July 2022

A Letter from the Director


“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed...”

“The Declaration of Independence”

drafted by Thomas Jefferson, July 4, 1776

The staff and I celebrated the Fourth of July by welcoming Congresswomen Susan Wild to the library. She stopped by to deliver a collection of books that the library was awarded via an application process by the Library of Congress. Our collection request included selections of fiction and non-fiction in English, Spanish, and Chinese. To our delight, Congresswoman Wild presented nearly 75 books, meeting all of our requests. I cannot wait to share these books with all of you! There is something for everyone – children and adults alike. Thank you to the Congresswoman and to the Library of Congress for aiding our library in growing

our heavily used collection.

Last month, I also had a wonderful opportunity to attend the American Library Association conference in Washington, D.C. I learned so much and had an opportunity to meet so many wonderful professionals. I was sure to visit my favorite monument, the Lincoln Memorial, before I headed back to Nazareth. There is nothing more American than standing at that monument in all its grandeur.

As you reminisce of the celebrations held over the long weekend, I encourage you to take a minute of your reading time and remember what the Fourth of July truly means for America. This weekend, some parts of history that I perused included:

  • "The Rights of Colonists" by Samuel Adams
  • "A Summary View of the Rights of British America" by Thomas Jefferson, 1774
  • "The Declaration of Independence" drafted by Thomas Jefferson, July 4, 1776
  • "Information to Those Who Would Remove to America" by Benjamin Franklin

These readings made the special moments hugging my children under the fireworks; sharing conversation with close friends, family, Congresswoman Wild; and watching the world celebrate our nation’s independence at the military academies and in our nation’s

Capital reinforce how proud I am to be an American.

Before I close, I also want to thank all of you for the donations to our Veterans that

were delivered through Girl’s State 2022 by my daughter Sydney. The pride of Nazareth

was evident as Sydney wheeled in a large container of donations. Thank you and Happy

Fourth of July!

See you at the library!

Holly Bennett

Library Director, Information Conductor, and Community Ambassador

Summer Saturdays

After July 4th, please note that the library will move to its summer schedule and be open on Saturdays in July and August from 9:00am-1:00pm.

Summer Reading 2022

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Summer Reading has just begun and is for ALL AGES...

and this summer is FULL of fabulous programs, courtesy of the Rotary Club of Nazareth and Rotary International Local District #7430!

Highlights this month include:

Reading to Seeing Eye service dogs

Model Magic polar animals

Australian rainsticks

Writing workshop with author Elvira Woodruff

"Taj Mahal at Night" canvas painting class

Pollinators event at Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center

"Didgeridoos from Down Under"

Nazareth Days July 15th and 16th

and more!

Click HERE for a full schedule and details!

Touch-a-Truck Festival 2022

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For eleven years, Touch-a-Truck has brought together enthusiastic crowds and community partners with a host of business trucks, fire and police vehicles, ATVs--even a helicopter!

The Touch-a-Truck festival is the most significant fundraiser that the library relies on to deliver its mission.

Help make this very special day a success!

Click HERE for additional information and to confirm your interest in being a part of this important community event now.

Thank you for your support and participation.


Tickets for the Touch-a-Truck Festival are available for purchase at the library now through Friday, September 30:  $5 for one ticket or $20 for a family pack of five tickets. All tickets can be purchased with cash, a check, or a credit card. Children under the age of two are free.

Tickets can also be ordered via the MLNV website HERE and can be picked up at the library circulation desk twenty-four hours after website purchase. Please note that tickets pre-purchased online must be picked up at the library at 295 East Center Street in Nazareth, PA; the library’s hours are Mondays and Fridays 10am-5pm, Tuesdays through Thursdays 10am-8pm, and Saturdays 9am-1pm in July and August and 9am-4pm the remainder of the year.

Individual tickets may also be purchased onsite on the day of the event for $5.00 each.

(Note that family pack pricing is only available in advance by ordering online by September 28th or by stopping by the library through September 30, 2022).


Everyone who buys a Touch-a-Truck Festival ticket in July gets a chance to win two canvas bags, three books-on-CD, and a tumbler!  Blackstone Library has generously donated these items.

Thank You to Our Current Sponsors

Huth Insurance


Awesome STEM/Maker Space Demonstrations

July 8th at 10:30am:  The Science of Volcanoes

July 15h at 10:30am:  Marshmallow Shooters

July 22nd at 10:30am:  Construction Fun

July 29th at 10:30am:  TBD

Free One-on-One College Essay Counseling

Congratulations to the Winners of the

Recent Iron Pigs Vouchers and Birds and Blooms Raffles!

Charlie Wagner

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Enjoy your prizes!

And thank you to everyone who purchased chances to win!

Lottery Calendars!

We have individual lottery calendars available for sale at the main desk through Wednesday, 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 2022. 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.

Sharing Stories, Stopping Silence

Adults and young adults are invited to participate in the final event in our summer series of events funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, via the American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries, and announced by the American Library Association. 


 virtual communications workshop with Peabody Award-winning communications specialist Veronica Rueckert

The first registrants will receive a free copy of Rueckert's book Outspoken: Why Women's Voices Get Silenced and How to Set Them Free.

Register now!

This program is part of our PA Forward ® Health and Civic and Social Literacy programming.

Special Events for Teens

Adult Craft Club

Learn about paper quilling on Tuesday, July 19th at 6:00pm.

Registration is required and open now.

Other Ongoing Events

Children's events:

2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month - Storytime via Social Media

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 old municipal building adjacent to the baseball fields on Hecktown Road


Infant and toddler storytime at the MLNV

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

Also: The library will hold Movers & Shakers at Tuskes Park Pavilion next to the playground at 4:00pm on Tuesday, July 19th.

These children's programs are part of our PA Forward ® Basic Literacy programming.

Four Book Discussion Groups to Join


Audiobook Discussion Group

The group meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 1:00pm in the living room.

This new discussion group's events are part of our PA Forward ® Information Literacy programming.

This month: Thursday, July 14th - The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters by Balli Kaur Jaswal

And later:

August 11th - Heads You Win by Jeffrey Archer

September 8th - Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

October 13th - The Guest List by Lisa Foley

November 10th - This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

Daytime Book Discussion Group

The group meets on the 4th Thursday of each month at 11:00am in the living room.

This month: Thursday, July 28th - Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini

Wednesday Night Book Club

The group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm in the living room or online via Zoom; contact sgerken@aol.com for details and updates.

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

This discussion group's events are part of our PA Forward ® Civic and Social Literacy programming.


led by Jill E. Silvius, Ph.D.

The group meets in-person in the living room.

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

A limited number of copies is available at the library for registrants to pick up and keep.

Register by calling the library or asking at the circulation desk.

This discussion group programming is a part of our of our PA Forward ® Civic and Social Literacy programming.

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 summer session of TAB will meet on Thursdays at 2:00pm:

July 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th

They will work on planning an escape room!

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

Free COVID-19 Vaccines

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Coming Next Month...


...a visit from Nettie Neville, who wrote about a hungry hedgehog that sets out in unfamiliar woods, determined to get his paws on some ripe berries. Along the way, he encounters a variety of scrappy creatures. Being uncommonly sensible, he manages to mend feuds, solve dilemmas, and yes, find those luscious berries. It doesn’t hurt that he also wears an exceedingly fetching hat and is prone to breaking into song. Written by a children’s librarian, Berries for Hedgehog will charm and entertain readers with a playful story that is at its heart about kindness, generosity, and building community.

Save-the-Date:  August 24th Pet Parade!


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




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Nazareth PA 18064



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