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November 2017

Volume 7, Issue 11

A Newsletter of the Blue Mountain Community Library


Silent auction at the library!!!

A variety of new items which have been generously donated are available to bid on. They include a set of luggage, toaster, deep fryer, kitchen cookware, jewelry box and bracelet, and sherpa tan blanket, among other wonderful items! Use your library card # to participate. If you are not a library patron, you will be given an alternate number to use.

Winners will be announced November 18.


Christmas tree fundraiser!

Through November and December, for a $5 donation, you may hang an ornament on our Christmas tree in honor or memory of a person or pet. Help make the library festive!


Thank you to the Slate Pub for its recent fundraiser for the library!


Coming soon…Wendy’s fundraiser:  December 6 (5-8 PM)


Book Nook special for November:

Buy one adult book, get one adult book of equal or lesser price free!


Meet a junior volunteer!

Name: Avery Edmonds

Job: 8th grade at Wind Gap Middle School

How long I’ve been a junior volunteer: a few weeks (I just got trained and today – October 14, the interview day – is my first day).

What I like about being a junior volunteer: I’m also a library aide at my school, and I do different jobs there and here.

Why I read: for fun

How I fell in love with reading: When I was 2 or 3, I enjoyed participating in reading The Berenstain Bears and the Great Big Race; I said “dead last” whenever it occurred in the book.

Favorite book: none in particular

Favorite genre: science fiction or fiction in general

Why I like it: I enjoy Transformers and Star Wars. I’m good at putting things together.

What I’m reading now: the fourth Harry Potter book

How is it?: I just started it, and I think it’s pretty good.

Favorite place to read: none in particular

Other things to know about me: I play baseball.


The public is invited to the next board meeting, scheduled for November 15 at 6:30 PM.


Adult book discussion group selections:

November 21The Night Bird by Brian Freeman

No meeting in December

January 16Mademoiselle Chanel by C. W. Gortner

February 20The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

Book group meetings begin at 6:30 PM.

Books are available for checkout.


New fiction:

Any Dream Will Do, Debbie Macomber

Exposed, Lisa Scottoline

Y Is for Yesterday, Sue Grafton

The Reason You’re Alive, Matthew Quick

I Know a Secret, Tess Gerritsen

Use of Force, Brad Thor

The Salt House, Lisa Duffy

The Accident, S. D. Monaghan

Lie to Me, J.T. Ellison

Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng

When We Were Worthy, Marybeth M. Whalen

Enigma, Catherine Coulter

The Trust, Ronald Balson


New large print:

High Stakes, Fern Michaels

All the Secret Places, Anna Carlisle

Shattered, Allison Brennan

Map of the Heart, Susan Wiggs

The Saboteur, Andrew Gross


New nonfiction:

Morningstar, Ann Hood

The Red Bandanna, Tom Rinaldi

What Made Maddy Run, Kate Fagan


Book review:

Gifford Pinchot and the First Foresters

book by Bibi Gaston

review by Sonia Pin

While researching in the Library of Congress, the author came across several boxes of material containing the memoirs of her great grand uncle, Gifford Pinchot. Pinchot, with the support and encouragement of Teddy Roosevelt, the President at the time, established the United States Forest Service. Thirty years later, Pinchot sent a letter to all of the original forest rangers asking them for any remembrances they might have of those early formative days.

The result was the material Gaston found in the Library archives—some 5000 pieces. The reasons why these people chose to work for the Forest Service are varied, and their letters reflect them. There was the medical student who dropped out to live outdoors, the teenaged orphan who needed a job, and the midwest farmer from a dust bowl who wanted to plant green trees.

Their mission was not an easy one. They built trails by hand through virgin forest; they climbed towering pines to string telephone wires; they lived in tents, cooked over a wood fire, and hunted their own food when necessary. They often worked alone, out of communication with anyone for weeks at a time.

The story is not only about the men of the Forest Service. Pinchot appreciated the role the women in this pioneer effort, whether they were the steadfast wives of the rangers or the clerical support staff at the Washington, D.C. headquarters.

Opposition to the Forest Service was fierce in some areas of the country, especially where timber and mining was big business. Lumber barons could no longer take trees from wherever or whenever they wanted from the public lands. The element of danger was always present.

These communications to Pinchot give a look into the early history of the American Conservation Movement and, as the forward suggests, the letters “paint a picture of an earlier America when there was a greater connection to each other, more civility at home and humility abroad.”


Book review:


book by Robin Cook

review by Judy Piper

The newly appointed Super Chief Surgical Resident, Noah Rothauser, finds himself embroiled in seeking the truth about recent anesthesia-related deaths. Dr. Ava London is either the anesthesiologist or is the supervisor. Noah’s nemesis, Dr. Mason, is quick to blame Ava. Noah teams up with Ava to combat Mason.

During his investigations, Noah realizes that both Dr. Mason and Ava might have secrets. Are they who they say they are? Noah has to watch what he does because he also has secrets.

This will make you question in your own mind whether people really are who they say they are. Do they really have the credentials they claim to have?

You will need to keep reading to discover the truth. Robin Cook always presents a current dilemma in the medical field, and this book is no exception.


Please consider writing a book review for an upcoming newsletter. The review can be about any library book, new or old. A short summary, plus your evaluation (of book elements like plot, pace, characterization, historical accuracy, etc.), are all that are required!