March 2020
A Letter from the Director...
"It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade." Can you guess what famous author wrote this line? If you guessed Charles Dickens (Great Expectations) you are correct! March is one of the months where the weather is unpredictable and there is a growing sense of anxiousness for spring to arrive. Here at the library we are working hard to provide opportunities for learning as we wait for spring.

Recently the library staff hosted a Teen Takeover. We opened the doors to more than 40 teenagers who came to the library to play board games, talk with a local author, play Xbox and Dungeons and Dragons, and perform on our open mic. It was an amazing evening. We look forward to hosting this event again in the near future. In addition, this month, the library partnered with Nazareth Girl Scout Council, who hosted a Dr. Seuss craft night in celebration of the famous author's birthday. Over twenty children came to the library with their families to hear stories and ignite their creativity! And if you haven't been here lately, stop by with the kids for interactive play on the new Lego Wall in the children's department which was funded by the 2o19 Will R. Beitel Children's Community Foundation.  

The Library Staff continues to be super proud of our 2019 Gold Star achievement, awarded by the Pennsylvania Library Association. We continue to foster the guiding principles of this award by offering services and learning opportunities in the areas of health literacy facilitated by St. Luke's, technology literacy lead by the library's technology coordinator, and civil and social responsibilities hosted by AARP as they assist residents prepare their income taxes.

Every day is a new adventure at the Memorial Library of Nazareth. The staff is working hard to serve the residents of the surrounding municipalities. There is always a new book on its way to our shelves, a program that will inspire you, or an opportunity to better your world. Remember the library provides access to all and has a place for everyone.

See you at the library!

Holly Bennett
Library Director, In formation Conductor, and Community Ambassador
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Teen Takeover!
Thanks to EVERYONE who attended our first-ever Teen Takeover event on Friday, February 28th!  More than 40 middle and high school students enjoyed a  night filled with food,  Xbox games, a writing workshop, more food, open mic, live music, and even more food! We look forward to bringing more events like this to the community!

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For more ways to support the library, please click here.

Thank you!
Spring Kitchen Raffle Basket!
Courtesy of TOPS Nazareth Chapter 1730

Get ready for some Spring cooking with this basket of kitchen essential contents:  Amish baking cookbook, toscana cutting board and knife set, 10 pc kitchen storage containers, 10 pc prep/serve/store glass bowls with lids, 10 pc Healthy Living glass storage set with lids, melamine friendship sharing plate, hand-held veggetti, set of 3 kitchen towels, coffee mug, smiley face nylon flex turner, snowflake nylon turner, Christmas tree flex turner, Betty Crocker whisks, 1 set of measuring cups, Spring Leave hand soap, The Rose Collection hand soap, bag clips, silicone spoon & spatula, Noritake Color Wave pot rest, Baker's Chocolate Cookbook, kitchen helper and planner

Enter for a chance to win this beauty 
now through March 31st; winner will be drawn April 1st.

Thank you to TOPS for this generous donation!
For more information on TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly), visit their website or stop by a meeting here at the library on Friday mornings at 10am!
Library Book Sale
April 1 - 4

Build your library while supporting ours!
The library's book sale will take place during regular business hours Wednesday, April 1st through Saturday, April 4th.

Donations of gently used books and DVDs are being accepted through March 20th.
Help the Animals!
by Madison Warfsman and Daynika Ziegenfus
Girl Scout Junior Troop #8325 

We would like to collect things for the 
Animal Health and Welfare Center!

We are doing this project because we love animals. We are also making dog toys and cat toys for Welcome Home Pet Kits. We hope to get donations from the Nazareth Memorial Library, Nazareth Intermediate School, Greater Valley YMCA.  Our goal is to complete 20 or more hours of community service work to earn the Bronze Award. 

Here are some of the item ideas for donations.... 
Heavy duty dog toys,  Grain free cat and dog food,  Towels,  55 gallon heavy duty trash bags,  Dawn dish soap,  Bleach,  White vinegar,  Cat and dog food,  Martingale collars {S,M,L,XL},  New or gently used linens

A collection box will be located at the library from March 5th through March 31st. 

Thank you!

Do You Knit or Crochet -
Or, Do You Wish You Knew How?
Join Us the First Thursday of the Month from 3-5pm
Starting Thursday, April 2nd --  ALL Levels Welcome!

Led by Beth from Kraemer Yarns, this group is perfect for all  skill levels, from beginner to advanced. This will be a great place to meet with friends, share ideas and help each other out.
Relax as you work on your latest knitting or crochet project; or bring yarn, needles and hooks to start something new!

If you like to knit or crochet,  or always wanted to, this is the group for you. 

Hope to see you April 2nd!
All Ages
For all upcoming events for All Ages, click here
Join Us for a Tour of the Library!

Monday, March 9th at 11am 
Tuesday, March 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 Database!

This database enables you to download, share, and reuse millions of the Smithsonian's images. With new platforms and tools, you have easier access to nearly 3 million 2D and 3D digital items from our collections, with many more to come. This includes images and data from across the Smithsonian's 19 museums, nine research centers, libraries, archives, and the National Zoo.

Click HERE for a complete list of all the databases we offer!
Slice of Brooklyn Bus Trip
Sunday, April 26th ~ 8:30am to (approximately) 7pm

Join us for a fun-filled day by visiting  Grimaldi's Pizza (under the Brooklyn Bridge);   L&B Spumoni Gardens in Bensonhurst;  various Brooklyn neighborhoods;  movie locations; and  Coney Island boardwalk. 

The ticket price is $110 per person, and this price includes bus, gratuities, two slices of pizza and a non-alcoholic beverage at both pizzerias.

