First Posted: 6/10/2014

The 68th Annual Back Mountain Memorial Library Auction will be held on July 10, 11, 12 and 13. This popular community event is held at the library grounds at 96 Huntsville Road in Dallas, off Main Street near the Dallas Hardware Store. Free shuttle parking will be available from 6 to 11 p.m. each night of the auction with a bus running continuously from the parking lot at the Country Club Shopping Center in Dallas to the library. Note that this is a new location for the shuttle bus and be sure to park at the Country Club Shopping Center if you plan to use the shuttle service.

Actual auction block bidding begins at 6 p.m. each evening 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 many other items.

The various booths open 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 Odds & 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.

Don’t forget about all the food. Also, be sure to visit the library’s bake sale area for 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. There will also be games and activities for children of all ages.

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.

In order to prepare its inventory for the auction, the library’s Slightly Read Bookshop will temporarily be closed beginning June 14 and book donations will not be accepted after that date. The Bookshop will re-open at 5 p.m. on the first day of the auction, Thursday, July 10.


Another highly-anticipated event, the library’s Farmers Market, will return on Saturday, July 19. The farmers offer a vast array of fresh produce, baked goods and so much more. The Market is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays until Oct.11. Mark your calendars and get your summer recipes ready.


The library is hosting a free writing workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. 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 to register.


The popular “Take the Stage” theater group will return to the library for its 2014 season with the following outdoor performances: “Alice in Wonderland,” June 20 and 21; “Trial of Fairytales, July 18 and 19; and “Commedia Puss and Boots,” Aug. 15 and 16.

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


Reminder to Parents: The library’s Summer Reading Program will continue throughout the summer. Parents may come in the library any time to register their children to begin their reading logs for this fun program. This year’s theme, “Fizz, Boom Read!” will include science-related stories and special programs to be announced soon.


There are also still openings for the following youth reading 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 9 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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