Check out the latest at Jervis Public Library

Posted 6/9/19

Jervis Public Library, 613 N. Washington St., has 110,000 books; tens of thousands of digital books, audiobooks, movies, comics, and music via the hoopla app; nearly 20,000 digital books and …

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Check out the latest at Jervis Public Library


Jervis Public Library, 613 N. Washington St., has 110,000 books; tens of thousands of digital books, audiobooks, movies, comics, and music via the hoopla app; nearly 20,000 digital books and audiobooks via 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 fishing poles, karaoke machine and CDs, DVD player, VCR, and Kill-a-Watt meter. The library also offers meeting rooms, licensed Notary Public, and one-on-one tech help — call ahead for availability.

Access all this with a free library card. To get your library card, bring in identification with your current address. Library hours: 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 5:30 p.m. Fridays; 5 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sundays. Call 315-336-4570 or online at


* registration required

Monday, 10 a.m., Health Insurance Information by MVP Health Care; 10 a.m., Rome Memories: Public Historical Photos Scanning Session

Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., Toddler Story Time*; 2:30 p.m., Drop-In Tech Help

Wednesday, 4 p.m., Understanding and Responding to Dementia Related Behavior*; 6:30 p.m., Jervis House Tour

Thursday, noon, Mystery a la Carte Book Discussion — “The Dog Killer of Utica” by Frank Lentricchia

Saturday, 9 a.m., Visit Jervis at Kennedy Arena for City’s Summer Rec Program registration; 1 p.m., Unplug & Play Tabletop Games

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“Every Tool’s a Hammer” by Adam Savage.  From Atria Books.

Through stories from forty-plus years of making and molding, building and break­ing, along with the lessons Savage learned along the way, this book is meant to be a toolbox of problem solving, complete with a shop’s worth of notes on the tools, techniques, and materials that Savage uses most often. 

“’Every Tool’s a Hammer’ is a permission slip of sorts from me to you. Permission to grab hold of the things you’re interested in, that fascinate you, and to dive deeper into them to see where they lead you.”

“The Friends We Keep” by Jane Green.  From Berkley.

Evvie, Maggie, and Topher have known each other since university. Their friendship was something they swore would last forever. Now years have passed, the friends have drifted apart, and none of them ever found the lives they wanted – the lives they dreamed of when they were young and everything seemed possible.

Kid’s Corner

“Bear Came Along” by Richard T. Morris.  From Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

Once there was a river flowing through a forest. The river didn’t know it was capable of adventures until a big bear came along. But adventures aren’t any fun by yourself, and so enters Froggy, Turtles, Beaver, Racoons, and Duck. 

These very different animals take off downstream, but they didn’t know they needed one another until thankfully, the river came along.

“Read Something Else” by Lemony Snicket. From HarperCollins.

Life is a turbulent journey, fraught with confusion, heartbreak, and inconvenience. This collection of wit and wisdom from New York Times bestselling author Lemony Snicket is unlikely to help.

It includes a new introduction filled with curious aphorisms, a handful of never-before-seen-or-heard quotations, and fan favorites from works over the years. These dubious offerings, collected from Snicket’s books, unpublished papers, and more, have been made pleasing to the eye by illustrations, select fan art, and design flourishes.

On display

Herb Flower Fest by Gretchen Mero

Veils of the Valley by Naomi Schipano

Rome Art Association 60th Anniversary by Derek McNally

Rome Capitol Theatre

Copper City Community Connection

Did you know?

It’s summertime, the time of year that Jervis Public Library opens up the Jervis house for tours!

Built in 1857-1858, the homestead of renowned 19th century civil engineer John Bloomfield Jervis (1795-1885) was designed by Jervis himself as his retirement home, after a long and illustrious career as a pioneer in early transportation history.

Jervis bequeathed his home to the city of Rome to establish a public library, and Jervis Public Library opened its doors to the public in 1895. The Greek-Revival style house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

Afternoon tours will be offered on these Thursdays at 2:30 p.m.: June 20, July 18, and Aug. 15. Evening tours will be offered at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12 and Tuesday, July 23. Tours begin at the library’s Information Desk, last approximately one hour, and no registration is necessary.


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