Library News
September, 2020

Beginning Tuesday, September 8, 2020, the Jacob Edwards Library will be open for in-person visits.  
Hours are Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.
Please call 508-764-5426 for more information.

As of March 17, 2020, the Jacob Edwards Library 
closed to the public. We will reopen on 
Tuesday, September 8, 2020. 
Staff will be available Monday-Friday from 9am to 5 pm 
to assist with patron inquiries.

Staff may be reached by calling 508-764-5426 or by emailing 

Welcome back!


September is here and school is back in session.  The Jacob Edwards Library has many resources available for K-12 students learning remotely and in-person this fall. From encyclopedias and scholarly articles for research papers, to biographies and foreign language practice - you can find it all in our online resources.  Whether in-person, hybrid, or home-schooling this fall, the Jacob Edwards Library is here to help with your educational resources. 

 Curbside Pickup
Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm

Stack of Books

Curbside pickup service continues this September. This contactless-service will be available Monday through Friday, from 9 am until 5 pm, and will remain in effect when the Library reopens to the public on a limited basis.  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. 

Jacob Edwards Library pencil drawing

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, Playaways 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

September is Library Card Sign-up Month!
*NEW* Library Card Self-Registration 

Library cards open doors to worlds of reading, learning, creating, community, and so much more!

As of late-August, patrons may self-register for library cards.  Staff will notify patrons when their card is ready for pickup.  Patrons will have to present official identification and proof of current address to receive their new library card.

OverDrive & Libby App
OverDrive will be performing a technical change on October 30, 2020 that may affect some early devices, such as Android devices that cannot upgrade to at least Android version 5, including early Kindle Fires, early Samsung Galaxy tablets, and Kobo Arc devices (all of which were released in 2014 or earlier).  Affected users will be notified by a message on their devices beginning September 1, 2020 and will be directed to an article that explains the change.

Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week is celebrated this year from September 27-October 3.  This annual event celebrates the freedom to read. As stated by the American Library Association, "typically held during the last week of September, it spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. It brings together the entire book community - librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types - in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular."

Look for "Banned Book Bundles" coming in late-September - patrons will be able to check out a book and movie bundle, along with a bag of delicious microwave popcorn! 
Summer Reading

Summer reading books for students in grades K-12 from area schools are ready for pickup.  Simply place a hold for your summer reading materials in your account via the online catalog, or give the Library a call at 508-764-5426 to speak to a staff member. 

JEL Summer Reading BINGO is wrapping up for the season.  BINGO sheets are due on Friday, September 4, 2020 by 5 pm. BINGO prizes will be drawn on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.  Winners will be announced on Wednesday, September 9. Stay tuned to see if you're the lucky winner! Good luck to all of the participants!


Art Exhibition 

National Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15, and the Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to present the work of local and regional artists from ALNEArte Latino New England throughout the month. Read more about the artistic community and their exhibit below!

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: 508-909-6589 or for tutor support and information.

Andrea Cignarella, Program Assistant: 774-230-6468 or for new students and online classes. - Get Help
a good starting point for social assistance programs

March Reca
Stuff the Bus
Collections for the Stuff the Bus campaign will go 
directly to Catholic Charities this year.
If you would like to make donations of school supplies, 
please contact Catholic Charities directly at:
79 Elm Street
Southbridge, MA 01550
Office hours:  8:00-4:30, M-F
We look forward to seeing you all again soon! Best of luck this school year!

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:
All events POSTPONED until further notice

Library Hours & Holiday Closings:

The Jacob Edwards Library closed to the public as of Tuesday, March 17, 2020, and will be REOPENING ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2020.

Staff will be available 
Monday through Friday,
from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm to answer any patron inquiries and to provide assistance.

Please call 508-764-5426 or email

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

The Library will be closed on
Monday, September 7, 2020
in observance of Labor Day.

September'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.

March: Book One, March: Book Two and March: Book Three by John Lewis & Andrew Aydin; art by  Nate Powell

It's Not All Downhill from Here by Terry McMillan

Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

Lots more to discover!
September's Exhibition

ALNE - Arte Latino New England

"ALNE is a community of Artists, where everyone can take ownership of their skills & art."

National Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15, and the Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to present the work of local and regional artists from 
ALNE - Arte Latino New England throughout the month. 

This exhibition will be presented online via the Library's Facebook page. Please visit to see new art each day!

"Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America."

"The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402."

"The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period."
~Description from

Beatriz Whitehill. "Under the Table Fuego." 2019. 3'x4' acrylic on stretched canvas. 
Instagram @beatrizzzamelia
Film Screening - Perfectos Desconocidos
Thursday, September 10 at 2:00 pm

The scheduled filming of Perfectos Desconocidos, scheduled for Thursday, September 10 at 2 pm has been cancelled.

Library Box Office Film Series is
Sponsored by Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library.
Ongoing Events

Book Club 
Monday, September 14
6:30 pm

September's book club selection is "My Ex Life" by Stephen McCauley. Copies may be ordered through the online catalog here.
This is a no-commitment book club, attend as many or as few meetings as you like! The group meets on the first Monday of every month. 

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
September's Activity: 
Serape-style Woven Bookmark

September 15-October 15, 2020 is Hispanic Heritage Month, and this year, we celebrate by creating woven bookmarks in a serape-style. A serape is a woven textile worn as a poncho, or sometimes used as a blanket. Our bookmark is inspired by the brightly-colored, wollen serapes of Mexico. 

We have all your back to school resources, email or call us and we can deliver your items curbside .  Our online databases are available to you 24 hours a day.

Ms. Liz Reads Stories on YouTube

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!

Lots more to discover! Thanks to the production staff at Southbridge Community TV, there are many other stories read by Ms. Liz at the following link
"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.

Crafty Wednesday
Every Wednesday
Curbside Pick up!

Call us 508-764-5426 or drop by and ring bell and we will give you 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. 

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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!

We've added a lot of new games and equipment to our Library of Things. Thank you to the Summer Feeding grant and the Southbridge Food Services Director and Department for the opportunity to build this collection! More information to follow!

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! You can purchase bags at the Information Desk.

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, September 21, 2020
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 
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at Noon 
via GoToMeeting. Details will be forthcoming. 
All meetings are open to the public.


Here's to a happy and healthy back-to-school season!  We hope to see you all again soon at your community library!



The Jacob Edwards Library Staff

Programs at Jacob Edwards Library may be recorded for Southbridge Public Access TV 
and/or photographed for promotional purposes.
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