Check out the latest books at Jervis Public Library

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

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

Drop off point

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

Cell phones for Soldiers has become an annual tradition in November in conjunction with AT&T and NYS Senator Joseph A. Griffo. The collection bin for old phones is on the first service desk you see when you walk into the library on the side that faces Washington St. The library accepts cell phones all year in anticipation of the annual collection.

For the season, we are a collection point for the Community Elves project of Connected Community Schools, which accepts toys and hygiene items for children. The collection bin is on the bench by the entrance that leads to the parking lot.

Year round, we collect eyeglasses for the Lions Club. They have just provided us with an official collection bin, which is now inside the entrance that leads to the parking lot.

Events

* registration required

Dec. 6-11: Children’s Winter Coloring Contest

Monday, Dec. 6, Free Children’s Craft Kits Available

Tuesday, Dec. 7, 11 a.m. Virtual Program: The Naturalization Interview; 5 p.m., Children’s Craft & Wrap Session: Stamped Makeup Bags/ Zipper Cases*

Wednesday, Dec. 8, 10:30 a.m., Storytime with Ms. Emily; 4:30 p.m., Virtual Teen Event: Science (Linktr.ee/JervisPublicLibrary)

Thursday, Dec. 9, 6 p.m., Local Author Talk & Book Signing: Dyann Nashton

Did you know?

December is National Read a New Book Month — with thousands of physical and electronic materials available at the library, you are bound to find something new that sparks your interest.

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Top Titles

“Will” by Will Smith. From Penguin Press.

Will Smith’s transformation from a West Philadelphia kid to one of the biggest rap stars of his era, and then one of the biggest movie stars in Hollywood history, is an epic tale—but it’s only half the story.

Will Smith thought, with good reason, that he had won at life: not only was his own success unparalleled, his whole family was at the pinnacle of the entertainment world. Only they didn’t see it that way: they felt more like star performers in his circus, a seven-days-a-week job they hadn’t signed up for. It turned out Will Smith’s education wasn’t nearly over. 

“Taste: My Life Through Food” by Stanley Tucci.  From Gallery Books.

Stanley Tucci grew up in an Italian American family that spent every night around the kitchen table. He shared the magic of those meals with us in “The Tucci Cookbook” and “The Tucci Table,” and now he takes us beyond the savory recipes and into the compelling stories behind them.​

Taste is a reflection on the intersection of food and life, filled with anecdotes about his growing up in Westchester, New York; preparing for and shooting the foodie films Big Night and Julie & Julia; falling in love over dinner; and teaming up with his wife to create meals for a multitude of children.

“The Dark Hours” by Michael Connelly.  From Little, Brown and Company.

There’s chaos in Hollywood at the end of the New Year’s Eve countdown. Working her graveyard shift, LAPD detective Renée Ballard waits out the traditional rain of lead as hundreds of revelers shoot their guns into the air. Only minutes after midnight, Ballard is called to a scene where a hardworking auto shop owner has been fatally hit by a bullet in the middle of a crowded street party.

Ballard quickly concludes that the deadly bullet could not have fallen from the sky and that it is linked to another unsolved murder—a case at one time worked by Detective Harry Bosch. At the same time, Ballard hunts a fiendish pair of serial rapists, the Midnight Men, who have been terrorizing women and leaving no trace.

Determined to solve both cases, Ballard feels like she is constantly running uphill in a police department indelibly changed by the pandemic and recent social unrest.

Kid’s Corner

“Chicken Frank, Dinosaur!” by S. K. Wenger.  From Albert Whitman & Company.

Chicken Frank wants to prove he’s related to a T.rex (because of evolution!) but none of the other farm animals believe him, until he gets his DNA test results. This comic-book style picture book combines information with humor to explore the concept of evolution and the connection between birds and dinosaurs.

“Dream Street” by Tricia Elam Walker.  From Anne Schwartz Books.

Welcome to Dream Street–the best street in the world! On Dream Street, love between generations rules, everyone is special, and the warmth of the neighborhood shines.  

Meet kids like Azaria, who loves to jump double-Dutch one leg at a time; Zion, whose dream is to become a librarian; and cousins Ede and Tari, who dream of creating a picture book together one day. 

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