September 2020
A Letter from the Director...

One of our beloved library volunteers sent the library staff this image she found on the Internet one day.  This image truly struck me as something wonderful. What I see in this photo is that when everything seems to be breaking beyond repair, there is always room for growth and innovation.

It is my hope that the community sees the library as the flower that is represented in this image. The library is a place of support and beauty, ready to provide you with assistance and guidance. We are here to support the community as families face the challenges of hybrid learning, depend more on technology, and prioritize the importance of reading and life-long learning.

A library card is a valuable resource. September is national library sign-up  month. Currently our library serves over 15,000 library card holders and we are always eager to welcome more. Laura Bush once said, "Libraries are community treasure chests, loaded wit h a wealth of information available to everyone equally, and the key to that treasure chest
 is the library card. I have found the most valuable thing in my wallet is my library card." Encourage your neighbors and friends to visit our website at or call us at 610-759-4932 to learn more about acquiring a library card.

See you at the library!
Holly Bennett
Library Director, Information Conductor, and Community Ambassador
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Hours of Operation
The Library is Open to Limited Capacity

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
9am - 10am (Early Bird Hour*)
10am - 3pm

Tuesday, Thursday
10am - 7pm

9am - 1pm

*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.

With our community's students doing schoolwork virtually, we understand the need for internet service. Please know our Wi-Fi is available for you to use outside our normal hours of operation; you can access it outside of our building seven days a week, 7am-10pm.
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!
Returning and Borrowing Materials

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

Whether you return your books in the book drop or on the book cart in the library, we ask that you please continue putting your books into closed plastic bags as we continue to quarantine books and other materials for 72 hours upon receipt.
Curbside Service with myLibro!

Explore our new curbside service available for download on Google Play and App Store, and via the myLibro websiteThis service will allow you to select materials remotely from your mobile device and schedule curbside pick up at the library.  

You can download the myLibro app (available on iOS and Google store), or simply visit our website and click on the Schedule Curbside link.

Remember, Your library card number should include all 14 digits on your card. Do not include 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 reach out to

Lottery Calendars for October are ON SALE NOW at the library for $10/each (with a potential $1,400+ payout)! Winners will be determined by PA Pick 3 Evening drawings in October. 

All proceeds will be put toward covering the library's PPE costs. 
September is Library Card Sign Up Month!
Celebrate with us by signing up for your very own MLNV library card!  For details on signing up visit our website.

Get a Card, Win a Basket! 
Anyone who signs up for a new library card this month will be entered for a chance to win our "Libraries Rock!" Raffle Basket! More details on the basket will be revealed 
throughout the month.
Take a Picture With This Year's Library Card Sign Up Month Honorary Chair, Wonder Woman!

This year, the American Library Association has chosen Wonder Woman to be their Library Card Sign-Up Month Honorary Chair. During the entire month of September, you can stop by the library and take a picture with Wonder Woman and your MLNV library card and share it on social media to let everyone know how proud you are to be a MLNV library patron!
Donate to the Library and Show Some Pride!

Are you a proud owner of a MLNV Library Card? With a donation of $20 you can get a yard sign to display for all to see! Additionally, you'll get a limited edition MLNV bag and button! 
Upcoming Events
Women's Suffrage Movement: OUTSIDE Exhibit
Thursday, September 17th @ 4-6pm
Saturday, September 26th @ 9am-1pm

Stop by our very first outdoor exhibit! 

This month we will be focusing on the Women's Suffrage Movement. The exhibit will include fun information, interactive elements, and the beautiful outdoors! 

PLEASE NOTE: The exhibit will be CANCELLED if there is inclement weather. 
Please call us at 610-759-4932 if you have any questions. 
Although the exhibit is outside, we encourage you to wear masks and practice social distancing if there are other patrons near you. We also encourage you to bring gloves to take part in the interactive elements in a safe manner! 

Celebrate the 2020 Library of Congress National Book Festival, which is being held virtually this year on September 25-27.  

Over one hundred authors and poets will offer live talks and q&a!

For more information, click here.
Banned Books Week Virtual Panel Discussion
Tuesday, September 29th @ 7pm 

To celebrate Banned Books Week, please join the MLNV's virtual discussion 
with local authors and professors! 

Together, we will celebrate first, the freedom to read, and second, our community coming together on a virtual platform to inform, enlighten, and challenge each other in understanding censorship as a "dead end" on the path to knowledge and expression. We want to celebrate rather than suppress dialogue.

If you are interested in participating in the Banned Books Week Virtual Panel Discussion, please contact by 9/24 to receive the link.

Brainy Bilbliophiles Book Club Goes Virtual!
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! 

For more information, and to register for this book club, please email

Calling All Burgeoning Authors and Poets! 

Are you interested in joining a creative writing group?  Participants will be emailed a writing prompt and then, several weeks later, be invited to share their response with other participants. 

This group will be led by a local college professor who holds a PhD in English and has a love for writing. At this time, the event/s would be held via BlueJeans. 

If you are interested in joining, please email
Classic Programs are Returning!
We Are Back With TWO Crowd Favorites!

We are very excited to see everyone again for these beloved programs, and respectfully remind everyone to please maintain social distancing for both programs.

These programs are weather-dependent; in case of inclement weather, 
we will share Shake & Boogie on Facebook Live!

NOTE: To keep everyone as safe as possible, we ask that children bring their own instruments to Toddler Shake & Boogie (we will not be providing them).

 Additional Services
Check Out Our NEW Online Resources!

TumbleBook Library
TumbleBook Library provides TumbleBooks (animated, talking picture books) with fiction, non-fiction and foreign language titles, Math Stories, Read-Alongs (chapter books with sentence highlighting and narration but no animation), Videos (from National Geographics), TumbleTV which consists of pre-set playlists of a sequence of books and Tumble Puzzles & Games. 
TumbleMath provides unlimited access to the most comprehensive collection of math picture books available anywhere.
TeenBookCloud (TBC) 
TeenBookCloud is a collection of videos and chapter books in categories which include: Ebooks (Shakespeare, poetry, non-fiction, science, history, geography, etc.), Read-Alongs, Graphic Novels, Videos (from National Geographic!), and Audio Books. Their books feature adjustable text sizes, full narration, and a read-along function which highlights text as it is read. As a subscriber, you have access to lesson plans, quizzes and their Common Core Portal! These features make TBC a great tool for reluctant readers and ESL students. Plus, all these options can be switched to manual so readers can read at their own pace.

To check out other online resources, please visit the Research section of our website!
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.
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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