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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Holiday Hours


The library will be closed

Monday, May 30.


Our normal hours will resume

Tuesday, May 31.

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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Student Page Position Available


The library has an opening for a part time Student Page Position. The schedule is for two evenings, and every other Saturday. Must be 16 to apply.


Ask for an application at the front desk.

Wood Background, Center Image: Blue Placemat, White Lace Doily, Blue Plate Center, Gavel Above Plate, Folded Napkins Left And Right Of Plate With Silverware, Text: 76TH ANNUAL KICK-OFF DINNER AND MINI AUCTION

Annual Kick-Off Dinner and Mini Auction

For The 76th Back Mountain Memorial Library Auction

Monday, June 6 ~ Limited Seating

Apple Tree Terrace

Newberry Estate, Dallas


Reservations are now available for the annual Kick-Off Dinner! Stop in today to get your seat for this evening of delicious food and community fun.


The library can accept cash, check, or credit card (if paying with a credit card, we can take your reservation over the phone).

Reservations are $31.00 per person; due by Friday, May 27.

Make checks payable to: Back Mountain Memorial Library.


Click on the Auction’s page for the complete menu and program, or check out the Kick-Off Dinner's event page on the library’s Facebook page.

Back Mountain Memorial Library Auction Commemorative Book “75 Years of Memories”, Text: BACK MOUNTAIN MEMORIAL LIBRARY, Founded 1945, "75 Years of Memories", 1947-2021 AUCTION

The Back Mountain Memorial Library

is pleased to present

this commemorative book

of 75 years of our Annual Auction!


This book is a unique and beautiful window into a part of the history and the community of the Back Mountain. It features a history of the Back Mountain Memorial Library auction with a collection of pictures of the auction throughout the years, images of clippings from the Dallas Post and Sunday Independent, Auction posters, and Sue Hand’s Auction paintings.


You can purchase the commemorative book of “75 Years of Memories” for $10.00 at the library’s front desk.

Quilt With Bright Primary Colored Stars On A White Background With Green Edging, "All Stars" By Leslie Horoshko

2022 Quilt Raffle!


Tickets for this beautiful handmade twin size quilt, "All Stars" by Leslie Horoshko, are now on sale!


Tickets are available at the library for $2.00 each, 3 for $5.00, or 6 for $10.00. The drawing will be held the last night of the auction, July 10. You don't need to attend to win!


The quilt is on display at the library's front desk.

Top Background Image: Suffragettes Protesting At The White House, Let’s Talk About It Logo, Top Text: Let’s Talk About It, Women’s Suffragette, Bottom Text: Back Mountain Memorial Library, Thursday, June 30, 6:00pm ~ 7:30pm, Registration Begins June 1, Part Of A 5 Book Presentation & Discussion Series, “Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All” By Martha S Jones

Let's Talk About It: Women's Suffrage

2022 Luzerne County Book Discussion Series

Thursday, June 30

6:00pm ~ 7:30pm

Registration Begins June 1


Join us at the library for this book presentation and discussion, part of a 5 book series.

Read the book, Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All by Martha S Jones and attend the discussion at the Back Mountain Library or through ZOOM, link provided at time of registration.


A limited number of free books will be available thanks to the Let’s Talk About It grant, or you can borrow them from the Luzerne County libraries. Stop by the Back Mountain Memorial Library for a brochure. Sign ups begin 30 days before each discussion meeting at the host library.


April 28 ~ 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Osterhout Free Library, Wilkes Barre

The Women’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine Weiss

May 26 ~ 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Wyoming Free Library, Wyoming

Women Making History: The 19th Amendment by Eastern National Association; Lex Cavanagh

June 30 ~ 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Back Mountain Memorial Library, Dallas

Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All by Martha S Jones

July 28 ~ 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Osterhout Free Library, Wilkes Barre

Ida B. The Queen: The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells by Michelle Duster

August 25 ~ 6:00pm – 7:30pm

D Leonard Corgan Library, King’s College, Wilkes Barre

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E Harrow


Thank you to the King’s College Women’s Studies Program.

Gift Shop Shelving, Saint Patrick’s Day Themed Items, Easter Baskets, Easter Themed Toys And Items

Holiday Shop New Location


The library’s gift shop is now located in its new location behind the Slightly Read Bookstore in the annex. Stop in for seasonal decorative items, floral displays, glassware, ceramics, and so much more!

The Holiday Shop is open during bookstore hours.

