Check out the latest books at Jervis library

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Jervis Public Library, 613 N. Washington St., is once again open to the public! Face masks and social distancing are required.

Library hours are 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

The library has 110,000 books; nearly 20,000 digital books and audiobooks via OverDrive’s Libby app (midyork.overdrive.com); 4,500 DVDs; 6,000 books on CD; nearly 200 magazines and newspapers; and 155 digital magazines.

Borrow unique items including snowshoes, 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 askJPL@jervislibrary.org, or go online to www.jervislibrary.org or www.facebook.com/jervispubliclibrary for more information.

Events

Monday, Dec. 27, CLOSED

Tuesday, Dec. 28, Free Children’s Craft Kits Available

Wednesday, Dec. 29, 10:30 a.m., Storytime with Ms. Emily; 11 a.m., In-Person Teen Event: Board Games

Thursday, Dec. 30, Children’s Drop in Craft: New Year’s Eve Party Hats

Friday and Saturday, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, CLOSED for New Years

Did you know?

If you need something to entertain you and your family during this chilly month, check out the new puzzle exchange at the library.

You simply take a puzzle, and leave a puzzle (preferably gently used and with all the pieces). We have a wide variety of children’s and adult puzzles, so you are sure to find something that everyone will enjoy.

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Top Titles

“Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone (Outlander)” by Diana Gabaldon. From Delacorte Press.

Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall were torn apart by the Jacobite Rising in 1746, and it took them twenty years to find each other again. Now the American Revolution threatens to do the same.

It is 1779 and Claire and Jamie are at last reunited with their daughter, Brianna, her husband, Roger, and their children on Fraser’s Ridge. Having the family together is a dream the Frasers had thought impossible.

Yet even in the North Carolina backcountry, the effects of war are being felt. Tensions in the Colonies are great and local feelings run hot enough to boil Hell’s teakettle. Jamie knows loyalties among his tenants are split and it won’t be long until the war is on his doorstep.

“Unprotected: A Memoir” by Billy Porter.  From Abrams Press.

It’s easy to be yourself when who and what you are is in vogue. But growing up Black and gay in America has never been easy.

Before Billy Porter was slaying red carpets and giving an iconic Emmy-winning performance in the celebrated TV show Pose; before he was the groundbreaking Tony and Grammy Award-winning star of Broadway’s Kinky Boots; and before he was an acclaimed recording artist, actor, playwright, director, and all-around legend, Porter was a young boy in Pittsburgh who was seen as different, who didn’t fit in.

At five years old, Porter was sent to therapy to “fix” his effeminacy. He was endlessly bullied at school, sexually abused by his stepfather, and criticized at his church. Porter came of age in a world where simply being himself was a constant struggle.

Kid’s Corner

“Off-Limits” by Helen Yoon.  From Candlewick.

Dad’s office is off-limits—which only makes it more intriguing to his curious young daughter. As soon as she sees an opening, she sneaks in to have a look around. After all, there’s no harm in just looking, right?

What she discovers is a magical wonderland of sticky tape,paper clips that make glorious strands, and a kaleidoscopic array of sticky notes. Who could possibly resist playing with those?

“A Curious Collection of Dangerous Creatures” by Sami Bayly.  From The Experiment.

Sharks, snakes, and spiders get all the attention, but many of the most terrifying animals on the planet are probably ones you didn’t know were so dangerous—like the other worldly blue dragon, a tiny sea slug that can unleash a powerful sting, or the lethal mosaic crab,armed with a toxin 1,000 times deadlier than cyanide.

And some creatures get rather creative when it comes to warding off predators—which is what makes them so amazing to read about. Take the adorable greater slow loris: This primate prepares to strike by first licking its venom-filled armpits!

Before you run and hide, award-winning author and illustrator Sami Bayly shows how, once you understand why these animals have adapted to be so dangerous, you’ll learn to appreciate their scarier sides.

“Imaginary” by Lee Bacon.  From Amulet Books.

Zach should’ve outgrown his imaginary friend by now. He knows this. He’s 11, long past the days when kids are supposed to go on epic make-believe adventures with their invisible friends. But after the death of his father five years ago, all Zach wanted was an escape from the real world.

So his imaginary friend, Shovel, hasn’t faded away like the other kids’ have. Their imaginary friendship grew stronger. But now Zach’s in middle school, and things are getting awkward. His best friend ditched him for a cooler crowd. His classmates tease him in the hallways. He still misses his dad.

Reality is the worst. Which is why Zach makes regular visits to a fantasy world with Shovel. But is Zach’s overactive imagination helping him deal with loss or just pushing people away?

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