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Newsletter

April 2021

Volume 11, Issue 4

A Newsletter of the Blue Mountain Community Library


Hours of Operation:

Monday: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

                  6:00 pm –  8:00 pm

Inside and Curbside Services

Thursday: 10:00 am -12:00 pm

                     6:00 pm-  8:00 pm

Curbside Services Only

Friday:     10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Inside and Curbside Services

Saturday: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Inside and Curbside Services

 

We will be CLOSED:

Thursday, April 1st (PM shift) and Friday, April 2nd. 

Saturday, April 3rd we will be open 10 am -12 noon 

  Happy Easter!

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HELP YOUR LIBRARY AND SUPPORT A LOCAL BUSINESS

We are hosting a Mr. Pastie Fundraiser.

Tickets will be available to purchase March 1st through April 17, 2021 for the following choices:

  •   Beef with onion
  •   Beef NO onion
  •   Chicken
  •   Veggie

Price per pastie is $6.00.  Tickets MUST be redeemed  May 1 through July 31, 2021.

Frozen pasties available with your ticket at any time.

Baked pasties must be ordered prior to pick-up by calling Mr. Pastie at 610 863 9091

Call the library to order your tickets.

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Circulation procedures:

Patrons are allowed in the building on Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

On Thursdays, service will be via Curbside only.  We will continue to provide Curbside Service during all Monday, Friday, and Saturday shifts as well.

REMINDER, per CDC guidelines:  Please do not enter the building if you are feeling ill.

If you are interested in coming into the library you must:

-call for an appointment.

-call when you arrive at the library

-wear a mask covering your nose and mouth upon exiting your car.

-also, you are required to use hand sanitizer and will be provided with a pair of disposable gloves that must be worn while browsing

-you will have 15 minutes to make your selections and have items processed.

IMPORTANT UPDATE:  There is a limit of two adult patrons or one adult patron and one child patron (old enough to wear a mask) who reside at the same residence permitted in the building at a time.

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VIRTUAL PRESCHOOL STORYTIME and CRAFT

Posted on our Facebook page; call for your craft packet!

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FUNDRAISERS & EVENTS:

Mark your calendar –

Saturday, May 29

Book Nook Sale

 

June 7th – June  26th!

Silent Auction

 

Saturday, April 24th

Small Business Fair

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Book review:

Fast Girls

book by Elise Hooper

review by Judy Piper

This book follows three women as they compete in track events and prepare for the Olympics beginning in 1928 and continuing with 1932 and 1936. Betty Robinson is the first one in 1928, which was the first time women competed in track and field.  She quickly captured the hearts of Americans as she raced in the 100 meter sprint.  She continued running and was preparing for the 1932 Olympics until she was seriously injured in an airplane accident. 

 Louise Stokes from the Boston area prepares to be part of the 1932 team as a sprinter. She breaks records but has one major strike against her for she is black.

Then there is Helen Stephens from Missouri who again is a sprinter but is also good at many of the field events. She never felt that she belonged anywhere until she found her place on the track.  She hopes to join the team for the 1936 Olympics. 

These women have to  overcome the prejudices of being female and some also have to deal with their race. All of this plays into the e Aryan race.

Several other women who competed are also mentioned.

You have to read this to find out who made the 1936 team, what  hardships the women had to face from the US Olympic organization and what sacrifices they made to even be able to try out.  Interesting for anyone who follows women’s sports.

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Book review:

Three Days in January:  Dwight Eisenhower’s Final Mission

book by Bret Baier

review by Katy Albanese

  Our 34th president is not one who stands out in the minds of most.  He is not referenced as much as George Washington or Abraham Lincoln, nor was he as charismatic as John Kennedy or as controversial as Richard Nixon or Donald Trump. But Dwight Eisenhower was, and is, a man who stands out for his integrity and loyalty and patriotism and leadership abilities.

The title of the book is a bit of a misnomer.  It implies that the contents cover just the three  days before Kennedy’s inauguration, from January 17-20, 1961.  Eisenhower’s final speech to the nation and his advice to the incoming president are a culmination of his eight years as president.  In fact, the book is a well-written biography of his life, covering his early years in Kansas, his military assignments, his assignment as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, and his two terms as president.

Eisenhower’s many accomplishments while in office included the creation of the interstate highway system which improved travel for all Americans.  He passed the first Civil Rights bill in 1957 and integrated the schools in Little Rock, Arkansas.  He balanced the budget not just once, but three times, something unheard of today.  After just six months in office, he negotiated the end of the Korean War.  And, perhaps most important, he kept America at peace, despite the threat of many Cold War crises.

I recommend this book to all who have an interest in the history of our country and our government.  Everyone will gain new insight into the man who brought prosperity and peace throughout the 1950s.  Eisenhower’s role as top general during WW2 as his negotiating skills with European leaders made him uniquely qualified to lead our nation.