Library News
March, 2021

The Library is offering curbside service at this time.
Please call 508-764-5426 to reach a staff member.

 Curbside Pickup
Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm

Image by Ed Zilch from Pixabay

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 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.

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

  • 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, 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

Art Exhibition

Women's Art & Craft Show

Online presentation
Thursday, Mar. 4, 6:30 pm
The Jacob Edwards Library invites you to a digital author presentation with Martha Ackmann on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 6:30 pm. Martha will be discussing her book "These Fevered Days: Ten Pivotal Moments in the Making of Emily Dickinson." This presentation will be presented via Zoom. 

Spring Gardening Programs with Blackstone Valley Veggie Gardens
Online presentations

Indoor Seed Starting - rescheduled to Tuesday, March 2nd at 6:30pm
Herb Gardening  - Tuesday, March 9th at 6:30 pm
Growing A Summer Salad - Tuesday, March 23rd at 6:30 pm

Celebrating Women in Story and Song: A Concert with Oakes and Smith and Kala Farnham
Thursday, March 25th at 6:30 pm


March is Women's History Month


March 8: International Women's Day
March 12: Birthday of the World Wide Web
March 17: St. Patrick's Day
March 20: Vernal Equinox

Town of Southbridge Resources: 

Library Resources:

Community Resources:

The Literacy office at the Jacob Edwards Library is closed until further notice. Please use the following contact information to get in touch:

Holly Christo, Executive Director:  [email protected] for tutor support and information.

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

March Rec
We look forward to seeing you all again soon! 

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

Library Hours & Holiday Closings:

Curbside Service Available:
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

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

March'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.

Leonard and Hungry Paul by Ronan Hession 

The Unsuitable by Molly Pohlig

A Song for the Dark Times by Ian Rankin

The Silent Wife by Karin Slaughter

Lots more to discover!

Sponsored by the area libraries Charlton, Oxford, Southbridge, Sturbridge and Sutton  

Tuesday, March 2, 6:30 (rescheduled)
Indoor Seed Gardening
Time Mar 2, 2021 06:30 PM

Tuesday, Mar. 9, 6:30 pm
Herb Gardening
Description: Growing and harvesting common kitchen herbs
Time  Mar 9, 2021 06:30 PM
Growing a Summer Salad
Description: Grow a summer salad in your own back yard garden
Time  Mar 23, 2021 06:30 PM 
All programs will be held virtually on the Zoom platform. You do not need a Zoom account but may need the Zoom app depending on your device.

Celebrating Women in Story and Song: A Concert with Oakes and Smith and Kala Farnham

Sponsored by the Southbridge Cultural Council, a local agency that is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Author Presentation - Martha Ackmann
Online presentation
Thursday, Mar. 4, 6:30 pm

The Jacob Edwards Library invites you to a digital author presentation with Martha Ackmann on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 6:30 pm. 

Dr. Ackmann will be discussing her book "These Fevered Days: Ten Pivotal Moments in the Making of Emily Dickinson." This presentation will be presented via Zoom. 

Topic: Presentation
Time: Mar 4, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 916 2998 5974
Passcode: DM9iFm

The author is the recipient of fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. She holds a B.A. from Lindenwood College, an M.A. from Middlebury College's Bread Loaf School of English, and a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts. She lives in western Massachusetts.

Ongoing Events

Stack of Books
Book Club 

The monthly book club is currently on hold, and will resume when it is safe to so so. 

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
Image by Andrew Martin from Pixabay  


Ms. Liz Storytime Live on Facebook
Wednesdays at 10:30am

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! Live on Facebook every Wednesday at 10:30am!

Crafty Wednesday
Every Wednesday
Curbside - pick up a craft to complete at home.

Call us 508-764-5427 and pick up 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. 

"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
Songs, story and playtime for the
 little ones 3 and under.

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Discounted and Free Admission to Museums & Attractions

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!

The Library of Things is currently unavailable for checkout at this time. 

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! 

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, March 15, 2021
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 
March 23, 2021 
at Noon 
via GoToMeeting. 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.

The Library is working to safely increase services and access. Strict adherence to State protocols are in place for the safety of all.  Hoping you are staying well and we look forward to seeing you or hearing from you!



The Jacob Edwards Library Staff

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