April 2022

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A Letter from the Director...

"I want there to be proof that I was here beyond a Google search. That proof will live on in my diaries, my letters, and the scribbles I sent other people . . . I want the people I love to be affirmed and reminded of how capable they are on a daily basis. I think letters are the purest way to do that." —

Hannah Brencher, More Love Letters

A few weeks ago, I challenged my eight-year old daughter to write (in cursive) a weekly note to different people she cares about. She looked puzzled when I presented the challenge. Her response was, “Mom, I can use your phone to text notes.”

There it was ---the reality that the youngest generations never experienced the art of letter writing. I told my daughter about letters my grandmother wrote to me when I was in college. She would mail beautiful letters written in cursive, wishing me luck on an exam or keeping me up to date on family events. My grandmother could have called, but she enjoyed writing the letters and I enjoyed receiving them. There was something great about opening that little PO mailbox in the student center to see if I received a letter.

My grandmother’s letters inspired my daughter. She began to think about a world where

communication was not focused on efficiency and quick responses. She accepted my challenge and wrote her first letter to her school principal. She wrote the message in cursive and her words were thought-out and spelled correctly. She decorated the outside of the envelope with pictures and scribbles drawn with colored pencils. It was beautiful.

The next week, my daughter wrote a letter to her older sister, who sleeps in the bedroom next to her. Again, a well thought-out message describing how fortunate she is to have such a wonderful sister. I smile every time I walk into my older daughter’s room and see the note displayed on her nightstand.

My hope is that my daughter continues writing, scripting, and sending notes and drawings to those she loves. I also hope her efforts will inspire her recipients to remember how special it is to write and receive a hand-written letter. I hope her letter recipients begin writing as well.

Technology is convenient, but is also impersonal and common. I challenge you, take a moment in the near future to write a short note to someone you care about. Make your message personal and unique by simply writing it instead of typing. Small efforts like this may help to prevent the extinction of a beautiful art.

And check out these items from our collection, related to letter-writing:

Holly Bennett

Library Director, Information Conductor, and Community Ambassador

"The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library."

Albert Einstein

(1879-1955. Theoretical physicist)

Celebrate National Library Week 2022:

Connect with Your Library

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Plus: Free books available for all ages!


the Lego wall is back!!

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And check out our very special display of

Young Authors' books!

All items are available for checkout throughout National Library Week - or anytime!

Titanic Exhibit

Monday, April 11th-Friday, April 15th

with Special Event Thursday, April 14th from 4:00-6:00pm


Did you know that 2022 marks the 110th anniversary of the RMS Titanic's tragic first and final voyage? Want to learn more about this historic event, and why it still matters today?

Join us for a voyage aboard the Titanic on Thursday, April 14th! Board from the port at the Memorial Library of Nazareth & Vicinity, and set sail toward an unknown destination! This event features crafts and STEM activities for kids of all ages:

  • Learn about why boats float, even when they're made of heavy wood and iron.
  • Test out different materials to figure out how to build the best boat this side of the Atlantic!
  • Make a fun boat craft and learn about the ocean.
  • Make your very own kaleidoscope, one of the most popular toys during the Edwardian area.
  • All the while, learn all about what life was like aboard the the Titanic with a special exhibit featuring replica posters and memorabilia from this historic vessel. The exhibit will run from April 11-15, so you can stop by before it sinks!

Stop in any time between 4:00 and 6:00pm the night of April 14th to take part in our many fun and educational activities. We'll be closing out the night by sinking a replica model of the Titanic, so be sure to stick around!

  • Registration is open now. Call the library at 610-759-4932 or stop at the circulation desk to register.

This program is part of our PA Forward ® Information Literacy programming.

Want to Win a Nazareth Pool Pass?

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  • Two winning tickets will be drawn on Friday, May 7th. Winners will be notified on that day.
  • Each winner will receive one Adult Season Pass.

Need a Gift Idea??


Coming soon: Mother's Day, Father's Day, graduation...

Please consider donating new books to the library or funds to purchase them, in honor or memory or celebration of someone special.

Opportunity for Photographers

The library is in search of a photographer seeking experience and a chance to grow his/her portfolio.

If you are interested, please call 610-759-4832, ext. 4 or email jsilvius@nazarethlibrary.org.

Students pursuing photography/media careers and interests are encouraged to respond.


Calling All Audiobook Listeners!

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  • This newly formed group will meet on Thursday, April 14th at 1:00pm in the living room to discuss Yes, Please by Amy Poehler. This book is available on Hoopla Digital.
  • Attendees should bring a title available on Hoopla that they recommend the group read and discuss at a future meeting.
  • All audiobook lovers are invited to attend.
  • No registration is required.
  • This new discussion group's events are part of our PA Forward ® Information Literacy programming.

