May 2021
A Letter from the Director...


Happy May!  This month I reflected on one of my favorite parts of the workday - talking with library
patrons.  I enjoy getting to know them and learn about why they visit the library.  Recently I had the
pleasure of talking with an older gentleman.  He was dressed in a blazer and dress pants and wore pristine white Michael Jordan sneakers.  I learned he lived in Nazareth his entire life.  He attended school in what is now School Terrace Apartments and married a girl who lived a block away from his childhood home.  They are now married over 70 years!

I mentioned during our conversation that I admired his attire, especially his trendy sneakers.  He shook his head and told me he thought he should be wearing dress shoes, but they were too uncomfortable.

The reality is that his sneakers inspired me.  It was obvious that a visit to the library and dressing for the occasion was important to my new friend.  Nothing stated his dedication to making the trip to the library more than his sneakers.  This was because he thought his shoes were unacceptable but he wore them as a means of necessity only. The trip to the library was more important to him than his own expectations for the shoes on his feet to match the rest of his outfit.

A trip to the library is important and can be life altering for some.  Learning a new technology, reading a book with a viewpoint that was never considered before, or researching a piece of history can change a person's outlook.  The type of shoes on our feet do not matter, as long as they carry us to our next life adventure.  I hope you plan a trip to the library soon and don't forget to wear your most comfortable shoes!

Enjoy the month and Happy Mother's Day!

Holly Bennett
Library Director, Information Conductor, and Community Ambassador
Huge Thank Yous... the Nazareth High School Class of 1946
for its generous donation of $498.72
that conducted an Easter fundraiser with all proceeds going to the library!
They also plan for this to be an annual event.

Get Ready for Summer Reading:  Tales and Tails


Summer reading registration will begin on Monday, June 14th.
The kickoff event will be on Wednesday, June 16th, 6:30pm,
featuring LIVE ANIMALS
courtesy of the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center
and will be held on the lawn of the Moravian Historical Society.
Coming Soon...


The MLNV will be 70 years old on Sunday, May 30th!
Join us for a week of celebration starting Tuesday, June 1st.

The library will host fun birthday programming every day of the week, with
our big birthday party taking place on Friday, June 4th!
Stay tuned for more details, including...
  • Tuesday, June 1st:  Movie night on the library lawn, featuring a screening of the 1951 classic "Alice in Wonderland"
  • Wednesday, June 2nd:  Music night, featuring live music from local musicians
  • Thursday, June 3rd:  Game night, featuring X-Box, trading card games, Dungeons and Dragons, and giant-sized board games
  • Friday, June 4th:  Birthday party - Stop by during the late afternoon before celebrating with the graduating Nazareth High School seniors as they embark on their "driving parade of graduates" at 6:30pm.
...Cake pans and other bakeware that you can check out!
A patron has generously donated these items.
A scavenger hunt
MLNV is partnering with the Teen Advisory Board, the Nazareth Moms Club, Patrick McIvor (owner of the 101 E Center Salon), and the Nazareth Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Neill Hartley
in an interactive adaptation of the classic horror tale by Washington Irving
Tuesday, June 22nd
Special Events
Join the MLNV staff for special storytime activities for children
(in addition to regular storytimes as listed later):

Bedtime storytime
Tuesday, May 18th, 6:30pm
The event will be held via Facebook.
Bilingual storytime
Friday, May 21st, 10:30am
The event will be held via Facebook.
Craft and Read Along with Gianna
Come join Gianna as she works toward her Girl Scout Silver Award on Saturday, May 22nd from 10 to 11am.  We will do some fun crafts and read stories together!  The event will be held outdoors at the library.  There will be more dates in the summer to come.  See you then!

Special Saturday Storytime
Saturday, May 8th, 10:30am
The event will be held outdoors at the library, weather permitting.
In case of inclement weather, the event will be held via Facebook.

Join Kevin for an egg-themed STEM video!
Thursday, May 13th on Facebook
Also look for weekly STEM activities throughout the upcoming summer!

