Library News
August, 2020

"I saw the spiders marching through air,
Swimming from tree to tree that mildewed day
In latter August when the hay
Came creaking to the barn." 1

--Robert [Traill Spence] Lowell (1917-1977)
From "Mr. Edwards and the Spider"


  Curbside Pickup
Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm

Curbside pickup service began on June 9, 2020, and continues this August.  This contactless-service will be available Monday through Friday, from 9 am until 5 pm, and will remain in effect when the Library reopens to the public on a limited basis.  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 CW/MARS 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. 

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OverDrive Instant Digital Cards - Update

OverDrive Instant Digital Cards, which were obtainable during a trial period lasting through June 30, 2020, are no longer available. Patrons will be able to use their mobile number to access OverDrive for one year from their sign up date. 

Patrons are encouraged to sign up for a 
full membership library card  and be eligible for curbside pick up.  Your library card provides access to books, magazines, music, movies, audiobooks, e-books, museum passes, databases, and more!

Summer Reading

Summer reading books for students in grades K-12 from area schools are ready for pickup.  Simply place a hold for your summer reading materials in your account via the online catalog, or give the Library a call at 508-764-5426 to speak to a staff member. 

Summer reading BINGO is back for teens and adults!  This year's theme is "Imagine Your Story," and focuses on fairytales, mythology and fantasy. Click below to see the BINGO sheets, and get started on your reading adventure.  Participants are eligible to try out for some great prizes this summer, including a $75 gift certificate to Thai Orchid Restaurant, a $50 gift certificate to Sturbridge Coffee Roasters, and a $50 gift certificate to Hog Heaven Hobbies. See BINGO sheets for more information. 


Art Exhibition
The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to present the work of local and regional artists from the DiBonaventua family for the month of August. Read more about the exhibit below!

WRTA Transit Announcement

The Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA) is pleased to share effective Monday, August 3, 2020 a new route serving Southbridge, Dudley and Webster will begin. This new service was made possible by MassDOT's Workforce Transportation Grant Program. Funding through this grant will allow the WRTA to initiate, maintain, strengthen, and expand service to the workforce population.
The new Southbridge, Dudley, and Webster shuttle will serve:
  • Big Bunny Plaza
  • Harrington Hospital (Southbridge)
  • Jacob Edwards Library
  • Dept. of Transitional Assistance
  • Southbridge Hotel & Conf. Center
  • Quinsigamond Community College (Southbridge)
  • MassHire Career Center
  • Big Y Plaza
  • Dudley District Court
  • Dudley Housing Authority
  • Dudley Municipal Complex
  • Webster Town Hall & Senior Center
  • Harrington HealthCare at Webster
The shuttle will begin as a free service for the month of August 2020. The route will connect with WRTA Route 29 (Southbridge), and Route 42 (Webster) that provides connections to the Auburn Mall, Worcester, and the WRTA Hub at Union Station.

2020 United States Census 

Censo 2020 Responder Al Censo Es Importante
Censo 2020
Responder Al Censo Es Importante

57.7% is the current Southbridge - town self-response rate (7/27/20), while the Massachusetts self-response rate is 64.4%. The national self-response rate 62.4%.  Click here to see the rates online. There is still plenty of time to respond to the  2020 CensusSee the updated schedule  here

"The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities 
every year for the next decade. 
That funding shapes many different aspects of every community, no matter the size, no matter the location."
Revised Library Hours
As of March 17, 2020, the Jacob Edwards Library 
will be closed to the public until further notice.  
Remaining staff will be available Monday-Friday from 9am to 5 pm 
to assist with patron inquiries.

Staff may be reached by calling 508-764-5426 or by emailing [email protected]. 
Items may be returned through the book drop 
at the rear of the building.
  • 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, Playaways 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.
Town of Southbridge Resources: 

Library Resources:

Holly Christo, Executive Director: 508-909-6589 or [email protected] for tutor support and information.

Andrea Cignarella, Program Assistant: 774-230-6468 or [email protected] for new students and online classes. - Get Help
a good starting point for social assistance programs

March Reca
We look forward to seeing you all again soon! We miss you!

