June 2020
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A Letter from the Director...
Friends and Patrons,

I am writing to you with a sense of excitement and anticipation. We are getting ready to return to the library to offer services! One of the most important things I have learned over the past few months during the coronavirus pandemic is that there is no substitute for the relationships the library has developed with our neighborhood communities. Nothing can replace a warm smile, or the feeling of positively impacting someone's day, or an opportunity to teach a skill that will bring a person closer to a goal. As we begin to reopen, these interactions may look different, however they will happen!

I want to share how very proud I am of the work the library staff has accomplished in the past few months - we have adapted quickly and creatively in very difficult times. We offered a wide variety of virtual programming for all ages and kept the communication flowing through our social media outlets and website. Please know, our work is not done.  We continue to plan, strategize, and partner with people and local groups, such as the Nazareth Rotary Club, our supporting municipalities, the Nazareth Area Chamber of Commerce, local home town heroes, authors, artists, and educators to offer a top-notch summer reading program for all ages.

You can count on us to be here for you and to help you in many ways. Do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions you might have. We have many tools in our toolbox and we will help you in any way we can.

We know this year you will miss some of the Nazareth summer traditions that we all love. Please remember that our local townships and the Nazareth Borough are working hard to be diligent in making decisions to keep all of us safe and taking precautions so we can remain healthy and prosperous.

I want to acknowledge that in the middle of dealing with an unprecedented coronavirus public health crisis, the voters of Upper Nazareth Township unofficially voted (as of 6/4/2020) to provide secure sustainable funding to the library. Library services are more important than ever, especially in providing accurate and timely information on just about any topic. On behalf of the Library Board and the Library Staff, I cannot thank the community enough for their support and efforts to make sure the message of the library's importance was spread to the Upper Nazareth Township voters. We hope the news of secured funding from Upper Nazareth Township lifts the community spirits as we enter the summer months. Andrew Carnegie said, "A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert."

The Library Staff and Library Board of Directors are ready and eager to safely welcome you back to the library in modified ways. Details of our service and programming offerings can be found throughout this publication.

As always, I will see you at the library - and I can't wait!

Holly Bennett
Library Director, Inf ormation Conductor, and Community Ambassador
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Happy Reading!
Steps Towards Reopening Our Doors

Click HERE  for a short, complete (and fun!) how-to video on returning your items !
Summer Reading Program 2020

Our Summer Reading Program is going virtual this summer!  
Registration for the program opens June 8th,
the program runs Monday, June 15th through Saturday, August 8th!

Please visit the  Summer Reading Program section of our website to register, 
and for additional information!
June Events & Special Activities!

Enjoy a stroll along the library grounds as you walk through the book, 
A Very Busy Spider, by Eric Carle, starting June 10th!

 Join us on Facebook for a very royal LIVE story time and sing-along with Cinderella on Monday, June 15th @ 10am!

Test your YA trivia knowledge on  Tuesdays, June 16th AND June 30th @ 3pm registration is required, email outreach@nazarethlibrary.org by 2pm to receive a link to the program!

It's online trivia happy hour for adults; BYOB and test your general trivia knowledge on  Wednesday, June 17th @ 6:30pm Registration is required, email outreach@nazarethlibrary.org by 2pm to receive a link to the program!

Take Home Painting Kits for Children Grades 3-5!

Jen Avitable has put together complete painting kits for children in grades 3-5! These themed kits focus on landmarks around the world and contain everything your child needs to create a masterpiece! Don't forget to tag us on social media so we can share your child's artistry on our Facebook and Instagram stories!

Painting kits are available for pick-up on  Tuesday, June 23rd from 11am-12pm on a first come, first served basis.
A Marvel-Themed Digital Escape Room: LIVE! 

Match your wits against this digital escape room from the comfort of your own home on Tuesday, June 23rd at 3pm Registration is required for this LIVE event, 
please email srozell@nazarethlibrary.org for the link!

If you miss this LIVE event, we will share the link again Monday, June 29th!

Click  here for more information on this event.

Registration is required; email  outreach@nazarethlibrary.org by 2pm the day of the event to receive a link to the program.

Click here for more information on this event.

Registration is required; email outreach@nazarethlibrary.org  by 2pm the day of the event to receive a link to the program.
EVERY Monday during Summer Reading Program
Starting the Second Week of Summer Reading, 
Take Advantage of  Alternating Great Digital Activities!

Visit our Facebook page for the link to Science Tellers  "Dragons: Return of the Ice Sorceress" on the following Mondays:  June 22nd, July 6th, July 20th, August 3rd.

This   45-minute Science program has two parts:  1)  An energetic performer will act out a lively and interactive tale.  As the story unfolds, they'll use science experiments as awesome special effects to make the story come to life.  2)  You'll go behind the scenes  to uncover the amazing science behind these special effects as they conduct them again!
Digital Escape Rooms!

Look for links on our Facebook page to our digital escape rooms at 3pm on the following dates...

