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July 2021

Volume 11, Issue 7

A Newsletter of the Blue Mountain Community Library

Summer Hours



Monday through Saturday

10:00 am – 12:00 pm


Monday and Thursday 

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

CURBSIDE SERVICES available during each shift



-Mask mandatory for all patrons 2 years and older

-Hand sanitizing requested of all patrons – sanitizer provided by the library

-All returned items are cleaned and sanitized with a UV light

-Computer services suspended

The library will be CLOSED Saturday, July 3rd and Monday, July 5th in observance of Independence Day.



Thank you to all who participated in the Silent Auction Fundraiser.  Your support is greatly  appreciated.



Mr. Pastie Fundraiser

Previously-purchased tickets MUST be redeemed by July 31, 2021.

Frozen pasties are available with your ticket at any time.

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

Thank you for your support!


Welcome to new board member Kathy Hinton!


The next board meeting will be July 20 at 6:30 pm in our parking lot, weather-permitting.


The book group will meet on Tuesday, July 13 to discuss The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel (rescheduled from June).

Please register by calling the library or emailing by July 12.

The group meets at 6 pm  in the parking lot, weather permitting.  

Participants must bring their own chair.

Masks are mandatory for those not vaccinated.

August Selection . . . TBD



Sundaes in the Park 

Mark your calendar!!  BMCL will be selling Ice Cream Sundaes at Weona Park Summer Sounds Concerts on the following Sundays –  July 18, August 1 & 15.


Book review:

The Rose Code

book by Kate Quinn

review by Judy Piper

   Kate Quinn, author of The Alice Network and The Huntress, again brings to life a story, this time the story of Bletchley Park.  Bletchley Park was the place where the young men and women broke the codes that the Germans used in their Enigma machines.

   Her story revolves around three women recruited for different jobs at BP.  Osla is a society girl who is currently building airplanes.  Mab is from London’s poor East End and Beth lives at home in Bletchley and likes to solve puzzles.  All three are assigned to different jobs and sign their lives away to total secrecy.

   Quinn describes how all the different groups work to solve their puzzles.  Each group does not know what goes on in the other buildings.  She also follows these young women on their lives outside of BP.

   Make sure to read the author’s notes where she indicates what is true.  Much of her story is based on real people, including Prince Phillip.

   A great story for those who like reading about WWII.


Book review:

Our Darkest Night

book by Jennifer Robson

review by Nancy Chuss

   This book is the story of the Jews in Italy during WWII.  It follows the facts of the arrests, killings, and beatings that took place in Italy.

   Her parents stay but Antonia, a Jew living in Venice, is sent to the countryside as the wife of Nico who lives on a farm, but helps the resistance.  They fall in love and are so happy.  Then the Germans and Nazis arrest Nico.  In a short time, they come for Antonia (Nina).  The book follows her into the various concentration camps and shows the atrocities and deplorable conditions.  The Italian Jews were included in the Holocaust and suffered greatly.

   The book moves quickly with a vivid picture of these times.  A great read.



Adult Fiction:

The Cookbook Club, Beth Harbison

The Social Graces, Renee Rosen

Hadley & Grace, Suzanne Redfearn

No One Ever Asked, Katie Ganshert

The Good Sister, Sally Hepworth

Win, Harlan Coben

The Lost Manuscript, Cathy Bonidan

The Memory Keeper, Jenny Hale

The President’s Daughter, Bill Clinton


Adult Large Print:

No Way Out, Fern Michaels

The Path to Sunshine Cove, RaeAnne Thayne

Family Reunion, NancyThayer

A Gambling Man, David Baldacci

Legacy, Nora Roberts



The Hill We Climb, Amanda Gorman


Book donations accepted by appointment only.


“A library in the middle of a community is a cross between an emergency exit, a life raft, and a festival.  They are cathedrals of the mind; theme parks of the imagination.” – Caitlin Moran