December 2021

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A Letter from the Director...

Hello Friends,

As you celebrate the joys and spirt of the holiday season, the staff at the library want to wish the best to you and your loved ones. The season's spirit of sharing, renewal, and reflection is an ideal time to recall that our health and happiness links to the services the library offers by encouraging community relationships and life-long learning.

Your continued support of the library helps us work throughout the year to serve and support our community. Access to information and learning is a key to a productive community.  Looking forward to 2022, there will be opportunities to try something new at the library. We will host and guide you through programs and services that will assist you to reach your goals and hope you will support us with ours. In 2022, the library will move forward with planning a building refresh.  The library will embark on a Capital Campaign in an effort to make plans a reality.  More information about this exciting project will be available in the New Year.

On behalf of the library community, we are thankful for your ongoing support – especially last month.  A special thank you to all of you who attended our Veterans Day celebration, supported the fundraising evening with Craig Thatcher, bought basket raffle tickets for our holiday fundraiser, and donated to our annual campaign. We are grateful for your support.

Happy Holidays,

I will see you at the library!

Holly Bennett

Library Director, Information Conductor, and Community Ambassador

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Veterans Day Celebration

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Evening with Craig Thatcher


Evening with Craig Thatcher

Celebrate Christmas in Nazareth


Saturday, December 11th from 10:00am to 3:00pm

  • This festive town-wide celebration features a holiday market, historic walking tours, and an annual putz display in the 1740 Gray Cottage.
  • Stop by the library’s special events that day, including a photo stop with Santa, community choir, and basket raffles!
  • Library services will not be available that day.

Write to Santa!!


Have you been naughty or nice?

Children are invited to write letters to Santa and place them in our designated mailbox!

Letters can be addressed to:

Santa Claus

123 Elf Road

North Pole, 88888

Holiday Basket Raffle

30 fabulous unique baskets available

Tickets are available at the library now through December 11.

10 tickets for $10 or 25 tickets for $20

Pay by cash, check, or credit card

Thank you to all of our local businesses and friends for your support!

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“I heard the bells on Christmas Day

Their old familiar carols play

And wild and sweet, the words repeat

Of peace on earth, good-will to men.”

Christmas Bells

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Sonnet Writing Workshop


All patrons are invited to participate in a fun writing workshop!

Thursday, December 2nd, 10:30-11:30am

Writing Workshop with Dr. Silvius, aka “Jill at the front desk”:

Sonnets – (Arguably) The Most Famous Poem Type

  • Learn about what makes a sonnet a sonnet.
  • Listen to some amazing – and unusual – examples. Some you'll know. Some you've never heard of.
  • Get practical guidance on writing your own!
  • (A personalized sonnet makes an awesome Christmas present...)
  • No previous writing experience required. Just curiosity and a willingness to tackle iambic pentameter!

This event will be held in-person at the library.

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

Crafting Opportunities

Craft Club for Adults (age 16+)

Tuesday, December 14th, 6:00pm

  • Join the MLNV Craft Club and get creative!
  • For this month's activity, we will make upcycled ornament creations from secondhand games. This is a great piece for any Christmas tree. Perfect for a game aficionado, teacher gift, or anyone!
  • The Craft Club will meet in the library living room, and each month will be dedicated to a new craft activity.
  • All materials will be provided. There is a limit of 15 per crafting session.
  • Registration opens on Wednesday, December 1st.

Storytime-Themed Family Story and Craft Night

third Thursday of the month (December 16th) at 6:30 pm

Something about Gingerbread Men makes them a Christmas favorite and that’s why this month we’ll be reading The Gingerbread Pirates! by Kristin Kladstrup, followed by a holiday craft. All materials will be provided, limit of 25. No registration required.


Northampton Community College

Information Sessions

Achieving Your Dream with Northampton Community College

(Info Session for Adult Learners)

It’s not about your situation; it’s about your motivation! Join an informal group conversation with Brandon Kwiatek (Assistant Director, Admissions) to learn how Northampton can help you reach your goals whether they are for career development or self-fulfillment.

Tuesday, December 14th, 6:30-7:30pm


Thursday, January 13th, 6:30-7:30 pm

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Tax Assistance


AARP will be back for tax preparation assistance!

Anyone wanting to schedule a Saturday tax prep assistance appointment should visit the designated table at the library on Saturday, January 29th between 9am and 12pm.

Please do not call the library to schedule.

More details will follow.

ALSO: Beginning around January 20th, interested patrons can call 1-888-227-7669 or visit for more information.

Other Ongoing Events


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

There will be no children's activities during the week of December 27th.

In case of inclement weather, please check the library website or call 610-759-4932.

STEM, in-person and virtual!

Join Kevin and Kerby for a fun STEM activity at the library. Open for all ages. In-person at the library on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm (December 15th)

Have some fun at home by following along with Kevin and Kerby's STEM activities on the library's Facebook and YouTube on the 1st Friday of each month at 10:30am (December 3rd)

Book Discussion Groups

Join the Brainy Bibliophiles Book Group!

2022 titles and meeting dates coming soon!!

For more information, email

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Join the Wednesday Night Book Club!

currently meeting in the living room at the library

Wednesday, December 8th, 6:00pm Holiday Gathering and Book Selection for 2022

Wednesday, January 12th, 2022, 6:30pm

The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict

For more information, email


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.

The winter TAB meeting is Thursday, December 16th, 6PM in the living room.

Registration opens Wednesday, December 1st.

If you are a current member or are interested in joining the TAB or want more information, please contact

Other Items of Note...

  • Closures: The library will be closed the following days in December for the holidays: 24-27 and 31. The library will close at 5 PM on December 30.
  • Volunteering: The library is looking for volunteers. Stop in today to fill out a volunteer application!
  • Curbside service: Curbside service is still available. On chilly days, 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. Schedule an appointment by contacting the library.
  • Bobbin lace classes: Please inquire at the circulation desk if you are interested in joining.
  • COVID-19: In an effort to follow the guidelines that our state counterparts are following, all MLNV employees are required to wear a mask indoors, regardless of their vaccination status. At this time, library patrons are not mandated to wear masks in the library; however, it is encouraged.

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




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