The Jervis Public Library, 613 N. Washington St., Rome, is open to the public. Mandatory face masks and social distancing.

Library hours are 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

The library has 110,000 books; nearly 20,000 e-books and audiobooks through OverDrive’s Libby app (; 4,500 DVDs; 6,000 books on CD; nearly 200 magazines and newspapers; and 155 digital magazines.

Borrow unique items including rackets, 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 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 to or for more information.


* registration required

Monday, February 21, closed for Presidents’ Day

Tuesday, February 22, free craft kits for children available; 11 a.m., program for all ages: Snow sculptures

Wednesday, February 23, 10:30 a.m., story time with Mrs. Emily; 11 a.m. NAACP Black History Month Storytime; 2 p.m., in-person teen event: Introduction to fiber arts*

Thursday, February 24, 6 p.m., virtual teen event: book club; 6:30 p.m. Evening Storytime with Mrs. Emily

Friday, February 25, craft depot for children: suncatcher; 2 p.m., in-person teen event: Ukulele 101*

Did you know?

Frank Woolworth opened the first five-cent store in Utica on February 22, 1879. But that store closed after just two months. According to the, rather than dismiss failure, the bargain shop pioneer was still proud to talk about it.

He considered it an important learning lesson that shaped the company for many years. He believed his recovery from failure demonstrated true strength of character and resilience in the face of adversity.

On display

Martin Luther King, Jr. by African American Heritage Association

Keychains by Amelia Mastrangelo

Work of students of the school district of the city of Rome.

Splendor: Marvel Game

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Top titles

“I must betray you” by Ruta Sepetys. Books by Philomel.

Romania, 1989. Communist regimes are collapsing across Europe. Cristian Florescu, 17, dreams of becoming a writer, but Romanians are not free to dream; they are bound by rules and by force.

Amid the tyrannical dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu in a country ruled by isolation and fear, Cristian is blackmailed by the secret police into becoming an informant. He’s left with two choices: betray everyone and everything he loves, or use his position to creatively undermine Eastern Europe’s most notoriously evil dictator.

Cristian risks everything to unmask the truth behind the regime, give voice to his fellow Romanians and expose to the world what is happening in his country. He eagerly joins the revolution to fight for change when the time comes. But what is the price of freedom?

“Quicksilver” by Dean Koontz. From Thomas & Mercer.

Quinn Quicksilver was born a mystery – abandoned at 3 days old on a desert highway in Arizona. Raised in an orphanage, never knowing her parents, Quinn had a happy life but without exception. Until the day of the “strange magnetism”. This forced him to leave in the middle of nowhere. It helped him find a piece that was worth a lot of money. And it practically saved his life when two government agents showed up in the restaurant in pursuit. Now Quinn is on the run from those agents and who knows what else, on the run for her life.

During a gunfight on a desperate ranch, he finally meets his destination companions: Bridget Rainking, a beauty as gifted with foresight as she is with firearms, and her grandfather Sparky, a novelist with an unusual past. Bridget knows what it’s like to be Quinn. She is also hunted. The only way to stay alive is to keep moving.

“Something to Hide” by Elizabeth George. From Viking.

When a police detective is taken off life support after falling into a coma, only an autopsy reveals the murderous act that precipitated his death. She had worked on a special task force within the North London Nigerian community, and Acting Detective Superintendent Thomas Lynley is assigned to the case, which has far-reaching cultural associations that have nothing to do deal with life as he knows it.

In his pursuit of a killer determined to stay hidden, he is assisted by Detective Sergeants Barbara Havers and Winston Nkata. They must sort through the lies and secret lives of people whose superficial cooperation masks the damage they do to each other.

Children’s corner

“Alice Waters Prepares a Food Revolution” by Diane Stanley. From Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books.

Whenever young Alice Waters tasted something delicious, like sun-baked berries from her family’s garden or a crisp, ripe apple picked straight from the tree, she would remember it for the rest of her life. Later, as she tasted many other wonderful foods, she realized what made them so good: they were fresh and ripe, grown or prepared the old fashioned way.

When Alice grew up, she opened a restaurant called Chez Panisse. As part of her quest to prepare delicious food, Alice sought out small local farmers to supply the meat, dairy and produce. The restaurant made her famous, but it did much more than that: it sparked a food revolution.

“Between snow and wolf” by Agnès Domergue. From the magnetic press.

What secret is hidden in the heart of the forest? Lila lives with her father on a snowy island. From an early age, he protected her from a curse and a demon. One day when he is away longer, Lila already imagines him a prisoner and decides to go looking for him. She then discovers a sleeping forest under the snow, populated by enigmatic spirits and a white wolf.

Inspired by classic Japanese fairy tales, “Between Snow and Wolf” is a tale for young girls who seem to grow up too fast (in the eyes of their parents). Braving the world and facing your fears are lessons that never get old.

“Earworm!” by Jo Knowles. From Candlewick.

One summer day, as Little Worm goes to play, he discovers that he has a song stuck in his head. ” What are you singing ? Owl asks, but Little Worm can’t tell. He squirms ahead, determined to find out who filled his head with “Shimmy shimmy, no-sashay.”

Owl beats with his own song, and before long Chipmunk, Bunny and Fox fall in line, each contributing an earworm to the joyous cacophony. Amidst all the song and dance, Little Worm forgets its musical mystery until later, when – surprise! – Papa Worm tucks him in.