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January 2022

Volume 12, Issue 1

A Newsletter of the Blue Mountain Community Library


Monday         10:00 am – 12:00 pm

                         6:00 pm –  8:00 pm

Tuesday         10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Wednesday    10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Thursday       10:00 am – 12:00 pm

                        6:00 pm –   8:00 pm

Friday            10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Saturday        10:00 am – 12:00 pm



 – Mask mandatory for all patrons 2 years and older

– One computer available to the public, for a 30 minute time slot.


Thanks to all who participated in the Christmas Tree Ornament Fundraiser.

A total of 31 ornaments were purchased in memory or in honor of a loved one or pet.


Thanks to all who purchased a Christmas wreath prepared by our board members. A total of 15 wreaths were sold.    


Thanks to the following:

– A donation of copy paper was made by – anonymous donors 

– A donation of a $100 Weis gift card was made by – Jamie Severson.

These items were donated through the BE AN ANGEL campaign sponsored by The Morning Call.

Your support is appreciated.


The next board meeting will be January 18 at 6:30 pm.


The board of directors and staff would like to thank the family of Phyllis Herd for requesting in her obituary all donations be made to our library in lieu of flowers. 

Our friend was a reader at the preschool storytime program for many years and a generous supporter of this library.   

Her name will be inscribed on the memorial plaque.


The families of Robert & Richard Reed donated a framed photo of the Pen Argyl High School class of 1900.

This photo is a treasured asset to our library and is located at the entrance of the reference area.  Please stop in to view this piece of history.


Book Nook Half-Price Sale!

Saturday, January 15

10:00 am-12:00 pm

Monday, January 17 

10:00 am-12:00 pm 


6:00 pm-8:00 pm


Announcing the BMCL Board of directors officers for 2022:

President:  Valerie Viglione

Vice-President:  Nancy Chuss

Secretary:  Jill Silvius

Treasurer:  Judy Piper



The book group will meet on Tuesday, January 11 to discuss The Clover Girls by Viola Shipman.

Please register by calling the library by January 10.

The group meets at 6:30 pm inside the library.  At this time, masks are required, regardless of vaccination status.

Future book discussions:

February 8 – A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum

March 8 – The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

April 12 – Unorthodox:  The Scandalous Rejection of M Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman

May 10 – The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray




Join us January 5 and 19

10:30 am

In-person at the library

Stories, crafts  and songs!

Space is limited,

registration is Required !


Coming soon:   our newly updated webpage


“A house that has a library in it has a soul.” – Plato


Book review:


Book by Clare Mackintosh

Review by Judy Piper

   Mina seems like a typical mother, juggling her life as a mother of a five-year old and that of a flight attendant.   Her daughter Sophia was adopted and has issues of abandonment.   Adam, her husband, is a police officer but lately appears to have troubles of his own.  What secrets is he keeping from his wife; is he having an affair?  Mina has secrets of her own; why did she suddenly stop training to be a pilot?

   On the airline’s first nonstop flight from London to Sydney, terrorists take over the airplane.  Mina is personally contacted by the terrorists as they threaten her daughter’s life.  What happens to her husband and daughter will keep you in suspense.

   This is a well written mystery that will make you want to finish the story but gives you a surprise ending.