September 2022

Library Card Sign-up Month

"From free access to STEAM programs/activities, educational apps, in-person and virtual homework help, technology workshops to the expertise of librarians, a library card is one of the most cost-effective back-to-school supplies available."

- American Library Association

In celebration, check out...

  • Take and Make black-out poetry kits for teens available all month
  • Release of new children's library cards featuring Gabe the Library Llama

A Letter from the Director



The care and stewardship of the library building is a priority. If you visited the library in the past few weeks, you may have noticed a few things. First, the temperature in the original building is warm and uncomfortable. Unfortunately, the remediation necessary to restore cooling requires parts that will not be available for weeks. Thank you for your continued patience as we await the

arrival of the necessary parts to insure the comfort of our patrons.

In addition, you may have noticed work happening outside the library. The

exterior is being pressure washed and painted. This project sponsored by a grant

from Northampton County. My hope is that you are still enjoying all the library

has to offer as we make the necessary efforts to maintain the building.

On a separate note, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for supporting our recent library calendar fundraiser. It is because of this generosity

and support that the library can do anything at all. As we approach October, I hope you are planning to attend the Touch a Truck Festival on October 1st and the

Craig Thatcher and Friends benefit concert. These will be two wonderful

community events. Join us!

Enjoy the month of September and all it has to offer.

I will see you at the library!

Holly Bennett

Library Director, Information Conductor, and Community Ambassador

Thanks for a Great Summer

Journeying around the World!

A huge thank you and congratulations to everyone who participated!

Nature Explorers

  • September 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th at 4pm
  • Come join Miss Berry afterschool for this nature-themed program.
  • We will read stories and make crafts about shadows and nocturnal animals, autumn leaves, animal migration, and the night sky.  We will even head outside and make fairy houses out of found objects!
  • Best for children in kindergarten through 3rd grade
  • Registration is open now.
  • These children's programs are part of our PA Forward ® Basic and Civic and Social Literacy programming.

Coming Soon:  Book Sale!

We are accepting donations of new and gently used books, audio books, DVDs, and CDs during normal library hours:

September 8th, 9th, 10th

September 15th, 16th, 17th

September 22nd, 23rd, 24th

We will not be taking VCR tapes, audiocassettes, or encyclopedias.

Book sale dates:

 October 6 (9am to 7pm)

          October 7 (9am to 4pm

          October 8 (9am to 2pm)

Touch-a-Truck Festival 2022

For eleven years, Touch-a-Truck has brought together enthusiastic crowds and community partners with a host of business trucks, fire and police vehicles, ATVs--even a helicopter!

The Touch-a-Truck festival is the most significant fundraiser that the library relies on to deliver its mission.

Click HERE for additional information.

Thank you for your support and participation.


Tickets for the Touch-a-Truck Festival are available for purchase at the library now through Friday, September 30:  $5 for one ticket or $20 for a family pack of five tickets. All tickets can be purchased with cash, a check, or a credit card. Children under the age of two are free.

Tickets can also be ordered via the MLNV website HERE and can be picked up at the library circulation desk twenty-four hours after website purchase. Please note that tickets pre-purchased online must be picked up at the library at 295 East Center Street in Nazareth, PA; the library’s hours are Mondays and Fridays 10am-5pm, Tuesdays through Thursdays 10am-8pm, and Saturdays 9am-4pm.

Individual tickets may also be purchased onsite on the day of the event for $5.00 each.

(Note that family pack pricing is only available in advance by ordering online by September 28th or by stopping by the library through September 30, 2022).


Everyone who buys a Touch-a-Truck Festival ticket in September gets a chance to win a basket of items from Blackstone Library (provider of books-on-CD), which has generously donated them.

Thank you to our current sponsors:

Huth Insurance


Mario Andretti

East Lawn Supply Company, Inc.

Martin Guitar

AAA Northampton County

Joseph F. Reichel Funeral Home, Inc.

Lehigh Valley Health Network

Craig Thatcher and Friends Benefit Concert

The MLNV will hold a benefit concert with Craig Thatcher and friends at the Phoenix, 515 W. Mauch Chunk St. in Nazareth, on Friday, November 4th.

