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.

Library hours are 8:30 am to 7:30 pm Monday through Thursday; 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 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 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, or go online at or for more information.


* registration required

Monday, October 25, free children’s craft kits available

Tuesday October 26. 4 p.m., in-person event for kids: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Read Aloud – Celebrating 40 Years of Terrifying Stories. Wear your costume

Wednesday, October 27, 10:30 a.m., Story Time with Ms. Emily; 6 p.m., Benefit from Social Security *

Thursday, October 28, 4 p.m., in-person event for teens: Zombie Hangout, fake gore makeup

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Top titles

“State of Terror: A Novel” by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny. From Simon & Schuster.

There is no love lost between the President of the United States and Ellen Adams, his new Secretary of State. But it is a clever move on the part of the president. With the appointment, he silences one of his harshest critics, because taking the job means Adams must step down as head of his multinational media conglomerate.

As the new president addresses Congress for the first time, in the presence of Secretary Adams, Anahita Dahir, a young foreign service officer (FSO) in the Pakistani State Department office, receives a baffling text from a source anonymous. Too late, she realizes the message was a hastily coded warning.

What begins as a series of apparent terrorist attacks turns out to be the start of an international chess game involving the volatile, Byzantine politics of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran; the race to develop nuclear weapons in the region; the Russian crowd; a burgeoning rogue terrorist organization; and a US government has retreated on the international stage.

“The Brides of Maracoor: A Novel” by Gregory Maguire. From William Morrow.

Maguire’s new series, Another Day, is here, twenty-five years after Wicked first stole our lives.

The first volume, The Brides of Maracoor, finds Elphaba’s granddaughter Rain washing ashore on a foreign island. In a coma after sinking into the sea, Rain is taken in by a community of single women engaged in obscure devotional practices.

As the mainland of Maracoor comes under assault from an alien navy, the island’s administration overseer struggles to understand how an alien arriving on the shores of Maracoor could threaten the stability and well-being of any a nation. Is it myth or magic at work, for better or for worse?

“The Genius Under the Table: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain” by Eugene Yelchin. From Candlewick.

Drama, family secrets and KGB spy in his own kitchen! How will Yevgeny fulfill his parents’ dream of becoming a national hero when he doesn’t even have his own bedroom? He is not a star athlete or a legendary ballet dancer.

In the small apartment he shares with his Baryshnikov-obsessed mother, his poetry-loving father, his continually indignant grandmother and his talented brother safely, all he has is his little pencil, the underside of a massive table and the doodles that could change everything. With as much charm as it is solemn, award-winning author and artist Eugene Yelchin recounts in hilarious detail his childhood in Cold War Russia as a young boy desperate to understand his place in his family.

Children’s corner

Betsy Bird’s “Long Road to the Circus”. From Knopf Books for young readers.

Suzy Bowles, 12, is tired of the chore-filled summers on her family farm in Burr Oak, Michigan, and desperate to see the world. When her rebellious uncle returns home to the farm, to avoid his chores every morning for mysterious reasons, Suzy decides to find out what he’s up to once and for all.

And that’s when she meets the legendary former circus queen Madame Marantette and her ostriches. In no time, Suzy finds herself drawn into the fast-paced and hilarious world of ostrich riding, an exciting adventure that just might be her ticket out of Burr Oak.

“A house under the stars” by Andy Chou Musser. From Little Bigfoot.

Moving from a rural house to an urban apartment, Toby feels tiny and lost in the vast, crowded city filled with unfamiliar sights and sounds. His mothers try to comfort him, but their bedtime tradition of looking at the night sky together just makes Toby angry – because the city lights are hiding his beloved stars.

Without the stars, Toby cannot sleep and in his restless state, he discovers a lion wandering in a mysterious jungle that has invaded the city at night. Only the pole star can guide the lion home. Together, the boy and the lion embark on an otherworldly nighttime journey through the city in search of the star.



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