December 2019
A Letter from the Director...
Writer, Margaret J. Wheatly, once said, "There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about." It is obvious by the number of library supporters that attended the Upper Nazareth Township meeting on November 20, that our community cares about the library. Voices become loud and confident when a community is empowered. The library community is empowered! Thank you for voicing your opinion in opposition to the Upper Nazareth Township library budget proposal to cut $50,000, sharing personal stories of library experiences, inquiring about the proposed cuts, and donating funds for yard signs and newspaper ads.

It is important to recognize that our fight is not over. The final decision to pass a $50,000 decrease in the library funding will take place on December 18th. There is still time to contact the township supervisors at 610-759-5341. The largest impact on the decision makers will be a large supporting body at the next Upper Nazareth Township meeting on December 4th at 7:00 pm. The meeting will be held at the township building at 100 Newport Ave. Community participation will make a difference.

The community should know that library services will be reduced if this budget is passed. This reduction will affect all library users, not just Upper Nazareth Township. However, if the proposed budget is passed, it is certain that Upper Nazareth Township residents will lose certain library privileges. The reduction in privileges may include participation in the summer reading program and access to the library collection and programs.

The Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity is a pillar of community service. The investment in the library is a direct reflection of community priorities that are dedicated to improving the lives of our children and neighbors. Join our fight, help protect the sustainability of Nazareth's community living room. See you on December 4th!

Holly Bennett
Library Director, In formation Conductor, and Community Ambassador
Recognized Achievement!

We are proud to announce that we earned a Gold Star rating by offering a wide array of programming and services to the Nazareth community in 2019. The Pennsylvania Library Association presented this award to MLNV on November 18, 2019. The PA Forward program sponsors the Gold Star award; PA Forward is a Pennsylvania Library Association initiative that is partially funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through th e Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.

PA Forward operates on the belief that "libraries have moved far beyond just being book repositories. They are agile institutions serving real-life needs. Libraries are the key to powering progress and elevating the quality of life in Pennsylvania by fueling the types of knowledge essential to success: Basic Literacy, Information Literacy, Civic and Social Literacy, Health Literacy, and Financial Literacy." (Source:

Throughout the year, MLNV worked hard behind the scenes to ensure that we provide our patrons with events and programming that promote the five literacies highlighted by the Pennsylvania Library Association. By providing these programs, the MLNV hopes to continue to aid the citizens of our community in their everyday endeavors. The MLNV will enter into 2020 with our Gold Star Library status with absolute pride as we continue to keep the members of our community at the focus of our organization's mission.

Kaelan Ellis, Library Page

Kaelan is one of the Library's three new Pages; Kaelan started working during the summer, and is currently a sophomore at Nazareth Area High School.
Kaelan has been coming the library for as long as she can remember, "I would go to story time with Miss Catherine when I was little...I enjoyed Reading to the Pups and all of the Summer Reading Kick-Off parties." 
Her favorite aspect of the library now is how she's "able to come in and study or do my homework and there are a lot of options where I can do that: the quiet study room, reference area, and YA room. Even if I didn't work here, all of the programs would still bring me to the library, such as the Teen Advisory Board."
In her spare time, Kaelan enjoys playing tennis for Nazareth as well as hanging out with her friends. Her favorite book is "Me Before You," by JoJo Moyes, because "her writing is so easy to follow and once you start the book you don't put it down until you're done. You gain attachment to the characters and you're taken on a roller coaster of emotions throughout the entire story."
Following high school, Kaelan plans to go to college to study occupational therapy with a possible minor in Psychology.
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Special Hours

The library will be closed on Tuesday, December 24th and Wednesday, December 25th for the Christmas holiday. We will reopen on Thursday, December 26th at 10am.

The library will also be closed on Tuesday, December 31st and Wednesday, January 1st for the New Year. We will reopen on Thursday, January 2nd at 10am.
Ways YOU Can Support the Library
Support a Fully-Funded Library

As you are undoubtedly aware, Upper Nazareth Township (UNT)  is proposing a $50,000 slash to the library budget. This will create irreparable damage to the services to not just Upper Nazareth Township residents, but for all patrons who utilize our resources and services.

