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The Jacob Edwards Library celebrated its 100 year anniversary from May 2014-May 2015

The Board of Trustees, Staff and Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library and members of the community kicked off the Anniversary celebrations on May 1st, 2014. 
View the program here


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 our community.

-Long Range Plan, 2011

Vision Statement

Jacob Edwards Library, The Community Place to Be

Our History

The first public library was established in the Town of Southbridge by public vote in 1870.  In 1872, Holmes Ammidown, Esq. established and leased space on Main Street for the use of the town library.  Through the generous bequest of Jacob Edwards, a new facility was erected on the current location of the Library in 1914.  Having long outgrown its original building, a major addition was added to the library in 1966; this wing included the current Reading Room, Director’s Office, and the Holmes Ammidown History Room.  A major expansion and renovation was completed in 2000, thus increasing the library facility to its current size of 33,000 sq. ft.

The Board of Trustees has commissioned a book to be published which will detail the full history of the library and will be titled "The First Century: Jacob Edwards Library, Southbridge, 1914-2014." Orders will be taken and those interested will be notified when copies are available from the printers.

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On May 1st, 2014 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., The Board of Trustees, Staff and Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library invited the community to join us in celebrating 100 years of service to patrons. 

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Giving Thanks Staff Reunion Dinner

As part of the 100th Anniversary celebration, the Board of Trustees hosted a Giving Thanks event in the Reading Room on Wednesday, November 19th, 2014. There was a representation of staff from the 1960s on and trustees as far back as the 1980s. Folks came from the Cape, the Berkshires, the 128 Corridor and New Hampshire! It was a wonderful gathering.

100th Giving Thanks Dinner


Front Row L to R: Ronald Latham, Carol Muschler, Mary White, Evelyn Petrelli
Second Row: Paul Mills, Janet Jenkins, Sue Chaplin, Faye Fulone Sweeney
Third Row: Harry Williams, Terrie Colognesi, Linda, Gary Bridgman
Fourth Row: Isable Lopes, Rose Reith, Elizabeth Gendreau, Joan Menard
Fifth Row: Anja Bull, Michelle Garcia, James Dyer, Laura Tomasko
Sixth Row: Jill Compton, April Denault, Andrew Tomasko
Seventh Row: Lynn Wolstencroft, Ashley Kenney, Karola Daigle, Betsy Vecchi
Eighth Row: Robin Weber, Kathryn Lapriorie, Kathy Armstrong
Top Row: Barbara Day, Larry Day, Holly Christo, Karla Gartsu, Renate Kendall, Dick Whitney, Corinna Tiberii, Margaret Morrissey


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