Check out the latest books at Jervis Public 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; and 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Fridays.

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 disc golf kits, 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.

Call 315-336-4570, e-mail askJPL@jervislibrary.org, or go online to www.jervislibrary.org or www.facebook.com/jervispubliclibrary
for more information.

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The Mid York Library System has created a Facebook group for local library cardholders who use the OverDrive/Libby service to borrow digital books, digital audiobooks, and digital magazines. Join the Mid York Library System OverDrive Users group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/midyorkoverdriveusers) to learn some tips you might not have know about, share your own tips, learn about new content, suggest content, and get news about the service directly from your library without having to receive multiple emails.

Did you know?

On Aug. 31, 1900, Coca Cola was sold for the first time in Britain.  Coca‑Cola arrived in the UK when Charles Candler, son of the Coca‑Cola Company founder Asa Candler, brought five gallons of syrup with him on a visit to London.

The popular summertime refreshment was first invented in July 1886 when pharmacist John Stith Pemberton created the original Coca-Cola drink, which was advertised as helpful in the relief of headache, to be placed primarily on sale in drugstores as a medicinal beverage. In 1888, American businessman Asa Griggs Candler completed his purchase of the Coca-Cola formula and brand from Pemberton’s heirs. (today.com and cocacola.com)

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Top Titles

“The Madness of Crowds” by Louise Penny. From Minotaur Books.

While the residents of the Québec village of Three Pines take advantage of the deep snow to ski and toboggan, to drink hot chocolate in the bistro and share meals together, Chief Inspector  Armand Gamache finds his holiday with his family interrupted by a simple request. 

He’s asked to provide security for what promises to be a non-event. A visiting Professor of Statistics will be giving a lecture at the nearby university. While he is perplexed as to why the head of homicide for the Sûreté du Québec would be assigned this task, it sounds easy enough. That is until Gamache starts looking into Professor Abigail Robinson and discovers an agenda so repulsive he begs the university to cancel the lecture.

They refuse, citing academic freedom. Before long, Professor Robinson’s views start seeping into conversations. Spreading and infecting. So that truth and fact, reality and delusion are so confused it’s near impossible to tell them apart.

When a murder is committed, it falls to Armand Gamache, his second-in-command Jean-Guy Beauvoir, and their team to investigate the crime as well as this extraordinary popular delusion. 

“The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois: A Novel” by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers.  From Harper.

The great scholar, W. E. B. Du Bois, once wrote about the Problem of race in America, and what he called “Double Consciousness,” a sensitivity that every African American possesses in order to survive. Since childhood, Ailey Pearl Garfield has understood Du Bois’s words all too well. Bearing the names of two formidable Black Americans—the revered choreographer Alvin Ailey and her great-grandmother Pearl, the descendant of enslaved Georgians and tenant farmers—Ailey carries Du Bois’s Problem on her shoulders.

From an early age, Ailey fights a battle for belonging that’s made all the more difficult by a hovering trauma, as well as the whispers of women—her mother, Belle, her sister, Lydia, and a maternal line reaching back two centuries—that urge Ailey to succeed in their stead. To come to terms with her own identity, Ailey embarks on a journey through her family’s past, uncovering the shocking tales of generations of ancestors—Indigenous, Black, and white—in the deep South.

Kid’s Corner

“The Magic of Color” by Tracy Kane.  From Light-Beams Publishing.

Can you imagine an Earth without color? No blue sky, green grass or brilliant red sunsets?

Two tribes live peacefully on an island where only black and white exist—until a dramatic event results in the creation of two colors. This change completely transforms their lives, and, when a third color appears, both tribes set off on an adventure to claim this dazzling new treasure.

“Little Ghoul Goes to School” by Jef Czekaj.  From Balzer + Bray.

Little Ghoul is nervous about her first day of school. Her mom assures her that it will be great: The teachers will be scary. The lunch will be revolting! And the other classmates will be spine-tingling and creepy.

But what if Little Ghoul’s greatest fears come true—and everyone is nice?

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