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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The 33rd Annual Luncheon

With A Special Author

Sunday, April 21 ~ 12:30pm

At Appletree Terrace at Newberry Estate

Guest Author, Rebecca Grasley

Reservations are closed.


Rebecca Grasley, the author of Pie Is Messy, is the founder of The Pie Hole and has more than fifty years of pie baking experience. After a career in nursing, Becky moved from rural Pennsylvania to finance the first Pie Hole in the LA Arts District location with her retirement savings. The Pie Hole has gone on to open nine locations in California and two in Japan and has a thriving eCommerce and consumer packaging business.


A social hour will begin at 12:30pm, and the buffet luncheon will be served at 1:00pm. All proceeds from the luncheon, sale of books, and the basket raffle will benefit the library. Go to the Friends of the Library Page at left for the full luncheon menu.

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Check Out Kanopy!


Kanopy is a free on demand streaming video platform for libraries that offers films, TV shows, documentaries, and kids content. To access their diverse collection of over 30,000 films, all you need is your library card. Go to the Kanopy page at left to get started today!

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Check Out Creativebug! has thousands of award winning arts & crafts video classes taught by recognized design experts, crafters, and artists. You can browse through video classes in drawing, painting, sewing, crocheting, quilting, jewelry making, and more. Creativebug provides ideas and expert guidance for all levels.

Go to the Creativebug page at left for more information and links to get started!

October 12, 1945 Library Opening

Check out the history of the Back Mountain Memorial Library on our newest page!

Click here or on the Library History page at left to discover the story of the Library; one of almost 80 years of service and generous community support.

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The Library Jigsaw Puzzle Table


Stop in to try the Library’s jigsaw puzzle table! There will be a puzzle available in the Reading Room for you to put in a few pieces, or as many as you like. Check it out on your next visit, but be careful, it may be habit forming!

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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 April 2024:


Express Loan

Matterhorn by Christopher Reich

Toxic Prey by John Sandford

Daughter of Mine: A Novel by Megan Miranda

Mania: A Novel by Lionel Shriver

It Had to Be You by Mary Higgins Clark

Pay Dirt by Sara Paretsky



Matterhorn by Christopher Reich

Toxic Prey by John Sandford

Daughter of Mine: A Novel by Megan Miranda

Mania: A Novel by Lionel Shriver

It Had to Be You by Mary Higgins Clark

Pay Dirt by Sara Paretsky

Sharpe’s Command by Bernard Cornwell

A Sicilian Inheritance: A Novel by Jo Piazza

Tourist Season by Brenda Novak

The Husband’s: A Novel by Holly Gramazio

The House on Biscayne Bay by Chanel Cleeton

The Sweet Blue Distance by Sara Donati

A Short Walk Through a Wide World: A Novel by Douglas Westerbeke

A Better World: A Novel by Sarah Langan

The Familiar by Leigh Bardugo

The Fellowship of Puzzlemakers: A Novel by Samuel Burr

The Sleepwalkers by Scarlett Thomas



The Wives: A Memoir by Simone Gorrindo



One in a Millennial: On Friendship, Feelings, Fangirls, and Fitting In by Kate Kennedy

A History of the World in Twelve Shipwrecks by David Gibbins

The Space That Keeps You by Jeremiah Brent

We’ve Got Issues: How You Can Stand Strong for America’s Soul and Sanity by Phillip C McGraw



Every Single Secret by Christina Dodd

Maktub: An Inspirational Companion to The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

It Had to Be You by Mary Higgins Clark




City of Ruins: A Novel by Don Winslow

Sharpe’s Command by Bernard Cornwell

The Summer Book Club by Susan Mallery



Fate Be Changed: A Twisted Tale by Farrah Rochon

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.

Display Case

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March/April Display Case


Step right up, folks! Harvey’s Lake memorabilia will be on display at the Back Mountain Memorial Library this March and April.


Brian Orbin, the iconic clown who is not only known for bringing smiles to faces, also has a passion for preserving the rich heritage of Harvey’s Lake. From the vintage postcards depicting the serene beauty of the lake, to rolls of tickets from Hanson’s Park, Orbin’s collection is a treasure trove of memories spanning generations. Each item holds a story, a piece of the community’s vibrant past waiting to be shared with the world.

Among the highlights of Orbin’s collection are antique photographs capturing the evolution of Harvey’s Lake, from its humble industrial beginnings to the lazy recreational weekends it holds today. Visitors who stop by to see the collection are treated to a journey through time, where artifacts spark conversation and foster a deeper gratitude for the area’s heritage.

With his colorful attire and contagious enthusiasm, Brian Orbin is not your typical collector. He’s a clown on a mission to spread joy, preserve history, and unite the community of Harvey’s Lake in laughter and appreciation for its history.

Art Wall

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March/April Art Wall


Sal Luzio, a retired school superintendent for Riverside School District with ties to the Back Mountain, will be exhibiting his paintings on the art wall this March and April.


Sal began painting in his high school days, working primarily in pastel. As a theater major at Kings College, he excelled in watercolor, creating renderings for costume and set design. Sal was a member of the Pennsylvania Theatre Arts League while he taught theater and creative writing in Old Forge for 14 years. As a curriculum administrator for NEIU19, Sal accompanied Governor School students to the famous Jury Art Show at Penn State every summer in July, and continued his interest in art. In 2008, Sal retired from education and began painting seriously. He works in all drawing and painting mediums, but primarily enjoys watercolor and oil, and is an active member of a group of Back Mountain artists which meets weekly. His library exhibit will include landscapes, florals, and still life.

Sal lives in Old Forge with his wife Charlene. They are parents to two adult children and proud grandparents of one grandson who also studies art and music.

Continuing Programs

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Dallas Post Archive 1929-1986


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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cloudLibrary by Bibliotheca is Here!


Download our eBook service to enjoy books and audiobooks on all your devices! You will need a library card for Luzerne County.

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!

For complete instructions, click on the eBooks & Online Books Page at left.

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cloudLibrary NewsStand

eMagazines Are Here!


Download our eMagazine service, from the Back Mountain Memorial Library and the Luzerne County Library System, to enjoy magazines on all your devices! 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 you can download their app onto your device! You can find it in your app store under cloudLibrary NewsStand.

For complete instructions, click on the eBooks & Online Books Page at left.

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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.

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Free Library of Philadelphia


Click here, or on the picture at left, to visit the website for the Free Library of Philadelphia. Its programs, resources, services, eBook, and eAudiobook collection are available to the public at no charge to anyone with a card for their local Pennsylvania 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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“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.

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.

Free Resource Links

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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.)

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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!