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Jervis Public Library, 613 N. Washington St., Rome, is open to the public. Face masks and social distancing are required.

Library hours are 8:30 am to 7:30 pm Monday to Thursday; 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m. to 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.

Events

Monday, Feb. 14, Free adult and children’s Craft Kits available

Tuesday, Feb. 15, noon, Project Hope/ Neighborhood Center Tabling; 5 p.m., Unplug & Play Game Night

Wednesday, Feb. 16, 10:30 am, Story Time with Ms. Emily; 4:30 p.m., Virtual Teen Event: Science

Thursday, Feb. 17, 2 pm, MVCAA Tabling; 6:30 p.m., Evening Story Time With Ms. Emily

Friday, Feb. 18, 2:30 pm, In-Person Teen Event: Video Games Free Play

Saturday, Feb. 19, 11 am, In-Person Teen Event: Arts & Crafts

Did you know?

Valentine’s Day wasn’t associated with love and romance until the Middle Ages. The tradition first started from the common belief in France and England that birds started their mating season on Feb. 14. At the end of the 5th century, Roman Pope Gelasius officially declared the date of Feb. 14 “St. Valentine’s Day.”

On display

Martin Luther King, Jr. by African American Heritage Association

Key Chains by Amelia Mastrangelo

Artwork by Rome City School District students.

Splendor: Marvel Game

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Top Titles

“How High We Go in the Dark: A Novel” by Sequoia Nagamatsu. From William Morrow.

In 2030, a grieving archeologist arrives in the Arctic Circle to continue the work of his recently deceased daughter at the Batagaika Crater, where researchers are studying long-buried secrets now revealed in melting permafrost, including the perfectly preserved remains of a girl who appears to have died of an ancient virus.

Once unleashed, the Arctic plague will reshape life on Earth for generations to come, quickly traversing the globe, forcing humanity to devise a myriad of moving and inventive ways to embrace possibility in the face of tragedy. In a theme park designed for terminally ill children, a cynical employee falls in love with a mother desperate to hold on to her infected son. A heartbroken scientist searching for a cure finds a second chance at fatherhood when one of his test subjects from him—a pig—develops the capacity for human speech. A widowed painter and her teenaged granddaughter embark on a cosmic quest to locate a new home planet.

“The Maid: A Novel” by Nita Prose. From Ballantine Books.

Molly Gray is not like everyone else. She struggles with social skills and misreads the intentions of others. Her gran de ella used to interpret the world for her, codifying it into simple rules that Molly could live by.

Since Gran died a few months ago, 25-year-old Molly has been navigating life’s complexities all by herself. No matter—she throws herself with gusto into her work de ella as a hotel maid.

Her unique character, along with her obsessive love of cleaning and proper etiquette, make her an ideal fit for the job. She delights in donning her crisp uniform each morning, stocking her cart with miniature soaps and bottles, and returning guest rooms at the Regency Grand Hotel to a state of perfection.

But Molly’s orderly life is upended the day she enters the suite of the infamous and wealthy Charles Black, only to find it in a state of disarray and Mr. Black himself dead in his bed.

“Northwind” by Gary Paulsen. From Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). (Teens)

When a deadly plague reaches the small fish camp where he lives, an orphan named Leif is forced to take to the water in a cedar canoe. He flees northward, following a wild, fjord-riven shore, navigating from one danger to the next, unsure of his destination. Yet the deeper into his journey he paddles, the closer he comes to his truest self as he connects to “the heartbeat of the ocean. . . the pulse of the sea.” With hints of Nordic mythology and an irresistible narrative pull, Northwind is Gary Paulsen at his captivating, adventuresome best of him.

“Ain’t Burned All the Bright” by Jason Reynolds. From Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books. (Teens)

Jason Reynolds and his best bud, Jason Griffin had a mind-meld. And they decided to tackle it, in one fell swoop, in about ten sentences, and 300 pages of art, this piece, this contemplation-manifesto-fierce-vulnerable-gorgeous-terrifying-WhatIsWrongWithHumans-hope-filled-hopeful-searing-Eye -Poppingly-Illustrated-tender-heartbreaking-how-The-HECK-did-They-Come-UP-with-This project about oxygen. And all of the symbolism attached to that word, especially NOW.

And so for anyone who didn’t really know what it means to not be able to breathe, REALLY breathe, for generations, now you know.

Kid’s Corner

“A Home Again” by Colleen Rowan Kosinski. From Two Lions.

After the last brick is laid, a family moves into a brand-new house. As the family grows, the house delights in the sound of laughter echoing in its halls and the pitter-patter of little feet traversing its floors and realizes it is no longer just a house. It has become a home — their home. One day, the family packs up, and with tears in their eyes, they say goodbye. The house doesn’t know if it can ever be happy again until two men appear. It begins to feel a sliver of hope about this new family…perhaps it can become a home once more.

“How Do You Love?” by Kellie Byrnes. From Feiwel & Friends.

Love is a constant in all of our lives, but how we express that love differs person to person! This warm picture book shows children and adults expressing love in many different ways through respectful touch, nice gestures, thoughtful gifts, kind words, and special times together.

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