Please read on for all of this month's news.

Art Reception - CANCELLED
Library Box Office - CANCELLED

Ongoing Events: Book Club & Knitting:
POSTPONED until further notice

 Teen Events
Children's Corner:
All events POSTPONED until further notice

Library Hours & Holiday Closings:

The Jacob Edwards Library is closed to the public as of Tuesday, March 17, 2020, until further notice, due to the current pandemic.

Staff will be available 
Monday through Friday,
from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm to answer any patron inquiries and to provide assistance.

Please call 508-764-5426 or email [email protected].

Monday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

August'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.

The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré

Peace is Every Step: the Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life by Thích Nhất Hạnh


Lots more to discover!
August's Exhibition

Art and Crafts by the DiBonaventura Family

Hand drawn by Jimmy McClaskey.
Colored by Araclis Biel.

The Jacob Edwards library is pleased to host the work of local and regional artists who are members of the extended DiBonaventura family this August.  In a vast array of artworks, family members display their creativity, artistry and ingenuity.  Due to the closure of the Library, the varied artworks will be featured digitally on the JEL Facebook page throughout the month. Read here to learn more about the skillfulness of the DiBonaventura Family:

"So how did an Italian immigrant from Ellis Island wind up in Southbridge? The answer is that when the Titanic sank, the owner of the Southern New England Railroad ended the project, which resulted in the loss of the immigrant's job. The American Optical was hiring, and our family roots in Southbridge began to take hold. That first generation here fought in two World Wars and the Korean War, attended our churches and schools, and raised their families in the community. Over a century later, we still are proud to reflect on our Italian American experience here.
We hope you enjoy the works of art you see in this virtual show. It represents some of the skills and creativity that were influenced and encouraged by our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. Although we can't recreate the aroma of our food or the pure joy and laughter of family reunions here, hopefully the narrative through photographs, crafts, artwork, and chests will make this evident."
Written by Lisa Biel.

Film Screening - Motherless Brooklyn 
Thursday, August 13 at 2:00 pm

The scheduled filming of Motherless Brooklyn , starring Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Alec Baldwin and Willem Defoe, scheduled for Thursday, August 13 at 2 pm has been cancelled.

If you would like to view this film at home, please click here to place a hold in the online catalog.

Library Box Office Film Series is
Sponsored by Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library.
Ongoing Events

Book Club 
Monday, August 3
6:30 pm

August's book club selection is  "Norwegian by Night" by Derek B. Miller . Copies may be ordered through the online catalog here.
This is a no-commitment book club, attend as many or as few meetings as you like! The group meets on the first Monday of every month. 

Copies of September's book club selection, "My Ex Life" by Stephen McCauley are available for request in the online catalog.

Knitting with Sonya
Every Tuesday, 
10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Stop by and join our knitting circle in the Reading Room every Tuesday! 
All handcrafters (not just knitters!) are welcome to join, whatever your level experience. Stuck on your current project or wanting to learn a new technique? Chances are one of the group will be able to lend a hand!  Drop by for a few minutes or stay for the full two hours. 
We hope to see you there!

Teen Corner
August's Activity: Dragon/Unicorn Jar Lantern

Light up your summer reading nook with this majestic lantern.  Choose between a ferocious, or friendly, dragon, and a magical unicorn.  Find inspiration for your creation from this year's summer reading theme - fairytales, fantasy and mythology. 
Have fun creating!
Send us a photo of your creation to [email protected]!

Ms. Liz Reads Stories on YouTube

Connect with Ms. Liz, Children's Librarian by listening to her read from some of the amazing books we have in the Children's collection at the Jacob Edwards Library!

Here is a link to the latest story Ms. Liz selected to read from: What Do You Do With An Idea? by Kobi Yamada, illustrated by Mae Besom

Lots more to discover! Thanks to the production staff at Southbridge Community TV, there are many other stories read by Ms. Liz at the following link
"Monday Night STEAM"
Mondays, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Botley the Coding Robot, try our "Hack" Computer, Kinetic Sand, Snap Circuits, Picasso Tiles, Play Dough  and much more!!   Each Monday will feature one fun activity, every week will be different.  

