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February 2018

Volume 8, Issue 2

A Newsletter of the Blue Mountain Community Library

Board Game Bonanza!

March 1 (1-3 PM)

Reservations are required, as space is limited.

Call the library manager at 610-863-3029 for more information and to make a reservation.

Please bring your own favorite board game/s or use one of ours.

Suggested games:

Scrabble, Clue, Monopoly, Chess, Risk, Settlers of Catan, Battleship, Stratego, Checkers, Sorry!, Life, Parcheesi, Candyland, Trouble, Scattergories


Food Drive for St. Elizabeth’s Ministry

February 1-March 10

Happy Valentine’s Day! Share your love for your library by encouraging a friend or neighbor to become a new patron!


Fundraiser at Café on Broadway

at 21 S. Broadway in Wind Gap

February 8

11 AM-7 PM

See their website or Facebook page for the menu and specials: or


Mark your calendar!

April 26 – luncheon with author Kate Brandes

June 15 – Blue Ridge Winery fundraiser


We will be OPEN on President’s Day, Monday, February 19.



Your library is a business and has bills to pay the same as any other business.

In 2017, some of our expenses included the following:

Water $224

Electricity $2,843

Sewer $384

Telephone/computers $886

Oil $840

Snow removal $905

Cleaning $1,875

Repairs $1,096

Insurance $4,126

Audit $2,500

Professional fees $2,280

Computer tech $1,044

We need your financial support!


Adult book discussion group selections:

February 20Mademoiselle Chanel by C.W. Gortner

March 20 The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

April 17 The Promise of Pierson Orchard by Kate Brandes (We will have a special luncheon with the author on April 26!)

Book group meetings begin at 6:30 PM.

Books are available for checkout.


Thank you to all who aided and got involved at your library in 2017!



Board members

Book Nook shoppers

Recent book sale shoppers

Fundraiser supporters

Money donaters

Morning Call “Be an Angel” angels

Storytime visitors

Knitting group members

Book group members

“High Five Your Reading Drive” summer readers

Waste Management (for use of the dumpster)

Weis Markets (for receipt program)

Pen Argyl Park Board

Businesses who supported the library:

– Blue Ridge Winery

– Café on Broadway

– Detzi’s Tavern

– Emmy Lou’s

– Slate Pub

– Wendy’s


Meet a junior volunteer!

Name: Madison Billheimer

Job: 9th grade student at Pen Argyl High School

How long I’ve been a junior volunteer: about five months

What I like about being a junior volunteer: I like seeing different things when scanning the shelves.

Why I read: You get a different experience reading than watching something on a screen; you get to picture things yourself and picture the characters the way you want. You have the freedom to think.

How I fell in love with reading: I finished The Raft by S.A. Bodeen and said, “I’m reading again!” It stuck in my head.

Favorite book: The Raft

Why I like it: It’s a survival/adventure story. The main character is on a plane with a co-pilot when it crashes, so the book is a survival story. Spoiler alert!! The main character is actually hallucinating.

Favorite author: none in particular

Favorite genre: thriller/mystery

Why I like it: I enjoy the suspense of mysteries. It keeps me intrigued and is interesting.

What I’m reading now: Shooter by Caroline Pignat. It’s about a lockdown told through multiple different perspectives of students who realize it’s not a drill.

How is it?: really interesting; I tense up reading it!

Favorite place to read: in my room (my bed has a bookshelf)

Other things to know about me: It’s my first time volunteering at a library.

Words of wisdom: Try volunteering somewhere, like at a library!


The public is invited to the next board meeting, scheduled for February 21 at 6:30 PM.


Our Book Nook is located on the second floor and open during library hours.


Book review:

it’s always the husband

(The title on the book is in lowercase letters).

book by Michele Campbell

review by Judy Piper

(large print book)

Kate, Aubrey, and Jenny meet as freshmen in college as they are suite mates. Kate is from a wealthy family whose name is displayed at the college on various buildings; Aubrey is from a single mom with all her possessions in her suitcase; and Jenny is a townie from a normal middle class family. As freshmen, they party hard and are involved in drinking and drugs. During this year a student at the college dies and one of the three withdraws from college. The other two eventually graduate, get married and have families.

Now it is twenty years later, and one of the girls is standing on a bridge being urged to jump into the river. Who is it and why? All three are now married and all have secrets. Their husbands also have secrets. Anyone of them could be urging the one girl to jump.

Good mystery. The end is very suspenseful with a twist at the very end.