October 2020
A Letter from the Director...

Well, Nazareth, it's October!  An October like no other we have ever experienced.  Everything looks different this year including how and if we watch high school football, how our children go to school, and the absence of fun events like the Halloween parade and the library's Touch a Truck event.  This year on October 3, the horns and sirens of Touch a Truck will be silent due to COVID-19.  The library staff will miss the children's smiles and excitement.  The absence of the event will cause the library to fall significantly behind in its fundraising goals for 2020, as the event is the library's largest annual fundraiser.  It is our hope that the library will be able to host our beloved Touch a Truck for the community to enjoy in 2021.  Even though the truck horns and sirens are silent this year, you don't have to be!  If you can, please consider making a donation to the library to assist us in making up the fundraising loss associated to the absence of Touch a Truck.  To make a donation, click here.

These are very challenging times for all of us.  I know you miss the familiarity of the library, freely walking into the building to visit the children's department, browsing the stacks, and spending time at the library talking with your neighbors.  The inability to provide a full spectrum of services and access to the entire library building to our patrons is upsetting to all of us at the library.  However, I am pleased to report that
over 140 patrons registered for the Summer Reading Program this year.  The library hosted 78 events via Facebook Live, and other video conferencing technology.  And over 6,000 children and adults viewed these library-hosted events.  Wow!

Even as we adjust to all of these new norms and feelings of uncertainty, it is October, and the celebration of all things spooky and artificially-flavored is still appealing to me.  As someone who adores books, eerie classic titles speak to me during this time of year, including Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," Bram Stoker's "Dracula," and Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein."    Couple one of these beauties with a warm cup of apple cider on a rainy night and October is in full swing.  I guess fall and Halloween is kind of a diversion from the world.

I hope you find time this month to join us at the library for a virtual program, to pick up an order of books via our curbside services, or to attend one of our upcoming socially distanced programs.

Stay Safe and Happy Fall Everyone -

Holly Bennett
Library Director, Information Conductor, and Community Ambassador
A Thought to Ponder...
"A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life." - Henry Ward Beecher
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Enter the MLNV Website Scavenger Hunt Contest!

Can you find the answers to the following questions by exploring the MLNV website?

1.  The library director's letter in the newsletter from exactly four years ago mentions three movies.  What is the complete Call Number of the second one mentioned in the letter?  
2.  One way to donate to the library is to make a Planned Gift by giving through your will/living trust or how else?
3.  The Special Collection DVDs include one from PBS that features a certain type of sweet food and where you can find it.  What is that food?
4.  One of the library's most circulated magazine titles focuses on sports.  What is the title of the magazine?
5.  Typically, meeting rooms at the library can be reserved at no charge for organized non-profit associations, government entities holding a meeting or event that is open to the public without a fee or donation charge, and what else?
6.  A free museum pass to Elmwood Park Zoo allows admission for a maximum of how many people?
7. The CIA World Factbook provides information on the history and geography of how many world entities?
8.  The Small Engine Repair _____  _____ offers guides for all types of small engines and is available via PowerLibrary.  What words belong in the two blanks?
9.  In what month and year was the strategic planning process first launched by the Library Board of Directors?
10.  The idea of a public library for Nazareth and the surrounding communities came about when the community decided to make a living memorial to honor whom?

Email your answers, plus your name and contact number, with "Scavenger Hunt" in the subject line, to jsilvius@nazarethlibrary.org by October 24th.   One entry per person, please.  A winner will be chosen at random from all correct entries.  If no entry has all answers correct, a winner will be chosen at random from entries with the most correct answers.

The winner will receive an MLNV tote bag with books and other prizes and his/her name will be announced in next month's newsletter, along with the scavenger hunt answers.

Library Laughs
How do librarians keep their books warm in autumn?
They give them book jackets!

Where does the library keep books about paranoia?
Right behind you!

A man walked into a library and asked if the library had any books about Pavlov's dog.
The librarian said, "That rings a bell...."
What's Your Favorite Book and Why?
Catherine Stewart, Assistant Director:

"Ever since I read Great Expectations by Charles Dickens in 8th
grade, I have loved the story.  It follows the childhood and young adult years of Pip, a blacksmith's apprentice, in a country village where he visits Miss Havisham, a quirky wealthy woman.  Pip has always wanted to be wealthy and he finds out an
anonymous benefactor is sending him to London to become a gentleman.  The characters are so well developed and the scenes are so real that you feel like you are back in 19th century England.   I also enjoy other historical fiction especially those from the World War II era."

(MLNV owns this book, plus the CD audiobook, a guide to it, and a DVD version of it!)

