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September 1, 2016


I am delighted to serve Nazareth as the newly appointed Library Director and resident of Upper Nazareth Township.  It is my mission to offer personalized library services to you and exciting programming opportunities for all ages.  Nancy Konhardt Lodge once said, "A Library is a place vibrating with ideas." I agree, and invite you to see what great ideas you can come up with after visiting us.  


So as the familiar sights of yellow school buses and the cool whisper in the air signal the end of summer, I encourage you to visit the Library often.  September brings fun for our youngest patrons as story times return and we host book discussions for our adult patrons.  Stop in to visit us, pick up a new release, use our new public work stations, or relax with the newspaper.


See you at the Library,


Holly Bennett

Library Director

In this Newsletter
Library Closings
Saturday, Sept 3 and Monday, Sept 5 for the Labor Day Weekend.

We are closing at 3pm on September 9 for a library function.

Regular Hours Resume
As summer comes to an end, so do our summer hours.  Our regular library hours resume September 1:
Monday ... 10:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday... 10:00am - 8:00pm
Friday, Saturday... 10:00am - 5:00pm

New Traffic Pattern for the Library's Parking Lot
Pine Street , where our Library's parking lot is located, is now a one-way street heading north. Vehicles should enter from Center Street (Route 191) and exit to Chestnut Street. This change was made to ensure the safety of our patrons. In the past, multi-directional traffic caused congestion and an unsafe environment. We hope the change will become more familiar to everyone.
Accidental P.I. Author David Watts
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a real-life private investigator? Join us in the Library's living room on Wednesday evening, September 28th, 6:30pm as master storyteller David Watts, author of Accidental P. I., takes you on a thrill ride following his fifty-year professional career from a young New Jersey policeman in the turbulent 1960s to private investigator. From murder, rioting, gambling and drug raids, this behind-the-scenes peek at real-life cases shows how investigators get the job done. David will also be available to personally autograph copies of Accidental P.I..

Please call the Library at 610-759-4932 or stop by the Circulation Desk to register for this program.
Children's Weekly Programming Updates
Weekly story time, Wee Build, and Toddler Shake 'n Boogie will begin their Fall sessions on Monday , September 12th.  All of the programs are drop-in and do not require registration. Click here for a printable schedule.

Wee Build is held every Monday morning from 10:30 to noon
in the Children's Room. Through play with our diverse collection of building toys, toddlers and preschoolers discover shapes, learn how blocks can be balanced, and discover what fits together. These playful explorations are the foundation of later mathematical and s cientific thinking. 

Toddler Shake 'n Boogie is held on Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11:00
in the Library's living room. It is an active 30 minutes full of movement and music for toddlers and their caregivers to enjoy together.

Story times are at various times throughout the week. 

For the youngest (ages 4 months to 24 months) we have Baby and Me which emphasizes nursery rhymes, songs, and the joy of books. It is also a chance for parents, caregivers and babies to socialize. It is held on Wednesdays at 11:15 in the Children's Room at the Library as well as Thursday mornings at 10:00 in the former Lower Nazareth Municipal Building at 
  306 Butztown Road
Read to Me story time is geared towards toddlers and preschoolers. It emphasizes interactive stories, songs, finger plays and books. It is held in the Children's Room on Tuesdays at 1:00, Wednesdays at 10:00 and 10:45, and Thursdays at 10:00 and 10:45.  In addition, Read to Me is offered at the Lower Nazareth location ( 306 Butztown Road ) on Thursdays at 10:45. All story times are 30 minutes in length and do not require pre-registration. Parents and/or caregivers are requested to participate with their children.

During the last week of September there will be special Musical Story Time programs in lieu of the regularly scheduled story times for babies, toddlers and preschoolers!  Clarissa Louw of the Meandering Monarch will be our guest Music Together┬« story time musician. The Musical Story Times are provided through the generosity of a C.F. Martin and Co. grant. Please join us at the story time that is convenient for you:
Tuesday, September 27th ... 1pm
Wednesday, September 28th ... 10:30am
Thursday, September 29th ... 10:30 am

Friends of the Library
Friends of the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity will meet on Tuesday, September 13th at 6:30pm. The Friends is a group of community members who raise money through membership dues, donations and book sales to sponsor programs and purchase items which surpass the Library's annual budget.   Many of the annual events that you and your children participate are sponsored by the Friends. Some of these events include: the Young Authors Program and educational and entertaining programs for adults and children throughout the year.

 The next Friends Book Sale will be held November 3rd through November 5th.  They will begin collecting books, DVDs, and CDs on Monday, October 3rd.   Please consider giving your time and talent by becoming a member of the Friends. Supporting members are also always appreciated. Membership dues are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. The 2016 membership form is available for renewals and new memberships at the Library and online.   
Book Discussion Groups
The only better thing than reading a good book is reading and talking about it with fellow book lovers. The Memorial Library provides meeting space to several adult book discussion groups. All of these groups welcome readers to join for any or all discussions.

The Nazareth Book Club will meet on Wednesday, September 14th, 6:30pm - 8pm, at a private home to discuss Stephen King's  11/22/63 , a science fiction novel about a time traveler's attempt to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Please call Amy at 484-767-8049 for more information. This book discussion group meets the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm. Everyone is welcome to join for any or all discussions. Most discussions are held at the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity. The October 12th book discussion will focus on Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee. 
A "new, yet unnamed" book group will have their first meeting in the Library's living room on Friday morning, September 30th, 10:30am - 11:30am to discuss The Golden Son by Shilpi Somaya Gowda. It is an unforgettable story of family, responsibility, love, honor, tradition, and identity, in which two childhood friends-a young doctor and a newly married bride-must balance the expectations of their culture and their families with the desires of their own hearts. Also on the book group's agenda is the selection of a name for the group and future books to be discussed. All are welcomed to join. Please contact Marie at for more information.
Touch a Truck
Looking for the perfect Fall outing for your family? Please join the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity, in cooperation with the Upper Nazareth Township Parks and Recreation, for our Touch A Truck fundraiser on Saturday, October 1, 2016, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm (rain or shine).  People of all ages will have the opportunity to touch, climb on and take pictures alongside diggers, dumpers, buses, rescue vehicles, trucks, bookmobile and more!  Touch A Truck will take place at Tuskes Community Park (3040 Bath Pike).

If you buy your tickets before September 30th, you will also have a chance to win a gift basket (one entry for each wristband purchased)!  Advance tickets are now on sale at the Library's circulation desk.   Wristbands for adults and children are $5 each or five for $20. Wristbands can also be purchased at the park on October 1st.  Hope to see you there! 
Spotlight on Learning Express Library
The Memorial Library of Nazareth has many free electronic resources that are available for your use at home and at the Library. We invite you to take a few minutes to explore Learning Express Library - an interactive skill-building resource for adults, teens and children in grades 4 and above that uses video tutorials, tests and e-books that you can use at your own pace.

Learn how to use popular software tools such as Excel and Microsoft Word. Brush up on your job searching and workplace skills or review occupation exams in the career center. Teens can prepare for SAT, ACT, and AP tests without the fear of receiving overdue fines in the college prep center. If you need assistance in getting started, stop by the Library Reference Desk. We'll be happy to help you.  Set up your account at the library, and then work from home!