Find out about the latest books and activities at the Jervis Public Library


Jervis Public Library, 613 N. Washington St., Rome, is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; 8:30am to 5:30pm Friday; and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The library has 110,000 books; 120 board games; nearly 20,000 digital books and audiobooks via OverDrive’s Libby app (; 4,500 discs; 6,000 books on CD; almost 200 magazines and newspapers; and 155 digital journals.

Borrow unique items including a karaoke machine and CDs, a DVD player, a VCR, and a kill-a-watt meter. The library also offers meeting rooms and a licensed notary – call ahead for availability. You can use all of this with a free library card. To get your library card, bring a card with your current address.

Call 315-336-4570, email [email protected], or go online to or for more information.


* Registration required

Monday 4th April Free craft kits available for kids

Wednesday, April 6, 10:30 am, Story Time with Ms. Emily; 4 p.m., in-person event for teenagers: Ukulele Club*; 6:00 p.m., presentation on stroke education and prevention

Thursday, April 7, 6 p.m., Virtual Teen Event: JSYK; 6:30 pm, Evening Stories with Ms. Emily

Friday, April 8, 2:30 p.m., Teen In-Person Event: Free Play Friday

Did you know already?

The week of April 3rd to 9th is National Library week? This year’s theme is Connect to Your Library. Be sure to stop by Jervis to learn how to connect to and through your library using Jervis’ public computers, free Wi-Fi, free programs, board games, books, movies and more.

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• “French Braid: A Novel” by Anne Tyler. By button.

The Garretts take their first and last family vacation in the summer of 1959. They rarely leave home, but in a way, they’ve never been further apart. Mercy struggles to resist the siren call of her ambitions to be a painter, which means she has less time for her husband Robin to keep house.

Their teenage daughters, steadfast Alice and crazy Lily, couldn’t have less in common. Their youngest, David, is already determined to escape from his family circle for reasons none of them understand. Yet as those lives unfold over decades, the Garretts’ influences on one another run indescribably but unmistakably through each generation.

• ‘Every Good Boy Is Fine: A Music Class Love Story’ by Jeremy Denk. From Random House.

In “Every Good Boy Does Fine”, the renowned pianist Jeremy Denk traces an incredible journey. Life as a precocious, spirited 6-year-old piano prodigy in New Jersey is already a little rough, and then a family breakdown forces a move to New Mexico. There, Denk must please a new warden, a bitter but devoted professor, while navigating junior high school.

At 16, he escapes to college in Ohio, only to encounter a confusing new group of music teachers who are both kind and cruel. After much humiliation and a few triumphs, he finally finds his way as a world-touring pianist, MacArthur “genius” and regular performer at Carnegie Hall.

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

As COVID-19 sweeps through New York City, Jamie Gray is stuck as a dead end for grocery 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 get things done on their next field visit. Jamie, eager for everything, immediately signs up.

What Tom doesn’t tell Jamie is that the animals his team cares for aren’t here on Earth. At least not on our planet. In an alternate dimension, giant dinosaur-like creatures known as Kaiju roam a warm, human-free world. You are the biggest and most dangerous panda in the universe and you are in trouble.

It’s not just the Kaiju Preservation Society that has found its way into the alternate world. Others have too. And their negligence could result in millions of people dying on our planet.

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• “Mom and Mom and Me in the Middle” by Nina LaCour. By Candlewick.

For a little girl there is no place she would rather be than sitting between mom and mom. So when mom goes on a business trip, it’s difficult to find a good seat at the table. As the days go by mom takes her to the library, they watch movies and all talk on the phone, but she still misses mom as deep as the sea and as high as an astronaut in the stars.

As they pass a beautiful garden, the girl gets an idea. . . But when mom finally gets home, it takes a minute to shake off the empty feeling she’s been feeling all week before bending over for a kiss. Michael L. Printz Award winner Nina LaCour thoughtfully recreates an intimate, touching story of a child missing a parent, illustrated by Kaylani Juanita, whose distinctive style brings charm and playfulness to this adorable family of three.

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

“ROAR! Dinosaurs don’t wear shirts!”

All parents know the struggle of dressing a child and getting them out the door. But with a cast of hilariously coiffed dinosaurs teaching toddlers how to stamp their feet in their pant legs and claw their way into their shirts, dressing becomes a game. With this playful companion to How to Potty Train a Dinosaur, your little dino lover will be begging to join in the fun and dress up like a dinosaur!


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