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September 2021

Volume 11, Issue 9

A Newsletter of the Blue Mountain Community Library



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

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

One computer will be open to the public, for a 30-minute time slot, via appointment only.  

No assistance will be provided by volunteers or staff.


The next board meeting will be September 21st at 6:30 pm in our parking lot, weather-permitting.


The book group will meet on Tuesday, September 14 to discuss The President’s Daughter by  Bill Clinton and

 James Patterson.

Please register by calling the library or emailing by September 13.

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.

The group will discuss The Vines by Shelley Nolden on Tuesday, October 12 and The Rent Collector by Camron Wright at a later date.

Discussion group members are encouraged to come with ideas for future book discussions.


Thank you to our volunteers who worked this event and to all who supported the Sundaes in the Park fundraiser at Weona Park!



We will meet at the Weona Park pavilion on the following Wednesday mornings:

September 15 and 29

October 13 and 27

November 10

Beginning at 10:30 am

This free program will consist of stories, singing with rhythm sticks, and a craft.

A craft kit will be provided for each REGISTERED child.

All participants MUST BE registered by the MONDAY prior to the program. Please do so by calling the library at:


Therapy dog Webster may join at some storytimes.


The library will be closed on Monday, September 6 for Labor Day.


Book review:

The Social Graces

book by Renee Rosen

review by Judy Piper

   In 1876, Caroline Astor and Alva Vanderbilt compete to control New York City’s society.  The Mrs. Astor does not approve of the Vanderbilts as they are part of the “new  money” or those that recently earned their money.  The Astors are part of the Knickerbockers , those that inherited their wealth.

   Both women have children and have their trials with them as they try to see that they marry the “right” partner.  Also, they each have wandering husbands.

   Rosen shows us the very full social calendar both have and the extremely large amount of money they are willing to spend to keep up their status.  At the same time, the general public is struggling to survive and women begin fighting for their rights.

   This historical fiction book gives a good insight into life in high society during the Gilded Age.


Book review:

This Secret Thing

book by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

review by Judy Piper

Norah Ramsey lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her daughter Violet.  After she is charged with being a  “madam,” she enlists the help of her mother, Polly. Since she was estranged from her, Violet does not know her grandmother.

   Bess, Norah’s neighbor and at one time her best friend, comes over and tries to help.  Her two daughters act differently around Violet. The one in high school ignores her but Casey who just came home unexpectedly from college befriends her.   Also, in the mix is Nico, a detective on the case but looking to find out what happened to his brother.  

   I had never read this author before but found the story to be very interesting and surprising.  I discovered that we had three other books by her.  I have already read The Things We Wish Were True and am now reading When We Were Worthy.  Try her and maybe you too will find another author to read.


Thank you to those who regularly contribute book  reviews for the newsletter!  Your recommendations are much appreciated!



Congratulations  to Cheryl Reesman for winning the Flower Cart.


“A library is a good place to go when you feel unhappy, for there, in a book, you may find encouragement and comfort.  A library is a good place to go when you feel bewildered or undecided, for there, in a book, you may have your question answered.  Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are people – people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book.”

E.B. White



In Memory of:  

Dorothy Petrilak

Llama Llama Meets the Babysitter, Anna Dewdney

The Train Rolls On, Jodi Adams

Dottie’s Day, Gregory White

Teamwork, Robert Munsch

Goodnight Great Outdoors, Lucas Alberg

The Giraffe who Found It’s Spots, Adi

If Animals Went to School, Ann Paul

We Walk Through the Forest, Lisa Ferland

Berenstain Bears Go to Sunday School, Stan Berenstain

How to Spot a Best Friend, Bea Birdsong

The Tiny Seashell, Judy Luca

The More the Merrier, Dave Martin

Monsters Like Us, Amy Huntington

Biscuit Flies a Kite, Alyssa Capucilli