Back Mountain Memorial Library

A member of the Luzerne County Library System

96 Huntsville Road

Dallas, PA 18612


Mon – Thurs:

9:00am - 8:00pm


9:00am - 5:00pm


9:00am - 4:00pm

PH:  570-675-1182

FAX:  570-674-5863

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Click the link above
to access the
Kids Power Library!
Click HERE for
Memorial and Honor
Donation Forms.
Click HERE for
Giving Evergreens
Engraving Forms.
Engraved Bricks
To Purchase: $100
Per Brick
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Book Donation
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a list of YA Card
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The Back Mountain Memorial Library Is Open


Public computer access will be booked in appointments of 45 minutes, starting on the hour and limited to one per day. Please call for your time spot.


Curbside pickup will continue to be available for those who would like to order their items over the phone. Requests of books from other libraries, both within the county and outside through Inter-Library Loan, will also resume.


Our hours are:

Monday – Thursday ~ 9:00am – 8:00pm

Friday ~ 9:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday ~ 9:00am – 4:00pm

Call the Library for the Slightly Read Bookstore hours.

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“Our New Normal: How Teens are Redefining School Life”

Tuesday, January 25 ~ 7:00pm


Tune in LIVE for a digital special on how teens are redefining school life.

From vax and mask mandates to curriculum protests, students in America are seeking a new normal amid the ongoing chaos created by the pandemic. So how are they doing? Watch “Our New Normal” Hosted by @StudentReportingLabs & featuring @ItsAmnaNawaz.


Produced by PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs. The virtual, LIVE event will be streamed on PBS NewsHour’s YouTube and is open to everyone.



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Back Mountain Memorial Library New Books


Each month, we will post a list of the newest titles that have been added to our collection.


For January 2022:


Express Loan

The Paris Detective by James Patterson

Criminal Mischief by Stuart Woods

A Man of Honor by Barbara Taylor Bradford

Invisible: A Novel by Danielle Steel

Seasonal Work by Laura Lippman

The Starless Crown by James Rollins

Something to Hide by Elizabeth George

A Narrow Door by Joanne Harris

End of Days: A Pike Logan Novel by Brad Taylor

The Sentence by Louise Erdrich

Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman



The Paris Detective by James Patterson

Criminal Mischief by Stuart Woods

A Man of Honor by Barbara Taylor Bradford

Invisible: A Novel by Danielle Steel

Seasonal Work by Laura Lippman

The Starless Crown by James Rollins

Something to Hide by Elizabeth George

End of Days: A Pike Logan Novel by Brad Taylor

A Narrow Door by Joanne Harris

Curse of Salem by Kay Hooper

Dead by Dawn by Paul Doiron

L.A. Weather by Maria Amparo Escandon

Dark Tarot by Christine Feehan

Honor: A Novel by Thrity Umrigar

Yonder: A Novel by Jabari Asim



A Deadly Endowment by Alyssa Maxwell

God Rest Ye, Royal Gentlemen by Rhys Bowen

The Fabulous Clipjoint by Fredric Brown


Science Fiction

Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell



Tim Burton’s the Nightmare Before Christmas: The Official Cookbook and Entertaining Guide

Bond Cars: The Definitive History by Jason Barlow

Stretching Exercises for Seniors by Baz Thompson

The Art of Herbal Healing: Herbalism for Beginners by Ava Green

The Buy Nothing, Get Everything Plan by Liesl Clark

The Beginner’s Guide to Wheel Throwing by Julia Claire Weber

The Snowy Cabin Cookbook by Marnie Hanel

Camping Cookbook by Marlon Welch

Best of How to Haunt Your House by Shawn Mitchell

The Trouble with White Women by Kyla Schuller

The Power of Us by Jay J Van Bavel

The 9.9 Percent by Matthew Stewart

These Precious Days: Essays by Ann Patchett

This is How They Tell Me the World Ends by Nicole Perlroth

A World Without Email by Cal Newport



The Midnight Lock by Jeffery Deaver

A Man of Honor by Barbara Taylor Bradford



Not Here to Be Liked by Michelle Quach

A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger

Ain’t Burned All the Bright by Jason Reynolds



The following books are donated by the Author’s Grandmother, Marjorie Fritzinger:

