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
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Memorial and Honor
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Giving Evergreens
Engraving Forms.
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Holiday Hours


The library will close at 5:30pm

Thursday, April 18.


We will be closed all day

Friday, April 19.

Round And Round

Wednesday, April 17 ~ 7:00pm

Cal or come in to register.


Join us for this nostalgic look at hand carved antique carousels from up and down the east coast, including the Wintersteen carousel from Hanson’s at Harvey’s Lake. Presented by Bill Bachman; film maker, producer, and Associate Professor of Communications at Penn State Wilkes Barre.

Geranium Sale

Last day to order is Tuesday, April 30!


The Friends of the Library are holding their annual sale of geraniums to benefit the library! You can purchase the beautiful 4.5" pots in your choice of color for $4.00 each, or 3 for $10.00. The library can accept cash or check; and credit card purchases over $5.00.


The pickup dates will be May 1 to May 31.

To redeem, take your receipt to:

Darling's Farms & Greenhouses

Hildebrandt Rd, Dallas Township

Auction Donations Needed


Are you getting an early start on your Spring cleaning? We are looking for donations of antiques and jewelry! Why not donate to the auction and help support the library?


If you have any questions regarding donations, don't hesitate to call the library! Our staff is always happy to help!

Fidelity Bank IMPACT Grant


We’re excited to announce that the Back Mountain Memorial Library is one of 5 finalist selected for a $15,000 IMPACT Grant from Fidelity Bank. The winner will be selected by the community. To vote for the library, visit the Back Mountain office of Fidelity Bank located at 2363 Memorial Highway in Dallas. You can cast your vote daily! Voting is open until April 19.

African Wildlife Presentation

Wednesday, May 1 ~ 7:00pm

Call or come in to register.


Join Sharon Templin, a wildlife/nature photographer living in Tunkhannock, as she presents an overview of wildlife in Africa. Sharon will be sharing photos and anecdotal stories related to the photos from her safari trips. Sharon works with Africa Through Your Lens Safaris which leads small groups to various destinations in Africa.

2019 Auction Committee Meetings

Volunteers Welcome!

Last Thursday of Each Month

Starting January 31 ~ 7:00pm


The 2019 Auction will be here soon and the Committee is getting ready! We’ll be making plans, setting schedules, and coming up with ideas to make this year’s auction a success.

The Committee would like to invite anyone interested in volunteering to contact the library or attend the meetings. We hope to see you there!
Events and Fundraisers

2019 Quilt Raffle!


Tickets for this beautiful handmade quilt, "Butterscotch Baskets" 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 14. You don't need to attend to win!


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

The 31st Annual Luncheon

With A Special Author

Thursday, April 18 ~ 11:00am

At Appletree Terrace at Newberry Estate

Guest Author, Joyce Victor PhD RN


Join us for a wonderful luncheon with Joyce Victor, the author of You're Not Dead 'Til I Say You're Dead.


Joyce Victor PhD RN is a registered nurse and professor. She holds master degrees in nursing and creative writing, as well as a PhD from Duquesne University. Over a long nursing career, she’s worked in ICUs and emergency rooms, and served on a major hospital’s ethics committee for 15 years. Her articles have been published in Nurse Educator, Critical Simulation in Nursing, and other professional journals. You're Not Dead 'Til I Say You're Dead is her first full length book. Joyce is a native of Nanticoke and currently resides in Wilkes Barre. Despite a preoccupation with the death and dying process, she’s actually an upbeat person who enjoys life.


The buffet luncheon will include Fred's famous appetizer table, a delicious entree, and dessert bar. Tables of 8 are available. When making reservations for more than one person, please include the names, addresses, and phone numbers of your guests.


Reservations are $27.00 per person, due at time of reservation. Reservation forms are available at the library's front desk.

The Friends of the Library and Leggio’s Italian Ristorante Fundraiser

Monday, April 29 ~ 5:00pm - 8:00pm

64 E Center Hill Rd, Dallas


Bring family and friends to Leggio's Italian Ristorante in Dallas to enjoy great food while supporting our library on April 29!

A percentage of the total sales (bar not included) taken in from 5:00pm - 8:00pm, including eat-in, take out, and gift certificates purchased, will be donated to the Children’s Summer Reading Program.


Look for the library display at the front of the restaurant to register to win a Leggio's Gift Card! We would like to thank the community for their participation, and Salvatore and Lori Leggio for offering this fundraising opportunity.
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

Oil On Canvas Paintings By Ed Gongleski


Ed Gongleski, of Dallas, will be showcasing his oil on canvas paintings this April.


After graduating from King’s College in 1974, then pursuing a brief career in professional baseball, Ed enrolled at Luzerne County Community College where he graduated with a degree in Graphic Arts. He has been painting since he retired from the printing industry after more than 35 years as Art Director and Prepress Technician.

While at LCCC, he had three mentors and teachers he would like to credit: Howard Purcell, George Luther Schelling and Robert Kray. Throughout his career he has painted portraits, wildlife, paperback covers, and was the sports cartoonist for the Sunday Independent Newspaper. Ed likes to put unexpected twists in his paintings such as a serene image of a duck floating on the water, unaware of the large creature beneath him. You can find more of his work on Facebook by searching his name, or contact him for commissioned pieces at
Display Case

Informational Holocaust Display

By: Susy Weiss, Eleanor Miller, and Michael Polgar


Susy Weiss of Dallas, Eleanor Miller of Shavertown, and Michael Polgar of Kingston, will be collectively showing an informational display about the Holocaust this April.


Weiss, Miller, and Polgar are all children of Holocaust survivors and are using this platform to be the voices for those who can’t speak for themselves. They will be showcasing many books along with personal family photos and keepsakes that have been passed down to them. Some of the books include Survival in the Shadows – Seven Jews Hidden Under Hitler’s Berlin which was written by a family friend of Susy’s who miraculously survived after WWII. Another book featured was brought from Susy’s synagogue in Lima Peru, where spiritual leader Rabbi Guillermo Bronstein resides, and focuses on 45 testimonials of different families who came from Eastern Europe who suffered persecution, starvation, and maltreatment as well as families who were separated by being selected for work, medical experimentation, or sent to gas chambers. I Remember, A Holocaust Survivor’s Story by Yolanda Joseph tells her story of tragic happenings up through the liberation, told decades later.


Weiss learned from her father’s written testimonies having escaped Germany before WWII, Polgar’s father Stephen was a survivor of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, and Miller states that her mother’s parents and her mother’s five siblings all perished in the Holocaust. Weiss, Miller and Polgar state that the goal of this display is to help people learn about resilience, respect, and remembrance.
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.)
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If you have any problems, please feel free
to contact the library for assistance.
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Children's Room Page
for information about
upcoming events and activities
for children and young adults!
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