Library News
Jacob Edwards Library
February 2022
Library hours
Monday & Thursday 9 am - 8 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday 9 am - 1 pm

Masks are required in all municipal buildings.

The library will be closed on February 21, in honor of President's Day.

Curbside pickup is available during library hours!

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

No donations can be accepted during the pandemic.
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Calling all #LibraryLovers!!

Want to show your library some LOVE this Valentine’s Day? The MA Board of Library Commissioners is celebrating #LibraryLovers for the entire month of February. You can go to and upload Valentine videos and photo Valentines, which will also be shared with legislators to help raise awareness.

2021 Resident Survey about Library Usage and Attitudes - MA Board of Library Commissioners

During June 2021, the MBLC distributed the survey with the goal of gathering information to guide MBLC's promotional efforts. Here are the results of that survey:


Knitting with Sonya

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

All are welcome!

Southbridge Chess Club
with instructor Ben Marinelli

Saturday mornings
9:30 - 11:30

All ages and skill levels welcome!
The Photography of William Bullard, 1897-1917:
Worcester's People of Color Community
Fourth Part

Sponsored by Suzanne Delahanty, Friends of Jacob Edwards Library and Mari Ada Crosbie.

Throughout the month of February, in celebration of Black History Month, another part of the Bullard collection will be on exhibit.

Through some good luck, retired teacher Frank Morrill had the opportunity to buy this significant historical collection of a uniquely rare treasure trove of glass plate negatives of African Americans/Native Americans in Worcester. Over the past three years, other selections from the collection were displayed. This year's exhibit will display many portraits that have never been exhibited in public before.

The negatives are those of the late itinerant photographer William S. Bullard, of Worcester and later North Brookfield, who, between 1894 and 1917, took a vast amount of images of the city's streetscapes, businesses and local residents. Morrill, who has published several books about Worcester and other local communities, purchased the Bullard collection, approximately 5400 glass plates, in 2003 to use in further research focused on Worcester streets and architecture. In 2013 his granddaughter, Hannah, accidently discovered a negative of a person of color that was incorrectly filed and research began that led to this rare historical treasure.

There are approximately 240 images of people of color, mostly living in the Beaver Brook area along Park Avenue within the first four decades of having obtained their freedom. Approximately 80 percent of the portraits were identified by Bullard in his logbook, which is the key to the collection. Morrill and Professor Janette Greenwood of Clark University have researched the identified Bullard sitters since 2014 and have discovered a large number of descendants, many of whom had never seen a photo of, or knew the history of, their ancestors.

Presentation by Frank Morrill will be on
Thursday, February 3rd from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm.

Staff Pick
"Join Mary Roach on an irresistible investigation into the unpredictable world where wildlife and humans meet. What's to be done about a jaywalking moose? A grizzly bear caught breaking and entering? A murderous tree? As New York Times best-selling author Mary Roach discovers, the answers are best found not in jurisprudence but in science: the curious science of human-wildlife conflict, a discipline at the crossroads of human behavior and wildlife biology. Roach tags along with animal attack forensics investigators, human-elephant conflict specialists, bear managers, and "danger tree" faller-blasters. She travels from leopard-terrorized hamlets in the Indian Himalaya to St. Peter's Square in the early hours before the Pope arrives for Easter Mass, when vandal gulls swoop in to destroy the elaborate floral display. Along the way, Roach reveals as much about humanity as about nature's lawbreakers. Combining little- known forensic science and conservation genetics with a motley cast of laser scarecrows, langur impersonators, and mugging macaques, Fuzz offers hope for compassionate coexistence in our ever-expanding human habitat"-- Provided by publisher.
Featured Database

From college application essays to the SAT, school reports, and even creative writing, get free feedback on any type of writing. You can connect with a live tutor for immediate help or use the writing lab for thorough feedback.

The Jacob Edwards Library subscribes to more than 50 online databases which can help you with everything from schoolwork, finding up-to-date health information, to learning a new language, or preparing for your driving test. Check them out here!

Teen Corner
Welcome to the Children's Page
February 2022


Saturday, Feb. 5, All Day 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Take your Child
to the Library Day

Visit us anytime between
9:00 am and 1:00 pm
Saturday February 5, 2022 

Take Your Child to the Library Day (TYCLD) is an international initiative that encourages families everywhere to take their children to their local library. Launched in 2011 in Connecticut by librarians Nadine Lipman (Waterford Public Library, retired) and Caitlin Augusta (Stratford Library) with artist Nancy Elizabeth Wallace, TYCLD raises community awareness about the importance of the library in the life of a child, and promotes library services and programs for children and families.

Join us to see all that we have to offer for you and your family!

Saturday, Feb. 5, All Day 9:00 am to 1:00 pm


Saturday, Feb. 5, All Day 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
February Vacation Fun

"Oscar the Wonder Dog"
Oscar is an amazing rescue dog! He knows over 40 tricks and will astonish you with his antics! 

February 25,2022
1:00 pm

Monday Night

Join us on Monday evenings at
6:30 pm for STEAM Club! Activities include art, playdough, puzzles, building circuits, kinetic sand, tinkering and much more!

Lego Club

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

10:30 am - 11:30 am
All Day
Join us anytime from 9 am to 5 pm

In Person Storytime with Ms. Liz

Wednesdays & Fridays
at 10:30 am

Tinkering Thursday

Join us on Thursday afternoons from
4:00 pm-5:00 pm

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 is scheduled for Tuesday, Feburary 15th, 2022 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 next meeting will be on Thursday, February 3rd, at 3 pm

No book donations can be accepted
at this time.

We look forward to seeing you at the library!

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