Library News
Jacob Edwards Library
April, 2021


The Library is offering curbside service at this time.
Please call 508-764-5426 to reach a staff member.

Curbside Pickup Available
Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm
Image by Ed Zilch from Pixabay

  • Curbside pickup service continues this month. This contactless-service will be available Monday through Friday, from 9 am until 5 pm, and will remain in effect for the near future. Patrons may request items by calling the Library at 508-764-5426, or by placing holds in their personal library account. Patrons may request up to ten (10) items per transaction when calling. Items from the CWMARS catalog may be requested; however, only items in the JEL collection are subject to immediate availability. 

Please click here for additional information on curbside pickup.

Items may be returned only through the book drop at the rear of the building, due to challenges posed for safe materials handling.

  • Late fees accrued during our closure will be waived
  • Normal lending periods have resumed:

What are the loan periods for library materials?
  • Most books, books-on-CD, and music CDs are loaned for three weeks. New books are loaned for two weeks. DVDs and videogames are loaned for one week. Magazines are loaned for one week.
  • No donations can be accepted during the pandemic, due to the challenges posed for safe materials handling
  • Materials being returned will be quarantined and will not be checked in for 72 hours. There will be a 3 day delay in seeing recently returned items no longer appear on your account. Dates and times may be subject to change
  • If returning compact discs, please place a rubber band around the case
News and Announcements

Library Week April 4 - 10

Jazz Appreciation Month
National Poetry Month
Artist of the Month: Doreen LaScola
ART EXHIBIT with Doreen LaScola
Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to feature the work of Doreen LaScola - a multidisciplinary artist and who is showing her Encaustics work in this online show.
Encaustics (from the Greek, “enkaustikos”, to burn in) are a type of paint, developed by the ancient Greeks, consisting of beeswax, damar resin, and pigment. The paint is applied as a molten liquid, then fused, layer by layer, with a heat source such as a blow torch or a heat gun.

In 2015, when Doreen first began exploring the qualities of encaustics to use in conjunction with mixed media assemblage, she had no idea how enthralled she would become with the medium. Even after six years, she feels she has barely begun to scratch the surface of its potential. It has qualities that continually instruct. In her opinion, encaustic is as rebellious as it is ancient and traditional. Not always being easily controlled, it can sometimes get away from the creator, yielding either disastrous or exciting and unexpected results. For Doreen, that is part of the creative adventure however she always hopes for the latter!
With your library card, you can have free access to HOMEWORK HELP!
Get assistance with creative writing.
FREE access with your library card!
Gardening with Blackstone Valley Veggie Gardens - online
Raised Bed Gardening
Description: Learn to grow plants in raised beds
Time Apr 6, 2021 06:30 PM

The Organic Approach
Description: Tend and nurture your garden using organic methods
Time  Apr 20, 2021 06:30 PM 

This program is generously sponsored by the Josephine Kulis Memorial Fund and
Jacob Edwards Library

Ms. Liz Storytime

LIVE on Facebook

Wednesdays at 10:30 am
You are invited to join Ms. Liz for a **LIVE** Facebook Storytime.

Wednesdays at 10:30 am
Dia: Children's Day : Book Day
Friday, April 30 Listen to some stories read by Ms. Liz and Ms. Michelle in both English and Spanish.

Board of Trustees Meeting

The next meeting of the Board is scheduled for Tuesday, April 27th, 2021 at noon via GoToMeeting platform. Details will be available on the Town of Southbridge website, under Public Meetings Calendar, for all public meetings.

All meetings are open to the public.
Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library
Meetings Postponed

Due to COVID-19 related restrictions, no book donations can be accepted
at this time.

We look forward to your call 508.764.5426 or seeing you at the curbside pick up!

In case you missed the link when posted, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette has digitized a series of historical photographs taken by the staff photographers through the years. Here is a link to view this treasure trove of local interest photographs. Historic photos: A town of Southbridge time capsule from our archives posted online July 1, 2020

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