July 29th: Marvel
July 13th: Harry Potter
July 27th: Harry Potter
EVERY Tuesday during Summer Reading Program
Shake & Boogie Returns!
Enjoy live programming of Shake & Boogie every Tuesday at 10:30am via Facebook

 These live programs will run throughout Summer Reading Program, beginning the week of June 14th and concluding the week of August 2nd.
EVERY Wednesday during Summer Reading Program

Children can have fun while developing higher level thinking skills with Joe's weekly STEM challenges! These videos will be posted on Facebook every Wednesday morning (starting June 17th and concluding August 5th) at 10:30am -- please share your pictures in the comments section below the video, we'd love to see what you do!

EVERY Thursday During Summer Reading Program

Enjoy live programming of Story Times every Thursday at 10:30am via Facebook

 These live programs will run throughout Summer Reading Program, beginning the week of June 14th and concluding the week of August 2nd.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meetings will resume 
every Thursday at 3pm (June 18th - August 6th)! Email
srozell@nazarethlibrary.org for more information and a meeting link!

EVERY Friday During Summer Reading Program
Kid-Friendly Fridays 
Will Alternate Between Two Fantastic Activities!

Join us for Disney & Kid-Friendly Trivia, fun for children AND adults on 
Fridays at 2pm, June 19th, July 3rd, July 17th, July 31st

Registration is required, please email outreach@nazarethlibrary.org by 12noon the day of the event to receive a link to the program.
Take & Make Craft Kits!

Stop by the library on the following  Fridays between 11am-12noon to pick up your craft kit, and don't forget to tag us on social media with your finished projects so we can share them on our Facebook and Instagram stories!

Craft Kits will be available on a first come, first served basis on the following days:
Friday, June 26th, July 10th, July 24th, August 7th.

More Upcoming Events!
We have so many great events planned for the summer months, more are added everyday; the above list is JUST for June! 

In the July newsletter, you'll read about these additional events...
Day in the Life Series
Author Event with Mark Harris
Workforce Wednesdays: Resume Writing & Job Hunting
LIVE Harry Potter Digital Escape Room
Author Event with Scott Morro
Adult Trivia Night
Tween Book Club
Summer Reading Closing Ceremony

Please check our website often and follow us on Facebook and Instagram to make sure you stay up to date on all of our programs and activities!
Slice of Brooklyn Bus Trip
Please note the date change; it will be the same itinerary and time frame, simply a change in the date. Tickets are available online!

Sunday, September 20th ~ 8:30am to (approximately) 7pm

Join us for a fun-filled day by visiting  Grimaldi's Pizza (under the Brooklyn Bridge);   L&B Spumoni Gardens in Bensonhurst;  various Brooklyn neighborhoods;  movie locations; and  Coney Island boardwalk. 

The ticket price is $110 per person, and this price includes bus, gratuities, two slices of pizza and a non-alcoholic beverage at both pizzerias.

Reserve your spot early -- space is limited! You can pay by cash/check/credit card at the library, or online. Note: payment must be made in full, and is non-refundable.

For more information and/or to reserve your spot online, please visit our website.
 We Have So Much to Offer from A Distance!
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,  Joe (MLNV's Technology Coordinator) is available to help!   Email jmcmaster@nazarethlibrary.org or call 610-759-4932 x6 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.

We would love to hear your thoughts and feedback on how we can improve your  experience with the library!

Click here for a short survey; this should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete.

Thank you!
A Community Project:
COVID-19 Time Capsule

Since the inception of the Memorial Library of Nazareth & Vicinity (MLNV) in 1951, the  library has been a repository of stories about the people and events that created the  town of Nazareth. Now, as Nazareth and the rest of the world are facing the challenges  of the COVID-19 virus, we want to preserve the stories of how our lives are being  disrupted and transformed by the virus. To that end, we ask for your help in chronicling  our collective pandemic experiences.
If you are documenting life during the current situation through photographs, written
records, audio recordings, videos, or other methods, please share your story with us.
We would love to hear about acts of kindness you are seeing in your neighborhood, our
medical worker heroes in action, and small business owners helping to meet the needs
of the community. We also want to hear about overcoming social isolation, the trials and  tribulations of grocery shopping, and the experiences of our children learning online.

No story is too trivial or mundane. We welcome your help in documenting this unique
time in history. By sharing your stories, you will help the MLNV fulfill our mission of
recording history and enlightening future generations.

To submit your stories, you will need an email account. If you need help setting up an account, please call the main desk at 610.759.4932 x1 and leave a message.

To share your story, we ask that you fill out and submit one of the following forms (depending on your email carrier):
  • If you have a Gmail account, click here.
  • If you have any other email account (e.g., Yahoo!, Hotmail, AOL), click here.
Thank you!

Stop by the library on Wednesdays, and you can check out vegetables free for the taking outside the main door.

We ask that you please respect social distancing guidelines, and please only touch the items  you intend on taking.
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For more ways to support the library, please click here.

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