Friends of the Library

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. 

Our Officers

  • Barbara Day
  • Louise Majiewski
  • Carol McKinley
  • Kathy Van Camp


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.

Ongoing Programs

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

The Annual Booksale is held in March.  

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.

Merchandise Sales – The Friends offer a number of items for sale throughout the year. Canvas book bags ($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.

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.

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.

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


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