September 2019
A Letter from the Director...
One of the most exciting things that can happen to you as a Library Director is to hear from patrons that the services and programs being offered at your library are making a difference in their lives. Over the summer, the library staff created a Teen Advisory Board. The group grew to nine teenagers in a two-week period of time. The teens have fun talking about books, planning programs for the library, and enjoying each other's company. Many times their meetings extend past the scheduled ending time. Recently, a parent of one of these teenagers thanked a member of the library staff for creating a place where her teen is comfortable and accepted. The parent went on to say that the Teen Advisory Board is a positive influence in her child's life. This message was a powerful one that affected all of us at the library. It was a sign that we are making a difference!
The library staff is hoping to impact other groups in the community as we have with teens. We are actively searching for home schooled families as we begin planning dedicated book discussions and STEAM activities for these students. The library staff is also investigating on-going programs for veterans and disabled adults.
The library staff will continue to insure the programming offered is inclusive and valued. I am excited to continue to develop programming for non-traditional library users and open the library doors to new and exciting opportunities. Jane Goodall once said, "What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make."
If you are a home school family or would be interested in our other programming opportunities mentioned here, please contact Catherine Stewart, Assistant Director at
Have a great September, see you at the library!

Holly Bennett
Library Director, In formation Conductor, and Community Ambassador
Leah Hopf, Library Page

Leah Hopf is one of the Library's three new Pages! Leah started working during the summer and is currently a junior at Nazareth Area High School.
In her spare time, Leah enjoys reading, baking, traveling, and binge-watching the Great British Baking Show! Her favorite books are the popular Series of Unfortunate Events, by Lemony Snicket. At school, she is involved in the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and the Junior Executive Council.
Leah has been visiting the library for her entire life; aside from weekly story times, her favorite activities at the library were Reading to the Pups and Art with Gina. Her favorite thing about the library now is "the myriad of books (and other media) offered. If you're looking for something, the library is sure to have it, plus five extra things that you didn't know you needed, but definitely do." She also loves "the relaxed atmosphere - great for studying! - and all the friendly people."
Following high school, Leah plans to go to college to major in History and minor in Political Science.
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Special Hours
Summer is coming to a close, so that means we will resume our regular Saturday hours of 9am-4pm starting Saturday, September 7th.

Looking ahead, the library will be  closed on Monday, October 7th  for Staff Development. We will reopen Tuesday, October 8th at 10am.
Touch a Truck 2019!
Touch a Truck
10th Anniversary
Saturday, October 5th
Bushkill Township Recreation Fields
(1114 Bushkill Center Rd., Nazareth)

Join us for this annual community event! We are on track to have  more vehicles than ever before (including rescue vehicles, dump trucks, a helicopter [weather & emergency permitting] and the WFMZ Live News Van) , PLUS we will have a  Princess Pavilion  made magical with visits from both  Merida & Anna ! As always, we will have a  concession stand  for made-to-order hot breakfast & lunch foods,  crafts , a  bake sale , and of course,  vehicles galore!

How & Where to Purchase Tickets starting September 15th:
  • At the library (cash, check, or credit card)
    • Purchase price is $5/ticket, or
    • SAVE by purchasing $20/5 tickets, and receive a FREE Library Rocks t-shirt (while supplies last!)
  • Online for $7/ticket (credit card only, price includes processing fees) via our website (
  • At the event (cash only)
PLUS, don't forget about our awesome raffle at the event! Enter for a chance to win a
FREE BICYCLE, courtesy of
Curt's Cyclery in Nazareth!
Touch a Truck Sponsors

We are grateful for the support of so many individuals and businesses for sponsoring this community event... this list grows daily, a complete list will be made available after the event!

Chopper Sponsor ($5,000+)
U.S. Concrete

Monster Truck Sponsors ($1,000+)
Country Meadows Associates; Weather Trends International

Tough Truck Sponsors ($500+)
Lions Club of Hecktown;  Buckno, Lisicky, and Company;  Muschlitz Excavating;  CF Martin & Company

Bulldozer Truck Sponsors ($250+)
Nazareth High School Class of 1942;  Donald L. Keeney General Contractors, Inc.;  Marshall Grezlak, Inc.;  Susan D. Jarvis, CPA;  A.A. Lapp & Associates;  Merchants Bank;  Huth Insurance;  Nazareth Dental Associates;  Penn Quaker Site Contractors;  Edgewater Bulk Transport, Inc.

Rescue Truck Sponsors ($100+)
Gary Neil Asteak;  Bartholomew-Schisler Funeral Home, Inc.;  Smart Cents; Fogel's Fuel Service, LLC; Brown Daub Chevy

Kitchen Magic, Inc.;  Northampton Community College; Beatty Contractors & Wreckers, Ltd.
Library Community

The Friends of the Nazareth Library will hold their next meeting on 
Tuesday, September 3rd at 6:30pm in the Board Room. 

Get the inside scoop on our next book sale (and how you can enjoy a special preview sale!) and discover the different ways you can help this organization.

