Memorial Library
of Nazareth 
& Vicinity

October 2018
A Letter from the Director...

"Bad libraries build collections, good libraries build services, great libraries build communities."  R. David Lankes

One of the best aspects of my job as the Library Director is that I get the opportunity to witness the strengthening of our community. A few days ago, I was working in my office and I could overhear two men talking. Although I could not see the pair, it was obvious by the tone of their voices that they had never met before and represented different generations.

The conversation started in a very awkward fashion as they began to learn about each other. However, the conversation grew quickly as they talked about football, the upcoming weekend of scheduled games, and the football legends they admired. The conversation was lengthy, filled with questions of each other and laughter. It made me smile.

These two men are examples that our community is strengthened by the library. It is quite possible that the paths of these two individuals would have never crossed if it were not for the library. The Nazareth Library is the heart of our community, come see for yourself. Visit us this fall and experience the programs and services we have planned. Check out our new movie, book, and magazine selections. Come for fun, information, but most importantly, come to be a part of the community!

See you at the library!

Holly Bennett
Library Director, Information Conductor, and Community Ambassador
Barbara Fischl, 
Library Board President

This month's Library Spotlight is on Barbara Fischl, Nazareth Library Board President. In the narrative below, Barbara talks about her involvement with the library and the service offerings she finds most valuable. 

" I commuted to the Philadelphia area throughout my career, so I joined the Friends of the Library in 2002 to get involved in my community. I subsequently became aware of the importance of the library board's role and joined the board in 2007.
"I have been a lifelong reader. I mostly read nonfiction, especially books related to people and events in European and American history. But, I also enjoy fiction and read historical fiction and mysteries. There are so many books that have affected me, even as a child; I can't possibly pick one as the best or most important. I never know how a book will impact me. Sometimes the significance or relevance is immediate, and other times not apparent until years later.

"The two things I like best about the library are its accessibility and the potential it offers to everyone. I am in a book group at our library and one at another library. I borrow some books from our collection and buy others (to donate afterward to the Friends book sale, of course!). I also utilize the library's DVD collection. Two software programs offered by the library that I have not yet used, but are on my "to do list," are and Rosetta Stone.   

The variety of resources beyond books, such as software, online programs and events, that are offered to our community for free amaze me. I wish more people realized 
how much the library has to offer!"

The Library will be  closed on Saturday, October 20th for the Nazareth Halloween Parade. Regular hours will resume Monday, October 22nd.
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Friends of the Library Meeting:
Mark Your NOVEMBER Calendar!
Tuesday, November 6th  ~ 6:30pm

The Friends is a group of community members who raise money to provide programs and 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. 

Join this volunteer group to learn how 
you can help make a difference!

For more information, click here.
All events are held at the library, unless otherwise noted.
Saturday, October 6th ~ 10am - 2pm ~ Rain or Shine!

Don't miss this exciting family event! On  display you will find rescue vehicles, construction equipment, buses, a bookmobile and more! Children are invited to get up close, explore the trucks,  and talk with those who protect, build, and serve our community!

There will be food, refreshments, and raffles; including an opportunity to enter for a chance to WIN A BICYCLE, courtesy of Curt's Cyclery of Nazareth!

Tickets are on sale at the library (cash, check, or credit card accepted):
$5/ticket, or $20/5 tickets. 

When you purchase the family pack ($20/5 tickets) you'll get a 
FREE Libary Rocks T-shirt!
(This offer is good while supplies last.)

You can also purchase tickets at the event for $5/ticket.

THANK YOU to our Touch a Truck Top Level Sponsors!

Farmer's Insurance
AAA Northampton County
C.F. Martin
Curt's Cyclery
East Lawn Supply Company
Koch33 Auto
Susan Jarvis, CPA, CVA
Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale: 
Now Accepting Donations!
October 1 - 27:
Accepting gently used adult and children's books, DVDs, CDs.  Please, NO encyclopedias, textbooks, magazines, or VHS tapes. Please donate books during regular hours; do not leave books outside the library doors. 

