Check out all the latest at Jervis Public Library

Published Oct 15, 2017 at 9:00am

Jervis Public Library, 613 N. Washington St., has 110,000 books, 4,500 DVDs, 6,000 books on CD, and receives nearly 200 magazines and newspapers.

Library cards are free. To get one, bring in identification with your current address. Minors must bring a parent or guardian with appropriate identification.

Library hours: open at 9:30 a.m., closing at 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 5:30 p.m. Fridays; and 5 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sundays.

For information, call 315-336-4570 or go online to www.jervislibrary.org.

Events

*registration required

  • Monday, 10 a.m., Drop-in Tech Help; 6:30 p.m., Local Author Talk: “Our Mother’s Keepers: An Alzheimer’s Journey” by Geri Sultenfuss
  • Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., Toddler Story Time*; 5 p.m., Unplug & Play Tabletop Games
  • Wednesday, noon and 6:30 p.m., Connect with the Classics - Revived! - “The House of the Seven Gables” by Nathaniel Hawthorne; 4 p.m.,  Visit us at Rooted in Rome — children receive a free brand new book for their personal libraries
  • Thursday, 6:30 p.m., For Teens — popcorn and the movie “Hocus Pocus”
  • Saturday, 2:30 p.m., Fall Crafternoon

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Top Titles

“From Here to Eternity” by Caitlin Doughty.  From W. W. Norton & Company.

Fascinated by our pervasive fear of dead bodies, mortician Caitlin Doughty set out to discover how other cultures care for the dead. From Here to Eternity is an immersive global journey that introduces compelling, powerful rituals almost entirely unknown in America. 

In rural Indonesia, she watches a man clean and dress his grandfather’s mummified body, which has resided in the family home for two years. In La Paz, she meets Bolivian natitas (cigarette-smoking, wish-granting human skulls), and in Tokyo she encounters the Japanese kotsuage ceremony, in which relatives use chopsticks to pluck their loved-ones’ bones from cremation ashes.

With boundless curiosity and gallows humor, Doughty investigates the world’s funerary history. 

“Life 3.0” by Max Tegmark.  From Knopf.

The rise of AI has the potential to transform our future more than any other technology—and there’s nobody better qualified or situated to explore that future than Max Tegmark, an MIT professor who’s helped mainstream research on how to keep AI beneficial.

How can we grow our prosperity through automation without leaving people lacking income or purpose? What career advice should we give today’s kids? How can we make future AI systems more robust, so that they do what we want without crashing, malfunctioning or getting hacked? Should we fear an arms race in lethal autonomous weapons? Will machines eventually outsmart us at all tasks, replacing humans on the job market and perhaps altogether? Will AI help life flourish like never before or give us more power than we can handle?

Kid’s Corner

“After the Fall” by Dan Santat. From Roaring Brook Press.

Everyone knows that when Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. But what happened after? 

Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat’s poignant tale follows Humpty Dumpty, an avid bird watcher whose favorite place to be is high up on the city wall, that is, until after his famous fall. Now terrified of heights, Humpty can longer do many of the things he loves most. Will he summon the courage to face his fear?

Kid’s Corner

“The Girl Who Thought in Pictures” by Julia Finley Mosca.  From The Innovation Press.

Meet Dr. Temple Grandin, one of the world’s quirkiest science heroes!

When young Temple was diagnosed with autism, no one expected her to talk, let alone become one of the most powerful voices in modern science. Yet, the determined visual thinker did just that. Her unique mind allowed her to connect with animals in a special way, helping her invent groundbreaking improvements for farms around the globe!

On display

  • Rome Historical Society
  • MOPS (Mothers of Preschool Children) by Patty Southcott
  • Lead Awareness by Oneida County Health Department
  • Ovarian Cancer Awareness by Tracy Ingalls
  • RFA Marching Band

Did you know?  

The eighth month in the old Roman calendar, October retained it’s name “OKT” meaning “eight”, after January and February were inserted into the calendar.