Calling all those who love our outdoor spaces!
The Rotary Club of Nazareth is leading an effort to spruce up Nazareth Borough Park. All interested volunteers are welcome to help!
Saturday, May 15th, 9am-12pm
(raindate, Sunday, May 16th, 12pm-?)
Come dressed to work outdoors, wear a face mask, and bring your own work gloves and any protective clothing.
If you are interested, please call Linda at 610-905-6892 weekdays.
Stars Wars Fandom Event
Join the Teen Advisory Board for their first monthly Fandom Event
on Saturday, May 15th from 12pm-3pm!
In light of Star Wars day on May 4th, this month we will celebrate the wonder that is the Star Wars universe! 
  • Dress up as a favorite character or wear your favorite merch.
  • Take a test to find out which lightsaber color is right for you (no promises on how easy it will be to find your own Kyber Crystal, though!).
  • Make some adorable Baby Yoda crafts (yes - we know it's Grogu, or the Child, but we refuse to stop saying Baby Yoda!!!)
  • Duke it out with your fellow fans to see if your Star Wars opinions are popular or totally wrong (Is Jar Jar Binks really the worst character in the franchise?).
  • And last but not least, join us for a real live lightsaber battle (ok... they'll be pool noodles).  There will be no Joshes chosen or crowned, but there may be a special gift for the last one standing.
We hope to see you there and May The Force Be With You Always!

Can't make the in-person celebration?   Join us for a virtual version of the event from 3-4pm! E-mail to register and receive a link to the event.

** Please note, the event will be held outside and is dependent on the weather.  Please call the library or check out our social media pages for updates. 
** Masks must be worn at all times during the event per MLNV policies.

Be A Good Jedi - join the MLNV in volunteering for the Rotary Club's Nazareth Park cleanup event prior to our Fandom Event.  Keeping our beautiful local park is important and as princess Leia said, "you're [our] only hope!"

Make these beautiful paper flowers
at the MLNV's first Craft Night with Anneliese!
  • Join Anneliese in a fun Spring crafting session on Friday, May 21st at 6pm via BlueJeans.
  • Participants will be chatting and making Daffodils and Tulips out of common paper products to celebrate the floral season!
  • Guided instruction will occur via BlueJeans, but feel free to add your own creative flair to the paper flowers! 
  • Beginning Monday, May 17th, register with your name and email at the front desk, pick up your craft kit, and connect with participants that Friday evening for a fun crafting hang-out via the BlueJeans link that you will be sent.
  • Craft kits contain cardstock, cupcake holders, tissue paper, wire, floral tape, and the required tracing patterns.
  • Registrants must supply their own glue, scissors, and something to use for spreading light amounts of glue.
  • Registration is limited.
Have you ever wanted to learn about
(ultra)marathon running, quilting, crocheting, or woodworking?


Hear from a few hobbyists at a virtual
Hobby Night for Adults
Tuesday, May 25th, 7pm
The hobbyists will share information about the hobby and host Q+A for anyone interested in pursuing these hobbies.
To obtain the BlueJeans link, send an email to by Tuesday, May 25th, 9am.

Join author Scott Morro and his publisher for a special virtual event
Wednesday, May 26th, 4:30pm.  See his website for more details.

Morro is the author of The Washington Pursuit, Fortunate, and several other juvenile and YA novels.
Ongoing Book Sale
Located between the double doors of the lobby are paperbacks, hardcovers, children's books, and DVDs for sale.

hardcovers - $1.00
DVDs - $1.00
children's books - $0.50
paperbacks -$0.50

Please place your money in the donation jar on the counter.
Thank you!

Beginning in May, the library will accept donated items in good condition
on the first Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of each month.
Donated items will be for future book sales.
The Alzheimer's Association is offering a variety of free programs:
Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body
Dementia Conversations
Effective Communication Strategies
Dementia Conversations
...and several others.
Visit or call 800-272-3900 to register.

Celebrate May Holidays!

Sunday, May 2nd - International Harry Potter Day

Monday, May 3rd - Lumpy Rug Day

Tuesday, May 4th - National Orange Juice Day and Star Wars Day (May the 4th be with you!!)

Wednesday, May 5th - Cinco de Mayo and National Astronaut Day

Sunday, May 9th - Mother's Day

Friday, May 14th - Dance Like a Chicken Day

Saturday, May 15th - Armed Forces Day

Tuesday, May 18th - No Dirty Dishes Day

Sunday, May 23rd - Lucky Penny Day

Saturday, May 29th - National Paperclip Day

Monday, May 31st - Memorial Day


The library will be closed on Saturday, May 29th and Monday, May 31st.

