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January 2015

Dear (Contact First Name),
Resolve to visit the library this month!  Our program schedule for both adults and children is starting up again after the holiday break. 

Are you looking to start 2016 with a clean slate?  Or at least, a clean library record?  Our popular Food for Fines program, benefiting the Nazareth Food Bank, offers you just that!  From January 11 to 16, each item of food you bring to the library earns you a dollar off your fines.  And if you're clearing out your house after the holidays, keep in mind that we're accepting book donations for our Spring book sale - see below for details.

Do you have inspired little writers in your home?  If so, let them know our 13th Annual Young Authors Program begins on January 19!  We look forward to having more works of fiction and non-fiction on our shelves by local K-12 authors.

Finally, just a note for our Orange Card patrons.  Each year, you must renew your library card with us.  Please see details on how to do this by clicking "Renewing Orange Cards" in the menu on the right.

The Memorial Library of Nazareth & Vicinity Staff
Library Events
January Closings
The library will be closed, Monday, January 18 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Food for Fines Week, January 11-16
Exchange canned goods for library overdue fines Monday, January 11th to Saturday, January 16th at the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity. Library members will get a $1 credit toward the reduction of fines for each item donated. (Food for Fines does not cover lost/damaged library items or future overdue fines.) The food will be given to the Nazareth Area Food Bank.
Bring the items to the circulation desk at the Library. Don't forget to bring your library card! Dented cans, glass containers or expired items will not be accepted. Suggested items include canned chicken, ham or tuna; canned vegetables (baked beans, tomatoes, peas); canned fruit; canned stew or chili; large and small cans of soup; peanut butter; boxed cereal; rice-a-roni. Go to for other suggestions.
Food for Fines Week demonstrates the Library's commitment to community service.  
Winter Session of Children's Programming begins January 5.
Weekly storytime and Toddler Shake 'n Boogie will begin their Winter sessions on Tuesday, January 5th. 

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. Storytimes 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 storytime is geared towards toddlers and preschoolers. It emphasizes interactive stories, songs, finger plays and books. It is held in the Children's Room onTuesdays 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 storytimes are 30 minutes in length and do not require pre-registration. Parents and/or caregivers are requested to participate with their children.

  Click here for a printable storytime schedule.   
Young Authors Program
Calling all young authors and illustrators!
The annual Young Authors program for children in kindergarten through high school begins  Tuesday, January 19th and ends Saturday, March 5th . Write and illustrate your story and get one copy for you and one for the Library collection at the Young Author ceremony on Tuesday, April 12 th during National Library Week. On January 19 th , pick up a copy of the rules at the Children's Desk and check-out some of the past entries. This very successful program is sponsored by the Friends of the Memorial Library and Vicinity. 
Nazareth Book Group
The Nazareth Book Group will meet on Wednesday, January 13th , 6:30 pm - 8 pm, at the Library to discuss  I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai,the young Pakistani woman who stood up to the Taliban for the rights of girls to have an education.
The book discussion group meets the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm.   Every one is welcome to join for any or all discussions. Most discussions are held at the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity. The February 10 th book discussion will focus on The Sacrifice of Tamar by Naomi Ragen. Please call Amy at 484-767-8049 to confirm location or for more information.
Friends of the Library Meetings & Membership
Friends of the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity will meet on
  Tuesday, January 19th at 6:30  in the Library Director's Office to plan for 2016 fundrais ers and events .  The Friends is a group of community members who raise money to provide programs and to purchase items for the library collection which surpass the library's annual budget.   Without the Friends, many of the annual events that you and your children participate in would not be offered such as the Young Authors Program and educational and entertaining programs for adults and children throughout the year.   If you would like to get involved, please join the Friends and become part of our library's success.  The membership form is available at:
Accepting Book Donations for our Spring Booksale

We are
currently accepting donations for the March book sale .   Children, teen, and adult books, DVDs, and CDs that are in good sellable condition would be appreciated.  Items that are not accepted are: VHS and cassette tapes, encyclopedias, magazines, textbooks, or Readers Digest Condensed Books.  Please bring your donations to  the Library's Circulation Desk.  
Attention ORANGE library card holders!  Time to renew!
A reminder to Library members who have ORANGE cards .... Your Pennsylvania Library Access Card for the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity needs to be renewed every January.  Please check with your home library to make sure that your home library card is current and valid (not expired).  Bring your home library card (the library card with the blue and white Access sticker on it), your orange Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity card and your driver's license or other form of identification with you when you renew your Access Card for the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity for another year.