March 2022


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A Letter from the Director...

Recently my family visited Disney World. When it was time to ride Tower of Terror in Hollywood Studios, I politely bowed out. It just seems unnecessary to be willingly dropped in the dark 13 stories from the top of a building. I made my way to a very crowded eatery and sat with a complete stranger while I 

waited for my family. The stranger was alone, I was alone – it made sense for us to share a table.

Quickly our small talk became interesting. We realized that we were both directors of public libraries on opposite sides of the country. My vacation time turned into a professional conversation. We compared notes about COVID, programs, library boards, and budget struggles. This librarian was nice!

My interaction with my new friend made me think of the Seinfeld episode, “The Library.” In the episode, Mr. Bookman from the New York Public library interrogates Jerry Seinfeld about an overdue library book from 1971. Bookman resembles Sgt. Friday from the television show, Dragnet. He is stern, mean, unforgiving, and a librarian. You know, the stereotypical characterization of a librarian. Yet, I had proof that this is not true. My new acquaintance was nice. She smiled, was friendly, and seemed to be 

opposite of the persona of a police sergeant. Why is there a common conception that librarians are mean?

I am currently reading Adam Grant’s book Think Again (2021). In his book, Grant describes ideas that are long lasting as “interesting and challenge our weakly held opinions.” Maybe if more people visited libraries then weakly held opinions that librarians are mean would be dismissed. Not all librarians are Mr. or Mrs. Bookmans. We are nice, caring people who want to help our communities.

There are many wonderful programs and activities being offered by librarians at the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity in March. Come join us, bring a friend, get to know us and have fun at the same time. I can’t wait to see you in March at the library. And now you have the facts: librarians are nice, fun people! These are Just the Facts.

Signing Off,

Holly – The true representation of “Mr./Mrs. Bookman”

Holly Bennett

Library Director, Information Conductor, and Community Ambassador


Thank you for loving your library!

Thank you for making our Valentine tree so colorful and beautiful!

Your support is appreciated.

The library will be closed on Friday, March 4th for professional development. Thank you!


Calling All Audiobook Listeners!

  • This newly formed group will meet on Thursday, March 10th at 1:00pm in the living room to discuss The Dutch House by Ann Patchett and read by Tom Hanks. This book is available on CD in the library's collection as well as on Hoopla Digital.
  • All audiobook lovers are invited to attend.
  • No registration is required.
  • The group plans to meet on additional second Thursdays of each month at 1:00pm.
  • This new discussion group's events are part of our PA Forward ® Information Literacy programming.

New: Items-by-Mail Program

  • If you are homebound and interested in receiving materials by mail, please call 610-759-4932, ext. 4 or email with your name and address.
  • You will be mailed more details about the program and an application asking basic questions about your interests.
  • This service is provided at NO PERSONAL COST to you. The Dermody Properties Foundation has graciously provided funding for this new initiative.
  • The program is open to residents of the MLNV’s supporting municipalities. ACCESS patrons are not eligible at this time.
  • This program is part of our PA Forward ® Information Literacy programming.

Are You Interested in Telling Your Story - Or Someone Else's?

If you might be interested in attending a future one-day, in-person, in-depth workshop on true-life/memoir writing (someone else's story or your own!), led by a published author, please call 610-759-4932, ext. 4 or email Thank you!

Can You Donate...

Artifacts/memorabilia from the 1939 World's Fair, for our archives?

Unwanted Halloween decorations - especially scary ones?

If YES, please contact Thank you!

Calling All Teens: See What's Coming in April...

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Teen Zine Club!

Wednesday, April 6th, 6:00pm

in honor of National Library Outreach Day

Any teen (age 12-19) interested in getting their original creative work published can join.

Zines are small press publications on niche subjects with a limited distribution. Each season, the Teen Zine Club will publish a zine centered around a specific theme. The first theme is: The Library!

Participants will submit any type of original work related to that season's theme: an essay, short story, poem, comic, or other artwork. We'll be peer critiquing submissions at club meetings to suggest revisions, but all work will be accepted and added! Then, we'll be formatting the zine and binding each issue by hand. Each participant will bind several copies to distribute however they wish, and one copy will be permanently added to the library's collection for all to read! We'll also be participating in fun fundraising and outreach efforts to buy supplies and gather interest in our zine.