November 1*, 2, 3: 
Fall Book Sale
*This first sale day includes an exclusive preview sale for Friends' members.
NCC Success Express!
October 8th & October 22nd
11:00am - 12:30pm

Northampton Community College's Success Express is going to start making scheduled stops at the library this month! This innovative RV is e quipped with computers and internet access, and gives prospective students the ability to fill out applications, get career info and apply for financial aid.
Book Talk & Signing
by Local Author
Scott Morro
Thursday, October 25th ~ 6:00-7:30pm

Stop by and meet Scott and learn about his latest YA release, Fortunate.  

Check out more information on this latest book (and his other books!) by checking out his website, 
All events are held at the library, unless otherwise noted.
Need Help with Technology? 
"Tech Tuesdays" is Your Answer!
Starting in October, Joe McMaster will be having Tech Tuesdays every Tuesday night from 5:00-7:00pm. ( Joe brings a wealth of knowledge as our Software Coordinator, as well as the training experience he has gained by working as a full-time technology teacher at Holy Family School.)  These sessions will be held in   half hour blocks where patrons can schedule 1:1 time with Joe for assistance with any area of technology (e.g., Ipad, tablet, Google Suite, Microsoft suite, etc.). 

Register at the main circulation desk in person, or by phone, for a time slot that 
best fits your schedule!
Painting with Jen:
Moms Night Out!
Wednesday, October 10th ~ 6:00-7:30pm

Moms are invited to join artist Jen Avitabile to create this beautiful fall scene! 

Space is limited for this popular night out, registration opens October 1st.
Nazareth Woman's Club Membership Drive
at the Library
Wednesday, October 10th ~ 5:30-7:30pm

Written by
Mary Sue Balm, Woman's Club Member

The Nazareth Woman's Club is looking for civic-minded ladies to join them, as they support the Library and other nonprofit organizations in the area.

The Club will hold a membership drive at the Library on Wednesday, October 10, from 5 to 7 pm. There will be wine and cheese, and members will be on hand to discuss the various projects the Club undertakes each year. In addition to the Library, the Club supports the Nazareth Food Bank, Gracedale and Operation Smile, among others, and provides a scholarships to a Nazareth High School student and a monetary award to a student at the Career Institute of Technology.

The Club holds a monthly meeting, which is an opportunity to meet with others in the community and enjoy a fun and informative program. At the October meeting, Nazareth resident Ellen Abramo discussed her "Las Vegas Portrait Project." Abramo recruited artists from across the country to paint one of the 58 people killed in the mass shooting there on October 1, 2017. In November, members will learn the benefits of yoga and massage when a certified yoga/wellness instructor visits, and in December there will be a Christmas concert by Nazareth High School's Nightingale choral group. The 2019 meetings will include learning to play Bunco, seeing a play at Hunterdon Hills Playhouse, and participating in a murder mystery.

For more information about the organization or the membership drive, call Sharon Bonner at 610-759-5968.

Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild 
A Halloween Program: 
Scary Stories 
for Adults
Tuesday, October 30th ~ 6:30-7:30pm

Join us for an evening of spooky storytelling on the Eve of Halloween! Space is limited for this adult-themed event; registration opens October 1st (sign up in person or by phone).
Neill Hartley as Woodrow Wilson
Thursday, November 8 ~ 6:30-7:30pm

Neill Hartley is president Woodrow Wilson in this exciting one-man show set in the turbulent days leading up to World War I. A world filled with international intrigue, deadly U-Boat attacks and secret diplomatic communiqués that would slowly draw America into war.

Registration is required and opens October 15th.
Calendars are

That's right, the popular game of chance that raises money for high school sports teams, churches, and other non-profit organizations is happening at the Nazareth Library!
For $10/calendar, you have a chance of winning over $900!

Stop by the library and pick up yours today while supplies last!

All proceeds benefit The Library. 
THANK YOU for your support!

*You must be 18 years old to participate
Holiday Basket Raffle: 
Items Needed!

We are looking for new or collectible items and gift certificates to include in the annual Nazareth Library Holiday Basket Raffle!

All donations need to be delivered to the library 
by Friday, November 16.  

All donor's business names and addresses will appear on our social media outlets.  Donations are tax deductible.  Please email for more information.
All groups welcome new members, and meetings take place in the 
Library living room, unless otherwise noted.

