February 2022


"Libraries are not a destination.

They are the transportation.

The Grand Central Station of every great city and town."

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See the special Valentine's Day display! All items are available for checkout.

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Also peruse a special memorial display of books by beloved authors who passed away in 2021.

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A Letter from the Director...

Hello Friends,

Recently I listened to a TED talk by Shamichael Hallman. Mr. Hallman’s talk focused on public libraries and the power of public spaces. Reflecting on his words, I framed Mr. Hallman’s energy around our library and its tremendous ability to reinforce community cohesion.

The other day I was at the circulation desk working with the library staff. I was able to observe a Teen Advisory Board meeting in progress. The group was made up of about eight young high school students. They were sitting around a table, deep in conversation. I felt their energy and excitement even from across the room. Some were writing notes furiously; others were leading through conversation.


It was just as Mr. Hallman described in his words about community cohesion. This inclusive gathering of a young generation was contributing to the fabric of our library and our community. Each one of them had their own contribution in making our community stronger. Some brought a friend to the meeting, others helped set-up the tables for the meeting, while others took leadership roles in the dialogue.

This example of a community gathering is happening all the time the library. The library space 

encourages our community, at any age, to experience life together. Our experience together at the library makes our Nazareth community stronger.

You belong at the library –join our beautiful community. "There is a reason the word belonging has a synonym for want at its center; it is the human condition." - Jodi Picoult

See you at the library.

Holly Bennett

Library Director, Information Conductor, and Community Ambassador

PS: A big thank you to Anneliese Warnke, Teen Advisory Board Coordinator and Library Staff Member, for offering our teens a wonderful opportunity to get involved.  

Celebrate Black History Month

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and many more!

It's the Olympics!

Friday, February 4th-Sunday, February 20th

See the special display in the reference area.

Items are available for checkout.

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New: Ancestry Workshops

In excited anticipation of the 1950 census' release this month, library staff will offer three Ancestry Library workshops

on how to use the database.

Register by Saturday, February 5th by calling the library at 610-759-4932 or stopping at the circulation desk to schedule.

  • Wednesday, February 9th, 11:00am-12:00pm
  • Wednesday, February 16th, 11:00am-12:00pm
  • Wednesday, February 23rd, 11:00am-12:00pm
  • The same workshop will be offered three times.

Read about Anneliese Warnke's experience using Ancestry Library:

"Looking at black and white photos and seeing the names of ancestors never gave me the connection to them that I wanted. Using genealogy resources like Ancestry, I was able to find a lot of information about my great-grandfather that I didn't know before, since he died before my father was born. I was able to find his draft registration card for WWII! It has his height, weight, eye and hair color, and that he had a 'ruddy' complexion. Before, it was just a few black and white photos; now I can picture what he looks like, and it's fairly similar to how my dad looks now. I ended up tracing my dad's side of the family all the way back to the 17th century. So much of both sides of my family didn't immigrate to America until the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but it turns out that I have ancestors who were here before the Revolution. A great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather even fought in the war! Through that same side of the family, I was able to find that my great-great grandmother's brother was a prolific artist in North Carolina, Elliot Daingerfield! A lot of people in my family, including myself, are artists. It's neat to see that it runs in the family!

Knowing where I come from makes me proud of who I am today. I can connect who I am and what I love with who my ancestors were. I can see how my family changed and grew throughout the centuries to make us who we are today."

New: Audiobook Discussion Group

If you are interested in joining an audiobook discussion group, please attend a planning and "idea gathering" meeting in the library living room on

Wednesday, February 23rd at 1:30pm.

If you are unable to attend the meeting but are interested in getting involved, please call 610-759-4932, ext. 4 or email jsilvius@nazarethlibrary.org.

Adult Craft Event

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Tuesday, February 8th, 6:00pm

  • Join us for a fun Valentine's Craft! We'll be making Cupid's arrows using recycled materials.
  • This craft is family friendly-adults, teens, and kids welcome.
  • This craft is part of the Adult Craft Club, which meets once a month on Tuesdays. Adults may join to make a new, themed craft every month. 
  • Registration is open now. Call the library at 610-759-4932 or stop at the circulation desk to register.
  • Mark your calendar for the next months' craft club: Tuesday, March 15th, 6:00pm; and Tuesday, April 19th, 6:00pm.

Almost Spring Book Sale


Save the Date!

The Almost Spring Book Sale will take place

on March 23rd- 28th.

Book donations will be accepted on the first weekend of February and the following weekends in March

(Thursday - Saturday):

February 3th-5th

March 3rd-5th

March 10th-12th

Donations will not be accepted during other times.

Special Events with Author Cynthia Jean DeLuca

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For adults

A reading and discussion of

A Rustling of Wings

Thursday, March 3rd, 6:30 pm

In-person at the library

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

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For children

A reading of The Enchanted Weeping Willow


a craft

Thursday, March 17th , 6:30 pm

In-person at the library

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

Other Author Events Coming Soon

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Mary Kubica

virtual event

Tuesday, March 1st, 7:00pm

Kubica is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Her latest book is Local Woman Missing.

Registration is open now. Call the library at 610-759-4932 or stop at the circulation desk to register and receive the BlueJeans link.