New: Items-by-Mail Program

  • If you are homebound and interested in receiving materials by mail, please call 610-759-4932, ext. 4 or email jsilvius@nazarethlibrary.org with your name and address.
  • You will be mailed more details about the program and an application asking basic questions about your interests.
  • This service is provided at NO PERSONAL COST to you. The Dermody Properties Foundation has graciously provided funding for this new initiative.
  • The program is open to residents of the MLNV’s supporting municipalities. ACCESS patrons are not eligible at this time.
  • This program is part of our PA Forward ® Information Literacy programming.

New: BookList Reader

Our patrons now have access to Booklist Reader from Booklist! This publication offers accessible book and awards lists, author/illustrator interviews, resources, and news from Booklist and the American Library Association.

Booklist Reader is linked on the opening page of our website.

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Special Events for Teens

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Teen Zine Club!

Wednesday, April 6th, 6:00-7:00pm

in honor of National Library Outreach Day

Any teen (age 12-19) interested in getting their original creative work published can join.

Zines are small press publications on niche subjects with a limited distribution. Each season, the Teen Zine Club will publish a zine centered around a specific theme. The first theme is: The Library!

Participants will submit any type of original work related to that season's theme: an essay, short story, poem, comic, or other artwork. We'll be peer critiquing submissions at club meetings to suggest revisions, but all work will be accepted and added! Then, we'll be formatting the zine and binding each issue by hand. Each participant will bind several copies to distribute however they wish, and one copy will be permanently added to the library's collection for all to read! We'll also be participating in fun fundraising and outreach efforts to buy supplies and gather interest in our zine.

This program is part of our PA Forward ® Basic Literacy programming.

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Harry Potter Night

Thursday, April 7th, 5:00-7:00pm

Registration is required.

Something magical is coming to your library!

Enter into the Wizarding World and join in a number of fun activities. Wear your house colors, or come in full cosplay, and participate in Triwizard Trivia! Craft your very own wand. Write a howler letter with a quill pen. Win magical prizes! And watch the library's teen and living rooms be transfigured into Hogwarts classrooms with sinister potions, floating candles, and much much more.

Come to the library today to verify your acceptance to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry.

Teens between the ages of 12-18 are welcome.

This program is part of our PA Forward ® Information Literacy programming.

Adult Craft Event


Tuesday, April 19th, 6:00pm

  • Create a spring focal point decoration at this month's craft club by wrapping natural tree branches in fabric, ribbon, and other materials. Combine various twisted branches with upcycled fabric materials to create a completely unique Spring decoration, or a centerpiece for an Easter tree display!
  • Crafting event is in person in the library, and all materials are provided.
  • Registration is open now. Call the library at 610-759-4932 or stop at the circulation desk to register.

Do You Know...??


...how powerful marketing is?

Join a presenter from Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center at the library on Thursday, April 28th at 6:30pm for a special program on "Tobacco use and marketing in marginalized communities."

Registration is open now. Call the library at 610-759-4932 or stop at the circulation desk to register.

This program is part of our PA Forward ® Health Literacy programming.

Author Event - Register Now!


Wanda Morris

virtual event

Tuesday, April 19th, 7:00pm

Morris' debut All Her Little Secrets is "... a page-turning tale dripping with suspense and intrigue ..." (Boston Globe).

Registration is open now. Call the library at 610-759-4932 or stop at the circulation desk to register and receive the BlueJeans link.

This special program is part of our PA Forward ® Civic and Social Literacy programming.

Special Craft and Story Event for Children:

Wednesday, April 20th, 6:30pm

Join to make a special Mother's Day craft!

Registration is open April 4th. Call the library at 610-759-4932 or stop at the circulation desk to register.

This program is part of our PA Forward ® Basic Literacy programming.


New: Saturday Storytime with Berry!

Join the new children's librarian on

Saturday, April 30th


for a special storytime session!

Did You Know?: We Have Museum Passes!

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Other Ongoing Events


NEW! Storytime via Social Media

2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month

Tuesdays at 10:30am - Shake and Boogie at the MLNV

Wednesdays at 10:30am - Storytime at the MLNV (NOTE THIS CHANGE IN TIME)

Thursdays at 10:30am - Storytime at the old municipal building adjacent to the baseball fields on Hecktown Road

NEW!! Thursdays at 10:30am - Infant and toddler storytime at the MLNV

Fridays at 10:30am - Shake and Boogie in the Bushkill Township Municipal Building on Bushkill Center Road

These children's programs are part of our PA Forward ® Basic Literacy programming.

Virtual STEM!

Have some fun at home by following along with Kevin and Kerby's exciting STEM activities on the library's Facebook!

Library Closure


The library will be closed on Friday, April 15th and Saturday, April 16th in observance of the spring holiday.

The library will reopen on Monday, April 18th at 10:00am.

