September 2021
A Letter from the Director...


Everyone has a personal story of the morning of September 11, 2001.  Here is mine.  I was working
twelve miles outside New York City for a technology company.  My original schedule for the day changed
the afternoon prior to the 11th.  The client that my team and I were going to make a sales pitch to at the
Twin Towers canceled and rescheduled for later in the month.  I arrived to work on the morning of the 11th reworking the tasks I would complete that day since I did not have to travel into the city.  I opened the door to the office, took one look at the television screen in the breakroom, and the world was different.  As we approach the 20th anniversary of that day, many of us will find ourselves reflecting on those memories.  It just does not seem to get any easier no matter how many years pass.

Both of my grandfathers served our country in the military.  Both of these men were proud Americans.  They were never too busy to take their freedom for granted, and they never forgot that freedom had a price.  I grew up hearing many stories from my grandfathers' pasts.  Most of their memories were vivid, meaningful, and unforgettable.  Now I too have vivid modern memories.  My memories are not comparable to those of my grandfathers' but they are life changing.  Memories that force me to remember the pride I feel to be an American.

I am currently reading the biography Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham.  I find that there are many parallels in Thomas Jefferson's life to the current state of our country and its leaders.  Themes of accomplishment, determination, and sacrifice in this book echo modern American history.  Jefferson once said, "In matters of principle stand like a rock."  Our country was a rock on the days following September 11, and we will continue to stand like a rock twenty years later.

I invite you to stop by the library to visit our September 11 exhibit, "The Day that Changed the World," which will be on display September 7 - September 17.  Join us as the library asks the community to place a complimentary American flag on the library's front lawn symbolizing the remembrance of this milestone anniversary.

Stay well, and I will see you at the library!

Holly Bennett
Library Director, Information Conductor, and Community Ambassador
Library Card Sign-up Month

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month!


If you don't have a MLNV library card - or you know someone who isn't yet a patron - NOW is the time!

The library will raffle a book basket for children, for teens, and for adults.

Get a free raffle ticket when you sign up.

Library Lottery - Thank you for your support!

Thank you to all who purchased lottery calendars.

Throughout the month of September, you can watch the Pick-3 Pennsylvania Lottery (Evening) to see if you've won!  (We will also watch for you).


 How the Lottery Calendar Works

The chances for winning are based on the Pick-3 Pennsylvania Lottery (Evening), straight, not boxed, throughout September 2021. Each day a number is drawn, and if that number calendar has been purchased, the buyer will be a winner. The payout is determined by the dollar amount shown on the calendar for that day. (For example, Atticus Finch purchased calendar #123, and on September 28 the Pick-3 Pennsylvania number drawn is #123, then Atticus wins the amount appearing on his calendar for that day. If calendar #123 was never purchased, then there is no payout for that day.) Winners will have checks mailed to the address written on the ticket stub within 30 days of winning.

Touch a Truck Tickets on Sale NOW!
at Bushkill Township Recreational Fields
1114 Bushkill Center Rd., Nazareth
Saturday, October 2nd, 10:00am-2:00pm

Join us for this annual community event!  We are on track to have more vehicles than ever before, PLUS we will have a Story-time Pavilion made special with visits from both Alice and the Mad Hatter!  This year we will have an assortment of food trucks, antique cars and hot rods!  As always, we will have a concession stand for made-to-order hot breakfast & lunch foods, crafts, and of course, vehicles galore!  Don't miss this event!
Get ready for fun!!!

Tickets are $5 each or a Family Pack of 5 for $20.
Tickets are on sale NOW!
Craig Thatcher Concert Tickets on Sale NOW!
This is a special fundraiser event with 
at the Phoenix at the Holy Family Club
515 W. Mauch Chunk St., Nazareth

Friday, November 19th, 7:30pm
Doors open at 6:30pm.

