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February 1, 2017

"Surrounded by stories, surreal and sublime,
I fell in love in the library once upon a time."
Jimmy Buffet, "Love in the Library"

February is here, a time of romance, flowers, and candy. The library is a place where you can  easily get caught up in the language of love. It may be the mere silence of the library that stirs  your imagination and provides a sense of romance. It may be the remnants of an old estate  repurposed into a library. Peter and Katherine Trumbower, the owners of the old estate, appeared  to have had a privileged marriage. There must have been a romantic dinner or two held here at  some point, right?

If it is not the ambiance then you surely can feel the nearness of romantic  stories that
want to be told. The non-fiction stacks whisper true love stories like that of  John and Abigail Adams. On the other hand, the fictional  characters seem so real that it is inevitable they speak to you. I  guarantee that you will involuntarily fall in love with them as  you turn each page. I think of classic love stories like that of  Rhett Butler and Scarlet O'Hara in  Gone with the Wind.

In today's crazy world this  is truly a modern day romantic escape.  However, I must tell you that my favorite image of love in the library is the scene in Disney's  Beauty and the Beast.  I love when  Belle is presented with a magnificent library as a
demonstration of the Beast's love. Belle received a  wonderful gift and her unbridled joy is much appreciated  by librarians like me and avid readers like you. Let's see if
Emma Watson can reach inside her inner librarian in  Disney's new March 2017 release of the movie. She  certainly has had enough time to practice in her Hogwarts
Library scenes. 

Like Belle, the patrons of the Nazareth Library have been given a gift of a love in the form of a  library (although not bestowed by a beast that turns into a handsome prince but through  municipalities that have community needs in mind).  The gift of a public library is the jewel of  every community that is fortunate enough to have one. It is a fact, a public library fosters love.  It is the love of information, knowledge, imagination, and camaraderie. Enjoy the love of the  library this month in the pages that surround you as you walk through the old Trumbower Estate. 

Find romance in a world that you have never visited before.

Happy Valentine's Day

Holly Bennett
Library Director, Information Conductor, and Community Ambassador
This month Donna Hartman, Reference Librarian is in the staff spotlight. Donna is in her second year of working at the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity (MLNV). Prior to joining the MLNV staff, she was a school librarian in the Nazareth School District. Donna offers a wealth of information and ideas for youth programming and young adult reader advisories to our patrons.

According to Donna, the most valuable resou rce MLNV offers its patrons is the library collection, "A patron can access a book on any topic including exercising and eating right, the magic art of tidying up, studying for the GED exam, or losing yourself in a wonderful fantasy. I love the idea that knowledge at the library is free, you just have to bring your own container to store it in" says Donna.
Learn More about Donna Hartman Here>>
Tickets for Thursday, March 23, or  Friday, March 24  to the 2017 Lehigh Valley Auto Show will be on  sale in the library for $10.00 beginning in February . The library is participating in the Auto's Show's  "Community Days Program." The Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Dealers Association  will donate $5.00 to  the library for every ticket sold. Show your support for the library and attend a wonderful community  event at the same time. For more information ask the staff at the Circulation Desk.

The Memorial Library provides meeting space to several adult book discussion groups.  All of these groups welcome readers to join for any or all discussions.

The Nazareth Book Group will meet on  Wednesday, February 8th, 6:30, at the library to discuss The Wright Brothers by David McCullough . The book discussion group meets the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm. Most discussions are held at the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity. The March selection is The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien. Please contact Susan 484-201-0871 or  to confirm location or for more information.

The newly-named ABC (Adult Book Club) Nazzies led by library staff members will discuss Jeannette Walls' memoir Glass Castle on Friday, February 17th, 10:30-12:00. You receive a copy of the book when you register at the Circulation Desk - but beware, copies are limited - don't delay! Get ready for April's discussion of Enchanted April by Elizabeth Van Arniss tentatively scheduled for Friday, April 7th.
The "Morning Book Club" discussion group will meet on Friday, February 24th, 10:30, to discuss The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George. Please contact Marie at for additional information.
Saturdays, February 4th to April 15th  
Tax season is here and the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity is happy to announce that certified AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers are available again this year to provide free tax form assistance to middle and low income taxpayers with special attention to those ages 60 and older. You do not have to be a senior citizen or an AARP member.
The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers will be at the Library on Saturdays from 9:15am to 2:00pm beginning February 4th to April 15th.

