Library in full swing

First Posted: 5/27/2014

The Back Mountain Memorial Library is in full swing for spring.

Not only are we getting ready for the 68th annual auction, the library is also offering several upcoming events to spark your creativity until then!

Local author Bryan Kollar will be at the library from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 14 for a public signing of his new book, “The Memory Machine.” Be sure to stop in and meet this interesting writer.

And if you’ve always wanted to pen your own novel, come and write with us The library is offering a free writing workshop to be held every other Saturday, for writers of all ages and skill levels. Write, share your work, critique, revise and have fun. Robert Antinozzi and Alyssa Waugh, Masters of Creative Writing, Wilkes University, will share their expertise and lead these workshops. Call the library at 570-675-1182 for more information regarding starting dates and time.

If you prefer more visual entertainment, you’re also in luck. The popular “Take the Stage” theater group will return to the library for its 2014 season with the following outdoor performances:

June 20 and 21 – “Alice in Wonderland”

July 18 and 19 – “Trial of Fairytales”

Aug. 15 and 16 – “Commedia Puss and Boots”

All performances begin at 6 p.m. and are held outdoors behind the library. You are welcome to bring lawn chairs.

And, for the big event – the 68th Annual Back Mountain Memorial Library Auction will be held on July 10, 11, 12 and 13. This highly-anticipated event is held at the library grounds at 96 Huntsville Road in Dallas, off Main Street near the Dallas Centre Hardware. Free shuttle parking will be available from 6 to 11 p.m. each night of the auction from the parking lot at the Country Club Shopping Center in Dallas to the library.

Actual auction block bidding begins each evening at 6 p.m. and includes both antiques and new goods items. Join in the fun and bid on various furniture items, patio sets, paintings, gift certificates from area restaurants and so much more.

You may also want to come early so that you can visit the many booths that open early at 5 p.m.

These include the popular Nearly Olde booth, which offers distinctly different glassware/kitchenware, vintage collectibles jewelry, dolls and even TV character toys from days gone by. The Slightly Read Book tent is a first-stop must and will offer both fiction and non-fiction books, including children’s titles. Inside the Tisket-a-Tasket booth, you will find a variety of quality home décor, featuring ocean-themed, floral and country collectibles.

The Friends of the Library host a Basket Raffle Booth where you can choose which basket you want to try to win. The Plant Booth is sure to be a stunning display of flowering plants and vegetable seedlings for you to grow at home. A vast Odd’s & Ends tent guarantees “something for everyone” and will include numerous items that you just can’t live without. Vintage CDs, DVDs, tools, glassware, holiday decorations, purses, suitcases and anything else you can think of are sure to be found here. There will also be a fun area just for children, where they can do Sand Art, play games and win prizes.

You will be amazed at the deep bargain prices you will find at all of the above booths.

If that’s not enough, don’t forget about all of the delicious food that will be available. The Anthracite Café will provide an assortment of food in the Food Booth, along with various other stands offering everything from pancakes and pizza to fudge and ice cream. Be sure to visit the library’s Bake Sale area for delicious cupcakes, cookies and baked goods.

Family Night at the Auction will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 10 and will feature auction items of special interest to families.

The Children’s Auction will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. This special children’s event features toys, games, dolls and many other fun things for children to bid on. The Food Booth will also be open during this event.

Reminder to Parents: The library’s Summer Reading Program will officially begin on Thursday, June 12. This year’s theme, Fizz, Boom Read, will include science-related stories and special programs to be announced soon. Families may visit the library to register and to begin their reading logs.

Registration for Summer Story Hours and children’s reading groups will begin on Tuesday, June 10. Call the library beginning at 9:30 a.m. to register your child for any of the following groups:

• Story Hours for children 1 and 2 years of age and those from 3 to 5 years of age.

• Early Readers’ Story Hour will be for children who have just completed kindergarten and first grade.

• Junior Adventurers will be held for children who have just completed second grade through fifth grade.

• Donuts & Discussion will be a book discussion group for tweens who are nine through 12 years of age. The tweens enjoy refreshments and donuts, make new friends and learn the art of book discussion.

• The Young Adult Book Discussion Group is exploring the supernatural this summer. Teens 13 years of age and older are invited to take part in this fun group.

• Relax and Read is a reading and reviewing program for teens who would rather read and write than discuss. Teens write short reviews of any books they choose to read over the summer.

Call the library at 570-675-1182 for more information on any of the above reading groups.

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