October 2021

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A Letter from the Director...

Hey Friends,

Happy autumn! Set aside the knowledge that daylight time is forcing our days to grow shorter; it seems to me that the days fly by so fast. The days at the library slip through my fingers because we are so busy doing so many wonderful things. However, for me, the day does not end when I leave the library. As a mom of three, my evenings are just as busy as my days as the Library Director.

Maybe you experience the same type of busy lifestyle in your days. Your days may look different from mine, but the experience is the same.  Sometimes you may feel similar to me and you find yourself unable to catch your breath. How do we force ourselves to slow down and realize that each day that goes by cannot be re-lived? How do we recognize that each day is its own special adventure and it is automatically cataloged in our past without our approval?

Maybe we all need to learn to just be from time to time. Learn to stop and learn to appreciate the smallest moments that might seem trivial otherwise. I came across a poem by Nikki Giovanni and it just seemed perfect to share with you this month.


a Library Is:

a place to be free

to be in space

to be in cave times

to be a cook

to be a crook

to be in love

to be unhappy

to be quick and smart

to be contained and cautious

to surf the rainbow

to sail the dreams

to be blue

to be jazz

to be wonderful

to be you

a place to be

yeah... to be​

Join me this October as I try to be mindful and slow down – and just be. The library is a great place to practice. Have a great month.

See you at Touch a Truck on October 2!

Holly Bennett

Library Director, Information Conductor, and Community Ambassador

"A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes to life."

- Norman Cousins

Benefit Concert

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.


Saturday, October 2nd


Rain or shine

Bushkill Township Recreation Fields

1114 Bushkill Center Road, Nazareth, PA 18064

  • Touch a Truck gives children a chance to fulfill childhood curiosities while learning about businesses in the community.

  • Kids interact with not only the trucks, cars, and other vehicles but with the "heroes" that drive and operate them.

  • They can hear the sirens, watch the tractor bucket move, and learn about the safety of vehicles through fun games.


Single tickets are $5 each.

Friends of the Library Book Sale

Thursday, October 21st, 9:00-11:00am

Friends' members preview hours

$10 dues, payable at the door, required for admission

Sign up to be a Friend on the 21st or download a membership form in advance.

Open to all:

Thursday, October 21st, 11:00am-7:00pm

Friday, October 22nd, 10:00am-4:00pm

Special discount sales!

Saturday, October 23rd, 9:00am-2:00pm

$5 bag sale! (Bags provided by the Friends)

  • Kids’ books $1 per pound
  • Cash/checks/credit cards $5 minimum
  • Due to COVID-19 precautions, the number of people allowed in the sale rooms will be limited during ALL sale hours. Masks optional, unless guidelines and restrictions change.

Calling All Crafters, Young and Old

Pumpkin Decorating Contest

It's time to get spooky!

You can drop off your painted and decorated pumpkin starting October 1st 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 25th.

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 can be picked up after Halloween. Any pumpkins that are not picked up by November 5th will be discarded.

Craft Club for Adults (age 16+)

third Tuesday of the month (October 19th, November 16th, December 21st) at 6:00pm

Join the MLNV Craft Club and get creative at your library!

The 3rd Tuesday of every month will be devoted to a new type of craft activity that we'll be making here at the library.

Registration opens on October 1st for the October club meeting. 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, limit of 15 per crafting session.

Storytime-Themed Family Story and Craft Night

third Thursday of the month (October 28th, November 18th, 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 October 1st for the October event.

Halloween Parade and Fall Festival!

The library will be closed on Saturday, October 16th.

Instead...enjoy the 2021 Annual Nazareth Halloween Parade, starting at 1:00pm and then the Nazareth Area Chamber's Fall Festival from 2:00-6:00pm!

Parade is rain or shine. The parade is sponsored by the Vigilance Hose Company No. 1. Hot dogs and soda will be available for all parade participants following the parade at the Nazareth Senior High School.

Fall festival:

S. Main St. between Belvidere and Walnut Streets

Enjoy music, food, vendors, and activities!

Children can make fall-themed crafts, and families are invited to learn about library programs and services and play lawn games!

Author Talk: Drawing the Vote

Adults and young adults, join author Tommy Jenkins as he discusses his graphic nonfiction book Drawing the Vote, just in time for election day!

Tuesday, October 26th, 7:00pm

This event will be held virtually, via BlueJeans.

Registration opens on October 1st.

Registrants will be sent the BlueJeans link.

Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild Event

Join two of the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild's storytellers for an unforgettable event!

Thursday, October 28th, 6:30pm

at the library

No registration required.

