Check out the latest books at Jervis library

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 (; 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, or go online to or for more information.


*registration required

Monday, March 14, Free adult and children’s craft kits available; 10 a.m., Project Hope/ Neighborhood Center Tabling; 4 p.m., In-person Teen Event: Maker Monday; 5:30 p.m., Children’s All About Me Book Making

Tuesday, March 15, 5 pm, Unplug & Play Game Night

Wednesday, March 16, 10:30 am, Story Time with Project Hope; 3:30 pm, In-person Teen Event: Ukulele Club*; 4 pm, Children’s Financial Education Program*; 4:30 p.m., Virtual Teen Event: Science

Thursday, March 17, 6:30 pm, Evening Story Time with Ms. Emily

Did you know?

March 14 is Pi Day. Although many people accept 3.14 as a “close enough” estimate of the mathematical constant, pi has been calculated to 62.8 trillion digits. Researchers at Fachhochschule Graubünden, a Swiss university, used the Chudnovsky algorithm to break the previous record for calculated digits (50 trillion) in August 2021.

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Women’s Black History by the African American Heritage Association

Artwork by Melissa DeRuby

Rome Senior Center

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Top Titles

“Reminders of Him: A Novel” by Colleen Hoover. FromMontlake.

After serving five years in prison for a tragic mistake, Kenna Rowan returns to the town where it all went wrong, hoping to reunite with her four-year-old daughter. But the bridges Kenna burned are proving impossible to rebuild. Everyone in her daughter’s life is determined to shut Kenna out of her, no matter how hard she works to provide herself.

The only person who hasn’t closed the door on her completely is Ledger Ward, a local bar owner and one of the few remaining links to Kenna’s daughter. But if anyone were to discover how Ledger is slowly becoming an important part of Kenna’s life, she would both risk losing the trust of everyone important to them.

“Black Cake” by Charmaine Wilkerson. From Ballantine Books.

In present-day California, Eleanor Bennett’s death leaves behind a puzzling inheritance for her two children, Byron and Benny: a traditional Caribbean black cake, made from a family recipe with a long history, and a voice recording.

In her message, Eleanor shares a tumultuous story about a headstrong young swimmer who escapes her island home under suspicion of murder. The heartbreaking tale Eleanor unfolds, the secrets she still holds back, and the mystery of a long-lost child, challenge everything the siblings thought they knew about their lineage, and themselves.

Gallant by Victoria Schwab. From Greenwillow Books. (ALREADY)

Olivia Prior has grown up in Merilance School for Girls, and all she has of her past is her mother’s journal—which seems to unravel into madness. Then, a letter invites Olivia to come home to Gallant. Yet when Olivia arrives, no one is expecting her. But Olivia is not about to leave the first place that feels like home; it does n’t matter if her cousin Ella Matthew is hostile, or if she sees half-formed ghouls haunting the hallways.

Olivia knows that Gallant is hiding secrets, and she is determined to uncover them. When she crosses a ruined wall at just the right moment, Olivia finds herself in a place that is Gallant — but not. The manor is crumbling, the ghouls are solid, and a mysterious figure rules over everything. Now Olivia sees what has unraveled generations of her family from her, and where her father from her may have come from.

Kid’s Corner

“How to Say Hello to a Worm: A First Guide to Outside” by Kari Percival. From Rise x Penguin Workshop.

The beautiful simplicity of a garden is depicted through digital woodcut illustrations and engaging nonfiction text presented as a series of sweet questions and gentle replies.

Less of a traditional how-to and more of a how-to-appreciate, this soothingly sparse text paints an inviting and accessible picture of what a garden offers. And with an all-child cast, the absence of an adult presence empowers readers to view the garden and its creatures through their own eyes, driven by curiosity and wonder.

“A History of Underwear with Professor Chicken” by Hannah Holt. From Roaring Brook Press.

From Paleolithic loincloths to Henry VIII’s wives wearing underwear on their heads to Mary Walker, a civil war surgeon who was arrested for wearing men’s underwear and clothing to better work on patients, this book surveys the vast and fascinating history of our most private clothing.

“Golden Girl” by Reem Faruqi. From HarperCollins.

Seventh grader Aafiyah loves playing tennis, reading Weird but True facts, and hanging out with her best friend, Zaina. However, Aafiyah has a bad habit that troubles her —she’s drawn to pretty things and ca n’t help but occasionally “borrow” them.

But when her father is falsely accused of a crime he hasn’t committed and gets taken in by authorities, Aafiyah knows she needs to do something to help. When she brainstorms a way to bring her father back, she turns to her from her Weird but True facts and devises the perfect plan.

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