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Our Mission

The mission of the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library is to be the fundraising arm of the Library.  We are a non-profit organization that raises money for items such as library programs, books, furniture, subscriptions, museum pass memberships and other materials as needed. 

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Our Officers

Barbara Day, President
Isabel Lopes, Vice President
Vivian Delisle, Treasurer
Kathy Dashnaw, Secretary

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By-laws

The By-Laws can be downloaded by clicking here (pdf).

Meetings

The Friends meet on the third Monday of every month at 6:00 p.m. in the Library's Mills Room. If this falls on a holiday, the meeting will be held the following Monday.

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Ongoing Programs

Museum Passes – The Friends provide a number of free and discounted passes to area museums and educational attractions.  Click here for more information.

Children, Teen, and Adult Programs – Throughout the year, the Friends sponsor a number of programs for adults, teens and children.  The Friends are the primary funding source for most programs offered through the Jacob Edwards Library.  All programs are free and open to the general public.  See our Calendar for a list of current events.

Summer Reading Programs – The Friends generously support the annual Summer Reading Program for children, teens, and adults.  Each summer, this program provides incentives and exciting programming to keep children and teens and promotes reading during summer vacation.

Library Box Office - The Friends of the Library sponsor this monthly independent film series.  Unless otherwise noted, all films are screened on the second Thursday of every month, at 6:00 p.m. in the Pioppi Room.  See the library calendar for upcoming films.

Merchandise Sales – The Friends offer a number of items for sale throughout the year.  Book bags made from recycled materials ($5) and decorative brass pins ($3) of the library building are available for purchase at the Information Desk on the Main Floor.  Also, the Friends offer copies of the library-produced Memories of Southbridge documentary ($15 for VHS, $20 for DVD).  Merchandise is available for purchase at the Information Desk on the Main Level.

Coffee - For $1 a cup, purchase coffee and tea in a variety of flavors, or hot chocolate. A Keurig machine is located at the main desk.

Book Sale – A variety of books and CDs for sale on bookcarts located on the Lower Level of the Library.  All merchandise is donated and freshened on a regular basis. 

We accept gently used items for the Book Sale throughout the year.  Items must be in good condition and relatively new.  We cannot accept donations of condensed books, magazines or reference sets.  Donations may be given at the Information Desk on the Main Floor.

The Annual Booksale is held in the last weekend of March each year.

Artful Friends - In 2005, the Friends created a partnership with local artists for the purpose of fundraising, and Artful Friends was launched.  Through generous donations of original art and gift certificates from local businesses, attractive prizes are displayed through the month of June.  Patrons can take chances for these prizes. 

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Membership

New members are always welcome!  Membership forms are available at each Check-out Desk in the Library.  Your membership dues go directly toward supporting the Jacob Edwards Library.

Senior 62+ – $5.00 Individual - $10.00
Family - $20.00 Patron - $35.00
Life - $500.00

Download Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library
Membership Application

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