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June 2017

Volume 7, Issue 6

A Newsletter of the Blue Mountain Community Library

If you have not yet obtained your new library card, please remember that you MUST bring proof of your current residence to be issued a new card.  If you are under 18, your legal guardian MUST come with you and bring proof of your current residence.  This policy is for ALL patrons.  Thank you for your attention to this policy.
Dine at Detzi’s Tavern
June 5
4:00-9:00 PM
570 North Lehigh Avenue
Wind Gap, PA 18091
For the menu, visit

Book Nook special for June:  Buy one book by an author whose last name begins with “S” (for SUMMER!!), get one item of equal or lesser value absolutely free!
The public is invited to the next board meeting, scheduled for June 21 at 6:30 PM.

The BMCL announces a special summer reading program for children:
High Five Your Reading Drive!
– The program runs June 12 through August 12.
– 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 will be available at the front desk.
The BMCL a nd Waste Management announce a joint summer program:  Nature Adventure!
Children entering kindergarten through third grade are encouraged to attend for storytime and outdoor activities and should dress to explore!
The programs will be held at 10:00 AM:
June 14 (Pollinators)
July 12 (Landfill Trucks and More!)
August 9 (Bluebirds and Tree Swallows)
The programs take place at the WM Environmental Center, 891 Grand Central Road, Pen Argyl.
Blue Ridge Winery Fundraiser
2nd Annual
Join us on Friday, June 16 from 4:00-6:00 PM.  Tickets are $20 – includes tour, wine tasting, glass, hot foods, and a chance to win our door prize.
Tickets must be purchased in advance at the library.
The winery is located at
239 Blue Ridge Road
Saylorsburg, PA.
Adult book discussion group selections:
June 20 – The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict
No meeting in July
August 15 – 1984 (ch. 1-2.6) by George Orwell
September 19 – 1984 (ch. 2.7-end) by George Orwell
October 17 – Hillbilly 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.
Meet a volunteer!
Name:  Phil Viglione
Job:  I’m a graduate of Pius X High School in 1961, retired from the Pennsylvania State Police after thirty-five years of service, and was Pen Argyl Police Chief for seven years after my State Police retirement.
Other things to know about me:  My wife Valerie is the President of the library board of directors.  I enjoy gardening, jogging, and playing baseball and softball.  I have been running for forty-one years after having to run a short distance, realizing I was out of shape, and seeing my friend Jim Wills jogging.  I typically run a five-, six-, or eight-mile route.  I enjoy helping others, such as clearing their property of deep snow with my snowblower.
How long I’ve been a volunteer:  In 1998, my wife and son Philip and I helped move the library from the middle school to its present location.  For several years, we moved books to and from the Plainfield Farmers’ Fair for the annual fundraiser.  I do not volunteer at the desk, but since the current board began in 2010, I have done many needed repairs and updates to the library building and grounds, including installing railings, building a section of fence, building a new ramp and a new closet, and painting, both inside and outside.
What I like about being a volunteer:  For many years, nothing had been done to maintain and keep up the library building, and it gives me pleasure to be able to make a difference at the library.  Our family has always volunteered in the community which gives us a connection and a sense of belonging.  It is a worthwhile feeling of accomplishment, and it is a cause that is justly sound for the community.
Why I read:  As a rule, I generally do not read (except the newspaper).  When I do read, it’s something that is beneficial to me, such as how to do something, take part in something, or offer assistance in something.  I am also fascinated with the many mysteries of the universe.  Any brief reading material or television program addressing the uncertainties of the cosmos captures my interest.  I do believe that only God can enlighten us with that knowledge.
Favorite book:  none in particular
Favorite genre:  none in particular
What I’m reading now:  manuals on how to properly maintain a standby generator
Favorite place to read:  anywhere in close proximity to the task at hand
Words of wisdom:  Bear in mind that when you awake in the morning, it will be the oldest you have ever been and the youngest you will ever be.  So refrain from dwelling on the past or concerning yourself with the future.  Live morally sound and do all you can for others at the moment.

Thank you, Phil, for all you have done and continue to do for the library!!!!
Book review:
The Hollywood Daughter
book by Kate Alcott
review by Judy Piper
Kate Alcott of The Dressmaker and A Touch of Stardust has written another novel about Hollywood.  This time it is about Ingrid Bergman as seen through the eyes of Jessica, the daughter of the studio publicist.
As a child, Jesse travels to school in a limo with other children including the daughter of Bergman.  Through these trips, Jesse comes to know Bergman and begins to idolize her.  After her family moves, she attends a Catholic school, St. Ann’s, which becomes the site for one of Ingrid’s movies.
However, this is the time of McCarthy in Congress and the hunt for Communists and also for “purity” in movies.  When Bergman falls out of grace by having a child out of marriage, Jesse needs to re-examine her family, her life at school, and her own religious beliefs.
If you enjoyed Alcott’s other stories, you should like this.
Book review:
The Night Bird
book by Brian Freeman
review by Judy Piper
I had never read this mystery writer, and I found this story to be exciting, a real page turner.  Frankie Stein, a psychiatrist, helps people remove horrifying memories and replace them with more pleasant ones.  Now her patients are dying.
San Francisco detective Frost Easton is in charge of the case.  The Night Bird makes it personal for both Frankie and Frost.  You need to read this to find out why they are dying and how the Night Bird makes it happen.
We also have some of Freeman’s previous books which I will now have to read.
Mark your calendar for upcoming “fun”draisers!
July 13-15 Book Nook half-price sale
July 16 Pies in the Park
August 27 Pies in the Park
August (tbd) Wendy’s fundraiser