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 will be limited to
2 books per family for 1 week
until Saturday, April 8.

Block Party with Special Hands-On Learning for Children

Monday Evening, April 10

6:00pm ~ 7:00pm

All ages ~ Children’s Room

Call or come in to register.


The library recently received materials from The Office of Commonwealth Libraries to implement a series of Block Play Parties for young children and their adults through the Cruise into Kindergarten program grant.


Blocks offer children an almost infinite variety of opportunities to express themselves, from constructing simple designs to veritable engineering feats of bridge building. In addition to the wooden blocks, the library received a variety of figurines, animals and other props for the children to us. They will only be limited by their imagination! Block building is no idle pastime. In fact, research shows that block play is shown to help children develop these skills:

Social-Emotional (cooperation, self-confidence, initiative)

Social Studies (people and their work, when played with in conjunction with character figurines and other props)

Physical Development (eye-hand coordination, hand manipulation)

Mathematics (shape, classification, order, size, space)

Science (gravity, weight, balance, trial and error)

Language Arts (exchange of ideas, naming of building, stories about building)

Art (patterns, symmetry).


So come and spend some down time on the carpet and play and learn with your children!

Writing Workshop For
7th and 8th Grade Students
Thursdays, 4:00pm ~ 6:00pm
Call or come in to register.
Jamie Marino, an English Literature/Creative Writing Senior at Kings College, will conduct the classes utilizing writing prompts and individual attention to each student's material.
(Sessions will continue as long as there is interest.)
2017 Winter/Spring Story Time
Registration is still open.
Call or come in to the library to register.
Story Times will start February 12, and end the week of April 2.
Toddlers (12 Months to 2 Years):
Tuesdays ~ 9:45am - 10:30am: Toddler Time
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.
Toddlers (2 Years):
Tuesdays ~ 11:00am - 11:45am: Mother Goose on the Loose
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 OR Thursdays ~ 10:00am - 11:00am
Share a traditional story hour with your child listening to stories, learning fingerplays and songs, and making a craft.

Cruise Into Kindergarten with Play K

Mondays ~ 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Beginning April 17

For children who will enter

kindergarten in the fall of 2017.

Call or come in to register.


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 first grade teacher, and Jennifer Perch, a Title 1 Reading Aide, 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.


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”.

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”.

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, picture/word rings, and a “Play & Learn Cash Register”.

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”.

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”.

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, a set of “Light and Color Tabletop Blocks”, and a “Color and Light Science Kit”.


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.

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 in one of the following ways:
1) Contact Miriam Bakewell, Community Impact Manager at
    570-829-6711 EXT 1232.
2) By completing a registration form available in the
    Children's Room of the Back Mountain Memorial Library.
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is a United Way of Wyoming Valley initiative in collaboration with Success By 6.


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