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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!