Grant News
 The MLNV is the recipient of a number of recent 2021 grants:
  • $1,500 grant from a partnership between the Pennsylvania Library Association and the National Network of Libraries and Medicine, for a bilingual, llama, yoga story time with our llama mascot, Gabe and related "Tales and Tails" activities
  • $250 grant from the Hershey Heartwarming Young Heroes Grantee Center
  • $2,100 grant from the Library Science and Technology Act, to secure professional development opportunities for the library staff in the area of equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • $3,000 grant from the Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small & Rural Libraries initiative, for upcoming programs about environmentally-responsible, low-waste living
  • $6,325 grant from Northampton County, 2021 Grow NORCO to remediate water drainage issues and install a new emergency door in the basement
  • $3,612 grant from the Crush It Crusade Grant to implement and enhance recycling practices at the library
Have You Seen...?
 The Teen Advisory Board's
Global Youth Service Project:
Spreading Love:  Postcards to Close the Social Distancing Gap

TAB has been working to create meaningful relationships through the COVID-19 pandemic by making postcards for adults living in senior living communities.  TAB provided take-home kits for participants, with materials to create beautiful, fun postcards for new friends at a local senior living community.  TAB then held a decorating party:

The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) had a very successful Global Youth Service Day event! With over 100 kits going out to the local schools and other local youth, TAB was able to collect close to 300 postcards to send out to local senior living communities.  Decorated with drawings, quotes, and return addresses, the TAB hopes to connect our local youth with their older adult neighbors to create an intergenerational bond.  Thank you to everyone who participated! 

** This project was funded by The Hershey Company through their Hershey Heartwarming Project in partnership with Youth Service America. 

Upcoming Ongoing Events
Join the Brainy Bibliophiles Book Group!
currently meeting on BlueJeans

Tuesday, June 1st, 6:30pm
What do you know about the Senatus Populus Que Romanus ("the senate and people of Rome"?)  Let Beard introduce you to nearly a thousand years of the empire's glory!

The limited free copies of SPQR are all taken,
but the library has a copy available to check out.

Tuesday, September 7th, 6:30pm
Untranslated Latin, ecclesiastical history, long philosophical passages, amidst a medieval murder mystery...are you up for the challenge?

Tuesday, December 7th, 6:30pm
A grown-up's book with essential pictures, photographs, and graphics, narrated (mostly) by a nine-year-old boy in the search for the lock (or the "key"!) to his deceased father's life, in post-9/11 America.

NOTE:  A limited number of copies of the 2021 book selections
will be available at the library for registrants to pick up and keep.  Future registration dates and details will be listed in upcoming newsletters.
For more information and to obtain the BlueJeans links, email
currently meeting on Zoom

Wednesday, May 12th, 6:30pm
by Jill Jonnes

Wednesday, June 9th, 6:30pm
by Trevor Noah

Wednesday, July 14th, 6:30pm
by Robert Matzen

Wednesday, August 11th, 6:30pm
by Fredrik Backman

Wednesday, September 8th, 6:30pm
by David McCullough

Wednesday, October 20th, 6:30pm
by Lucy Foley

Wednesday, November 10th, 6:30pm
by Kristen Harmel

Saturday, December 11th, 1:00pm
Holiday Gathering and Book Selection for 2022

Wednesday, January 12th, 2022, 6:30pm
by Marie Benedict

For more information and to obtain the Zoom links, email
Ongoing Children's Programming:
Join Miss Catherine and Mrs. Kelly each week at the following locations
for music and reading fun!

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 Lower Nazareth Township Park

Fridays at 10:30am - Shake and Boogie at the Bushkill Township Recreation Fields

All programming takes place outdoors, weather permitting.
In case of inclement weather, please check the library website or call 610-759-4932.

The last of these events is on Friday, May 28th
before beginning again on Tuesday, June 15th at the same times and locations.
Join the MLNV's creative writing group!

  • This group is facilitated by a local college professor who holds a Ph.D. in English and has a love for writing.
  • At each meeting, participants will receive a writing prompt and be asked to share their responses (whether poetry, fiction, or nonfiction) to a previous writing prompt.
  • The prompt for the upcoming meeting:  Pick a favorite item (or a few) and express their importance and value to you. Feel free to write in any genre (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, etc.)
  • Feel free to write in any genre (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, etc.)
  • Participants may request constructive criticism or just a friendly listening audience.
  • The facilitator will share a writing tip and practice exercise about cutting verbal clutter.
  • If you are interested in joining the group and obtaining more details about the group, email
The group's next BlueJeans meeting is Monday, May 10, 7pm.
Interested in the Teen Advisory Board (TAB)?
Are you a teen entering 7th to 12th grade?
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?
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).

