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

The library has 110,000 books; 120 board games; 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 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 all this with a free library card. To get your library card, bring in identification with your current address.

Call 315-336-4570, e-mail, or go online to or for more information.


* registration required

Monday, April 18, Free children’s craft kits available; 10 a.m., Project Hope/ Neighborhood Center Tabling; 2:30 p.m., Self Care for Teens; 4 p.m., Budget Town Hall Meeting - Marianne Buttenschon

Tuesday, April 19, 5 p.m., Unplug & Play Game Night

Wednesday, April 20, 10:30 a.m., Story Time with Ms. Emily; 4 p.m., In-person teen event: Ukulele Club*; 5 p.m., Virtual Teen Event: Science; 6 p.m., Author Talk: Deirdre Sinnott, “The Third Mrs. Galway”

Thursday, April 21, 2 p.m., Craft Program: Make a T-Shirt Bag; 6 p.m., Virtual teen event: Book Club; 6:30 p.m., Evening Story Time with Ms. Emily

Friday, April 22, 2:30 p.m., In-person teen event: Free Play Friday

Did you know?

The first Earth Day, held on April 22 annually, was held in 1970 as a reaction to the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill? Children and families who signed up in March can pick up their free tree at Jervis library at 8:30 a.m. Friday. Trees have been provided through Jervis’ collaboration with Neighborhood Forest, a nonprofit that seeks to give every child a tree to plant.

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Top Titles

• “Time Is a Mother” by Ocean Vuong. From Penguin Press.

In this deeply intimate second poetry collection, Ocean Vuong searches for life among the aftershocks of his mother’s death, embodying the paradox of sitting within grief while being determined to survive beyond it. 

Shifting through memory, and in concert with the themes of his novel “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous,” Vuong contends with personal loss, the meaning of family, and the cost of being the product of an American war in America. At once vivid, brave, and propulsive, Vuong’s poems circle fragmented lives to find both restoration as well as the epicenter of the break.

• “Insomnia” by Sarah Pinborough.  From William Morrow.

Emma Averell loves her life—her high-powered legal career, her two beautiful children, and her wonderful stay-at-home husband—but it wasn’t always so perfect. When she was just five years old, Emma and her older sister went into foster care because of a horrific incident with their mother.

In this twisty, mind-bending thriller from the bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes, Emma Averell worries that her crippling insomnia is a sign that she’s slowly going insane—like the mother she’s worked so hard to leave in her past.

Kid’s Corner

• “My Parents Won’t Stop Talking!” by Emma Hunsinger and Tillie Walden.  From Roaring Brook Press.

It’s time to go to the park, and Molly can’t wait! It’s going to be awesome and amazing and — oh no! The neighbors have spotted her moms, and now they’re talking. A lot. And everything they say is boring. Minutes feel like hours, hours feel like days, and days feel like eons — will her parents ever stop talking?!

• “Witchlings” by Claribel A. Ortega.  From Scholastic Press. 

Every year, in the magical town of Ravenskill, Witchlings who participate in the Black Moon Ceremony are placed into covens and come into their powers as full-fledged witches.

And 12-year-old Seven Salazar can’t wait to be placed in the most powerful coven with her best friend! But on the night of the ceremony, in front of the entire town, Seven isn’t placed in one of the five covens. She’s a Spare!

Spare covens have fewer witches, are less powerful, and are looked down on by everyone. Even worse, when Seven and the other two Spares perform the magic circle to seal their coven, it doesn’t work! They’re stuck as Witchlings and will lose their magic.

The three Spares will be assigned an impossible task: If they work together and succeed at it, their coven will be sealed and they’ll gain their full powers. If they fail... Well, the last coven to make the attempt ended up being turned into toads. Forever.


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