Check out the latest books at Jervis 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; and 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Fridays.

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 disc golf kits, karaoke machine and CDs, DVD player, VCR, and Kill-a-Watt meter. The library also offers meeting rooms, licensed Notary Public, and one-on-one tech help — 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.

Attraction passes

Call 315-336-4570 to check the availability of passes; if available, we will keep the pass on hold for you until the close of business on the day you call to reserve it. They cannot be reserved for a particular day. Passes available this year include:

Adirondack Experience (50% off family admission)

Empire Pass (free admission to NYS Parks)

Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse (free admission for two adults; under 12 are free)

Fort Rickey Game Farm (50% off admission for up to four adults and six children)

Onondaga Explore the Outdoors pass (includes discounted admission to Rosamond Gifford Zoo)

The Wild Center in Tupper Lake ($10 admission for each of up to two adults (18 and up) and up to four children for free)

You must show your library card to take advantage of these offers at many of the sites. The library is also selling discounted tickets to Water Safari, as well as EZPass for the NYS Thruway.

Did you know?

July is National Parks and Recreation Month. The City of Rome operates and maintains 25 parks, 12 playgrounds, five pools and one civic arena. Rome is also home to Delta Lake State Park and the Fort Stanwix National Monument. With so many options, it’s easy to find a spot nearby to enjoy the great outdoors! For more information, visit the City of Rome website at https://romenewyork.com/

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“The Personal Librarian” by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray. From Berkley.

In her twenties, Belle da Costa Greene is hired by J. P. Morgan to curate a collection of rare manuscripts, books, and artwork for his newly built Pierpont Morgan Library. Belle becomes a fixture in New York City society and one of the most powerful people in the art and book world, known for her impeccable taste and shrewd negotiating for critical works as she helps create a world-class collection.

But Belle has a secret, one she must protect at all costs. She was born not Belle da Costa Greene but Belle Marion Greener. She is the daughter of Richard Greener, the first Black graduate of Harvard and a well-known advocate for equality. Belle’s complexion isn’t dark because of her alleged Portuguese heritage that lets her pass as white—her complexion is dark because she is African American.

“The Third Grave” by Lisa Jackson.  From Kensington.

The old Beaumont mansion is a rotting shell of its once-grand self, especially after a disastrous hurricane sweeps through Georgia. The storm does more than dislodge shutters and shingles. It leads to a grisly find in the cellar. Three graves. But only two skeletons… 

For Nikki, the discovery is a gift, the perfect subject for her next crime book. Rumors are widespread that the burial site is the resting place of the Duval sisters—three young girls who went to the movies with their older brother, Owen, 20 years ago, and never returned. Forensics confirms that the remains belong to Holly and Poppy Duval. But where is the youngest sister, Rose?

Kid’s Corner

“The Bench” by Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex.  From Random House Books for Young Readers.

“The Bench” touchingly captures the evolving and expanding relationship between father and son and reminds us of the many ways that love can take shape and be expressed in a modern family. 

Evoking a deep sense of warmth, connection, and compassion, ”The Bench” gives readers a window into shared and enduring moments between a diverse group of fathers and sons—moments of peace and reflection, trust and belief, discovery and learning, and lasting comfort.

“Finding Junie Kim” by Ellen Oh.  From HarperCollins.

Junie Kim just wants to fit in. So she keeps her head down and tries not to draw attention to herself. But when racist graffiti appears at her middle school, Junie must decide between staying silent or speaking out.

Then Junie’s history teacher assigns a project and Junie decides to interview her grandparents, learning about their unbelievable experiences as kids during the Korean War. Junie comes to admire her grandma’s fierce determination to overcome impossible odds, and her grandpa’s unwavering compassion during wartime. And as racism becomes more pervasive at school, Junie taps into the strength of her ancestors and finds the courage to do what is right.

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