NO RESERVATIONS WILL BE TAKEN prior to the day of service. It is a walk-in first-come first-served basis. The Library opens at 9am on Saturdays.

To receive help filing your 2016 tax forms, taxpayers must bring copies of last year's tax returns plus other applicable income information pertaining to 2016. Also, be sure to bring with you a photo I.D.; original Social Security cards or other official information for yourself and all dependents; checkbook or pre-printed direct deposit information for your reloadable prepaid card, showing routing number and direct deposit account number if you want to do a direct deposit of any refund(s). All sites offer E-filing and direct deposit for any refunds. For more complete information on documents to bring with you or for other Tax-Aide sites near you, go to the AARP Foundation website or call 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-227-7669).

Wednesday, February 1st, 6:00pm
Join Rebecca Ladd to celebrate International Correspondence Writing Month. The love of letter writing is not lost. Rediscover the joy of writing a short note, a Valentine, a thank you, or a long letter of love. Pre-register for this event by calling 610-759-4932, ext. 1.

Tuesday, February 7th, 6:45pm 
In commemoration of the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's visit to Gettysburg in November 1863, historical re-enactor Michael Jesberger will present a program on Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Pre-register for this event by calling 610-759-4932, ext. 1.

Tuesday, February 28th, 6:00pm
Take a trip to the past with Darrell Mengel as he shares his collection of historical photographs of sights and local landmarks in Stockertown, Tatamy and Bushkill Park. Pre-register for this event by calling 610-759-4932, ext.1.

It's an on-going play and learn center for children ages 3 and 4 and their parents! Explore a new playscape theme each month to help prepare your preschooler for kindergarten beginning this month. Playscapes include books and interactive activities.

The fourteenth annual Young Authors and Illustrators Program for children in kindergarten through high school is in progress and ends Saturday, March 11th. Check-out some of the past entries in the Children's Room. Write and illustrate your original story and get one copy for you and one for the Library collection at the Young Author ceremony on Tuesday, April 11th during National Library Week. Pick up a copy of the rules at the Children's Desk or download it here . This very successful program is sponsored by the Friends of the Memorial Library and Vicinity.

ART WITH GINA (grades K-2)
Saturday, February 4th, 10:00am
It's always fun when Gina does art. Space is limited. Pre-registration for children in Kindergarten to 2nd Grade begins on Monday, January 23rd. The sign-up sheet is on the Children's Desk.   [Another Art with Gina for children in grades 3 - 5 is scheduled for March. Details will be released at a later date.]

Wednesday, February 8th, 6:30pm
Enjoy a fun 30 minute evening program of stories, songs and finger plays geared to toddlers and preschoolers to participate with their parents and grandparents. It's held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Pajamas are optional. The sign-up sheet is on the Children's Desk. [Drop-in daytime story times are offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Click here for the schedule .]

L.E.A.P. INTO SCIENCE FOR FAMILIES (with children in Grades 1 - 4) NEW! 
Saturday, February 11th and February 25th, 10:00am
Leap into Science is a drop-in program designed to engage children in grades 1 to 4 and their families in science and literacy by integrating hands-on science activities with children's literature. PA libraries are partnering with the Franklin Institute for this program. The Library will be hosting twice monthly programs on Saturdays beginning this month. Parents must participate with their children.

Friday, February 10th, 10:00-11:00am
What is a BLOCK PARTY? It is an hour of fun just playing with wooden blocks and our play animals, vehicles and people. The Library will be hosting monthly BLOCK PARTIES starting this month, so come see what it is all about and have some CONSTRUCTIVE FUN !!!!
The "Almost Spring" Book Sale Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity is currently accepting donations for the "Almost Spring" Book Sale that will be held the week of March 13th.  Children, teen, and adult books, DVDs, and CDs that are in good sellable condition would be appreciated.  Items that are not accepted are: VHS and cassette tapes, encyclopedias, magazines, textbooks, or Readers Digest Condensed Books.  Donations will be accepted until Saturday, March 4th.
Please bring your donations to the Library's Circulation Desk.