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Newsletter

January 2019

Volume 9, Issue 1

A Newsletter of the Blue Mountain Community Library


Happy New Year!

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Book Nook Half-Price Sale:

January 17 (6-8 PM)

January 18 (10 AM-12 PM)

January 19 (10 AM-12 PM)

All items in the Book Nook will be on sale for half price.

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The library will be celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!! with an Indoor Carnival for children ages three to eight years old on Monday, January 21 (12:30-2:00 PM).

Storytime * Crafts * Activities * Prizes

Join the fun!

We will acknowledge Martin Luther King, Jr.’s message of service and giving.

Our volunteers will be volunteering their time to SERVE our community.

If you are able, please bring a non-perishable item which will be GIVEN to the food pantry at Bender’s Church.

We are OPEN 10 AM-12PM and 6-8 PM on that day as well.

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The public is invited to the next board meeting on January 16 at 6:30 PM.

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Mark your calendar now!

Fundraiser at Café on Broadway, 21 S. Broadway, Wind Gap on February 21 (11 AM-7 PM)

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Canned food drive for Bender’s Church

January 21-February 15

Please donate your canned goods and non-perishable food items. Thank you!

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Adult book discussion group selections:

January 15 – In the Shadow of Alabama by Judy Reene Singer

February 19The Cemetery Keeper’s Wife by Maryann McFadden

Book group meetings begin at 6:30 PM.

Books are available for checkout.

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Join the bridge group!

Classes are held each Monday at 10 AM, beginning January 7, upstairs.

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Congratulations to board of directors officers for 2019:

President:  Valerie Viglione

Vice-President:  Nancy Chuss

Secretary: Jill Silvius

Treasurer: Judy Piper

A warm welcome to new board member Jeff Meyers!

Thank you to Judy Hahn for her many years of service as a board member.

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Thank you to everyone who participated in the recent silent auction, ornament crafting, and Christmas tree decorating fundraiser! You helped support your library.

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Book review:

Queen Victoria’s Gene: Haemophilia and the Royal Family

book by D.M. Potts and W.T.W. Potts

review by Katy Albanese

This account of the evidence of hemophilia in the British royal family is written by brothers who are doctors and who spend considerable time explaining how hemophilia is passed from generation to generation. The authors also give evidence for the origin of the mutated gene that so ravaged the royal families of Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Queen Victoria gave birth to nine children, all of whom survived to adulthood, married and had children. She arranged the marriages of all of her offspring as well as those of her grandchildren to the royal houses of Europe, thus spreading the influence of Great Britain around the world. This also spread the disease of hemophilia throughout the leadership of Europe. The uncontrolled spread of the gene among her grandchildren was to change the course of world history.

Women are the carriers of hemophilia but only men are affected by the disease. One of Victoria’s sons, Leopold, died at age 35 of hemophilia, and two of her daughters were carriers. Granddaughter Alexandra married the Russian Tsar Nicholas, and had a hemophiliac son. Alexandra’s frantic concern for the health of her child allowed her and her husband to come under the influence of Rasputin. He convinced the royal parents that he could cure young Nicholas and was allowed to control not only medical decisions but also affairs of state. The Tsar delegated too much control of the government to this evil imposter. Events followed that led directly to the Russian Revolution in 1917 and 1918.

Granddaughter Victoria Eugenie married the King of Spain and produced three sons who died of hemophilia. The Spanish people were incensed that their royal bloodline was tainted by English blood and began to lose faith in and revolt against the monarchy. This unrest, coupled with the weak leadership of the King, led directly to the Spanish Civil War from 1936 to 1939.

The medical knowledge in the 19th and early 20th centuries was meager in comparison to what is understood today. The spread of this genetic disease continued for many generations and caused much sorrow and political strife. Those boys and men who had hemophilia suffered greatly as there was no known treatment at that time. Today replacement therapies of clotting factors are used to treat this ailment but one hundred years ago, swollen, painful joints, a life of inactivity and unstoppable bleeding made for a miserable lifestyle.

This book not only addresses hemophilia but also the history and intertwining of all the European countries, describing how the actions and policies in one directly affected another. A very interesting read. Find it in the stacks-941.08 POT.

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Book review:

The Masterpiece

book by Fiona Davis

review by Judy Piper

(historical fiction)

Grand Central Terminal is the “masterpiece.” Did you know that in 1928 it housed the Grand Central School of Art? In 1928, Clara Darden, an illustrator, attends the school and then becomes one of the instructors. Being a woman and an illustrator are the two hurdles she needs to overcome. By 1931 she is a famed illustrator but disappears.

Now it is 1974 and Virginia Clay, a recently divorced mother, is looking for a job in the Grand Central Terminal. She is sent by an agency to a law firm but with no experience the lawyer directs her to the information booth. There she receives a job and begins her awakening of the greatness of the terminal during its heyday.

One day while walking around the terminal she discovers the art school and then a piece of artwork. On one side is a watercolor by Clara Darden and on the other side a painting similar to one she had seen in an auction catalog assigned to the artist Levon Zadarian. Since she was an art history major, she is intrigued by the artwork and begins to search out what information she can find about Clara.

Also during this time period, a proposal has been made to push the terminal underground and build a skyscraper. The city wants the building to be designated an historical treasure and fights the proposal all the way to the US Supreme Court.

Whose artwork is being auctioned? What happened to Clara? And what role does Mr. Lorette the former head of the art school have to do with all of this?

If you are interested in the buildings in New York City and the fight to retain their character as well having an entertaining story, you will enjoy this book. And if you have not read her previous book, The Address, try that one as well for it is about the Dakota House, the home of John Lennon.