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.
Special September Events
Please note that the library will be CLOSED on Saturday, September 4th and Monday, September 6th for the Labor Day holiday.
Join us for Story Slam!
Thursday, September 9th, 6:00pm

Storytelling is a human artform that extends far back in history and continues to entertain and teach in modern day.  Join the MLNV and LehighValley Story Slam's Executive Director, Dennis Boyne, for its very first Story Slam.  This event is dedicated to telling stories and sharing experiences.  This year's theme: Unmasked. Come listen to community members' stories or get up on the stage and tell one yourself!
September 11, 2001:  The Day that Changed the World
Educational Exhibition
  • The Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity is excited to announce its participation in September 11, 2001:  The Day That Changed the World, a downloadable educational exhibition that presents the history of 9/11, its origins, and its ongoing implications through the personal stories of those who witnessed and survived the attacks.
  • Told across 14 posters, this exhibition includes archival photographs and images of artifacts from the Museum's permanent collection.  It explores the consequences of terrorism on individual lives and communities at the local, national, and international levels, and encourages critical thinking about the legacies of 9/11.
  • The poster exhibition will be available from Tuesday, September 7th to Friday, September 17th in the library's main reference area.
  • Patrons are invited to end their visit with adding a flag to our lawn in memory of those who were lost in the attacks.
If you are interested in volunteering at the library, please attend a
Volunteer Presentation
to learn about the many volunteer opportunities at the MLNV
Friday, September 17th, 9:00am
at the library.

Learn about the need for help at the circulation desk and other important library functions that we need help accomplishing. The presentation will be followed by a Q/A and mingling with the library staff. 

Registration opens Wednesday, September 1st.
 Elmwood Park Zoo's Zoo on Wheels program!
Saturday, September 18th
10:00am for PreK-1
11:00am for grades 2 & up

Live animals and interesting artifacts help bring learning to life!
Each program is tailored to the age of the audience.

 This program is being offered as part of a Martin Guitar grant.

Announcing:  Craft Club for Adults
(age 16+)
Make a CD mosaic!
Tuesday, September 21st, 6:00pm

Join the MLNV Craft Club and get creative at your library! Register now to reserve your spot!  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. 

Registration opens Wednesday, September 1st.
The Craft Club will continue to be held on the third Tuesday of the month (October 19th, November 16th, December 21st).  Check back to verify dates.

Join us for a special
Family Story and Craft Night

Thursday, September 23rd, 6:30pm
The event will be held at the library.

Join Miss Catherine and Miss Lori for a truck-themed evening full of fun stories and crafting!  All materials will be provided, limit of 25.
Registration opens Wednesday, September 1st.
The Craft Night will continue to be held on the third Thursday of the month (November 18th, December 16th); the October date is not yet determined.  Check back to verify dates.
  • Available NOW!!
  • A mobile hotspot is a wireless device that you can use to establish an Internet connection.
  • Ask at the circulation desk.
  • Hotspots circulate for one week, with an additional week renewal available, if needed.
Mark Your Calendar:  Friends Book Sale