You are So Beautiful: Wisdom from The Forest Animals by Richard Thomas

Donut and Pickles: The Frisbee Fiasco by Richard Thomas

Original Etching Of The Back Mountain Memorial Library In 1962 When The Library Was Located On Main Street In Dallas, Done By Brian L Davis

Original etching of the Back Mountain Memorial Library in 1962 when the library was located on Main Street in Dallas. The etching, done by Brian L Davis, was part of a donation and tribute to former Dallas school teacher Dorothy “Dottie” L Davis by her three sons Michael, Brian, and Jonathan at the 75th Library Auction.


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Dallas Post Archive 1929-1971


The Dallas Post covers the Back Mountain communities of Luzerne County in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The newspaper was established in 1889 and offers its readers community, church, school, and local sports news.


Click the Dallas Post Archive tab at the left, go to the Pennsylvania Newspaper Archive at, or click here.

Click on Browse by Title.

Scroll down to the Dallas Post.

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NewsStand e-Magazines Are Here!


Our new e-Magazine service, from the Back Mountain Memorial Library and the Luzerne County Library System, is now available! You will need a library card for Luzerne County.


Check out magazines to download and read online or offline in a variety of languages. Using cloudLibrary NewsStand is as easy as cloudLibrary. Simply go to their website at, or click here.

There is also an app you can download onto your device! You can find it in your app store under cloudLibrary NewsStand.


Here’s what you will need to get started:


1) Download the cloudLibrary NewsStand app from the App Store on your mobile device or computer, or go to the website listed above. Once the app is downloaded or you are on the website, and you have your library card, you can set up an account in a few easy steps!

2) On the NewsStand website, click on Login in the upper right corner and you will be redirected to the log in page. When using the app, the first screen will ask you to log in.

3) Tap or click on “New user? Please register online/Create a new account.” You will be redirected to the registration page.

4) Fill in your name and email, create a password, and click Next at the bottom of the screen.

5) Next, you will have to select your Country and Library. Scroll to select, and tap on each selection. Then enter your library card number.

For Country ~ United States

For Library ~ Luzerne County Library System

6) Click on Register at the bottom of the screen. "Please Wait" may briefly appear before redirecting you to cloudLibrary NewsStand.


You have now set up your cloudLibrary NewsStand account! You can begin downloading your choice immediately by clicking on it, then clicking on the Read button.

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cloudLibrary by Bibliotheca is Here!


Our new eBook service is now available! You will need a library card for Luzerne County.

Here’s what you need to get started:


1) Download the cloudLibrary app from the App Store on your mobile device or computer. Click here for the direct link to choose your app and get started! Once the app is downloaded, and you have your library card, you can set up an account in the app in a few easy steps!


2) First, open the app. The first screen will ask you to select a language. Scroll to your preferred language and tap anywhere on the screen.


3) Next you will have to select your Country, State, and County Library System. Scroll to select, and tap on each selection.

For Country ~ United States

For State/Region ~ Pennsylvania

For Library ~ Luzerne County Library System


4) Click Next. You will have to accept the user agreement to continue.


5) Next, tap on the selection for Library Card ID, type in your library card number, and tap on Login.


You have now set up your cloudLibrary account! You can swipe through the introduction screens or tap Skip to continue.


Tap on Search at the bottom of your screen to access the available library.

At the top of the Search screen are 3 options: Featured, Favorites, and All.

Featured offers top picks in multiple categories, scroll up to see all options.

Favorites allows you to select your reading preferences. Tap Let’s Go to begin the selection process, then select from the options presented.

All offers all titles available by genre.


You can begin downloading your choice immediately by clicking on Checkout, or if the item is not yet available, tap Hold to place the title on hold. If it is available, but you do not want to check it out immediately, you can tap Save For Later.

