Library News
Jacob Edwards Library
October, 2021


Regular Hours Resumed!

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

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.  Patrons may request items by calling the Library at 508-764-5426, or by placing holds in their personal library account. 
  • Study rooms are available to use.
  • 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:

Reflections of Gaia:
photography by Janet McDonald

The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to present "Reflections of Gaia" a photography exhibit by Janet McDonald. The show opens on Friday, October 1, 2021 and runs until October 29th. We hope you will come by during the month and view the show!

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

"I often find wonder and beauty in the world around me. Whether I'm walking through the woods or even spending time in my own neighborhood, I always see magic in the ordinary. I am compelled to capture those scenes through my eyes so I can not only relive the joy I felt in that moment, but share these portals into my perspective and experiences with others."  

Janet McDonald is an artist, a creator, and a nature lover. She received a BFA from UMass Dartmouth and later earned a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Eastern Connecticut State University. Janet worked as a textile graphic designer at Steven's Linens for over a decade before pursuing a completely different creative outlet as a Pre-K teacher. Janet's photography has been exhibited at the Sochar Gallery, the Vanilla Bean Cafe, and the Sherill Library, among other places throughout New England. The Brookside Chalet has a permanent display of Janet's photographs, inspiring visitors to explore the beauty, history, and serenity of Northeast Connecticut whether it be a whimsical look into the Thompson Dam or a striking view of Cargill Falls. 

For more information on Janet and her work, visit her Instagram account @janetmcdonaldphotography. 
October Staff Picks

In Ordinary Girls Jaquira Díaz writes an unflinching account of growing up as a queer biracial girl searching for home as her family splits apart and her mother struggles with mental illness and addiction. From her own struggles with depression and drug abuse to her experiences of violence to Puerto Rico's history of colonialism, every page vibrates with music and lyricism

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The Push: A Novel by Ashley Audrain

The Art of Taking it Easy by Dr. Brian King
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!
A Time to Spout Off - Teapots from Around
the World

This workshop is a celebration of the similarities and differences experienced with many cultures by way of a pot of tea. The history of teapots will take shape on the potter’s wheel. I will be throwing on the pottery wheel teapots from the Middle East, the Orient, Europe and the Americas. Brown Betty teapots, ring teapots and teapots filled from the bottom and a surprise ANIMAL teapot will be made on the potter’s wheel.

Artist statement: "I have been potting since 1976 and became committed to learning about the historical redware potters after learning of the Colonial and Early American industries that existed in my native Central Massachusetts...
I make redware pottery that is thrown on the wheel. After a drying period, my pots are bisqued and following the first firing they are covered with a lead-free glaze, of my own formulation, and fired again. A food-safe antiquing finish is applied to the unglazed surfaces as a final step.

Pottery Demonstration by Pied Potter Hamelin
Thursday, Oct. 7, 6 pm - 7:30 pm

Program will be approximately
75 minutes, followed by Q&A.
Recommended for ages 12+.

The Jacob Edwards Library invites you to attend a program on the history of pottery presented by Rick Hamelin a.k.a. Pied Potter Hamelin ( During the event, Rick will demonstrate his craft by throwing some pots.

***Please note the earlier start time of 6 pm.

Sponsored by the Southbridge Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Introduction to Jewish Heritage
.Yiddish, the thousand-year-old language of the Jews from Eastern Europe contains within its vocabulary, idiom and grammar the experiences, world view, and culture of Ashkenazic Jewry. In this program, Yosl Kurland will perform Yiddish and Loshn Koydesh (holy tongue or Hebrew) songs of lullabye, love and liturgy, social justice, of kindness and of hope spiced with the humor of Yiddish vaudeville. The Yiddish is made clear with story, explanation, and projected translations. In introducing Jewish music and culture to diverse audiences, Yosl works to foster intercultural understanding. Yosl will be accompanied on accordion by Aaron Bousel.
Visit Yosl Kurland's web site at

Jewish Life in Song
with Yosl Kurland and Aaron Bousel

Thursday, Oct. 14, 6:30-7:30 pm

The Jacob Edwards Library will host
Jewish Life in Song” on Thursday, October 14th at 6:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public. All welcome!

Sponsored by the Southbridge Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Ghosts of the Berkshires

Robert Oakes presents
Ghosts of the Berkshires
Thursday, Oct. 21,
6:30 pm-7:30 pm

The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to present author Robert Oakes and invites you to join us as Robert shares eerie tales of haunted Berkshire County, drawn from the pages of his new book Ghosts of the Berkshires. 

Robert Oakes is a writer, teacher, storyteller, and singer/songwriter originally from northern New Jersey and currently residing in the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts.

Since 2010 Robert has led the ghost tours at Edith Wharton's The Mount in Lenox, MA, and has represented the museum and its ghosts on Syfy’s Ghost Hunters, Jeff Belanger’s New England Legends series on PBS, and The Apple Seed show on BYU Radio. In 2020, Robert's debut book, Ghosts of the Berkshires, was published by Arcadia Publishing. 

Sponsored by Friends of Jacob Edwards Library.


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 morning, October 16th at 9:30 am

Chess instructor Ben Marinelli will resume his program on Saturday, October 16th 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!
October 2021
A library card is free and is key to accessing a variety of materials both
in person and in digital format.

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

The Hanover Theatre and Jacob Edwards Library are pleased to present a cameo visit from
Clara the beloved character from the
Nutcracker Ballet.
Clara will visit the library on
Saturday, October 16th at 10:30 am.

A door prize will be raffled for one set of 4 tickets to the ballet thanks to the generosity of the Jacob Edwards Library Board of Trustees.
 You must be in attendance to win.

Sponsored by
The Hanover Theatre and Jacob Edwards Library Board of Trustees
Halloween Fun Day!
Not So Scary Stories!
Fun Crafts !
Monday Oct 25, 2021

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, October 26th, 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! Please note that we have resumed our regular hours of operation.

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