Save the Date: Touch-a-Truck 2022

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For eleven years, Touch-a-Truck has brought together enthusiastic crowds and community partners with a host of business trucks, fire and police vehicles, ATVs--even a helicopter!

Touch-a-Truck is the most significant fundraiser that the library relies on to deliver its mission.

Help make this very special day a success:

Saturday, October 1st, 2022

Click HERE for additional information and to confirm your interest in being a part of this important community event now.

Thank you for your support and participation.

Book Discussion Groups

Newly re-started!

Daytime Book Discussion Group

The group will meet on the 4th Thursday of each month at 11:00am in the living room.

This book group is open to all, so please feel free to join and participate in the discussion.

Dates and books to be discussed for the remainder of 2022 include:

April 28 - The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters, by Balli Kaur Jaswal

May 26 - Girl, Woman, Other, by Bernardine Evaristo

June 23 - Crying in H Mart, by Michelle Zauner

July 28 - Resistance Women, by Jennifer Chiaverini

August 25 - The Last Castle, by Denise Kiernan

September 22 - The Book of Lost Friends, by Lisa Wingate

October 27 - Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee

November 17 - The Personal Librarian, by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray

December 22 - The Sentence, by Louise Erdrich

Wednesday Night Book Club

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The group is currently meeting online via Zoom OR in-person in the living room at the library at 6:30pm; contact sgerken@aol.com for details and updates.

April 13th - Agent Sonya by Ben MacIntyre

May 11th - Snow by John Banville

June 8th - Falling by T. J. Newman

July 13th - Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker

August 10th - Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk

September 14th - Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain

October 12th - The Hidden Things by Jamie Mason

November 9th - The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles

December 10th - Meet to select 2023 books

January 11th, 2023 - Every Day Is a Gift by Tammy Duckworth

This discussion group programming is a part of our PA Forward ® Civic and Social Literacy programming.

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Brainy Bibliophiles Book Group

led by Jill E. Silvius, Ph.D.

  • The group reads a mix of fiction, nonfiction, and classics - usually texts that are longer, more theoretical, and/or more complex than you might find in another book group.
  • Participate in in-depth discussion with other MLNV patrons on a Tuesday, every third month, at 6:30 PM.
  • The group plans to meet in-person but may meet on BlueJeans.


Tuesday, June 7th - Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation by Alan Burdick

Registration opens April 15th.

Tuesday, September 6th - 1st half of The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, tr. Nevill Coghill

Prologue and tales of the Knight, Miller, Reeve, Cook, Man of Law, Shipman, Prioress, Tale of Sir Topaz, Tale of Melibee, Monk, Nun’s Priest, Physician, and Pardoner

Registration opens July 1st.


Tuesday, December 6th - 2nd half of The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, tr. Nevill Coghill

Tales of the Wife of Bath, Friar, Summoner, Clerk, Merchant, Squire, Franklin, Second Nun, Canon’s Yeoman, Manciple, Parson, and Chaucer’s Retractions

Registration opens October 1st.


  • A limited number of copies of Why Time Flies and The Canterbury Tales will be available at the library for registrants to pick up and keep.
  • Register by calling the library or asking at the circulation desk.
  • For more information, email jsilvius@nazarethlibrary.org.
  • This discussion group programming is a part of our of our PA Forward ® Civic and Social Literacy programming.

Teen Advisory Board

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?

Do you have great ideas about service projects?

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).

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

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

Teens, stop by for the special Study Cafe:

Tuesday, April 19th

Wednesday, April 20th

Thursday, April 21st

Tuesday, April 26th

Wednesday, April 27th

Thursday, April 28th

4:00-5:45pm each day

The summer session planning meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 4th at 5:00pm.

If you are interested in joining the TAB or want more information, please contact awarnke@nazarethlibrary.org.

Other Items of Note...

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Joining us virtually in June...

Kate Moore!

Details coming soon

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  • Coming soon: Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 7th
  • Also coming soon - summer reading!!: As the temperature heats up, so does excitement about Summer Reading 2022: Journey into Reading! Children ages birth to 12 years are invited to set sail on an international reading adventure. All summer long the library will host engaging and dynamic programs that will teach young people about culture, history, and life around the world. Starting Tuesday, June 21st and wrapping up on August 6th, participants will be able to earn fun prizes for reading and exploring as they journey around the world. Through free art programs, special speakers, international outdoor games, music programs, and more, we will explore the wide world around us. So pack your bags for adventure and plan to travel to the library this summer!
  • Curbside service: Curbside service is still available. Feel free to set up curbside appointments via MyLibro and take advantage of this great service.
  • Technology assistance: One-on-one tech help is available. Call the library at 610-759-4932 or stop at the circulation desk to schedule.

Books, Audiobooks, Newspapers, A Few of Our Online Resources, and Social Media




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295 East Center Street

Nazareth PA 18064



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