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April 2017

Volume 7, Issue 4

A Newsletter of the Blue Mountain Community Library

Big news!

We are automated!!!!

If you have not yet received your new library card, please bring your ID and get one today! Thank you for your patience as we transition to the new and improved system.

3rd Annual Antiques Appraisal and Silent Auction

Friday, April 7 (5:30-8:00 PM)

Slate Belt Nazareth Baptist Church

1620 Church Road

Pen Argyl, PA 18072

All money raised benefits the BMCL.

Antique appraisals by licensed auctioneers:

Lori Biechy, Lori Biechy Auctions

Christian Answini, Saucon Valley Auction Co.

Silent Auction

(cash and checks accepted)

BBQ, hotdogs, and other food available for purchase

Free admission to participate in the auctions!

Cost to bring one item for appraisal and participate in the auctions: $10

Cost to bring two items for appraisal and participate in the auctions: $15

Please no firearms, furniture, or large artworks for appraisal. Suggested appraisal items: collectibles, militaria, silver, comic books, early toys, sports memorabilia, quilts, coins, jewelry, primitives, musical instruments

A limited number of tickets to bring items for appraisal is available for purchase at the library, while supplies last).

The public is invited to the next board meeting, scheduled for April 19 at 6:30 PM.


Adult book discussion group selections:

April 18What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman

May 16Glory Over Everything by Kathleen Grissom

June 20The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

Book group meetings begin at 6:30 PM.

Books are available for checkout.


Mark your calendar now for a special luncheon with local author Kate Moretti!

May 2

12:00 PM

at Grace United Methodist Church

Tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advance at the library.


Meet a volunteer!

Name: Nancy Cuono

Job: general office worker

How long I’ve been a volunteer: about six months

What I like about being a volunteer: It’s something worthwhile to do with my time.

Why I read: to expand my horizons, for pleasure

How I fell in love with reading: mother was always a reader. I enjoyed books and school.

My favorite books: The Land Remembered by Patrick Smith, Pastora by Joanna Barnes

Why I like it: The Land Remembered is about the pre-Civil War early settlement of Florida. Pastora is about a young girl on a wagon train that leaves from St. Louis and heads west.

My favorite authors: Lorraine Snelling, Stephanie Grace Whitson

Why I like them: They both write about the settling of the West.

My favorite genre: historical fiction

Why I like it: I like to learn and read for pleasure at the same time.

What I’m reading now: Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas

How is it?: Prayers for Sale is about an interesting relationship between a teenage woman and an elderly woman – and the book has a twist at the end.

Favorite place to read: in my chair in the living room

Words of wisdom: Encourage your children to read, and take them to the library regularly.

Book review:

The German Girl

book by Armano

Lucas Correa

review by Judy Piper

Hannah Rosenthal lives in Berlin in 1939. Her family and that of her friend, Lee Martin, board the SS St Louis on May 13 for Cuba. The ship had 937 Jewish passengers who were promised passage to Cuba and then eventually they would be able to go to the U. S.

However, when they arrived in Havanna only those passengers with papers signed by the Secretary of State could enter Cuba. Twenty-two refugees could enter. Among them were Hannah and her mother, not her father or her friend Lee. Those left on the ship went back to Europe and were divided among France, Belgium, Holland and Great Britain. Only those in Great Britain survived the war. This part of the story is true. In fact, Gustav Schrider, the captain of the ship, did all he could to protect the passengers and was recognized by Israel as Righteous Among the Nation.

While in Cuba, Hannah’s mother gave birth to her brother, Gustavo. Gustavo joins in the fight with Castro, marries, and has a son.

Now in 2014, Anna receives a package from Hannah, great-aunt she never knew. Anna and her mother make the trip to see Hannah and learn about a part of her family that they did not get to learn about as Anna’s father died on Sept. 11.

Very interesting story about what Cuba was like from the late 1930’s until now.


In the Stacks:

Author profile/review by Elizabeth Meehan and Cheryl Reesman

If you enjoy thrillers and page-turning action, you might enjoy reading a book written by Nelson DeMille. From New York City to the mid-East, DeMille will keep you turning the pages and totally engaged.

John Corey is a central figure in several of DeMille’s novels. John Corey is a brilliant, hard-edged former NYPD investigator-turned-anti-terrorist task force agent. He works tirelessly to protect Americans here and abroad.

His continual questioning of authority and sarcasm frequently get him into difficulties, not only with his superiors but foreign officials as well. His tenacious nature, which is good for fighting crime and hunting down terrorists, is not always appreciated by his superiors.

However, in spite of his personality clashes with authority, John Corey will work tirelessly to get “the bad guy” and bring that person to justice.

We have enjoyed reading DeMille’s novels and hope you might like them as well.

Nelson DeMille books in which John Corey is the central character include the following: Plum Island, The Lion’s Game, Night Fall, Wild Fire, The Lion, and The Panther; these last two should be read in the order in which they were written.


Book review:

The Girl Before

book by J. P. Delaney

review by Judy Piper

Emma and Simon occupy the flat at One Folgate Street until her death. Then Jane becomes the new tenant. Both Emma and Jane have a past that leads then to the quiet and unencumbered living quarters as designed by Edward Munkford, a renowned architect.

Edward has a complicated application process, with many rules, that a prospective tenant must navigate. This flat has had several tenants before but none lasted very long. Both women have a unique relationship with Edward.

How did Emma die? Is Jane in danger? These are some of the questions you will need to answer.

The book is written in a style that keeps the story moving. One chapter is titled “Then Emma” and the next is “Now Jane.” The chapters keep interchanging until Emma dies.

I found this book very interesting and suspenseful. Any mystery reader will enjoy.


Therapy dog Quincy plans to be at the library on the 12th and 13th. You can read to him!


Do you have ideas for summer programs for children, adults, seniors, or families? Please leave them at the library or send them to Also send your book reviews!