May 2022

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A Letter from the Director...

Recently, I read an article about the late John Wooden, famous UCLA basketball coach.  Athletes who played for Wooden listened to their coach during their first practice talk about how to wear socks.  Wooden would sit in front of the team, take off his sneakers, and hold up a brand new pair of socks. He 

would proceed to show them step by step how to place the socks on their feet to prevent blisters.

I know it might sound funny, but I have thought a lot about John Wooden’s socks since I read that article. The basis for his lesson is that attention to detail is a factor in success in anything.

The details in providing public library services are numerous and overwhelming.  The library staff pays attention to the details of the physical building, organization of the collection, preservation of our local history, execution of programming, delivery of technical services, and providing top-notch customer services. 

Even more, at the library on a daily basis the boiler is checked, a list of missing books is analyzed, meeting room schedules are consulted, and smiles and pleasantries are given to patrons. By concentrating on the small things, our library excels at serving our community.  Coach Wooden’s socks remind all of us that attention to detail is a factor in success in anything.  Just remember Wooden’s words tomorrow morning when you put on your socks:  “Great leaders are ordinary people with extraordinary determination.”

My favorite Wooden book is They Call Me Coach

Holly Bennett

Library Director, Information Conductor, and Community Ambassador

National Comic Book Day

Join us from 10:00am-2:00pm on this very special day!

Celebrate Free Comic Book Day with comic book-inspired crafts and giveaways and meet professional animator Cotty Kilbanks. Cotty's professional roster includes "Bugs Bunny Classics", "Rocko's Modern Life," and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," and she has worked with Disney and Marvel. She will be at the library from 10-11:30 am to draw for patrons!

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

Free COVID-19 Tests Available


The library has received COVID-19 tests from one of our vendors.

The tests are available to library patrons, for free, while supplies last.

One test per patron per library visit, please.

Yoga at the Library

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Please call the library at 610-759-4932 or stop in to register.

A Few Days Left to Win a Nazareth Pool Pass...

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  • Two winning tickets will be drawn on Friday, May 7th. Winners will be notified on that day.
  • Each winner will receive one Adult Season Pass.

...And Then an Opportunity to Win Iron Pigs Ticket Vouchers...

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...And a Handrafted 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.

...And a Beautiful Planting Basket!


Congratulations to Last Month's 50/50 Raffle Winner: John Yaswinski!

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Students: Enter the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Essay and Coloring Contests

  • As the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania prepares to celebrate its 300th anniversary next month, students across the state are invited to participate in the historic occasion by participating in an essay and coloring contest.
  • The deadline for entries is May 6, 2022.
  • The coloring contest is open to all students ages 5-11 and will give young students the opportunity to create their own judge. After printing the cartoon judge cutouts, students can choose which judge they want to color and design using their creativity as their guide. Students and parents are encouraged to submit photo entries on Twitter by tagging @PACourts and using #Supreme300, or by mail following the instructions outlined below.
  • Download the coloring sheets HERE.
  • The essay contest is open to all students in grades 3 through 12, with essays being judged on creativity, overall quality and adherence to the questions: Question (Grades 3-5) – Why is the Pennsylvania Supreme Court important? AND Question (Grades 6-12) – Which Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice inspires you and why?
  • Essay entries can be submitted by email to or by mail to: AOPC Communications c/o Stacey Witalec, 601 Commonwealth Ave., Harrisburg, Pa 17106
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Special Storytime at the Nazareth Farmer's Market

Come join Miss Berry at the Farmers' Market for songs, stories and other fun activities!


Saturday, Mary 14th




Teen Zine Club Meeting

It's not too late to join the teen zine club!

Come to our Wednesday, May 11th planning meeting at 6:00pm as we learn how to bind our books and discuss free expression and thinking outside the box.

The library will publish 4 zines a year, written by teens, for teens.

A copy of each zine issue will be permanently added to our library collection, and you'll have the chance to gift and sell other copies we print and bind.

Teens ages 12 and up are welcome!