Nancy Clayborne, Circulation Assistant:

"I read it first as a young adult and it really opened my eyes to so many things.  I've read it many times since and I see different things in it as I read it at different stages in my life.  I find it beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time."

(MLNV owns several copies of this book, plus the CD audiobook, readings about it, and a book about its banning!)

Kevin Hopf, Digital Services Assistant:

"It's a long, immersive graphic novel that starts out as a lighthearted comic adventure and develops into a story of epic proportions, filled with plenty of intrigue, battles, and moral questions."

These books are available now for checkout!
Current Hours of Operation

The Library is Open to Limited Capacity in October.
Thank you for your continued patronage!

October 1-18:
Monday and Friday
9am - 10am (Early Bird Hour*)
10am - 3pm

9am - 10am (Early Bird Hour*)

Tuesday and Thursday
10am - 7pm

9am - 3pm

Beginning October 19:
Monday and Friday
10am - 5pm

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

9am - 4pm

*Through October 18, we are welcoming senior citizens and those patrons with high risk health issues to come inside our library and browse our collection every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9-10am for Early Bird Hours. Patrons are encouraged to make their selections in a timely manner; we will allow only 10 patrons in the building at one time. You can call 610-759-4932 to make an appointment; walk-ins are welcome, as spots become available.
Did You Know?


Missed a newsletter? No worries! 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!
Our Wi-Fi is available for you to use outside our normal hours of operation.
Access it outside of our building seven days a week, 7am-10pm.
Borrowing and Returning Items
Borrowed Items --> Plastic Bags, Please

Our book drop is open 24/7, or you can return your items on a book cart as you enter the library during our hours of operation. 

Whether you return your items in the book drop or on the book cart in the library, we ask that you please continue putting your items into closed plastic bags.  Thank you!

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 now quarantining returned materials for 7 days upon receipt.
Curbside Service with myLIBRO!

Explore our new curbside service which will allow you to select materials remotely from your mobile device and schedule curbside pick up at the library!

How to Create Your Account
  1. Download the myLibro app (available on iOS and the Google store).
  2. Find "Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity" on the dropdown menu.
  3. Type in your library card number (all 14 digits, NO spaces).  Your library pin will be the last four digits of the phone number the MLNV has on file under your account UNLESS you had previously changed your PIN.  For help with your library card number or pin number, reach out to srozell@nazarethlibrary.org. 
  4. You can also watch the Mini-Intro video made by staff
Upcoming Special Events
Pumpkin Decorating Contest!
It's time to get spooky!
 Decorate a pumpkin and enter into MLNV's 2020 Pumpkin Decorating Contest!  You can drop off your painted and decorated pumpkin starting October 5th to have it displayed at the library.  The contest is open to all children through grade 5 and their parents.  Winners will be called on October 23rd.

PLEASE NOTE:  When dropping off your pumpkin, include a note with your name, age, and phone number.

This year we will not be accepting carved pumpkins.  Also, pumpkins must be picked up between November 2nd and November 6th.  Any pumpkins that are not picked up by the 6th will be discarded. 
Scary Story Walks
Tuesday, October 27th and Thursday, October 29th

October is the perfect time for spooky stories, and the library is the perfect place to enjoy them.  Join us at the library for a Scary Story Walk around the library grounds with members of the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild on October 27th and October 29th.  Patrons will meet their storyteller at the library's flag pole starting at 5:45pm.  The walk will begin at sunset... 6pm sharp. Don't forget your flashlight!

Registration is required.  Registration will be begin on October 12th.  To register, call the library at 610-759-4932 or stop by our main circulation desk.  Due to the nature of the stories, registrants must be 16+ to register alone, or 13+ to register with a parent or guardian. 

This is an outside event, therefore weather-permitting. For the safety of all, masks are required, and social distancing is expected. 

Mini Book Sale
throughout the month of October
Check out the special book display near the circulation desk.
All items are available for a reasonable donation,
which can be placed in any of the donation jars on the counters.
Celebrate Halloween!
We put the "boo" in "books"!
Dress up in your Halloween costume, listen to scary stories,
and trick-or-treat at the library:

Monday, October 26th, 10:30am - bilingual Halloween storytime
outside, weather-dependent

Thursday, October 29th, 10:30am - Halloween storytime
outside, weather-dependent

Extra treats will be available for all ages who dress up in costume on
Saturday, October 31st.
Author Visit and Book Signing!
Thursday, October 15th from 5-6pm
(rain date:  Thursday, October 22nd from 5-6pm)

Meet us at the library's flagpole for a book signing and a blast to the past!
Local YA author Scott Morro will be hosting a book talk and signing for his latest book, The Washington Pursuit!  It's been called a "Da Vinci Code for young adults."

