July 2021
A Letter from the Director...

Hello Friends,

I hope you are enjoying all the wonderful things about summer!   The library staff is busy coordinating, planning, and learning this summer. We continue to work and grow to offer the best services possible to all of you!

Over several Monday evenings in June, the staff gathered as group to learn more about the topic of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI).  A grant by the Library, Services, and Technology Act (LSTA) made this training possible.

The staff expressed a desire to learn about unrecognized bias and understand what that meant for serving our Nazareth community.  The staff was interested to learn how to look for differences that exist among our patrons and embrace them.  The library staff is determined to involve more of our community into our library programs and serve everyone as best we can.

As a team, the library staff learned so much during this training and identified the following outcomes.  First, the staff would like to offer more diversity in children's programming.  Next, they would like to have a greater consciousness of patron's comfort levels and needs during library visits.  Finally, they would like to work hard to avoid unrealized biases.  The library staff is dedicated to lifelong learning and continual improvement, keeping the goal in focus to build a strong community.  R. David Lankes, once said, "Bad libraries build collections, good libraries build services, great libraries build communities."

Here we are in a session with our trainer, Ms. Jody Gray.

In signing off, I wanted to introduce you to the newest member of my family.  In June, my husband and kids welcomed Percy.  She is a nine-week old Sheepadoodle and just loads of fun.  I hope you can join Percy and me at the library's pet parade on August 4th at 6:30 p.m.

Holly Bennett
Library Director, Information Conductor, and Community Ambassador
Now on Sale:  Lottery Calendars!

We have individual lottery calendars available for sale at the main desk through Tuesday, 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 2021. 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.

Summer Reading:  Tales and Tails

Summer reading procedures and prizes!!

Teens and adults:
  • For every book you read, earn a chance to enter a weekly raffle!
  • Keep track of the books you read via a SRP "Reading Tracker."
  • At the library, show your "Reading Tracker" to get raffle tickets.
  • Winners are picked from the raffle ticket bins each Monday morning, and the raffle bins are emptied.
  • Each week begins a new chance to win!
  • Adult weekly prizes include $10 gift cards to Sweets N Savories, Dunkin Donuts, Naz-O-Nut, Zanette's, Emily's Ice Cream, Birthright, Starbucks, and Barnes and Noble.
  • Teen prizes include $10 gift cards to Deliciously Decorated, Dunkin Donuts, Naz-O-Nut, Zanette's, Emily's Ice Cream, Mountain View Drive-In, Starbucks, and Barnes and Noble.
  • For every hour you read, earn a chance to enter a weekly raffle!
  • Keep track of the hours you read via a SRP "Reading Tracker."
  • At the library, show your "Reading Tracker" to get raffle tickets.
  • Winners are picked from the raffle ticket bins each Monday morning, and the raffle bins are emptied.  However, non-winning tickets will be entered into a larger end-of-summer raffle for great prizes!
  • Each week begins a new chance to win!
  • Children's weekly prizes include $5 gift cards to Five Below, Rita's, Zanette's, Naz-O-Nut, and Mountain View Drive-In.
  • End-of-summer raffle prizes include the items pictured here:

Summer reading July and August events
for adults, teens, children, and all ages:

