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216 South Robinson Avenue, Pen Argyl, PA 18072
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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:

  • Board of Directors Meeting:  Typically the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 PM.  Anyone interested in joining the library board is asked to contact Lisa Farnan c/o the Library.  Next meeting:  August 21, 2019
  • Adult Book Discussion Group:  Third Tuesday of most months at 6:30 PM.  Interested adults are invited.  The group reads a selected book and then discusses it at the meetings.  Next meetings:  August 20 – The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez (The first registrants get a free copy of the book!), September 17 – Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, October 15 – Educated by Tara Westover
  • Book Nook Sale:  July 25 (10:00 AM-12:00 PM, 6:00-8:00 PM), July 26 (10:00 AM-12:00 PM), July 27 (10:00 AM-12:00 PM) All prices are slashed in half.  The sale is held on the second floor.
  • No book donations accepted until after August 1
  • Pies in the Park:  August 18 at Weona Park during Summer Sounds concert
  • Fundraiser at the Scorecard:  July 24 (4:00 PM-close)  No tickets are necessary.
  • Fundraiser at Emmy Lou’s Ice Cream Cafe:  August 20 (5:00-10:00 PM) in Pen Argyl, no tickets necessary
  • Summer Fun with Books! (summer programs for all ages):
    Children entering preschool through 3rd grade:
    There will be stories and themed activities.
    July 24 – Pennsylvania
    August 7 – Therapy dogs!
    August 21 – Carnivals and parks!
    Events are at 10:30 AM. You must notify the library to reserve a space for each session.
    Middle school students, young adults, and adults:
    Read to complete a special bingo card and earn a chance to win a Book Nook gift certificate!
    Bingo cards for each age group will be available starting June 1.
  • Canned Food Drive for Hope UCC:  August 5-September 28
  • Knitters of the Round Table:  Crafters meet every Friday at 10:00 AM.
  • Storytime!:  Every Wednesday and Thursday at 10:30 AM during the school year; last sessions for spring 2019 are May 29 and 30.
  • Learn How to Play Bridge:  Players meet Mondays at 10:00 AM on the second floor.  Call the library to register.
  • 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!  Contact the library manager if you can donate four hours of your time per month to support your library.
  • Closings:  The library will be closed when Pen Argyl School District is closed due to inclement weather.  Check www.wfmz.com for the latest weather updates.
  • 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. In addition to monetary donations, the library welcomes book, audiobook, and DVD donations.  Donations should be brought to the library during morning weekday hours for the library manager to approve.

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.