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The August and September newsletters are posted here.

August 2017

Volume 7, Issue 8

A Newsletter of the Blue Mountain Community Library


This month’s fundraisers…YUMMY!!!

August 2 (5-8 PM)

Wendy’s fundraiser

August 13 (concert begins at 6 PM)

food at Weona Park during Summer Sounds

Come early for refreshments!

August 15 (5-10 PM)

Emmy Lou’s fundraiser

August 27 (concert begins at 6 PM)

Pies in the Park

Come early for pie!


Thank you to the pie bakers and Pies in the Park helpers!

Dana Apgar

Vicki Black

Brooke Bowie

Jo Bullock

Mary Lou Cole

Cathy Lambert

Cheryl Reesman

Kelly Thomas

Linda Woerner

BMCL board members


Thank you to Detzi’s Tavern for their recent fundraiser for the library!


The BMCL’s special summer reading program for children ends on August 12!

High Five Your Reading Drive!

– 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 are available at the front desk.


Meet a volunteer!

Name: Robyn Luczkowiak

Job: first-grade teacher

Other things to know about me: I’m an avid quilter. My sister and I read the same books at the same time; she lives in Michigan, and we trade off selecting books to read and discuss. I’m also a cancer survivor.

How long I’ve been a volunteer: one year

What I like about being a volunteer: seeing my past and present students come in

Why I read: to relax

How I fell in love with reading: I have very happy memories of frequenting the two-hundred-year-old library in a small town in New York where I used to live. The building also housed the town museum upstairs.

My favorite books: classics like To Kill a Mockingbird, The Grapes of Wrath, Gone with the Wind, The Great Gatsby, and Rebecca; thrillers

Why I like them: They’re set in a different era, and they’re great stories that can be reread over and over.

Favorite authors: none in particular

Favorite genres: classics and thrillers

What I’m reading now: The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda (author of All the Missing Girls)

How is it?: captivating, with lots of twists and turns – every time you think you “figure it out,” you’re wrong!

Favorite place to read: on my front porch in the summer, by the fireplace in the winter

Words of wisdom: No matter what negativity happens in your life, reading will give you a little time away from it.


The public is invited to the next board meeting, scheduled for August 16 at 6:30 PM.


Adult book discussion group selections:

August 151984 (ch. 1-2.6) by George Orwell

September 191984 (ch. 2.7-end) by George Orwell

October 17Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

November 21 – book still to be determined

No meeting in December

Book group meetings begin at 6:30 PM.

Books are available for checkout.


Book review:

A Gentleman in Moscow

book by Amor Towles

review by Judy Piper

It is 1922 in Moscow, following the overthrow of the Tsar. Count Alexander Rostov who should have met a firing squad is exiled to the Hotel Metropol on house arrest for the remainder of his life. From living in a suite, he is banished to a lowly room in the attic. Most people would take umbrage at this turn of events but the Count makes the best of his situation.

Always on good terms with the employees, he cultivates the friendships of many of the guests, including Nina, a young girl, Anna the actress, a Russian diplomat, as well as many others. Pay close attention to all characters because most if not all will appear later in the story.

At one point he considers suicide, but he continues on as the story ends in the 1950’s.

Very entertaining with great writing, this is a story you want to continue reading to find out what is next in his life.


Book review:

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

book by Lisa See

review by Judy Piper

Fans of Lisa See should enjoy this story about women in China and growing tea.

Li-yan is of the Akha people and live in rural China growing tea. In fact they are so remote that their group was not counted during the Cultural Revolution. The native people still hold on to their traditions even though it is 1990.

Li-yan has a baby, but is not married. By tradition, she should kill it, but instead takes it to an orphanage where it is adopted by Californians. Haley, the new daughter, arrives with a block of tea.

As Li-yan continues learning about tea, Haley is also wondering about her birth parents and her block of tea.

Much can be learned about tea growing, life for rural people, and the relationships between mothers and daughters.


Book Nook special for August:  Buy a puzzle, get a puzzle free!


Canned Food Drive for Hope UCC

August 14-September 30


Thank you for your continued patience at the circulation desk as volunteers get more comfortable using the new automated system!

September 2017

Volume 7, Issue 9

A Newsletter of the Blue Mountain Community Library

Attention, library patrons!

Effective September 1st, 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


Please do not place money due for fines in the library books or book pockets; please pay fines at the desk!


Fundraiser at Cafe on Broadway

21 South Broadway

Wind Gap, PA 18091

September 14

11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Visit their webpages for the menu and specials.


Meet a junior volunteer!

Name: Kayleigh Achenbach

Job: in eighth grade at Wind Gap Middle School

How long I’ve been a junior volunteer: a few months

What I like about being a junior volunteer: to check out the books while I’m going through them

Why I read: to be entertained (by a really good book)

How I fell in love with reading: I read Who Is Helen Keller? from the”Who Is…” series and was hooked!

My favorite book: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Why I like it: I enjoyed the plot about a kid with an issue who got friends at school.