Thursday, October 21st
Friday, October 22nd
Saturday, October 23rd
The library will accept donated items in good condition Thursday, September 2nd, Friday, September 3rd, and every day beginning Monday, September 20th.
Learning Opportunities
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. 
  • The MLNV recently held an informative session about the Pennsylvania Health Insurance Exchange Authority (PHIEA) - more commonly known as Pennie.  This educational session was led by Pennie's Outreach Manager, Scott Yeager.
  • The goal was to inform patrons and community partners about Pennie, its resources, and how Pennie can help the uninsured.
  • Hear from session attendee and patron Mike Waldman:  "Excellent overview of the new PA health insurance system replacing for PA residents.  They discuss the history and advantages to the program from what it had been previously.  Anyone who has individual or family needs for health insurance that isn't covered by employers, should watch the video and learn about the Pennie program.  It's much improved from the original federal program, with many more companies and plans available now that it is locally run.  The best way to shop for health insurance plans, as you can filter by doctor, location, prescription needs and compare different plans on the website.  They are also offering phone, online, and in-person help to understand and choose the best plan.  Plans are also much more affordable through 2022 and it's also much more affordable than Cobra.  Strongly recommend to watch and thanks to Memorial Library of Nazareth for hosting this talk."
  • You can watch HERE
Keystone Scholars
  • Just a few weeks ago, Pennsylvania families started to receive monthly Child Tax Credit advancement payments as part of the American Rescue Plan. With these first payments, Pennsylvanians received a total of $554.8 million.  For more information, click HERE.
  • A new multimedia marketing campaign for Keystone Scholars and the PA 529 College and Career Saving Program was launched in late May.  If you haven't seen it yet, you can check it out HERE.
  • To learn more about PA529s and Keystone Scholar resources, click HERE and HERE
Upcoming Ongoing Events
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 (September 15th, October 20th, November 17th, December 15th)
Have some fun at home by following along with Kevin's STEM activities on the library's Facebook and YouTube on the 1st Friday of each month at 10:30am (September 3rd, October 1st, November 5th, December 3rd)
Ongoing Children's Programming:

Beginning after Labor Day

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

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.


Bedtime storytime on Tuesday, September 14th, 6:30pm on Facebook
Join Miss Catherine!  Put on your comfiest pajamas, grab your favorite stuffed animal, and get settled in for a bedtime story...

Join the Brainy Bibliophiles Book Group!
currently meeting on BlueJeans
For more information, email

Tuesday, September 7th, 6:30pm
Untranslated Latin, ecclesiastical history, long philosophical passages, amidst a medieval murder mystery...are you up for the challenge?

Registration is open now.  To register, sign up at the circulation desk or call the library.

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 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.
currently meeting on Zoom

Wednesday, September 8th, 6:30pm
by David McCullough

Wednesday, October 20th, 6:30pm
by Lucy Foley

Wednesday, November 10th, 6:30pm
by Kristen Harmel

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

Wednesday, January 12th, 2022, 6:30pm
by Marie Benedict

For more information and to obtain the Zoom links, email
Join the MLNV's creative writing group!
  • This group is facilitated by a local college professor who holds a Ph.D. in English and has a love for writing.
  • At each meeting, participants will receive a writing prompt and be asked to share their responses (whether poetry, fiction, or nonfiction) to a previous writing prompt.
  • There is no specific prompt for the upcoming meeting; bring something you've written recently that you'd like to share.
  • Feel free to write in any genre (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, etc.)
  • Participants may request constructive criticism or just a friendly listening audience.
  • The facilitator will share a writing tip and practice exercise.  Hint:  It will involve M.C. Escher.
  • If you are interested in joining the group and obtaining more details about the group, email
The group's next BlueJeans meeting is Monday, September 27th, 7pm.
Ongoing Book Sale
Located between the double doors of the lobby are paperbacks, hardcovers, children's books, and DVDs for sale.
hardcovers - $1.00
DVDs - $1.00
children's books - $0.50
paperbacks -$0.50

Please place your money in the donation jar on the counter.
Thank you!
Other Special Events Coming Soon...

Virtual event with Tommy Jenkins,
Date TBD

Thursday, October 28th, 6:30pm

Halloween Parade
Saturday, October 16th
Partner event with the Daughters of the American Revolution (Bethlehem chapter):  community service project and program to honor veterans for Veteran's Day
ALA-LTC Grant Follow-up
We had a great series of community conversations about low-waste living!
Thank you to all who attended and conversed and also to our community partners, as well as the ALA Libraries Transforming Communities grant opportunity.

