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December 2017

Volume 7, Issue 12

A Newsletter of the Blue Mountain Community Library


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Brrrrr!  It’s cold outside.  Bundle up with a library book!

Through December, for a $5 donation, you may hang an ornament on our Christmas tree in honor or memory of a person or pet.
Help make the library festive!
Thank you to everyone who has created Christmas cheer already.
Eat at Wendy’s on December 6 (5-8 PM), and a portion of your meal’s cost will be donated to the library!
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The library will be closed on the 25th and 26th.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the library board!
Congratulations to the library board member officers for 2018:
President:  Valerie Viglione
Vice-President:  Nancy Chuss
Secretary:  Jill Silvius
Treasurer:  Judy Piper
On our calendar for 2018…

– Release of OPAC (online public access catalog)
– Luncheon with local author Kate Brandes
– Food drives
– Fundraisers at Wendy’s, Café on Broadway, Detzi’s Tavern, Emmy Lou’s, and Slate Pub
– Special Book Nook sales
– Pies in the Park at Weona Park during summer concerts
– Silent auction
Check the library website and future newsletters for details about these exciting upcoming events.
The public is invited to the next board meeting, scheduled for December 20 at 6:30 PM.
Check WFMZ to see if the library is closed due to inclement weather.  When the Pen Argyl School District is closed, the library is closed.
Toy Collection!

Through mid-December, the library will be a collection spot for a toy collection for the Amber Louise Elchert Foundation.  Bring new unwrapped toys to donate for children at the Lehigh Valley Hospital.
Adult book discussion group selections:
January 16 – Mademoiselle Chanel by C. W. Gortner

February 20 – The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

Book group meetings begin at 6:30 PM.
Books are available for checkout.
Did you know…the library has free magazines, local newspapers, and calendars available?
Thank you to all who participated in the special silent auction at the library!
Book review:
Small Great Things
book by Jodi Picoult
review by Lisa Farnan

This timely novel is about racism, justice, and humanity.
The main character is Ruth Jefferson, an African-American, labor & delivery nurse of 20+ years, widowed, single mother of one son.
After performing a checkup on a newborn, she is notified by her supervisor that she has been removed from the baby boy’s care.  The reason:  his parents are white supremacists.  A short time later, the baby experiences a medical issue while Ruth is in the room – alone.  Faced with a life or death decision, she performs CPR, too late to save the baby.  Ruth is immediately released from her duties at the hospital after being charged with a crime.
A white female lawyer accepts the case to defend her in court.  Her advice to Ruth is not to make this an issue of race.  But her story is shared in the media and challenges her advice.
The lives of Ruth’s family members, her lawyers, and the babies are woven together examining the beliefs of all, the decisions made and the consequences suffered.
The many layers of this story will have you examining the choices you would make based on your principles, values, and experiences.
As a fan of this author, I was not disappointed.  Although the end may seem rushed, it has an unpredictable twist – in true Jodi Picoult style.
Thank you to everyone who wrote a book review (or many!) for “Novels, News, and Notes” in 2017:
Judy Piper (12)
Jill Silvius (4)
Katy Albanese (3)
Nancy Chuss (1)
Lisa Farnan (1)
Elizabeth Meehan (1)
Sonya Pin (1)
Cheryl Reesman (1)

If you are interested in writing a book review (or many) in 2018, send your name, book title, book author, and your review as a Word attachment or in the body of an email to  Please note that book reviews may be edited for content or length.
Gift certificates to the Book Nook are always available.  They make great holiday gifts!  Ask at the circulation desk to purchase one today.
Check out these new books:
Adult fiction
The Promise of Pierson Orchard (Kate Brandes)
Black Rabbit Hall (Eve Chase)
No Middle Name (Lee Child)
Don’t Let Go (Harlan Coben)
Ararat (Christopher Golden)
Tangled Webs (Irene Hannon)
The Last Tudor (Philippa Gregory)
The Saturday Evening Girls Club (Jane Healey)
The Bookshop at Water’s End (Patti Callahan Henry)
The Identicals (Elin Hilderbrand)
Magpie Murders (Anthony Horowitz)
Troublemaker (Linda Howard)
Adult nonfiction
Three Days in January:  Dwight Eisenhower’s Final Mission (Bret Baier)
Lucky 666 (Bob Drury and Tom Clavin)
Hitler’s Last Days (Bill O’Reilly)
Also check out the special collection of Christmas-related titles in the reference area.