Jervis: American Heart Month, on display


Jervis Public Library, 613 N. Washington St., has 110,000 books; tens of thousands of digital books, audiobooks, movies, comics, and music via the hoopla app; 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 fishing poles, 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. Library hours: 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 5:30 p.m. Fridays; 5 p.m. Saturdays.

The library is closed Sundays. Call 315-336-4570 or go online to for more information.


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Monday, 10 a.m., Low Cost Health Ins. Info by MVP; 6 p.m., United Way Tax Prep*; 6 p.m., Anime Club

Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., Toddler Story Time*; 2:30 p.m., Drop-In Tech Help; 4:30 p.m., United Way Tax Prep*

Wednesday, 10 a.m., Learn Computers at Your Own Pace; 6 p.m., Lego Club

Thursday, noon, Mystery a la Carte Book Discussion — “The Flight Attendant” by Chris Bohjalian; 2:45 p.m., Science!; 5 p.m., 5th Ward meeting with Frank Anderson; 6 p.m., Outreach Tech Help at Gansevoort School

Saturday, noon, United Way Tax Prep*; 2:30 p.m., Teen Book Buffet

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Top Titles

“Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick” by Zora Neale Hurston. From Amistad.

In 1925, Barnard student Zora Neale Hurston—the sole black student at the college—was living in New York, “desperately striving for a toe-hold on the world.”

During this period, she began writing short works that captured the zeitgeist of African American life and transformed her into one of the central figures of the Harlem Renaissance. 

This book is a collection of stories about love and migration, gender and class, racism and sexism that proudly reflect African American folk culture.

Brought together for the first time in one volume, they include eight of Hurston’s “lost” Harlem stories.

“Everywhere You Don’t Belong” by Gabriel Bump.  From Algonquin Books.

Claude McKay isn’t dangerous or brilliant—he’s an average kid coping with abandonment, violence, riots, failed love, and societal pressures as he steers his way past the signposts of youth: childhood friendships, basketball tryouts, first love, first heartbreak, picking a college, moving away from home. 

Claude just wants a place where he can fit. As a young black man born on the South Side of Chicago, he is raised by his civil rights-era grandmother, who tries to shape him into a principled actor for change; yet when riots consume his neighborhood, he hesitates to take sides, unwilling to let race define his life. 

He decides to escape Chicago for another place, to go to college, to find a new identity, to leave the pressure cooker of his hometown behind. But as he discovers, he cannot; there is no safe haven for a young black man in this time and place called America. 

Kid’s Corner

“The Runaway Princess” by Johan Troïanowski.  From Random House Graphic.

Princesses don’t run away to have their own adventures. Right? Princesses stay quietly and obediently at home. They would never want mermaids and swamps and pirates and getting kidnapped to be a part of their lives. 

Not this princess!Adventures await when Robin (bored of princess-ing all the time) embarks on the best adventure of her life–meeting friends along the way as she travels through the magical landscape of her country. But her parents aren’t so pleased–and they’re coming to find her and bring her back to the castle, no matter how she feels about it!

“Magnificent Homespun Brown” by Samara Cole Doyon.  From Tilbury House Publishers.

“Magnificent Homespun Brown” is an exploration of the natural world and family bonds through the eyes of a young, mixed-race narrator—a living, breathing, dazzlingly multi-faceted, exuberant masterpiece, firmly grounded in her sense of self-worth and belonging. This is a story—a poem, a song, a celebration— about feeling at home in your own beloved skin.

With vivid illustrations by Kaylani Juanita, Samara Cole Doyon sings a carol for the plenitude that surrounds us and the self each of us is meant to inhabit.

Did you know?

February is American Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States. Sponsored by the American Heart Association, American Heart Month raises awareness about heart disease and heart health, and encourages heart healthy habits such as exercise and healthy diet.

Check out these websites for current, reliable health information: Medlineplus; American Heart Association; National Institute on Aging; and Mayo Clinic

On display

Black History Month by Herb Thorpe

Soap Making by Amanda Armstrong

Nature Paintings by Nancy Araujo

Rome City School District Artwork by Sybil Preski

Rome Art and Community Center by Tamalin Martin


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