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December 2019

Volume 9, Issue 12

A Newsletter of the Blue Mountain Community Library


Items include:

– Santa Decanter

– Believe Sign

– Scented Sickles

– Snowman Stocking

– Ornament

– Napkins

– Scented Bar Soap

– Scented Liquid Soap

– Christmas Cup with Hot Chocolate

The person with the “winning bid” will be notified on Monday, December 16th.

Thank you for supporting your library!


The next board meeting will be December 18 at 6:30 PM.  The public is welcome to attend.


Adult book discussion group selections – all meetings are at 6:30 PM: 

No book group in December

January 14 – The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

February 11 – Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton




Please hang an ornament on our tree

In Honor of . . .


In Memory of . . .

a person or pet

Thank you

for your support and

decorating our tree.


Special Christmas-themed books are now available for checkout!


Preschool Storytime!

Join us for stories, crafts, and fun  

Every Wednesday morning 

at 10:30 AM 


The library will be closed on Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday and Tuesday, December 31 (PM shift only) and Wednesday, January 1 in observance of the New Year.


Winter Weather Policy:

The BMCL will be closed when the Pen Argyl Area School District is closed due to inclement weather.

Please check for listings and updates.


Mark your calendar for our SEMI-ANNUAL  BOOK NOOK SALE ! 

Thursday, January 9, 2020

10:00 AM – Noon 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Friday, January 10, 2020

10:00 AM – Noon

Saturday, January 11, 2020

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

ALL prices are slashed in half !

The Book Nook is located on the second floor of the library.


The library will be OPEN both shifts on Monday, January 20, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Also, the library will be celebrating with an INDOOR CARNIVAL for children ages 3-8 years old from 12:30-2:00 PM.



We will acknowledge Martin Luther King’s message of SERVICE and GIVING.

 – Our volunteers will be volunteering their time to Serve our community.

 – We ask our participants to please bring a non-perishable item which will be Given to St. Elizabeth’s Ministry.


Book review:

Five Presidents:  My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford

book by Clint Hill

review by Katy Albanese

   The Secret Service agents are known for their jobs of protecting the President of the United States, as well as the Vice President and former presidents.  But most people cannot imagine what that job entails and what these agents give up to secure the safety of our elected officials.

   Clint Hill spent seventeen years protecting five presidents, and he has written about his experiences with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford.  Not only did he put his life on the line for these men but he gave up most of his personal life with his own family to do so. He missed spending holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, special events with his own wife and children because he was protecting these men in foreign countries or at their own homes in Massachusetts, Florida, Texas, California, Pennsylvania or other locations in the U.S.     

   Secret Service agents spend a tremendous amount of time securing locations when the president leaves the White House.  Campaign stops, speeches, going to church, or even going on vacation require the work of many agents. Traveling to other countries is even more time-consuming; agents have to work with foreign governments and their security measures.  And despite all the planning, trips can be quickly cancelled, all the preparation for naught. Or, the president can decide, at the spur of the moment, that he wants to go somewhere. Then the agents scramble to secure the route and the location.

   These men and women sign on to a demanding and strenuous job, constantly on the go, moving with the men and women they are protecting.  During a motorcade, they walk, or run, beside the vehicle in which the President and foreign leader are riding. At times, they are pelted with rocks or tomatoes or have paint thrown on them.  If the crowds are too large, they have to physically push people out of the way.

   Mr. Hill is best known as the Secret Service agent who climbed on the back of the car when President Kennedy was shot.  He scrambled onto the car and pushed Mrs. Kennedy down, covering her with his body as the car sped to the hospital. Being a part of this tragedy took its toll on him, and he has had to deal with that scene since 1963.

   After reading this book, I came away with a greater appreciation for the sacrifice the Secret Service makes.  I did not realize all that the job entailed, all that they are willing to give. Think of all the places our president and vice-president and their families travel, and then think about all the men and women of the Secret Service who must go on these trips.  This is a job I would not want but I am glad others are willing to do it.


Are you able to contribute your time to make a difference in our community?  Adult volunteers are needed for evening shifts (6 pm-8 pm) and Saturday morning shifts (10 am to noon).  If you are able to volunteer four (4) hours per month, please stop by the library and ask for an application.  Our volunteers allow us to be open each day. Join our friendly group of volunteers and meet great people while serving our community.