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April 1, 2017

The foundation of a public library is built on the interests, passions, and visions of the patrons who use it.  A patron's voice serves as a catalyst for collection development, programming, and growth.  It is exciting for me to hear patron voices through book requests.  Patron requests serve as an important guide to collection development.

There were an equal number of patron fiction and non-fiction requests this month. Orders were placed for the following requests: Silence Fallen by Briggs, Exit West by Hamid, A Piece of the World by Bak, Blue Bistro by Hilderband, Old School by O'Reilly, Cops Under Fire by Clarke, Mother of All Questions by Solorit, and Dodge City by Finkel.  I hope you enjoy them when they arrive!

Moreover, the voice of a library patron through a book request or general feedback is so important to a thriving public library.  Just this past week I received an email from a patron who had the opportunity to take her family to the Academy of Natural Science using our library museum pass program. She voiced her gratitude and expressed how much she enjoyed spending time with her children while they had the opportunity to learn new things.  A patron's voice can mean so much!

Maybe the most resonating example of a patron's voice occurred during my first few weeks as the Library Director.  A patron requested a meeting with me to talk about his vision of our library.  The man, a veteran and long-time supporter of the library told me stories of the library's history and about a very special book that belonged to the library.  We found the book and paged through it together.  The book was filled with the names of Nazareth residents who served in the military. It predominately documented the local military personnel who served in WWII and Vietnam.

It became clear to me that the book represented the essence of Nazareth as a community and a library.  Nazareth is a community who loves our country and those who serve to defend it.  It was also apparent that this book represented the voice of this patron.

This past month, we lost that dear patron who came to speak to me that  day.  
Mr. Elmer Yeakel had a deep love of his country, community, and his library.  Elmer's voice is represented for all time in that book we looked at together.  The Library Staff is working on the details to display Elmer's book for all of us to enjoy. Elmer is pictured to the left making homemade Moravian Stars at our Christmas in Nazareth event in 2016.

The voice of our patrons is important to the vitality of our library. Remember how important your voice can be. Lady Bird Johnson once wrote, " Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library.  The only entrance requirement is interest." I look forward to hearing your voice.

See you in the library!
Holly Bennett
Written in memory of our dear friend and library supporter, Elmer Yeakel. 

The library will be closed FRIDAY, APRIL 14.  
We will be open Saturday, April 15.


As a celebration and a thank you to all our patrons and Friends of the library, we invite you to celebrate National Library Week with us. 

April 10
April 11
April 12
April 13
  Patron Appreciation Reception* 
10:30 am - noon
Young Author's Reception* at
4:00 pm
Story Time*  
6:30-7:00 pm
Craft  Night*
6:30-7:15 p

Thurs day, May 11, 2017 

Please be aware that on Thursday, May 11, 2017 the library will change our online catalog.  This means that when patrons search for a book through our website or on one of the public workstations at the library, the interface will be different.  As a patron, you will be able to maintain all the functionalities you currently have through our online catalog. You will still be able to place holds, view materials that you currently have checked out, and renew books online.  The library staff will be on hand to assist you as you become more familiar with the new online catalog.  Quick reference guides will be available on our website and in print format at the circulation desk for your convenience.
Tuesday & Wednesday evenings, by appointment

Curious about Snapchat? Need help in setting up your tablet to download a free library ebook? Ready to set up a Facebook account? Want to learn more about technology? When in doubt, go to the youngest person in the room. At the library our teen pages are available to assist you on a one-to-one basis on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. For more information on how to set up an appointment, stop by the circulation desk or call the Library at 610-759-4932 (ext. 1).

This month's staff spotlight is on Wendy Juniper, Reference Librarian.  Wendy is in her ninth year working at the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity (MLNV).  In addition to serving as a Reference Librarian,  Wendy manages the library's webpage and often works on graphical design projects.

Wendy believes that the power of an MLNV library card is one of the most valuable resources we off to our patrons.  "The library card that all community members are entitled to as a resident of one of our four supporting municipalities, opens up an entire state of resources.  Our patrons can borrow materials from a library in Pittsburgh if they are visiting that area, or have materials delivered through interlibrary loan from the Free Library of Philadelphia.  A MLNV library card provides access to multiple databases that hold more information than anyone could read in a lifetime."

