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 www.jervislibrary.org for more information.

Events

* registration required

Monday, CLOSED for Presidents’ Day

Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., Toddler Story Time*; 11 a.m., Toddler Art; 2:30 p.m., Teens Play Board Games; 5 p.m., Unplug & Play Tabletop Games; 6 p.m., United Way Tax Prep*

Wednesday, 9:30 a.m., Drop-In Spring Break Crafternoon; 2:30 p.m., Drop-In Tech Help; 6 p.m., Teen Movie Night: “Detective Pikachu”; 6 p.m., Lego Club

Thursday, 10 a.m., Tai Chi and Tea; 4:30 p.m., Grades 4-6 Creativity Club

Friday, 10 a.m., Winter Clearance Book Sale; 2:30 p.m., Teen Escape Room: Locked in the Library!; 2:30 p.m., Robot Free Play

Saturday, 10 a.m., Winter Clearance Book Sale; 10 a.m., United Way Tax Prep*; 1 p.m., Unplug & Play Tabletop Games

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Top Titles

“Crooked River” by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. From Grand Central Publishing.

Appearing out of nowhere to horrify the quiet resort town of Sanibel Island, Florida, dozens of identical, ordinary-looking shoes float in on the tide and are washed up on the tropical beach — each one with a crudely severed human foot inside.

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Called away from vacation elsewhere in the state, Agent Pendergast reluctantly agrees to visit the crime scene — and, despite himself, is quickly drawn in by the incomprehensible puzzle.

In short order, Pendergast finds himself facing the most complex and inexplicable challenge of his career: a tangled thread of evidence that spans seas and traverses continents, connected to one of the most baffling mysteries in modern medical science.

“The Resisters” by Gish Jen.  From Knopf.

The time: not so long from now. The place: AutoAmerica. The land: half under water. The Internet: one part artificial intelligence, one part surveillance technology, and oddly human. The people: Divided. The angel-fair “Netted” have jobs, and literally occupy the high ground. The “Surplus” live on swampland if they’re lucky, on water if they’re not.

To a Surplus couple is born a Blasian girl with a golden arm. At 2, Gwen is hurling her stuffed animals from the crib; by 10, she can hit whatever target she likes. Her teens find her happily playing in an underground baseball league.

When AutoAmerica rejoins the Olympics, Gwen attracts interest. Soon she finds herself playing ball with the Netted even as her mother challenges the very foundations of this divided society.

“All the Stars and Teeth” by Adalyn Grace. From Imprint.

As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer―the master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, it’s never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy’s dangerous soul magic.

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When her demonstration goes awry, Amora is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious pirate: he’ll help her prove she’s fit to rule, if she’ll help him reclaim his stolen magic.

Kid’s Corner

“The Bug Girl: A True Story” by Sophia Spencer and Margaret McNamara.  From Schwartz & Wade.

Sophia Spencer has loved bugs ever since a butterfly landed on her shoulder at a butterfly conservancy when she was only 2-and-a-half years old. In preschool and kindergarten, Sophia was thrilled to share what she knew about grasshoppers (her very favorite insects), as well as ants and fireflies. But by first grade, not everyone shared her enthusiasm. 

Some students bullied her, and Sophia stopped talking about bugs altogether. When Sophia’s mother wrote to an entomological society looking for a bug scientist to be a pen pal for her daughter, she and Sophie were overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response — letters, photos, and videos came flooding in. Using the hashtag BugsR4Girls, scientists tweeted hundreds of times to tell Sophia to keep up her interest in bugs

“Race to the Sun” by Rebecca Roanhorse.  From Rick Riordan Presents.

Lately, seventh grader Nizhoni Begay has been able to detect monsters, like that man in the fancy suit who was in the bleachers at her basketball game. Turns out he’s Mr. Charles, her dad’s new boss at the oil and gas company, and he’s alarmingly interested in Nizhoni and her brother, Mac, their Navajo heritage, and the legend of the Hero Twins. Nizhoni knows he’s a threat, but her father won’t believe her.

When Dad disappears the next day, leaving behind a message that says “Run!”, the siblings and Nizhoni’s best friend, Davery, are thrust into a rescue mission

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Did you know?

Feb. 17 is Random Acts of Kindness Day. RAK Day is celebrated nationwide by individuals, groups, and organizations to encourage acts of kindness.

Go online to randomactsofkindness.org for ideas and inspiration to make our world a kinder place.

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

RACC by Tamalin Martin





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