Check out the latest books and activities at the Jervis Public Library

The Jervis Public Library, 613 N. Washington St., Rome, is open 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

The library has 110,000 books; 120 board games; nearly 20,000 e-books and audiobooks through OverDrive’s Libby app (; 4,500 DVDs; 6,000 books on CD; nearly 200 magazines and newspapers; and 155 digital magazines.

Borrow unique items including a karaoke machine and CDs, DVD player, VCR, and Kill-a-Watt meter. The library also offers meeting rooms and a licensed notary public – call ahead for availability. Access it all with a free library card. To get your library card, bring ID with your current address.

Call 315-336-4570, email [email protected], or go online to or for more information.


* registration required

Monday, April 4, free craft kits for kids available

Wednesday, April 6, 10:30 a.m., story time with Mrs. Emily; 4 p.m., in-person teen event: Ukulele Club*; 6 p.m., presentation on stroke awareness and prevention

Thursday, April 7, 6 p.m., Virtual Teen Event: JSYK; 6:30 p.m. Evening Storytime with Mrs. Emily

Friday, April 8, 2:30 p.m., in-person teen event: Free Play Friday

Did you know?

The week of April 3-9 is National Library Week? This year’s theme is “connect with your library”. Be sure to stop by Jervis to learn all the ways you can connect with and through your library through Jervis public computers, free wifi, free programs, board games, books, movies, and more. Moreover.

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Top titles

• “French braid: a novel” by Anne Tyler. From Knopf.

The Garretts take their first and last family vacation in the summer of 1959. They hardly ever leave the house, but in some ways they have never been so far apart. Mercy struggles to resist the siren call of her aspirations to become a painter, which means less housekeeping time for her husband, Robin.

Their teenage daughters, stable Alice and boy-crazed Lily, couldn’t have had less in common. Their youngest, David, is already intent on escaping his family’s orbit, for reasons neither of them understands. Yet, as these lives progress through the decades, the influences of the Garretts on each other reverberate in ineffable but undeniable ways through each generation.

• “Every Good Boy Is Alright: A Love Story in Music Lessons” by Jeremy Denk. From the random house.

In “Every Good Boy Does Fine”, the famous pianist Jeremy Denk retraces an incredible journey. Her life is already a bit rocky as a precocious and temperamental 6-year-old piano prodigy in New Jersey, then a family breakdown forces her to move to New Mexico. There, Denk must please a new mastermind, an embittered but dedicated teacher, while navigating college.

At 16, he ran away to Ohio University, to meet a bewildering new group of kind and cruel music teachers. After many humiliations and a few triumphs, he eventually found his calling as a world touring pianist, a MacArthur “genius” and a frequent performer at Carnegie Hall.

• “The Kaiju Preservation Society” by John Scalzi. From Tor Books.

When COVID-19 sweeps through New York, Jamie Gray is stuck as a dead-end driver for food delivery apps. That is, until Jamie makes a delivery to an old acquaintance, Tom, who works at what he calls “an animal rights organization.” Tom’s team needs a last minute grunt to handle things on their next visit to the field. Jamie, eager to do anything, signs immediately.

What Tom doesn’t tell Jamie is that the animals his team cares for aren’t here on Earth. Not our Earth, at least. In an alternate dimension, massive dinosaur-like creatures named Kaiju roam a warm, human-free world. They are the biggest and most dangerous pandas in the universe and they are in trouble.

It’s not just the Kaiju Preservation Society that has found its way to the alternate world. Others too. And their negligence could cause the death of millions of people on our Earth.

Children’s corner

• “Mom and Mom and Me in the Middle” by Nina LaCour. From Candlewick.

For a little girl, there’s no place she’d rather be than sitting between mum and mum. So when mom goes on a business trip, it’s hard to find a good seat at the table. As the days pass, Mom takes her to the library, they watch movies and all talk on the phone, but she still misses Mom as deep as the ocean and as high as an astronaut in the stars.

Passing in front of a beautiful garden, the young girl has an idea. . . but when mom finally comes home, it takes her a minute to shake off the feeling of emptiness she’s felt all week before leaning in for a kiss. Michael L. Printz Award winner Nina LaCour thoughtfully tells the familiar and touching story of a child who misses a parent, illustrated by Kaylani Juanita, whose distinctive style brings charm and playfulness to this charming family of three people.

• “How to Dress a Dinosaur” by Robin Currie. From Family.

“ROAR! Dinosaurs don’t wear shirts!

Every parent knows the difficulty of dressing a child and taking him outside. But with a cast of hilariously styled dinosaurs to teach toddlers to stomp pant legs and claw into shirts, dressing up becomes fun. With this playful sidekick to How To Train A Dinosaur potty training, your little dinosaur lover will ask you to have fun and dress up like a dinosaur!

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