What’s Happening at the Library

Note from Barbara

We’re working from home and are here for you. I’m checking the edwards@cwmars.org email daily so please email with any questions or comments. Johanna is keeping up with our FaceBook page, website and e-newsletter. If you don’t get the e-newsletter and want to, just email me and we’ll get you on the list. It’s worth going to the Edwards FaceBook page just to see and hear Johanna telling a dog story holding her dog Buster. Lisa will be checking our phone messages daily and answering them. Just leave a message at 413-527-9480.  If you need help with Overdrive, she can call you back. If you want tech help, Robert is still available to help by phone. Just email edwards@cwmars.org and I’ll let him know. If you have research questions, Emily is available – just let me know.  We encourage you to use Libby/Overdrive apps for online resources, ebooks, ebooks on CD, magazines, etc., or register for a Boston Public Library ecard at www.bpl.org/ecard/. Please stay safe and be well. We all miss you and our beautiful library.

Book Drop Closing

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Per the advice of the Southampton Health Department, we locked the book return on Monday, March 23rd. Please hold onto your items until we re-open. You will not have to worry about fines or renewals, including materials from other libraries. Thank you!

Latest Covid-19 Update

What does the library’s extended closing mean for you?

  • You do not need to worry about library items that you have with you while we are closed.
  • Late fees accrued during our closure will be waived.
  • Items you have on our hold shelf will stay here and be available once we open again.
  • If you run out of renewals while we are closed, do not worry. Keep the item(s) and fines will not accrue on your account.
  • Delivery from other libraries and the Commonwealth Catalog have been suspended for the time being.
  • Please leave your food donations for the Community Pantry on the front porch of the Congregational Church for the time being.
  • We are suspending accepting your book donations for the Friends Book Sale at this time.

Please keep the following emergency information handy:

From Attorney General Maura Healey:

  • Information about sick time laws: 617-727-3465
  • Help with insurance claims or medical bills: 888-830-6277
  • Report price gouging or defective products: 617-727-8400
  • If you’re having difficulty negotiating a travel refund or are concerned about a potential scam, consider filing a complaint: www.mass.gov/how-to/file-a-consumer-complaint

The Friends Really Need You!

Friends of the Edwards Public Library Due to our extended closing, we are uncertain as to when the Friends will meet again, but when we do meet, we will need a lot of help! Please volunteer to help your library. Make a difference!

Email edwards@cwmars.org for further information.

Borrow a Ukelele!

Ever wanted to learn an instrument? There are many videos online that teach the ukelele. Borrow ours and transport yourself from Southampton to the South Pacific!

Stretch yourself! Southampton Writer’s Group and the Book Club

The writing group meets on Tuesdays, at 11:00 am at the library. All forms of writing, and all levels of experience are welcome! Please contact Jennifer at 413-320-3207 or email her for more information.

Book Club meets the last Tuesday of the month at 1:00 pm. Copies of books are at the Main Circulation Desk. Visit the Ongoing Programs page for this month’s selection.

Give Your Library a Book in Honor of a Special Person

What a great gift idea! Mail or bring this form to the Library. You may suggest your donation be used to purchase material in an area of special interest, such as children’s books or large print; or a specific subject, e.g., hobbies, sports, etc. And your donation is tax deductible!

When a donation is made, an acknowledgement card is sent to the honoree. The material is held at the Main Desk for one week so the honoree may see it first. What a wonderful way to remember your relatives and friends.

Help your neighbors in need.

Food donationsThe Southampton Community Cupboard is our town’s food pantry. It provides supplemental food to those in need with discretion and compassion. The Library has a corner near the inside drop box for your donations. Thank you for your kindness! During the Covid-19 crisis, please bring your food donations to the front porch of the Church.