Reserve your spot early -- space is limited! You can pay by cash/check/credit card at the library, or online. Note: payment must be made in full, and is non-refundable.

For more information and/or to reserve your spot online, please visit our website.
For all upcoming events for Adults, click here.
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. Note: You must have a valid library card to take advantage of this free service.

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!

Tax season is approaching and the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity is happy to announce that certified AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers will be available again this year to provide free tax form assistance to middle and low income taxpayers with special attention to those ages 60 and older. You do not have to be a senior citizen or an AARP member.
NO RESERVATIONS WILL BE TAKEN prior to the day of service. It is a walk-in first-come first-served basis. The Library opens at 9am on Saturdays.

This free service will be available on the following dates from 9:30am-1:30pm
March 7th, 21st, and 28th
April 4th and 11th
St Luke's Hospital & Health Network Presents...
Cancer Screening: Why You Need It & How It Works
Thursday, March 26th ~ 6:30-7:30pm
Join us for a new health series, presented by St. Luke's Health Network;
each month, St. Luke's will present topics pertinent to your health!

Registration is required for this educational program, please register at the main desk, 
or call 610-759-4932.
Upcoming Book Clubs
Click here for all 2020 Book Clubs

The library hosts three adult book clubs:  Brainy Bibliophiles,  Nazareth Book Club, and Daytime Book Club.

Brainy Bibliophiles is led by Jill Silvius, Ph.D. and takes a more scholarly approach to book discussions.   The next book club will meet Tuesday, June 2nd at 6:30pm to discuss,  Flaubert's Parrot  by Julian Barnes. Although books will no longer be distributed, we ask that you register for this book club. Registration is open at the main circulation desk.

Nazareth Book Club will meet Wednesday, March 11th to discuss Hillbilly Elegy, by J. D. Vance.

Daytime Book Club will meet Friday, March 27th to discuss The Testaments by Margaret Atwood.
For all upcoming events for Teens, click here.

The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is an open-forum where teens discuss the issues related specifically to teen use of the library (materials and events).

The MLNV's Teen Advisory Board is back for the Winter and Spring! This session we will be focusing on hosting a Teen Night at the library, planning an escape room, and finishing the Teen Room Renovation. 

Although this session started in February, there is still time to join! Meetings will take place Wednesdays (3/18, 4/1, 4/15) from 6-7:30pm, and Friday (4/24) from 3-4:30pm.

Perks of joining the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity's TAB: snacks at meetings, receiving volunteer hours, and the ability to make creative and financial choices involving teen programming & the YA/Teen room.

Requirements to join: Entering 7th to 12th grade, have an MLNV library card, be willing to participate in TAB discussions and voice your opinions, and be willing to respect the opinions, tastes, privacy, & choices of others.

Interested in joining the TAB? Want more information? Feel free to e-mail all questions to
For all upcoming events for Children, click here.
Check Out Our NEW Lego Wall!

We welcome you and your children to check out our NEW Lego Wall! This popular play space is located upstairs in the Children's Department, in the Easy-to-Read room.

Funding for the lego wall was made possible by the 
Will R. Beitel Children's Community Foundation.
Tinkering Workshop (Grades 3+)
Saturday, March 28th ~ 1-2pm

Join us for this fun workshop where children grades 3 and up can tinker, create and innovate. This is a drop-in program, no registration is required.
Babies & Toddlers
For all upcoming events for Babies & Toddlers, click here.
Join us for a Bilingual Story Time 
Wednesday, March 25th ~ 10:30am

Visit our  Events calendar   for more times and locations for our story times, toddler shake & boogie programs, and wee build!
Tips from Joshua Tree!
Thanks to Our Friends at Joshua Tree for These Timely Tips!

Are You Dealing with Moles or Voles?


These pests are quite similar in name but certainly not much more than that.  Identifying which one you're dealing with is key to a successful plan of attack.

  • Moles are carnivores (so to speak) that feed mainly on grubs and earthworms.  Voles are "vegetarian" and eat plant based materials such as bulbs, roots, seeds, and bark.  Trapping both of these creatures can be difficult.  Moles require baits that simulate earthworms but even then can be tricky.  Baits must be strategically placed in the tunnel.  Vole baits can be grain based (whereas moles will NOT eat grain based baits) and should be placed near active areas in a secure bait station.  
  • Moles and voles differ in appearance.  Moles have a pointed snout, have large front paws, no "visible" eyes and ears,  and live underground in tunnels.  Voles have rounded ears, reddish brown or black fur with a gray underside, and live in low-lying vegetation and make trails through the yard "at the surface" whereas the mole may leave tunnels which push up the soil at the surface significantly.  Voles will also tunnel in your mulch.  
  • Voles breed rapidly and will have large populations in small areas.  In contrast, the mole will be fairly isolated to one or two on a given property.  Traps can be purchased and are known to be effective on both moles and voles but strategically placing these traps will impact the success.  Voles can be caught using a standard mouse trap.  
While prevention of these two is difficult, they can be managed if an understanding of which one is present and proper control methods are executed.   Joshua Tree is now offering Pest Control in 2020 with a comprehensive quarterly plan including both indoor and outdoor services including mole and vole management as part of the basic plan.  
Giving Thanks

Anne Schaller IMO Linda Huhles Lellinger
Marc Gruber IMO Christina Mitch Dlugos
Alice Yeakel IMO Christina Mitch Dlugos
Carl & Luella Solt IMO Christina Mitch Dlugos
Sue & Michael Mitch IMO Christina Mitch Dlugos
NAHS Class of 1959 IMO LeRoy Rinehart
NAHS Class of 1959 IMO Harold Frace
Tara Capecci

A list of annual campaign donors is on display outside of the director's office.
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