October 2019
A Letter from the Director...
One of my ongoing tasks is to educate individuals who do not take time to experience what the library has to offer. Some people do not understand why people use libraries when there are tools at our fingertips like Google. These individuals are unaware that people use libraries to locate health information, learn skills needed to thrive in today's digital economy, seek assistance in applying for jobs, ask for assistance in finding housing and financial guidance, and receive help on how to succeed in school and life.  Recently, Courtney Matthews of Lower Nazareth Township wrote, "The library provided opportunities for my children to make new friends, explore new books, and practice math and reading on touch screen computers."  Certainly, Courtney's thoughts prove that the library offers an element of learning and human connection that Google cannot provide. 

Did you know that there are more public libraries (16,568) than Starbucks cafes (14,606) in the US?  Here is another fun fact about public libraries, there were 113 million attendees at public library programs across the US in 2018.  This is more attendees than attendance at all Major League Baseball, National Football League, and National Basketball Association games combined.  These numbers certainly speak volumes that people still use libraries. 

Next time when you find yourself in social circles among neighbors, community leaders, and friends who are unaware of the value of the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity, educate them on what the library has to offer. Invite them to experience library services first-hand so that they can witness the social impact we have! Together, we can educate the community that our library is not just a repository for books, but a community place for everyone.

See you at the library!

Holly Bennett
Library Director, In formation Conductor, and Community Ambassador
Shelby Rozell, Circulation Assistant

A Nazareth Area High School and Temple University graduate, Shelby joined the Library as a Circulation Assistant in October 2018, and was a frequent visitor prior to that!

An avid reader, Shelby is a wealth of information when it comes to all genres. She encourages adults to read "The Dinner List" by Rebecca Serle; she loves the book's "deep and modern commentary on the ins-and-outs of familial, platonic, and romantic relationships." For teens, she recommends all of Jenny Han's books, and the "Carve the Mark" series by Veronica Roth; and for the middle schoolers she recommends "So B. It" by Sarah Weeks and "Bridge to Terabithia" by Katherine Paterson.

Besides reading (chick lit, graphic novels/comics, romance, mystery, and sci-fi), Shelby enjoys nature walking and hiking, playing video games (The Sims, Pokemon, Yo-Kai Watch, Nancy Drew and almost anything having to do with superheroes), and doing needlework, such as cross-stitch, embroidery, and punch needle.

By far, Shelby's favorite program at the library was the successful Free Comic Book Day which she spear-headed in May 2018. "It was awesome to introduce comics as more than just superhero books to those who weren't aware of the vastness of content that comic books provide." In addition to the free comic books, we had Star Wars characters and a video game trailer that was a huge hit with children and teens alike!

Shelby believes "the most valuable resource the Nazareth Library offers its patrons is quite simply the library building itself. The library can be anything you want it to be. If you're a reader, we have an incredible amount of books and if you can't find what you're looking for we'll make sure to find it. If you need a computer, we have 10 to choose from and free Wi-Fi, too. If you have any type of questions, we'll do everything we can to help you find answers. If you just need a safe place to hang out and think, the doors are always open. The library always felt like a home to me, and I think that my job at the library is to make sure our community members feel the same way."

Shelby is pictured with Gabe, everyone's favorite Llibrary Llama!
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Special Hours
The library will be  closed on the following days in October:
  • Monday, October 7th for Staff Development. We will reopen Tuesday, October 8th at 10am.
  • Saturday, October 19th for the Nazareth Halloween Parade. We will reopen Monday, October 22nd 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  Princesses, inflatable obstacle course,  concession stand,   crafts , a  bake sale , and of course,  vehicles galore!

There is still time to buy your tickets!
  • 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!)
  • At the event (cash, check, or credit card)
Online Ticket Orders:
  • If you purchased your tickets online, you may pick them up by 5pm on Friday, October 4th, or at the event on Saturday!
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  individuals and businesses for sponsoring this community event!

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

Monster Truck Sponsors ($1,000 - $4,999)
Buckno Lisicky & Co.; Country Meadows Associates; Weather Trends International

Tough Truck Sponsors ($500 - $999)
AAA Northampton County; Alex's Tire Center Inc.; C.F. Martin & Company; East Lawn Supply Co. Inc.; Lions Club of Hecktown;  Muschlitz Excavating, Inc.

Bulldozer Truck Sponsors ($250 - $499)
A.A. Lapp & Associates; Donald L. Keeney General Contractors, Inc.; Edgewater Bulk Transport, Inc.; Farmers Insurance; Huth Insurance; J. P. Mascaro & Sons; Marshall Grezlak, Inc.; Merchants Bank; Nazareth High School Class of 1942; Nazareth Dental Associates; Penn Quaker Site Contractors; Sheetz;  Susan D. Jarvis, CPA

Rescue Truck Sponsors ($100 - $249)
Asteak Law Office;  Bartholomew-Schisler Funeral Home, Inc.; Brown Daub Chevrolet of Nazareth; Fogel's Fuel Service, LLC; Lehigh Valley Health Network;  Smart Cents

Beatty Contractors & Wreckers, Ltd.; Kitchen Magic, Inc.;  Northampton Community College
Library Community
The Friends of the Library is Accepting Donations
October 4th through November 2nd

The Friends will accept gently used adult and children's books, DVDs, and CDs. 

