April 2021
A Letter from the Director...


The wonderful details of spring are beginning to present themselves!  April is such a fun month for the library as we celebrate National Library Week (April 5- 9).  The staff has a week planned which is filled with fun activities for everyone!

To kick off our celebration, I am excited to announce that the library was awarded a $1,500 grant from a partnership between the Pennsylvania Library Association and the National Network of Libraries and Medicine.  Six libraries in the state were selected from grant applications proposing virtual programs on health topics including exercises and nutrition.  The Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity proposed a bi-lingual, llama, yoga story time with our llama mascot, Gabe (pictured below):

In addition, the library will offer two other COVID-safe health programs this spring.  The funds awarded through this grant will supplement costs associated to the 2021 Summer Reading Program, Tales and Tails.  Congratulations to Catherine Stewart and Shelby Rozell for their hard work on this grant!

The library also received a $250 grant from the Hershey Heartwarming Young Heroes Grantee Center.  This grant is sponsored through the Youth Service America Organization.  The library's Teen Advisory Board (TAB) will spearhead this grant work.  Their project will foster meaningful connections, promote inclusion, and teach empathy.  Congratulations to Shelby Rozell and the TAB members for securing this opportunity.

Finally, the library was awarded a $2,100 grant to secure professional development opportunities for the library staff in the area of equity, diversity, and inclusion.  The Library Science and Technology Act (LSTA) made this grant possible.

Enjoy the spring weather and stay safe!
See you at the library,

Holly Bennett
Library Director, Information Conductor, and Community Ambassador
A Thought to Ponder...
 "A library in the middle of a community is a cross between an emergency exit, a life raft, and a festival.  They are cathedrals of the mind, hospitals of the soul, theme parks of the imagination." - Caitlin Moran
National Library Week
Celebrate with us, April 4th-10th!

"The theme for National Library Week, 'Welcome to Your Library,' promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building - and that everyone is welcome to use their services...Whether people visit in person or virtually, libraries offer opportunities for everyone to explore new worlds and become their best selves through access to technology, multimedia content, and educational programs." (http://www.ala.org/conferencesevents/celebrationweeks/natlibraryweek)

Throughout the week:
Come see our new tank of colorful decorative shrimp!

Local business owners, Patrick McIvor (101 E Center Salon) and The Curious Plantaholic, have co-designed a shrimp-tastic tank for the Children's area!

Stop by and meet our new friends starting Monday, April 5th for our Children's Department area grand re-opening and National Library Week celebrations!

(And watch for upcoming details about a contest to name the shrimp!)

Check out the special Story Walk outside the library!

In celebration of National Library Week, every patron who checks out a book will automatically have his/her name entered
to win a "Library Lover" special basket!

Adult basket:  new adult books, Josh Early candy, gift certificate to Sweets 'n Savories
Teen basket:  new book, assorted candy
Children's basket:  new book, DVD, assorted candy

Monday, April 5th:  Kickoff!
Celebrate our Children's Department re-opening, complete with balloons!
And don't forget our brand new aquatic friends ;)

Tuesday, April 6th:  National Library Workers' Day
Help us celebrate our library workers by thanking them for their hard work!
Patrons will be able to thank their favorite library workers by writing a compliment or thank you note on pre-cut notecards to be displayed around the library!
Toddlers can also join Miss Catherine for Shake and Boogie outside at 10:30am (weather permitting).

