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 via 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 disc golf kits, karaoke machine and CDs, DVD player, VCR, and Kill-a-Watt meter. The library also offers meeting rooms, a licensed notary, 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 or for more information.


Thanksgiving Turkeys Kids Event – Monday through Wednesday

Monday, November 22, Free DIY kits for children available

Wednesday, November 24, 10:30 a.m., Story Time with Ms. Emily; 11 a.m., in-person teen event: Arts and Crafts

Thursday November 25 CLOSED for Thanksgiving

Did you know?

On November 20, 1892, Canadian scientist James Bertram Collip was born. He worked in a team that perfected the process of isolating, removing, and purifying insulin, which led to its use to treat diabetes.

For more on the research, see Kerbel’s graphic novel “Fred & Marjorie”. For more information on the history of the disease, see Hurley’s “Diabetes Rising”.

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Top titles

“The Stranger in the Lifeboat: A Novel” by Mitch Albom. From Harper.

Drifting in a raft after a deadly ship explosion, ten people struggle to survive at sea. Three days pass. Running out of water, food and hope, they spot a man floating in the waves. They attract him.

“Thank the Lord, we have found you,” said a passenger.

“I am the Lord,” the man whispers.

Mitch Albom wrote about Heaven in the famous number one bestselling book The Five People You Meet in Heaven and The Heaven’s First Phone Call. Now, for the first time in his fiction, he ponders what we would do if, after crying out for divine help, God really appeared before us? What could the Lord be like, appear and act?

“The Christmas Bookstore: A Novel” by Jenny Colgan. From William Morrow Paperback.

Laid off from her job in a department store, Carmen has dangerously little money and few options. The prospect of spending Christmas with her perfect sister Sofia, in Sofia’s perfect house with her perfect children and her perfectly ordered yuppie life doesn’t please.

Frankly, Sofia doesn’t really want her pungent sister Carmen either. But Sofia has yet another baby on the way, a mother desperate to see her daughters get along, and a customer who needs help revitalizing her dingy old bookstore. So Carmen moves in and takes the job.

Thrown quite suddenly into the cogs of Mr. McCredie’s old bookstore in the quaint streets of historic Edinburgh, Carmen is intrigued in spite of herself. The store is dusty and disorganized but undeniably charming. Will she be able to breathe new life into it in time for Christmas shopping?

“The Library: A Fragile History” by Andrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen. Basic books.

Famous in the known world, jealously guarded by private collectors, built over the centuries, destroyed in a single day, adorned with gold leaf and frescoes, or filled with ottomans and children’s drawings, the story of the library is rich, varied and full of incidents.

In “The Library”, historians Andrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen introduce us to the antique dealers and philanthropists who have shaped the great collections of the world, trace the rise and fall of literary tastes and reveal serious crimes and offenses committed in the search for rare manuscripts. In doing so, they reveal that while the collections themselves are fragile, often falling into disrepair within decades, the idea of ​​the library has been remarkably resilient as each generation makes – and remakes – the institution anew.

Children’s corner

“Gladys the Magic Chicken” by Adam Rubin. From GP Putnam’s Sounds books for young readers.

Gladys the chicken must be magic. After all, for everyone who meets her, a wish is granted. The Shepherd wishes to be handsome, the Brave Swordsman wishes to join the Royal Guard, the Purple Pooh-bah wishes his only daughter to be happy, and the Learned Princess wishes to escape the palace.

And one by one, each of these wishes comes true. Corn . . . Gladys is she really magic? Or does everyone make a fortune? Either way, it’s quite an adventure for a chicken named Gladys. Combining a classic storybook feel with a decidedly modern sense of humor, this read aloud is perfect for anyone who wants to see the magic in the world, even if they’re just looking at a chicken.

Katie O’Neill’s “The Tea Dragon Society”. From Oni Press.

After discovering a lost tea dragon in the market, Greta discovers the dying art form of the tea dragons being taken over by the kind teahouse owners, Hesekiel and Erik. As she befriends them and their shy pupil, Minette, Greta sees how the profession enriches their lives – and ultimately hers.

“Marshmallow & Jordan” by Alina Chau. From the first second.

Jordan’s days as a star player on her school’s basketball team came to an end when an accident left her paralyzed from the waist down. Now, she’s still the team’s captain, but her competitive days seem to be behind her … until an encounter with a mysterious elephant, whom she calls Marshmallow, helps Jordan discover a whole new one. sport.