August 2021
A Letter from the Director...

Hello Friends,

The other day I was sitting in my office at the library and I overheard a patron ask a staff member for a
"beach read" recommendation.  The staff member replied, "Which beach are you going to?"  The patron
laughed and said, "The one in my backyard."

The beach is one of my favorite places to read and make a fresh start.  The waves hitting the shore, the sounds of seagulls in the air, and watching the silhouettes of sailboats in a distance can transform anyone's mood.  Yet, there is a beach in each of our backyards - if we allow it to exist.  A comfortable chair, a glass of lemonade, bare feet in the grass, and the book you cannot wait to open.  Put all these things together and voila - the beach.

The dawg days of summer are quickly winding down.  If you can go to the beach - go.   It does not matter if it is the one that will leave you with sand in your shoes for days or the one that is only steps from your everyday routine.  Go to the beach - enjoy August in every way!  Looks like Percy has made her way to the beach!
See you at the library!

Holly Bennett
Library Director, Information Conductor, and Community Ambassador
Get Your Lottery Calendars NOW!

 We have individual lottery calendars available for sale at the main desk through Tuesday, August 31st, while supplies last.

Just $10 each!

We accept cash/check/credit cards.


 How the Lottery Calendar Works

The chances for winning are based on the Pick-3 Pennsylvania Lottery (Evening), straight, not boxed, throughout September 2021. Each day a number is drawn, and if that number calendar has been purchased, the buyer will be a winner. The payout is determined by the dollar amount shown on the calendar for that day. (For example, Atticus Finch purchased calendar #123, and on September 28 the Pick-3 Pennsylvania number drawn is #123, then Atticus wins the amount appearing on his calendar for that day. If calendar #123 was never purchased, then there is no payout for that day.) Winners will have checks mailed to the address written on the ticket stub within 30 days of winning.

Coming Soon:  Touch a Truck!
at Bushkill Township Recreational Fields
1114 Bushkill Center Rd., Nazareth
Saturday, October 2nd, 10:00am-2:00pm

Join us for this annual community event!  We are on track to have more vehicles than ever before, PLUS we will have a Story-time Pavilion made special with visits from both Alice and the Mad Hatter!  This year we will have an assortment of food trucks, antique cars and hot rods!  As always, we will have a concession stand for made-to-order hot breakfast & lunch foods, crafts, and of course, vehicles galore!  Don't miss this event -- tickets go on sale in September; keep in touch for details!
Get ready for fun!!!
Summer Reading:  Tales and Tails
Summer reading events:
  • For children:  Tuesday, August 3rd, 6:30-7:15pm - TAB Craft Program
  • For all ages:  Wednesday, August 4th, 6:30pm - Pet Parade and Summer Reading Ending Program with Lawn Games
  • For all ages:  Friday, August 6th, 11:00am - STEM with Kevin

Summer reading program officially ends August 7th.

Thank you for your participation in a very busy and exciting summer at the library!

Conversation with Edward Humes
Join Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edward Humes and MLNV staff for a conversation about Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash and low-waste living.
A limited number of free copies of Garbology are available, as well as free copies of a parallel children's book, What a Waste: Trash, Recycling, and Protecting Our Planet.

Thursday, August 5, 7 PM
The event will be held virtually via Zoom.
  • Registration is open NOW.  To register, sign up at the circulation desk or call the library.
  • Registration is limited.
  • Registrants must be MLNV patrons in good standing.
This program is made possible by a grant from the ALA.
Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL).
Awesome August Events
Nazareth's First National Night Out in the Park
 Tuesday, August 3rd, 6:00-9:00pm
The Nazareth Police Department will be hosting this event.
 See squad cars, the life flight helicopter, and emergency response vehicles while learning about a wide variety of safety topics and partaking in numerous interactive family friendly activities.
Other Nazareth Emergency Responders will also take part.  St. Luke's University Healthcare is a major contributing sponsor of this free event.
There will be informational handouts and free hot dogs.
Celebrate Friday the 13th!
Kids' Spooky Crafternoon with Anneliese
Friday, August 13th, 1:00-2:00pm

This event is for children ages 6 and up and their parents/guardians.
Free Comic Book Day
Saturday, August 14th, 10:00am-1:00pm
in partnership with JAF Comics
"Back-to-School" Self-Care Crafting:
Make a Homemade Bath Bomb
Wednesday, August 18th, 10:00am-12:00pm
This event is for teens entering grades 9-12 in the fall.
Teen Advisory Board Escape Room Experience
Saturday, August 21st, 10:00am-4:00pm
The TAB is hosting an Escape Room Experience at the Lower Nazareth Township Park old Municipal Building!
Sign up for a 30-minute treasure hunt-inspired test of knowledge with a group of 3-5 explorers.
Registration opens on Monday, August 2nd.
This event is for teens entering grades 9-12 in the fall.
Upper Nazareth Community Days
Friday, August 27th and Saturday, August 28th
at the Tuskes Community Park
Celebrate a wonderful summer with one last hurrah!
Upper Nazareth Township Community Day events will provide enjoyment for children of all ages, adults, and senior citizens.
Author Talk with Tess Gerritsen

Tess Gerritsen is a doctor, a filmmaker, and the internationally-bestselling author of Choose Me plus the medical thriller Rizzoli & Isles series and romantic thrillers.