Please see the library calendar for details and registration dates.
Most registration dates open two weeks before the event.
  • For teens:  Thursday, July 1st, 6:00-7:00pm - Teen Trivia
  • For adults:  Thursday, July 1st, 6:00-7:00pm - Craft Night with Anneliese
  • For all ages:  Friday, July 2nd, 11:00am - STEM with Kevin
  • For all ages:  Wednesday, July 7th, 6:00-7:30pm - Family Game Night:  Lawn Game Edition
  • For teens:  Tuesday, July 13th, 6:30-7:15pm - Teen Craft Night with Anneliese
  • For seniors:  Tuesday, July 13th, 6:00-7:30pm - Senior Game Night:  Lawn Game Edition
  • For adults:  Wednesday, July 14th, 6:00-7:00pm - Adult Craft Night with Anneliese
  • For children:  Thursday, July 15th, 6:30-7:30pm - Read to the Pups
  • For all ages:  Friday, July 16th, 11:00am - STEM with Kevin
  • For all ages:  Saturday, July 17, 9:00am-2:00pm - Nazareth Days at the Circle
  • For teens:  Tuesday, July 20th, 5:30-7:30pm - Teen Murder Mystery
  • For children:  Wednesday, July 21st, 10:30-11:15am - Amazing Arthropods Storytime with a Jacobsburg Environmental Education Specialist
  • For children:  Wednesday, July 21st, 6:30-7:15pm - Children's Craft Night
  • For all ages:  Thursday, July 22nd, 8:00pm - Family Movie Night ("The Lion King")
  • For all ages:  Friday, July 23nd, 11:00am - STEM with Kevin
  • For all ages:  Tuesday, July 27th, 6:00-7:30pm - Family Summer Survivor-themed Challenge
  • For adults:  Wednesday, July 28th, 5:30-7:30pm - Adult Murder Mystery
  • For children:  Thursday, July 29th, 6:30-7:30pm - Read to the Pups
  • For all ages:  Friday, July 30th, 11:00am - STEM with Kevin
  • For children:  Tuesday, August 3rd, 6:30-7:15pm - TAB Craft Program
  • For all ages:  Wednesday, August 4th, 6:30pm - Pet Parade and Summer Reading Ending Program with Lawn Games
  • For all ages:  Friday, August 6th, 11:00am - STEM with Kevin
  • Summer reading program officially ends August 7th.
  • Check out the special "Tails and Tales" booklets at the circulation desk for details.
Author Talk

Monday, July 26th, 2pm
via BlueJeans

     For the first eighteen years of her life, Rose Gold Watts believed she was seriously ill. She was allergic to everything, used a wheelchair and practically lived at the hospital. Neighbors did all they could, holding fundraisers and offering shoulders to cry on, but no matter how many doctors, tests, or surgeries, no one could figure out what was wrong with Rose Gold.
     Turns out her mom, Patty Watts, was just a really good liar.
     After serving five years in prison, Patty gets out with nowhere to go and begs her daughter to take her in. The entire community is shocked when Rose Gold says yes.
Patty insists all she wants is to reconcile their differences. She says she's forgiven Rose Gold for turning her in and testifying against her. But Rose Gold knows her mother. Patty Watts always settles a score.
     Unfortunately for Patty, Rose Gold is no longer her weak little darling...And she's waited such a long time for her mother to come home.

(Registration opens on Thursday, July 1st.  To register, sign up at the circulation desk or call the library).
Conversations and Events about Being Green
What can we do to live more sustainably as individuals and as a community?
Join the MLNV for one or all of our summer series of conversations about low-waste living and embracing our environment.
Join author and environmentalist Kate Brandes and MLNV staff for a conversation about nature journaling, looking closely, and the ecological importance of plants.

Wednesday, July 14th, 3 PM

The event will be held in-person on the MLNV lawn.
Participants will receive journaling supplies
and a beautiful pollinator plant container garden from Mike's Produce to take home.
Join environmental educator Andrew Fedor and MLNV staff for an interpretive tour of the Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center and a conversation about green building and applying such practices to our own homes.

Thursday, July 29, 7 PM

The event will be held at the JEEC.  Masking is recommended for vaccinated registrants and required for unvaccinated registrants.
Join Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edward Humes and MLNV staff for a conversation about Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash and low-waste living.
A limited number of free copies of Garbology are available, as well as free copies of a parallel children's book, What a Waste: Trash, Recycling, and Protecting Our Planet.

Thursday, August 5, 7 PM

The event will be held virtually via Zoom.
  • Registration for all three conversations/events and for copies of Garbology and What a Waste opens Thursday, July 1st.
  • Patrons can participate in one, two, or all three events.
  • To register, sign up at the circulation desk or call the library.
  • Registration is limited.
  • Registrants must be MLNV patrons in good standing.
  • Registrants may be asked to complete a post-event survey.
These programs are made possible by a grant from the ALA.
Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL).
Welcome to Our New Library Staff!
Mary Friel
Sean Gorman
Lori Grover
Lauren "Kerby" Kerbein
Great Job, Shelby!!
Shelby will be presenting at the PaLA during their poster/lightning talk sessions.
Her session will focus on the process of starting and growing a Teen Advisory Board, the impact it's had on our Teen Services, and tips and tricks to nurture it.

  • Available starting Thursday, July 1st
  • Ask at the circulation desk.
  • Hotspots circulate for one week, with an additional week renewal available, if needed.
Celebrate Christmas in July

Beginning Thursday, July 1st, purchase a $5 ticket for a chance to win an air fryer and accompanying cookbook!

