Memorial Library 
of Nazareth and Vicinity
  
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A Letter from the Director...
Hello! I'm glad you are joining us for our March newsletter! The Library Staff is super excited as we begin to fill our brand new DVD shelving unit located just outside my office. This amazing addition to the library was a custom creation of Nate Wagner who owns Wagner Woodworking. A special thank you to the C.F. Martin Foundation for partially funding this new unit. I must confess, every time I step outside my office to admire this new addition, I have a sense of how Belle from the Disney film Beauty and the Beast must have felt when the Beast presents her with miles and miles of shelves filled with books.
The Library Staff is working hard to transition the DVD collection to its new home. DVDs will now be arranged by genre such as family, drama, thriller, etc. Also, the children's DVDs will be moved from upstairs to the new shelving unit so that families can browse our entire DVD collection in one place. We hope you love this new format.

As we enter into the first full week of March, I encourage you to take time to celebrate Read Across America with the children in your lives. Read Across America, established by the National Education Association (NEA), is an awareness campaign that encourages children of all ages to embrace life-long reading. Join us at the library during the week of March 4th as we offer special programming to recognize the importance of this literacy campaign.

In closing, stay the course, Spring is just around the corner and before you know it you will be digging your heels into the sand while reading a good book!


Holly Bennett
Library Director, Information Conductor, and Community Ambassador

And, by the way, I am currently reading  The Library Book, by Susan Orlean.

Special Achievement!
We are proud to announce that we were awarded the PA Forward Bronze Star!  Earning this denotes that our library has embraced the principles of PA Forward and is actively engaged in promoting it through resources and services that we offer our patrons.
PA Forward is a statewide initiative under the PALibrary Association (PaLA) which works to strengthen the state's libraries through education, advocacy and leadership.
Volunteer Spotlight
Terri Sayago, Library Board Vice President

Terri Sayago joined the Library Board as the representative for Upper Nazareth Township in September 2007; she became the Board Vice President in January 2008 and has served in that capacity ever since (except for 2014 -16 when she served as President).

As the Library Board Vice President, it's no surprise that Terri enjoys reading! Amor Towles' A Gentleman in Moscow is a book Terri highly recommends. "This novel tells a story with epic sweep through the life of its fascinating main character who can never leave his hotel. The best word I can find to capture Towles' writing style is 'elegant.' It's the sort of book you never want to end."

Aside from reading, gardening and cooking are among Terri's favorite pastimes. She also enjoys researching her family history. Like so many of us, Terri can spend hours on Ancestry.com without noticing the time passing. What she enjoys most of all is sharing all of these interests with her children and grandchildren.
 
Without a doubt, the library's annual Touch-A-Truck event is Terri's favorite program because "most library programs are designed to appeal to the specific needs of specific groups, and this is entirely appropriate. But once each year, Touch-a -Truck brings together patrons of all ages and all interests from all four of our funding municipalities in support of our shared interest - the library. And everyone has a wonderful time!"
 
When asked what the most valuable resource and/or service our library offers its patrons, Terri said, "Although the Internet has made it possible for more people to access more information than ever before, it has also resulted in a confusion of half truths and untruths that call into question the reliability of all of this information. The professionalism of our trained library staff servers as a filter that we can depend upon to separate fact from fiction."  
Special MARCH  Hours

  
 
As the winter months bring inclement weather, there is always the possibility of unanticipated full-day closures, delayed openings, and early closings. Any weather-related change to our schedule will listed on Channel 69 WFMZ, posted on Facebook

Instagram  , and announced on our telephone message.

Remember, the book drop is ALWAYS open!
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Get  Involved
Friends of the Library Meeting
Tuesday, March 12th ~ 6:00pm
  
  
Would you like to purchase books at the Friends' semi-annual book sales before the general public ? Enjoy this perk by becoming a Friend! For more information on this, and how you can help, join the Friends at this month's meeting!

For more information on the Friends of the Library, click  here .
Do You Have Ideas for Classes & Programs That We Can Offer?
We'd Love to Hear From You!
  
  
Please email outreach@nazarethlibrary.org or call 610.759.4932 x290 with your ideas!
Upcoming
 Library Events 
for ALL AGES
All events are held at the library, unless otherwise noted.
Almost Spring Book Sale
Monday, March 11 - Saturday, March 16
  
  
Build your own library while supporting ours!  You'll find a wide selection of mystery, romance, best sellers, children's, and so much more!
All proceeds benefit the library.
Upcoming
 Library Events 
for ADULTS
All events are held at the library, unless otherwise noted.
  
Free Tax Assistance at The Library on Saturdays!
The Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity is happy to announce that certified AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers are available 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 to participate.
 
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.

AARP will be at the library on the following Saturdays  from 9:30am-1:30pm:
March 2, 9, 16, 30  ~   April 6, 13

NOTE: On  March 23rd, AARP will not be here, however, they will be at 
St. John's Lutheran Church, 200 South Broad Street, Nazareth
Need Help with Technology?  "Tech Tuesdays" is Your Answer!
Every Tuesday by Appointment ~ 5:00-7:00pm
  
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  These sessions will be held  in h alf-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!
Mindfulness Workshop: Ladies' Night Out!
Monday, March 18 ~ 6:00-8:00pm
at Lower Nazareth Library
  
  
Mindfulness is about learning to direct your attention to your experience as it unfolds, moment by moment, with open-minded curiosity and acceptance.   Led by college professor, Wendy Barron, you will learn how to start taking care of yourself through practicing and modeling mindful techniques.

Please note that this event will be located at the Lower Nazareth Municipal Building, 340 Butztown Road (this is there the Lower Nazareth library is located).

