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Life @ 50+


   

Life @ 50+ - Life-long learning

About Life@50+

The Jacob Edwards Library enjoys a rich legacy of excellent service and is committed to the promotion of reading, education, literacy, culture, and lifelong learning for persons of all ages in the Southbridge community.

-Long-Range Plan, 2004

Our Life@50+ programming is partially funded through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners with funds from the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), a Federal source of library funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  Additional funding was provided by the Jacob Edwards Library Board of Trustees and the Friends of Jacob Edwards Library.

Things To Do

Drop-In Knitting Group & Library Events

The library hosts a weekly drop-in knitting and crafting group every Tuesday from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm. Stop in with whatever you are working on and chat with other knitters, get some tips, or just to chat! 

We also have new events happening every month - see our full events calendar to find out more!

Council on Aging

The Southbridge Council on Aging hosts a variety of events at the Causabon Senior Center on Chestnut Street. To see their calendar, click here

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Life@50+ History

Senior CitizensLife@50+ was a culmination of two dedicated individuals,  Margaret Morrissey, Adult Reference Librarian, and Susan Chaplin, retired Technical Services Librarian.  Margaret and Sue wrote and were awarded the Equal Access Grant in 2007.  They attended formal training sessions through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.  Equipped with this new knowledge, they have worked tirelessly to provide services and programs that meet the specific needs of our 50+ patrons. 

A group from the library visited the AARP Conference in Boston in 2007, as well as the National Guard in Worcester in 2005. See some of the photos below!


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Did You Know? Resources for Seniors


Southbridge Council on Aging
Casaubon Senior Center, 153 Chesnut Street, Southbridge MA 01550
Email: southvetserv@charter.net  Phone: 508-764-5436 Fax: 508-764-5464

Southbridge Recreation Department
Recreation Department Website
Phone:508-764-6459  Director: Steven Roenfeldt

Tri-Valley, Inc.
10 Mill Street, Dudley MA 01571 http://www.trivalleyinc.org
Phone:508-949-6640 or 1-800-286-6640

Elder Abuse Hotline
Call 1-800-922-2275 to report instances of abuse and neglect

Massachusetts Information for Seniors
1-800-AGE-INFO (1-800-243-4637)

SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone)  State Health Insurance Assistance Program for Elders

Prescription Advantage
1-800-243-4636 or 1-877-610-0241

MCPHS Pharmacy Outreach Program
Call for a comprehensive review of your medications and prescription drug coverage. Also provides information on assistance with accessing affordable prescription drug programs. MPCHS Website
Call 1-866-633-1617

Social Security Benefits  www.socialsecurity.gov

US Social Security Administration   www.ssa.gov

Reverse Mortgages - According the HUD, reverse mortgages are becoming popular in America.  They are a special type of home loan that lets a homeowner convert the equity in his or her home into cash.  They can give older Americans greater financial security to supplement their incomes.

Click HERE to Learn More About Reverse Mortgages

DriveSharp Software Available at JEL
DriveSharp is a computer software program that focuses DriveSharpon the visual systems in the brain that are essential to safe driving. It strengthens the brain's ability to process what you see so that you can focus better, keep track of more on the road, and react faster while driving.  Improvements in your visual processing skills decrease your risk of accident and ensure that you feel more confident behind the wheel.

The software is available to check out for home computer use, or in library use.

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Helpful Websites

AARP

AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all of us as we age.  With over 39 million members, AARP is the leading nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people age 50 and over in the United States.

AARP Women's Scholarship Program

The AARP Foundation Women’s Scholarship Program is helping win back opportunity for low-income, 50-plus women by funding education, training, and skills upgrades that can lead to better employment and increased financial security for women and their families. Women who are seeking new job skills, training or educational opportunities but have limited financial resources are encouraged to apply.  To learn more, visit aarp.org/womensscholarship or call 202-434-2110.  Support for the program comes from AARP Foundation and AARP.

Bridges to Benefits

"Bridges to Benefits is meant to be used as a tool to help instruct individuals who may be inexperienced with computers and technology. The site serves as a great learning tool to help novice individuals learn the basics or individuals who need additional information about technology that they may be unfamiliar with. This website also serves as a resource for people who want to help others improve their digital literacy skills."

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FAQ's

How do I get a library card?  How do I get a card for my child?

What do I do if my address, telephone, or e-mail address changes?

What do I do if my library card is lost or stolen?

What do I do if I have lost or damaged library materials?

What are the loan periods for library materials?

How many items may I borrow on my card?

Can I renew items?

How do I schedule a meeting or study room?

Does the Library have parking?

Is the Library handicapped accessible?

Does the Library have changing facilities for infants?

Does the Library have computers for public use?

Does the Library have copy and FAX services?

Does the Library have microfilm-reading services?

