Reports & Credit Scores: Getting the Most Mileage from Your Credit
Monday, October 26 at 6:00 pm
In this workshop,creditcards_scatter_laptop.jpg Money Management International offers insight on improving and protecting your credit so you can get the most mileage from one of the most valuable financial tools available -your credit.

* What is a credit report? Learn where credit agencies obtain information and how to interpret the reports they create.
* How can my credit report be used? Determine reasons why someone can review your report.
* How do I obtain my credit report? Discover your rights on how often you are entitled to receive a FREE credit report from the three major credit reporting agencies.
* How do I know my credit report is accurate? Spot errors in your report and learn how to dispute them.
* How can I improve my credit score? Uncover steps you can take to improve your credit score.
Workshop participants will be provided with a workbook and other handouts to take home.

Southbridge Savings Bank has generously sponsored this program. Money Management International (MMI) is a nonprofit, full-service credit counseling agency that has proudly served consumers since 1958. In addition to providing quality financial education services, MMI offers confidential financial guidance, counseling, and debt management assistance. 
Using Genealogy Periodicals in Your Research with Charlene Sokal
Thursday, October 29 at 6:30 pm
Please join us for a presentation from Professional Genealogist Charlene Sokal on how you can use genealogy periodicals to assist you in your research. This is an opportunity to find more sources and resources to build your family tree. The updated online databases available at Jacob Edwards Library will give you more options to identify materials you may not have used before. 

Sponsored by MSOG.

Pajama Story Time
Mondays at 6:30 p.m.  
Story time is back on Monday night! It is a fun evening of stories, songs, and  dancing in the Children's Room. The story time is  followed by a craft project. The story time is aimed at children aged 4-8, but all are welcome to join us.  

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  
Ev ery Wednesday, all day long!   

Stop by the Children's Room on Wednesday to do a special  cr aft. This  is a drop-in program that runs all day. Simply stop by the Children's Room desk to get your craft supplies. Look out for creepy Halloween crafts in October! 


Lego Club

Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
Starting September 12, Lego Club is back on Saturdays! We'll bring the Legos, you bring the ideas! This is a drop-in program, no need to sign up! 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.  
 We have gotten a lot of great new board books in recently. Board books are great for our littlest library patrons because they are so sturdy. We are loving All Shook Up! by Alain Crozon and I Can Roar!by Frank Asch.   

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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