Tickets are available now:

Individual general admission ticket @ $43

Reserved table for eight people in the banquet/concert hall @ $344

Reserved table for eight people in the adjoining bar/cocktail room @ $344

Reserved table for ten people in the adjoining bar/cocktail room @ $430

Each can be purchased at the library or via the library website HERE beginning September 1st. Tickets purchased via the MLNV website can be picked up at the library circulation desk twenty-four hours after website purchase.

We accept cash/check/credit cards.

This year, food as well as drinks will be available for purchase:

- chicken salad on a croissant with dried cranberries

- roast beef & cheddar cheese with horseradish mayo

- turkey BLT with avocado and roasted pepper aioli

- cheeseburger with American cheese

- vegetable sandwich with cucumber, tomato, lettuce, hummus, and roasted pepper aioli

Marshall Grezlak is this year's primary concert sponsor.

Doors open at 5:30pm.

Music starts at 7:00pm.

This event is for ages 21+.


 Thank you so much for your support!

Register now...

Adults ages 18 and up are invited to join artist Jen Avitabile for a canvas art painting class at the library.

Participants will create a vibrant, Van Gogh-inspired painting of sunflowers to display at the library and then take home.

Registration opens Tuesday, September 20th.

Join us the next Tuesday, October 11th at 11 am for Elvira Woodruff's talk "Vincent Van Gogh: Seeing the World as His Garden."

Register NOW to join Ms. Christine Krueger of Elder Care Solutions:


**Wednesday, October 5th, "drop in" between 11am and 12:30pm - Virtual Dementia Simulation

Tuesday, October 11th, 6:00-7:30pm - educational presentation: "What Is Dementia?"

**Monday, October 17th, "drop in" between 11am and 12:30pm - Virtual Dementia Simulation

Wednesday, October 19th, 6:00-7:30pm - educational presentation: "What Is Dementia?"


**Preregistration is required for virtual simulations due to limited availability and is open now. Register by calling 610-822-2518, emailing [email protected], or signing up at the library circulation desk.

Patrons are strongly encouraged to attend a simulation before the presentation, if possible.

These events are part of our PA Forward ® Health Literacy programming.

New:  Handheld Magnifiers!

  • Two are now available for checkout and for in-library use!
  • Ask at the circulation desk
  • Made possible via grant funding from the Trumbower Hospital Foundation


Tammy Andes

Winner of Lehigh Valley Zoo tickets

Kirsten Polgar

Winner of teen summer reading basket

Julianna Seidel

Winner of children's weekly basket

Parker Lee

Winner of Great Adventure tickets

Teresa Duckworth's son Reiley

Winner of summer reading romance basket

Brooke Hellwig

Winner of teen basket

Congratulations also to Michael Drake, winner of the August Touch-a-Truck Festival ticket-purchaser basket

Join the library at local community events

Upper Nazareth Community Days

at Tuskes Park

Saturday, September 24th


Dogs' Day Out

at Newburg Park

Saturday, October 22nd


Stop by the library's table at both events!

Other Ongoing Events

Drop-in children's events - regular schedule:

Mondays at 10:30am - Storytime with Miss Berry at the MLNV

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

Wednesdays at 10:30am - Storytime with Mrs. Kelly at the MLNV

Thursdays at 10:30am - Storytime with Miss Berry at 306 Butztown Road

Thursdays at 10:30am - Storytime for ages 3-24 months with Miss Catherine at the MLNV

Fridays at 10:30am - Shake and Boogie with Miss Catherine at 1114 Bushkill Center Road

These children's programs are part of our PA Forward ® Basic Literacy programming.

Plus: Sign Language Storytime!

Wednesday, September 7th and Wednesday, September 21st at 6:30pm

Join Miss Berry and American Sign Language Instructor Allison Didden for a special storytime read aloud and signed. For children of all ages.

Registration is open now.

and Library Storytime at the Farmers' Market

Saturday, September 10th at 10:30am

Come join Miss Catherine at the Farmers' Market for songs, stories and other fun activities!

These storytimes are part of our PA Forward ® Basic and Civic and Social Literacy programming. 

