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January 3, 2017

A new year is here bringing us hope and anticipation for wonderful things to happen.  T.S. Eliot once said, "For last year's words belong to last year's language and next year's words await another voice." So it is time to use your 2017 voice.

Maybe your new voice will inspire you to use your gym membership, read one nonfiction book a week, or bring a healthy lunch to work daily.  2017 could bring a sense of new adventure to you. Perhaps you will be awarded the opportunity to visit places you have never visited before. 

For the library staff, we anticipate an exciting year full of programming for all ages, social opportunities for our community to reconnect, and to present a revitalized library presence to our community.  Let me share with you what we have lined up to start in early 2017 at the library!
  • The Children's Department will begin offering Play K programs for children who are preparing for kindergarten.  Play K programs allows children to use different "playscapes" such as a grocery store or bank play settings to learn fundamental concepts in math and reading.
  • Ms. Catherine, our Children's Librarian and her team will introduce Block Parties for children ages 5-7.  Block parties will provide children with the materials to build and explore with MakerSpace materials.
  • The library will also offer LEAP (Literacy Enrichment After school Program) into Science.  This programming is sponsored by the Franklin Institute and encourages students to explore science topics.
  • will be introduced to our electronic resources offerings.  This new resource will only be available in the library and cannot be accessed remotely. Watch for upcoming announcements regarding the launch of this wonderful resource.
  • Family packs of four museum passes to the Grounds for Sculpture Museum and the Academy of Natural Sciences will begin circulating to patrons at no charge in late January!
I hope that 2017 brings you a beautiful and loud voice that will empower you to accomplish your goals.  Here's to a new year at the library!
See you at the library!

Holly Bennett
Executive Director, Information Conductor, and Community Ambassador 
Each month in 2017, we will highlight a member of the Nazareth Library Staff in our monthly newsletter.  This month, Mrs. Kelly is in our staff spotlight.
Mrs. Kelly is a Reference and Circulation Library Assistant.  She is also responsible for processing Interlibrary Loan requests and conducting story time hour every Thursday morning in the Children's Department.  Mrs. Kelly is celebrating 27 years of service to the Nazareth Library Staff in 2017. 
Children's Programs  will begin their Winter sessions on Monday, January 9th.

Join us for one of our many regular story times and activity sessions.  We offer programs for children from 4 months to 5 years old from Monday through Friday in both the mornings and the evening.  Come and listen to stories, make awesome crafts, dance and sing, or build whole worlds with our variety of building toys - we have it all at the library!
lling all young authors and illustrators! The annual Young Authors program for children in kindergarten through high school begins Tuesday, January 17th and ends Saturday, March 11th. Write and illustrate your story and get one copy for you and one for the Library collection at the Young Author ceremony on Tuesday, April 11th during National Library Week.  Pick up a copy of the rules at the Children's Desk on January 17th and check-out some of the past entries.  This very successful program is sponsored by the Friends of the Memorial Library and Vicinity.
Exchange canned goods for library overdue fines Monday, January 9th to Saturday,  January 14th at the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity. Library members 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 for other suggestions.
Food for Fines Week demonstrates the Library's commitment to community service.
The Memorial Library provides meeting space to several adult book discussion groups.  All of these groups welcome readers to join for any or all discussions.

he Nazareth Book Group will meet on Wednesday, January 11th, 6:30 - 8:00
, at the Library to discuss the classic rags to riches Ragged Dick by Horatio Alger . The February novel is The Wright Brothers by David McCullough.   The book discussion group meets the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm. Most discussions are held at the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity. Please contact Susan 484-201-0871 or to confirm location or for more information.

The "Morning Book Club" discussion group will meet on Friday, January 27th at10:30  to discuss the international bestseller novel Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie .  The February novel is The Little Paris Bookshelf by Nina George. Please contact Marie at for additional information.
The newly-named ABC (Adult Book Club) Nazzies led by library staff members will discuss Jeannette Walls' memoir Glass Castle 
on Friday, February 17th, 10:30-12:00.  You receive a copy of the book when you register at the Circulation Desk - but beware, copies are limited - don't delay!
Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity is currently accepting donations for the March book sale.  Children, teen, and adult books, DVDs, and CDs that are in good sellable condition would be appreciated.  Items that are not accepted are: VHS and cassette tapes, encyclopedias, magazines, textbooks, or Readers Digest Condensed Books.  Please bring your donations to  the Library's Circulation Desk.

As of January 1, 2017  our policy is to require patrons to present a library card in order to check out materials. The library card identifies you to us. It allows us to quickly access your record and ensures that materials are charged out to the correct person.  We will be happy to hold your items for you if you have forgotten your library card, or you may replace your card for $3.00. 
Also, for members who have ORANGE cards .... Your Pennsylvania Library Access Card for the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity needs to be renewed every January. Please check with your home library to make sure that your home library card is current and valid (not expired).  Bring your home library card (the library card with the blue and white Access sticker on it), your orange Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity card and your driver's license or other form of identification with you when you renew your Access Card for the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity for another year.
hen was the last time you wrote or received a hand-written letter in the mail? Join Rebecca Ladd on Wednesday, February 1st, 6:30, to celebrate International Correspondence Writing Month. The love of letter writing is not lost.  Rediscover the joy of writing a short note, a valentine, a thank you or a long letter of love.  Pre-register for this event at the Circulation Desk,  phone  
610-759-4932, ext.1 , or "drop us a line" at 295 East Center St., Nazareth PA 18064.
Historical re-enactor Michael Jesberger will present a program on President Abraham Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address on Tuesday, February 7th, 6:30. Pre-register for this program at the Circulation Desk or call 610-759-4932, ext. 1 .