Wednesday, April 7th:  Story Crawl!
Join Miss Catherine and Mrs. Kelly for our very first Story Crawl!
Miss Catherine and Mrs. Kelly will be hosting storytimes with fun activities at each of our funding municipalities throughout the day!
 Children are invited to visit special spots in the four municipalities that MLNV serves for great stories, fun songs and activities, healthy snacks, and creative crafts.
There will be something different to make or do at each spot.
This event is weather-dependent.  In case of inclement weather, check the library website for updates.
  • 10:00am - Bushkill Township - Bushkill Township Recreation Fields (Bushkill Township Recreation Fields - Google Maps) - We will be located at the open pavilion for a storytime and a breakfast snack!
  • 11:30am - Upper Nazareth Township - Tuskes Community Park of Upper Nazareth (Tuskes Field - Google Maps) - We will be located at the small pavilion next to the playground for a storytime and some jump rope fun!
  • 3:00pm - Lower Nazareth Township - Lower Nazareth Township Park (Lower Nazareth Twp Park - Google Maps) - We will be located at the pavilion near the old municipal building for a storytime and some healthy afternoon snacks.
  • 6:00pm - Nazareth Borough - Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity (Memorial Library Of Nazareth & Vicinity Central Library - Google Maps) - Join us at the library's flagpole for an evening storytime and crafts!  Once we're done, you'll be welcome to visit the newly re-opened Children's Department!
Thursday, April 8th:  Take Action for Libraries Day
Thank your municipality for supporting the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity! Stop by the library to pick up a mini-craft kit to create a "Thank You" note for your local council people!
Decorate a notecard or write a letter to let them know why the MLNV is so special to you.
Completed notecards and letters can be returned to the library for delivery.


Watch a special STEM video featuring
Marshmallow Peeps!
with Kevin
on Facebook!

Friday, April 9th
Stop by the library and purchase some of our "2020 Library of the Year" merchandise at a discounted rate of $10.00!
Or make a donation to receive a tote bag or Christmas ornament!
Winners of our "Library Lover" raffle baskets will also be chosen!
Other Special Events
Join us for a 30-Day Sustainability Challenge in the month of April!
The 30-Day Challenge is an accessible and educational opportunity to learn about environmental issues, how you might contribute to them, and actionable steps that you can take to address them in your own life.

Each day, a new prompt will be posted on MLNV's Instagram Stories.  Challenge yourself to complete each task--some days are dedicated simply to learning while others offer activities and experiments.

Each time you share a photo of yourself completing the task on your Instagram Story OR email a photo to outreach@nazarethlibrary.org your name will be entered into a raffle for a special eco-friendly prize at the end of the month.

We hope you'll join us in examining the changes we can make for a healthier, more sustainable Earth.

The 30-Day Sustainability Challenge is part of Project Green!, the library's new environmental initiative.
Enjoy Special Storytime Videos!
We'll be posting a storytime video sent to us from Nazareth Area High School students on Monday, April 19th.  The stories included are below, along with the names of the readers:

Watch for details about the
Teen Advisory Board's Spreading Love Program
throughout Global Youth Service Days, April 23rd-25th.
Learn more via our website
Our Book Sale has now started!!

Located between the double doors of the lobby, we are selling paperbacks, hardcovers, children's books, and DVDs.

hardcovers - $1.00
DVDs - $1.00
children's books - $0.50
paperbacks -$0.50

Please place your money in the donation jar on the counter.
Thank you!

Beginning in May, the library plans to accept donated items in good condition
on the first Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of each month.
Donated items will be for future book sales.

April events from the PA Department of Banking and Securities:
"Midweek Money Matters"

April is Financial Capability Month!
Midweek Money Matters sessions will focus on things we can do to make wise and safe financial decisions.  We will cover important topics like budgeting, the true costs of credit, teaching kids to save, and even an introduction to home buying! I t is an exciting month; be sure to register for each session you plan to attend.  Registration is limited, so don't delay!
 4/6 & 4/7 - Money Management and Budgeting - These days we can all use a little reminder on money management and budgeting.  Whether it is a crash course in the reality of the economy or a quick refresher, this session will include "paying yourself first," setting goals, and planning what you will do with your money.  It's the perfect way to kick off Financial Capability Month.
 4/13 & 4/14 - Understanding the True Cost of Credit - It is easy to pull out a credit card to make that purchase.  But have you considered what the cost of the item purchased on your credit will cost in the long run?  We will help you become a more informed borrower by discussing the ins and outs of fees and costs associated with credit purchases.
 4/20 & 4/21 - Top 10 Ways to Teach Kids to Save -Teach Children to Save Day is on April 22nd!  Join us as we talk about ways to teach children to save and the importance leading by example.  Key topics will include when to say "yes"; creating a spending plan; saving intentionally for those things that we "want," while making sure that our needs are met; and more.  Do not miss this unique opportunity.
 4/27 & 4/28 - First Time Home Buyers: Where Do You Start - With interest rates lower than ever, many people are considering buying a home.  If you are a first-time home buyer, or it's been years since you owned a home, knowing where to start with one of the biggest financial decisions is critical.  This session will cover common first-time home buyer tips as well as provide some not-so-common tips that can go a long way in helping to ensure that you are well equipped for that homebuying process.

