February 2020
A Letter from the Director...
Happy Valentine's and Presidents' Day! My heart is heavy this year as the Library Board and I continue to analyze and review the various areas of the library budget that will be curtailed due to municipal funding cuts. It is evident that the areas of staffing, technology, janitorial services, as well as, children and adult programming will be impacted. More information regarding these cuts will be made available on the library website later this month.

We are grateful for the support we received through the library's annual campaign. Although these generous contributions from all four of the library's supporting municipalities help to serve the communities, the library needs equitable financial support from our municipalities to be sustainable.

Even with the financial challenges we are facing, the library staff is dedicated to Nazareth's community living room. We will continue to be a hub for digital intelligence, civic engagement, and space for people to meet, read, work and play. Danielle Wyatt, Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne sums up what the Memorial Library of Nazareth means to the Nazareth community, "Public library services are built on relationships, not just transactions; they are entwined with the specific and deeply local context of everyday life in communities they serve."

See you at the library!

Holly Bennett
Library Director, In formation Conductor, and Community Ambassador
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Special Hours

The library will be closed on  Monday, February 17th in observance of Presidents' Day; we will reopen on Tuesday, February 18th at 10am.
Books & Brew!
Thanks to EVERYONE who attended our Books & Brew fundraising event on February 12th!  Birthright Brewing Co. was a fantastic host to this fun, social evening that was packed to capacity to a sold-out crowd; we look forward to bringing more events like this to the community!

Support the Library & Help the Environment
Giant Giving Tag Program
Support the library by directing your $1 donation generated from the purchase of the Bags 4 My Cause Bag at any GIANT Foodstore.

Upon purchasing the Bags 4 My Cause Bag with the Giving Tag at any GIANT (they are not for sale at the library), you can designate MLNV to receive a $1 by following these steps:
  1. Visit MyGMCause.com within 7 days of purchase.
  2. Remove the scratch-off layer on the Giving Tag to reveal the unique identifier.
  3. Submit the identifier and select Memorial Library of Nazareth & Vicinity as the non-profit to which you want to designate your donation.
Thank you for your support!

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!
Check it OUT!
We'd like to share with you our NEW Music CD Collection!  
Browse through our CDs and check one out today; you may borrow CDs for 14 days with the option for renewals.  This collection is located on the windowsill in the reference area. (For additional information on borrowing materials, please visit the Services section of our website.)

 Library Events 
All events are held at the library, unless otherwise noted.
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.

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.
 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!

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
St Luke's Hospital & Health Network Presents...
Hypertension: How Changing Your Lifestyle Can Help You 
Treat the Disease
Thursday, February 27th ~ 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   Library Event  for TEENS

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. 

Meetings will take place Wednesdays (2/19, 3/4, 3/18, 4/1, 4/15) from 6-7:30pm, and Fridays (2/14, 3/27, 4/10, 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   srozell@nazarethlibrary.org.

Friday, February 28th

Calling all teens in 7th-12th grade: Join us  for a night full of fun!

The MLNV's Teen Advisory Board will be hosting this event and planning lots of cool activities such as:
    • An open mic, where you can show off your skills, whether it's a song on guitar, an original poem, or some fun dance moves!
    • An Xbox lab, where you can play any of our available games on our new Xbox!
    • A writing workshop with local author of Lemonade, Paul Walsh!
    • An exciting game of Dungeons and Dragons, as well as board games, card games, and more!
If all the awesome activities aren't enough, at least stop by for some FREE food and learn about the TAB, as well as the advisory boards at both the Nazareth Area High School (NAHS) and Middle School (NAMS) libraries!

Registration is required for this event, sign up at the library by stopping by or calling (610-759-4932), or register at either the NAHS or NAMS libraries!
Upcoming Events for Children
Tinkering Workshop (Grades 3+)
Saturday, February 29th ~ 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.
Upcoming Events for Babies & Toddlers
Join us for a Bilingual Story Time 
Wednesday, February 19th ~ 10:30am

Visit our  Events calendar   for more times and locations for our story times, toddler shake & boogie programs, and wee build!

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!

Common Household Pests of Winter
  • Spiders can be found year round inside a structure but particularly as temperatures get colder.  They can survive a long time without food (mainly insects or even other spiders).
  • Centipedes are commonly found inside structures during the winter months.  Also known as "thousand leggers," they certainly have a negative impact on many people because of their appearance.  These pests prefer damp basements and crawl spaces.  Like the spider, they feed on other insects as well so there are some benefits but try selling that to a homeowner. 
  • Silverfish are another insect which can generate large populations and damage indoors if left untreated.  Silverfish will feed mainly on starches and cellulose which is contained in paper products.  Book bindings, adhesives, and paper-backed insulation are preferred by these prehistoric looking insects.  Silverfish can be found anywhere in the home but are common in attics.
  • Grain Product Pests include insects like the Indian meal moth, cigarette beetle, red flour beetle, sawtooth grain beetle, and weevils.  These pests are often found in bird feed and pet food but will also be found in flour and other grain products.  Good storage practices will help control and eliminate these pests. 
  • Mice will live happily indoors all year round and if left be can generate large populations indoors.  Trapping them early is the best defense.
Giving Thanks
Special Thanks to Gracedale Nursing Home for hosting
Toddler Shake & Boogie on February 10th!

A great time was had by more than 50 people as we took this toddler favorite on the road to Gracedale Nursing Home! Children, parents, and residents all enjoyed the merriment as we sang songs, played instruments, marched, and even had some fun with a parachute! 
Thanks very much to Gracedale for allowing us to visit!

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