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Free Library of Philadelphia


Click the picture at left, or link here, to visit the website for the Free Library of Philadelphia. Its programs, resources, services, and eBook and eAudiobook collection are available to the public at no charge to anyone with a card for their library. Once on the website, click on Get a Library Card in the upper right corner of the screen to fill out the online application or print a paper application to mail in.

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Please continue to check the library website and Facebook page for updates, activities, and online library card sign up. If you do not have a library card, you can get one online which will enable you to be able to make use of our Cloud Library, eBooks, and eAudio books. Click here, fill out the form, and submit.


Keep in mind our Back Mountain Businesses. Check their websites, Facebook pages, or call to find out how they can help you with their available services.


Books can be returned to the library book drop. We look forward to seeing you. Stay healthy and safe!

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January Art Wall by Julia Poncavage


Julia Poncavage, 16, of Mountain Top, will be displaying her paintings this January.


Julia states that her art is mostly realism or imaginative realism. She uses a wide variety of mediums and subject matter, but all her work falls under this category. Julia has been making art since she was very young and she credits her wonderful teachers that have aided her in her artistic journey.

Of her work, Julia states that she has “always enjoyed the challenge of making something look real and leveling up my skill set with each new piece. I’m inspired by the endless possibilities of art and the great works by my mentors and friends!”


If you are interested in her work, please contact her via email at, by phone at 570-239-4944, or social media @juliagwenart for availability.

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January/February Display Case


Tricia Considine, of Dallas, will be showcasing her plate collection this January and February.


The plates are from an assortment of collections such as the Norman Rockwell Collection, the John McClelland Mother Goose Collection, the Zolan Plate Collection, and the Knowles Holiday Plate Collection.

Tricia states that her mother started collecting the plates in the late 70s. After she passed, Tricia inherited the plates because she was most interested in them during the time her mom collected them.

Of the plates, Tricia states “My favorite piece is the Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary plate because my mother said the painting of the little girl reminded her of me.”

She also states that “I have no room for all the plates and I am willing to sell them for $5 a piece or 6 for $25.”


Stop by the library to see the collection and purchase a few until the end of February at the library.

Events and Fundraisers
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The Giving Evergreen


The "Giving Evergreens" is a sculpture, created by Sanford Werfel, of three evergreen trees with pine needle clusters finished in gold, silver, and copper and hand carved stones.

Adding a pine needle cluster, stone, or tree is a lasting and exceptional way to celebrate, honor, or remember someone who has touched your life!


Click on the picture at left, or the Support the Library page tab, for a Giving Evergreen Engraving Form.

Continuing Programs
Announcement For BookBrowse



Are you looking for a good book, or something similar to one you just finished? Try BookBrowse!


BookBrowse is an online magazine for booklovers which includes reviews, previews, “read-alike” suggestions, “beyond the book” articles, author interviews, reading guides, and much more.


It seeks out gems from both established writers and first time authors; novels that whisk you to unfamiliar times and places, thrillers that are more than just page-turners, and thought provoking nonfiction that entertains as it informs.

Each month hundreds of thousands of visitors enjoy BookBrowse's extensive free content, and many subscribe to their free newsletters.


Click on the BookBrowse tab to start your adventure today!

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To Renew Items Online:

1) Click on the icon or the Online Catalogue tab at left.
2) You will be directed to a new page. At the upper right corner there is a My Account link. Click on the link.
3) The site will prompt you for your barcode and password. The barcode number is on your card, the default password for all patrons is "CHANGEME." (Once you have logged in you can set the password to one of your choosing.)
4) Click on the Checkouts tab.
5) Click on the box next to the item you want to renew.
6) Click on the Renew button.
(To change your password: in My Account,
click on the Change Pin tab.)

Please visit the

Children's Room Page

for information about

upcoming events and activities

for children and young adults!

Click on the Friends of the Library's page
for the current Newsletter!

Calendar of Events