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July 2019

Volume 9, Issue 7

A Newsletter of the Blue Mountain Community Library


Support the library’s fundraiser at Scorecard Sports Bar & Grill, 130 North Broadway, Wind Gap on Wednesday, July 24, 4 PM-closing.

Eat in or take out

No coupons necessary


Book Nook Sale!!

Thursday, July 25

(10 AM-12 PM and 6-8 PM)

Friday, July 26

(10 AM-12 PM)

Saturday, July 27

(10 AM-12 PM)

All prices are slashed in half!

The sale is on the second floor of the library.


Due to limited space, the library is not accepting any more book donations until August 1.

Thank you!

*Thank you to all who attended the Blue Ridge Estate Vineyard and Winery fundraiser and the first Pies in the Park event!

*Thank you to all our wonderful bakers of 33 pies:  Dana Apgar, Katie Albanese, Emily Bacerra, Nancy Chuss, Mary Lou Cole, Lisa Farnan, Kathy Lambert, Rich Lengel, Elizabeth Meehan, Judy Piper, Cheryl Reeseman, Jamie Severson, Cindy Strunk, Valerie Viglione, and Linda Woerner.

*The winner of the winery door prize basket is Kathy Hinton.  Congratulations!


Enjoy homemade pie and support the library while listening to sweet “Summer Sounds!”

Sunday, August 18

Concert begins at 6:00 PM at Weona Park in Pen Argyl.

You are encouraged to come early.



for students entering preschool through 3rd grade:

Together, we will read books and participate in an activity.  Each program will feature a different theme:


July 10 – Let’s do science!

July 24 – Pennsylvania

August 7 – Therapy dogs!

August 21 – Carnivals and parks!


All programs begin at 10:30 AM.  Reserve your spot today! Sign-up at the front desk.


It’s not too late to play…


for students entering 4th-12th grades and for adults:

Simply read the books, complete a bingo card, and return it by August 24 for a chance to win a Book Nook gift certificate!  Ask for a bingo card at the front desk.


The next board meeting will be July 17 at 6:30 PM.  The public is welcome to attend.


Adult book discussion group selections:

No book discussion in July

August 20 at 6:30 PMThe Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez

For the August event, the first 7 registrants get a free copy of the book!  (The book will also be available for checkout).


Book review:

Radium Girls:  The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women

book by Kate Moore

review by Katy Albanese

   At the end of the 19th century, radium was discovered in France by Pierre and Marie Curie.  The discovery of this new element that glowed in the dark excited the public and opened up new possibilities for business.  One of the uses for this luminous substance was paint for dials of watches and clocks and instrument dials. Radium Luminous Materials Corporation opened in Newark, NJ and began hiring teenagers and young women to paint the numbers on the aeronautical gauges during WW1.  Radium Dial opened in Ottawa, Illinois and hired girls during the depression to paint watch and clock faces.

   Initially the dangers of radium weren’t known since it was a new substance.  But it didn’t take long for the paint used by the workers to cause deadly consequences.  The girls were taught to form a sharp point on their paint brushes by licking the tip of the brush, dipping it in the paint, applying the paint to the numbers, then repeating.  Unbeknownst to them, they were introducing radioactive poison into their bodies. Before long, their teeth were falling out, jawbones were crumbling, bones were breaking, joints were freezing, and sarcomas were forming.

   One by one, the girls were consulting dentists and doctors who were confused and stymied by the symptoms.  It soon became clear that the radioactive paint was the source of the strange disease suffered. Management at the companies were questioned about the materials the girls were using but assured everyone, over and over, that there was no problem with the radium paint.  As more workers became ill, the company hired its own doctors to issue false assurances as to the safety of the workplace.   

   Young women became disabled and then died, and some took legal action.  The companies had much more money than the workers and hired lawyers to find loopholes in the law, enabling them to continue to exploit and sicken hundreds.  In the late 1920’s, five girls won a small settlement in NJ which helped with medical bills but all eventually died. In the 1940’s, an Illinois lawsuit brought monetary relief to some families and finally led to permanent changes in the workplace.  OSHA formed as a direct result of the cases.

   It is unbelievable that such a horrible event occurred in America.  Corporations were only concerned about the money to be made, not the agonizing suffering experienced by workers.  It is a sad commentary on our legal system that it took decades for families to win their cases. Moore has done a superb job of telling the story of the radium girls.  Their fight for justice has led to safer workplaces for all of us.


Book review:

Where the Crawdads Sing

book by Delia Owens

review by Nancy Chuss

   Currently on the New York Times bestseller list, this book is a revelation of the beauty and cruelty found in nature.  A young girl “Kya” is raised by an alcoholic father. During her childhood, she turns to nature to give her peace.  Everyone she loves, her mama, brother, and sisters, leave her. Living in the swampland of the Carolinas, she becomes known as the “Marsh Girl.”  She is shunned and made fun of by the town. She meets a young man, Tate, who teaches her to read, and they share love of the marsh.

   He leaves to go to school, and she is alone again.  She keeps track of all her marsh insects, animals, and plants.  Her life is lonely, and it takes many turns. You will observe all these qualities of intelligence as she grows into a young woman who is full of mystery, and you will be intrigued as the story continues.