Tinkering Thursdays
Thursdays, 4:00-5:00pm
STEM-related hands on activity using everyday and recycled items to design your own creations.

Toddler Story Time
Wednesdays at 10:30 am
Stories & Songs  for preschoolers, stay for story and create a craft.

Story Time
Fridays 10:30 am
S ongs, story and playtime for the
 little ones 3 and under.


Crafty Wednesday
Every Wednesday
Starting Weds. July 8, 2020
Call us 508-764-5426 or drop by and ring bell and we will give you a craft to make at home!  Every week will be different!

Construction Club
Tuesdays,  3:00pm - 4:30pm
Saturdays, 10:30am-12:00pm

We'll bring the LEGO bricks, you bring the ideas! This is a drop-in program, so there is no need to register. Best for children over 5.

Completed Lego projects go on display in the Children's Room for a whole week. If you are in the library, stop by the Children's Room to see different Lego projects on display. 

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Discounted and Free Admission to Museums & Attractions

The Museum Pass Program is currently unavailable. Please check with each cultural institution to inquire on the status of passes. Museums are open in Phase III, part I of the State's reopening plan.

Did you know? The library offers passes to a variety of area museums and attractions! 
Locations include:
Old Sturbridge Village
Eric Carle Museum
Magic Wings
Mystic Aquarium
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Roger Williams Park Zoo
Tower Hill Botanic Gardens
Worcester Art Museum
Salem Witch Museum 
USS Constitution Museum
Massachusetts Parks Pass
See  our website for details.
Thank you to the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library for sponsoring this program!
Stargaze with our Telescope!

We've added a lot of new games and equipment to our Library of Things. Thank you to the Summer Feeding grant and the Southbridge Food Services Director and Department for the opportunity to build this collection! More information to follow!

The library has a telescope which can be checked out and taken home - just like a book. Use it to spend a night stargazing in your own backyard! Who knows what you will see?

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!

Library eBooks

Looking for free eBooks? Look no further than the library! You can download FREE ebooks to your computer or device, as well as digital audiobooks.

To browse our collection, click here. Or on your mobile device or eReader, download the Overdrive or Libby app to get started. All you need is your library card number! 

 Patrons  currently have access to all 9 library systems across the state.

If you have questions or are having trouble, please ask us! Drop by, call, or email!

New bags available!

The Friends of the Library now have these fantastic new book bags available for sale! You can purchase bags at the Information Desk.

All proceeds support FOJEL, who provide funding for library events and programs (including, but not limited to, Summer Reading & Museum Passes).

Only $5 each, available in black, navy and maroon, 
they are perfect for carrying your library materials home!


bookBook a Librarian!

You can now 
"Book a Librarian!" 

Contact us to schedule a personalized 
20-30 minute phone session.

Possible topics include:
-Help downloading eBooks
-Using your new mobile device or tablet
-Book recommendations
-Using the library catalog
-Placing holds & using your online account
-Setting up an email account
-Getting started on your research paper
-Formatting a Word document
-Getting onto Zoom or Google Meeting

Call 508-764-5426  
to schedule an  appointment.

Jacob Edwards Library

Upcoming Meetings

The Friends of the Library will hold their 
monthly meeting
Monday, August 17, 2020
at 6:00 pm.

Due to COVID-19 related restrictions, no donations can be accepted at this time.
The Friends extend an invitation to all library patrons to join their group. To learn more, please visit  FOJEL's page on our website.

The Board of Trustees of the Jacob Edwards Library will meet on 
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at Noon 
in the Mills Room, unless a meeting is needed and called by the Chair.
All meetings are open to the public.


Happy August to all.  We hope to see you all again soon at your community library!

SCC. July 2020.


The Jacob Edwards Library Staff

1. From "Bartlett's Familiar Quotations." 18th ed. John Bartlett, Geoffrey O'Brien, gen. ed. 
New York: Little, Brown, 2012. p. 787.3.

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and/or photographed for promotional purposes.
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