We are asking that you please oppose this budget cut for the sake of the entire community by...
  • Voicing your concerns at the next UNT Supervisor Meeting on Wednesday, December 4th. (ANYONE can speak, you do not have to a UNT resident), or simply attend the meeting, showing a united front is powerful!
  • Posting to the UNT Facebook Page (if you cannot post on the page, please post a review).
  • Calling the Township Office (610-759-5341).
  • Emailing the Township Office (, UNTW@RCN.COM)

SHARE this information with other community members,

remember, their cut will hurt EVERYONE!

Holiday Basket Raffle:  NOW - December 14th

It IS the most wonderful time of the year! 
Visit the library to see our BEAUTIFUL display of Holiday Gift Baskets!

Ticket Prices
$1 per ticket, or
$15 for a sheet of 26 tickets.
Cash, check, and credit card accepted!

ALL Proceeds Benefit the Library ~ Thank You for Your Support!

Winners will be drawn &  notified on Monday, December 16th.
Winners need to pick up their baskets by 8pm on December 19th; if not, we will draw the next name for pick-up by December 23rd.

THANK YOU to the Following Businesses and Individuals for Donating Towards Our Holiday Basket Raffle!

Birthright Brewing Company ~ Buza's Greenhouse ~ Calandra's Cheese ~ Cherry Hill Hotel ~ Cigars International ~ The Curtis Family ~ Donna Hartman ~ The Ellis Family ~ Emily's Ice Cream ~ Giant Food Store Nazareth ~ Greenpond Country Club ~ J Jill ~ Joan L. Jones ~ Kalahari Resorts ~ Kraemer Yarns ~ Louann Thomas ~ Marie Loser & Barb Pferrer ~ Mario Andretti ~ The Missing Piece ~ Moravian Historical Society ~ Mountain View Drive-In ~ Mycalyn Florals ~  Nazareth Army & Navy ~  Nazareth Library Board of Directors ~ Nazareth Library Executive Director ~ Northampton Community College ~ Pearly Baker's Alehouse ~ The Sandbrook Family ~ Speedway Salon ~  State Theater Center for the Arts ~   The Stewart Family ~  Sweets N Savories ~ Tips to Toes ~ VCA Northside Animal Hospital ~ Zanette's Nazareth Grill ~ WaWa

We encourage you to patronize the participating businesses, and thank them for their support of our Library!
2020 Library Board Openings


Please consider becoming a member of the Library Board.  There has been a great response to the open positions; we are still accepting applications, so please consider volunteering (especially from Lower Nazareth Township!). There are three open positions, one position from each of the following municipalities: Lower Nazareth, Upper Nazareth, and Bushkill Township.

For information on these positions, please click the link on the Board of Directors section of our website.
Friends of the Library
Tuesday, January 14 ~ 6:00pm

Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped with the Fall Book Sale -- The Friends raised more than $5,000 for the library!

Join the Friends at a meeting and find out how you can get involved in this community group that raises funds to help the library!

Special Announcement
Beginning in January 2020, to attend a class or program, you must have a Memorial Library of Nazareth & Vicinity library card in good standing. Meaning, the card must be active and patron information must be up to date. This includes (the orange) courtesy cards via Access PA.

This would not include events open to the general public, 
including Christmas in Nazareth, the NASME Train Display, and Nazareth Day.

More details regarding this policy will be shared in the January newsletter.
 Library Events 
All events are held at the library, unless otherwise noted.
Christmas in Nazareth!
Saturday, December 14th ~ 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 a  strolling musician  and the    Nazareth Community Choir ; visit our extensive   model train display   (presented by the Nazareth Model Train Engineers); purchase chances to win one (or more!) gift baskets (including all-day waterpark passes for Kalahari, State Theater tickets, Greenpond Country Club greens fees, and so more!) in our  Annual  Holiday Basket Raffle ; listen to the reading of The Polar Express followed by a Meet & Greet with the Polar Express Conductor ; 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! 

For the  complete itinerary of the day , please visit our website by clicking here .
Train Month in January!
With a Sneak Peak during Christmas in Nazareth,
Saturday, December 14th!

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!  Look for program details in our January newsletter! 
Join Us for a Tour of the Library!

