There's more to check out than just books this month
at the  Memorial Library of Nazareth & Vicinity.
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May 1, 2017

George Bernard Shaw once wrote, "Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything." We have all experienced change.  Some changes are extremely difficult, other changes are welcome. Change is important to the vitality of a library.  There is a need to welcome change regarding services and programs that are offered to ensure they are  fulfilling the needs of the community.  The library staff members, through the guidance of professional social networks, conversations with local government, patrons, and documented library trends are consistently evaluating what changes are necessary at the Nazareth Library.

Have you noticed changes at the Nazareth Library?  One recent library change that we hope you notice is that the library staff is out and about in the community providing services.  In the past few weeks, the library staff has participated in activities taking place throughout Nazareth.  In addition, we are planning to host a special summer program in conjunction with the Lehigh Valley Zoo at Tuskes Community Park on June 19th.   We will hold a book discussion about the life of CoCo Chanel at Smooch on Main on Thursday, June 1st, and we will take Toddler Shake and Boogie on the road to Bushkill Fire Company on select Fridays mornings during the summer!

Change is good.  Another large change happening at the library is that we are changing to a new library system on May 11th.  The decision to change to a new library system is based on increased functionality, lower costs, and administrative work flow.  This change requires the staff to learn new technical tasks so that they can complete the library actions they perform daily.  We ask that you please be patient with us as we check out your books, place holds, and search for materials for you.  We are all adjusting to this change.

Change is not just happening at the library; it is happening everywhere.  We will watch as spring turns into summer.  Our Nazareth Area High School Class of 2017 will graduate and experience new life changes (we wish them all the best).  And the library will continual change to better serve our community.  Just remember, "If we don't change, we don't grow.  If we don't grow, we aren't really living" - Gail Sheehy.
See you at the library!

Holly Bennett
Library Director, Information Conductor, and Community Ambassador


The library will be closed SATURDAY, MAY 27 and MONDAY, MAY 27 for the Memorial Day Holiday.  


Our new SPARK online library catalog and circulation system will go live on Thursday, May 11th!  As the library staff prepare for the transition from the old system to SPARK, children's library programs such as story times and Toddler Shake and Boogie are cancelled from Tuesday, May 9th to Friday, May 12th .  
The new SPARK catalog will look different, but you as a library user will be able to maintain all the functionality you have through our current online catalog. You will still be able to place holds, view materials that you currently have checked out, and renew books online.  The library staff will be on hand to assist you as you become more familiar with the new online catalog. Quick reference guides will be available on our website and in print format at the circulation desk for your convenience.


Spring and summer are perfect times to spend an afternoon at the Grounds for Sculpture  near Trenton, New Jersey. The library has a free 'museum' pass that you can borrow for one week. [It can save you over $50.00 in admission for 2 adults and 2 children!] Make sure to sign-up for the free guided tour when you are at the Grounds for Sculpture, if available.
The library also has a  free 'museum' pass for the  Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University├é  in Philadelphia that you can borrow for one week. [It can save you over $60.00 in admission for 2 adults and 2 children!]  You can wander among dinosaur skeletons or discover an indoor butterfly garden. A special exhibition Frogs: A Chorus of Colors will be available until May 14th.  Ask about the passes at the Circulation Desk
Kristie Kennedy serves the Nazareth Library as a Reference Librarian and the Adult Program Coordinator.  Kristie is celebrating her 5th anniversary working at the library this September. 

Kristie coordinated past adult programs including: Ian Gallagher Irish and Celetic Music, Neill Hartley as Sherlock Holmes, "Book Lover" Tea with Author Maryann McFadden, ABC Nazzie Adult Book Club, Library Libations Painting with Jen Pritchett, and the Summer Adult Reading Program.  Her favorite Nazareth Library program is the ABC Nazzie Adult Book Club because she believes that communication and discussion about books, writing styles, authors, and the way reading makes us feel is wonderful. "Book discussions bring us together and build relationships within the community of Nazareth and beyond. Reading and sharing our opinions, thoughts, and feelings about literature bind us together in our joys, sorrows, and laughter blooming life-long learning and friendships."

