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February  2018

From the Director's Desk

Brrrrrrrrrrrrr! Winter is certainly upon us as January brought frigid temperatures and wintery weather. However, we are keeping busy and warm at the library.  

We hosted the Nazareth Area Society of Model Engineers for the first time.  Over 200 people stopped by to view the train display at the library.  Everyone seemed to enjoy the nostalgic display, adults and children alike. We extended our fun with trains to a family craft night themed around train crafts, a night at the Nazareth Ceramic Center where patrons painted train-themed ceramic items, and an enlightening presentation for adults on the Del-Bel Railroad. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for sponsoring the train display and ceramic night.

The train display in the library was certainly a great way to kick off 2018! It is always nice that we can start a brand new year with a sense of rejuvenation. Whether you are a New Year's resolutions type of person or not, a new year always affords us the opportunity for optimism and change.

In 2018, the library is looking forward to offering technology classes to adult patrons. We will be offering Launchpads to children that teach foreign languages and access to Rosetta Stone where patrons can learn languages from the comfort of their own home.  Check out the library website for more information:

We will continue to grow our fiction and non-fiction collections and add new and classic DVDs to our collection (such as Pillow Talk and Some Like It Hot ) . This year we will circulate museum passes to the U.S. Constitution Center and other museums of interest.  

On March 18, 2018 the library will host 18 holes of miniature golf in the library. An event that is fun for the entire family. Tickets are on sale now at the Main Circulation Desk!

Finally, take a look at your receipt when you check out your items next time - at the bottom it will show you how much money you saved by borrowing items from the library instead of purchasing them.  It is always nice to know you are saving money!

It is going to be a great year -- see you at the library!

Holly Bennett

Library Director, Information Conductor, and Community  Ambassador
Michele G. Anfuso  is in the spotlight for the month of February;  Michele joined us in December 2017 as the Circulation Lead.  Prior to joining the Nazareth Library Staff, Michele worked as a Reference and Technology Service Librarian at Southern Lehigh Public Library. She holds a Master's Degree in Library Science from Clarion University.

When Michele isn't working, she enjoys reading and playing with  her german shepherd dog, Max. Like so many  of our pa trons, Michele enjoys reading both fiction (dystopian and science fiction) and nonfiction (particularly those on self-improvement, scientific, historical and current events).
When asked what book she'd recommend to our patrons, Michele suggests the book,  The Sixth Extinction, by Elizabeth Kolbert. This book "c hronicles the current state of our planet and how humans are contributing to the ongoing decline and eventual extinction of crucial ecosystems, like our coral reefs. We need to be more conscious of this intricate relationship we have with other species and our environment."

Understanding Michele's love of reading, it's no surprise that she feels the library's most valued resource is our collection of books. She is "100% convinced we'd all be better versions of ourselves if we put down our electronic devices and read more!"
In line with her love of books is her favorite program(s) offered by the library: children's story times. "The children's story times are crucial for developing a passion for reading at a young age. By sparking an interest in our library as a child, we've hopefully attracted a life-long patron!"

The library will be closed the morning of Friday, February 16th for staff training (the library will be open from 1-5pm); and the library will be closed all day on  Monday, February 19th (in observance of President's Day). 

  • Monday:  10am - 5pm
  • Tuesday - Thursday: 10am - 8pm
  • Friday: 10am - 5pm
  • Saturday: 9am - 4pm
  • Closed Sunday
For your convenience, the book drop is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
All events are held at the library unless otherwise noted.
  • AARP Tax Preparation Services
    AARP will be onsite offering one-hour tax preparation services to the community every Saturday, February 3 - April 14, 2018.  Sign up (in person) for your same-day appointment from 9am - 2pm.
  • Tax Forms
    Forms should be available starting in mid-February, please call the library or check our website to confirm availability.
Saturday, February 10th
Teen Room

This free event is back by 
popular demand! 

For teenage patrons only -- 
games, food, and drinks provided!

