Jervis lists online resources

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Jervis Public Library, 613 N. Washington St., is currently closed.

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

Online resources

• 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

• Use your library card to access movies, comics, ebooks, audiobooks, comics, music, and televosion shows for free online via www.hoopladigital.com.

• OverDrive online midyork.overdrive.com or through the Libby app gives you access to audiobooks and ebooks.

• If you live in the library’s service area, do not have a library card and, wish to get one to use our digital services, please call us at 315-336-4570 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. We will issue you a library card over the phone so you can access digital services. We will mail the physical card to you, which will serve as proof of address.

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“My Dark Vanessa: A Novel” by Kate Elizabeth Russell. From William Morrow.

2000. Bright, ambitious, and yearning for adulthood, fifteen-year-old Vanessa Wye becomes entangled in an affair with Jacob Strane, her magnetic and guileful forty-two-year-old English teacher. 

2017. Amid the rising wave of allegations against powerful men, a reckoning is coming due. Strane has been accused of sexual abuse by a former student, who reaches out to Vanessa, and now Vanessa suddenly finds herself facing an impossible choice: remain silent, firm in the belief that her teenage self willingly engaged in this relationship, or redefine herself and the events of her past.

Is it possible that the man she loved as a teenager—and who professed to worship only her—may be far different from what she has always believed?

“Uncanny Valley: A Memoir” by Anna Wiener.  From MCD.

In her mid-twenties, at the height of tech industry idealism, Anna Wiener―stuck, broke, and looking for meaning in her work, like any good millennial–left a job in book publishing for the promise of the new digital economy.

She moved from New York to San Francisco, where she landed at a big-data startup in the heart of the Silicon Valley bubble: a world of surreal extravagance, dubious success, and fresh-faced entrepreneurs hell-bent on domination, glory, and, of course, progress.

Anna arrived amidst a massive cultural shift, as the tech industry rapidly transformed into a locus of wealth and power rivaling Wall Street.

But amid the company ski vacations and in-office speakeasies, boyish camaraderie and ride-or-die corporate fealty, a new Silicon Valley began to emerge: one in far over its head, one that enriched itself at the expense of the idyllic future it claimed to be building.

“The Ten Thousand Doors of January” by Alix E. Harrow.  From Redhook.

In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored, and utterly out of place.

Then she finds a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds, and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. Each page turn reveals impossible truths about the world and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own.

Kid’s Corner

“The Paper Kingdom” by Helena Ku Rhee.  From Random House Books for Young Readers.

When the babysitter is unable to come, Daniel is woken out of bed and joins his parents as they head downtown for their jobs as nighttime office cleaners.

But the story is about more than brooms, mops, and vacuums. Mama and Papa turn the deserted office building into a magnificent kingdom filled with paper.

Then they weave a fantasy of dragons and kings to further engage their reluctant companion–and even encourage him to one day be the king of a paper kingdom.

“After the Rain” by Rebecca Koehn.  From Beaming Books.

Drip, Drop, Plink. The rain stops, and Levi runs outside to play in a stream of rain water. But Polly puts an end to his fun when she doesn’t want to share. It’s a puddle fight!

Until they see that the water is disappearing fast. Truce! They find a way to save the water and discover that it is more fun to play together. 

After the Rain puts a new twist on the rainy-day picture book about sharing and learning to work together.

“Aster and the Accidental Magic” by Thom Pico.  From Random House Graphic.

Aster’s parents have moved their whole family to the middle of nowhere. It’s just her (status: super-bored), her mom and dad (status: busy with science), and her brother (status: has other plans).

Then, Aster meets a mysterious old woman with a herd of dogs who gives her a canine companion of her own. But when she and her dog Buzz are adventuring in the forest, they run into a trickster spirit who gives Aster three wishes.

After wishing for the ability to understand and talk to her dog, she becomes only able to talk in dog language . . . and the trouble she gets into is just starting. 

Did you know?

On March 26, 1953, Jonas Salk announced the success of the first polio vaccine.

It was quite a controversial time in American public health history, which you can read about in “Polio: An American Story” by David Oshinsky, available as an audiobook in the RBDigital app or the Libby app.

If physical books are more your style, you can borrow the book, which is found at 615.549 OSH among other books about vaccines and pandemics.

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