New members are always welcome!
 Library Events 
All events are held at the library, unless otherwise noted.
Join Us for a Tour of the Library!
Monday, September 9th at 11am 
Tuesday, September 10th at 6pm

Always wanted to know the rich history of our
beautiful building? 

Book your tour by registering  at the Main Circulation Desk.
Check Out our NEW Databases!

Auto Repair Source
Small Engine Repair Reference Center


Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts
Teacher Reference Center
Don't forget to browse through the Research section of our website, there is information that ranges from business & finance to genealogy & obituaries to home and garden

Need help with homework? This section has you covered! Find homework help specifically for elementary school, middle school, and high school!

There is truly something for everyone!
 Library Events 
All events are held at the library, unless otherwise noted.
Try Out Northampton County's 
New Voting Machine!
Monday, September 16th ~ 10am-1pm

The Public is invited to come out and try the new voting machines for Northampton County. You will be able to cast a vote on the machine and see how the new paper ballot system works firsthand. A representative from the County will be present to answer any questions and address any concerns you may have about the new voting system. 
The new machines will be used for the first time in the upcoming November 5th, 2019 Municipal Election.

For more information, please click here.

Tuesday, September 17th ~ 5:30-7:30pm

STEAM is an integrated learning approach that involves science, technology, engineering, art, and math. The theory behind this integrated learning approach is that students will be better prepared in our global economy that is increasingly made up of the skills found in STEAM subjects.

Join us for an evening of  fellowship with other community-minded individuals and learn about our STEAM technological software, the Nazareth Rotary Club, and the District Grant funding that benefits young learners! Light refreshment will be served.

Registration is required; please call or stop by the main circulation desk to register.

The Library wishes to thank the Nazareth Rotary Club for its assistance in funding crucial technology via a District Rotary Grant.
Outside Yoga Class
Monday, September 23 ~ 11am-12pm ~ Library Front Lawn

Join us for an outdoor yoga session, taught by Nazareth's YMCA yoga instructor, Tom Albani! Bring your yoga mat/towel for this great program!

If there is inclement weather, this program will be rescheduled. 

Registration is required, sign up at the main circulation desk today!
Need Help with Technology? 
"Tech THURSDAYS" is Your Answer!
Every Thursday by Appointment ~ 5:00-7:00pm
These sessions will be held  in half-hour  blocks where patrons can schedule 1:1 time with Joe McMaster (MLNV Software Coordinator)  for assistance with any area of technology. 

Registration is required, please sign-up at the main circulation desk in person, or by phone, for a time slot that  best fits your schedule!
 Library Events 
All events are held at the library, unless otherwise noted.
Teen Advisory Board Upcoming Meetings
All Teens Grades 7-12 Are Welcome!

Friday, September 6, 3-4:45pm
Wednesday,  September  11, 6-7:45pm
Friday, September 20, 3-4:45pm
Wedesday, September  25, 6-7:45pm

For a complete list of meetings this fall, please click here.

The MLNV's Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is back for the fall! This session we will be focusing on finalizing plans for our Teen Room remodel, coming up with book lists curated by our board members, and planning fall events!

Interested in joining TAB? Want more information? Feel free to e-mail all questions to
Book Discussion Groups  
The library hosts four books clubs! All book discussion groups welcome new members,  and meetings take place in the library living room.

To view  all 2019 book clubs visit our Events calendar and filter by Book Club .

Upcoming Library-led Book Discussions: September through December
Register for these book clubs and receive a free copy of the book while supplies last! Click on any book club to view details, including when registration opens.
Community-led Book Discussions: September & October
  • Daytime Book Club: Becoming, by Michelle Obama
    Friday, September 27th @ 10:30am
  • Nazareth Book Club: Russian Roulette, by Giles Milton
    Wednesday, October 9th @ 6:30pm
  • Daytime Book Club: The Women in the Castle, by Jessica Shattuck
    Friday, October 25th @ 10:30am
News & Programs from the CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT
All events are held at the library, unless otherwise noted.
After a brief hiatis, all story times, wee builds, and shake & boogie sessions will resume the week of September 9th! Visit our Events calendar for more times and locations!

Join us for a Bilingual Story Time 
Wednesday, September 18th @ 10:30 am
Giving Thanks

Nazareth Block Party Association
GFWC PA Nazareth Woman's Club
Moravian Historical Society
Nazareth Woman's Pinochle Club
Bobin Lace Class
Ronald and Jennifer Ruschman 
(IHO Larry & Kathy Dildine)
A gift to your library is a gift to yourself. 
Over the years, patrons and friends of the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity have made contributions in a variety of ways. They have taken advantage of the opportunity to reduce the cost of gifts through tax savings, while at the same time maintaining or increasing their value to the library. Memorial and other special gifts are a meaningful way of paying tribute or recognizing a special achievement. Contributions to the Library are tax deductible. 
Memorial Library of Nazareth & Vicinity 
295 East Center Street, Nazareth PA  18064