The drawing will be held around July 26th.

Thank you to the donor of the air fryer.
Thank You!!  We Had a Great Birthday Celebration!

The Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity (MLNV) had a successful birthday week celebration from June 1st-4th.

The MLNV celebrated 70 years on May 30, 2021 followed by a week of programming aimed at celebrating the library and the Nazareth community it serves.

Tuesday, June 1st featured an outdoor screening of Disney's Alice in Wonderland (1951) on the back lawn.

Wednesday, June 2nd was a music night with local bands Fourside, Uncle Smiley, and SPF 400, along with special appearances from students and teachers from The Musik Makers, the Music and Performing Arts Studio of Rebecca Pieper.

Although Thursday evening's celebrations were postponed due to inclement weather, Friday afternoon's Birthday Bash celebration moved forward, welcoming local, county, and state elected officials, Library Executive Board members, and community members for a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the Nazareth Area Chamber of Commerce.  Friday afternoon was also full of good food from Mad J's BBQ, Sweets N Savories, and other snacks along with music and entertainment provided by Patrick McIvor and magician, Mark Carbonaro.  Representatives from the Bradbury Sullivan LGBT Center were also onsite to celebrate the start of Pride Month and provide information to the community.

Library Specialist, Shelby Rozell, said the week was "a perfect celebration for the library.  Seeing the community come back to our building and sitting out on our lawns after a difficult year was a perfect reminder of the strength of our community and it made me incredibly proud to work at the MLNV which works tirelessly to serve our beautiful town of Nazareth and the surrounding communities!"
Overall, the library was able to host over 150 people throughout the weeks' programs.  The Memorial Library would like to thank everyone involved in planning the events as well as those who participated in our birthday celebrations.

Thank you to the MLNV's supporting municipalities:  Nazareth Borough, Upper Nazareth Township, Lower Nazareth Township, and Bushkill Township

and also to Keystone Snacks
for their generous donation for the library's birthday party!
Upcoming Ongoing Events
Ongoing Children's Programming:

Tuesday, July 6th at 10:30am - VIRTUAL Shake and Boogie

Wednesday, July 7th at 10:30am - VIRTUAL Storytime

Beginning Tuesday, July 13th:

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

All programming takes place outdoors, weather permitting.
In case of inclement weather, please check the library website or call 610-759-4932.


Children in grades 1-3:  Craft and read along with Gianna on the MLNV lawn
as she conducts her Silver Award project!

Wednesday, July 14th, 6:30-7:30pm
Saturday, July 17th, 11:00am-1:00pm at Nazareth Day
Saturday, July 24th, 10:00-11:00am

Bedtime storytime on Tuesday, July 13th, 6:30pm on Facebook

Bilingual storytime on Friday, July 23rd, 10:30am on Facebook
Join the Brainy Bibliophiles Book Group!
currently meeting on BlueJeans
For more information, email jsilvius@nazarethlibrary.org.

Tuesday, September 7th, 6:30pm
Untranslated Latin, ecclesiastical history, long philosophical passages, amidst a medieval murder mystery...are you up for the challenge?

A limited number of copies is available at the library for registrants to pick up and keep.  Registration opens Thursday, July 1st.  To register and to obtain a copy of the book (while supplies last), sign up at the circulation desk or call the library.

Tuesday, December 7th, 6:30pm
A grown-up's book with essential pictures, photographs, and graphics, narrated (mostly) by a nine-year-old boy in the search for the lock (or the "key"!) to his deceased father's life, in post-9/11 America.

A limited number of copies is available at the library for registrants to pick up and keep.  Registration opens Friday, October 1st.  To register and to obtain a copy of the book (while supplies last), sign up at the circulation desk or call the library or email jsilvius@nazarethlibrary.org.

currently meeting on Zoom

Wednesday, July 14th, 6:30pm
by Robert Matzen

Wednesday, August 11th, 6:30pm
by Fredrik Backman

Wednesday, September 8th, 6:30pm
by David McCullough

Wednesday, October 20th, 6:30pm
by Lucy Foley

Wednesday, November 10th, 6:30pm
by Kristen Harmel

Saturday, December 11th, 1:00pm
Holiday Gathering and Book Selection for 2022

Wednesday, January 12th, 2022, 6:30pm
by Marie Benedict

For more information and to obtain the Zoom links, email sgerken@aol.com.
Join the MLNV's creative writing group!

