Library News
Jacob Edwards Library
Welcome Back! We've Missed You!
June, 2021


In-person library services have resumed!
We are delighted to have our patrons coming in to browse the collection, use the computers/printer/copier and check out some books, DVDs, games and more.
Looking forward to seeing you!

Curbside Pickup Available also -
Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm
Please call 508-764-5426 to reach a staff member.

  • 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. 

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

  • 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 are not checked in until the following day. The check in date is backdated, so no fines accrue.
  • If returning compact discs, please place a rubber band around the case
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News and Announcements

Do you have books and other library materials
at home that may have been forgotten?
We miss them!
Please bring them back to the exterior book drop located to the right side of the building, entering from the parking lot.
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.

Digital Library - With your library card you can access eBooks and eAudio without leaving your home.
CWMARS has added over 3,000 eMagazines
now available through our 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!
Exciting News from
Digital Public Library of America
(DPLA) and Amazon Publishing

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) announced on May 18th that it has signed a much-anticipated agreement with Amazon Publishing to make all of the roughly 10,000 Amazon Publishing e-books and digital audiobooks available to libraries, the first time that digital content from Amazon Publishing will be made available to libraries.
Artist of the Month:

Anna Ozolins of Little Gallery in the Woods

Fine Art
Anna Ozolins Lillies
ART EXHIBIT with Anna Ozolins

The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to feature the work of
Anna Ozolins during the month of June.

The Little Gallery In The Woods is the home of Anna Ozolins’ unique water color designs. Anna is a painter and works in watercolor and more recently has been working in acrylic, as well. She offers classes in person and remotely to a wide audience of students interested in fine art.
Artist Statement: “How do I explain the freedom of line, color or (Paint what I See) only in my mind. IT'S my DEFINATIVE signature of Anna M Ozolins”

Anna M. Ozolins, was born in Hells Kitchen, New York, where excitement and drama were a way of life. She loved every minute of it. Yet she made the transition in later years, to move with her family to West Norwood, New Jersey where the woods were her only friend; where this shy quiet person was slowly emerging into her own. Good fortune brought her to the corporate world where her business skills were honed. Today Anna has returned to the natural environment, a place where color and silence were her choices to continue her life as an artist. Anna lives along the shores of Lake Sherman, Brimfield, MA with her husband Maris and their King Charles Cavalier dogs.

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!
Oakes and Smith (online) concert
Thursday, June 10th at 6:30 pm
Oakes and Smith Folk Duo

The Jacob Edwards Library presents an online concert with folk duo Oakes and Smith.
Free and open to the public via Zoom.

Registration link is Registration for concert instructions will be sent upon registration.

As part of its robust series of arts and cultural offerings, the Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to host folk duo Oakes & Smith for an evening of original and traditional songs. This event is supported in part by a grant from the Southbridge Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, with additional support from The Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library. For more information, call 508-764-5426, visit or send email to [email protected].

Berkshire-based husband-and-wife folk duo Oakes & Smith creates an ethereal sound not often heard in today’s popular music. The couple evokes a soulful sense of wonder, expressing themes of love, creativity, mystery, and an appreciation of natural beauty. Said Kylee Colvin of The Levity Ball, “Oakes & Smith…bring a sense of calm an ease to the air...with songs so full of wisdom and true emotions.” Their latest release, Between the Earth and the Sky, was mixed by Grammy-winning engineer Oz Fritz and features a performance by celebrated Yes vocalist Jon Anderson. The EP was on high rotation on Soul Traveler Radio, and critics have given it warm praise. Said Cody Conard of The Big Takeover magazine, “The duo’s chemistry is well and clearly still in place, arguably more than ever before, because (this) is one of their best releases yet.” And Anthony Avina of On Request magazine called it “emotional, heartfelt music that touches the soul.” Annie Rew Shaw of Echoes and Dust said, “Katherine’s vocals are so pure and clear, they almost crystallize in your head. Her voice...holds deep emotion and wisdom.” For more information about Oakes & Smith, visit

Sponsored by Southbridge Cultural Council and Mass Cultural Council.

World Wide Knit In Public Day
Saturday, June 12th 10 am to 2 pm
at the Southbridge Common

On Saturday June 12 from 10am to 2 pm, local knitters will celebrate World Wide Knit in Public Day at the Southbridge Common on Mechanic St in Southbridge. Organized by the Knitting With Sonya group, sponsored by the Jacob Edwards Library, knitters (and crocheters) can gather together in the gazebo, masked and socially distanced. This day has been celebrated since 2005, and the Library group has been part of it for several years. Anyone can participate- just come to the Common with a chair, mask and your needlework. The town has granted a permit and the public bathrooms at Southbridge Police Station will be available. There is no fee for this event.

World Wide Knit in Public Day was started in 2005 by Danielle Landes and takes place on the second Saturday of June each year. It began as a way for knitters to come together and enjoy each other's company. Knit in Public Day is the largest knitter run event in the world. Each local event is put together by a volunteer or a group of volunteers. They bring their own fresh ideas into planning where the event should be held, and what people would like to do.

In the past some people have used this event as a means to show the general public how diverse those who knit are. Knit in Public Day is about showing the general public that knitting can be a community activity in a very distinct way. In some places there are many different knitting groups that never interact with each other, except on Knit in Public Day when they come together in one place, making them hard to miss. Over the years there have been local events in Australia, China, England, Finland, France, Ireland, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, United States, and Germany. 

Summer Reading 2021
Registration June 21th thru June 25th
Summer Reading 2021
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The Jacob Edwards Library encourages patrons to continue to wear a mask in the Children’s Room, as young patrons are unable to be vaccinated.
Thank you
Summer Reading 2021
Registration Kick-off
Ed the Wizard
Monday June 21, 2021
6:30 pm

Social distance practiced and masks encouraged
Summer Reading 2021
Ed Popielarczyk
Monday June 28, 2021
6:30 pm

Sponsorship provided by the Olive I. and Anthony A. Borgatti Jr. Donor Advised Fund
Social distance practiced and masks encouraged

All Day


Social distancing is practiced
In Person Storytime with Ms. Liz

Wednesdays & Fridays at 10:30 am
Wednesday Storytime will also be recorded live on Facebook
Lego Club

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Board of Trustees Meeting

The next meeting of the Board is scheduled for Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021 at noon, in the Pioppi Room and also via the 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

No book donations can be accepted
at this time.

We look forward to seeing you at the library! Preparations are at an advanced stage for the Summer Reading Program. This year's theme is Tails and Tales and there are lots of fun activities in the works!

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