Space is limited to 15 and registration is open, sign up at the main circulation desk today!
NCC Success Express on Mondays: March 11 & 25
  
  
This innovative RV is eq uipped with computers and internet access, and gives prospective students and adults the ability to fill out applications, get career information, and apply for financial aid.   Note: This schedule is subject to change based on weather conditions that adversely affect driving & parking.
Book Discussion Groups  
for ADULTS
All book discussion groups welcome new members, 
and meetings take place in the  Library living room.

Introducing: The Brainy Bibliophiles Book Club
We saw a need for a more scholarly book club, and we are lucky to have this new book discussion group facilitated by Jill Silvius, Ph.D; she will be leading four book discussion groups this year!  Jill is the perfect fit as she loves to learn, and feels the best way to do that is to read voraciously and expansively, think critically, and talk about what has been read.  Jill has taught English at East Stroudsburg University since 2009, and recently became a circulation assistant page at MLNV.  She is a graduate of Moravian College with a M.A. from Kutztown University and a Ph.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has also authored articles in The Explicator, Pennsylvania English , Medieval Feminist Forum, and Victorian Newsletter. 

 Register for her book club today and receive a free copy of The Hound of the Baskervilles  while supplies last! The second book the group will be discussing, Sherlock Holmes Was Wrong: Reopening the Case of the Hound of the Baskervilles is available for check-out.


March
Nazareth Book Club
Wed., 3/13
 @ 
 
6:30pm
Brainy Bibliophiles*
Tues., 3/26 @   
6:30pm
(Two Books)
Daytime Book Club
Fri., 3/29 
 
10:30am
Little Fires Everywhere
by Celeste Ng
*The Hound 
of the Baskervilles
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
**Sherlock Holmes Was Wrong: Reopening the Case of the Hound of the Baskervilles
by Pierre Bayard
Small Island
by Andrea Levy

April
Nazareth Book Club
Wed., 4/10 @ 6:30pm
Nazzies Book Club
Fri., 4/12 @ 10:30am
Daytime Book Club
Fri., 4/26 @ 10:30am
The Other Einstein
by Marie Benedict
The Handmaid's Tale
by Margaret Atwood
Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens

*Register for either the  Brainy Bibliophiles or Nazzies Book Clubs and receive 
a free copy of the book* (while supplies last!)
**This book is available for check-out.

This is a PA Forward Initiative promoting Basic Literacy
Upcoming Library Events 
for CHILDREN & TEENS
All events are held at the library, unless otherwise noted.
Young Authors & Illustrators
Now through Saturday, March 9th


The annual Young Authors & Illustrators program for children in kindergarten through high school runs now through  Saturday, March 9th .   Write and illustrate your story and receive one copy for you and one for the Library collection at the Young Author ceremony during National Library Week. Pick up a copy of the rules at the Children's Desk, and while you're there, check out some of the past entries. 

Special Thanks to the Friends of the Library for sponsoring this program!
Teen Board Games!
Saturday, March 2nd ~  12:30-3:30pm
  
  
Hang out and have fun with your friends on these Saturdays -- board games, snacks, and drinks provided! (Must be a high school teen to participate.)
Drop-in Crafts Celebrating Dr. Seuss!
Tuesday, March 5th ~ 5:30-7:00pm
Children's Department

Drop-in Crafts!
Saturday, March 23rd ~  1:00-2:00pm
Children's Department
  
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Mindfulness Workshop: for Children (Grades K-3) and Parent(s)!
Monday, March 25 ~ 6:00-7:00pm
at Lower Nazareth Library


Mindfulness is about learning to direct your attention to your experience as it unfolds, moment by moment, with open-minded curiosity and acceptance.  Led by college professor, Wendy Barron, you will learn how to work with your children and helping them find mindfulness. 

Please note that this event will be located at the Lower Nazareth Municipal Building, 340 Butztown Road (this is there the Lower Nazareth library is located).

Space is limited to 8 children (each child must be accompanied by a parent/guardian). Registration is required, sign up at the Children's Desk starting March 15.
Upcoming Library Events 
for BABIES and PRESCHOOLERS
All events are held at the library, unless otherwise noted.
Bilingual Story Time
Wednesdays, March 6th & 20th ~ 10:00am


Join us for a new story time -- where your children will hear stories in both 
English and Spanish! No registration is required for this drop-in program.
Weekly Story Times,  Shake & Boogie, &  WEE Build!

Join us for these drop-in programs, click   here  for a complete schedule!

Keep in touch with unexpected cancellations by following us on
Facebook & Instagram!

Newsletter Sponsorship
Thank You
Love-a-Lot Nursery School
for Sponsoring our March Newsletter!
  
Since 1985, Love-A-Lot Nursery School at St. John's Lutheran Church in Nazareth has been preparing our precious preschoolers for the BIG step to kindergarten!
  
Our goals are:
  • Help instill, build, and nourish life-long character and social traits
  • Help children feel safe, and gain the courage and independence to be away from primary caregivers
  • To encourage curiosity and learning through play
  • Help learn preschool basics - ABCs, 123s, colors, shapes, and other fundamental skills that are helpful when entering kindergarten.
We offer 2 classes:
  • 3-year-old class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9-11:30am
  • 4-year-old class meets on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 9-11:30am
Please visit our website  or Facebook  to see what we are all about!
 
Feel free to contact us by phone or email for information or for a tour!
Andrea Miller,  Director at Love-A-Lot
Phone: 484-293-0720

Do you own a small business and are looking for a new way to advertise it? Sponsoring  this newsletter could be your answer!
 
Whether you work from home or a brick and mortar storefront, 
small businesses are key to our community
 
This newsletter reaches over 5,000 subscribers in the Nazareth community and beyond; if this opportunity interests you, please email us at outreach@nazarethlibrary.org for more information!
Giving Thanks

The Estate of Dale Kessler
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. 
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