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A Letter from the Director...

Currently, I am reading,  One Goal, by Amy Bass.  It is a story of a soccer team in a town with racial tension that united Somali refugees and local residents in Maine.  In Bass's novel, athletic sportsmanship facilitates the importance of learning to work together on and off the field, to set aside preconceived prejudices, and to realize that we all aspire to achieve great things.

Initially I was interested in Bass's book, because I am a sports fan and I recently heard Steve Pemberton, author of  A Chance In The World speak about how he overcame abuse, neglect, and prejudice as an orphan in foster care to become a trail-blazing corporate executive. The thematic similarities between Bass and Pemberton are interesting.  These authors make evident that human connection through sports, libraries, communities, schools, and businesses can guide human drive and relationships.

As I bask in the March Madness glory of Villanova (one of my alma mater's), I think about the players on the soccer team in Bass's novel. I think that each one of us has the ability to achieve great things while simultaneously embracing and capitalizing on diversity whether you play a sport or not. I think that we can all make a difference in each other's lives if we take the time to get to know and work with one another.  I would also like to think that Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia Seventy Sixers secretly wishes to be a librarian.

See you at the library!

Holly Bennett
Library Director, Information Conductor, and Community Ambassador
Thanks to the generosity of businesses, patrons, and individuals outside of our community, our  2nd Annual Mini-Golf FORE the Nazareth Library was a success in raising more than $10,000. That critical funding will provide technology services and resources to YOU through our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) initiative.

We are grateful for the following STEAM Sponsors who played a vital part in the event's success.

William Sandbrook ~ WeatherTrends International

U.S. Concrete

Buckno, Lisicky and Company ~ Carl & Barbara Fischl Maurice & Katherine Heller ~ 
MEA, Inc. ~  Morningstar Senior Living ~  Nazareth Mutual Insurance Co.  ~ 
Nazareth Rotary Club

Brian's Professional Cleaning Services ~ Joseph F Reichel Funeral Home ~  Keystone Consulting Engineers ~ Marshall Grezlak ~ Merchants Bank ~  Nazareth Library Board Members ~ Rick & Mollie Santee ~  Strow's Plumbing & Heating, Inc. ~
Jewel B. Williamson-Burns

Christopher & Rebecca Crook ~ Lafayette Ambassador Bank ~ Jeffrey & Lisa Ortwein ~ 
Eric & Rebecca Parsons ~ Dean & Barbara Sandbrook ~ Thrivent Financial

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We also thank our Preview Night Sponsors: D&R Beverage Center, Giant Food Stores, John's Computer Consulting, Mycalyn Florals, Summit Station Construction, Sweets & Savories,  Wegmans, and WeisPlus, we thank our Raffle Prize Sponsors
Sawmill Golf Course and Green Pond Country Club !

We'd like to recognize the 35 volunteers who generously gave their time to ensure the success of both the Preview Night and Mini-Golf Event. Thank you!

Lastly, we'd like to thank YOU, the community; your continued support gives us the drive to fulfill our mission... "to inspire and enrich the lives of the residents  in our supporting municipalities by offering valuable lifetime literacies and a community centric service approach."
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April is National Volunteer Month, and the most obvious choice for our first Volunteer Spotlight is
Barbara Sandbrook

Growing up in a family where reading was a seamless part of everyday life, Barbara's connection to our library was always strong. She started devoting her time in 1999 as a Library Board Member and an active participant in the Friends of Nazareth Library; she currently volunteers on a weekly basis helping to shelve books and assist in any way she can. It was no surprise to anyone but her when she was honored in March for her dedication; you can find a growing collection of Travel DVDs, and soon you will see a new chair in the Children's Section, both in her honor.

Dedicating much of her time to volunteering at the library and her church, Barbara finds time to travel with her husband, Dean, and in between all of that, her favorite way to spend her spare time is to, yes, read!

Barbara enjoys both historical fiction and some non-fiction collections. She particularly enjoys reading Erik Larson's books (e.g.,  Issac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurrican in History ), and for light-hearted reads, she recommends author, Alexander McCall Smith, who has a few collections of series books. An avid traveler, she enjoys non-fiction books by travel writer Paul Theroux (particu larly,  Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Capetown ). One book she recommends most highly is  Midnight in Siberia , by David Greene.

Barbara is very proud of our library, especially the many programs we provide for children and young adults. She understands the power of reading, and the importance of introducing books and the library to children. She appreciates the library's forward thinking in keeping up with technology and our accessibility  to everyone.
All events are held at the library unless otherwise noted.
Join us for these fun events planned throughout the week!
April 9*:  Patron Appreciation Day (enjoy a beverage and a cookie from 10am-noon!)
April 10:  Young Author's Reception
April 11*: Evening Storytime at 6:30pm
April 12:  Presentation by Local Photographer, Rick Smith
April 14*:  KEVA Teen Challenge (Presented by Da Vinci Center) & 3-D Printer Debut

*Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10-12, we are offering historic tours of the library!

