COLUMN: Check out the latest books from the Jervis Public Library

Want to pick up a new book?

This week, Jervis Public Library, at 613 N. Washington St., Rome, announces a number of circulating book titles for customers to enjoy.

Top titles

-“A History of Wild Places” by Shea Ernshaw. Excerpt from Atria Books.

Travis Wren has an unusual talent for locating missing people. Hired by families as a last resort, he needs only one object to find the missing person. When he tackles the case of Maggie St. James, he is taken to a place many thought was only legend.

Called Pastoral, this reclusive community was founded in the 1970s by like-minded people looking for a simpler way of life. By all accounts, the commune should no longer exist and shortly after Travis stumbles across it… he disappears. Just like Maggie St. James.

Years later, Pastoral lifetime member Theo discovers Travis’ abandoned truck beyond the community boundary. Unraveling the mystery of what happened reveals secrets that prove their perfect, isolated world isn’t as safe as they thought, and darkness takes many forms.

-“The Ballerinas: A Novel” by Rachel Kapelke-Dale. From the Saint-Martin press.

Thirteen years ago, Delphine Léger gave up her prestigious place as a soloist at the Paris Opera Ballet for a new life in Saint Petersburg, taking with her a secret that could change the lives of her best friends, the dancers Lindsay and Margaux. Now 36, Delphine is back in her old home and in the mythical Opéra du Palais Garnier, to choreograph the ballet that will launch the next stage of her career and, she hopes, finally arrange the things with his old buddies. But Delphine quickly discovers that things have changed while she’s been gone…and that some secrets can’t stay buried forever.

-“Lightning Down: A WWII Survival Story” by Tom Clavin. From the Saint-Martin press.

On August 13, 1944, Joe Moser began his forty-fourth combat mission over occupied France. Soon he would join nearly 170 other Allied airmen as prisoners in Buchenwald, one of the most notorious and deadly Nazi concentration camps. by Tom Clavin lightning down tells this largely untold and fascinating true story.

Children’s corner

– “Dumplings Day” by Meera Sriram. Barefoot books.

Savor a rhyming celebration of one of the world’s most universal foods. Readers follow ten diverse families as they cook dumplings in their homes for a neighborhood potluck. Dumplings are added to plates one at a time, encouraging children to count with each new addition.

-“The words in my hands” by Asphyxia. By Annick Press. (teenager)

Set in a disturbing and prescient near future, The Words in My Hands is the story of Piper: sixteen years old, intelligent, artistic and rebellious, she struggles to conform to what her mother wants – for her to be” normal”, to pass for a hearing person. , and get a good job. But in a time of food scarcity, environmental collapse, and political corruption, Piper has other things on her mind, like survival.

Deaf since the age of three, Piper was always told she had to compensate in a world that puts those who can hear above all others. But when she meets Marley, a whole new world opens up, a world where deafness is something to celebrate rather than hide, and where resilience and hope are created through taking action, building community and believing in something better.

Learn more about Jervis Public Library

Library hours are 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Mandatory face masks and social distancing.

The library has 110,000 books; nearly 20,000 e-books and audiobooks through 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 rackets, 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 it all with a free library card. To get your library card, bring ID with your current address.

Call 315-336-4570, email: [email protected], or visit: or for more information.

Drop point

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

Mobile phones for soldiers

This program has become an annual tradition in November in conjunction with AT&T and New York State Senator Joseph A. Griffo. The old phone collection bin is on the first service desk you see when you enter the library from the side facing Washington St. The library accepts cell phones year-round in preparation for the annual collection.

Throughout the year, we collect glasses for the Lions Club. They just provided us with an official collection bin, which is now inside the entrance that leads to the parking lot.

Events – (registration required)

Monday, January 24, free craft kit for kids available; 6:00 p.m., in-person teen event: study break

Wednesday, January 26, 10:30 a.m., story time with Mrs. Emily; noon, Project Hope/ Neighborhood Center Depot

Thursday, January 27, 5 p.m., Children’s program: LEGO Build Challenge*

Did you know?

National Puzzle Day is Saturday, January 29. It’s the perfect time to check out the library’s free puzzle swap! Take a puzzle; leave a puzzle (lightly used) for someone else to enjoy. Stimulate your mind and have fun!

Community art on display

Martin Luther King, Jr. by African American Heritage Association

Keychains by Amelia Mastrangelo

Work of students of the school district of the city of Rome.

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