August 2022


A Letter from the Director


August typically involves soaking in every moment of summer before the hustle of September arrives.  An anonymous author once wrote, “Summer should get a speeding ticket- it goes by way too fast.” I agree and encourage you in bare feet to sip as many glasses of lemonade and read as much as you can this month. It has been a great summer. On behalf of the library staff, I would like to thank you for participating in an extraordinary summer of learning, playing, and exploring together at the library.

The library staff did an excellent job designing a summer for all ages to remember. They worked incredibly hard to consistently deliver programs and services throughout the summer. A special thank you to the Nazareth Rotary Club and Rotary District 7430 for sponsoring the library’s summer reading program. The Rotary’s generosity sponsored 100% of the costs associated to this year’s programming. Thank you!

Another note of gratitude to Boy Scout Troop 76 for volunteering to assist the library with a variety of building maintenance projects this summer. These boys and their leaders helped to remove unwanted materials from the basement, paint bathrooms and exterior benches, and helped with other projects that desperately needed attention. We are grateful for the time and talents of this group.

Finally, I invite you to join us this Saturday, August 6 as the library hosts the Nazareth Library World’s Fair. This event is possible because of a PA Humanities grant and will offer fun and learning for the entire family. There will be live music, activities for all ages, vendors, and an opportunity to mingle with local businesses and organizations. We are excited to close out the summer reading program with this wonderful community event. 

Enjoy August; it is a time to treasure.

See you at the World’s Fair!

Holly Bennett

Library Director, Information Conductor, and Community Ambassador

Summer Saturdays

Please note that the library is open on Saturdays in August from 9:00am-1:00pm and will return to its regular weekend schedule in September.

Also:  Come join Miss Berry at the Farmers' Market for songs, stories and other fun activities on Saturday, August 27th at 10:30am!

World's Fair and End of Summer Reading 2022

Join the community to celebrate the World's Fair and the end of summer reading!

Food - Crafts - Vendors - Live music - Gabe the Llama - Bounce house - Caricatures - Balloon animals - Juggling - Unique World's Fair memorabilia on display - Summer reading raffles - Storytimes at 11, 12, and 1 - And more!

Free entry and fun for the entire family!

...And a Virtual Visit from Expert Bill Cotter

The virtual event with author Bill Cotter will be on Thursday, August 18th


Register at the circulation desk or by emailing


Cotter is the author of The 1939-1940 New York World's Fair, in the "Images of America" series.


Funding provided by PA Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities

Are You Interested?

  • Homeschooling families:  Are you interested in programming specifically for homeschooling families?  If so, please email
  • Middle grade-aged children (8-12 years):  Are you interested in joining an afterschool writing club at the library and perhaps helping produce a newsletter for the children's department?  If so, please email

Welcome, Nettie Neville!

Hobby Event

Thursday, August 11th, 2:00pm

In-person at the library

No registration required

Four hobbyists will share information about their hobbies and host Q+A for anyone interested in pursuing these hobbies.

Melinda Allen

Treasure hunting

Melinda "treasure hunts" for fun, personal use, and additional income at times since retiring as a cement mill worker in 2013. She goes to thrift shops, rummage and yard sales, estate sales, and yes, sometimes she does "pick" on garbage day!  Friends tease her about her innate ability to find items for pennies and sell them for sometimes huge profits!  She is a long time re-seller on eBay and Craigslist who uses the thrill of the hunt to keep great items like the one pictures above out of the landfill.

Tom Toczek


Tom works in two general areas:  small articulated toys and scrollsaw work like Christmas ornaments.  He has done this for over forty years.  His grandchildren never want for toys.  Tom has a small area in his garage where he works.  Most of his works have been donated to his church which sells them to benefit the school.  He usually works in pine but has done things in oak and poplar.

Anneliese Warnke

Paper quilling

Paper quilling or paper filigree is a traditional folk art originating in European monasteries and convents during the Renaissance, where it was used to decorate books, chests, and other objects. Today it is a widely-recognized art form, where strips of paper are curled, folded, and shaped in various patterns to form designs or 3d sculptures. Anneliese started making paper quilling sculptures in elementary school when she volunteered at Quiet Valley, and she mainly does 3d fantasy sculptures and realistic miniatures.

Jill Silvius


Jill, who is right-handed, learned to crochet from her mother who is left-handed. She likes to make small items for the local fairs. Her favorite items to crochet are stuffed animals, like a miniature version of Gabe the library llama (in the director's office), and unusual things like a tablet cover that looks like a TV dinner, a purse with a "breakfast" design on both sides, pig slippers, a monster bib, and minion mittens (above). Jill considers herself a beginner in many regards but has taken on designing some of her own items anyway.

