January 2020
A Letter from the Director...
Happy New Year!

The start of a new calendar year seems like an obvious time to talk about new beginnings. I'm sure some of you have a New Year's resolution or two! As we enter in to 2020, the Library Staff looks forward to offering many wonderful programs and services. In addition, the library will continue to work on outreach programming with our supporting municipalities, and strengthening our partnerships with local businesses and other non-profit organizations. 

These are exciting times for the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity.  I encourage you to take advantage of the many services the library offers. Let us know how we can best serve you!

See you at the library!

Holly Bennett
Library Director, In formation Conductor, and Community Ambassador
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We would like to take this time to thank everyone who showed their support for a fully funded library these last few months. From those who attended and/or spoke at the Upper Nazareth Township Supervisor Meetings, to the countless number phone calls, letters, emails of support we received, and those that were directed to Upper Nazareth Township.    THANK YOU for your support of the library,  and for our community as a whole! 

Special Hours

The library will also be closed on  Monday, January 20th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day; we will reopen on Tuesday, January 21st at 10am.
Ways YOU Can Support the Library
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!


Exchange canned goods for library overdue fines  Monday, January 13th to Saturday, January 18th   at the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity.  

Library patrons will get a $1 credit toward the reduction of fines for each item donated. (Food for Fines does not cover lost/damaged library items or future overdue fines.) 
The food will be given to the Nazareth Area Food Bank.
Bring the items to the circulation desk at the library. Don't forget to bring your library card!   Dented  cans, glass containers or expired items will not be accepted.  Suggested items include canned chicken, ham or tuna; canned vegetables (baked beans, tomatoes, peas); canned fruit; canned stew or chili; large and small cans of soup; peanut butter; boxed cereal; rice-a-roni. Go to   www.nazarethareafoodbank.org/essentials.htm   for other suggestions.
Food for Fines Week demonstrates the Library's commitment to community service.
Community Round Table:  Fire Safety
Monday, January 27th  ~  6-7:30pm

Join us for an evening with representatives from Hecktown Fire Company & Vigilance Hose Company #1 as we come together as community to discuss fire safety.

Purchase your Valentine roses at the library to support the Rotary Club of Nazareth; the Rotary Club is raising money to support our 2020 Summer Reading Program! 

Orders are being taken now at the main circulation desk (cash, check, and credit card accepted),  cost is $29.95/dozen red roses; pick up your roses on February 13th or 14th 
during our regular operating hours.

Thank you for supporting this community partner!
 Library Events 
All events are held at the library, unless otherwise noted.
Train Month in January!
Thursdays, January 2nd, 9th, and 16th: 5-7:30pm
Saturday, January 4th, 11th, and 18th: 11am-3pm

Take a nostalgic trip down a miniature memory lane when the  Nazareth Area Society of Model Engineers  (NASME) present a model train display for our patrons on Thursdays and Saturdays, January 2nd - 18th!
Join Us for a Tour of the Library!

Monday, February 3rd at 11am 
Tuesday, February 4th at 6pm

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

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.
Meet the Author!
(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.

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.
Upcoming Community-led Book Discussions in 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
New Year, New Job!
Wednesday, January 22nd ~ 6:30-7:30pm

Get a fresh start in 2020 and kick start your job search! Presented by a Certified Professional R é sum é Writer, you will learn tricks of the trade for creating a résumé that will get you noticed.  Follow up topics will include job search strategies (including where to look) and interview tips. Individual résumé reviews, as time permits.

Registration is required for this free, educational program; register at the main desk, or call 610-759-4932.
What is Diabetes, PLUS How to Eat Better and Prevent Diseases
Presented by St. Luke's Health Network
Thursday, January 23th ~ 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.
Understanding Low Back Pain
Wednesday, January 29th ~ 6:30-7:30pm

Dr. Katrina Schmidt, physical therapist, will present a program on low back pain; topics will include discussion of related anatomy, common causes of low back pain, effect of posture, and simple strategies to protect your spine.

Registration is required for this educational program, sign up at the main desk or 
call 610-759-4932.

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
February 1st, 8th, and 22nd
March 7th, 21st, and 28th
April 4th and 11th
February 12th ~ 6-9pm

Join us for a fun evening at Birthright Brewing Co. to benefit the library! 

Your admission to the event includes snacks (popcorn and pretzels) at 6pm, followed by a pizza and salad buffet at 7pm.  You'll also receive 2 drink tickets that can be redeemed for 2 beers/ciders, or 1 wine.

The price is $25/person, or $45/couple; tickets are required and can be purchased at the library or online!

All proceeds benefit the library; thank you for your support!
Upcoming   Library Event  for TEENS
Teen Takeover!
Friday, February 28th ~ 5:30-8pm

Save the date for the Teen Takeover at the library with food, games, xbox lab, and more! 

Check our website and social media for details in the 
coming weeks!
Location Change for Bushkill Township Toddler Shake & Boogie!
Toddler Shake & Boogie on Fridays at 10:30am will now take place in the Bushkill Township Municipal Building, 1114 Bushkill Center Road 
(it was previously held in the Fire Hall).
Tips from Joshua Tree!
Thanks to Our Friends at Joshua Tree for These Timely Tips!
"Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house,  not a creature was stirring not even a mouse...well... HOPEFULLY!"
Winter may not be a time of year that people equate with dealing with pests in their house, but the truth is your home has everything you and also pests need to survive and thrive. These needs are shelter, food, and water. As temperatures start to descend during the fall, pests are also "planning ahead" and are seeking out a place to overwinter or endure a long, cold winter. Let's examine one of these unwanted house guests: MICE.
Any structure can be invaded by mice in the winter, but mice will also happily live indoors all year round.  If caught in the early stages, trapping mice as they come in can be very effective.  Once they have started an indoor breeding population, then you may need to use rodent baits to get them under control.  Mice have no control over their bladders or bowels, so they leave a trail of urine and fecal matter everywhere they travel.  While the droppings are readily visible, the urine can only be seen with the use of a black light, so if you find dropping is your kitchen drawers, everything in the drawers should be thoroughly cleaned. 
Mice have a variety of entry points to be aware of including but not limited to the following:
  • Garage Doors
  • Entry Doors with poor weatherstripping
  • Windows (especially basement)
  • Foundation Cracks and holes
  • Utility lines
  • Vents
  • Chimneys
  • Attic entry points
Even with the most dedicated efforts to manage this opportunistic creature, mice often still will find a way into one's home.  Joshua Tree can help.  We are piloting our BRAND NEW Pest Control Division in early 2020 with emphasis on your most common interior and exterior pests including small rodents such as mice.  While Joshua Tree has not offered this service in the past we have a team that has substantial industry experience in Pest Management as well as the addition of a highly skilled Pest Specialist with incredible working knowledge. 
We will soon have updated information available for our comprehensive Pest Control services on our website
Giving Thanks

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our annual campaign; 
we will publish a formal donor listing in 2020!
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