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February 2021

Volume 11, Issue 2

A Newsletter of the Blue Mountain Community Library


There are still a few days to bid on the Valentine’s Day basket!

The basket contains heart shaped mugs, Peach Moscato, chocolates, lotion, and other goodies! Call to make a bid through February 6.  See our website and Facebook page for details.


100th Anniversary History of Weona Park!

Local historian Walter Cole has generously donated a copy of his book for our adult reference section.

Included are sections on the pandemic, a detailed timeline, memories of residents, family reunions, sports, youth, religious activities, celebrations and concerts held in the park over the years, along with sections on the future of Weona Park. It is full of photographs, both black-and-white and color.  We are happy to add this book to our collection.  

Thank you to Mr. Walter Cole


Looking back at 2020…


  • Pen Argyl $8,100.00
  • Plainfield Twsp. $7,500.00
  • Wind Gap $5,247.03
  • Fundraising $9,817.00
  • Donations $3,125.00


  • Utilities $5,090.00
  • Building $4,220.00
  • Personnel/professional fees $21,221.00
  • Books and supplies $6,288.00

Special projects:

  • Outside painting $2,051.00
  • Carpet cleaning $364.00
  • Storage room $707.00
  • COVID expenses $1,000.00

Your financial support is greatly appreciated!


Circulation procedures:

Patrons are allowed in the building on Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

On Thursdays, service will be via Curbside only.  We will continue to provide Curbside Service during all other shifts.

If you are interested, you must call the library.

REMINDER, per CDC guidelines:  Please do not enter the building if you are not feeling well, have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath.



Posted on our Facebook page; call for your craft packet!


BMCL’s TOP TEN  for 2020

  1. Cold Woods, Karen Katchur
  2. Blue Moon, Lee Child
  3. 28 Summers, Elin Hilderbrand
  4. Walk the Wire, David Baldacci
  5. Fair Warning, Michael Connelly
  6. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  7. Big Lies in a Small Town, Diane Chamberlain
  8. Hello, Summer, Mary Kay Andrews
  9. The Sisters Cafe, Carolyn Brown
  10. The Winemaker’s Wife, Kristin Harmel 


Book review:

The Pioneers

book by David McCullough

review by Katy Albanese

   At the conclusion of the Revolutionary War, Great Britain relinquished ownership of all its lands north and west of the Ohio River, fulfilling the requirements of the 1783 Treaty of Paris.  This vast Northwest Territory, 260,000 square miles of open land, was now available for new settlements by the citizens of America.  Eventually, this area would become the states of Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, and a part of Minnesota.

   The first pioneers to come to this new land were mainly veterans of the Revolutionary War.  Most hailed from Massachusetts and Connecticut. On December 3, 1787, the first group set out across New York, then Pennsylvania. In western Pennsylvania, they encountered the Allegheny Mountains and spent a very difficult month crossing them.  When they arrived near Pittsburgh, the group had to set up camp and build boats to take them down the Youghiogheny, the Monongahela, the Allegheny, and finally, the Ohio, Rivers.  On April 7, 1788, after a four-month journey, the weary travelers arrived at their destination–the confluence of the Ohio and the Muskingum Rivers.  The new town was given the name of Marietta, in honor of Queen Marie Antionette of France.  She was instrumental in persuading the King of France to aid the Americans in their fight for liberty against Great Britain.

   Over the next several years, these brave, adventurous people faced disease, drownings, accidents, fires, battles with Indians, droughts, floods and many other hardships as they sought to establish the principles for which they had just fought a war.  The new government that was formed promised freedom of religion and free education for all, as well as prohibition of slavery.

   This book explains the settling of an area of our country not previously highlighted.  It would be of great interest to those whose ancestors moved from New England to the Northwest Territory, as well as those who can trace their lineage to southern Ohio.  It is amazing to learn of the tenacity of those who wished to explore and live in previously unsettled lands.  The Pioneers is a tribute to these brave men and women.


“Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” – Plato


Book review:


book by Nicola Harrison

review by Judy Piper

   In 1938, Montauk has become the new summer haven for some of New York City’s elite.  The women and children stay at the Manor while the men commute on weekends.

   Bea Bordeaux hopes to spice up her marriage with her husband Harry.  But during the week she is involved with socialites who “play” at doing anything.  She does become a close friend of Dolly, a hat maker.  Bea also makes friends with the locals and resists leading a life of gadding about.   However, she becomes involved with Tom, the lighthouse keeper.

   Everyone seems to have secrets, but living in such close quarters others always seem to know what is happening.   Throw a horrific storm in the mix and you just never know what might happen.