To make the evening even better, we'll be taking a trip across the street to the Whitfield House to talk history and book inspiration with Scott

This is an outside event.  For the safety of all, masks are required, and social distancing is expected.

Join the library staff for virtual STEM Storytime
with a Halloween twist...
Tune in for a special story LIVE on Wednesday, October 28th at 4pm!
The STEM video will be available immediately after.
Join the Brainy Bibliophiles Book Club!
Tuesday, December 1st @ 6:30pm

Join this book discussion of American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land, by Monica Hesse online via BlueJeans!
The book is available in our collection and as an audiobook on Hoopla.

For more information, and to register for this book club, email jsilvius@nazarethlibrary.org.
Join the Wednesday Night Book Club!


Book discussions are currently being held online via Zoom.

Wednesday, October 21st @ 6:30 PM

Future book discussions:
Wednesday, November 11th @6:30 PM
also available as an ebook or audiobook on Hoopla

Saturday, December 12th (tentative, with time TBD)
book selection party for 2021
This event may be held online.

Wednesday, January 13th @ 6:30 PM

For more information and to obtain the Zoom links, email sgerken@aol.com.
Outside Shake & Boogie!
Throughout October, please join us outside on the library's lawn
on Tuesdays at 10:30am.

To keep everyone as safe as possible,
we ask that everyone wears a mask and maintains social distancing.

This program is weather-dependent; in case of inclement weather,
we will share Shake & Boogie on Facebook!
Outside Storytime!

Throughout October, please join us outside on the library's lawn
on Thursdays at 10:30am.

To keep everyone as safe as possible,
we ask that everyone wears a mask and maintains social distancing.

This program is weather-dependent; in case of inclement weather,
we will share Story Time on Facebook!
Calling All Writers and Poets!!

Are you interested in joining a creative writing group?

This group will be led by a local college professor who holds a Ph.D. in English and has a love for writing.  Participants will be given a writing prompt and asked to share their responses to it.

Kickoff meeting:  Monday, October 19th at 7pm
We'll get to know each other and discuss plans for the group!

If you are interested in joining the group and virtually attending the kickoff meeting, email jsilvius@nazarethlibrary.org for the BlueJeans link.
Celebrate October:  Health Literacy Month
New:  Health Totes!
 - Now available for checkout!

 - Each tote is stuffed with helpful books, pamphlets, DVDs, CDs, etc. about a specific health condition.

 - Provided by the Trumbower Hospital Foundation Health Initiative
In partnership with the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, the library is promoting the importance of mammograms during Health Literacy Month!
Watch our website and social media for more information.
October 24th is World Polio Day!
Thank you to the Nazareth Rotary Club for their dedication to the eradication of polio.
Check out the library's books on the fight against polio, including the new juvenile biography The Polio Pioneer:  Dr. Jonas Salk and the Polio Vaccine.
 A Note about Touch-a-Truck

Due to COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines, Touch-a-Truck cannot be held this year, unfortunately.  To all of last year's sponsors and attendees and volunteers:  we miss you, we thank you, and we look forward to seeing you next year!

2019 sponsors:
U.S. Concrete, Inc.; Buckno Lisicky and Co.; Country Meadows; Weather Trends 360; AAA Northampton County; Alex's Tire Center Inc.; C.F. Martin & Company; East Lawn Supply Co. Inc.; Lions Club of Hecktown; Muschlitz Excavating, Inc.; A.A. Lapp & Associates; Curt's Cyclery; Donald L. Keeney General Contractors, Inc.; Edgewater Bulk Transport, Inc.; Farmers Insurance; Huth Insurance; J. P. Mascaro & Sons; Marshall Grezlak, Inc.; Merchants Bank; Nazareth High School Class of 1942; Nazareth Dental Associates; Penn Quaker Site Contractors; Sheetz; Susan D. Jarvis, CPA; Asteak Law Office; Bartholomew-Schisler Funeral Home, Inc.; Brown-Daub Chevrolet of Nazareth; Fogel's Fuel Service, LLC; Lehigh Valley Health Network; Smart Cents; Beatty Contractors & Wreckers, Ltd.; Giant Food Stores LLC; Kitchen Magic, Inc.;  Northampton Community College
 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 khopf@nazarethlibrary.org 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!

Although the library building is closed, you are still able to check out books 24/7; 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 hoopla, VDL, and rb digital, 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.

Check out Flipster!

You can access leading digital magazines on your mobile device.

This exciting resource is now available to MLNV patrons!
Support the Library While You Shop!

AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you currently use, with the same products, prices, and services with a different name. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, 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.

Thank you!
Memorial Library of Nazareth & Vicinity 
295 East Center Street, Nazareth PA  18064