August 24th Pet Parade!


Bring your pets to our second annual library Pet Parade!

We will have ice cream courtesy of the Fidelity Bank Ice Cream Truck, songs, a story, and a parade of pets around the block.

Join us at 6:00pm.

Teen Escape Room

Ready for a challenge?

Join your fellow explorers on an adventure into an ancient Aztec tomb! Your goal is to retrieve a legendary treasure from this perilous underground structure. Solve puzzles and find hidden clues in time to retrieve your prize. But watch out! This tomb comes with a nasty curse, and anyone caught inside after the timer runs out will meet a terrible fate. You and your team will have 45 minutes to find and unlock the treasure and escape the tomb, before it traps you within its walls forever!

The Aztec Adventure Escape Room experience is a 45-minute long program for teens ages 12-18. Three sessions will be run on Friday, August 26th at 5PM, 6PM, and 7PM. Register with a group or as an individual now to reserve a spot in this unforgettable adventure. There is a limit of ten participants per 45-minute time slot. This event is sponsored by the MLNV Teen Advisory Board.

Touch-a-Truck Festival 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!

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

Help make this very special day a success!

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.


Tickets for the Touch-a-Truck Festival are available for purchase at the library now through Friday, September 30:  $5 for one ticket or $20 for a family pack of five tickets. All tickets can be purchased with cash, a check, or a credit card. Children under the age of two are free.

Tickets can also be ordered via the MLNV website HERE and can be picked up at the library circulation desk twenty-four hours after website purchase. Please note that tickets pre-purchased online must be picked up at the library at 295 East Center Street in Nazareth, PA; the library’s hours are Mondays and Fridays 10am-5pm, Tuesdays through Thursdays 10am-8pm, and Saturdays 9am-1pm in July and August and 9am-4pm the remainder of the year.

Individual tickets may also be purchased onsite on the day of the event for $5.00 each.

(Note that family pack pricing is only available in advance by ordering online by September 28th or by stopping by the library through September 30, 2022).


Everyone who buys a Touch-a-Truck Festival ticket in August gets a chance to win a basket of items from Blackstone Library (provider of books-on-CD), which has generously donated them.

Thank you to our current sponsors:

Huth Insurance


Mario Andretti

East Lawn Supply Company, Inc.

Martin Guitar


Would you like to sponsor?

Awesome STEM/Maker Space Demonstration

STEM/Maker Space with Rebecca from 4-H: Felted Soap

Friday, August 5th, 10:30am

Come learn about how wool is made from animals with Rebecca from 4-H. She will bring rabbits that produce wool and help dispel the idea that only sheep are used to make wool. Children will make a felted bar of soap to take home with them.

Registration is full at this time.

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

Thank you to 4-H for their partnership!

Free One-on-One College Essay Counseling

Last Chance to Get Lottery Calendars!

We have individual lottery calendars available for sale at the main desk

through Wednesday, 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 2022. 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.

Other Ongoing Events

Children's events regular schedule:

2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month - Storytime via Social Media

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 old municipal building adjacent to the baseball fields on Hecktown Road


Infant and toddler storytime at the MLNV

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

PLUS: Join Movers and Shakers at Tuskes Park on Tuesday, August 16th at 4:00pm


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

Four Book Discussion Groups to Join

Audiobook Discussion Group

The group meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 1:00pm in the living room.

This new discussion group's events are part of our PA Forward ® Information Literacy programming.

This month: August 11th - Heads You Win by Jeffrey Archer


September 8th - Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

October 13th - The Guest List by Lisa Foley

November 10th - This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

Daytime Book Discussion Group

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

This month:  August 25th - The Last Castle by Denise Kiernan

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

October 27 - Pachinko by Min Jin Lee 

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

December 22 - no meeting

January 26th, 2023 - The Sentence by Louise Erdrich

Wednesday Night Book Club

The group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm in the living room or online via Zoom; contact for details and updates.

This month: Wednesday, August 10th - 

This discussion group's events are part of our PA Forward ® Civic and Social Literacy programming.


led by Jill E. Silvius, Ph.D.

The group meets in-person in the living room.

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

A limited number of copies is available at the library for registrants to pick up and keep.

Register by calling the library or asking at the circulation desk.

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.

TAB meets every Thursday at 2:00pm.

If you are interested in joining the TAB or want more information about meetings, please contact

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