Back Mountain Memorial Library

A member of the Luzerne County Library System

96 Huntsville Road

Dallas, PA 18612

HOURS: Mon  -  Thurs:           9:30am - 8:30pm

              Friday:                      9:30am - 5:30pm

              Saturday:                  9:30am - 4:30pm
PH:  570-675-1182             FAX:  570-674-5863
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
Click HERE for
Book Donation

Click the link for

a list of YA Card
Community Sponsors
Follow Us On:

Marvelous Monarchs

Saturday, September 21

2:30pm ~ Community Room

Call or come in to register.


Using mounted displays and a few live examples, Kathy Kelchner, Francis Slocum State Park educator, will share the natural history of the Monarch butterfly. Learn what sets them apart from the other butterflies we see each summer, and how you can become involved in a Citizen Science project to assist biologists in their studies of this winged wonder.

Student Page Position Available


The library has an opening for a Student Page Position.

The schedule is for two evenings from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, and every other Saturday from 10:30am to 1:30pm. Must be 16 to apply.


Ask for an application at the front desk.

2019 Fall Story Time


Call or come in to the library to register after 9:30am. Story Times begin the week of October 1 and end the week of November 19.


Please see the Children’s Room Page for more information.
Events and Fundraisers

Designer Bag Bingo!

Sunday, October 13

Doors Open ~ 11:30am

Bingo Starts ~ 1:00pm

Dallas High School


Join us for a fun and exciting day of Designer Bag Bingo! In addition to the bingo games, we will be holding a bake sale, basket raffle, and everyone will have a chance at winning one of our door prizes!


Donations include 3 bingo cards for 20 games; extra cards will be available for purchase at the door. Tickets for the basket and 50/50 raffles will be on sale for $1 per ticket, six for $5, or fifteen for $10.

We will also have special games! Each special game will have TWO chances to win a purse; special game cards will be sold for $5 per card. This year's prizes will also include 5 Disney Passes!


Come in to the library to reserve a table or to purchase a ticket. Tickets are required for entry for all ages. Presale tickets may be purchased for $20.00 (we can accept cash, check, or credit/debit card). If you are paying by credit or debit card, we can accept your reservations by phone. Table reservation can be made for parties of 8 or more.


Tickets can be purchased at the door for $25.00.

Designer Bag BINGO Preview


Here is a sample of the many different styles and colors of purses waiting to be won at this year’s Designer Bag BINGO! Get your tickets now; don't miss out!

The Friends of the Library

Unique Fall Fashion Event

Sunday, October 20 ~ 2:00pm

Doors Open at 1:30pm

Appletree Terrace at Newberry Estates

Designer Candyce Fike


Join us for a lovely afternoon of shopping while you relax with light refreshments and a cash bar. Candyce’s unique wearable creations include Cashmere, Linen, Cotton and Modal, as well as colorful custom made handbags created from African Mud Cloth.


Candyce finds inspiration for her fashion creations from the unique fabrics she finds in her travels, and embellishes each piece to make them truly special. Each of her easy to wear designs, which are expertly assembled by local seamstresses, will be modeled for you, and you will be able to purchase these exceptional designs in a range of available sizes and colors.

Candyce is a retired Dallas School District teacher who is very excited to be lending her support to the Back Mountain Memorial Library through this event.


Come in to the library to reserve a table or to purchase a ticket. Table reservations can be made for parties of 8 or more. Tickets are $20.00 per person (we can accept cash, check, or credit/debit card). If you are paying by credit or debit card, we can accept your reservations by phone. Deadline for registration is October 11.
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 or the link at left for a Giving Evergreen Engraving Form.
Art Wall

Youthful Joy by Sherene Barilla


Sherene Barilla, of Swoyersville, will be displaying her oil and acrylic paintings this September.


Barilla, who has been painting for 7 years, was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer in 2010. Figuring she only had 3 months to live, Sherene asked God into her heart and to heal her. “He heard me and here I am in 2019 healed and thankful to Him and my Geisinger oncologist Dr. Paula Ronjon”, she states.


After 2 rounds of chemotherapy, her daughter gave her a gift certificate to Sue Hand’s Imagery Art Studio. She was anxious but went anyway. Since beginning classes in 2013 she discovered a new love of painting in addition to finding a great friend and art teacher in Sue Hand. “I enjoy art so much that I want to paint it all!” she says. Barilla likes trying new techniques and pushes herself to do artwork outside her comfort zone in order to learn as much as she can.

You can find her artwork on Facebook at Paintings by Sherene. For any questions about prices or purchasing, email her at
Display Case

Harvey’s Lake Memorabilia by Brian Orbin


Brian Orbin, of Harvey’s Lake, will be displaying his collection of Harvey’s Lake Memorabilia this September.


Currently a senior at LCCC, you might recognize Brian as the infamous “clown kid” riding around the lake with his colorful clown wig and his radio playing.

Brian has been collecting the memorabilia for eight years and says his passion began by riding his bike around Harvey’s Lake for over thirteen years as well as just being involved in the community. Some of his personal favorites from his collection are the newspaper clippings binder, the glass Harvey’s Lake Bottling Works soda bottles, and the Hanson’s t-shirts. Brian says he buys most of his memorabilia, but some have been donated to his online business page which can be found on Facebook as The Harvey’s Lake Record. He started the page in 2012 and has received over 5,600 likes and the community keeps growing. Brian states that this is the closest thing there is to a Harvey’s Lake Historical Society. He uses the page to keep the community informed with upcoming events at the lake as well as a platform to post all sorts of historical and recent pictures and videos. Brian also sells t-shirts and other Harvey’s Lake memorabilia, as well as copies of his CD of original music which takes place at the lake.

Brian states “I am very proud of where I am at today and how so many people see me at the lake and not only recognize me, but love seeing me in the community.”
Continuing Programs

Basic Computer and E-Reader Instruction
Wednesdays ~ 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Thursdays ~ 11:00am -12:00pm

and 1:30pm -2:30pm


The library is offering free one-on-one basic lessons on using e-readers, iPads, computers, and basic internet use! You can register for a lesson by calling or coming in to the library.



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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.)
Downloadable eBooks Are Available!
Click on the eBooks Are Here! icon, shown.
You will need a library card for Luzerne County. 
If you have any problems, please feel free
to contact the library for assistance.
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