Library News

Jacob Edwards Library

December 2022

Library Hours

Monday & Thursday 9 am - 8 pm

Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 9 am - 5 pm

Saturdays 9 am - 1 pm

Curbside pickup is available during library hours!

The Library will be closed from Friday, December 23rd at 1 pm until Tuesday, December 27th at 9 am for the Christmas holiday.

Giving Trees

The giving trees organized by JEL's knitting group are up and donations are being collected! Donated knitwear will be distributed to local families.

Museum Pass Program

Did you know you can borrow passes that will give you discounted admission to local attractions with your library card? Details about each pass we offer can be found on the Museum Pass page on our website. 


JEL programs are always free and all are welcome!

Knitting with Sonya

Tuesday mornings
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Reading Room

For all handcrafters!

December Exhibit

Gingerbread Houses

Sponsored by Friends of Jacob Edwards Library.

The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to showcase the gingerbread houses created by our patrons and staff members throughout the month of December!

SMHS Band and Chorus Holiday Concert

Thursday, December 8th

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Sponsored by Friends of Jacob Edwards Library.

The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to host a holiday concert featuring the Southbridge Middle High School band and chorus students. During the event, JEL will be raffling off four Gingerbread Houses made by our staff!

Multiple copies of the monthly selection in various formats will be on hold -

ask for a copy at the Information Desk!

Staff Pick

Boards: Stylish Spreads for Casual Gatherings

America's Test Kitchen

"When it comes to entertaining there's nothing as crowd-pleasing and visually impressive as a well-thought-out grazing board. So much more than just cheese and cured meat--these edible displays are an approachable and elegant way of presenting food. Show off your effortless entertaining style with show-stopping conversation-starting spreads that are sure to impress your guests but give you the flexibility to make or buy components as you choose. Guests can shake up their own popcorn with a Movie Night Board complete with individual paper bags and a variety of sprinkle-on flavorings. Or, create a low-lift Tapas Board by making our foolproof Spanish Tortilla and adding store-bought cheeses, olives, and tinned fish"--provided by the publisher.

Featured Database

Published by the independent nonprofit Consumers Union, Consumer Reports is one of the most trusted sources for information and advice on consumer products and services. Consumer Reports provides ratings and recommendations on cars, appliances, electronics, and thousands of other products under the categories of Home and Garden, Babies and Kids, Money, and Food.

The Jacob Edwards Library subscribes to multiple online databases which can help you with everything from schoolwork, and finding up-to-date health information, to learning a new language or preparing for your driving test. Check them out here!

Teen Corner


Saturday, December 10th

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

December is Bingo's birthday month - celebrate by playing at the Library!

TAG Meeting

Tuesday, December 20th

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join our Teen Advisory Group (TAG) and help us improve our library services for teens. At monthly TAG meetings, you will weigh in on library programs, services, and materials, earn volunteer hours, make new friends, and build your leadership skills. Open to Southbridge students/residents ages 12-18.

Welcome to the Children's Page

December 2022



December 29, 2022 at 1:00pm

Join us for our first Buildwave event !

Participants are led through waves of high energy building activities using materials like Lego®, PlusPlus®, Kapla®, and more. The entire experience is hands-on from start to finish.

Dazzling Format

Buildwave features a captivating audiovisual component that sets it apart from every other enrichment program, making it feel more like a video game rather than just another enrichment activity.

Creative Confidence

After completing wave after wave of creative building exercises, each participant walks away from Buildwave with a renewed sense of creative confidence.

Sponsored by Olive I. and Joseph Borgatti Trust/Moms Club of Charlton Area(MOCA).


Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House Workshop

Saturday Dec 3, 2022


Monday Dec 5, 2022


Registration Required

call 508-764-5427 to save your spot!

Monday Night


Join us on Monday evenings at

6:30pm for STEAM Club! Activities include art, playdough, puzzles, building circuits, kinetic sand, tinkering and much more!

Lego Club


3:00pm - 4:30pm




All Day

Join us anytime from 9am to 5pm

Storytime with

Ms. Liz

Wednesdays & Fridays

at 10:30am

Tinkering Thursday

Join us on Thursday afternoons from

4:00pm - 5:00pm

What is Tinkering?

"to take things apart, put things together, figure out how things work, and attempt to build and make creations using tools."

Board of Trustees Meeting

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for Tuesday, January 24th at 12 pm, in the Pioppi Room.

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

The mission of the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library is to be the fundraising arm of the Library. We are a non-profit organization that raises money for items such as library programs, books, furniture, subscriptions, museum pass memberships and other materials, as needed. 

New members are always welcome! Our membership dues go directly toward supporting the Jacob Edwards Library.

Donations of gently used books are accepted.

The next meeting will be held on Monday, January 23rd at 2 pm.

Wishing all of our patrons and supporters a wonderful holiday season!

Jacob Edwards Library


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