Life @ 50+
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
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
by the Jacob Edwards Library Board of Trustees and the Friends of Jacob
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.
was a culmination of two dedicated
individuals, Margaret Morrissey, Adult Reference Librarian,
Susan Chaplin, retired Technical Services Librarian. Margaret
Sue wrote and were awarded the Equal Access Grant in 2007.
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!
You Know? Resources for Seniors
Southbridge Recreation Department
Council on Aging
Casaubon Senior Center, 153 Chesnut Street, Southbridge MA 01550
Phone: 508-764-5436 Fax: 508-764-5464
Director: Steven Roenfeldt
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
SHINE (Serving the Health
Insurance Needs of Everyone)
State Health Insurance Assistance Program
Pharmacy Outreach Program
1-800-243-4636 or 1-877-610-0241
for a comprehensive review of your medications and prescription drug
coverage. Also provides information on assistance with accessing
affordable prescription drug programs. MPCHS Website
Social Security Benefits www.socialsecurity.gov
US Social Security Administration
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
financial security to supplement their incomes.
HERE to Learn More About Reverse Mortgages
Software Available at JEL
computer software program that focuses on
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
your risk of accident and ensure that you feel more confident behind
available to check out for home computer use, or in library use.
(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.
Women's Scholarship Program
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,
but have limited financial resources are encouraged to apply.
more, visit aarp.org/womensscholarship or call
202-434-2110. Support for
the program comes from AARP Foundation and AARP.
"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."
How do I
get a library card? How do I get a card for my child?
do I do if my address, telephone, or e-mail address changes?
What do I
do if my library card is lost or stolen?
I do if I have lost or damaged library materials?
the loan periods for library materials?
items may I borrow on my card?
How do I
schedule a meeting or study room?
Library have parking?
Library handicapped accessible?
the Library have changing facilities for infants?
Library have computers for public use?
Library have copy and FAX services?
the Library have microfilm-reading services?
Library provide genealogy services?
do I get a library
card? How do I
get a card for my child?
cards are FREE! Complete a Library Card Application
any Check-out Desk. Present a completed application along
photo ID that contains your name and current address. Photo
without your current address must be accompanied by printed personal
mail, such as a lease, bill or official document. If you have
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
Parents and legal
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
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
staff to mail you a postcard, which you can then present to the library
as proof of your current address.
do I do if my address,
telephone number or e-mail
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
do I do if my library card
is lost or stolen?
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
replacing your card.
do I do if I have lost
or damaged library materials?
you have lost or damaged library materials, you must pay for the
replacement cost of the item(s). Please speak with a staff
in person about lost or damaged items.
are the loan periods
for library materials?
books, books-on-tape, books-on-CD, Playaways and music CDs are loaned
for three weeks. New books are loaned for two
Videos, DVDs, and Games (Wii and DS) are loaned for one week.
Magazines are loaned for one week.
How many items may I borrow on my card?
policies are established to encourage the maximum responsible use of
library materials by borrowers. New cardholders are limited
borrowing two items the first time a new card is used. Also,
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
cardholder is limited to borrowing a total of 10 videos (VHS) and DVDs
at any given time. CDs, audiobooks and magazines are
to ten at any given time. Wii and DS games are limited to 1 per family.
I renew borrowed
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
Check-out Desk, by phone, or on-line. Please phone the
during open hours to renew by phone; voicemail renewals are not
available. On-line renewals are available by selecting My
the library’s website. To renew items on-line, you will need
library card number and your PIN.
the Library have parking?
free parking is available. Parking is available along Main
in front of the facility and in the municipal parking lot located
behind the building. Entrance to the parking lot is via
on Main Street and in the Foster Street lot has a two-hour
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.
are 2 van accessible spaces nearest the library at its rear/north
the Library handicapped
the facility is handicapped accessible from the rear
The accessible entrance is located at the rear of the
the Library have changing
facilities for infants?
both restrooms on the Lower Level nearest the Meeting Rooms have
changing tables for infants. Please see the Check-Out Desk in
Children’s Department for access.
the Library have computers
for public use?
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
computers are located on the Second Level for word processing purposes,
as well as a third in the Children's Department.
valid library card is required to use the computers. In order
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.
computers have print capability; the cost to print is 20¢ per page for
black & white, $2.00 per page for color copies.
a storage device with you if you wish to save your work.
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.
the Library have copy
and FAX services?
Library has a public photocopier located on the Main Level.
cost to copy is .20¢ per page. The Library does not have a
the Library have microfilm-reading
Yes, two microfilm
located in the Computer Room on the Main Level. Vital
historical documents and back issues of local newspapers including the Southbridge
Evening News may be searched and printed (50 cents per
Please see a staff
member at the Information Desk on the Main Level to access our
microfilm readers. Photo ID is required.