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216 South Robinson Avenue, Pen Argyl, PA 18072
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Services & Events

The Blue Mountain Community Library has the following services available:

  • 19,000+ volumes, with titles for adults, young adults, and children
  • 700+ large print books
  • approximately 80% of the titles on the New York Times adult bestseller list
  • DVDs
  • audiobooks
  • magazines
  • reference collection
  • computers
  • monthly newsletter, available in print and via email

Upcoming Events and Other News:

  • Board of Directors Meeting:  Typically the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 PM.  Anyone interested in joining the library board is asked to contact Lisa Farnan c/o the Library.  Next meeting:  December 18, 2019
  • Adult Book Discussion Group:  Third Tuesday of most months at 6:30 PM.  Interested adults are invited.  The group reads a selected book and then discusses it at the meetings.  Next meetings: January 14 – The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See; February 11 – Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton
  • November Book Nook Specials:  Buy a James Patterson book and receive two other James Patterson books of equal or lesser value free!  Buy one children’s book and receive one children’s book of equal or lesser value free!
  • Christmas Tree Ornament Fundraiser:  For a $5 donation, hang an ornament on our Christmas tree in honor or memory of a person or pet.
  • Christmas Books:  They are now available for checkout.
  • Christmas Basket:  Bid on a special Christmas basket.  The winner will be announced on December 16.
  • Semi-Annual Book Nook Sale:  January 9 (10:00 AM-noon, 6:00-8:00 PM), January 10 (10:00 AM-noon), and January 11 (10:00 AM-noon)  ALL prices are slashed in half !  The Book Nook is located on the second floor of the library.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day:  The library will be open both shifts on Monday, January 20, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Also, the library will be celebrating with an indoor carnival for children ages 3-8 years old from 12:30-2:00 PM.  Please bring a non-perishable item which will be given to St. Elizabeth’s Ministry.
  • Closures:  The library will be closed November 27 PM shift, November 28 AM and PM shifts, November 29 AM shift, and November 30 AM shift for renovations.  It will be closed December 24 AM and PM shifts and December 25 AM and PM shifts for Christmas and December 31 PM shift and January 1 AM and PM shifts for New Year’s.
  • Winter Weather Policy:  The BMCL will be closed when the Pen Argyl Area School District is closed due to inclement weather.  Please check WFMZ.com for listings and updates.
  • Knitters of the Round Table:  Crafters meet every Friday at 10:00 AM.
  • Storytime!:  Every Wednesday at 10:30 AM during the school year
  • Learn How to Play Bridge:  Players meet Mondays at 10:00 AM on the second floor.  Call the library to register.
  • Weis Receipts:  Turn in Weis receipts from within the past year, from the stores in Brodheadsville, Mt. Pocono, Lords Valley, East Stroudsburg, Marshalls Creek, Bangor/Pen Argyl, and Tannersville.  Thank you!
  • For Sale:  Pen Argyl history books, Slate Belt history books, and Pen Argyl High School yearbooks
  • Volunteers:  We need more volunteers!  Contact the library manager if you can donate four hours of your time per month to support your library.
  • Closings:  The library will be closed when Pen Argyl School District is closed due to inclement weather.  Check www.wfmz.com for the latest weather updates.
  • Fundraising Coordinator and Assistants:  Can you help in this way?  If interested, speak with the library manager.
  • Monthly Newsletter:  Now available via email!  Leave your name and email address at the circulation desk.  Also available in printed copy at the circulation desk and via the “Newsletter” tab on the library website (text only).

Donations:

Please show your support for the library, a valuable non-profit organization, by making a tax-deductible contribution. The library relies on your donations to continue its services. In addition to monetary donations, the library welcomes book, audiobook, and DVD donations.  Donations should be brought to the library during morning weekday hours for the library manager to approve.

Library Policies:

  • Library Membership: Free to all residents of the Pen Argyl Area School District, including Pen Argyl, Wind Gap, and Plainfield Township; $12.00 per year for those living outside of our service area.
  • Lending Period: Two weeks.  All items must be returned by closing time on their scheduled due date (Monday-Thursday by 8:00 PM, Friday-Saturday by 12:00 PM).
  • Checkout Procedure:  The patron must present his/her library card to check out items.  If a library card is lost, the patron must pay $3 to replace it.
  • Renewal Procedure: Return the items to the library before or on the due date to renew. New items with yellow stickers may not be renewed.  Each item, unless new, may be renewed once if all fines are paid and no other patron has placed a reserve on it.  Renewals may be done by telephone.
  • Borrowing Limits: 5 items per library card (2 items may be new)
  • Overdue Fines: For 60 days beginning the day after the due date, the overdue fine is $0.20 per day per item.  If an overdue item is not returned for 60 days, patrons must then pay the accrued default fine ($12), the cost to replace the item, and a processing fee of $5 per item.
  • Book Reserves:  Materials may be placed on reserve at no cost.  When contacted about an available book that had been placed on reserve, the patron has three library business days to check it out.  Book reserves may be placed by telephone.