Memorial Library
of Nazareth 
& Vicinity

December 2018
A Letter from the Director...

Did you know that on average, 5 513 people walk through the library doors each month and that an average of 282 unique users check out materials? You may find it surprising that each month we issue approximately 77 new library cards and 250 books are added to our collection! When I analyze these numbers, one thing that stands out to me above and beyond all else is PASSION. The PASSION that is within the Library Staff, volunteers, Board Members, and patrons is evident in these statistics.

The holiday season is a busy time, yet the PASSION for helping each other, the PASSION for supporting each other, and the PASSION to make our community top-notch does not get lost in the holiday commotion.  The library's annual Holiday Basket Raffle opened on Saturday, December 1st. The number of local businesses, organizations, and personal donations reminds me of the PASSION for our library from the community.  As you shop for your friends and family over the next few weeks, do not forget to visit the local businesses represented in the library's Holiday Basket Raffle. These businesses offer amazing partnerships to local organizations and unique, quality goods and services to our community.

The PASSION of the library community is beaming like a strand of Christmas lights. The Library Staff is tirelessly providing patrons with desired materials, offering programs in and out of the library, and creating fun activities for everyone this holiday season. The patrons are grateful. The Library Board is working behind the scenes in so many capacities. In addition, the volunteers arrive with a smile, willing to do whatever we ask. Stop by the library while you are shopping the local merchants and witness the PASSION that the library community exhibits this holiday season.

Happy Holidays!

Holly Bennett
Library Director, Information Conductor, and Community Ambassador
Please note the following FULL-DAY closures.
  • Saturday, December 8th, the library will be open from 12-4, but all library services will be closed due to our participation in Christmas in Nazareth. Regular service hours will resume on Monday, December 10th.
  • Monday, December 24th & Tuesday, December 25th we are closed in observance of the Christmas holiday. Regular hours will resume on Wednesday, December 26th. 
  • Monday, December 31st & Tuesday, January 1st we are closed in observance of the New Year. Regular hours will resume on Wednesday, January 2nd.
As the winter months bring inclement weather, there is always the possibility of unanticipated full-day closures, delayed openings, and early closings. Any weather-related change to our schedule will listed on Channel 69 WFMZ, posted on Facebook & Instagram, and announced on our telephone message.
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Friends of the Library Meeting
Tuesday, January 8th  ~ 6:00pm

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.
Basket Raffle!
December 1 - 15

You won't want to miss the chance to win any of our beautiful gift baskets -- everything from cigars to State Theater tickets to beer/wine to local attraction family-friendly'll find something for everyone, including a 39" flatscreen tv! If you haven't seen it in person, here's a peak...for more pictures, check out us out on Facebook & Instagram, better yet, stop by!

Buy your raffle tickets at the front desk now through December 15th; winners will be drawn and contacted on December 17th.

Raffle Ticket Pricing
  • Gift Baskets: $15 for a sheet of 26 tickets
  • Premier Gift Baskets (valued $100+): $5/ticket
  • SPECIAL Combination Pack (save $5!): $40 for a sheet of 26 tickets + six $5 premier tickets!
ALL Proceeds benefit the Library!
Thank You to the Following Businesses and Individuals for Donating Towards Our Holiday Basket Raffle!

Birthright Brewing Company ~ Nazareth Library Board of Directors ~ Calandra's Cheese ~ Century 21/Keim Realtors, Kathy Novak, Realtor ~ Cherry Hill Hotel ~ Chesterbrook Academy ~ Cigars International ~ The Ellis Family ~ Emily's Ice Cream ~ Giant Food Store Bethlehem ~ Giant Food Store Nazareth ~ Holy Family Altar & Rosary Quilters ~ J Jill ~ JAF Comics ~ Jak-E Potatoes ~ Joan L. Jones ~ Kraemer Yarns ~ Local Author, Pastor Bob Hampton & Faith Family Fellowship Church ~ Local Author, Scott Morro ~ Marie Loser & Barb Pferrer ~ Mario Andretti ~ Moravian Historical Society ~ Mycalyn Florals ~ Nazareth Army & Navy ~ Nazareth Chiropractic ~ Nazareth Library Executive Director ~ Nazareth Tanning Salon ~ Northampton Community College ~ Once Upon a Touch Massage ~ Samuel Adams Pennsylvania Brewery ~ Shawn Wright ~ Shawnee Mountain Ski Area ~ Soulful Journeys ~ State Theater Center for the Arts ~  The Stewart Family ~ Sweets N Savories ~ VCA Northside Animal Hospital ~ Jen & Vince Vevea ~ Zanette's Nazareth Grill