Monday, August 23rd, 7:00pm
via BlueJeans

Registration is open NOW.  To register, sign up at the circulation desk or call the library.

Learn American Sign Language!

Join Girl Scout Melissa who is working on her Silver Award:
  • Wednesday, August 4th at 11:15am-12:00pm for ASL storytime for toddlers
  • Friday, August 6th at 10:00-10:45am for ASL storytime for toddlers
  • Friday, August 6th at 2:00-4:00pm for ASL class for all ages - Learn the alphabet and numbers
  • Monday, August 9th at 10:00am-12:00pm for ASL Class for all ages - Learn the alphabet and numbers
  • Wednesday, August 11th at 10:00am-12:00pm for a basic conversation class for all ages
  • Friday, August 13th, at 2:00-4:00pm for a basic conversation class for all ages

All ASL events will be held outside, weather-permitting.

Learn about Pennie, PA's Replacement
The Memorial Library of Nazareth cordially invites you to a virtual Lunch & Learn session with Pennsylvania Health Insurance Exchange Authority (PHIEA) - more commonly known as Pennie.  This educational session will be led by Pennie's Outreach Manager, Scott Yeager.

Tuesday, August 10th, 2021 from 12:00 noon to 1:00pm

The goal of this Lunch & Learn session is to inform patrons and community partners about Pennie, its resources, and how Pennie can help the uninsured.

Meeting ID: 970 4883 0719
Passcode: 0GYAvu
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 970 4883 0719

During the briefing, Pennie will discuss:
  • Pennsylvania's new replacement for -
  • Pennie's mission, who we serve, and how we help connect and protect the uninsured
  • How Pennie is the only source for financial assistance in Pennsylvania's individual health and dental insurance market
  • The various tiers of customer service through Pennie that are free of charge
  • Pennie's 'No Wrong Door' policy and how we seek to help those in transition
  • Providing Pennsylvanians with a choice if they lose their employer-sponsored coverage
  • Pennie's COVID-19 Enrollment Period (2/15/2021 to 8/15/2021)
  • The Financial Assistance under the American Rescue Plan
  • Time will also be permitted for questions and answers
 Ahead of time, you are encouraged to visit (our public website) and (the home for PHIEA).
  • Available NOW!!
  • Ask at the circulation desk.
  • Hotspots circulate for one week, with an additional week renewal available, if needed.
Mark Your Calendar:  Friends Book Sale

Thursday, October 21st
Friday, October 22nd
Saturday, October 23rd
The library will accept donated items in good condition on Thursday, August 5th, Friday, August 6th, and Saturday, August 7th AND every day beginning Monday, September 20th.
Upcoming Ongoing Events
Ongoing Children's Programming:

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

Wednesdays at 10:30am - Storytime at the MLNV

Thursdays at 10:30am - Storytime at the Lower Nazareth Township Park

Fridays at 10:30am - Shake and Boogie at the Bushkill Township Recreation Fields

Please note:  These events will be held during the weeks of August 1st and 8th and then resume after Labor Day.

All programming takes place outdoors, weather permitting.
In case of inclement weather, please check the library website or call 610-759-4932.


A special storytime on Thursday, August 5th, 9:30am in-person at the Tuskes Park pavilion

Bedtime storytime on Tuesday, August 10th, 6:30pm on Facebook

Storytime and craft for ages 2-5 with Girl Scout Gianna on Wednesday, August 11th, 10:30am in-person at the library

NEW!!  Spanish storytime on Tuesday, August 17th, 10:30am in-person at the library

Join the Brainy Bibliophiles Book Group!
currently meeting on BlueJeans
For more information, email

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

Registration is open now.  To register, sign up at the circulation desk or call the library.

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.

A limited number of copies is available at the library for registrants to pick up and keep.  Registration opens Friday, October 1st.  To register and to obtain a copy of the book (while supplies last), sign up at the circulation desk or call the library.
currently meeting on Zoom

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
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:  Describe a special day which changed your life.
  • 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.
  • If you are interested in joining the group and obtaining more details about the group, email
The group's next BlueJeans meeting is Monday, August 30th, 7pm.
Interested in the Teen Advisory Board (TAB)?
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).

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
Ongoing Book Sale
Located between the double doors of the lobby are paperbacks, hardcovers, children's books, and DVDs for sale.
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!
Other Special Events - Save the Dates!
Virtual event with Tommy Jenkins,
Date TBD

Fundraiser with 
Craig Thatcher, Dave Fry, and Dick Boak
at the Phoenix at the Holy Family Club
Friday, November 19th, 7:30pm
  • Beginning in August, staff in the children's dept. and during children's programs will wear masks.
  • We encourage all patrons to continue social distancing.
  • Masks will be available in the vestibule.
  • We will continue to be sensitive to and closely monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation.  The health and safety of our staff and patrons remain a top priority.
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 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.
Books, Audiobooks, and MORE!
including the new offering cloudLibrary!
 If you have a smartphone with the app store or Google store, you can easily access cloudLibrary by downloading the app.  To login, simply search our library and enter your library card number.  There is no pin needed. 

Have you checked out these great resources?

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