Library News
Jacob Edwards Library
November, 2021


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

The library will be closed on November 11th, 25th and 26th.

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

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

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

Mango is an online language learning system teaching practical conversation skills for real communication. It's the fast, easy and effective way to learn to speak a foreign language!
Exciting News from
Digital Public Library of America
(DPLA) and Amazon Publishing

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) announced 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:

Kathryn Sotar
of K.Sew Co.

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The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to present K.Sew Co the creative fiber art of Kathryn Sotar. The show opens on Monday, November 1, 2021 and runs until November 30th. We hope you will come by during the month and view the show!

Reception for the artist  Thursday, November 4th, at 6:30 pm.
All welcome!

Reflecting on this unique opportunity to be Jacob Edward Library’s ‘artist of the month’ for both November of 2020 (virtual) and in November 2021 I can not help but to compare the two collections- the haphazard one I prepared anxiously in 2020, which was presented as a virtual show during the height of Covid-19, and the one I confidently present here, in person, in 2021. 

I’d like to say that I have spent this past year meticulously honing in on my craft and creating the artsy-ist art of all art, when in reality, the past almost 2 years have been hard. To come out the other side of a global pandemic is no small feat for anyone. 2021, however, is full of hope. Going through this collective experience illustrates that we are all connected and are capable of moving forward together. On a personal level I have gained patience and the ability to remain present which has impacted my work immensely. It is all about the journey after all and now I walk a little lighter, I hope you feel that way too.  

This collection highlights the works of K.SEW Co., my sewing services business. These works include contracted pieces as well as in-house made items that are available for purchase. We are honoring Native American Heritage month with several pieces inspired by simple and beautiful indigenous symbols.

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Kathryn Sotar is a quirky Southbridge resident and lifelong member of the Jacob Edwards Library. She is a graduate of UMASS Amherst with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing. When she is not working in her solar powered sewing workshop, Kathryn enjoys traveling, reading, sitting on the ground, live music, yoga, bullet journaling, hanging out with her cat Jody and going on hikes with her dog Reggie. 

Inspired by her parents’ entrepreneurial spirit, K.Sew Products (now K.Sew Co.) was founded in 2015, the name of which is a play on her old high school nickname, K.So. K.Sew’s sewing services began by producing cushions for Hoyt Running Chairs and remains their proud outfitters to this day. With a focus on quality construction and locally sourced, upcycled and sustainable materials, K.Sew Co. now has a growing client list and is pursuing the goal of creating their own line of in-house products. These products are inspired by her Japanese heritage as well as modern trends, different cultures and the environment around her.
They hope to promote the use of repurposed materials, less waste and emphasizing the idea that it sometimes benefits us to “think inside the box” by using what we already have.

Kathryn would like to thank her parents Nick & Yuri, her sister Anna, Hoyt Running Chairs, Victory Project, her loving supportive friends, her sewing helpers Marioly and Fiona, as well as Margaret and Stephanie at Jacob Edwards Library for this opportunity.
November Staff Picks

"A moving, funny, engrossing novel about mothers and daughters, and one woman's midlife reckoning. On the heels of the election of 2016, Samantha Raymond's life begins to come apart: her mother is ill, her teenage daughter is increasingly remote, and at 52, she finds herself staring into "the Mids"--that hour of supreme wakefulness between three and four in the morning in which women of a certain age suddenly find themselves contemplating motherhood, mortality, and, in this case, the state of our unraveling nation. When she falls in love with a beautiful, decrepit house in a hardscrabble neighborhood in Syracuse, she buys it on a whim and flees her suburban life--and her family--as she grapples with how to be a wife, a mother, and a daughter, in a country that is coming apart at the seams.

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 James Webb Space Telescope (sometimes called JWST or Webb) is an orbiting infrared observator that will complement and extend the discoveries of the Hubble Space Telescope, with longer wavelength coverage and greatly improved sensitivity. The longer wavelengths enable Webb to look much closer to the beginning of time and to hunt for the unobserved formation of the first galaxies, as well as to look inside dust clouds where stars and planetary systems are forming today." from

The library has scheduled a presentation with Dino Tata, Solar System Ambassador for NASA . This exciting program by Mr. Tata will present a short slide presentation that will allow the audience to experience the research and development that has gone into creating the Webb Telescope, how the telescope was constructed, discuss the significant technological innovation that this has made to science, and review other features of this amazing tool.

James Webb Space Telescope
by Dino Tata

Thursday, November 18th,
at 6:30 pm

The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to be an official host of an event as part of the James Webb Space Telescope Community.


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

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!
November 2021

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

Join us on Saturday November 6, 2021 at 10:30am to welcome Author/Illustrator Audrey Weber to our library.

Audrey Helen Weber grew up in central Massachusetts and studied theater design and drawing at Hampshire College. For years she created zines and short comics before publishing her debut children's book, "On the Day the Horse Got Out".

Audrey’s artwork has been featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times Book Review and the New Yorker online. She lives in western Massachusetts, where she has also worked on the education team at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 

Gingerbread House
Gingerbread House Workshop

CALL 508-764-5427 TO REGISTER

Monday, Nov. 29, 6:30pm
Gingerbread House Workshop event is back this year! 
We will be hosting 3 different dates for the workshop for your convenience!
Join us a create your own masterpiece!
All materials will be provided just bring your creativity!
Monday November 29 at 6:30pm
Saturday December 4 at 10:30am
Monday December 6 at 6:30pm
Sponsored by Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library.

All Day


Social distancing is practiced
In Person Storytime with Ms. Liz

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

3:30 pm-4:30 pm

10:30 am-11:30 am
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!

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, November 23rd, 2021 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 Thanksgiving!

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