Look for more information on these events throughout the newsletter, and remember to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for event reminders!
Tour Our Historic Library!
Monday, Wednesday, Friday (April 9, 11, 13) ~  Between 10am - 12noon

If you haven't taken this tour of our library with a school or other group, now is your chance. Don't miss the chance to learn the history behind our beautiful building and the 
family who called it home!
Photography Exhibit & Presentation
Thursday, April 12th ~ 6:30-7:45pm

Meet  local and renowned photographer,  Rick Smith ! Rick's stunning photographs of Northampton County farms are  on display now  throughout the library.  And, you won't want to miss his  presentation on April 12th !

Click  here  to visit Rick's Project Heart and Soil Facebook page, to learn more about Rick's experience and view additional photographs!
3-D Printer Debut!
Saturday, April 14th ~ 11:00am

Not familiar with 3D printing? Come see what it's all about!

(This technology refers to processes in which material is joined or solidified under computer control to create a three-dimensional object. )
All events are held at the library unless otherwise noted.
Tax Season Support
AARP Tax Preparation Services:  AARP will be onsite offering one-hour tax preparation services to the community on Saturdays, April 7th & 14th.   Sign up (in person) for your same-day appointment from 9am - 2pm. 

Tax Forms:  Click  here   to select and print the forms you need from the library website,  or visit the library to pick up the forms you need!
Painting Parties!
Mom's Night Out!  If you're part of a MOMS club, or simply a mom of young children looking to meet other moms in a fun setting, this evening is for you -- join us on Tuesday, 
April 24th from 5-8pm .

All Patrons!  This evening is open to everyone -- find out why these events are so popular by joining us on Thursday, April 26th from 5-8pm .
Both evenings are limited to 12 participants each, and registration opens April 9th;
call or visit the main circulation desk to sign up! 
Book Discussion Groups
All groups welcome new members!
The Nazareth Book Club: April 11th 
This group meets every second Wednesday of every month from 
6:30 - 8:00 pm in the library living room.   The April 11th meeting will discuss  The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
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The Nazzies Book Club: April 20th
This group will meet in the library living room on Friday, April 20th at 10:30am to discuss  The Nightingale ,   by Kristin Hannah

The first 12 people to register will receive a free copy of the book; a sign-up sheet is available  at the Main Circulation Desk.  
(A PA Forward Initiative promoting Basic Literacy)
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The Daytime Book Club: April 27th 
This group will meet in the library living room on  Friday, April 27th at 10:30am to discuss  The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien .

All events are held at the library unless otherwise noted.
Young Author's Reception
Tuesday, April 10th ~ 4:00-5:00pm

Children who participated in our  Young Author's Program are invited to attend  this exclusive reception in their honor!
Saturday, April 7th ~ 1:00-3:00pm 
Game Day: board games, snacks, and drinks provided!

Saturday, April 14th ~ 1:00-2:00pm 
Join us for a  KEVA Challenge , courtesy of the Da Vinci Center!

These events are for  high school teen patrons only !
Family Spring Craft Night!
Wednesday, April 18th ~ 6:00-7:15pm

Join Miss Carol for a fun evening of Spring Crafts! 
This evening activity is  limited to 30 children (all ages!) . Registration opens April 11th at the Children's Desk.
These programs are part of a PA Forward Initiative promoting Basic Literacy.
Not sure when your books are due? Log in and check the due dates! Or, do you already know that date is looming faster than you can finish your book? You can renew books from your home computer! Save that last minute trip to return your books by renewing them from the comfort of your home.
  1. Go to our website, www.nazarethlibrary.org.
  2. Click "My Library Account" option under Books & Media.
  3. Enter your Library Card Number.
    This is the 14-digit number located at the bottom of your library card.
  4. Enter your Password.
    This is the last four digits of the telephone number you have on file.
  5. Click the "Log In" button.
  6. Click "Items Checked Out."
  7. Click the check box next to the item(s) you'd like to renew.
    Or, click the check box next "Title" to select all items.
  8. Click the "Go" button.
  9. Click "OK" when prompted to renew selected items.
    Your new due dates will be listed!
Check back each month to learn something new you can use from our website (e.g., put books on hold, set up Rosetta Stone account, etc.).

NOTE: You cannot renew books from home on the day they are due, simply call the library and we can do that for you.  Books cannot be renewed from home or by calling the library if the book is on hold for another patron.
All events are held at the library unless otherwise noted.
We are planning for a very exciting and busy Spring/Summer! 
Keep an eye out for the May Newsletter and our  website for details...here's a sneak peek!


The War is Still With Us (a PBS39 Month-long Display )  
A PBS39 digital archival series, where we examine the impact of the Vietnam War and how the implications still affect us today. 
Accepting books for the Friends of the Library Book Sale
Technology Class: Facebook
Friends of the Nazareth Library Book Sale
Musical Workshop and Performance (presented by Simple Gifts)

Summer Reading Program Begins
Trumbower Health Fair at the Library
A gift to your library is a gift to yourself. 
Over the years, patrons and friends of the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity have made contributions in a variety of ways. They have taken advantage of the opportunity to reduce the cost of gifts through tax savings, while at the same time maintaining or increasing their value to the library. Memorial and other special gifts are a meaningful way of paying tribute or recognizing a special achievement. Contributions to the Library are tax deductible. 
Memorial Library of Nazareth & Vicinity 
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