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A Unique Gift Idea

Nazareth looks so beautiful this time of year.  The lighted tree in the circle, the Moravian stars hanging on front porches, and the library so beautifully decorated in the season's d├ęcor. The sights and sounds of our community can stir so many memories and bring so many emotions.  Yet, sometimes literature can have the same impact during the holiday season.

One of my favorite holiday literary scenes takes place in Little Women
, by Louisa May Alcott.  In the absence of stockings, Jo slips her hand under her pillow and draws out a crimson-covered book. "She knew it very well, for it was that beautiful old story of the best life ever lived, and Jo felt that it was a true guidebook for any pilgrim going on a long journey." Each girl in the novel has a differently colored volume. Meg: green, Beth: dove, and Amy: blue. I relate to these characters as books and stationery are things I treasure, just as to these characters in this novel.  Like Jo's reading of her book, not all gifts require us to give a gift that costs anything.  As our holiday shopping is well underway, maybe we could stop and explore a unique gift idea.  
 
Moreover, the value of the Nazareth Library is obvious when people walk through the door.  New patrons become regulars because they discover the gifts of information, a sense of community, and notice learning opportunities.  However, libraries struggle to get new comers to walk through the library doors for the first time.  People often think the library is a warehouse for books where stern librarians shush visitors, which just does not seem like a place they would want to spend time.

This holiday I would suggest a gift idea.  Instead of offering a non-library card holder friend, neighbor, or family member a scarf, chocolates, or a candle, write a note offering an afternoon together.  The gift of an afternoon includes a cup of coffee at a local eatery and a visit to the Nazareth Library to explore the treasure of our community.  If you accomplish walking someone through the doors of the Nazareth Library for the first time, you most likely presented a gift that will continue giving throughout the entire year.

Bring your friends and see you at the library!

Happy Holidays!

Holly Bennett
Library Director
 
LIBRARY NEWS & UPDATES

DECEMBER LIBRARY HOURS
Saturday, December 3 ... Open 9:00am to 11:00am
Monday, December 5  ... Open 10:00am to 4:00pm
Saturday, December 24 and Monday, December 26 ... Closed
Saturday, December 31 and Monday, January 2 .... Closed
YOUR LIBRARY CARD... NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT

The library card identifies you to us. It allows us to quickly access your record and ensures that materials are charged out to the correct person.  As of January 1, 2017 our policy is to require patrons to present a library card in order to check out materials. We will be happy to hold your items for you if you have forgotten your library card, or you may replace your card for $3.00. 
A THANK YOU...
 
The Friends of the Library would like to thank the community for all the donations and purchases supporting our Fall Book Sale!  Over $4600 was raised for library books and special programs!  We look forward to continued support at the Spring Book Sale, June 1-3, 2017.
ACTIVITIES FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON
HOLIDAY CRAFTS for KIDS

Our popular Family Crafts Program will take place on  Wednesday, December 7th (6:30 to 7:15 pm) with an evening full of festive holiday crafting. Elmer Yeakel will demonstrate the art of folding paper Moravian stars for the children this evening as well.  Because there is a limit of 30 children for this event, all are asked to pre-register at the Children's Desk.

CHRISTMAS IN NAZARETH

The Library will be participating in the Christmas in Nazareth event in conjunction with the Moravian Historical Society. On Saturday, December 3rd, the Library will be open from 9:00am to 11:00am for library patron services and then remain open solely for the purpose of Christmas in Nazareth festivities.  Come visit with Santa and learn how to fold Moravian Stars with Elmer Yeakel!  Children are invited to make holiday crafts with help from Girl Scout Troop 8609. 

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DECEMBER CHILDREN'S PROGRAMMING
EVENING STORY TIME  for toddlers & preschoolers  

The Library offers a monthly evening story time for toddlers and preschoolers in addition to the daytime drop-in story times. The December evening story time will take place on Wednesday evening, December 14th  (6:30 to 7:00pm). Since this is a new program, we are requesting that parents pre-register their children for this story time. To register for this event, please call 610-759-4932 ext. 4 or ask at the Children's Room desk.
REGULARLY SCHEDULED PROGRAMMING BREAK 

The Library's popular drop-in programs Baby and Me, Read to Me, and Toddler Shake 'n Boogie will take a three-week break beginning on Tuesday, December 20th.   The drop-in programs will resume on Monday, January 9th. A schedule of our story times can be found here.

A LITTLE S.T.E.A.M. DURING WINTER BREAK
 
The DaVinci Science Center of Allentown will present a special hands-on "Buildings" program for children in K to Grade 2 that employs Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics at the Memorial Library on Thursday morning, December 29th at 10:30. Because there is a limit of 20 children for this program, pre-registration is required.  Sign up begins Thursday, December 15th at the Children's Room desk.  This program was made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Library.

THE SEASON FOR GIVING & RECEIVING
HOLIDAY TRICKY TRAY


A Holiday Tricky Tray with over $2000 in basket prizes will be held from December 1st to December 16th at the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity. Tickets for Standard Baskets ($10 for 25 tickets) and Premier Baskets ($5 for 1 ticket) go on sale at the Library on Thursday, December 1st. Winners will be drawn on Friday, December 16th at 12:00P.M. Winners do not need to be present to win. 

All proceeds will support 2017 programming for children in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) areas and historical and crafting programs for adults. 
GIVE WHILE YOU SHOP!

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way to support us every time you shop, at no cost to you.   Enjoy shopping on Amazon, with the added bonus that the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the library!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR
FOOD FOR FINES

Exchange canned goods for library overdue fines Monday, January 9th to Saturday, January 14th at the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity. Library members will get a $1 credit toward the reduction of fines for each item donated. (Food for Fines does not cover lost/damaged library items or future overdue fines.) The food will be given to the Nazareth Area Food Bank.