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July 1, 2017
From the Director's Desk

Happy summer! The Nazareth Library sure is busy these days. Children are
coming to the library and leaving with armfuls of books. Adults are coming to the
library and leaving with treasures to read over a cold glass of lemonade. The
Library Staff is super excited to lead exciting adult and children programs.
Summer at the library is just a special time.

The cordial hellos and conversations about vacations and family reunions that
occur daily at the library's circulation desks remind me of the words that our Adult
Program Coordinator, Kristie Kennedy recently wrote, "...Nazareth Library is so
much more than four walls, books, services, and technology. We are family...[a]
human connection. Robert D. Putnam from Better Together: Restoring the
American Community so simply states, "But the library is a gathering place, too,
like an old town square or the corner grocer. People may go to the library looking
mainly for information, but they find each other there."

On behalf of the library staff, we hope you have a wonderful, safe summer. We look
forward to seeing you at the library in between all your fun summer activities.

Holly Bennett
Library Director, Information Conductor, and Community Ambassador
Summer Hours begin July 1. 
Monday: 10am-5pm
Tuesday, Wednesday,  Thursday: 10am-8pm
Friday, 10am-5pm
Saturday, 9am-1pm

The library will be closed Tuesday, July 4
for the Independence Day Holiday.  
A special thank you to the Friends for organizing another successful book sale in June and to the public who supported the library through their donations and purchases.  If you would like to become involved with the Friends, the next meeting will be on Tuesday, July 25th at 6:30pm.  Items to be discussed will be a review of the Spring Book Sale and funding requests from the library. Hope to see you there!
Alice will celebrate her eighth anniversary working at the Nazareth Library this year.  She serves as a Reference Librarian and Children's Librarian.  Alice conducts story times on Tuesday afternoons in the Children's Department. She is known for her very creative story time crafts. Prior to working at the Nazareth Library, Alice was a School Librarian in the Phillipsburg School District for the majority of her professional career.

Alice brings a plethora of talents to the Library Staff. "She is dedicated to her work and gives 100 percent all the time. Alice takes advantage of every teaching moment that presents itself with children and adults at the library. Her professionalism and attention to detail is outstanding," says Director, Holly Bennett.  "I am very grateful that Alice is a member of my library team," adds Bennett.

Summer Reading is BUILDING momentum ... but everyone still has time to be a part of this fun challenge. All you need to register is your library card. Don't delay because all reporting must be completed by Saturday, August 5th!
Adults and teens (entering grade 7 and up) can sign-up at the Circulation Desk. Read books, magazines or listen to audio books from our library and receive tickets throughout the summer for special gift card raffles.
Children (age 2 to entering grade 6) can sign-up at the Children's Desk. Children are challenged to read (or listen to) books and audio books from our library for 12 hours. Prizes will be awarded as children complete the various reading challenges until Saturday, August 5th. In addition to the reading challenges we also offer a variety of programs. All of the programs are free but because of space constrictions you must sign-up for the events listed below in the Children's Room one week prior to the event.  Visit our website for program details!
Tuesday, July 11th at 6:30             
 Recycled Art with Gina (Grades K-2) Limit 12
Wednesday, July 12th from 4:30-6:00   
Painting with Jen Avitabile (Grades 3-5) Limit 10
Wednesday, July 19th at 6:30
 Magic with Tom Yurasits (ages 3+­)
Wednesday, July 26th at 6:30      
 Family Craft Night (all ages) Limit 30
Wednesday, August 2nd at 6:30
 Storyteller Ingrid Bohn (all ages)

The following events are "drop-ins" and do not require sign-ups:
Wednesday, July 12th at 6:30  
Evening Story Time for Toddlers & Preschoolers         
Monday, July 31st at 10:00
 Family Yoga @ Soulful Journeys (131 S. Main St., Nazareth)
Mondays at 10:30            
Wee Build (Pre-schoolers)

Tuesdays at 10:30                         
Toddler Shake and Boogie

Fridays at 10:30 
Toddler Shake and Boogie @ Bushkill Township Volunteer Fire Hall (155 Firehouse Drive)

Fridays at 10:30
MakerSpace/Block Party (School age)
The popular Read to the Pups event is back! Every Thursday evening in July from 6:30pm to 7:30pm the dogs and their handlers from Therapy Dogs International, Chapter 100, will be at the library to listen to children read to them. A sign-up list for 15-minute sessions is available in the Children's Room one week prior to the event. This program is open to children who have completed Kindergarten up to grade 8.
Sign-up for a book discussion group in your age group that fits into your schedule. Then read the book and come to the group ready to have fun talking about it.

BRUNCH BUNCH is for children Summer Reading participants.  Two Brunch Bunches are offered for each of 3 age groups:  students who have finished K-1st grade; students who have finished 2nd-3rd grade; and students who have finished 4th-5th grade . Registration is required for Brunch Bunch, as space is limited to 12 children in each group. Please sign up for one session per child so more children have the ability to participate. The Brunch Bunch will be held on Monday, July 10th (10:30-11:30am) and Monday, July 24th (10:30-11:30am). Interested readers can register and pick-up the book in the Children's Room. Click here for titles and descriptions of the books to be discussed.
LITERARY LUNCH is for teen and pre-teen Summer Reading participants. Literary Lunch is offered from noon to 1pm on, July 14th, and Friday, July 28th. Participants bring a brown bag lunch and the library provides the dessert. Registration is required for Literary Lunch as space is limited. Sign-up and pick-up your book at the Circulation Desk.  Click here for information about the books and suggested ages.
ABC (Adult Book Club) Nazzies is led by library staff. The book discussions are held on the 3rd Friday morning in July and August from 10:30am to noon. The first 12 people to register will receive a free copy of the book.

The thought provoking novel  The Children Act, by Ian McEwan, will be discussed on Friday, July 21st. A high court judge immersed in her work finds her world disrupted by a life-or-death decision for a 17 year-old boy. It has been declared "one of the best books of the year" by Washington Post, NPR, and Vogue.  
The Red Notebook, by Antione Laurain, will be discussed on Friday, August 18th. After reading a notebook found inside an abandoned handbag on a Parisian street, a world-weary bookseller searches for its author in a city of millions. Translated from French this quick-read (159 pages) offbeat romance/detective story is a gem.

The Nazareth Book Club meets on Wednesday, July 12th, 6:30 pm, to discuss Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Eric Larson. This community book discussion group meets the second Wednesday of each month. Please contact Susan at  484-201-0871 or for more information. The August selection is A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.
Stop by and visit with us while library staff and library board members participate at Nazareth Day at Borough Park on Saturday, July 15th and Upper Nazareth Community Day at Tuskes Parkon Saturday, August 26th.  We'd love to share some of the exciting happenings occurring at your library and to listen to your suggestions.