This session we will be focusing on teen programming, acquisitions and fundraising. Meetings will take place on BlueJeans on alternating Mondays and Thursdays through May 10. Exact dates are as follows:

* Thursday, May 6th, 3-4pm
* Monday, May 10th, 3:30-4:30pm
The summer session will start in June.

Perks of joining the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity's TAB:  making new friends, receiving volunteer hours, and the ability to make creative and financial choices involving teen programming and the YA/Teen room renovations.

Requirements to join: Entering 7th to 12th grade, have an MLNV library card, be willing to participate in TAB discussions and voice your opinions, and be willing to respect the opinions, tastes, privacy & choices of others.

Interested in joining the TAB?  Want more information?  Feel free to email all questions to the TAB Coordinator, Shelby Rozell, at
What's New(s) to Us
Check out the MLNV's new online newspaper resource:  NewsBank! 
NewsBank provides a comprehensive collection of reliable news sources covering a wide array of topics and issues.  Explore and stay informed on local and national topics, people and events in areas such as business, health, education, jobs and careers, political and social issues and more.  Features a wide variety of credible, vetted news sources spanning the U.S., including the Morning Call and the Express-Times. NewsBank is available remotely 24/7 on any device.  Check it out here

Want to learn the ins and outs of using NewsBank to the fullest?  Check out the tutorial here or set up a Tech Thursday appointment with Kevin by calling the library at 610-759-4932 or e-mailing

Current Operational Procedures
What Are Your Current Browsing Hours?

Mondays and Fridays
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
10:00 am - 8:00 pm

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Please continue to check the website for updates!

Do I Have to Wear a Mask and Social Distance?
The health of our patrons and staff is a top priority.  Masks are required to be worn correctly over your mouth and nose while in the library.  We also ask that you social distance.  If a patron has a medical condition and cannot wear a mask, it is requested that they speak to a staff member at the library desk; accommodations will be made for people with medical conditions.  

Can I Still Use the Computers?
Yes, by appointment.  There is a limited number of public workstations available.  We ask that you limit your computer usage session to 30 minutes.  Call the library to schedule an appointment.

Is Curbside Still Available?
Absolutely.  After scheduling an appointment via MyLibrosimply call us when you arrive, tell us what parking spot you are in, pop your trunk, and we will bring the checked-out materials to you.

How Do I Return My Library Materials?
Returns should be made outside in the book drop.  Please continue to place your library materials in a closed plastic bag.  Don't worry if you see your returned items still on your account several days after you have returned them.  For everyone's health and safety, we are quarantining returned materials for 72 hours upon receipt.  Also, returned items are wiped with a sanitizing wipe before being reshelved.

Can I Still Renew Materials?
Yes, absolutely - call the library or renew them via your library account online.  Your items will also automatically renew for two more weeks UNLESS the item is on hold for someone else.  You will receive a notice with a new due date and/or information on items that cannot be renewed.

Are You Still Holding Programs?
Virtual and outdoor programming will continue to be held.  Read the rest of this newsletter for details!

for your patience as we continually monitor the situation
for the health and safety of all patrons and staff!
Check the  library website and social media for updates.
Stay in the Know with Social Media!
It's easy to stay up-to-date with our many current events for all ages!
 Additional Services
You can access our digital library 24/7 with a library card!

Register for a card from the comfort of your own home; click here to fill out the online form, and a librarian will contact you.

Happy Reading!
If you or someone you know needs help with technology, we are available to help!  Email or call 610-759-4932 to set up a time for your "virtual" one-on-one technology session.

Note: You must have a valid library card to take advantage of this free service.
eBooks, Audiobooks, and MORE!

Anyone with an active library card can borrow electronic materials from our website!
    1. Go to our website.
    2. Click the Collections menu.
    3. Select eBooks & Audiobooks, and follow the directions.
To access these resources, follow the directions outlined above, or simply click here to go directly to the eBooks & Audiobooks page!

Remember, you do need a library card to access these free services, and you can register for one online by clicking here.
Missed a newsletter?
You can find past MLNV newsletters on our website. Click here to read our newsletters that date back to 2015; or, simply visit our website, click the Events menu and select Newsletter.  Happy Reading!
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Thank you!
Memorial Library of Nazareth & Vicinity 
295 East Center Street, Nazareth PA  18064