Monday, December 2nd at 11am 
Tuesday, December 3rd at 6pm

Always wanted to know the rich history of our
beautiful building?  Book your tour by registering  at the Main Circulation Desk.

Meet the Author!
Children's Author
Book Reading, Talk & Signing
with Erin Rafanello Ferguson, Author of
Earl: The Christmas Tree Spider
Wednesday, December 4th ~ 6:30-7:30pm

Don't miss this adorable story, read by author Erin Rafanello Ferguson! Following the story will be a Q&A and book signing. If you'd like a book signed, please purchase your books ahead of time from Amazon or Barnes & Noble!

For more details on this book, please visit our website.

Registration is required for this program; 
sign up at the main circulation desk or call 610-759-4932.
(For Patrons 18 Years and Older)
Book Reading, Talk & Signing
with Mike Greenblatt, Author of
Thursday, January 9th ~ 6:30-7:30pm

The year was 1969. Richard Nixon was in the White House. Neil Armstrong was on the Moon. And revolution was in the air. In that backdrop, 500,000 young people gathered on a mid-August weekend in upstate New York for the promise of three days of peace and music. What they experienced at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair was something far greater. Mike Greenblatt knows. He was there!

Join us for the evening while Mike talks about the book, the experience, and the long-lasting cultural ramifications of the event. Following a time of Q&A, he will be signing books (books will be available for sale at the event).

NOTE: Due to the nature of the book's subject and subsequent discussion, 
this program is intended for mature audiences (ages 18 years and older only).
 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. 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!
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: January
  • Nazareth Book Club: Eighty Days, by Matthew Goodman.
    Wednesday, January 8th @ 6:30pm
  • Daytime Book Club: Radium Girls, by Kate Moore
    Friday, January 31st @ 10:30am
 Library Events 
All events are held at the library, unless otherwise noted.
Holiday Craft Night
Wednesday, December 4th ~ 6:30-7:15pm

Join Miss Carol for an evening of fun holiday crafts! Space is limited for this annual program; registration is required - sign up in the Children's Department.
Movie Night & Santa Claus at Lower Nazareth Township
Saturday, December 7th ~ 5-8pm
Tickets Available at the Library or Online!

Join us for a  family-fun event at the Lower Nazareth Municipal Building; tickets are $2.50/each and  include entry to the movie, a meet & greet with Santa Claus after the movie, a free toy and cookies while meeting with Santa! ( Additional food and refreshments will be available for purchase.)

ALL Proceeds Benefit the Library!

For more information, and to purchase your tickets online, click here.
Create a Gingerbread House: A Family Event
Tuesday, December 17th ~ 6:30-7:30pm

Just in time for the holidays, join us for a fun evening of making gingerbread houses!
There is no age range for the children, this event is open to all families (1 gingerbread house per family)!

Space is limited, and registration is required for this free family event, sign up in the Children's Department starting Tuesday, December 3rd.

Location Change for Bushkill Township Toddler Shake & Boogie!
Beginning Friday, December 6th, Toddler Shake & Boogie will take place in the Bushkill Township Municipal Building, 1114 Bushkill Center Road (it was previously held in the Fire Hall); the time is unchanged, it will still be held at 10:30am.
Mark Your Calendars!

We have a lot of exciting events coming up -- mark your calendars and check out our website's event calendar for more details! 

February 12th from 6-9pm ~ Tickets on sale soon!

April 26th from 8:30am - 7pm
Tickets are  ON SALE NOW for $110/each and going fast -- reserve your spot at the front desk, or online by clicking here.
Giving Thanks

Friends of the Library  (Proceeds from Fall Book Sale)
Keith Herman
Higerd Family IMO Conrad Bowers
Edward and Donna Smith IMO Conrad Bowers
Claire Smith IMO Conrad Bowers
Alice Yeakel IMO Conrad Bowers
Donna Hartman IMO Conrad Bowers
Michael and Barbara Goodman IMO Conrad Bowers
Jo Ann Kelly IMO Conrad Bowers
Erin Bowers IMO Conrad Bowers
Anna Schaller IMO Linda Kuhles Lellinger
Tara Capecci
Kathy Dildine
Be Safe Program
Craig Thatcher
The Munch Bilheimer Foundation Inc.
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