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August 2020

Volume 10, Issue 5

A Newsletter of the Blue Mountain Community Library


Curbside ½ Price Book Sale!

 – Held during the month of August during all open shifts (see below)

 – 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)

Check out our new books!

New Fiction:  June 2020

The Other Bennet Sister (Janice Hadlow)

A Reasonable Doubt (Phillip Margolin)

The Red Lotus (Chris Bohjalian)

Mercy House (Alena Dillon)

Weather (Jenny Offill)

Long Bright River (Liz Moore)

The Favorite Daughter (Kaira Rouda)

Twisted Fate (Dana Miller)

The Grace Kelly Dress (Brenda Janowitz)

The Sun Down Motel (Simone St. James)

The Scent Keeper (Erica Bauermeister)

In an Instant (Suzanne Redfearn)

Snow Creek (Gregg Olsen)

Thief River Falls (Brian Freeman)

Crooked River (Douglas Preston)

The Boy from the Woods (Harlan Coben)

The Beach House (Rachel Hanna)

The Book of Lost Friends (Lisa Wingate)

A Long Petal of the Sea (Isabel Allende)

The Words I Never Wrote (Jane Thynne)

The Jetsetters (Amanda Eyre Ward)

New Large Print:  June 2020

Fearless (Fern Michaels)

One Little Lie (Colleen Coble)

After Sundown (Linda Howard)

The Operator (Gretchen Berg)

A Conspiracy of Bones (Kathy Reichs)

Camino Winds (John Grisham)

The Trustworthy One (Shelley Shepard Gray)

Someone Like You (Karen Kingsbury)

New Non- Fiction:  June 2020

The Garden State Parkway Murders (Christian Barth)

Pearls of Wisdom (Barbara Bush)

New Fiction:  July 2020

A Good Marriage (Kimberly McCreight)

Redhead by the Side of the Road (Anne Tyler)

All My Mother’s Lovers (Ilana Masad)

Rules for Moving (Nancy Star)

East Coast Girls (Kerry Kletter)

This Is How I Lied (Heather Gudenkauf)

28 Summers (Elin Hilderbrand)

Masked Prey (John Sandford)

Devoted (Dean Koontz)

The Restaurant (Pamela Kelley)

Little White Secrets (Carol Mason)

The Heirloom Garden (Viola Shipman)

Hello, Summer (Mary Kay) Andews

Family for Beginners (Sarah Morgan)

Pretty Little Things (Janelle Brown)

The New Husband (D.J. Palmer)

Big Summer (Jennifer Weiner)

Walking the Wire (David Baldacci)

The Goodbye Man (Jeffery Deaver)

The Book of Longings (Sue Monk Kidd)

On Ocean Boulevard (Mary Alice Monroe)

All Adults Here (Emma Straub)

The Vanishing Half (Brit Bennett)

Summer Darlings (Brooke Foster)

The Last Train to Key West (Chanel Cleeton)

Summer Longing (Jamie Brenner)

A Week at the Shore (Barbara Delinsky)

New Large Print:  July 2020

The Sea Glass Cottage (RaeAnne Thayne)

Coconut Layer Cake Murder (Joanne Fluke)

Sunrise on Half Moon Bay (Robyn Carr)

Carolina Breeze (Denise Hunter)

Dance Away with Me (Susan Elizabeth Phillips)

The Way of Love (Tracie Peterson)

Hideaway (Nora Roberts)

Breakfast at the Honey Creek Café (Jodi Thomas)

New Non-Fiction:  July 2020

Untamed (Glennon Doyle)

Hell and other Destinations (Madeleine Albright)

The House of Kennedy (James Patterson)


The knitting group is meeting on Fridays at 10:00 am in the picnic grove at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Plainfield.


Watch for preschool storytime information in late August via our website, Facebook page, and September newsletter!


Check out our curbside service!

– Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon, plus Mondays and Thursdays from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

– Three (3) items are allowed to be borrowed per membership at this time.

– Only one (1) New item may be borrowed per membership at this time.

– Phone renewals will be allowed at this time for items that are not New or on reserve.

– To request items, you may call the library at any time and leave a message.  Please speak clearly and slowly.  Each request will be checked out in the order by which it is received.

– Provide your name, membership card number, and a contact number in addition to your requested titles.  If borrowing for more than one person in your household, all names and membership card numbers are required.

– A library volunteer will contact you with a day and time for pick-up.  When you arrive, call the library and your requested items will be delivered to you in a designated space in our parking lot.

– To view titles in our collection, click on OPAC at the top of our webpage.  (Complete directions for using OPAC are listed on that webpage).  Items may be searched by author, title, or subject.

– If an item is not available, a reserve will be made and you will be notified once it is available for circulation.

– Memberships must be free and clear of overdue items and/or fines.  All materials must be returned to calculate fine amounts.  Fines may be paid by cash (exact amount) or check, placed in an envelope and dropped into the book drop or mail.


For the safety of our library community, volunteers, and staff, patrons will not be allowed in the building, computer service is suspended, the Book Nook is not available, and donated materials will not be accepted, but financial contributions are always accepted.  All library materials are being carefully cleaned, passed under a UV light, and quarantined after being checked out then returned.


The next board meeting will be August 19 at 6:30 PM, outside or online.  The public is welcome to attend.  If the meeting is held outside, attendees must wear a mask, bring a chair, and social distance.  Beginning in September, board meetings will be held on the second Tuesday of each month.


Book review:

The Girls of Pearl Harbor

book by Soraya M. Lane

review by Nancy Chuss

   Three Army nurses start out on an adventure to their first assignment in 1941 to Pearl Harbor.  It is a dream come true for Grace, April, and Poppy with sun, sand, and parties.  They soon meet a Navy nurse who is stationed on the USS Solace.  The four become great friends.  Eva and Poppy are engaged to Air Force pilots stationed on the Island.

   Then comes December 7, 1941!  The girls fight for their lives with the vicious attacks.  Lives change when the smoke clears and one sees what happens next.  It will try their courage and test their endurance.  A really great read from the view of these nurses and an emotional roller coaster ensues.