The Library has a very popular ongoing magazine swap ... let's extend it to include PLANTS! From Monday, May 1st to Saturday, June 10th an outdoor plant swap area by the library's front door will be available for you to pick-up and drop-off your extra flower,  herbal and food plants.
Same guidelines apply as to the magazine swap: Plants donated by library patrons are available free for keeping. Your own plant donations will in turn be appreciated by other patrons. There is no obligation to donate in order to retrieve plants from the Plant Swap ... just remember to label and identify the plants! Here's to more Green Thumbs!

The Nazareth Book Club meets on Wednesday, May 10th, 6:30 pm, to discuss Nothing Holds Back the Night by Delphine deVigan. This book discussion group meets the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm. Please contact Susan at 484-201-0871 or for more information. The June selection is  The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen.
The Morning Book Club meets on Friday, May 19th, 10:30 am.  For information regarding the book to be discussed in May, please contact Marie at .

Friends of the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity are preparing for their summer book sale on June 1st to 3rd . Donations of gently used children, teen, and adult books, DVDs, and CDs that would be appreciated. Items that are not accepted are: VHS and cassette tapes, encyclopedias, magazines, textbooks, or Readers Digest Condensed Books. Please bring your donations to the library's circulation desk before  Friday, May 26th.
Interested in volunteering?   On Monday, May 1st at 10:30, the Friends will be holding an orientation meeting at the library for new book sale volunteers. Anyone who is interested in volunteering is welcome to attend. Volunteers are not required to commit to a set schedule of dates or number of hours per day, but they are expected to come and help with the sorting of books on some of the days between April 25th and May 31st.
A general Friends membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 2nd at 6:30.  Please consider giving your time and talent by becoming a member of the Friends. Money raised by the Friends book sale is a significant source of funding for the summer reading program, the Young Authors program, and new books for adults and children.
Beginning on Tuesday, May 30th, Toddler Shake and Boogie, Wee Build, Baby and Me, and Read to Me story time will be on a two week hiatus as the Children's Department prepares for our popular summer reading program.  These activities (and many more) will resume on Monday, June 12th ... the first day of our Summer Reading program, Build A Better World!  
Going on now 
Looking for that special something for your den? A Nazareth memento for a hostess gift? Stop by the library and 'check-out' the treasures we found in the library's attic. Prints, book page rolled flowers, and even a 're-purposed book' birdhouse are available to be purchased as a donation to our library.
Thursday, June 1st to Saturday, June 3rd
Great opportunity to stock-up on books for the beach and DVDs for rainy days. The Friends sponsor many library programs with the book sale proceeds.
Saturday, June 3rd, 9am-3pm  
Refresh your spring wardrobe ... Dresses, skirts, leggings, tops, kids' clothes and more! Proceeds benefit Memorial Library's community outreach and educational programs.

On  Sunday, June 25th, 1:00 p m - 4:00 pm, come and golf 18 unique miniature golf holes throughout the library! Mark your calendar for this inaugural event.  Tickets are on sale May 1st at the Main Circulation Desk.  Tickets cost $5.00 each.  Tickets are limited, stop by the library and buy yours today! All proceeds from this event will benefit renovations for the library basement.  Thank you to U.S. Concrete, our event's presenting sponsor.
Mark your calendars!
Thursday, June 1 to Saturday, June 3
Friends' Book Sale 
Early admission at 9am on Thursday for members of Friends of the Memorial Library.  Membership applications are available at the door.
Sale begins at 10am for general public.

Thursday, June 1st  6pm
Book Discussion Group at Smooch on Main.  The book will be a biography of the CoCo Chanel. Reserve your spot in this discussion group at the Main Circul ation Desk.   

Thursday, June 1, 6:30pm
Meet local author Susan Beam. Her new book He's Not My Husband  will be available for purchase and autographing.

Tuesday, June 6, 6:30pm
That's Amore: A Century of Dean Martin Music by Dave DeLuca. Space is limited. Reserve your seat at the Circulation Desk.

Monday, June 12
Summer Reading Program begins for Adults, Teens, and Children. Library cards are needed to register.

Tuesday, June 13, 5pm to 7pm
Summer Reading Kick-off Party for children . Games and food!

Sunday, June 25
Mini-Golf in the Library Fundraiser