Christopher D. Ochs

Christopher D. Ochs' foray into writing began with his epic fantasy Pindlebryth of Lenland. His short stories have been published in the GLVWG and BWG anthologies and websites, and by Firebringer Press. Using his skills learned with the LVSG, he crafted a collection of mirthful macabre short stories, If I Can't 

Sleep, You Can't Sleep. His latest novel is a gritty urban fantasy/horror, My Friend Jackson, a Finalist in 

Indies Today's Best Books of 2020. His current projects include: two sci-fi/horror novels Sentinel of Eternity and No Place Like Home; a prequel novella and a second novel in the Pindlebryth of Lenland saga.

Robin Reichert

Through the ancient art of storytelling, Robin weaves tales that will open your heart and stir your soul’s wildest imaginings. Her original stories often contain elements of her own journey filled with the ups, downs, humor, and magic that life presents 

to us all. Robin loves stories that reveal the wisdom of nature and animals and will occasionally tell specially selected stories from other authors. She enjoys telling stories to all ages, at various organizations, fundraisers, cultural events, spiritual retreats, peace gatherings, and in intimate home settings. She has presented 

programs at numerous events.

Mad Science of the Lehigh Valley

Wednesday, October 20th


Weather Wonders

for preschool age

Join us for an innovative program that's both entertaining and education!

This program will be held in lieu of storytime on the 20th.

Saturday, November 6th



for middle-school age

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

Registration opens October 23rd.

Other Ongoing Events

Tuesdays at 10:30am - Shake and Boogie at the MLNV

Wednesdays at 10:30am - Storytime at the MLNV

Note that the October 20th storytime will not be held, due to the special "Weather Wonders" program - see above.

Thursdays at 10:30am - Storytime at the Lower Nazareth Township Park

Fridays at 10:30am - Shake and Boogie at the Bushkill Township Recreation Fields


Monday, October 4th and Monday, October 18th at 10:30am - Shake and Boogie at Tuskes Park (small pavilion)

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.

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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 (October 20th, November 17th, 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 (October 1st, November 5th, December 3rd)

Bobbin Lace Classes

  • Bobbin lace classes are being offered at the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity on Tuesday afternoons from 1:00-3:00pm and on alternate Saturdays from 10:00am-noon.
  • Bobbin lace is a type of loom weaving that is used to make lace. The thread for the weaving is held on bobbins, and the pattern is held in place with pins. It has been around since the early 1500's and can be used to make a wide variety of lace.
  • Supplies to start are minimal. A kit consisting of a pillow and 2 dozen bobbins is available for $25. After you have tried it, if you decide it is not for you, the instructor is happy to buy the kit back.
  • Classes are $6 for the 2-hour session.
  • If you are interested, please leave your contact information at the Library desk. 

Thank You to Fidelity Bank

Stop by your local Fidelity Bank branch in Nazareth to check out the special "Back to School" book display!

Book Groups


Join the Brainy Bibliophiles Book Group!

currently meeting on BlueJeans

For more information, email jsilvius@nazarethlibrary.org.

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 opens Friday, October 1st.

To register and to obtain a copy of the book (while supplies last), sign up at the circulation desk or call the library. 


Join the Wednesday Night Book Club!

currently meeting on Zoom

Wednesday, October 13th, 6:30pm

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

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

Saturday, December 11th, 1:00pm Holiday Gathering and Book Selection for 2022

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

The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict

For more information and to obtain the Zoom links, email sgerken@aol.com

New: Writing Workshops!

All patrons are invited to participate in one or both of two fun writing workshops!

Thursday, October 21st, 10:30-11:30am

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

Short Stories and Super Short Stories!

  • Learn about the characteristics of short stories and flash fiction.
  • Listen to some awesome examples that will surprise you! (Like one in just six words...)
  • Get practical tips on writing your own!
  • No previous writing experience required. Just curiosity and a love for stories!

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!

These events will be held in-person at the library.

Registration opens Friday, October 1st for both.

Presentation on United Health Care/Medicare Resources

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

Guest speaker Cherie Zettlemoyer

in the MLNV living room

Registration opens Friday, October 1st.

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 to make cards of appreciation for the veterans.

Another way you can get involved:

The library will collect items for Coatsville Veterans Hospital

between Monday, October 11th and Thursday, November 11th.

Christmas in Nazareth

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

This town-wide celebration takes place at various locations in Nazareth.

COVID-19 Update

  • In an effort to follow the guidelines that our state counterparts are following, effective immediately all Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity employees will be 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.

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