November 2021

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A Letter from the Director...

The Friends of the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity 

continue to amaze the community with their bi-annual book sales.

The most recent sale on October 21-23 sale brought in a total of $6,333.18!

Everyone who benefits from library services owes a big thank you to the Friends of the Library who work for months, sorting donations and working tirelessly at their book sales. In addition, it is important to thank everyone who donates materials for sale, and to the customers who shop. Without all of these folks working together, the Friends could not accomplish such successful sales.

We live in a wonderful community that is enhanced by the Friends of the Library. They provide needed funding so the Library can offer services such as the Summer Reading Program and other special library events.

I don’t know what the Library would do without the Friends group.

Thank you Friends!

Holly Bennett

Library Director, Information Conductor, and Community Ambassador

"Books wash away from the soul the dust of everyday life."


NEW at the library!!!

Hotspots, with more coming soon, courtesy of FCC’s Emergency Connectivity Fund, which provides funding for tools to help connect classrooms, homes, and libraries

More Wonderbooks

See the special display in the children's department or search "Wonderbooks" in our catalog.

Along with the Express Times and the Wall Street Journal, read the daily print edition of the New York Times.

Spotlight on Amazing Resources



A great place to search for local history and genealogical information! Browse a list of news sources in Pennsylvania. NewsBank includes various news sources and can be searched by publication date.

Find an unusual news story or tell us about how you used NewsBank and email for possible highlighting in a future newsletter!



You can access leading digital magazines on your computer or mobile device with this digital magazine newsstand from EBSCO.

Titles include Atlantic, Bon Appetit, GQ, Mother Jones, National Geographic, Pioneer Woman Magazine, Popular Mechanics, Publishers Weekly, Reminisce, Runner's World, Southern Living, and Zoobooks - plus many more!

Author Talk with Robert K. Wilcox

Tuesday, November 9th, 7:00 pm

via BlueJeans

Robert K. Wilcox is the award-winning, bestselling author of such military works as Wings of Fury, Japan's Secret War, and Black Aces High. In addition to his writing for film and television, he has reported for The New York Times, contributed to the Miami Herald's Tropic magazine as well as numerous other publications, and was an editor at the Miami News. During the Vietnam War, he served as an Air Force information officer.

Registration is open now. Call 610-759-4932 or stop in the library to register. Registrants will be sent the BlueJeans link.

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Benefit Concert

Just a few weeks away!!

This is a special fundraiser event with Craig Thatcher, Dave Fry, and Dick Boak

at the Phoenix at the Holy Family Club

515 W. Mauch Chunk St., Nazareth

Friday, November 19th, 7:30pm

Enjoy some light snacks, drinks, and conversation while the musicians strum the night away! This event is 21+.

Tickets are $30 each. Stop by the library's main circulation desk TODAY to purchase your ticket! Purchases can be made via cash, credit card, or check (payable to the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity). To purchase a ticket online, please click HERE.

Outreach Event and Free Flu Vaccine Clinic

Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center outreach event:

Wednesday, November 17th, 10:00am-12:00pm

Stop by the information table.

Thursday, November 18th, 4:00-6:00pm


(while supplies last)


Sonnet Writing Workshop


All patrons are invited to participate in a fun writing workshop!

Thursday, December 2nd, 10:30-11:30am

Writing Workshop with Dr. Silvius, aka “Jill at the front desk”:

Sonnets – (Arguably) The Most Famous Poem Type

  • Learn about what makes a sonnet a sonnet.
  • Listen to some amazing – and unusual – examples. Some you'll know. Some you've never heard of.
  • Get practical guidance on writing your own!
  • (A personalized sonnet makes an awesome Christmas present...)
  • No previous writing experience required. Just curiosity and a willingness to tackle iambic pentameter!

This event will be held in-person at the library.

Registration is open now. Call 610-759-4932 or stop in the library to register.

Thank You!


Thank you to Burds Tree Service for removing a tree at no cost to the library.

Crafting Opportunities

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Craft Club for Adults (age 16+)

third Tuesday of the month (November 16th and December 21st) at 6:00pm

Registration opens on Monday, November 1st for the November club meeting. In November, participants will be turning vintage reel canisters into trays great for storage. The Craft Club will meet in the library living room, and each month will be dedicated to a new craft activity. All materials will be provided. There is a limit of 15 per crafting session.

Storytime-Themed Family Story and Craft Night

third Thursday of the month (November 18th and December 16th) at 6:30 pm

Join Miss Catherine and Miss Lori for an evening full of fun stories and crafting! All materials will be provided, limit of 25. Registration opens on Monday, November 1st for the November event. Call 610-759-4932 or stop in the library to register.

Mad Science of the Lehigh Valley


Saturday, November 6th



for grades two and up

Attend this great hands-on program to learn about insects!

No registration required.

Spotlight on Thanksgiving Deliciousness


Entering "cookbook" into our catalog yields 450+ results!

That's a LOT of Thanksgiving feasting possibilities!

Browse our nonfiction section at 641.5 for tons of recipe ideas.

Aspiring chefs, don't forget to check out 641.5 in the children's department, too!

Check our website for updates on resources and ideas.

