Jervis Public Library, 613 N. Washington St., is open for curbside pickup, and are now taking reservations for computer use inside the library. Call ahead to make an appointment, 315-336-4570. You can also call to make photocopy/fax/scan appointments.
E-mail askJPL@jervislibrary.org, or go online to www.jervislibrary.org or www.facebook.com/jervispubliclibrary for more information. You can also call to make photocopy/fax/scan appointments.
• Mid York Library System has made the difficult decision to cancel hoopla effective Aug. 31. Anything you check out from hoopla in August will be available for its full checkout period. No new items can be checked out in September.
• RBDigital offers audiobooks, magazines, and language practice for those not in school. No waiting list, no limit to the number of items checked out at once. Use online or download the free app for your device: midyorkny.rbdigital.com
• OverDrive online midyork.overdrive.com or through the Libby app gives you access to audiobooks and ebooks.
Did you know?
Aug. 9 is Book Lovers Day. This unofficial holiday encourages everyone to celebrate reading and literature. So put away that smartphone and pick up a book. Need something to read? We can help. Give us a call at 315-336-4570 to reserve your favorite title for curbside pick-up.
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“The Answer Is . . .: Reflections on My Life” by Alex Trebek. From Simon & Schuster.
Since debuting as the host of Jeopardy! in 1984, Alex Trebek has been something like a family member to millions of television viewers, bringing entertainment and education into their homes five nights a week. Last year, he made the stunning announcement that he had been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer. What followed was an incredible outpouring of love and kindness. Social media was flooded with messages of support, and the Jeopardy! studio received boxes of cards and letters offering guidance, encouragement, and prayers.
For over three decades, Trebek had resisted countless appeals to write a book about his life. Yet he was moved so much by all the goodwill, he felt compelled to finally share his story.
“Hamnet: A Novel” by Maggie O’Farrell. From Knopf.
A young Latin tutor—penniless and bullied by a violent father—falls in love with an extraordinary, eccentric young woman. Agnes is a wild creature who walks her family’s land with a falcon on her glove and is known throughout the countryside for her unusual gifts as a healer, understanding plants and potions better than she does people.
Once she settles with her husband on Henley Street in Stratford-upon-Avon she becomes a fiercely protective mother and a steadfast, centrifugal force in the life of her young husband, whose career on the London stage is taking off when his beloved young son succumbs to sudden fever.
“The Silent Wife: A Novel” by Karin Slaughter. From William Morrow.
Investigating the killing of a prisoner during a riot inside a state penitentiary, GBI investigator Will Trent is confronted with disturbing information. One of the inmates claims that he is innocent of a brutal attack for which he has always been the prime suspect.
The man insists that he was framed by a corrupt law enforcement team led by Jeffrey Tolliver and that the real culprit is still out there—a serial killer who has systematically been preying on women across the state for years. If Will reopens the investigation and implicates the dead police officer with a hero’s reputation of wrongdoing, the opportunistic convict is willing to provide the information GBI needs about the riot murder.
“Braver: A Wombat’s Tale” by Suzanne Selfors and Walker Ranson. From Imprint.
Lola Budge isn’t your average bare-nosed wombat. While her parents and neighbors in the Northern Forest want nothing more than peace and quiet, Lola loves to talk. Bored by the quiet routine of wombat life, Lola desperately wants something, anything, interesting to happen.
But when Lola follows the terrifying sound of unfamiliar screeching, she discovers a predator who has been kept in exile for many generations. And this creature has captured the peaceful wombats and carted them away―including Lola’s parents.
To save her family, Lola will need help from the Queen of Tassie Island herself. But the road to the golden city of Dore is long and treacherous for a young wombat, especially with predators on the loose.
“Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea” by Meena Harris. From Balzer + Bray.
One day, Kamala and Maya had an idea. A big idea: they would turn their empty apartment courtyard into a playground!
This is the uplifting tale of how the author’s aunt and mother first learned to persevere in the face of disappointment and turned a dream into reality. This is a story of children’s ability to make a difference and of a community coming together to transform their neighborhood.
“Speak Up” by Miranda Paul. From Clarion Books.
Join a diverse group of kids on a busy school day as they discover so many different ways to speak up and make their voices heard! From shouting out gratitude for a special treat to challenging a rule that isn’t fair, these young students show that simple, everyday actions can help people and make the world a better place.