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December 2021

Volume 11, Issue 12

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.



The library will be closed:  Christmas – December 24th  and 25th and New Year’s Day –  January 1st


 Annual Christmas Tree Ornament Fundraiser

Through December 31

Make our library festive!

For a $5 donation, hang an ornament in honor or memory of a person or pet.



Throughout November and December,  for all  items on the center table, buy one item and get two items of the same or lesser value FREE!


HOLIDAY THEMED BOOKS are featured in the reference room and available for checkout!


The next board meeting will be December 21 at 6:30 pm.


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

Please register at by January 10.  The group meets at 6:30 pm inside the library.  Masks are required.


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 My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman

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


We wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Book review:

The Personal Librarian

book by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray

review by Judy Piper

   Marie Benedict once again tells the story of someone unknown to most and makes her come alive.  This is the tale of Belle, the personal librarian to J. P. Morgan.  Her task is to convert his library into a world renown collection of manuscripts and artwork.  But working with the powerful people in New York City and the art world becomes dangerous as she tries to hide her secret that she is a black woman passing as white.

   As we learn about her upbringing and her family, we can understand why she is doing this. But like she herself does, we wonder if she is being true to herself.  I also wondered if by the end of the story will she be “outted”?

  This is an easy and enjoyable read. 


Book review:

The Forest of Vanishing Stars book by Kristin Harmel

review by Judy Piper

   You might have heard about Jews living in the forests in Poland during WWII.  That is what this book is about.  Yona, a German girl who was stolen from her parents, was raised in the woods by her captor, Jerusza.

   Jerusza taught Yona how to live in the forest.  She learned how to tell what was edible, how to fish, how to make a hut to live in during the winter, and most importantly how to be ever vigilant.  These skills became very important when she encountered Jewish refugees.  They in turn educated Yona about what was happening in the real world.

   It is a very exciting story, but be sure to read the author’s notes.  You might be surprised to learn how many people in the story were real people.


“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” – Charles W. Elliot


Book review:

The Women’s March

book by Jennifer Chiaverini

review by Judy Piper

   This is an historical fiction novel about three women who had major parts in the suffrage movement.

   First, Alice Paul who was involved in the movement in England returns to the United States and organizes a march down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D. C. in 1913.  

   Maud Malone, a librarian from New York City, is the second woman featured who goes around the state voicing her support of women.

   Finally, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, a black woman from Illinois, fights for black women to be included in the March.

   All three women have to overcome many obstacles which competing groups throw at them while trying to push forward their cause.

   With much turmoil, The March finally occurs on March 3, 1913, the day before Woodrow Wison’s inauguration.

   A good read for an overview of what happened with the suffrage movement in 1913.