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216 South Robinson Avenue, Pen Argyl, PA 18072
info@bmcl.org

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:

  • As of November 2, the library will be open for inside browsing via appointment and for curbside.  Please see the library’s main webpage for details about these services.
  • 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, via Zoom:  November 10, 2020 at 4 PM
  • 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.  Next meeting/s:  Tuesday, November 17 at 6:30 PM on Zoom – discussion of The Rent Collector by Camron Wright
  • Preschool Storytime and Craft:  Join us on Facebook every Thursday for themed stories and crafts!  We will provide the supplies.  Call for your craft packet (610-863-3029 ).  Click here for the stories and crafts.
  • Half-Price Book Nook Sale:  Friday, November 13 (9 am -1 pm) and Friday, November 20 (9 am -1 pm)
    Call the library to make an appointment.  Shoppers will be allowed in three at a time and must properly wear a mask and library-issued disposable gloves.  Shoppers will be expected to socially distance. Cash and checks will be accepted. No $50.00 bills
  • Virtual Christmas Tree Fundraiser:  For each $5 donation, you may hang an ornament on our virtual tree in honor or memory of a person or pet.  Your name and your message will be shared on the library website and Facebook page throughout the holiday season.  See the back of the November newsletter for a donation slip to complete.
  • Online Silent Auction in October:  The following items are available for bidding, and photos are available on the “Photos” page on this website.  All items are new.  Call the library during our regular hours of operation (Monday and Thursday and Saturday 10:0 AM-12:00 noon; Monday and Thursday 6:00-8:00 PM) to bid. Provide your name, contact number, item name(s) and number(s) along with your bid amount for each item.  There is no limit to the number of times you may call to increase your bid.  Winning individuals will be contacted by telephone on Monday, November 2, 2020.
  • 1) Eco and Chef Enamel Cast Iron Saucepan
    2) Chef’s Counter Cast Iron Skillet
    3) Eternal Coffee Pod Holder
    4) Eternal Coffee Grinder
    5) Mr. Coffee Coffee Press
    6) Hamilton Beach Pizza Maker
    7) Crescent Jewelers Cubic Zurconia Necklace
    8) Crescent Jewelers Cubic Zurconia Bracelet
    9) Nic and Syd Watch with Swarovski Crystals
    10) Mia K. Farrow Collection Crossbody Bag
    11) Mia K. Farrow Collection Shoulder Bag
    12) Burgundy Tote and Wallet
    13) Kenneth Cole Reaction Cosmetic Bags
    14) Ring Video Doorbell
    15) Pocket Juice Endurance AC Portable Charger
    16) Eternal Oil Diffuser Portable Aromatherapy
    17) Eternal Cozy Place Warm Room Heater
    18) Key Finder
  • 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.
  • 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.