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October 2019

Volume 9, Issue 10

A Newsletter of the Blue Mountain Community Library

 Join in supporting the library at the Slate Hotel and Pub fundraiser!

509 E. Main Street, Pen Argyl

Tuesday, October 22

12:00 PM-closing

A menu is available at


Thank you to everyone who participated in the recent food drive for Hope UCC Food Pantry!

Thank you to the Cafe on Broadway and everyone who dined at it on September 19!


The next board meeting will be October 16 at 6:30 PM.  The public is welcome to attend.


Adult book discussion group selections: 

October 15 at 6:30 PM – Educated by Tara Westover

November 19The Beantown Girls by Jane Healey


Got nice books that you’ve already read?

The library gratefully accepts donations of adult books published within the last five years.  This is due to very limited storage space. Book donations are accepted on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings.  All donations must be approved. Thank you for your consideration of these guidelines.


It’s that time again…the silent auction items will be available for bidding October 1-19!


Preschool storytime!

Wednesdays at 10:30 AM

Read a story

Sing songs

Do crafts


Adult volunteers are needed for evenings and Saturdays.  Applications are available at the front desk.


Check out the Easton Book Festival

October 25-27

Meet lots of authors for both adults and children!

It’s “the ultimate celebration of books”!

See the website for details:


The Christmas tree ornament fundraiser is beginning soon!  Stay tuned for details.


Beginning November 1, Christmas-themed books will be available for checkout.  New titles will be available!



The Book Nook special for October is to buy one book by any author, get two James Patterson books free!


The newsletter writer is always looking for book reviews.  If you’ve read a good book lately and want to share the details with fellow library patrons, consider writing a review.


Book review:

American Princess

book by Stephanie Marie Thornton

review by Nancy Chuss

   This novel concerns the life and loves of Alice Roosevelt, the daughter of Theodore Roosevelt.  This young woman gave the world a run for its money. Her mother died three days after she was born.  She strove to get her father’s attention. She smoked, played cards, and enjoyed the politics of the day.  Her father sends her as an ambassador to charm the world, and she surpasses his expectations.

   She has losses that are devastating, but she always pulls herself to rise to the top.  She has an ongoing feud with her cousins, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. She experiences WWI, the Depression, WWII, and the politics of many, including her husband.  Throughout this novel, Alice takes us into the inner workings of our government, yet she is respected by both the Democrats and Republicans. A great read!


Book review:

Code Girls:  The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of WWII

book by Liza Mundy

review by Katy Albanese

   In the fall of 1941, 181 men were working as codebreakers for the United States Government.  By 1945, more than 10,000 Americans were codebreakers and 70% of them were women. When Pearl Harbor was attacked in December 1941, the government realized there was an immediate need for codebreakers if the Allies were to win the war.  Since most of the men in the country were enlisting to fight, the Army and the Navy began to reach out to college educated women. At first, these young women were recruited from universities in the northeast. School teachers, particularly those who taught math, were sought to attack the intricate codes used by the Germans and the Japanese.  Eventually, girls from all over the country were hired to solve the increasingly complex codes.

   Huge breakthroughs came with the solution of the Japanese Purple Code.  This allowed the Allies to target Japanese ships in the Pacific. To break the German Enigma Code, an enormous machine was built to decipher it.  Thousands of girls worked on this project for months until they could finally read the German messages. Because the Enigma codes could finally be solved, the Allies gained total dominance in the Atlantic, thwarting all the German submarines.

   Even though the work of these women was crucial to shortening the war and saving the lives of so many men on the battlefield, they were not allowed to speak of their work to anyone, for fear of their accomplishments becoming known to the enemy.  Until recently, their crucial work was unknown throughout the world. Finally their story has been made known in this meticulously documented history.


As autumn approaches and leaves begin to fall, curl up with a great book from your library!