You can also visit the Eventbrite page at http://padobs.evenbrite.com, to see each of the scheduled sessions.
If you have questions or want to discuss the future schedule, contact Katrina at katrboyer@pa.gov.

Bedtime Storytime

Tuesday, April 13th
Celebrate April Holidays!


Thursday, April 1st - April Fools' Day

Friday, April 2nd -  Good Friday (The library is CLOSED).

Saturday, April 3rd - Don't Go to Work Unless It's Fun Day

Sunday, April 4th - Easter Sunday

Thursday, April 8th - Draw a Picture of a Bird Day

Monday, April 12th - Grilled Cheese Day

Tuesday, April 13th - Ramadan and Scrabble Day

Friday, April 16th - National Librarian Day

Thursday, April 22nd - Earth Day and National Jelly Bean Day

Friday, April 30th - Arbor Day and National Honesty Day


Plus, April is National Poetry Month!


"Poetry:  the best words in the best order." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge


Check out these library resources for all ages about poetry

(among a plethora the MLNV owns):

Coming Soon!
Cookies Fundraiser!
Assorted flower shapes
from Easton Baking Company
Just in time for Mother's Day!

Orders due Thursday, May 6th at 12:00 pm

Orders can be picked up Saturday, May 8th

Half-dozen:  $6.50
Dozen:  $12.00
Current Operational Procedures
What Are Your Current Browsing Hours?

Mondays and Fridays
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
10:00 am - 8:00 pm

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Please continue to check the website for updates!

Can I Come in the Library?
Gloves are highly recommended while browsing and are available as you enter the building.

Do I Have to Wear a Mask and Social Distance?
The health of our patrons and staff is a top priority.  Masks are required to be worn correctly over your mouth and nose while in the library.  We also ask that you social distance.  If a patron has a medical condition and cannot wear a mask, it is requested that they speak to a staff member at the library desk; accommodations will be made for people with medical conditions.  

Do I Have to Make an Appointment to Browse?
No, but you are encouraged to do so, as there is a maximum capacity of twenty patrons in the building at one time.

Can I Still Use the Computers?
Yes, by appointment.  There is a limited number of public workstations available.  We ask that you limit your computer usage session to 30 minutes.  Call the library to schedule an appointment.

Is Curbside Still Available?
Absolutely.  After scheduling an appointment via MyLibrosimply call us when you arrive, tell us what parking spot you are in, pop your trunk, and we will bring the checked-out materials to you.

How Do I Return My Library Materials?
Returns should be made outside in the book drop.  Please continue to place your library materials in a closed plastic bag.

Can I Still Renew Materials?
Yes, absolutely - call the library or renew them via your library account online.  Your items will also automatically renew for two more weeks UNLESS the item is on hold for someone else.  You will receive a notice with a new due date and/or information on items that cannot be renewed.

Are You Still Holding Programs?
Virtual and outdoor programming will continue to be held.  Read the rest of this newsletter for details!

for your patience as we continually monitor the situation
for the health and safety of all patrons and staff!
Check the  library website and social media for updates.
Library Laughs
 Where are the books on finding Bigfoot?
In the large print section!

From one book to another:
"You look so much thinner!"
"I had my appendix removed."
3-D Printing Services Now Available
The library has once again begun offering our 3-D printing service.

If you would like to have an object printed, you can email your request along with the 3-D model file to be printed to Kevin Hopf at khopf@nazarethlibrary.org.  If you would like an object printed but do not have a model file, you can email Kevin to request assistance in finding a model file to use.  Please allow up to two weeks for your
object to be printed.  You will be notified when your object has been completed, at which point you can pick it up at the circulation desk. For the time being, payment is a flat rate of 5 dollars per print, paid upon pickup of the object.

