June 2022

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June is full of exciting happenings - so this month's newsletter will be split into two separate issues.

See next week's issue for the letter from Holly Bennett, Executive Director.

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

Click HERE for a full schedule and details!

Registration starts June 6th.

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Can You Help?

Please read this message from Sydney Bennett:

      This summer, I have the honor of attending this year’s session of Keystone Girls’ State, and the 724 Legion Auxiliary Unit has generously agreed to sponsor me.  Keystone Girls’ State is a program held at Shippensburg University to provide girls the opportunity to learn how governments and businesses function while gaining leadership experiences.  The program also emphasizes service.  One of the four projects is a collection for veterans in need.  As someone who hopes to serve my country someday in the near future, this cause caught my attention.  What if this personal service project turned into a community project?  So, I ask that you think of those who have served us and now need us to serve them.

In continued celebration of Memorial Day and recognition of veterans, the library will collect the following items for Coatesville Veterans Hospital through Friday, June 17th:

Boxer briefs - L, XL

T-shirts - L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL

Cotton socks

Sweatshirts - all sizes

Hooded sweatshirts - L, XL, 2XL

Shower gel - No bar soap





Word search books

Crossword puzzle books

Sudoku puzzle books

Chess sets

Checker sets

Markers for art projects

Gift cards for gas and groceries - $10 and $25

All items must be NEW.

Please bring your donations to the library.


Thank you for your support for our veterans!

And let’s show Keystone Girls’ State just how proud Nazareth is of our heroes! 

Also:  The library is in need of new sidewalk chalk.

Do you have any you can donate?

Thanks in advance!

Thank You, Anne Schaller


Schaller has donated faithfully to the library

in memory of her mother Linda Kuhles Lellinger.

Her donations have allowed the library to purchase nearly a hundred recent children's books, including the following:

Great White Sharks by Christine Alderman

I Like This, You Like That by Linda Ashman

The Library Fish by Alyssa Capucilli

The Thingity-Jig by Kathleen Doherty

I Want My Book Back by Viviane Elbee

Bug on the Rug by Sophia Gholz

I'm Terrified of Bath Time by Simon Rich

Sloth Sleeps Over by Blythe Russo

From June 1st through June 15th, see the special display in the children's department!

Take Me Out to the Library

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Children's story/craft time!


Also:  Join the library in celebrating the first weekend of Pride Month by making fun crafts! Kids, teens, and adults are welcome to stop in and make their own pride banners, flags, and ribbon wands to celebrate the diverse spectrum of our community!

10:00am-1:00pm, no registration required

Nazareth Farmers' Market Event

Join Miss Berry and Miss Leah on Saturday, June 25th at 10:30am for a special storytime.

No registration is required.

Just stop by to join!

Free One-on-One College Essay Counseling

MLNV is excited to offer free, one-on-one college essay counseling this summer for high schoolers entering their senior year.  This can take the form of help with brainstorming a topic, organizing an essay, editing, or anything in between.

Each senior can meet up to four times with our essay counselor.


College Essay Counseling is available through August 19th, and meetings can be held in-person or virtually. For additional information or to schedule an appointment, please reach out to Leah Hopf at lhopf@outlook.com.

Leah is a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania who previously attended Nazareth Area High School. She looks forward to helping seniors produce strong, successful essays that they feel proud of.

Congratulations to the Winners of the

Nazareth Pool Pass Raffles!

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Jacqueline Fenstermaker and Crista Snyder, enjoy your prizes!

And thank you to everyone who purchased chances to win!

There's Still Time to Win Iron Pigs Ticket Vouchers...

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...And a Handcrafted Birdhouse and Gift Certificate!

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The birdhouse was made by Keith Heffner and donated by Debbie Marakovits.

Point Phillip Perennials donated the $25 gift certificate.

It's That Time Again:  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 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.

Native Plants Workshop

Join a special Native Plants Workshop for adults in-person at the library!

This event is led by Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center staff member Andy Fedor on Friday, June 24th from 1:00-2:00pm.

Registration opens on Monday, June 6. 


Game Event for Teens

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High school-aged teens can stop by the library to play some unique and foreign board games. We will highlight popular games from all around the world, and supply some new and quirky games from right here at home. Spread out in the library, learn new games and strategies, and hang out with friends.

Sharing Stories, Stopping Silence

Adults and young adults are invited to participate in the following 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. 

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virtual author talk with Kate Moore, author of The Radium Girls and The Woman They Could Not Silence

June 9th, 7:00pm

The first registrants will receive a free copy of Moore's latest book.

Registration is open now.

Both books are also available for checkout.

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


intensive memoir-writing workshops with author and speaker Jeanette Windle

in-person at the library

Friday, June 17th, 1:00-4:00pm


Saturday, June 18th, 9:00am-12:00pm

(Patrons choose one).

The first registrants will receive a free Storyworth subscription to create a recordable memoir.

Registration is open now.

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


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

Saturday, July 16th, 9:30am-12:00pm

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.

Mark your calendar now: registration opens July 1st.

This book is also available for checkout.

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

Adult Craft Club


Make an

ice cream cone garland

Tuesday, June 21st


Registration is open now.

Speaking of Ice Cream...

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Fidelity Bank Ice Cream Truck Visit

Wednesday, June 22nd, 6:00pm


Calling All Bakers!


We are in need of donations of baked goods for a bake sale on June 4th.

Donated items need to be “sale ready” - single serving size items, wrapped and ready to sell.  A label should identify the items if possible.  If item contains nuts, this must be noted.

Examples of requested items:  single servings cake slices,  cupcakes, brownies, cookies, chocolate-covered pretzels, etc.

Donations should be dropped off at the library on Friday, June 3rd during regular hours (10:00am-5:00pm).

Please sign up at the library or call 610-759-4932 if you are willing to donate to the bake sale. You can also click HERE to sign up.

Other Ongoing Events

*Please note that there will be no children's regular programming until June 20th.

Our normal schedule is

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, June 21st and 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, June 16th (PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS MONTH'S DATE IS THE 3RD THURSDAY) - Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik

Coming soon...

July 14th - The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters by Balli Kaur Jaswal

August 11th - Heads You Win by Jeffrey Archer

September 8th - Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

October 13th - The Guest List by Lucy Foley

All are available for listening on Hoopla.

Daytime Book Discussion Group

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

This month: Thursday, June 23rd - Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

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, June 8th - Falling by T.J. Newman

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

Brainy Bibliophiles Book Group

led by Jill E. Silvius, Ph.D.

The group meets in-person at 6:30pm in the living room.

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

A limited number of copies of Why Time Flies are 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:

June 16th, 23rd, and 30th

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.

Coming Soon


 "Special Guest" storytime

with Nettie Neville,

author of Berries for Hedgehog

Wednesday, August 10th


Neville is a children’s librarian, animal lover, and ukulele player. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two children, and many pets. She’s always wanted to write a children’s book and now she’s really done it! It was so much fun, she might just write another…

About the book:

A hungry hedgehog 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.

Quick Notes...

Did you know?  June is audiobook appreciation month!

June 1: National Pen Pal Day

June 2: Native American Citizenship Day

June 8: World Oceans Day

June 12: Anne Frank Day

June 14: Caldecott Day

June 19-25: National Camping Week

June 21: Daylight Appreciation Day

June 30: National Work from Home Day

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




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