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November 2, 2017
From the Director's  Desk

November exudes a sense of gratitude and appreciation as we remember the symbolism of traditional Thanksgiving festivities.  It is a time of year that calls us to be cognizant of the smallest details of our daily life and acknowledge
that nothing should be taken for granted.  
Every morning I arrive at the library. It is normally quiet and still. This morning, I stopped at the empty circulation desk and looked around the familiar space.  What a privilege it is for us to occupy this beautiful building! Upon further reflection I see computers, magazines, books, and movies. How fortunate are we to have the  capacity to provide all of these materials to our community?  

Later the same day I hear small voices, the sound of symbols clanging, shakers buzzing, drums banging, and the chatter of caregivers.  I smile at the thought that historically libraries are known as quiet places. How fortunate are we to hear the loud sounds of children in our library?

As my day closes in, I watch the librarians at the circulation desk and witness their compassion for our patrons.  They are willing to assist patrons in so many different ways.  They exemplify a caring community and it is obvious they enjoy serving our patrons.  How fortunate are we to have such a wonderful library staff?

My day ends with a phone call.  A patron on the other end of the phone shares that alumni from a graduating class at Nazareth Area High School would like to make a monetary donation to memorialize a   classmate that passed.  How fortunate are we to be the organization to receive such a special gift?  

Sometimes a change of perspective or a new awareness is all it takes to let gratitude run free in our lives.  Once that happens, nothing ever looks the same again: everything starts looking like a thank you. I wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving and hope you find an attitude for gratitude.  

Holly Bennett
Library Director, Information Conductor, and Community Ambassador

The Library will  close early  at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 22  and will reopen Friday morning, November 24  at 10:00am. 

Our Library Staff wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

November is the time to stock up on reading material for cool fall nights where the selection is great and the prices are really low. The Friends of the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity's semi-annual book sale takes place November 2nd to 4th  Thousands of books, DVDs, and CDs are available for all ages and reading interests. 
Hours are:
             Thursday, November 2    10:00 am - 7:00 pm
            Friday, November 3          10:00 am - 4:00 pm
            Saturday, November 4       9:00 am - 2:00 pm.  
a special "Before the Library Opens" preview for members  of the Friends takes place from 9 am - 10 am on Thursday .  (Membership to the Friends can be purchased at the door.) On Thursday and Friday, children's books are only $1 per pound. Friday is "Everything $1.00 Day" and Saturday is "$5.00 a Bag Day".
Only cash and checks will be accepted at the book sale. No credit/debit cards. Book sale proceeds support library book purchases and special programs.

Effective November 1, 2017, the Nazareth Library is accepting debit/credit card payments for fines, copy fees, computer print fees, rental fees, fax fees, lost materials, and donations.  

We anticipate the launch of our new secure online donation page by the middle of November.
This month Library Page,  Courtney Novak  is in the employee spotlight. Courtney joined the Nazareth Library in late spring of this year. She is primarily responsible for shelving books, assisting with library programming, and working the children's circulation desk.
Courtney is in her junior year at Nazareth Area High School. She is preparing to take her driver's test next spring. When Courtney is not studying or working at the library she enjoys reading, writing, and photo editing on her IPad and computer. In addition, Courtney enjoys fencing, running, archery, and sleeping.


If you are an Amazon shopper and would like to support our Library year round, go to  AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way to support us every time you shop, and at no cost to you!  You'll find the same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as but with the added bonus that the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity if you select us from the nearly one million registered organizations. As you shop you'll see qualified products marked "Eligible for AmazonSmile donation" on their product detail pages. Remember that when you shop, only purchases initiated at (not will generate the donation. Thank you for supporting the Library!
We are looking for new or collectible items and gift certificates in include in the Nazareth Library Holiday Basket Raffle. All donations need to be delivered to the library by Friday, November 17.  All donor's business names and addresses appear on the library website and social media outlets.  Donations are tax deductible.  Please contact Holly Bennett at  for more information.
This November 28th, join the movement and give - whether it's some of your time, a donation, gift or the power of your voice in your local community. Whether you come together with your family, your community, your company or your organization, find a way to give back! Let's get started:

Neill Hartley has visited our library as Sherlock Holmes, Icabod Crane, and Joshua Cowen, creator of Lionel toy trains, to rave reviews. On Thursday evening, November 9th, 6:30pm-8:00pm, professional actor Neill Hartley will be returning to our library as Franklin Delano Roosevelt. 

F.D.R. has just been re-elected to an unprecedented third term in office. The world is in a crisis and America may soon be drawn into war. This fully staged historical presentation will entertain and educate audiences from school age to adult. Seating is limited to 30 so please reserve your seat at the Library's Circulation Desk or call us at 610-759-4932 ext 1.  This program is sponsored by The Friends of the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity. 

A PA Forward Initiative promoting Civic and Social Literacy.
Please join us in the library's living room for a special program on Friday, November 10th, 11:00am-noon, to honor all who have served our country.

A representative from the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Nazareth, Post 4366 will speak and soloist Sydney Bennett will sing.  The event will be followed by light refreshments and conversation.  
Have you ever wondered how an unpublished author makes the leap from writing a manuscript to seeing it on the New York Times Bestseller List and made into a major movie? Who are the "hidden figures" of the publishing world behind this phenomena?

Join us on Saturday, November 11th, 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm as Trish Daly, editor, and Mackenzie Brady Watson, literary agent, share their experiences  as to how Margot Lee Shetterly's Hidden Figures manuscript, about the sisterhood of African-American women who worked as mathematicians at NASA during the space race, made that transformation.

Trish, an editor at Little, Brown, was also part of the team that launched James Patterson's popular BookShots and has worked on a wide variety of books, from mystery/thriller to narrative nonfiction.  Mackenzie is a literary agent specializing in quality adult nonfiction at the Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency and represents Margot Lee Shetterly. She is also a founding member of Inkluded.

Please reserve your seat by registering at the Library's Circulation Desk or by calling 610-759-4932, ext. 1. 

A PA Forward Initiative promoting Basic Literacy.
Wednesday, N ovember 8th at 10:00am storytime
A special guest will be joining Ms. Catherine for story time!  Mr. Josh Hellwig, a local United States Marine will read to our youngest patrons during this very special week of honoring those men and women who served and are currently serving our country. 

In addition to our weekly daytime story times, the Library offers a monthly evening story time for children ages 2 to 5. This month it will be held on Wednesday evening, November 8th, 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm. The theme is Harvest Time ... with a hint of Thanksgiving. No need to register, just come and enjoy stories and finger plays while snuggling with your child.   
Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Get into the autumn spirit by coming to the Library on  Wednesday evening, November 15th, 6:30-7:15 to make fall and Thanksgiving crafts with the entire family.  Sign-up for this event will begin on Wednesday, November 1st in the Children's Room. 
The December Family Holiday Craft Night will be on Wednesday evening, December 6th, 6:30-7:15. Sign-up for this event will begin on Monday, November 27th in the Children's Room.
November 24th's Toddler Shake and Boogie session at Bushkill Fire Company has been cancelled.  

See you on Friday, December 1st at 10:30am!
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.

The  Nazareth Book Club will meet at the library on Wednesday evening, November 8th,6:30pm- 8:00pm, to discuss City of Thieves by David Benioff.  Please contact Susan at 484-201-0871 or for additional information.
The Morning Book Club will meet on Friday morning, November 17th (10:30am-noon) to discuss The Tumbling Turner Sisters by Juliette Fay. (This book discussion was previously scheduled for October 27th.) Please contact Marie at  New members are always welcome.