DISCLAIMER:  3-D printing is not a perfect process, and therefore we cannot guarantee the quality of a print.  Prints will be of the highest quality that the library printers can achieve.  Printing delays and other unforeseen circumstances may occur.

Upcoming Ongoing Events
Join the Brainy Bibliophiles Book Group!

What does this group read?
The group reads a mix of fiction, nonfiction, and classics - usually books that are longer, more theoretical, or more complex than you might find in another book group.

When and where does the group meet?
Book discussions are currently being held on the first Tuesday, every third month, online via BlueJeans.  The group looks forward to meeting in person, hopefully soon!

How are books selected?
The discussion leader selects the books, but members are invited to suggest books for future discussion.

Who can join?
All who want to "dig deeper" are welcome.

Tuesday, June 1st, 6:30pm
What do you know about the Senatus Populus Que Romanus ("the senate and people of Rome"?)  Let Beard introduce you to nearly a thousand years of the empire's glory!

>>>Registration is now open.  To register, and to reserve a copy of the book to keep (while supplies last), email jsilvius@nazarethlibrary.org.<<<

Tuesday, September 7th, 6:30pm
Untranslated Latin, ecclesiastical history, long philosophical passages, amidst a medieval murder mystery...are you up for the challenge?

Tuesday, December 7th, 6:30pm
A grown-up's book with essential pictures, photographs, and graphics, narrated (mostly) by a nine-year-old boy in the search for the lock (or the "key"!) to his deceased father's life, in post-9/11 America.

NOTE:  A limited number of copies of the 2021 book selections
will be available at the library for registrants to pick up and keep.  Future registration dates and details will be listed in upcoming newsletters.
For more information and to obtain the BlueJeans links, email jsilvius@nazarethlibrary.org.

What does this group read?
The group reads a mix of fiction, nonfiction, and classics.

When and where does the group meet?
Book discussions are currently being held on the second Wednesday, every month, online via Zoom.  The group looks forward to meeting in person, hopefully soon!

How are books selected?
Throughout the year, members are invited to nominate books for future discussion.
The group votes in December for books for the following February-November and subsequent January.

Who can join?
All are welcome.

Wednesday, April 14th, 6:30pm
by Ann Patchett

Wednesday, May 12th, 6:30pm
by Jill Jonnes

Wednesday, June 9th, 6:30pm
by Trevor Noah

Wednesday, July 14th, 6:30pm
by Robert Matzen

Wednesday, August 11th, 6:30pm
by Fredrik Backman

Wednesday, September 8th, 6:30pm
by David McCullough

Wednesday, October 20th, 6:30pm
by Lucy Foley

Wednesday, November 10th, 6:30pm
by Kristen Harmel

Saturday, December 11th, 1:00pm
Holiday Gathering and Book Selection for 2022

Wednesday, January 12th, 2022, 6:30pm
by Marie Benedict

For more information and to obtain the Zoom links, email sgerken@aol.com.
Exciting news for our youngest patrons and their parents/guardians:

Beginning Tuesday, April 13th, Toddler Shake & Boogie and Storytime will be held outside on the library lawn, weather-permitting.
In cases of inclement weather - or if you can't make it to the library in person - the programs can still be accessed via Facebook Live.


Toddler Shake & Boogie!
April 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th
April 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th 
(Note that April 7th is the Story Crawl - see above for details).

Bilingual storytime on Friday, April 23rd, to celebrate Earth Day!
Join the MLNV's creative writing group!

