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 (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, 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 www.jervislibrary.org or www.facebook.com/jervispubliclibrary for more information.

Events

* registration required

All week: Children’s program: Create a craft for Valentine’s Day

Monday, February 7, free bird feeder kits and craft kits for kids available

Wednesday, February 9, 10:30 a.m., story time with Mrs. Emily; 4 p.m., Children’s Financial Education Program*

Thursday, February 10, 6:30 p.m., Evening Storytime with Project Hope

Friday, Feb. 11, 3 p.m., in-person teen event: Make (anti-)Valentines

Did you know?

On February 6, 1943, singer Frank Sinatra was heard singing for the first time on the radio program Your Hit Parade. He started the show four months after parting ways with the Tommy Dorsey Band, considered one of the most controversial decisions of his young music career.

Want to know more about Sinatra’s life and musical history? Stop by the library and check out one of our many biographies on the crooner.

The year 2022 is the year of the tiger, which is said to symbolize power, courage and strength.

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.

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Top titles

“In Paradise: A Novel” by Hanya Yanagihara. From Doubleday.

In an alternate version of 1893 America, New York is one of the Free States, where people can live and love whoever they want (or so it seems). The fragile young scion of a distinguished family resists the engagement with a worthy suitor, attracted by a charming music teacher without resources.

In a 1993 Manhattan besieged by the AIDS epidemic, a young Hawaiian lives with his much older and wealthier companion, hiding his troubled childhood and the plight of his father.

And in 2093, in a plague-torn world ruled by a totalitarian regime, the damaged granddaughter of a powerful scientist tries to navigate life without him and solve the mystery of her husband’s disappearance.

These three sections come together in an exciting and ingenious symphony, as recurring notes and themes deepen and enrich each other.

“A Flicker in the Dark” by Stacy Willingham. Excerpt from the Minotaur books.

When Chloe Davis was 12, six teenage girls went missing in her small Louisiana town. By the end of the summer, her own father had confessed to the crimes and been sidelined for life, leaving Chloe and the rest of her family to wrestle with the truth and try to move on while facing the consequences.

Now, 20 years later, Chloe is a psychologist in Baton Rouge preparing for her wedding.

Though she finally has a tenuous hold on the happiness she’s worked so hard to achieve, she sometimes feels as out of control of her own life as the troubled teenagers who are her patients. So when one local teenager disappears, and then another, that terrifying summer returns. Is she paranoid, seeing parallels to her past that don’t actually exist, or for the second time in her life, is Chloe about to unmask a killer?

“Where the Drowned Girls Go” by Seanan McGuire. From Tordotcom.

There is another school for children who fall through the doors and fall back. It’s not as family friendly as Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. And it’s not so safe.

When Eleanor West decided to open her school, her sanctuary, her “home for wayward children,” she knew from the start that there would be children she couldn’t save. When Cora decides she needs a different direction, a different fate, a different prophecy, Miss West reluctantly agrees to transfer her to the other school, where things are handled very differently by Whitethorn, the director. She will soon discover that not all doors are welcoming.

Children’s corner

“I Won’t Let Nobody Turn Me Back” by Kathlyn J. Kirkwood. From Versify.

“Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ‘Round” is a deeply moving mid-level memoir about what it means to be an everyday activist and footsoldier for racial justice, as Kathlyn recounts, drawn to activism for as a child, she went from attending protests as a teenager to fighting for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday to become a national holiday as an adult.

A blueprint for kids starting their own path to civic awareness, it shows life beyond the protests and details the sustained time, passion and energy it takes to turn an idea into law.

“The Meow of the Dog” by Michelle Schusterman. From Scholastic Inc.

When 12-year-old Mina discovers an abandoned kitten, Nukka, in suburban Fairbanks, Alaska, she knows she has to take him in. And with the help of Mina’s huskies, Nukka quickly becomes part of the family.

There’s only one problem (or is she?): Nukka is a cat, and with only a pack of huskies to raise her, she develops some…interesting characteristics. Nukka is learning to pant like a dog, play fetch like a dog, and even wants to become a sled dog, just like his canine siblings. But they are so much bigger and stronger than her. How could Nukka ever keep up?