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May 2019

Volume 9, Issue 5

A Newsletter of the Blue Mountain Community Library

Participate in a fundraiser by dining at Detzi’s Tavern Monday, May 6 4-9 PM

470 North Lehigh Ave. Wind Gap 610-863-9882

Give the special coupon to your server, and a percentage of the cost of your meal will go to the library! Coupons are available at the library – and at the door that evening.

Silent auction at the library! Items for bidding may include…
9.5 in. fry pan
1 qt. cast iron baking dish
Jim Beam cast iron skillet set
4 piece copper set baking
4 piece copper set cookware
6 qt. Dutch oven stainless steel
8 piece BBQ condiment set
Hamilton Beach electric knife
10.5 in. non-stick grill pan
4 qt. Dutch oven, stainless steel
2 qt. saucepan, stainless steel
Queen down comforter
Sherpa throw
Queen bamboo sheet set
3 piece full/queen quilt set
Nautica purse, wallet and tote

Place bids from Monday, May 6 through Saturday, May 25.

Adult book discussion group selections:
May 21 – The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict
June 18 – The Subway Girls by Susie Orman Schnall

Book group meetings begin at 6:30 PM. Books are available for checkout.

The next board meeting will be held on May 15 at 6:30 PM. The public is welcome to attend.
Preschool storytime is held Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 AM. Come for a story and related craft or activity! The last storytimes for the spring are Wednesday, May 29 and Thursday, May 30. Thank you to Mrs. Suzanne Engler, who is resigning from her position as storytime reader, for her service to the library.
Book Nook special for May: Buy one children’s or young adults’ book and get a second of equal or lesser price free!
Thank you to attendees at the recent luncheon with local author Maryann McFadden! It was a sold-out crowd!

Here’s what attendee Elizabeth Meehan said about the event: On Thursday, April 25, the Blue Mountain Community Library held its Fourth Annual Author Luncheon. A group of 51 women and nine students from Pen Argyl High School gathered at Grace Methodist Church to hear author Maryann McFadden discuss her latest bestseller, The Cemetery Keeper’s Wife.

This novel of historical fiction is based on the tragic death of Tillie Smith of Hackettstown in 1886. Ms. McFadden gave a short synopsis of her work and told of the detailed research that preceded the actual writing of the book. Her animated discussion of the novel led all present to understand how invested she became in accurately portraying the historical events within her fictional work. Everyone seemed engrossed in her very interesting presentation, which also included a brief description of the path that led her to become an author. A delicious lunch of soup and assorted sandwiches was catered by the Café On Broadway in Wind Gap. A variety of homemade desserts completed the meal. Everyone who attended the luncheon enjoyed the scrumptious meal, the wonderful author presentation and the time of fellowship with friends, neighbors, and fellow book lovers. The attendees also welcomed the opportunity to personally chat with Ms. McFadden after her presentation.
Summer’s coming… Stay tuned for information about summer activities for all ages – reading programs, children’s activities, Pies in the Park fundraisers, the Book Nook half-price sale…
Book Review: The Kennedy Debutante
book by Kerri Maher
review by Nancy Chuss
The book begins by introducing the Kennedy clan with patriarch Joe Kennedy and Matriarch Rose. The main character is the second oldest daughter, Katherine, better known as Kick. She is very close to her brothers Joe Jr. and John. Joe Sr. is serving in London as the United States Ambassador. Kick is a little rebellious and en
joys going out with her English friends. She becomes interested in an aristocrat but knows it is a forbidden love because she loves her Catholic faith and he is a prominent member of the Church of England.Hitler is persecuting the Jews in Germany and all the countries he has conquered. With her priest and father, they try to hide Jewish children. With the beginning of the involvement of England in the war, the Kennedys are called back to the United States. As times goes on, she misses England and returns through the Red Cross to help the injured in London. Will she meet up with her love again? Will religion still stand in the way? How will her family react? This is a good read that will keep you guessing.
Book Donation Guidelines
Thank you for your book donations! Please keep in mind that we accept only the following:
– adult fiction published since 2010
– nonfiction
– children’s books
All must be in good condition: no dirt, dust, pet hair, mold etc. No encyclopedias, no textbooks, no dictionaries, please. Books cannot be written in or highlighted. The library does not have room to store donations.