Wizarding World

Thursday, April 7th, 5:00-7:00pm

Registration required.

Something magical is coming to your library!

Enter into the Wizarding World and join in a number of fun activities. Wear your house colors, or come in full cosplay, and participate in Triwizard Trivia! Craft your very own wand. Write a howler letter with a quill pen. Win magical prizes! And watch the library's teen and living rooms be transfigured into Hogwarts classrooms with sinister potions, floating candles, and much much more.

Come to the library today to verify your acceptance to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry.

Teens between the ages of 12-18 are welcome.

Adult Craft Event


Tuesday, March 15th, 6:00pm

  • Celebrate the joy of crafting something new, and pay homage to the fairy lore of Ireland this St. Patrick’s Day, by making your very own fairy door. Use a variety of natural and man-made materials, such as moss and sculpted miniatures, to make your very own gateway to the fae realm.
  • Crafting event is in person in the library, and all materials are provided.
  • Registration is open now. Call the library at 610-759-4932 or stop at the circulation desk to register.

Feeling Lucky?

Purchase a ticket for our March "pot of gold" 50/50 raffle. The winner will get 50% of the proceeds collected from selling tickets.

Tickets are just $1 each (cash only) - just pay for a ticket at the desk; record your name and phone # on it; and drop it in the "pot of gold" in front of the circulation desk!

Tickets available until Thursday, March 31st, with the winner contacted then

Thank you for your support!


Welcome, Berry Steiner!


Berry Steiner is our new children's librarian! In the past, Berry has worked as a children’s librarian at the Easton Area Public Library, has developed literacy programs for school-aged children with Communities in Schools, taught an Early Literacy course at Northampton Community College, and taught elementary school at the University of Pittsburgh’s Falk Laboratory School. 

Berry lives in College Hill with her husband, two school-aged children, and her big friendly mutt Ivan. She is a Native Southern Californian who loves spending time outdoors gardening and exploring her adopted home in the Lehigh Valley. Berry plays the ukulele, makes art, and likes to create programs that inspire young people to ask questions and tell stories.

Welcome, Berry - we can't wait to read and learn with you!!

Did You Know??

T-Mobile hotspots are available for checkout!

A hotspot is a small portable, easy-to-use device that allows you to easily connect to the Internet from the beach during your vacation, the woods on a camping trip...

Check one out today!


The library has a growing number of great e-resources you can utilize!


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

Saturday, March 5th

Thursday, March 10th

Friday, March 11th

Saturday, March 12th

Donations will not be accepted during other times or after March 12th. Thank you.

Two Special In-person Events

with Author Cynthia Jean DeLuca

for adults: Thursday, March 3rd

for children: Thursday, March 17th

Registration is open now. Call the library at 610-759-4932 or stop at the circulation desk to register. This event is a part of our PA Forward ® Civic and Social Literacy programming.


A reading of The Enchanted Weeping Willow PLUS a craft

Registration is open now. Call the library at 610-759-4932 or stop at the circulation desk to register. This event is a part of our PA Forward ® Basic and Civic and Social Literacy programming.

Other Author Events - Register Now!


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.

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

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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!

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

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.

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

Virtual STEM!

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

Volunteer of the Month

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Donna D'Angelo

The MLNV gives a big THANK YOU to Donna, who has faithfully volunteered at the library since 2011. During the worst of the COVID pandemic, Donna came in nearly every day to check in, clean, and shelve items that had been quarantined. She continues to volunteer weekly and gets pleasure putting disordered shelves back in order. She is an avid listener of audiobooks and has enjoyed watching the gradual growth of the MLNV's book clubs.

Save the Date: Touch-a-Truck 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!

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

Help make this very special day a success:

Saturday, October 1st, 2022

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.

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 for details and updates.

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

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


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 is open now.

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

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

Other Items of Note...

  • National Library Week: Connect with Your Library from April 3rd-9th! Details coming soon!
  • Titanic: Did you know that 2022 marks the 110th anniversary of the RMS Titanic's tragic first and final voyage? Want to learn more about this historic event, and why it still matters today? See the April newsletter for details!
  • Tax assistance: Please call 484-488-7219 or 484-246-6394 for more information. Tax prep with AARP at the library is a part of our PA Forward ® Financial Literacy programming.
  • Curbside service: Curbside service is still available. 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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