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



Children’s Easter Books


Easter books are limited

to 2 per family, for 1 week,

until Monday, March 26.

Family Night With

the Penguins and Tux!

Tuesday, March 27

6:00pm ~ 7:00pm

All ages are welcome. Space is extremely limited at this time!

Call or come in to the library to register all family members who will attend.


Tom Kostopoulos, Adam Johnson, Mike O’Brien, and Tux from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will be presenting a lively, family reading program at the library.


The players will talk to the families about the importance of reading, about being a team player, and about their careers as professional hockey players. Tux will then entertain the children with his antics as the players read to the children.


So bring your questions along with your memorabilia to be signed and get ready to have some fun with the Penguins and Tux!

Carrot Saves Easter

Author Book Reading

Wednesday, March 28 ~ 11:30am

Children’s Room. Call or come in to register.


Join us in the Children’s Room to listen to Author Amanda Macielinski read her book, Carrot Saves Easter!

Cruise Into Kindergarten with Play K

Mondays ~ 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Beginning March 12


This program is filled.
Follow the link in the description to access literacy games and activities from home.


The Back Mountain Memorial Library has been chosen to participate in a new program called “Cruise Into Kindergarten with Play K”, which focuses on using play to help preschoolers develop the skills needed to be successful in kindergarten and later in life. Through games and activities, children will develop fine motor skills, spatial and problem-solving skills, build their vocabulary, use their imagination, improve letter recognition and number skills, and grow narrative skills and comprehension. In addition, the playscapes are designed to encourage interaction in order to develop social and emotional skills. The best part is that all of this will be learned while children are playing and having fun.


Heather Pitcavage, a 3rd grade teacher, and Jennifer Perch will present the materials and a curriculum of activities for six different playscapes. Each center is designed around an early childhood theme or topic to provide an interactive learning experience for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), exploration, and play. Within each playscape, the nine key learning areas from Pennsylvania's Learning Standards for Early Childhood are reinforced as children and parents play and learn together.


March 12 ~ Playscape 1: All Aboard! This playscape explores the theme of transportation, including the different kinds of transportation and why it is important to our daily lives. Toys include puzzles, a sound-matching game, and a “Vehicle Sorting Center”.

March 19 ~ Playscape 2: A Home for Me and a Home for You. This playscape explores the theme of house and home, including the different kinds of houses that people live in within communities. Toys include a puppet set, a rhyming game, and a “House Building Center”.

March 26 ~ Playscape 3: Let’s Go Shopping! This playscape explores the theme of shopping and beginning economics. Children will learn how money relates to the purchase of goods and services, using a grocery store as the example. Toys include pretend foods, shopping baskets, shopping lists, and picture/word rings, and a “Play & Learn Cash Register” to provide opportunities for STEM exploration and play.

April 9 ~ Playscape 4: All Around Town. This playscape explores the theme of community and citizenship and focuses on the different people in the community and how when everyone works together, the community is a better place. Toys include a community sorting center, community helper figures and a set of “Community Vehicles & Buildings with Garages” to provide opportunities for STEM exploration and play.

April 16 ~ Playscape 5: Amazing Animals – Pets. This playscape explores the theme of animals as pets and what they need to live and grow. Toys include puzzles, a fine motor skills game and a “Pet Vet Center” to provide opportunities for STEM exploration and play.

April 23 ~ Playscape 6: My Colorful World. This playscape explores the theme of color and light and how colors help us describe the objects in our world. Toys include a puppet set, size and color sorting bears, and a set of “Light and Color Tabletop Blocks” and a “Color and Light Science Kit” to provide opportunities for STEM exploration and play.


Materials and books (fiction and informational text) for hands-on learning are provided. Parents may follow this link to access literacy games and activities at home:


Play K is aligned to Pennsylvania's Learning Standards for Early Childhood with the goal of promoting early learning skills within the library setting. Families and caregivers will learn how vital play is to their child’s development of early learning skills. They will also learn how five simple things (talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing with their child every day) can build skills that will enable their child to be more successful in Kindergarten. Preschoolers will increase their ability to interact with other children and adults while exploring and experimenting with developmentally appropriate learning materials.


The PlayK program is made possible by a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries.

2018 Winter/Spring Story Time

Registration is open.

Story Times begin the week of February 12

and end the week of April 2.


Toddler Time (12 Months to 2 Years):

Tuesdays ~ 9:45am - 10:30am

Participate in a story time, then relax and interact with your toddler with toys and books. This is also a chance to meet and talk with other parents and caregivers.


Two Year Olds (2 to 3 Years):

Tuesdays ~ 11:00am - 11:45am

This is an interactive session with your child incorporating stories, rhymes, fingerplays, music, and more for concept learning and fun.


Three to Five Year Olds:

Wednesdays ~ 10:00am - 11:00am

Thursdays ~ 10:00am - 11:00am

Share a traditional story hour with your child listening to stories, learning fingerplays and songs, and making a craft.


Story Times will be cancelled if the Dallas School District delays or cancels classes.

Enrollment for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library 

The Dolly Parton Imagination Library is an early literacy initiative that provides new, age-appropriate books each month to children birth to age 5, FREE of charge.
All families in the Wyoming Valley with children under the age of 5 are eligible to enroll in the program, regardless of household income.
Parents and guardians can enroll their child by contacting Ashley Morrow at 570-270-9109, or
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is a United Way of Wyoming Valley initiative in collaboration with Success By 6.


 Click the link for a list of YA Card
Community Sponsors