Wanda Morris

virtual event

Tuesday, April 19th, 7:00pm

Morris' debut All Her Little Secrets is "... a page-turning tale dripping with suspense and intrigue ..." (Boston Globe).

Registration is open now. Call the library at 610-759-4932 or stop at the circulation desk to register and receive the BlueJeans link.

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Sara Shepard

in-person event, place TBD

Saturday, April 30th, 11:00am

The author of "Pretty Little Liars" and "The Lying Game" series and a number of adult and young adult books will join us in-person for an author talk and book signing.

More details will be coming soon!

Children's Special Story/Craft Times

A local Nazareth Girl Scout will be hosting story time and craft on Wednesday, February 9th and Wednesday, March 2nd, both at 6:00pm. This project will assist in earning a Girl Scout Silver Award.  Help us assist our youngest patrons achieve their goals!


Lunar New Year: Wednesday, February 1st!

There will be a special story/craft time for children, to celebrate lunar new year on Thursday, February 17th, 6:30pm.

The library has a wonderful selection of related books, including Chinese New Year, Lion Dancer: Ernie Wan's Chinese New Year, and A New Year's Reunion. Also check out our electronic resources about lunar new year, such as eBook Mulan's Lunar New Year and audiobook Mindy Kim and the Lunar New Year Parade on Hoopla.

Tax Assistance


Anyone wanting to schedule a Saturday tax prep assistance appointment must visit the designated table at the library on

Saturday, February 5th between 9am and 12pm.

At that time, AARP will schedule appointments

for Saturdays from February 12th through April 9th (9:30am-1:30pm).

After appointments are filled, people will be directed to alternate sources of assistance.

Please do not call the library to schedule.

ALSO: Interested patrons can call 1-888-227-7669 or visit www.aarpfoundation.org/taxaide for more information.

Tax preparation assistants will follow AARP's national guidelines regarding COVID regulations and masking.

This program is a part of our PA Forward ® Financial Literacy programming.

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Other Ongoing Events

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

Wednesdays at 1:00pm - Storytime at the MLNV (Please note this change in time!)

Thursdays at 10:30am - Storytime at the old municipal building adjacent to the baseball fields on Hecktown Road

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

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

Virtual STEM!

Have some fun at home by following along with Kevin and Kerby's exciting STEM activities on the library's Facebook on Friday, February 4th!

Book Discussion Groups

Wednesday Night Book Club

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The group is currently meeting online via Zoom OR in-person in the living room at the library at 6:30pm; contact sgerken@aol.com for details and updates.

February 9th - The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

on Zoom

March 9th - Three Graves Full by Jamie Mason

on Zoom

April 13th - Agent Sonya by Ben MacIntyre

May 11th - Snow by John Banville

June 8th - Falling by T. J. Newman

July 13th - Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker

August 10th - Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk

September 14th - Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain

October 12th - The Hidden Things by Jamie Mason

November 9th - The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles

December 10th - Meet to select 2023 books

January 11th, 2023 - Every Day Is a Gift by Tammy Duckworth

Brainy Bibliophiles Book Group

led by Jill E. Silvius, Ph.D.

  • The group reads a mix of fiction, nonfiction, and classics - usually texts that are longer, more theoretical, and/or more complex than you might find in another book group.
  • Participate in in-depth discussion with other MLNV patrons on a Tuesday, every third month, at 6:30 PM.
  • The group plans to meet in-person but may meet on BlueJeans.


Tuesday, March 8th - “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner (short story)

AND “Southern Gentlewoman, Necrophiliac, Murderess—and China-Painting Teacher?: A Critical Clue to Characterization in Faulkner's ‘A Rose for Emily’” (critical essay)

(Registrants can pick up a printed copy of both at the front desk).

Registration opens February 1st.

Tuesday, June 7th - Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation by Alan Burdick

Registration opens April 15th.

Tuesday, September 6th - 1st half of The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, tr. Nevill Coghill

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

Registration opens July 1st.


Tuesday, December 6th - 2nd half of The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, tr. Nevill Coghill

Tales of the Wife of Bath, Friar, Summoner, Clerk, Merchant, Squire, Franklin, Second Nun, Canon’s Yeoman, Manciple, Parson, and Chaucer’s Retractions

Registration opens October 1st.


  • A limited number of copies of Why Time Flies and The Canterbury Tales will be available at the library for registrants to pick up and keep.
  • Register by calling the library or asking at the circulation desk.
  • For more information, email jsilvius@nazarethlibrary.org.

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 session of TAB will meet, gathering in the living room or basement:

Wednesday, February 2nd, 5:00pm

Tuesday, February 8th, 5:00pm

Wednesday, February 16th, 5:00pm

Tuesday, February 22nd, 5:00pm

Wednesday, March 2nd, 5:00pm

Tuesday, March 8th, 5:00pm

Wednesday, March 16th, 5:00pm

If you are a current member or are interested in joining the TAB or want more information, please contact awarnke@nazarethlibrary.org.

Other Items of Note...

  • Titanic: Get ready to remember and learn about the Titanic via special programming at the library. See upcoming newsletters for details!
  • 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. Call the library at 610-759-4932 or stop at the circulation desk to schedule.
  • 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.

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