Wee Build  is a drop in program held on Mondays from 10:30 to noon in the Children's Room. Toddlers and preschoolers are encouraged to create, imagine and share with our diverse collection of building toys. Through play the foundation of mathematical and scientific thinking is built. This program was made possible through the Cruise into Kindergarten program grant from Commonwealth Libraries.
Toddler Shake 'n Boogie  is held on Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11:00 in the Library's living room and on Fridays from 10:30 to 11:00
at the Bushkill Firehouse ( 155 Firehouse Drive, Nazareth). It is an active 30 minutes full of movement and music for toddlers and their caregivers to enjoy together.
Story times are held at various times to accommodate your schedule.....
A monthly evening story time for children ages 2 to 5 is held on the 2nd Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:00 in the Children's Room. Parents and/or caregivers are requested to participate with their children.
For the youngest (ages 4 months to 24 months) we have Baby and Me.
It emphasizes nursery rhymes, songs, and the joy of books as well as providing an opportunity for parents, caregivers and babies to socialize. It is held on Wednesdays at 11:15 in the Children's Room at the Library as well as Thursday mornings at 10:00 in the former Lower Nazareth Municipal Building at  306 Butztown Road
Read to Me  story time is geared towards toddlers and preschoolers. It emphasizes interactive stories, songs, finger plays and books. It is held in the Children's Room on Tuesdays at 1:00Wednesdays at 10:00 and 10:45, and Thursdays at 10:00 and 10:45.  In addition, Read to Me is offered at the Lower Nazareth location ( 306 Butztown Road ) on Thursdays at 10:45.
All story times are 30 minutes in length and do not require pre-registration. Parents and/or caregivers are requested to participate with their children.   
These programs are part of a PA Forward Initiative promoting Basic Literacy.

Upper Nazareth Municipal Building
Grades 1 and higher
Thursday, March 8th

Engage in a series of fun design challenges using KEVA planks to explore building in a new way!

Registration is required and opens one week prior to the event; space is limited to 20 children.
   for supporting this program.    
Ages 4yo+
Sunday, March 18, 2018

Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon playing a miniature golf course like no other!

This 18-hole course will weave its way through three levels and multiple rooms of our historic library.

Marvel at the whimsical putting green challenges our local businesses have provided, while testing your golf skills with family and friends!

Tickets are available at the library now -- stop by and book your tee time today!
2017 Mini-Golf Fore the Library

2017 Mini-Golf Fore the Library

All proceeds benefit the the library.

March 26th - 31st (during regular library hours)


Build your own library while supporting ours! You'll find a wide selection of mystery, romance, best sellers, children's, and so much more!

All proceeds benefit the library.

Calling all young authors and illustrators!  The annual Young Authors program for children in kindergarten through high school began January 16th and it ends Saturday, March 10th. Write and illustrate your story and get one copy for you and one for the Library collection at the Young Author ceremony during National Library Week. Pick up a copy of the rules at the Children's Desk and check-out some of the past entries. 

This very successful program is sponsored by the

The Nazareth Book Club 

This group meets every second Wednesday of every month from 6:30 - 8:00 pm in the library living room.

The February meeting will take place on  Wednesday, 
February 14th to discuss,   Woman of God,   by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro.

Everyone is welcome!

The Daytime Book Club

This group will meet in the library living room on
Friday, February 23rd from 10:30 - 12:30 am to discuss, 
The Leavers,  by Lisa Ko.

Everyone is welcome!

As of January, patrons have an online access through the library website to Rosetta Stone. Rosetta Stone is a program that introduces patrons to foreign languages.

This program was funded by the 2017 Martin Guitar Grant.

Starting in February, the library will introduce Launchpads for children (ages 3-5 years old). These Launchpads are pre-loaded tablets which will encourage learning foreign languages (Spanish, Chinese, and French).

Starting in February, patrons will be able to download over 200 audio books directly from the library's online catalog.

As of December, patrons have online access to Quello Concerts; it's like a never-ending concert ticket! Quello Concerts is the only place to watch over 1700 of the most amazing live moments in music. It's the world's largest collection of full-length concerts and music documentaries streamed on-demand to just about any digital device. 

This service is free and can be accessed remotely using a valid library card. 

Museum Passes for the U.S. Constitution Center are available for circulation. This museum pass allows two adults and four children to visit this historical museum

These passes were funded by the 2017 Beitel Grant.

Thank you to everyone 
who helped make
January's Train Month 
a success...

Nazareth Model Engineer Group,

Nazareth Ceramic Center,

Shane Blische 
Guest Speaker on the 
Bel-Del Railroad

Nazareth Library Staff, and the

Friends of the Library, who sponsored this popular event!

Thank you to the Nazareth VFW Post 4366 -
Memorial Home Association
for awarding the library a grant to install automatic door counters 
at the entrance of the library.

Pictured is Harry Adams (center), a Library Board Member, with two members of the association.
A gift to your library is a gift to yourself. 

Over the years, patrons and friends of the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity have made contributions in a variety of ways. They have taken advantage of the opportunity to reduce the cost of gifts through tax savings, while at the same time maintaining or increasing their value to the library. Memorial and other special gifts are a meaningful way of paying tribute or recognizing a special achievement. Contributions to the Library are tax deductible. 


Alice Yeakel and Children,
In memory of Elmer Yeakel
Kenneth and Patricia Brame,
In memory of Dr. John Hoch
Jo Ann Kelly,
In memory of Betty and Wilmer Weaver
Anna Schuller,
In memory of Linda Kichler Lellinger