Check out the latest books at Jervis library

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Jervis Public Library, 613 N. Washington St., is open for curbside pickup, and are now taking reservations for computer use inside the library. Call ahead to make an appointment, 315-336-4570. You can also call to make photocopy/fax/scan appointments.

E-mail askJPL@jervislibrary.org, or go online to www.jervislibrary.org or www.facebook.com/jervispubliclibrary for more information. You can also call to make photocopy/fax/scan appointments.

Online resources

• Mid York Library System has made the difficult decision to cancel hoopla effective Aug. 31. Anything you check out from hoopla in August will be available for its full checkout period. No new items can be checked out in September.

• RBDigital offers audiobooks, magazines, and language practice for those not in school. No waiting list, no limit to the number of items checked out at once. Use online or download the free app for your device: midyorkny.rbdigital.com

• OverDrive online midyork.overdrive.com or through the Libby app gives you access to audiobooks and ebooks.

Did you know?

The Marquis de Lafayette’s tour of America in 1824-1825 included a trip on the newly opened and yet unfinished Erie Canal from Lockport to Albany.

On this trip, in the summer of 1825, there is a record of his visit to the Whitesboro green, where an elm has been dedicated and a marker has been placed on a structure to commemorate the visit. Fans of “Hamilton: An American musical” will be interested in visiting this site near Dunham Public Library.

To find out more about Lafayette, check out the book “Lafayette in the Somewhat United States” by Sarah Vowell, in which Fort Stanwix is mentioned quite early on, available as a physical book available for curbside pickup or as an ebook and audiobook via the Libby app.

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“Wow, No Thank You.: Essays” by Samantha Irby.  From Vintage.

Irby is forty, and increasingly uncomfortable in her own skin despite what Inspirational Instagram Infographics have promised her. She has left her job as a receptionist at a veterinary clinic, has published successful books and has been friendzoned by Hollywood, left Chicago, and moved into a house with a garden that requires repairs and know-how with her wife in a Blue town in the middle of a Red state where she now hosts book clubs and makes mason jar salads. 

This is the bourgeois life of a Hallmark Channel dream. She goes on bad dates with new friends, spends weeks in Los Angeles taking meetings with “tv executives slash amateur astrologers” while being a “cheese fry-eating slightly damp Midwest person,” “with neck pain and no cartilage in [her] knees,” who still hides past due bills under her pillow.

The essays in this collection draw on the raw, hilarious particulars of Irby’s new life. Wow, No Thank You. is Irby at her most unflinching, riotous, and relatable.

“I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness” by Austin Channing Brown.  From Convergent Books.

Austin Channing Brown’s first encounter with a racialized America came at age seven, when she discovered her parents named her Austin to deceive future employers into thinking she was a white man. Growing up in majority-white schools and churches, Austin writes, “I had to learn what it means to love blackness,” a journey that led to a lifetime spent navigating America’s racial divide as a writer, speaker, and expert helping organizations practice genuine inclusion.

In a time when nearly every institution (schools, churches, universities, businesses) claims to value diversity in its mission statement, Austin writes in breathtaking detail about her journey to self-worth and the pitfalls that kill our attempts at racial justice. 

Kid’s Corner

“The World Needs More Purple People” by Kristen Bell and Benjamin Hart.From Random House Books for Young Readers.

What is a purple person? Great question. I mean, really great! Because purple people always ask really great questions. They bring their family, friends, and communities together, and they speak up for what’s right. They are kind and hardworking, and they love to laugh (especially at Grandpa’s funny noises)! A purple person is an everyday superhero! How do you become one?

“A Small Zombie Problem” by K. G. Campbell.  From Yearling.

August DuPont has spent his whole life inside a dilapidated house with his aunt Hydrangea. His lonely existence ends abruptly with the arrival of an invitation to meet an aunt–and cousins–he didn’t even know existed. When Aunt Orchid suggests that August attend school with his cousins, it’s a dream come true. 

But August has scarcely begun to celebrate his reversal of fortune when he is confronted by a small problem on his way home. So begins an adventure filled with a wild child, a zombie, a fabled white alligator, and an unimaginable family secret.

“Gustavo, the Shy Ghost” by Flavia Z. Drago.  From Candlewick.

Gustavo is good at doing all sorts of ghostly things: walking through walls, making objects fly, and glowing in the dark. And he loves almost nothing more than playing beautiful music on his violin. 

But Gustavo is shy, and some things are harder for him to do, like getting in a line to buy eye scream or making friends with other monsters. Whenever he tries getting close to them, he realizes they just can’t see him.

Now that the Day of the Dead is fast approaching, what can he do to make them notice him and to share with them something he loves?

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