Discover the latest books from the Jervis library

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

The opening hours of the library are 8:30 am to 7:30 pm Monday to Thursday; and from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday.

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, a licensed notary public, and one-on-one technical help – call ahead for availability. Access it all with a free library card. To get your library card, bring ID with your current address. Call 315-336-4570, email [email protected], or go online at www.jervislibrary.org or www.facebook.com/jervispubliclibrary for more information.

Attractions pass

Call 315-336-4570 to check the availability of passes; if it is available, we will keep the pass on hold for you until 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% reduction on family admission)

Empire Pass (free entry to NYS parks)

Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse (free entry for two adults, free for children under 12)

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

Onondaga Explore the Outdoors Pass (includes discounted entry to Rosamond Gifford Zoo)

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

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

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Top titles

“A Good Girl Guide to Murder” by Holly Jackson. From Ember.

Everyone in Fairview knows the story. Pretty and popular high school student Andie Bell was murdered by her boyfriend, Sal Singh, who later committed suicide. It was all anyone could talk about. And five years later, Pip sees how tragedy still haunts his city.

But she can’t shake the feeling that there was more to what happened that day. She knew Sal when she was a child, and he’s always been so nice to her. How could he have been a killer?

“The Keeper of the Seeds: A Novel” by Diane Wilson. Milkweed editions.

Rosalie Iron Wing grew up in the woods with her father, Ray, a former science teacher who tells her stories of plants, stars, the origins of the Dakhóta people. Until one morning, Ray returns from checking his traps. Says she has no family, Rosalie is sent to live with a foster family in nearby Mankato, where the reserved and bookish teenager meets rebel Gaby Makespeace, in a friendship that transcends the damaged legacy of which they inherited.

One winter day many years later, Rosalie returns to her childhood home. A widow and a mother, she has spent the past two decades on her white husband’s farm, finding solace in her garden even as the farm is threatened first by drought and then by a predatory chemical company. Now grieving, Rosalie begins to face the past, in search of a family, an identity and a community where she can finally belong.

Children’s corner

“The Cattywampus Street Children” by Lisa Jahn-Clough. From books by Anne Schwartz.

In this captivating book filled with black and white images, you will meet Jamal, Lindalee, Hans, Matteo and others – the children who live on Cattywampus Street, not far from the Waddlebee toy store.

Each of the eleven chapters in this magical, mysterious, silly, scary, joyful, and sometimes sad chapter book tells a very unforgettable story about one of the children. Whether it’s Jamal and his magic ball, who knows how to find him after it has been stolen; or Charlotta, who shrinks so small that she can fit into her dollhouse; or Rodney, whose fart rock is the envy of all the children of Cattywampus Street, here are stories that will charm, captivate and engage all chapter book readers, even the most reluctant.

“Amara and the Bats” by Emma Reynolds. Atheneum books for young readers.

Amara loves bats! Her favorite activity is collecting information on bats and watching the amazing mammals fly at night near her house. But when Amara moves to a new town, she learns that her beloved bats no longer roost nearby because so many trees are cut down.

Amara is upset. What can she do to help? She’s just one person, and the problem seems so much bigger than she is. But after doing some research, she finds that there are a lot of young people making big changes all over the world. Inspired to take action, Amara gathers her new friends to help save the bats

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