Library News
Jacob Edwards Library
January, 2022

Happy New Year! Wishing our patrons health and happiness throughout 2022!

Library hours:
Monday and Thursday 9 am - 8 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday 9 am - 1 pm

The library is closed on Monday, January 17th, in honor of
Martin Luther King Day.

Curbside Pickup Available during library hours

  • Curbside pickup service continues. Patrons may request items by calling the Library at 508-764-5426, or by placing holds in their personal library account. 
  • The Library of Things collection including the telescope is now available to borrow. There is a display of some of the available items in the main hall.

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, due to the challenges posed for safe materials handling.

Masks are required in all municipal buildings effective
September 22nd. Social distancing is practiced.
News and Announcements
N e w S t a f f
Jessi McCarthy
Jessi McCarthy,
Adult Services Librarian
Athena Sweeney,
Technical Service/CIrculation Assistant

Book a Librarian!

You can now "Book a Librarian!" 
Contact us to schedule a personalized 
20-30 minute session.

Call 508-764-5426  
to schedule an appointment, or email

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

Don't forget to
ONLINE Newspaper Subscription
The library has a subscription to the online edition of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette
(as well as other newspapers through Newsbank).
You will need your library card to access the newspaper.

Libby App

Get the
to connect to a vast array of digital material
Digital Library - With your library card you can access eAudio and eBooks without leaving your home! Get started with Libby now.
CWMARS has added over 3,000 eMagazines
now available through OverDrive Collection and the Libby mobile app.
Magazine titles are **always available**, there are never any holds or waiting!
The ten most popular magazine titles, based on current checkouts include:
  1. The Economist
  2. US Weekly
  3. The New Yorker
  4. HGTV
  5. Cook's Illustrated
  6. Women's World
  7. National Geographic
  8. Clean Eating
  9. Good Housekeeping
  10. Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Need help? Please ask one of the staff or call 508-764-5426
Featured Database:
Teen Health and Wellness

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 Health and Wellness is a comprehensive database that allows teens (and those who care about them) to research health-related issues important to their well-being. It's both a research and report tool and a self-help resource.   
Zachary Jolin

Zachary Jolin
January Artist of the Month

The Remnants of Love Exhibit

During the month of January, the Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to present an exhibit by artist Zachary Jolin. 

Biography /artist statement 

Zach Jolin resides in central Massachusetts. Being interested in art at a young age he began taking classes and excelled. He entered two Southbridge competitions through the art program and placed 3rd for pencils at the age of 9 and then the following year he received 1st place for another piece. Later on as an adult he enrolled in the Art Instruction School and completed the two year beginners course. 

Currently most of his art work is inks and acrylic paints. The Remnants of Love was first painted in 2015 where only two were made. But then the concept was revisited in 2019. In that year alone Zachary had completed over 20 hand painted pieces with different themes, characters, backgrounds and various colors. Several were commissioned and others are just ideas 'thrown together'. These paintings have been displayed in local libraries, salons, restaurants, night clubs and art community centers. 

Although art can be perceived differently by others, here is Zach's vision. Enjoy!

Artist Reception will be held on
Thursday, January 6th at 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

January Staff Picks

"An unprecedented behind-the-scenes view into the life of Anthony Bourdain from the people who knew him best 
When Anthony Bourdain died in June 2018, fans around the globe came together to celebrate the life of an inimitable man who had dedicated his life to traveling nearly everywhere (and eating nearly everything), shedding light on the lives and stories of others. His impact was outsized and his legacy has only grown since his death.
Now, for the first time, we have been granted a look into Bourdain’s life through the stories and recollections of his closest friends and colleagues. Laurie Woolever, Bourdain’s longtime assistant and confidante, interviewed nearly a hundred of the people who shared Tony’s orbit—from members of his kitchen crews to his writing, publishing, and television partners, to his daughter and his closest friends—in order to piece together a remarkably full, vivid, and nuanced vision of Tony’s life and work". 

The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to host a presentation by
Dr. Beth O'Leary Anish on her book
Irish American Fiction from World War II to JFK: Anxiety, Assimilation, and Activism, published by Palgrave Macmillan and is part of a series "New Directions in Irish and Irish American Literature".

Dr. O'Leary Anish addresses the concerns of Irish America in the1930s to 1960s era by studying its fiction, mining the trove of literature and presents the reader with lesser known works of Irish literature. The focus also highlights the time during the 20th century, when authors' immigrant grandparents were building their communities.

The Author Talk with


will take place on Thursday, January 6th at 6:30 pm
in the Reading Room.
All welcome!

Sponsored by Friends of Jacob Edwards Library.

Beth O’Leary Anish is a Professor of English at the Community College of Rhode Island.

She successfully defended her dissertation, 
Writing Irish America: Communal Memory and the Narrative of Nation in Diaspora, at the URI. She has been published in the New Hibernia Review, and is an active member of the American Conference for Irish Studies.

Her research interests are in American immigrant literature, contemporary Irish literature, and Irish American fiction and memoir.
Worcester Telegram and Gazette
is now available to read online
With your library card, you can have free access to HOMEWORK HELP!
Get assistance with creative writing.
FREE access with your library card!
Job Help!
FREE access with your library card!

The hand craft group Knitting with Sonya meets at the Jacob Edwards Library each Tuesday morning from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm in the Reading Room.
All welcome!
SouthbridgeChess Club
Saturday mornings, at 9:30 am

The program will recommence on Saturday, January 22nd.

Chess instructor Ben Marinelli will be presenting his program on Saturdays at 9:30 am. 
Join us for a fun informal event. All welcome!

In the meantime, there are two chess sets ready for drop-in chess game!
January 2022
Happy New Year


Snow Making Workshop

Saturday January 15, 2022
at 10:30 am

Welcome winter and the New Year with some "snow making" fun!

There will also be a story time with some fun winter books! 
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, January 25, 2022 at noon, 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
Meetings Postponed

No book donations can be accepted
at this time.

We look forward to seeing you at the library! Wishing all our patrons a very Happy and Healthy New Year!

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