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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:

  • The library is open with curbside services only.  Please see the library’s main webpage for details about this service.
  • Board of Directors Meeting:  Typically the second Tuesday 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, likely “online” or outside:  August 19, 2020
  • Curbside Half-Price Book Nook Sale:  During the month of August during all open shifts, call the library to reserve a bag of books.  $5.00 per bag, exact change/cash only   Choose from Adult (mystery, romance, historical fiction, nonfiction, or “surprise me”) or Kids (young adult, chapter books, easy reader, picture books, or “surprise me”).  When you arrive in our lot, call the library and the bag/s will be delivered to you.  No limit on number of bags (while supplies last)
  • Adult Book Discussion Group:  Typically the 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.  For upcoming meetings, which will be held in the parking lot, CDC regulations of social distancing will be followed and everyone will be seated 6 feet apart.  You must provide a chair, wear a mask, and park on the street.
  • Knitters of the Round Table:  Crafters meet every Friday at 10:00 AM in the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church picnic grove in Plainfield.
  • Storytime!:  Every Wednesday at 10:30 AM during the school year.  WATCH FOR PRESCHOOL STORYTIME INFORMATION IN LATE AUGUST.  STORYTIME IS NOT BEING HELD RIGHT NOW.
  • Learn How to Play Bridge:  Players meet Mondays at 10:00 AM on the second floor.  BRIDGE WILL NOT BE HELD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
  • Winter Weather Policy:  The BMCL will be closed when the Pen Argyl Area School District is closed due to inclement weather.  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.
  • 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.  DURING CURBSIDE, NO PATRONS ARE PERMITTED IN THE BUILDING, SO LIBRARY CARD INFORMATION MUST BE INDICATED VIA PHONE AND WILL BE CHECKED VIA COMPUTER.
  • 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)  DURING CURBSIDE, THE LIMIT IS 3 ITEMS PER LIBRARY CARD (1 ITEM 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.