Book Club*
Wed., Oct. 10
Book Club
Fri., Oct. 26
Book Club**
Fri., Nov. 2 
Book Club
Wed., Nov. 16
Before We Were Yours
by Lisa Wingate
Carnegie's Maid
by Marie Benedict
The Kitchen House
by Kathleen Grissom
Manhattan Beach
by Jennifer Egan
*The Nazareth Book Club will meet in the TEEN ROOM on Wednesday, October 10.
**The first 10 people to register for Nazzies Book Club receive a free copy of the book
(This is a PA Forward Initiative promoting Basic Literacy)
All events are held at the library, unless otherwise noted.
Coding Club for
Children in Grades 4-8
4:00-5:00pm ~  October 4, 11, 18, 25

Do you know someone in grades 4-8 interested in game animation? We are offering a 4-day course using Google Passport! 

Class meets Thursdays from 4-5 pm on Oct 4, 11, 18 and 25.  (Please bring headphones.)  
Space is limited, registration is open now! 

Note: Due to the popularity of this course, there is a $20 refundable deposit when registering; the Library will keep the deposit if a child misses 2 or more sessions.
What's October Without Pumpkins?  

Children ages 2 and up and their families are invited to enter the library's Pumpkin Decorating Contest that will run  Monday,  October 8th to Friday, October 19th .  Be creative in decorating the pumpkin but no carving!  Pumpkins can be real or artificial, big or small.  Contest guidelines are available in the Children's Room.  

Prizes will be awarded for the most original, cutest, funniest, and scariest.  Pumpkins will be on display in the Children's Room until October 31st.
Painting with Jen
Children in Grades 3-5
Thursday, October 11th ~ 6:30-7:30pm

Children in grades 3-5 are invited to join artist Jen Avitabile to create this spooky Halloween scene! 

Space is limited for this popular night out, registration opens October 1st.

Family Craft Night
Children of All Ages
Wednesday, October 17th

Join Miss Carol for some amazing fall crafts! 

Limit 30 children (any age), registration is required and opens on Wednesday October 10 on the childrens' floor. Sorry, phone-in registrations are not accepted.

Our Second Annual "Trunk or Treat" for children of all ages will be on 
Tuesday, October 30th from 5-6pm!

The library staff is in need of volunteers to decorate a car's trunk and be a participant. 
A sign-up list is at the Main Circulation Desk to enter your vehicle.

Questions?  Contact
Teen Game Day Saturdays!
November 3rd &  December 1st ~ 12:30-3:30pm

Hang out and have fun with your friends on these Saturdays -- board games, snacks, and drinks provided! (Must be a high school teen to participate.)

Join Us on Monday, October 8th 
at Tuskes Community Park for
Outside Storytime from 9:30-10:00am!

Any cancellation will be posted to both Facebook & Instagram by 9am.
Shake & Boogie,
WEE Build!

Join us at the library for story times (offered in the morning, afternoon, and evening -- including Thursday mornings offsite in Lower Nazareth!), Shake & Boogie (at both the library and offsite in Bushkill Township), and Wee Build! We have multiple programs for babies and toddlers! 

Click  here for a complete schedule!

These programs are part of a PA Forward Initiative promoting Basic Literacy.
Thank you
Farmer's Insurance 
for sponsoring our October Newsletter!

Farmers Insurance Group is an American insurer group of automobiles, homes and small businesses and also provides other insurance and financial services products. Farmers Insurance has more than 48,000 exclusive and independent agents and approximately 21,000 employees.

As a Nazareth resident for 25 years, Dave Mattei is proud to serve  Nazareth as your local Farmers® agent. At this agency, they focus on providing outstanding customer service to each and every client. Located in the center of Nazareth, the office  will ensure this process is straightforward and personalized to help you select the most comprehensive, cost-effective solution. 

With 7 years in the insurance industry, Dave has the knowledge and experience to help you better understand your coverage options -- whether that's auto, home, life, commercial, and more.   To contact Dave, please call  (610) 248-5359!
Do you own a small business and are looking for a new way to advertise it?  Sponsoring  this newsletter could be your answer!

Whether you work from home or a brick and mortar storefront, small businesses are key to our community

This newsletter reaches over 5,600 subscribers in the Nazareth community and beyond;  if this opportunity interests you, please email for more information!
Thank You for Your Generous 

Jesse & Jacqueline Dorn
Michael Edson
It is truly thanks to patrons like you that we can continue to offer summer programming, giveaways, and events at no cost to our community.

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. 
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