Library News
Jacob Edwards Library
September, 2021


NEW HOURS - after Labor Day we return to our regular hours:

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

In case you need to know:
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, Library of Things 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. 
  • Study rooms are available to use.
  • The Library of Things collection including the telescope is now available to borrow.

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

Social distance practiced and masks encouraged
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
It's Library Card Sign Up Month!

A library card is free and is key to accessing a variety of materials both in person and in digital format. Get yours at the library or signup online.


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
Teen Health and Wellness is a comprehensive database that allows teens (and those who care about them) to research health-related issues important to their well-being. It's both a research and report tool and a self-help resource. 
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.
Jean Murphy SelfPortrait
Artist of the Month:

Tribute to
Jean Murphy

The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to honor the late Jean Murphy of Southbridge by hosting a small exhibit of her work, starting
September 3rd, 2021. Jean was a prolific creative force and a staunch library supporter and advocate. 

Jean went to school in the Hartford area and then to New Britain State College. She also took courses at the University of Hartford in portraiture and thus began her lifelong pursuit of becoming a fine artist.
Jean’s life was filled with philanthropic causes including adult literacy teaching and helping many Laotian families fleeing Southeast Asia to settle in Southbridge after the Vietnam war. 

After her family, Jean’s main passion was art. She was an accomplished traditional oil painter, pastel, charcoal and landscape artist, who also worked with other mediums including sculpture and printing making. She was always interested in learning more and studied all over the northeast including The Art Students League of New York.  She was active in many regional art councils such as the Quinebaug Valley Arts Council, North Shore Arts Association, Princeton Portrait Group, Princeton Arts Society and the Worcester Plein Air Painters. She was also a successful commission portrait painter and held many exhibits over the years and won numerous awards and accolades. 

Jean’s quote says it all, “Making art over the course of my life keeps me eager to get up each day. There is always something new to discover about myself and the world around me. My best creations however are my 6 children who I am so proud of.”

September Staff Picks

Voices in the Snow is the first book in the Black Winter series, by USA Today bestselling author Darcy Coates. Library Journal notes, readers will cover their eyes in fear while still wanting, desperately, to turn the page to see what comes next.

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, or Webb for short, is a large, space-based observatory, optimized for infrared light, which will complement and extend the discoveries of the Hubble Space Telescope. Launching in 2021, Webb will be the premier observatory of the next decade, serving thousands of astronomers worldwide.

Webb will study every phase of cosmic history: from the first luminous glows after the Big Bang; to the formation of galaxies, stars, and planets; to the evolution of our own solar system!
James Webb
Space Telescope:

Program will be approximately 30 minutes, followed by Q&A.
Recommended for ages 12+.

This pastel painting workshop is designed for sheer beginners to experienced artists. Seats may fill quickly so please
call (508) 764-5426 to register. Participants will freely experiment with professional grade pastels, pastel pencils, and pastel paper, in this fun pastel painting workshop.

Pastel Paint The Miracle Flowers with Greg Maichack

On Monday afternoon, September 20th from 2 pm - 4 pm, the library will host pastel artist Gregory John Maichack to present an adult hands-on workshop

In this two-hour workshop, participants have fun producing their own pastel painting inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s enormous mural, The Miracle Flowers, which Elizabeth Arden, the cosmetics mogul, commissioned her to paint in 1936.

We will extract from The Miracle Flower two flowers from the original 6 X 7 foot flower painting, and pastel paint our own wonderful creation on paper in yellows and purple, with greens and blues for background. Maichack will demonstrate again how beginners to accomplished artists can pastel paint easily using techniques of masters such as O’Keeffe. As always, all will keep their 12 X 18 pastel paintings.

Visit his new web site at

Flamenco Boston
Thursday September 23rd at 6:30 pm

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month!

We welcome back Flamenco Boston who gave an outstanding performance on their last visit to the library.

ANTONIO "TIRITI" TRAN is an upcoming flamenco guitarist in the New England scene and has worked with Flamenco Boston since 2009. Antonio has studied music since the age of 12 and has studied in Spain in Granada, Jerez, Sevilla, Malaga, and Alhaurina El Grande. Antonio has also worked with modern dancers from the Boston area, and he was featured in Dave Glista's film, Revealing Space. Antonio has been featured regularly on television programs such as the Steve Katsos Show and All About the Arts. He is currently working on his first full length albu

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

Sponsored by: 

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

Crocodile River Music
Thursday September 16, 6:30 pm


Join us for a night of music and dancing with Crocodile River Music, featuring artists from Mali, Senegal, Tanzania, and Burkina Faso, Africa.

You will hear melodies on African instruments such as the N'goni, Kora, Djembe, and DunDun.

Crocodile River Music is a Worcester-based African art and music organization specializing in educational and concert programming that is accessible to audiences of all ages, backgrounds and capabilities.

Composting Demonstration
with Anna Smith
September 27, 2021 2:00pm

Anna Smith, Interim Recycling Educator for the Town of Southbridge, and longtime avid gardener will present a demonstration about composting on September 27, 2021 at 2:00pm. The program is free and all are welcome!
The presentation will offer simple instructions on home composting. Audience participation is welcomed and encouraged.
This program is supported in part by a MADEP Recycling Dividends Program Grant.
Sponsored by MADEP Recycling Dividends Program
CONCERT - Aaron Larget-Caplan performs a guitar recital on Thursday, September 30th
at 6:30 pm

The Jacob Edwards Library presents Thursday, September 30, 6:30 pm-7:30 pm

The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to present a FREE concert presented by 

The concert is supported in part by the Southbridge Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.


The hand craft group Knitting with Sonya has resumed meeting at the Jacob Edwards Library each Tuesday morning from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm in the Reading Room.
All welcome!

Quinebaug Chess Club
Saturday mornings in October!

In the meantime, there are two chess sets ready for drop-in chess game!
September 2021
A library card is free and is key to accessing a variety of materials both in person and in digital format.

NEW HOURS - after Labor Day we return to our regular hours:

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

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

International Dot Day

Saturday September 18, 2021

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


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!

Board of Trustees Meeting

The next meeting of the Board is scheduled for Tuesday, September 28th, 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! The library resumes extended hours after Labor Day! There are many programs on offer and we hope to see you!

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