Other Special Events

Presentation on United Health Care/Medicare Resources

Monday, November 8th, 1:00-3:00pm

Guest speaker Cherie Zettlemoyer

in the MLNV living room

Registration is open now. Call 610-759-4932 or stop in the library to register.


Thursday, November 11th, 6:00pm

Veterans Day Celebration and Presentation

Partner event with the Daughters of the American Revolution (Bethlehem chapter)

Come hear our veteran speakers, elected officials, and a musical tribute to our veterans.

The Teen Advisory Group and the Children of the American Revolution (Bethlehem Chapter) will gather on Saturday, November 6th from 1:00pm-2:00pm to make cards of appreciation for the veterans.

ALL patrons are invited to participate.

Card-making supplies are available at the library now so that patrons can make cards prior to the event as well.

Another way you can get involved:

The library will collect the following items for Coatesville Veterans Hospital through Thursday, November 11th:

Boxer briefs - L, XL

T-shirts - L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL

Cotton socks

Sweatshirts - all sizes

Hooded sweatshirts - L, XL, 2XL

Shower gel - No bar soap





Word search books

Crossword puzzle books

Sudoku puzzle books

Chess sets

Checker sets

Markers for art projects

Gift cards for gas and groceries - $10 and $25

All items must be NEW.

Please bring your donations to the library.

Please direct any questions to the main circulatio

Thank you for your support for our veterans!

Other Ongoing Events

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

There will be no children's activities the week of November 21st (Thanksgiving week).

All programming takes place outdoors, weather permitting, as long as possible. In case of inclement weather, please check the library website or call 610-759-4932. Once the weather starts to get colder, programming will move indoors at each location.


STEM, in-person and virtual!

Join Kevin and Kerby for a fun STEM activity at the library. Open for all ages. In-person at the library on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm (November 17th and December 15th)

Have some fun at home by following along with Kevin and Kerby's STEM activities on the library's Facebook and YouTube on the 1st Friday of each month at 10:30am (November 5th, December 3rd)

Book Discussion Groups

Join the Brainy Bibliophiles Book Group!

currently meeting on BlueJeans

For more information, email

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer

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.

A limited number of copies is a available at the library for registrants to pick up and keep.

Registration is open now. To register and to obtain a copy of the book (while supplies last), call 610-759-4932 or stop in the library to register.

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Join the Wednesday Night Book Club!

currently meeting in the living room at the library

Wednesday, November 10th, 6:30pm The Book of Lost Names by Kristen Harmel

Wednesday, December 8th, 6:00pm Holiday Gathering and Book Selection for 2022

Wednesday, January 12th, 2022, 6:30pm

The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict

For more informations, email

Celebrate Thanksgiving

For Thanksgiving, the library will close at 5:00pm on Wednesday, November 24th and will reopen on Monday, November 29th at 10:00am.

What the MLNV staff is thankful for...

Anneliese - "I'm so thankful for Newsbank! It's great to be able to go through local newspaper archives, free of charge. It really helps me in my genealogical research, because I can see birth, death, and marriage announcements easily. There are many aspects of my job I couldn't do without it!!"

Donna - "I am thankful for my coworkers and patrons who have stood by my side during difficult times in my life. It is wonderful to work in a place where kind people and kind words are shared."

Holly - "I am thankful for the many community friends and patrons who have shaped our library, supported our mission, and given themselves to make us a better organization. I am thankful for the Police, Fire Department, teachers, health professionals, and local elected officials. It is a blessing to know that our emergency and health care professionals care about our families should we need them. I am thankful for the neighborly feel when I enter the library or any local establishment in Nazareth. Finally, I am thankful for the generosity of our community. The people of Nazareth have big hearts and that is an inspiration to all of us."

Jo Ann - "I am thankful for all the patrons who support our library by attending our programs and donating to our fundraisers. It is always a pleasure to chat with our patrons and to fulfill their book requests."


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 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.

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

Christmas in Nazareth

Saturday, December 11th from 10:00am to 3:00pm

This town-wide celebration features a holiday market, historic walking tours, and an annual putz display in the 1740 Gray Cottage. Stop by the library’s events that day as well.

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Returning in 2022:

Tours of our historical building

Schedule one with the library's Assistant Director

Coming soon:

Learn more about the rich history of Nazareth and the Lehigh Valley.

Staff is currently inventorying and researching historical documents and photographs that will be accessioned into an archive available to researchers and copied to digital format for public access.

Other Items of Note...

  • Volunteering: The library is looking for volunteers. Stop in today to fill out a volunteer application!
  • Curbside service: Curbside service is still available. On upcoming chilly days, feel free to set up curbside appointments via MyLibro and take advantage of this great service.
  • Technology assistance: One-on-one tech help is available. Schedule an appointment by contacting the library.
  • Tax assistance: AARP will be back for tax preparation assistance. More details will follow.
  • COVID-19: In an effort to follow the guidelines that our state counterparts are following, all MLNV employees are required to wear a mask indoors, regardless of their vaccination status. At this time, library patrons are not mandated to wear masks in the library; however, it is encouraged.

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




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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.

Memorial Library Of Nazareth & Vicinity

295 East Center Street

Nazareth PA 18064


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