Check out the latest books — and more

Published Dec 31, 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.

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  • Saturday, 2:30 p.m., YAC~ Teen Volunteer Group at Jervis

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Top Titles

"Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder” by Caroline Fraser. From Metropolitan Books.

Millions of readers of Little House on the Prairie believe they know Laura Ingalls―the pioneer girl who survived blizzards and near-starvation on the Great Plains, and the woman who wrote the famous autobiographical books. But the true saga of her life has never been fully told. Now, drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records, Caroline Fraser―the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House series―masterfully fills in the gaps in Wilder’s biography. 

Revealing the grown-up story behind the most influential childhood epic of pioneer life, she also chronicles Wilder's tumultuous relationship with her journalist daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, setting the record straight regarding charges of ghostwriting that have swirled around the books.

"Unraveling Oliver: A Novel” by Liz Nugent.  From Gallery/Scout Press.

In this “compelling, clever, and dark” (Heat magazine) thriller, a man’s shocking act of savagery stuns a local community—and the revelations that follow will keep you gripped until the very last page.

Oliver Ryan, handsome, charismatic, and successful, has long been married to his devoted wife, Alice. Together they write and illustrate award-winning children’s books; their life together one of enviable privilege and ease—until, one evening after a delightful dinner, Oliver delivers a blow to Alice that renders her unconscious, and subsequently beats her into a coma.

Kid’s Corner

"Rot, the Cutest in the World!” by Ben Clanton.  From Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

Rot is a mutant potato. Like most mutant potatoes, Rot loves all sorts of games and contests. So when he sees a sign for the “Cutest in the World Contest,” he can’t wait to enter.

But when Rot realizes who he’s up against—an itty-bitty baby bunny, a little-wittle cuddly kitten, and an eenie-weenie jolly jellyfish—he loses confidence. Will the judges find room in their hearts for an adorable mutant potato?

On display

  • Historic Drawings by Michael Landau
  • Veils of the Valley by Naomi Schipano
  • Martin Luther King - African-American Heritage Association
  • Ava Dorfman Senior Center
  • Rome Capitol Theatre

Did you know?

If one of your New Year's resolutions was to learn a new hobby, January is the right month to do it: it's National Hobby Month! Some of the most popular include: reading, fishing, sewing, bird watching, collecting, golf, cooking, and gardening. Jervis Library has plenty of books for anyone pursuing a reading hobby, and many other hobbies, too. Stop by the library and ask for them at the Information desk.