Check out the latest books and activities at Jervis Public Library

Jervis Public Library, 613 N. Washington St., Rome, is open 8:30 am to 8:30 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; 120 board games; 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 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, April 4, Free children’s Craft Kits available

Wednesday, April 6, 10:30 am, Story Time with Ms. Emily; 4 pm, In-Person Teen Event: Ukulele Club*; 6 pm, Stroke Awareness and Prevention presentation

Thursday, April 7, 6 pm, Virtual Teen Event: JSYK; 6:30 p.m., Evening Story Time With Ms. Emily

Friday, April 8, 2:30 pm, In-Person Teen Event: Free Play Friday

Did you know?

The week of April 3-9 is National library week? This year’s theme is “connect with your library”. Be sure to stop by Jervis to learn all the ways you can connect with and through your library via Jervis’s public computers, free wifi, free programs, board games, books, movies, and more.

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Top Titles

• “French Braid: A Novel” by Anne Tyler. From Knopf.

The Garretts take their first and last family vacation in the summer of 1959. They hardly ever leave home, but in some ways they have never been farther apart. Mercy has trouble resisting the siren call of her aspirations for her to be a painter, which means less time keeping her house for her husband, Robin.

Their teenage daughters, steady Alice and boy-crazy Lily, could not have less in common. Their youngest of him, David, is already attempting on escaping his family’s orbit, for reasons none of them understand. Yet, as these lives advance across decades, the Garretts’ influences on one another ripple ineffably but unmistakably through each generation.

• “Every Good Boy Does Fine: A Love Story, in Music Lessons” by Jeremy Denk. From Random House.

In “Every Good Boy Does Fine,” renowned pianist Jeremy Denk traces an implausible journey. His life of him is already a little tough as a precocious, temperamental 6-year-old piano prodigy in New Jersey, and then a family meltdown forces a move to New Mexico. There, Denk must please a new taskmaster, an embittered but devoted professor, while navigating junior high school.

At 16 he escapes to college in Ohio, only to encounter a bewildering new cast of music teachers, both kind and cruel. After many humiliations and a few triumphs, he ultimately finds his way as a world-touring pianist, a MacArthur “Genius,” and a frequent performer at Carnegie Hall.

• “The Kaiju Preservation Society” by John Scalzi. From Tor Books.

When COVID-19 sweeps through New York City, Jamie Gray is stuck as a dead-end driver for food delivery apps. That is, until Jamie makes a delivery to an old acquaintance, Tom, who works at what he calls “an animal rights organization.” Tom’s team needs a last-minute grunt to handle things on their next field visit. Jamie, eager to do anything, immediately signs on.

What Tom doesn’t tell Jamie is that the animals his team cares for are not here on Earth. Not our Earth, at least. In an alternate dimension, massive dinosaur-like creatures named Kaiju roam a warm, human-free world. They’re the universe’s largest and most dangerous panda and they’re in trouble.

It’s not just the Kaiju Preservation Society who have found their way to the alternate world. Others have, too. And their carelessness could cause millions back on our Earth to die.

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• “Mama and Mommy and Me in the Middle” by Nina LaCour. From Candlewick.

For one little girl, there’s no place she’d rather be than sitting between Mama and Mommy. So when Mommy goes away on a work trip, it’s tricky to find a good place at the table. As the days go by, Mama brings her to the library, they watch movies, and all of them talk on the phone, but she still misses Mommy as deep as the ocean and as high as an astronaut up in the stars.

As they pass by a beautiful garden, the girl gets an idea. . . but when Mommy finally comes home, it takes a minute to shake off the empty feeling she felt all week before leaning in for a kiss. Michael L. Printz Award winner Nina LaCour thoughtfully renders a familiar, touching story of a child who misses a parent, illustrated by Kaylani Juanita, whose distinctive style brings charm and playfulness to this delightful family of three.

• “How to Dress a Dinosaur” by Robin Currie. From Family.

“ROAR! Dinosaurs don’t wear shirts!”

Every parent knows the struggle of getting a child dressed and out the door. But with a cast of hilariously coiffed dinosaurs to teach toddlers how to stomp their feet into pant legs and reach their claws into shirts, getting dressed becomes a game. With this playful companion to How to Potty Train a Dinosaur, your little dino lover will beg to join in the fun and get dressed like a dinosaur!

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