Four Book Discussion Groups to Join

Audiobook Discussion Group

The group meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 1:00pm in the living room.

This new discussion group's events are part of our PA Forward ® Information Literacy programming.

September 8th - Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

October 13th - The Guest List by Lisa Foley

November 10th - This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

December 8th - Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan

Daytime Book Discussion Group

The group meets on the 4th Thursday of each month at 11:00am in the living room.

September 22nd - The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate 

October 27 - Pachinko by Min Jin Lee 

November 17th - The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray

December 22 - no meeting

January 26th, 2023 - The Sentence by Louise Erdrich

Wednesday Night Book Club

The group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm in the living room or online via Zoom; contact [email protected] for details and updates.

This discussion group's events are part of our PA Forward ® Civic and Social Literacy programming.


led by Jill E. Silvius, Ph.D.

The group meets in-person in the living room.

Prologue and tales of the Knight, Miller, Reeve, Cook, Man of Law, Shipman, Prioress, Tale of Sir Topaz, Tale of Melibee, Monk, Nun’s Priest, Physician, and Pardoner

Register by calling the library or asking at the circulation desk.

This discussion group programming is a part of our of our PA Forward ® Civic and Social Literacy programming.

Teen Advisory Board

Are you looking for a fun way to get volunteer hours?

Are you interested in having direct input on teen services and programs at the MLNV?

Do you have great ideas about service projects?

Join the Teen Advisory Board (TAB)!

TAB is an open forum where teens discuss the issues related specifically to teen use of the library (materials and events).

This month's meetings:

September 15th, 20th, 27th, and 29th


Perks of joining the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity's TAB: making new friends, receiving volunteer hours, and having the ability to make creative and financial choices involving teen programming.

Requirements to join: Entering 7th to 12th grade, having an MLNV library card, being willing to participate in TAB discussions and voice your opinions, and being willing to respect the opinions, tastes, privacy, and choices of others.

If you are interested in joining the TAB or want more information about meetings, please contact [email protected].

Teens are also invited to:

Doctor Who Fandom Night

Registration is open now.

Books, best weapons in the world!  Join your fellow time travelers and play Doctor Who themed games, make a sonic screwdriver keychain, exterminate a Dalek puppet, and win prizes!  This fun-filled party is for teens ages 12-18 who are fans of New Who (2005-present) that want to meet other fans of this world-famous franchise.

Veterans Day "Save the Dates":

November 8th and 9th

"Myths, Misunderstandings, and Leadership Lessons with Ulysses S. Grant"

In-person Presentation

by Gunnery Sgt. Kenneth J. Serfass

Tuesday, November 8th, 6:00pm

     Serfass is a native of Bethlehem, PA born on June 18th, 1966.  A US Marine since 1984, his last duty station was with the First Marine Division Band during Operation Iraqi Freedom, retiring in July of 2004 to become a music teacher. 

     Ken WAS a civil war reenactor but now is a first-person impressionist with forty-seven

years studying his childhood hero, US Grant.

     As a full-time professional living historian portraying Ulysses S. Grant, he presents between 11 and as many as 23 appearances each month all year long.  

This special program is funded by a Walmart Local Community Grant.


Veterans Day Program

Wednesday, November 9th

The library will begin collecting items for veterans on Monday, October 3rd.

More details coming soon!

Also Coming Next Month...

October Craft Club - Pet Ghost in a Jar - all month long

Healthy Snacks with Morgan - October 4th

Teddy Bear Sleepover - October 7th and 8th

Vincent Van Gogh: Seeing the World as His Garden - October 11th

Pumpkin Decorating Contest - October 3rd-21st

Halloween Party and Parade - October 26th

Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild Halloween Presentation - October 27th

Halloween Party Costume Ball for Teens - Date TBD

Can You Help?

The library is in search of help for our holiday basket raffle:

  • donors of raffle baskets
  • volunteers for coordinating the basket raffle (contacting possible donors, picking up basket items from donors, assembling baskets, etc.)

If you can help, please contact Jill at [email protected] or 610-759-4932 ext. 4.

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295 East Center Street

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