Memorial Library 
of Nazareth and Vicinity
A Letter from the Director...
Recently I purchased the Amazon device, Alexa, for my baby boomer parents.  My parents are not technically savvy, so my intention was for them to enjoy music on-demand via Alexa. Initially, they were very skeptical and didn't plug the device in for weeks.  When they started to use Alexa they were blown away. Soon my mom was no longer satisfied requesting Alexa to play Stranger on the Shore. She started asking Alexa things like, "Alexa how old is Clint Eastwood?" It was at that point that I realized I bought my mom a reference librarian. I could only think, wait I have a Master's Degree in Library Science and Alexa does not. "Her" [Alexa's] artificial intelligence is not qualified to do my line of work. The fact of the matter is that it was only a matter of time until my mom adopted Alexa as her friend.  My mom is not alone, many people in modern society have friends like Alexa. 

Obviously, Alexa and other similar devices directly impact library usage.  Libraries around the world are working harder to compete with the Alexas of the world to offer unique user library experiences.  Many libraries are strategically balancing the nostalgic essence of the library while developing bolder messaging and branding to inform modern users of their value. The Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity is faced with this balancing act in the way our materials are displayed, the material formats we offer, and how we attract the community to use our facilities.  There are many wonderful services and programs being offered this month at our library.  Alexa is great for quick answers, but when it comes to a personal touch and people who care, head to the library!

See you there.

Holly Bennett
Library Director, In formation Conductor, and Community Ambassador
Sarah Ellis, 
Outreach & Fundraising Coordinator

Sarah joined the library as the Outreach & Fundraising Coordinator in January 2018; previously, she was Director of Nazareth's Love-A-Lot Nursery School and held numerous technical writing and editing jobs. 

Sarah enjoys reading, and her favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee (she is avoiding the sequel, but encourages everyone to see TKAM on Broadway). Unlike her colleagues in previous newsletter Spotlight columns, she has little desire to hike the great outdoors in her spare time, instead opting for a glass of wine, a good book, and a view of the ocean whenever possible. She moderates MLNV's The Reel Book Club, and is also an active participant in a book club with friends that includes two of her three previously stated favorite activities.

Moving to Nazareth in 2002, Sarah discovered the library immediately and brought her daughters to story times led by Catherine Stewart. "Introducing books to children early and often is crucial to later academic and social success. It's not just the vocabulary, it's the fine motor skill of turning the pages, sitting still long enough to listen to a story, learning how to predict outcomes and being engaged in a world that broadens the imagination." Wanting to meet people and get involved in the community, Sarah joined the Friends of the Library; as a current member, she attends the quarterly meetings and helps with the semi-annual book sales. 

As for library offerings, "I wish more residents would see the library as more than a building of books, because that's such an antiquated view. We offer cutting-edge technology, free DVD and video game rentals, free access to and so many other databases and e-books, in addition to free on-site programs that educate, enlighten, and entertain, from health literacy to cooking to crafts to music and so much more." 

Sarah lives in Bushkill Township with her family, including a female boxer named (what else?) Scout whose claim to fame includes being featured in a March 2018 MLNV  Instagram post. :)
Mark Your Calendars for Our May the 4th Event!
Join Us on
May the 4th!

We are partnering with JAF Comics to bring you the best that Free Comic Book Day has to offer!

PLUS, given the special  date this year, we are also including  STAR WARS into this  fun-filled event.

We will have THE Super Game Trailer  ( ), this stocked trailer can accommodate 24 gamers;  Star Wars Characters ; learn to play  MAGIC  session; crafts, raffles, food, drinks, and of course, 

Many Thanks to Our Sponsors...
Friends of the Nazareth Library
Special MAY  Hours
The library will be  closed on Saturday, May 25th, 
and Monday, May 27th
We will reopen on Tuesday, May 28th, at 9:00am. 

Remember, the book drop is ALWAYS open!
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Raffle Basket
Donated by Penn Rose Quilt Guild

Just in time for Mother's Day! Stop by the library to see this beautiful basket, crafted by members of the Penn Rose Quilt Guild! 

For just $1/ticket, you can enter a raffle to win this gorgeous basket! ALL Proceeds benefit the library!

The basket consists of the following items:  tote bag, bath soap, candle, loofa, bath bombs,  scented hand soap, AVANI nail kit, body wash & body cream, place mats, microwave bowl holders, handmade wash cloths, and a table topper.
This raffle runs through May 7th; winner drawn on May 8th.  Winner has 1 week to pick up the basket, after 1 week, a second name will be drawn.
Annual Lottery Calendar Sale!

By popular demand, this fundraiser is back for the month of June (they will make great teacher gifts!)  with more than $1,200 payout!  

ALL proceeds benefit the library.

NOTE: There will be NO fall lottery calendar, so this is the only sale this year!

We thank Nazareth's Embassy Bank for sponsoring this fundraiser, and encourage you to patronize this community partner. They are conveniently located at 10 North Main Street, across the street from the Post Office!
Library Community

The Memorial Library of Nazareth & Vicinity is creating a Teen Summer Advisory Board (TSAB) to help plan teen programming. Our big projects this summer would include brainstorming ideas for fall events and renovating our YA/Teen room. We are looking for teens that have a love for our library and are interested in community engagement. TSAB will meet 6 times throughout summer:  June 18, July 9 & 23, August 6, 20, & 22.