We encourage you to patronize the participating businesses, and thank them for their support of our Library!
Annual Campaign

If we have your current address, you have received our Annual Campaign letter! We are counting on support from our patrons to enable us to continue offering free programs throughout the year, updated/additional resources, and current technology to meet your needs. If you haven't had time to read though the letter, please take a few moments to do so...and if you haven't received one, we have them available at both circulation desks. 
Every donation counts, every donation helps!

We thank you for your continued support!
All events are held at the library, unless otherwise noted.
Christmas in Nazareth!
Saturday, December 8th ~ 12:00-4:00pm

What a wonderful tradition for our community -- stroll through the beautiful town of Nazareth and  don't miss visiting the Library !

Join us for  FREE children's crafts refreshments ; enjoy  strolling musicians and the
Nazareth Community Choir; visit our extensive  model train display (presented by the Nazareth Model Train Engineers); buy chances to win one (or more!) gift baskets, including a 39" flatscreen TV in our Annual  Holiday Basket Raffle ; and lastly, what is Christmas in Nazareth without Santa Claus!  Don't miss your chance to meet Santa Claus, he will be at the Library anxiously awaiting your arrival from 1-3pm! 
Train Month in January!
With a Sneak Peak during Christmas in Nazareth,
Saturday, December 8th!

Take a nostalgic trip down a miniature memory lane when the
Nazareth Area Society of Model Engineers present a model train display for our patrons on Thursdays and Saturdays in January!   In addition to the model train display, we will have  train themed activities all month long including crafts and special story times!

Look for program details in our January newsletter! 

Can't wait til January? You're in luck! The trains will be displayed on Saturday, December 8th during Christmas in Nazareth!

Special Thanks to the Friends of the Library for sponsoring this program!
All events are held at the library, unless otherwise noted.
Need Help with Technology? 
"Tech Tuesdays" is Your Answer!
Joe McMaster will be having Tech Tuesdays every Tuesday night from 5:00-7:00pm.
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.). 

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!
NCC Success Express!
December 17th ~  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.

Keep an eye out for our January newsletter, in addition to our established three book discussion groups (Nazareth Book Club, Daytime Book Club, and Nazzies Book Club), we will be adding two more adult book clubs to our 2019 roster!
All book discussion groups welcome new members, and meetings take place in the 
Library living room, unless otherwise noted.

Nazareth  Book Club
Wed., Jan. 9
Nazzies Book Club*
Fri., Jan. 18
Daytime Book Club
Fri., Jan. 25
32 Yolks
by Eric Ripert
Glory Over Everything:
Beyond the Kitchen House

by Kathleen Grissom
The Lightkeeper's Daughters
by Jean Jean Pendziwol

*The first 10 people to register for Nazzies Book Club receive a free copy of the book; registration opens December 3rd at the main circulation desk.
This is a PA Forward Initiative promoting Basic Literacy

All events are held at the library, unless otherwise noted.
Family Craft Night
Wednesday, Dec. 5th ~  6:30-7:15pm

Join Miss Carol for some awesome holiday crafting!
Space is limited to 30 children; registration opens November 28th at the Children's Desk.
Painting with Jen Avitabile
Children Grades 4-6
Tuesday, December 11th ~ 6:00-7:30pm

Paint this festive picture to decorate your home this holiday season!
Space is limited to 10 children; registration opens December 1st at the Children's Desk.
Teen Game Day Saturdays!
January 5th ~ 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.)
Story Times,  Shake & Boogie,  WEE Build!

Join us for story times at the library (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!

NOTE: There will be NO Story Times, Shake & Boogie, & Wee Build 
December 24th through January 4th.

These programs are part of a PA Forward Initiative promoting Basic Literacy.
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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