  • This group is facilitated by a local college professor who holds a Ph.D. in English and has a love for writing.
  • At each meeting, participants will receive a writing prompt and be asked to share their responses (whether poetry, fiction, or nonfiction) to a previous writing prompt.
  • The prompt for the upcoming meeting:  Write about a special day that changed your life.
  • Feel free to write in any genre (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, etc.)
  • Participants may request constructive criticism or just a friendly listening audience.
  • The facilitator will share a writing tip and practice exercise about cutting verbal clutter.
  • If you are interested in joining the group and obtaining more details about the group, email jsilvius@nazarethlibrary.org.
The group's next BlueJeans meeting is Monday, July 26th, 7pm.
Interested in the Teen Advisory Board (TAB)?
Are you a teen entering 7th to 12th grade?
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?
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).

Meetings take place at the library on Mondays at 11:00am.

Perks of joining the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity's TAB:  making new friends, receiving volunteer hours, and the ability to make creative and financial choices involving teen programming and the YA/Teen room renovations.

Requirements to join: Entering 7th to 12th grade, have an MLNV library card, be willing to participate in TAB discussions and voice your opinions, and be willing to respect the opinions, tastes, privacy & choices of others.

Interested in joining the TAB?  Want more information?  Feel free to email all questions to the TAB Coordinator, Shelby Rozell, at srozell@nazarethlibrary.org.
Ongoing Book Sale
Located between the double doors of the lobby are paperbacks, hardcovers, children's books, and DVDs for sale.
hardcovers - $1.00
DVDs - $1.00
children's books - $0.50
paperbacks -$0.50

Please place your money in the donation jar on the counter.
Thank you!

The library will accept donated items in good condition
on the first Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of each month.
Donated items will be for future book sales.
Spotlight on Staff Member Leah Hopf
  • Leah is one of several awesome students who work at the library.
  • She has been a staff member at the MLNV since June of 2019.
  • She's worked on a variety of projects with staff and the Teen Advisory Board, including Project Green (the library's environmental initiative) and the YA Room Renovation.
  • In the fall, she'll be attending the University of Pennsylvania to study International Relations.
  • In her free time, she enjoys reading, baking, graphic design, and going on walks and runs.
  • Her favorite book at the moment is The Art of Racing in the Rain.
Other Special Events - Save the Dates!
at Bushkill Township Recreational Fields
Saturday, October 2nd

Virtual event with Tommy Jenkins,
Date TBD

Fundraiser with 
Craig Thatcher, Dave Fry, and Dick Boak
at the Phoenix at the Holy Family Club
Friday, November 19th, 7:30pm

Virtual event with Tess Gerritsen, author of Choose Me and a host of other bestselling medical thrillers
Monday, August 23rd, 7:00pm via BlueJeans
Calling Small Groups...
Small groups are now invited to set up appointments to use the library to meet.
Stay in the Know with Social Media!
It's easy to stay up-to-date with our many current events for all ages!
 Additional Services
You can access our digital library 24/7 with a library card!

Register for a card from the comfort of your own home; click here to fill out the online form, and a librarian will contact you.

Happy Reading!
If you or someone you know needs help with technology, we are available to help!  Email khopf@nazarethlibrary.org or call 610-759-4932 to set up a time for your "virtual" one-on-one technology session.

Note: You must have a valid library card to take advantage of this free service.
eBooks, Audiobooks, and MORE!
including the new offering cloudLibrary!
 If you have a smartphone with the app store or Google store, you can easily access cloudLibrary by downloading the app.  To login, simply search our library and enter your library card number.  There is no pin needed. 

Anyone with an active library card can borrow electronic materials from our website!
    1. Go to our website.
    2. Click the Collections menu.
    3. Select eBooks & Audiobooks, and follow the directions.
To access these resources, follow the directions outlined above, or simply click here to go directly to the eBooks & Audiobooks page!

Remember, you do need a library card to access these free services, and you can register for one online by clicking here.
Missed a newsletter?
You can find past MLNV newsletters on our website. Click here to read our newsletters that date back to 2015; or, simply visit our website, click the Events menu and select Newsletter.  Happy Reading!
Support the Library While You Shop!

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For more ways to support the library, please click here.

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