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Back Mountain Memorial Library New Books (Updated)


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


For April 2022:


Express Loan

French Braid by Anne Tyler

Once a Thief by Christopher Reich

The Shop on Royal Street by Karen White

In Investigator by John Sandford

Three Debts Paid by Anne Perry

Beautiful: A Novel by Danielle Steel

One Step Too Far by Lisa Gardner

Sea Hawke by Ted Bell



Once a Thief by Christopher Reich

The Shop on Royal Street by Karen White

The Investigator by John Sandford

Three Debts Paid by Anne Perry

Beautiful: A Novel by Danielle Steel

The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks

When We Were Birds: A Novel by Ayanna Lloyd Banwo

Booth: A Novel by Karen Joy Fowler

Activities of Daily Living by Lisa Hsiao Chen

The Fields by Erin Young

The Club: A Novel by Ellery Lloyd

One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle

Vladimir: A Novel by Julia May Jonas

Groundskeeping: A Novel by Lee Cole

Robert Parker’s Bye Bye Baby by Ace Atkins

Damascus Station by David McCloskey

Sierra Six by Mark Greaney

Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Young Mungo: A Novel by Douglas Stuart

The Caretakers by Amanda Bestor-Siegal

The Final Case by David Guterson

The Candy House: A Novel by Jennifer Egan

Sea of Tranquility by Emily St John Mandel

Memphis: A Novel by Tara M Stringfellow

Lessons in Chemistry: A Novel by Bonnie Garmus

The Younger Wife by Sally Hepworth

Four Treasures of the Sky by Jenny Zhang

City on Fire: A Novel by Don Winslow

Shucked Apart by Barbara Ross



Death by Tart Attack by Tamar Myers


Science Fiction

Crescent City: House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J Maas



The First Kennedys: Humble Roots of An American Dynasty by Neal Thompson

One Damn Thing After Another: Memoirs of An Attorney General by William P Barr

What My Bones Know by Stephanie Foo

The Perfect Other: A Memoir of My Sister by Kyleigh Leddy

In Love: A Memoir of Love and Loss by Amy Bloom



Anything but My Phone, Mom! by Roni Cohen-Sandler

Tell Me Everything: The Story of a Private Investigation by Erika Krouse

The Defense Lawyer: The Barry Slotnick Story by James Patterson




Fear Thy Neighbor by Fern Michaels

The Recovery Agent by Janet Evanovich



Lulu and Milagro’s Search for Clarity by Angela Velez

Debating Darcy by Sayantani DasGupta



Saturday by Oge Mora, donated by Pennsylvania Department of Education, Office of Commonwealth Libraries, PA One Book, Every Young Child 2022

Ukrainian Cuisine by Nadejda Reilly, donated by the author

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.

Continuing Programs

Text: OUR NEW NORMAL HOW TEENS ARE REDEFINING SCHOOL LIFE Hosted by Amna Nawaz with Terry Jones Jr, and Kate Nakamura TUE JAN 25 7PM ET PBS© STUDENT NEWS REPORTING HOUR LABS, Graphic Background with Photos of: Amna Nawaz, Terry Jones Jr, Kate Nakamura

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


Click the link below to watch this 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. Although the live event has ended, you can watch it in full here.

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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!

Art Wall

R J Tomascik Holding His Landscape Artwork, Framed Painting Of Mount Rushmore On Table Easel, Landscape Painting On Table

April Art Wall


R J Tomascik will be displaying his artwork this April.


Tomascik has painted since he was in kindergarten and has been interested in historical and landscape subjects nearly just as long. He is a graduate of Misericordia University with a degree in history and secondary education and holds a masters degree from Wilkes University in special education. Tomascik currently teaches in the Wyoming Valley West school district and creates and markets paintings and collectors prints of American Civil War and Revolutionary War subjects as well as paintings of National Parks.

Part of his exhibit will be watercolors of Mount Rushmore, Civil War reenactors, and Northern Cascades National Park. Oil paintings will include Acadia National Park and Antietam National Battlefield. Tomascik is also a freelance sketch artist with Topps trading cards and Upper Deck Entertainment.

Display Case

Interior Library, Monique Pritchard Sitting With Her Collection Of Dutch Items Displayed On A Large Tabletop

March/April Display Case


Monique Pritchard, of Dallas, will be showcasing her collection of Dutch items at the library this March and April.


Her collection includes dishes, tiles, tulips, Dutch books, souvenirs, wooden shoes, and so much more.

Native to Holland, Monique started to collect items when she moved to the US. She would pick up any Dutch item she came across at yard sales or shops. “I like to hold on to my heritage, it makes me proud”, she stated. Of her collection, her favorite pieces are the Boerenbont dishes. “They remind me of the times I went over to my aunts and used dishes like these. They bring back good memories.”

Pritchard also added that the Dutch are currently in third place in speedskating in the Winter Olympics with a total of ten medals so far. They wear orange clothing because the royal family has the last name of Orange. When Monique’s oldest daughter graduates this year, the Dutch flag will fly outside with her backpack on it. “That’s our tradition!”

Events and Fundraisers

Link to PDF Donation Form, The Giving Evergreens Sculpture

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.

Free Resource Links

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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!

Link to Renew Checked Out Items, Text Online Renewals

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