Does the Library provide genealogy services?

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How do I get a library card?  How do I get a card for my child?

Library cards are FREE!  Complete a Library Card Application at any Check-out Desk.  Present a completed application along with a photo ID that contains your name and current address.  Photo ID without your current address must be accompanied by printed personal mail, such as a lease, bill or official document.  If you have no printed personal mail, please ask the staff to mail you a postcard, which you can then present to the library staff as proof of your current address.

Parents and legal guardians may obtain a card for a child or legal dependent at the Check-out Desk in the Children’s Room on the Lower Level of the Library.  A parent or legal guardian must sign for a minor (under the age of 13) and present a photo ID that has the parent’s or guardian’s name and current address.  Photo ID without your current address must be accompanied by printed personal mail, such as a lease, bill or official document.  If you have no printed personal mail, please ask the staff to mail you a postcard, which you can then present to the library as proof of your current address.

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What do I do if my address, telephone number or e-mail address changes?

If your address, telephone number or e-mail address changes, please notify the Library in person.  E-mail address may be updated through the My Account page.

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What do I do if my library card is lost or stolen?

Please call 508-764-5426 to report a lost or stolen card.  You are responsible for all items checked out on your library card, so please make your report as soon as possible.  There is a $1 charge for replacing your card.

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What do I do if I have lost or damaged library materials?

If you have lost or damaged library materials, you must pay for the replacement cost of the item(s).  Please speak with a staff member in person about lost or damaged items. 

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What are the loan periods for library materials?

Most books, books-on-tape, books-on-CD, Playaways and music CDs are loaned for three weeks.  New books are loaned for two weeks.  Videos, DVDs, and Games (Wii and DS) are loaned for one week.  Magazines are loaned for one week.

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How many items may I borrow on my card?

Lending policies are established to encourage the maximum responsible use of library materials by borrowers.  New cardholders are limited to borrowing two items the first time a new card is used.  Also, the library does reserve the right to limit a patron to three books on the same subject, so that other students and researchers may have access to materials in order to provide materials on a given subject for other patrons.

Each cardholder is limited to borrowing a total of 10 videos (VHS) and DVDs at any given time.  CDs, audiobooks and magazines are restricted to ten at any given time. Wii and DS games are limited to 1 per family.

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Can I renew borrowed items?

Yes, most library materials can be renewed once, as long as there is no one else waiting for the item.  Items may be renewed in person at any Check-out Desk, by phone, or on-line.  Please phone the library during open hours to renew by phone; voicemail renewals are not available.  On-line renewals are available by selecting My Account on the library’s website.  To renew items on-line, you will need your library card number and your PIN.

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Does the Library have parking?

Yes, free parking is available.  Parking is available along Main Street in front of the facility and in the municipal parking lot located behind the building.  Entrance to the parking lot is via Foster Street.  

Parking on Main Street and in the Foster Street lot has a two-hour limit.  Should the parking lot be at capacity, additional spaces are available at the municipal lot on Central Street and LaRochelle Way.  Parking is also available in the evenings only at the Savers Bank lot across Foster Street.

There are 2 van accessible spaces nearest the library at its rear/north entrance.

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Is the Library handicapped accessible?

Yes, the facility is handicapped accessible from the rear entrance.  The accessible entrance is located at the rear of the building. 

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Does the Library have changing facilities for infants?

Yes, both restrooms on the Lower Level nearest the Meeting Rooms have changing tables for infants.  Please see the Check-Out Desk in the Children’s Department for access.

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Does the Library have computers for public use?

Yes, 17 computers are available for public use.  Two internet accessible computers are located in the Children’s Department on the Lower Level for children eleven and younger; four are located in the Young Adult area for teens aged twelve to seventeen; nine are located in the Computer Room on the Main Level for persons eighteen and older.  

Two computers are located on the Second Level for word processing purposes, as well as a third in the Children's Department.  

A valid library card is required to use the computers.  In order for a card to be valid, the account must be clear of all fines. You may also obtain a one-day guest pass with a valid ID.  

All computers have print capability; the cost to print is 20¢ per page for black & white, $2.00 per page for color copies.  Please bring a storage device with you if you wish to save your work.  Flash drives may be purchased at the Information Desk for $10.00.   Computer reservations may be made in person through the Reservation Station in the Computer Room.

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Does the Library have copy and FAX services?

The Library has a public photocopier located on the Main Level.  The cost to copy is .20¢ per page.  The Library does not have a public FAX service. 

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Does the Library have microfilm-reading services?

Yes, two microfilm readers are located in the Computer Room on the Main Level.  Vital statistics, historical documents and back issues of local newspapers including the Southbridge Evening News may be searched and printed (50 cents per page).  Please see a staff member at the Information Desk on the Main Level to access our microfilm readers.  Photo ID is required.

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