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

Requirements to join: Entering 7th to 12th grade, have an MLNV library card, be available for at least 5 of our 6 meetings, be willing to participate in TSAB discussions and voice your opinions, and be willing to respect the opinions, tastes, privacy & choices of others.

Pick up an application at the main circulation desk today!
Join the Friends of the Library!
Tuesday, May 14th @ 6:00pm

Join the Friends at their next meeting to find out how you can get involved in their June book sale! Perks of joining include first dibs for the semi-annual book sales...scoop up your favorites before the sales open to the general public!

The Friends are Accepting Books!
May 4 through June 2

Donations of adult and children's books in good condition, DVDs, CDs are all accepted.  Please, NO encyclopedias, textbooks, magazines, or VHS tapes.

Please donate books during regular hours; do not leave books outside the library doors

Book Sale is June 6th, 7th, and 8th!

The Seed (& Plant!) Exchange Table 
Outside Library Entrance
Same guidelines apply as to the magazine swap: plants donated by library patrons are available and free for keeping. Your own plant donations will, in turn, be appreciated by other patrons. There is no obligation to donate in order to retrieve plants from the Seed Exchange ... just remember to label and identify the plants! Happy Planting!
 Library Events 
All events are held at the library, unless otherwise noted.
Join Us for a Tour of the Library!
Monday, May 13th at 11am 
Tuesday, May 14th at 6pm

Always wanted to know the rich history of our beautiful building? 

Book your tour by registering  at the Main Circulation Desk.
 Library Events 
All events are held at the library, unless otherwise noted.
Strong Bones for a Lifetime!
Thursday, May 9th @ 1:00pm
Registration Required!

Led by  Dr. Kathleen Morgan (a Rutgers University professor), this  educational program for individuals to learn more  about the prevention, management and treatment of osteoporosis This program will  educate individuals on how to prevent fractures and how to maintain or build stronger  bones. Individuals will learn about calcium and vitamin D, physical activity and falls  prevention. Current treatments for osteoporosis will also be discussed.

In the United States, 54 million people have osteoporosis and low bone mass;  placing 1 in 2 women and 1 in 4 men over the age of 50 at increased risk for  fracture.  Fractures often result in a decreased quality of life, limited mobility and the  potential need for nursing home care.

We hope you'll join us, and bring a friend -- r egistration is required!
Photography 101: Tips & Tricks to Graduation & Vacation Pictures
Wednesday, May 15th ~ 6:30-7:30pm 
Registration Required!

Join us for an informative evening and learn how to perfect upcoming graduation and vacation pictures, and get your photography questions answered! Presented by Marcella Shook, of Marcella Shook Photography, this class will be followed by Q&A -- this is sure to be a popular program, so register today at the main circulation desk!
Introduction to Genealogy &
Saturday, May 18th ~ 10:30 - 11:30am
Registration is Required!

Do you have the desire to delve into your family history, but  not sure where to start?

Do you want to know how to use 
(Psst, we have for you, so you can save HUNDREDS of dollars by accessing it from one of our patron computers!)

Join us on Saturday, May 18th for a class on the basics of genealogy with an emphasis on, led by Mary Ellen Heckman ( Associate Dean of Library Services and Learning Resources,  The Yocum Library,   Reading Area Community College ).

Space is limited for this popular program; call or stop by the library to register!
Need Help with Technology?  "Tech THURSDAYS" is Your Answer!
Every Thursday by Appointment ~ 4:00-7:00pm
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!

Please note that this service is now available on THURSDAYS.
Book Discussion Groups  
All book discussion groups welcome new members,  and meetings take place in the Library living room.


Mystery, Crime & History*
Tues., 5/7 @ 1:00pm
Nazareth Book Club
Wed., 5/8 @ 6:30pm
Daytime Book Club
Fri., 5/31 @ 10:30am

Purple Cane Road
by James Lee Burke

Educated: A Memoir 
by Tara Westover

The Age of Innocence
by Edith Wharton


Brainy Bibliophiles*
Tuesday, 6/4 @ 6:30pm

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
by Susan Cain

*Register for Mystery, Crime, and History Book Club and/or Brainy Bibliophiles and receive  a free copy of the book* (while supplies last!). 

This is a PA Forward Initiative promoting Basic Literacy
News & Programs from the CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT
All events are held at the library, unless otherwise noted.
Have you visited the Children's Department lately? You'll want to visit upstairs to check out our new computers and set-up!

New library cards for children are coming soon; stop by the library starting June 1st for your child's new card!

  • There will be no story times, wee build or shake & boogie from May 27-June 14.
  • Beginning the week of June 17th, there will be only ONE story time for all ages on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 am
  • Infant & toddler story time at 11:15 am on Wednesdays and Lower Nazareth story times remain unchanged.

Summer Reading "A Universe of Stories" will begin Monday, June 17th. 
Details to come!
PA One Book: Bilingual Story Time
Tuesday, May 14 ~ 6:30pm ~ Ages 2-6
Registration Required!

Pennsylvania One Book is a program that highlights the importance of early literacy development and the significance of reading early and often to children. Join us for a special bilingual story time on Tuesday, May 14 at  6:30 p.m. and receive a free book, " Not a Box," by Antoinette Portis or "Barnyard Banter," by Denise Fleming (one per family while supplies last). 

Registration is required; you can sign up starting May 7th in the Children's Department.

Giving Thanks

Nazareth Women's Club
Tara Capecci
Alice Yeakel IHO Ed and Karen Yeakel
Kirk and Veronica Burley
Anne Schaller IMO Linda Kuhles Lillinger
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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