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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
  • 300+ large print books
  • approximately 80% of the titles on the New York Times adult bestseller list
  • DVDs and videos
  • audiobooks
  • magazines
  • reference collection
  • computers
  • monthly newsletter, available in print and via email

Upcoming Events:

  • AUTOMATION!!!  We have recently upgraded and automated our computer/circulation system!  Please bring your ID to obtain a new card.
  • Board of Directors Meeting:  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:  June 21, 2017
  • 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:  June 20 – The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict, no meeting in July, August 15 – 1984 (ch. 1-2.6) by George Orwell, September 19 – 1984 (ch. 2.7-end) by George Orwell, October 17 – Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance, November 21 – book still to be determined, no meeting in December
  • Second Story Story Hour:  Children’s storytime is held Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30 AM during the school year.  Storytime is for preschool children.  Leaders read books to the children, and arts and crafts are included in the program.
  • High Five Your Reading Drive!:  The program runs June 12 through August 12.  Children entering kindergarten through eighth grade are encouraged to read at least five library books and keep a log of their titles to earn a free book of their choosing from the Book Nook.  Each participating child has the opportunity to earn one free book.  The reading logs and more information will be available at the front desk..
  • The BMCL and Waste Management are proud to announce a joint summer program:  Nature Adventure!  Children entering kindergarten through 3rd grade are encouraged to attend for storytime and outdoor activities and should dress to explore!
    The programs will be held at 10:00 AM:
    June 14 (Pollinators)
    July 12 (Landfill Trucks and More!)
    August 9 (Bluebirds and Tree Swallows)
    The programs take place at the WM Environmental Center, 891 Grand Central Road, Pen Argyl.
  • Book Nook Special for May:  Buy a large print book, get any item of equal or lesser price free!
  • Book Nook Special for June:  Buy a book by an author whose last name begins with “S” (for SUMMER!!), get one item of equal or lesser value absolutely free!
  • Detzi’s Fundraiser:  June 5 (4:00-9:00 PM)
  • Blue Ridge Winery Fundraiser:  June 16 (4:00-6:00 PM)  Tickets are $20 (includes tour, wine tasting and glass, hot foods, and a chance to win our door prize).  Tickets must be purchased in advance at the library.  Winery is located at 239 Blue Ridge Road, Saylorsburg, PA.
  • Other Upcoming Events and Fundraisers:  Book Nook half-price sale (July 13-15), Pies in the Park (July 16 and August 27), Emmy Lou’s (August), Wendy’s (August), Café on Broadway (September), The Slate Pub (October)
  • 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.

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
  • 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. Overdue items may not be renewed. Each item, unless new or overdue, may be renewed once unless another patron has placed a reserve on it.
  • 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.