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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.

Drop off point

In addition to serving as a spot to pick up everything from books to snowshoes, the library also serves as a drop off for a variety of items.

Cell phones for Soldiers has become an annual tradition in November in conjunction with AT&T and NYS Senator Joseph A. Griffo. The collection bin for old phones is on the first service desk you see when you walk into the library on the side that faces Washington St. The library accepts cell phones all year in anticipation of the annual collection.

Year round, we collect eyeglasses for the Lions Club. They have just provided us with an official collection bin, which is now inside the entrance that leads to the parking lot.

Events

Monday, Jan. 10, Free Children’s Craft Kit Available; 5 p.m., Children’s Program: Learn to Letter; 6:30 p.m., Virtual Teen Event: Life Skills: Goal Setting

Wednesday, Jan. 12, 10:30 a.m., Story Time with Ms. Emily; 4 p.m., Children’s Program: Financial Education with First Source

Saturday, Jan. 15, 11 a.m., In-Person Teen Event: Arts & Crafts; 12:30 p.m., Girl Scout Open House

Did you know?

The second week of January is Letter Writing Week. It’s a great opportunity to reach out to someone with a thoughtful, handwritten letter. Need inspiration? We have materials on how to write effective letters; collections of letters written by authors and historical figures; and fiction that includes letters written between characters. Ask a librarian for help finding your favorite!

On display

Martin Luther King, Jr. by African American Heritage Association

Key Chains by Amelia Mastrangelo

Artwork by Rome City School District students.

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“Wish You Were Here: A Novel” by Jodi Picoult.  From Ballantine Books.

Diana O’Toole is perfectly on track. She will be married by 30, done having kids by thirty-five, and move out to the New York City suburbs, all while climbing the professional ladder in the cutthroat art auction world.

She’s not engaged just yet, but she knows her boyfriend, Finn, a surgical resident, is about to propose on their romantic getaway to the Galápagos—days before her 30th birthday. Right on time.

But then a virus that felt worlds away has appeared in the city, and on the eve of their departure, Finn breaks the news: It’s all hands on deck at the hospital. He has to stay behind. 

You should still go, he assures her, since it would be a shame for all of their nonrefundable trip to go to waste. And so, reluctantly, she goes.

But the hotel they’d booked is shut down due to the pandemic. In fact, the whole island is now under quarantine, and she is stranded until the borders reopen. Completely isolated, she must venture beyond her comfort zone. 

“Bright Burning Things: A Novel” by Lisa Harding.  From HarperVia.

Sonya used to perform on stage. She used to attend glamorous parties, date handsome men, ride in fast cars.

But somewhere along the way, the stage lights Sonya lived for dimmed for good. In their absence, came darkness—blackouts, empty cupboards, hazy nights she can’t remember.

What keeps Sonya from losing herself completely is Tommy, her son. But her immense love for Tommy is in fierce conflict with her immense love of the bottle. Addiction amplifies her fear of losing her child; every maternal misstep compels her to drink. Tommy’s precious life is in her shaky hands. 

“Call Us What We Carry: Poems” by Amanda Gorman. From Viking Books.

Formerly titled “The Hill We Climb and Other Poems,” the luminous poetry collection by #1 New York Times bestselling author and presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman captures a shipwrecked moment in time and transforms it into a lyric of hope and healing. 

In ”Call Us What We Carry,” Gorman explores history, language, identity, and erasure through an imaginative and intimate collage. Harnessing the collective grief of a global pandemic, this volume features poems in many inventive styles and structures and shines a light on a moment of reckoning. 

Kid’s Corner

“The Barn” by Leah H. Rogers.  From Candlewick.

“I am a barn. All are safe within my walls.”

One hundred years ago, many hands raised a red-cedar barn. Now the barn stands tall, smelling of freshly cut hay and dusty horses. As the animals wake and wander through its weathered doors, the barn watches the day unfold. 

Chickens peck, cows shoo flies with swishing tails, swallows fly in and out, and a cat crouches in the grass to hunt for dinner.

When peepers start their evening song and the animals settle in their bedding again—the horses in their stalls, the cows in their pen, the swallows in their nests—the barn settles, too, until morning, when it gets to live the day all over again.

“Animals That Might Exist by Professor O’Logist” by Stéphane Nicolet.  From Milky Way.

Professor O’Logist has travelled the world in search of astonishing animals and bugs to classify. He has logged all his drawings and writings in a naturalist’s notebook that was lost for years. Recently found, it has just been released as a limited edition!

This rare encyclopedia is filled with previously unobserved creatures. But did the professor make them up? Regardless of the truth, this book is simply hilarious and fascinating!

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