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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 summer 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 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

September 2015


Now that school is back in session, keep the library in mind when the kids need homework help! Check out our online databases anytime you need another source for that paper or need to do some research. We also have some great eBook collections - Overdrive, Axis360, and Biblioboard, as well as our new digital magazines with Zinio!

If you have questions about any of these resources, or need help getting started with them, give us a call at 508-764-5426, or email us at [email protected]. We're always happy to help!

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

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September'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 Tuesdays
Every Tuesday after school (3:00 pm)


All teens and tweens (ages 12-18) are welcome to Teen Tuesdays! Drop in to the Pioppi Room anytime after 3:00 for movies gaming and more! This month's schedule: 


September 1: Wii Gaming

September 15: Teen Fiction Jeopardy

September 22: Movie Day - The DUFF (PG-13)

September 29: Anime Screening - Looking Up at the Half-Moon                                                                                                                         


Sorry, no Teen Tuesday on September 8
Art Exhibit: Edmy Ortiz
Reception Thursday, September 3 at 6:30 pm

Please join us in welcoming September's featured artist, Edmy Ortiz! As part of our celebrations for Hispanic Heritage Month, Ms. Ortiz, who was born in the Dominican Republic, will share her artwork with the community. All are welcome to a reception for the artist on Thursday, September 3 at 6:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served, and all are welcome to stop by and meet the artist. Her work will be on display all month long in the Main Hall.

" My fascination with the arts started at a very early age. I was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and have lived alongside a family of many talents; a family who exudes the very concept of art, ranging from architects to musicians. 
Since starting private oil painting lessons in 1995 and completing my Architectural degree in 2003 to present, my artwork has been an exploration into realism and figurative expressionism occasionally influenced by my passion for Flamenco dance and music and my Latin American roots. Oil paint on canvas is my primary media, however, I am always exploring others materials in order to enrich my artwork.  
With every exhibition, it is my desire to share my passion for the arts through nature, organic and folkloric symbols, human figure, bright pigments and its relationship with the historic cultural background of the American Continent. 
Currently, I am a Flamenco dancer and dance instructor and, along with my sisters, an artist at "3 Sisters Art & Dance Studio" located at 6 Brussels Street in Worcester - a studio dedicated to bringing a fun, artsy environment for children and adults to Central Massachusetts. Our mission is to promote art making by sharing our passion with our students through a fun, social time while teaching a step-by-step painting class."
Library Box Office: To Kill a Man
Thursday, September 10 at 6:00 pm

"Hardworking family man Jorge is just barely making ends meet. When he gets mugged by Kalule, a neighborhood delinquent, Jorge's son decides to confront Kalule, only to get himself shot in the process. Sentenced to a scant 2 years in prison for the offense, Kalule, released and now intent on revenge, goes on the warpath, terrorizing Jorge's family. With his wife, son and daughter at the mercy of a thug, Jorge has no choice but to take justice into his own hands, and live with the emotional and psychological consequences."

In Spanish with English subtitles. Unrated (recommended 18+)
Running time: 101 minutes.

All screenings are held in the Pioppi Room, lower level.
Book Club: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Monday, September 14 at 6:30 pm  
All are welcome to join us for a discussion of Maya Angelou's classic I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings in the Reading Room. New participants are always welcome (no commitment!) - copies of next month's book, The Hanging Judge by Michael Ponsor, are available at the Information Desk for checkout.

"Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local "powhitetrash." At eight years old and back at her mother's side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age-and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. 

Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns that love for herself, the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors ("I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare") will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned."
An Evening of Flamenco
Thursday, September 17 at 6:30 pm
The Jacob Edwards Library presents  an Evening of Flamenco  as part of its Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations. After a hit performance last year, we are delighted to welcome back Flamenco Worcester for an energetic performance of dancing and music. T he event is free and open to the public! Light refreshments will be served.

"Flamenco Worcester, under the direction of Edmy Ortiz, is a group of flamenco aficionados, students and performers building a community of dancers in Central Massachusetts. The goal of
 Flamenco Worcester is to showcase this powerful, classical Spanish art form to our region, promoting their love for a dance that is passionate, disciplined and elegant!  The students of Flamenco Worcester often perform in the Massachusetts area at community events and festivals.  

One can begin flamenco at any time - no partner or dance experience is necessary. Flamenco is for everyone...male and female, all ages and body types. It is a particularly powerful tool for women and girls, helping build self-esteem and a positive body image."

MA Cultural Council
This program is supported by a grant from the Southbridge Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Make Mis-Takes for Better Grades with Dr. Robert Kirk
Thursday, September 24 at 6:30 pm
Dr. Robert D. Kirk, Jr. is a licensed clinical psychologist and a nationally certified school psychologist who specializes in the assessment and correction of learning difficulties.
Please join us for a talk with Dr. Kirk on how to help your child succeed academically and behaviorally using methods he has developed over 40 years of experience.  Light refreshments will be served, all welcome!

Dr. Kirk is the author of Make Mis-Takes For Better Grades. It is based upon The Self Correction Program, which was developed by Dr. Kirk with experience in public schools and clinical settings  improving student grades and behavior using parents or grandparents as monitors.  

The Self Correction Program is designed to improve coping with Mis-Takes, increase reading speed, improve all 4 attention spans, grades and following directions.
Ding-Dong ¿Quién Es?
With Maura Mendoza
Monday, September 21 at 6:30 p.m.

Cambridge-based singer Maura Mendoza adapts her world music repertoire to introduce children to Latin American rhythms, in a fun, cheerful and interactive style. Together with her musician friend at the guitar, Maura will perform some Latin American children's classics.

Ding-Dong: ¿Quién Es? is an interactive multicultural and bilingual family show that focuses on Latin American rhythms. We will sing classic tunes from Latin America such as the Guantanamera, la Bamba, De Colores, and many more! Songs will be sung in Spanish, English and Portuguese with rhythms like chacareras, corridos, Latin swing, and bossa nova. It is going to be a fun night!

Sponsored by the Southbridge Cultural Council 
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. We have some fun crafts planned for September, including an adorable owl and a leaf crown.


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.  
Do you love graphic novels? We have gotten some great new ones in recently! Stop by the Children's Room to check out our collection of graphic novels and manga.

Look out for  The Phantom Bully by Jeffrey Brown, the latest in the series Star Wars Jedi Academy.

We are also pretty excited about the graphic novel version of Punky Brewster by Joelle Sellner and Lesley Vamos. 

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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