Favorite authors: none in particular

Favorite genre: mystery

Why I like it: I like to watch horror films, the Investigation Discovery channel on TV, anything about crime.

What I’m reading now: The Shack by William P. Young

How is it?: So far it’s pretty good; I also saw the movie.

Favorite place to read: anywhere it’s quiet

Words of wisdom: For school projects, it’s best to look in a book; you can’t always trust the Internet.


The public is invited to the next board meeting, scheduled for September 20 at 6:30 PM.


Adult book discussion

group selections:

September 19 1984 (ch. 2.7-end) by George Orwell

October 17 Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

November 21 The Night Bird by Brian Freeman

No meeting in December

January 16 Mademoiselle Chanel by C. W. Gortner

February 20 The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

Book group meetings begin at 6:30 PM.

Books are available for checkout.

Canned Food Drive for Hope UCC

ends September 30


Storytime starts the first Thursday in October. The library is in search of a storytime reader/leader for Wednesdays.


Book review:

The Lost City of the Monkey God

book by Douglas Preston

review by Jill Silvius

Preston’s account is not so much a tale of a contemporary search for a disappeared “White City” in Honduras as it is a collection of mini-narratives and essays related to the fabled “Lost City of the Monkey God.”  Preston tells the tale of a group of scientists (plus himself, author of nonfiction and the Agent Pendergast novels [with Lincoln Child], among other fictional works) who travel to the jungle in 2012 to map the terrain, but also the history of the “myth” and the history of earlier explorers.

It is Preston’s story – of the 2012 exploration – that the reader might find most interesting. The book “gets going” one-third of the way in, as Preston’s rickety plane lands and he describes huge, venomous fer-de-lance snakes and the forest floor crawling with cockroaches and spiders. The scientists use expensive lidar technology, which allows them to see beneath the expansive greenery. The description of this technology is also captivating.

The author also raises an interesting question spawned by the scientists’ discovery of a “cache” of objects indicating prior existence of at least two thriving cities at “T1″ and “T3.” The oddly virulent response from some of the scientific community to the announcement of T1’s mapping leads him to ask: what are the distinctions between treasure hunting and archaeology?

Post-exploration, Preston and a number of his fellow searchers get very ill. He discovers he has contracted leishmaniasis, which is spread via sand flies infected with parasites. He draws attention to the dangers of the disease and, sadly, the little attention that vaccine-production companies give to it. Of being a parasitologist, he writes: “Your extremely expensive, ten-year medical education gives you the privilege of working long hours for modest pay among the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world, encountering a staggering amount of misery and death” (251). He ends the book discussing the biology of the disease, its treatments, its growing spread across the United States, and the potential for disease to wipe out civilization as we know it.

The Lost City of the Monkey God is slow at times, captivating at others. Overall, an interesting read!


Read It and Then See It!

2017 book adaptations on the big screen!

At the time of this printing, the library owns items in italics.

Already out…

Hidden Figures (Shetterly)

The Yellow Birds (Powers)

My Cousin Rachel (DuMaurier)

The Dark Tower (King)

The Glass Castle (Walls)

Live by Night (Lehane)

Before I Fall (Oliver)

The Zookeeper’s Wife (Ackerman)

Fifty Shades Darker (James)

The Circle (Eggers)

The Lost City of Z (Grann)

Everything, Everything (Yoon)

The Sense of an Ending (Barnes)

The Dinner (Koch)

Berlin Syndrome (Joosten)

Tulip Fever (Moggach)

Coming later this year…

September 8 It (King)

October 6 The Mountain between Us (Martin)

October 20 The Snowman (Nesbo)

October 27 Thank You for Your Service (Finkel)

November 10 Murder on  the Orient Express (Christie) *This item is available in a larger collection.

November 17 Wonder  (Palacio)

November 24 Call Me by Your Name (Aciman)


Book review:

The Boys in the Boat

by Daniel James Brown

review by Judy Piper

The Boys in the Boat is a wonderful story about the boys from Washington University who went to the 1936 Olympics as the American entry in the eight-oared rowing contest.

It begins in 1993 but also goes back in time to give the history of some of the boys and their coaches. Most of them are from blue-collared backgrounds, struggling to earn money for college during the Depression Era.

The featured boy is Joe Rantz whose mother died when he was young and whose stepmother did not want him. Joe had a very difficult childhood but managed to survive. His one close friend, Joyce, would eventually become his wife.

We learn about George Pocock, the builder of the boats for schools all over the country. We also learn about Tom Bolles, the freshman coach, and Al Ulbrickson, the varsity coach. But most importantly, we learn what is necessary for any team to achieve greatness; that is trust.

I found it interesting to learn about the role of the coxswain, the person who does not row but shouts commands, and his role in winning a race.

Along the way, we follow the team as they compete against their rival, the University of California at Berkeley, race in the Poughkeepsie Regattas, and eventually the Olympic trials in Princeton. The description of the races make you believe you are there in person.

A great book about perseverance and trust.