Note: Please do not donate books with yellowed or torn pages; water damage; cassette tapes; VHS format movies; encyclopedias; textbooks; industry reference or training manuals; health and technology books published before 2012.

Mark Your Calendars!
Friends' Fall Book Sale is November 7-9

 Library Events 
All events are held at the library, unless otherwise noted.
Local Author, Christian Bensing
Thursday, October 3rd ~ 6:30-7:30pm

Join us for a book talk and signing from local children's author (and Nazareth Area Middle School's Media Center Specialist), Christian Bensing! He will be talking about his latest book,  The Bone War: A Tucker & Zoey Adventure

Registration is required, sign up at the children's or main circulation desk today!
Join Us for a Tour of the Library!
Monday, October 14th at 11am 
Tuesday, October 15th at 6pm

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

Book your tour by registering  at the Main Circulation Desk.
Halloween Movies in the Park
Lower Nazareth Township, 306 Butztown Road (Football Field)
Saturday, October 19th
Trick or Treat at 5:30pm ~ Movie at Dusk


Bring your ghouls, goblins, princesses, and more dressed in their Halloween best to trick-or-treat before watching, "The Nightmare Before Christmas" on the big screen!

The snack stand will be open and all proceeds benefit the library!
Note: snack stand will be cash only.
Check Out our NEW 
Worldbook Databases!

Go to the Research Section, and click on Dictionaries & Encyclopedias.
  • The redesigned  Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos  is the optimal beginner's Spanish language reference tool. The site offers World Book's excellent editorial content, rich media, and engaging features in Spanish.
  • World Book Kids  is the premier online resource developed especially for young students. The site has been optimized for tablets and features image-based navigation, easy-to-read articles, thousands of images and videos as well as a wealth of engaging games, science projects, and activities.
  • Tailored for students in elementary and middle schools,  World Book Student  includes all the articles from the print versions of the World Book Encyclopedia, plus thousands of additional articles, learning resources, and research tools. World Book Student is also optimized for tablets for the ultimate mobile research experience.
  • World Book Advanced  is a powerful reference tool tailored for the needs and skills of students in grades 8 and up that includes full encyclopedic and multimedia databases supplemented with online books, primary sources, website links, back in time articles, special reports and more.
  • World Book Discover offers engaging reference resources for students reading below grade level because of language or learning difficulties, with content and tools specifically developed for these students.
  • World Book Timelines  is optimized for tablets and offers hundreds of pre-generated timelines across eight broad topics, which cover various time periods in history or span the life of historical public figures.
 Library Events 
All events are held at the library, unless otherwise noted.
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!

Monday, October 21st ~ 6:00-7:30pm

Join us for a Community Round Table Discussion on safety.  Nazareth Borough Police Chief Miller, Colonial Regional Police Chief Seiple, Upper Nazareth Police Chief Cope and Bushkill Township Chief McLouth will be there to answer questions and concerns. This event is open to BOTH business and community members. 

There is no registration required for this community event, this is a drop-in program.

Note: The library is open for this event only, there will be no library services after 5pm.
Painting Class for Adults
Wednesday, October 23rd ~ 6:00-7:30pm

Back by popular demand, Jen Avitabile will be holding a painting class just in time for Halloween!.  Space is limited for this program, registration is required; sign up at the main circulation desk.
Scary Stories for Adults
Thursday, October 24th ~ 6:30-7:30pm

Spend a spooky night with us as the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild's two scariest tellers, Judy England-McCarthy and Larry Sceurman, share frightening tales!

This program is for adults only -- expect to be AFRAID!

Space is limited for this program and registration is required; register today at the main circulation desk!
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
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: October
  • 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
 Library Events 
All events are held at the library, unless otherwise noted.
Teen Advisory Board Upcoming Meetings
All Teens Grades 7-12 Are Welcome!

Wednesday, October 9, 6-7:45pm
Friday, October 18, 3-4:45pm
Wednesday, October 23, 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 srozell@nazarethlibrary.org.
News & Programs from the CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT
All events are held at the library, unless otherwise noted.
Have You Met Gabe?

Don't miss the next opportunity to meet everyone's favorite library ambassador!
Stay tuned via our website, Facebook, and Instagram for details 
on his next visit coming in OCTOBER!!
Visit our Events calendar for more times and locations for our story times, toddler shake & boogie programs, and wee build!

Join us for a Bilingual Story Time 
Wednesday, October 16th @ 10:30 am
Fall Family Craft Night!
Wednesday, October 16th ~ 6:30-7:15pm

Join Miss Carol for an evening of fun fall crafts! Space is limited for this annual program; registration is required and opens October 9th in the Children's Department.
Painting Class for Children (Grades 3-5)
Tuesday, October 22nd ~ 6:30-7:30pm

Back by popular demand, Jen Avitabile will be holding a painting class just in time for Halloween!  Space is limited for this program, registration is required and opens October 15th in the Children's Department.
Happy Halloween!
Is 6pm for your little trick-or-treater a bit too late or chilly to walk around outside?  

Stay warm and dry and visit us anytime 10am-730pm!  All children who visit us in costume on  Thursday, October 31st will receive a treat. 

Wishing everyone a safe, fun Halloween!
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