This meeting we'll be working on drafting ideas for our Summer issue, which has the theme of "library."

Art of all kinds: poetry, stories, drawing, photography, and more will be found inside our zine!

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

Going Camping Story and Craft


Wednesday, May 18th at 6:30pm

Children and their families are invited to a special storytime and crafting activity. Join us as we learn about campfires, s'mores, tents, flashlights and and other fun camping activities!

Registration is open on May 4th. Call the library at 610-759-4932 or stop at the circulation desk to register.

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

Calling All Veterans!

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Veterans can also register for the event by completing a quick form HERE.

Veterans do NOT need to be MLNV patrons to participate in the Coffee & Chat.

Coming Soon: 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.

Mark your calendar now: registration opens May 16th.

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.

Mark your calendar now: registration opens June 1st.

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.

Volunteer Spotlight on Akif Turk


Akif is in ninth grade and enjoys reading, listening to music, and traveling. He has been volunteering at MLNV since December of 2021. He says, "It’s been an enjoyable time here these past few months. I’m usually occupied with shelving books to their assigned places or helping out with the props for an upcoming event such as the Harry Potter night we had recently. I like volunteering at the library because organization comes first nature to me and when I have great coworkers to spend time with, it becomes a very enjoyable experience."

Thank you, Akif!!

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.

Want to Share Your Hobby??

The library would like to hold an in-person event in the summer, inviting patrons to "show and tell" and share their hobbies with other patrons.

If you are interested in sharing information about your hobby during such an event, please email or call 610-759-4932, ext. 4 with the following:

  • your name
  • your contact information (phone and email)
  • your hobby
  • your availability (day/s and time/s)

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.

Adult Craft Event


Tuesday, May 17th, 6:00pm

  • Join us this May to create one-of-a-kind trinket boxes out of wooden cigar boxes. We'll be painting and decoupaging with various materials on these unique containers on May 17, at 6PM. Each box is different, even before you get to decorating!
  • Registration is open now. Call the library at 610-759-4932 or stop at the circulation desk to register.

Museum Passes!

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Other Ongoing Events

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

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

*Please note that there will be no children's regular programming May 30th-June 18th.

Virtual STEM!

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

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!

The Touch-a-Truck festival 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.

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:  May 12th - The Other Woman by Daniel Silva

Daytime Book Discussion Group

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

This month:  May 26th - Girl, Woman, Other, by Bernardine Evaristo

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 for details and updates.

This month:  May 11th - Snow by John Banville

(This meeting will be in-person at the library).

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 planning meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 11th at 5:00pm.

If you are interested in joining the TAB or want more information, please contact

The Power of Books


Patron Alice Yeakel passed along a delightful story about the power of books to bring hope and encouragement.  A group of traveling musicians collected and then donated a variety of books for Ukrainian refugee children and teens living with German families.  You can read the account HERE.

Coming Soon...

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As the temperature heats up, so does excitement about Summer Reading 2022: Journey into Reading! Children ages birth to 12 years are invited to set sail on an international reading adventure. All summer long the library will host engaging and dynamic programs that will teach young people about culture, history, and life around the world. Starting Tuesday, June 21st and wrapping up on August 6th, participants will be able to earn fun prizes for reading and exploring as they journey around the world. Through free art programs, special speakers, international outdoor games, music programs, and more, we will explore the wide world around us. So pack your bags for adventure and plan to travel to the library this summer!

Quick Notes...

  • Our "official" curbside service ends in May, but patrons are still invited to call the library for item pickup when they arrive.
  • Coming soon: a library "boutique"!
  • Also coming June 1st: our annual lottery calendar fundraiser!

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




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Support Your Library

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AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you currently use, with the same products, prices, and services with a different name. When you shop at, Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the Library.

Choose the Memorial Library of Nazareth & Vicinity as the organization to receive your smile donation.

For more ways to support the library, please click HERE.

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Memorial Library Of Nazareth & Vicinity

295 East Center Street

Nazareth PA 18064


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