  • This group is facilitated by a local college professor who holds a Ph.D. in English and has a love for writing.
  • At each meeting, participants will receive a writing prompt and be asked to share their responses (whether poetry, fiction, or nonfiction) to a previous writing prompt.
  • The prompt for the upcoming meeting:  Pick a favorite item (or a few) and express their importance and value to you. Feel free to write in any genre (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, etc.)
  • Participants may request constructive criticism or just a friendly listening audience.
  • The facilitator will share a writing tip and practice exercise about cutting verbal clutter.
  • If you are interested in joining the group and obtaining more details about the group, email jsilvius@nazarethlibrary.org.
The group's March BlueJeans meeting is Monday, April 12th, 7pm.
The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is back for the spring!
Are you a teen entering 7th to 12th grade?
Are you looking for a fun way to get volunteer hours?
Are you interested in having direct input on teen services and programs at the MLNV?
Join the Teen Advisory Board (TAB)!
TAB is an open-forum where teens discuss the issues related specifically to teen use of the library (materials and events).

This session we will be focusing on teen programming, acquisitions and fundraising. Meetings will take place on BlueJeans on alternating Mondays and Thursdays through May 10. Exact dates are as follows:

* Thursday, April 8th, 3-4pm
* Monday, April 12th, 3:30-4:30pm
* Thursday, April 22nd, 3-4pm
* Monday, April 26th, 3:30-4:30pm
* Thursday, May 6th, 3-4pm
* Monday, May 10th, 3:30-4:30pm

Perks of joining the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity's TAB:  making new friends, receiving volunteer hours, and the ability to make creative and financial choices involving teen programming and the YA/Teen room renovations.

Requirements to join: Entering 7th to 12th grade, have an MLNV library card, be willing to participate in TAB discussions and voice your opinions, and be willing to respect the opinions, tastes, privacy & choices of others.

Interested in joining the TAB?  Want more information?  Feel free to email all questions to the TAB Coordinator, Shelby Rozell, at srozell@nazarethlibrary.org.
Get Your Library Merchandise!
While supplies last...
MLNV Library of the Year shirts and sweatshirts may be purchased
online via the "Store" tab.  A debit or credit card is required.
Cash or check donations received for ornaments and totes go directly to the Summer Reading Program.  This is separate from the Capital Campaign.
COVID-19 and Vaccine Resources
Check out our website for vaccine resources:
Procedures for Returning Items
Borrowed Items --> Plastic Bags, Please
Our outside book drop is open 24/7.  Please return all items via the book drop.  Wask that you please continue putting your items into closed plastic bags.  Don't worry if you see your returned items still on your account several days after you have returned them.  For everyone's health and safety, we are quarantining returned materials for 72 hours upon receipt.  Also, returned items are wiped with a sanitizing wipe before being reshelved.
Using myLIBRO
Explore our curbside service which will allow you to select materials remotely from your mobile device and schedule curbside pick up at the library!

How to Create Your Account
  1. Download the myLibro app (available on iOS and the Google store).
  2. Find "Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity" on the dropdown menu.
  3. Type in your library card number (all 14 digits, NO spaces).  Your library pin will be the last four digits of the phone number the MLNV has on file under your account UNLESS you had previously changed your PIN.  For help with your library card number or pin number, reach out to srozell@nazarethlibrary.org.
Stay in the Know with Social Media!
It's easy to stay up-to-date with our many current events for all ages!
 Additional Services
You can access our digital library 24/7 with a library card!

Register for a card from the comfort of your own home; click here to fill out the online form, and a librarian will contact you.

Happy Reading!
If you or someone you know needs help with technology, we are available to help!  Email khopf@nazarethlibrary.org or call 610-759-4932 to set up a time for your "virtual" one-on-one technology session.

Note: You must have a valid library card to take advantage of this free service.
eBooks, Audiobooks, and MORE!

Anyone with an active library card can borrow electronic materials from our website!
    1. Go to our website.
    2. Click the Collections menu.
    3. Select eBooks & Audiobooks, and follow the directions.
To access these resources, follow the directions outlined above, or simply click here to go directly to the eBooks & Audiobooks page!

Remember, you do need a library card to access these free services, and you can register for one online by clicking here.
Missed a newsletter?
You can find past MLNV newsletters on our website. Click here to read our newsletters that date back to 2015; or, simply visit our website, click the Events menu and select Newsletter.  Happy Reading!
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Thank you!
Memorial Library of Nazareth & Vicinity 
295 East Center Street, Nazareth PA  18064