Nature Journaling with Kate Brandes
We were able to learn about nature journaling, try nature journaling, and, most significantly, discuss the topics of nature journaling and why it's so important to look closely and carefully at nature around us to respect it and better understand our role within our environment.  We looked at a milkweed plant and its pods and talked about its history and ecological importance before exploring the library grounds, which contain a number of non-native tree and flower species.  Environmentalist and artist Kate Brandes explained various ways to nature journal (writing, drawing, leaf-rubbing, etc.) and showed examples before we tried it on our own with colored pencils and blank paper.  We subsequently gathered back together and discussed the experience: what we observed, what we felt, and what we discovered.  We explored questions like "What can nature teach us? How do you think nature journaling and "looking closely" relate to sustainability and living as "low-waste" as possible? What ideas from today most resonated with you?"

Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center Tour and "Green Building" Conversation
We were able to meet outside first to learn about the JEEC, an LEED Silver Certified "green building" erected in 2013.  We learned about its solar panels, detention "pond"/storm drains, nature stone and slate building materials, "polka dot" window stickers to deter bird collisions, and local plants.  Inside, we discovered its recycled flooring, carpeting squares for easy removal, geothermal heating/cooling system, temperature controls that sense occupancy, low-flow toilets, waterless urinals, and green roof.  After the "tour," we sat and spent about 45 minutes discussing ways to incorporate green living and sustainability in our own lives.  While most are unable to purchase electric cars or pricy solar panels, we agreed on many methods that we can live more "low-waste."  Participants shared their ideas and thoughts, including using beeswax-coated fabric instead of plastic wrap, considering what sneakers we buy, investigating hybrid vehicles, etc.  We explored the complexities of living in our particular geographic area without some of the resources and opportunities for "green living" that are available in larger metropolitan areas - and what we can do about it.  The conversation generated was both disheartening (at the "planned obsolescence" of products and "externalities" - someone has to pay the cost, one way or another, for everything produced "cheaply") and hopeful, as the youngest attendees seemed optimistic about their future and ability to alter it.  The conversation got us as a community thinking and sharing.

Zoom Conversation with Author Edward Humes about Garbology
This Zoom conversation was prefaced by, first, (most) attendees reading the book
Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash, and second, the author Edward Humes giving a short picture presentation and summary of his book, plus a few questions-and-answers.  
We discussed what surprised us in the book (which was compounded by what Humes mentioned had transpired in the roughly ten years since the publication of Garbology, including the discovery that most items that are "fully recyclable" really aren't) but, more importantly, focused on ways to translate what we learned into action steps in our own homes and in our community.  Some of these decisions that were shared include the following: sending fewer greeting cards, sending cards to a children's hospital for reuse, calling a local newspaper to stop delivering "sample" newspapers (in plastic!), reusing wrapping paper, talking to members of our local government, reusing discarded wooden dresser drawers as raised beds for vegetable growing, and joining a freecyle group.  We hope that no one left the conversation without new ideas and a sense of "low waste" solidarity and hope for a cleaner, leaner, greener future.
COVID-19 Update
  • In an effort to follow the guidelines that our state counterparts are following, effective immediately all library 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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 Additional Services
You can access our digital library 24/7 with a library card!

Register for a card from the comfort of your own home; click here to fill out the online form, and a librarian will contact you.

Happy Reading!
If you or someone you know needs help with technology, we are available to help!  Email or call 610-759-4932 to set up a time for your "virtual" one-on-one technology session.

Note: You must have a valid library card to take advantage of this free service.
Books, Audiobooks, and MORE!

Have you checked out these great resources?

It's easy to access these great collections!
Anyone with an active library card can borrow electronic materials from our website!
    1. Go to our website.
    2. Click the Collections menu.
    3. Select eBooks & Audiobooks, and follow the directions.
To access these resources, follow the directions outlined above, or simply click here to go directly to the eBooks & Audiobooks page!

Remember, you do need a library card to access these free services, and you can register for one online by clicking here.
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Thank you!
Memorial Library of Nazareth & Vicinity 
295 East Center Street, Nazareth PA  18064