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Services & Events

The Blue Mountain Community Library has the following services available:

  • 19,000+ volumes, with titles for adults, young adults, and children
  • 700+ large print books
  • approximately 80% of the titles on the New York Times adult bestseller list
  • DVDs
  • audiobooks
  • magazines
  • reference collection
  • computers
  • monthly newsletter, available in print and via email

Upcoming events and other news:

Please see the library’s main webpage for details about the schedule and procedures regarding current circulation services.

  • Board of Directors Meeting: Typically the third Tuesday of each month. Anyone interested in joining the library board is asked to contact Lisa Farnan c/o the Library. Next meeting:  December 21 at 6:30 PM
  • Adult Book Discussion Group: Typically the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM.  Next meetings:  December – no meeting; January 11 – The Clover Girls by Viola Shipman; February 8 – A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum; March 8 – The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah; April 12 – Unorthodox:  The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman; May 10 – The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray.  Interested adults are invited.  The group reads a selected book and then discusses it at the meetings, which are held inside.  Participants must wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status, and pre-register by calling the library or emailing lfarnan@epix.net at least one day prior to the meeting.
  • Christmas Tree Ornament Fundraiser:  Through December 31.  Make our library festive!  For a $5 donation, hang on ornament in honor or memory of a person or pet.
  • Book Nook Spectacular Sale:  Through December 31.  For items on the center table, buy one item and get two items of the same or lesser value FREE!
  • Winter Weather Policy: Please check WFMZ.com for listings and updates.
  • Weis Receipts: Turn in Weis receipts from within the past year, from the stores in Brodheadsville, Mt. Pocono, Lords Valley, East Stroudsburg, Marshalls Creek, Bangor/Pen Argyl, and Tannersville. Thank you!
  • For Sale: Pen Argyl history books, Slate Belt history books, and Pen Argyl High School yearbooks
  • Volunteers: We need more volunteers, especially for Saturday morning and weekday evening shifts! Contact the library manager if you can donate four hours of your time per month to support your library. We are not accepting applications for junior volunteers at this time.
  • Fundraising Coordinator and Assistants: Can you help in this way? If interested, speak with the library manager.
  • Monthly Newsletter: Now available via email! Leave your name and email address at the circulation desk. Also available in printed copy at the circulation desk and via the “Newsletter” tab on the library website (text only).
  • Donations: Please show your support for the library, a valuable non-profit organization, by making a tax-deductible contribution. The library relies on your donations to continue its services. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be accepting donations of books, audiobooks, or DVDs.

Library Policies:

  • Library Membership: Free to all residents of the Pen Argyl Area School District, including Pen Argyl, Wind Gap, and Plainfield Township; $12.00 per year for those living outside of our service area.
  • Lending Period: Two weeks. All items must be returned by closing time on their scheduled due date (Monday-Thursday by 8:00 PM, Friday-Saturday by 12:00 PM).
  • Checkout Procedure: The patron must present his/her library card to check out items. If a library card is lost, the patron must pay $3 to replace it.
  • Renewal Procedure: Return the items to the library before or on the due date to renew. New items with yellow stickers may not be renewed. Each item, unless new, may be renewed once if all fines are paid and no other patron has placed a reserve on it. Renewals may be done by telephone.
  • Borrowing Limits: 5 items per library card (2 items may be new)
  • Overdue Fines: For 60 days beginning the day after the due date, the overdue fine is $0.20 per day per item. If an overdue item is not returned for 60 days, patrons must then pay the accrued default fine ($12), the cost to replace the item, and a processing fee of $5 per item.
  • Book Reserves: Materials may be placed on reserve at no cost. When contacted about an available book that had been placed on reserve, the patron has three library business days to check it out. Book reserves may be placed by telephone.