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Published Nov 12, 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


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  • Monday, 10 a.m., Drop-in Tech Help; 6:30 p.m., Pajama Story Time
  • Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., Toddler Story Time*
  • Wednesday, noon and 6:30 p.m., Connect with the Classics — “Revived!”
  • Friday, 2 p.m., Homeschool Information Session
  • Saturday, 1 p.m., International Games Day

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Top Titles

“Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker” by Gregory Maguire.From William Morrow. Maguire takes readers to the realms of the Brothers Grimm and E. T. A. Hoffmann — the enchanted Black Forest of Bavaria and the salons of Munich. Hiddensee imagines the backstory of the Nutcracker, revealing how this entrancing creature came to be carved and how he guided an ailing girl named Klara through a dreamy paradise on a Christmas Eve. At the heart of Hoffmann’s mysterious tale hovers Godfather Drosselmeier — the ominous, canny, one-eyed toy maker made immortal by Petipa and Tchaikovsky’s fairy tale ballet — who presents the once and future Nutcracker to Klara, his goddaughter. 

“Sisters First” by Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush.  From Grand Central Publishing. Born into a political dynasty, Jenna and Barbara Bush grew up in the public eye. As small children, they watched their grandfather become president; just twelve years later they stood by their father’s side when he took the same oath. Jenna and Barbara take readers on a revealing, thoughtful, and deeply personal tour behind the scenes of their lives, as they share stories about their family, their unexpected adventures, their loves and losses, and the sisterly bond that means everything to them.

Kid’s Corner

“A World of Cookies for Santa” by M.E. Furman.  From HMH Books for Young Readers.

“A World of Cookies for Santa” takes readers across the globe to see all the treats that await Santa on Christmas Eve. Head to the Philippines, where children leave out puto seko cookies and ginger tea for Santa; jet to Russia for a honey-spice cookie; then set out for Malawi for a sweet potato cookie! When you’ve returned home, the journey’s still not over—M. E. Furman provides recipes for children to bake some of Santa’s cookies for themselves.  

Kid’s Corner

“The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine” by Mark Twain and Philip C. Stead.  From Doubleday Books for Young Readers.

In a hotel in Paris one evening in 1879, Mark Twain sat with his young daughters, who begged their father for a story. Twain began telling them the tale of Johnny, a poor boy in possession of some magical seeds. Later, Twain would jot down some rough notes about the story, but the tale was left unfinished . . . until now. Twain’s notes now form the foundation of a fairy tale picked up over a century later. With only Twain’s fragmentary script and a story that stops partway as his guide, author Philip Stead has written a tale that imagines what might have been if Twain had fully realized this work.

Johnny, forlorn and alone except for his pet chicken, meets a kind woman who gives him seeds that change his fortune, allowing him to speak with animals and sending him on a quest to rescue a stolen prince. In the face of a bullying tyrant king, Johnny and his animal friends come to understand that generosity, empathy, and quiet courage are gifts more precious in this world than power and gold.

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?

November is National Novel Writing Month! Freelance writer Chris Baty started NaNoWriMo in July 1999, moving the observance to November in 2000. Go to for information on how to write a novel in a month, track your progress, get pep talks and support, and meet fellow writers online and in person.

The library also hosts a monthly Fiction Writers Group on the last Tuesday of the month and new members are always welcome. Be sure to stop by the library this month to check out our display of National Novel Writing Month materials.