Back Mountain Memorial Library

A member of the Luzerne County Library System

96 Huntsville Road

Dallas, PA 18612

HOURS: Mon  -  Thurs:           9:30am - 6:00pm

              Friday:                      9:30am - 5:00pm

              Saturday:                  9:30am - 4:00pm

PH:  570-675-1182             FAX:  570-674-5863

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This year, the library is celebrating our 75th Anniversary in service to the Back Mountain Community.

Opening Day was held on October 12, 1945!


An October Evening of Tales

A Halloween Video by Charles Kiernan

October 1 ~ November 30


Case Sensitive Password: October


Click on the link above and enter the password to view a collection of Halloween folktales from England, Scotland, and Ireland. Storyteller Charles Kiernan, a member of the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild, will delight you and your family with his shivery stories. Turn out the lights and enjoy scary storytelling at its finest. We dare you!


The event is free and available to the public. You can view the video any time you wish.

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 October 2020:


Express Loan

Battle Ground by Jim Butcher

The Return by Nicholas Sparks

Paradise Peak by Janet Dailey

The Brightest Star by Fern Michaels

Troubles in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand

Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger

Elsewhere by Dean Koontz

Christmas Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke



Battle Ground by Jim Butcher

The Return by Nicholas Sparks

Paradise Peak by Janet Dailey

The Brightest Star by Fern Michaels

Troubles in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand

Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger

Elsewhere by Dean Koontz

The Day Lincoln Lost by Charles Rosenberg

The Night Portrait by Laura Morelli

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

More Miracle Than Bird by Alice Miller

The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis

Cardiff, By the Sea by Joyce Carol Oates

Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden

The Vanishing Sky by L Annette Binder

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by Victoria Schwab

To Tell You the Truth by Gilly Macmillan

Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman

A Wild Winter Swan by Gregory Maguire

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

The Margot Affair by Sanae Lemoine



Christmas Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke

Sherlock Holmes: The Spider’s Web by Philip Purser-Hallard


Science Fiction

Divergence by C J Cherryh



The Answer Is: Reflections on My Life by Alex Trebek

Hitler: Downfall 1939-1945 by Volker Ullrich

You Look So Much Better in Person by Al Roker



Live Free or Die by Sean Hannity

The House That Love Built by Sarah Jackson

True Crimes and Misdemeanors by Jeffrey Toobin

Sugar Shock by Carol Prager

Rage by Bob Woodward



Sources Say by Lori Goldstein

Running by Natalia Sylvester

Flamer by Mike Curato

Into the Streets by Marke Bieschke

Deeplight by Frances Hardinge

A Song Below Water by Bethany C Morrow

2020 New Bookshop Hours


The Slightly Read Bookshop is now open with new hours:


Monday ~ 1:00pm – 6:00pm

Tuesday ~ 1:00pm – 6:00pm

Wednesday ~ 10:00am – 6:00pm

Thursday ~ 1:00pm – 6:00pm

Friday ~ 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Saturday ~ 10:00am – 2:00pm


The Paperback Room will only be open during Bookshop hours.

The bookshop will be following CDC and DOH guidelines to ensure the safety of our patrons.

Back Mountain Memorial Library

Farmers' Market

Saturdays, July 11 - October 31

9:00am ~ 2:00pm

At the Dallas High School on Hildebrandt Road.

Ample parking and easy handicap access.


Stop in to the Farmers' Market for a wide selection of locally grown produce, as well as artisanal breads and baked goods, locally sourced honey, and many other fine products from local vendors and farmers!

The Back Mountain

Memorial Library

Is Open


The library has now entered the next stage of reopening to the public. Please note our new rules and restrictions. We are following all guidelines provided by the CDC to help ensure the health and safety of our patrons. We ask for your cooperation and patience as we work to safely restore services. We have missed you all!


1. Our hours are:

Monday – Thursday ~ 9:30am to 6:00pm

Friday ~ 9:30am to 5:00pm

Saturday ~ 9:30am to 4:00pm


2. Patrons are now allowed to enter the building to browse and check out books and materials in both the adult and children’s areas. Masks are required, and social distancing is strongly encouraged. Entrance is through the side door, and patrons must exit through the front door. This arrangement will help reduce crowding at the front desk and the New Book area.

3. A limited number of public access computers will be available for 45 minute sessions and must be reserved ahead of time by calling the library.

4. Curbside service will continue to be available by calling us, however books must be picked up at the front desk.

5. Interlibrary loans can now be placed, materials can be received from other Luzerne County libraries, and we can place requests for items outside the county. Out of county holds cannot be guaranteed at this time. Please return items that have been checked out at the Back Mountain Memorial Library to us.

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!

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.

The Back Mountain Memorial Library is grateful to Senator Lisa Baker, R-20th, Representative Karen Boback, R-117th, and Representative Aaron Kaufer, R-120th for their support of our Keystone Grant project through the Pennsylvania Department of Education. This grant has been awarded for the renovation of our sole meeting room to make it more accessible to patrons and to provide additional space to an increasing number of visitors.


Click on the link below to read the full press release from Senator Baker’s office.

Two Luzerne Libraries Receive Grants

Events and Fundraisers

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.

Art Wall
Display Case

The Owl and The Pussycat Collection

By Jan Lohmann


Jan Lohmann, of Harvey’s Lake, will be showcasing her collection of cat and owl items this October.


Jan has been collecting cat and owl items all her life. She became interested in starting a collection through a friend that collected owls and seeing this interested Jan. Of her collection, Lohmann says “I have always loved cats so it was natural to collect all things related to them.” She finds it hard to choose her favorite piece. She settles on the black and white cat teapot. She also loves the big MacKenzie-Childs cat pillow that she is holding in the photo.

Jan has received both cat and owl items now as gifts because “once people find out you collect something, they love to give them as gifts”, which she appreciates.

Continuing Programs



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


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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!

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