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

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

The library has 110,000 books; nearly 20,000 digital books and audiobooks through 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 rackets, a 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 at www.jervislibrary.org or www.facebook.com/jervispubliclibrary for more information.

Events

Monday December 27 CLOSED

Tuesday, December 28, free children’s craft kits available

Wednesday, December 29, 10:30 a.m., Story Time with Ms. Emily; 11 a.m., in-person teen event: board games

Thursday, December 30, Drop in Craft for Kids: Party Hats for New Years Eve

Friday and Saturday December 31 and January 1 CLOSED for the new year

Did you know?

If you need something to keep you and your family entertained during this freezing cold month, check out the new Library Puzzle Exchange.

You simply take a puzzle, and leave a puzzle (preferably used gently and with all the pieces). We have a wide variety of puzzles for kids and adults, so you’re sure to find something for everyone.

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Top titles

“Go tell the bees I’m gone (Outlander)” by Diana Gabaldon. From Delacorte Press.

Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall were torn apart by the Jacobite Uprising in 1746, and it took them twenty years to come together. Now the American Revolution threatens to do the same.

It is 1779 and Claire and Jamie are finally reunited with their daughter Brianna, her husband Roger and their children in Fraser’s Ridge. Having the family together is a dream the Frasers thought was impossible.

Yet even in the hinterland of North Carolina, the effects of the war are being felt. Tensions in the settlements are great and local feelings are hot enough to boil the kettle of hell. Jamie knows the loyalties between his tenants are divided and it won’t be long before war is upon his door.

“Unprotected: A Memoir” by Billy Porter. From Abrams Press.

It’s easy to be yourself when who and what you are is all the rage. But growing up black and gay in America has never been easy.

Before Billy Porter kills red carpets and gives an iconic Emmy-winning performance on the popular TV show Pose; before being the revolutionary star of Broadway’s Kinky Boots, winner of a Tony Award and a Grammy; and before being an acclaimed recording artist, actor, playwright, director, and legend at every level, Porter was a young boy from Pittsburgh who was seen as different, who didn’t fit in.

At five, Porter was sent to therapy to “fix” his effemicity. He was constantly harassed at school, sexually assaulted by his stepfather and criticized in his church. Porter has come of age in a world where just being himself was a constant struggle.

Children’s corner

“Off-limits” by Helen Yoon. From Candlewick.

Dad’s office is off-limits, which makes it even more intriguing for his curious young daughter. As soon as she sees an opening, she sneaks up to take a look. After all, there’s nothing wrong with watching, right?

What she discovers is a magical wonderland of duct tape, paper clips that make glorious strands, and a kaleidoscopic array of sticky notes. Who could resist playing with those?

“A curious collection of dangerous creatures” by Sami Bayly. Experience.

Sharks, snakes, and spiders get all the attention, but many of the most terrifying animals on the planet are probably the ones you didn’t know were so dangerous, like the world’s other blue dragon, a tiny sea slug that can trigger a powerful sting, or the deadly mosaic crab, armed with a toxin 1,000 times more deadly than cyanide.

And some creatures get pretty creative when it comes to warding off predators which makes them so amazing to read. Take the adorable big slow loris: this primate prepares to strike by first licking its armpits filled with venom!

Before you run and hide, award-winning author and illustrator Sami Bayly shows how, once you understand why these animals have adapted to be so dangerous, you’ll learn to appreciate their scariest sides.

“Imaginary” by Lee Bacon. From Amulet Books.

Zach should have grown too tall for his imaginary friend by now. He knows it. He’s 11, long after the days when kids were meant to go on epic, imaginary adventures with their invisible friends. But after his father died five years ago, all Zach wanted was an escape from the real world.

So his imaginary friend, Shovel, didn’t disappear like the other children. Their imaginary friendship grew stronger. But now Zach is in college, and things are getting awkward. His best friend ditched him for a cooler crowd. His classmates tease him in the hallways. He still misses his father.

Reality is the worst. This is why Zach regularly travels to a fantasy world with Shovel. But does Zach’s vivid imagination help him cope with loss or just push people away?