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January 2020

Volume 10, Issue 1

A Newsletter of the Blue Mountain Community Library


Congratulations to Dorothy Petrilak, the winner of the Christmas basket!


Thank you to all who participated in the annual Christmas tree ornament fundraiser!


Congratulations to the 2020 board of directors officers:

Valerie Viglione, President

Nancy Chuss, Vice-President

Jill Silvius, Secretary

Judy Piper, Treasurer


Mark your calendar now!  The Cafe on Broadway fundraiser date is February 19 (11:00 AM – 7:00 PM, eat in or take out).


Adult volunteers are needed, especially for PM shifts (6:00-8:00 PM) and Saturday morning shifts (10:00 AM – noon).  Please consider volunteering your time.


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.

 – The food drive will continue through February 29.


The next board meeting will be January 15 at 6:30 PM.  The public is welcome to attend.


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

January 21 – The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

February 18 – Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

Books are available for checkout.


’Tis the season for snow and ice…

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.

 216 S. Robinson Avenue

Pen Argyl, PA 



The 10:30 AM story hour for preschool students begins on January 8 and continues each Wednesday.

Book review:

The Chelsea Girls

book by Fiona Davis

review by Judy Piper

   Once again Davis has written another book that takes place in a historical spot in New York City.  This time it is a hotel where people in the arts and entertainment business would stay, some for a few days while others would make it their home.

   Two women, Maxine and Hazel, meet on a USO tour in Italy during WWII.   Maxine is the star while Hazel eventually becomes a writer of new skits for the troupe.   Following the war, Maxine goes back to Hollywood and Hazel goes to her home in New York. After an argument with her Mother, Hazel takes off for the Chelsea Hotel.

   At the hotel, Hazel begins to write a play based on her experiences during the war.  Maxine returns to the Chelsea after she loses a part to Marilyn Monroe. She eventually will star in Hazel’s play.   However during this time period, the red fear takes over. McCarthy has everyone believing that the entertainment business is teeming with Communists.   

   You will need to read to find out if any are Communists and how her play is received.


Book review:

The Flight Girls

book by Noelle Salazar

review by Judy Piper

   This work of fiction will give you an insight into what the women pilots did before and during WWII.

   It starts in Hawaii with the women teaching new Army recruits how to fly.  In fact, the women were there during the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Later, many of them joined the Women Airforce Service Pilots Program.

   This story features Audrey Coltrane, a Texan, who always wanted to fly.  She is in Hawaii and then goes to Stillwater, Texas for more training as she joins the Pilots Program.  The women not only learn to fly all types of army planes but also test newly repaired ones. Eventually they transfer planes to bases all over the country.  Unfortunately, not all of the women survive.

   Audrey meets an officer in Hawaii who gets sent to England during the war.  She maintains they are friends but she keeps writing him and becomes very distressed when he goes missing.

   You need to keep reading to find out if she achieves her dreams.


Spotlight on

Incredible Libraries

All libraries are awesome, but check out some of the most amazing in the world…
Vancouver Public Library

(9 stories tall, 2 million+ items, freestanding walls of reading/study rooms)
Biblioteca Sandro Penna

(designed to look like a flying saucer)
Blue Mountain Community Library (YOUR library!)