Check out the latest books and activities at Jervis Public Library


Jervis Public Library, 613 N. Washington St., Rome, 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 11, Free adult and children’s Craft Kits available; 10 a.m., Project Hope/ Neighborhood Center Tabling; noon, Drop in craft: Pet toys (children’s program); 4 p.m., In-person teen event: Maker Monday

Tuesday, April 12, 4 p.m., Learn to Letter: Welcome letters for refugees (children’s program)

Wednesday, April 13, 10:30 a.m., Story Time with Ms. Emily; 2 p.m., In-person teen event: Scrabble Challenge; 4 p.m., In-person teen event: Ukulele Club*

Thursday, April 14, noon, Mid-day Mystery Book Discussion: “The Maid” by Nita Prose; 6 p.m., virtual teen event: Watch Party; 6:30 p.m., Evening Story Time with Project Hope

Friday, April 15, 1:30 p.m., In-person teen event: Free Play Friday; 4 p.m., LEGO Challenge (children’s program)

Saturday, April 16, noon, virtual teen event: Collaborative Storytelling Adventure

Did you know?

April 11 is National Pet Day. Be sure to paper your pets and/or donate to a local animal charity in honor of the estimated 6.3 million companion animals that enter shelters each year in the United States, as per the ASPCA.

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Top Titles

• “True Biz” by Sara Novic. From Random House.

True biz? The students at the River Valley School for the Deaf just want to hook up, pass their history finals, and have politicians, doctors, and their parents stop telling them what to do with their bodies. 

This revelatory novel plunges readers into the halls of a residential school for the deaf, where they’ll meet Charlie, a rebellious transfer student who’s never met another deaf person before; Austin, the school’s golden boy, whose world is rocked when his baby sister is born hearing; and February, the hearing headmistress, a CODA (child of deaf adult(s)) who is fighting to keep her school open and her marriage intact, but might not be able to do both. 

As a series of crises both personal and political threaten to unravel each of them, Charlie, Austin, and February find their lives inextricable from one another — and changed forever.

• “What Happened to the Bennetts” by Lisa Scottoline.  From G.P. Putnam’s Sons.

Jason Bennett is a suburban dad who owns a court-reporting business, but one night, his life takes a horrific turn. He is driving his family home after his daughter’s field hockey game when a pickup truck begins tailgating them on a dark stretch of road. Suddenly two men jump from the pickup and pull guns on Jason, demanding the car. A horrific flash of violence changes his life forever.

Later that awful night, Jason and his family receive a visit from the FBI. The agents tell them that the carjackers were members of a dangerous drug-trafficking organization - and now Jason and his family are in their crosshairs. The agents advise the Bennetts to enter the witness protection program right away, and they have no choice but to agree. 

Kid’s Corner

• “Anglerfish: The Seadevil of the Deep” by Elaine M. Alexander.  From Candlewick.

Dive thirteen thousand feet below the ocean’s surface, where no ray of sunlight can penetrate. Resources are scarce, and fellow inhabitants scarcer. This is life in the midnight zone—life for the anglerfish, known as the Seadevil of the Deep.

Still largely a mystery to scientists, the deep-sea anglerfish is a true source of fascination and awe. To some, the fish resembles a prehistoric creature forgotten by time; to others, she is the embodiment of power, grace, and grit, using her remarkable physical attributes and a talent for deception to survive one of the harshest environments on the planet.

• “Packing for Mars for Kids” by Mary Roach.  From Norton Young Readers.

What is it like to float weightlessly in the air? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a spacewalk? How do astronauts go to the bathroom? Is it true that they don’t shower? Can farts really be deadly in space?

Best-selling Mary Roach has the answers. In this whip-smart, funny, and informative young readers adaptation of her best-selling ”Packing for Mars,” Roach guides us through the irresistibly strange, frequently gross, and awe-inspiring realm of space travel and life without gravity.

• “The Planet in a Pickle Jar” by Martin Stanev.  From Flying Eye Books.

When two siblings visit Grandma’s house for a routine visit, they can’t help but think she’s stuffy, plain and no fun at all. But what they don’t realise is that Grandma has a secret she’s yet to reveal - and she might not be as boring as they first thought.


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