Quilt a small mug mat under the guidance of the Penn Rose Quilt Guild members on Tuesday, April 4th at 6pm.  All are welcome ...beginners especially!  All you need to bring is your own scissors and needles.  Material will be provided.  When you pre-register, please specify which mug mat you would like to quilt: (Left) 9 Patch or (Right) 5 Piece Log Cabin. Call the Library at 610-759-4932 (ext. 1) or stop by the circulation desk. 

Enjoy cuddling with a dog while you read?  Looking for a few minutes to de-stress at the end of a hectic week?   

Adults and teens can reserve a time slot for Friday, April 21st, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm  with a registered therapy dog at the circulation desk or by calling the Library at 610-759-4932 (ext. 1). (Kids ... Reading to the Pups will be back in July!)


The Friends of the Library will be holding an orientation meeting at the library for new books sale volunteers at 10:30 am on Wednesday, April 26th and Monday, May 1st.  Volunteers may attend either date, and anyone who is interested in volunteering is welcome to attend.
Volunteers are not required to commit to a set schedule of dates or number of hours per day, but they are expected to come and help with the sorting of books on some of the days between April 25th and May 31st in preparation for the book sale on June 1-3.

Money raised by the Friends book sale is a significant source of funding for the summer reading program, the Young Authors program, and new books for adults and children.

Looking for something interesting to read? Connect with one of the book discussion groups that meet at the library.  All welcome new members.

The ABC Nazzies, led by library staff, will discuss Enchanted April on Friday, April 7th, 10:30am.   Elizabeth von Arnim's novel tells the story of four dissimilar women in 1920s England who leave their damp and rainy environments to go on a holiday to a secluded coastal castle in Italy.  Please call 610-759-4932 (ext. 1) or stop by the circulation desk and register if you are interested in being a part of the book discussion.  A limited number of printed books are available; however, the e-book can be downloaded free of charge at the Project Gutenberg website
The Nazareth Book Club meets on Wednesday, April 12th
, 6:30 pm
, to discuss Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Hugette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill Dedman. This book discussion group meets the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm. Please contact Susan at 484-201-0871 or for more information. The May selection is Nothing Holds Back the Night by Delphine deVigan.
The Morning Book Club meets on Friday, April 28th, 10:30 am. This month's book selection is When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi.  Please contact Marie at for more information.

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers will be at the Library from 9:15am to 2pm on Saturday, April 1, April 8 and April 15 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  at the Library prior to the day of service. It is a walk-in first-come first-served basis. The Library opens at 9am on Saturdays.

To receive help filing your 2016 tax forms, taxpayers must bring copies of last year's tax returns plus other applicable income information pertaining to 2016. Also, be sure to bring with you a photo I.D.; original Social Security cards or other official information for yourself and all dependents; checkbook or pre-printed direct deposit information for your reloadable prepaid card, showing routing number and direct deposit account number if you want to do a direct deposit of any refund(s). All sites offer E-filing and direct deposit for any refunds. For more complete information on documents to bring with you or for other Tax-Aide sites near you, go to the AARP Foundation website or call 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-227-7669).
During the week of April 10th,  Egg Hunts will be held at each story time.  Children are asked to bring 6 plastic eggs filled with pre-wrapped candies or small toy items and a basket/bag for the Egg Hunt.  Daytime drop-in story times for babies, toddlers and preschoolers are held weekly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.    Click here for the complete schedule.

Friday, April 21st, 10 am-11 am is BLOCK PARTY time for preschoolers up to Grade 2! Drop in for an hour of fun just playing with wooden blocks and our play animals, vehicles and people. The Library hosts monthly Block Parties ... so bring some friends and have some constructive fun!
Saturday, April 22nd, 10 am-11 am
There is no need to pre-register for this program ... just drop-in.  The L.E.A.P. program is designed to engage children in grades 1 to 4 and their families in science and literacy by integrating hands-on science activities with children's literature. PA libraries are partnering with the Franklin Institute for this program.  Parents must participate with their children.
Every Monday morning, 10:30 am to noon is WEE BUILD, a drop in program for ages 2 & up to use their imaginations to build and learn through play.
Every Tuesday morning, 10 am to 10:30 am, is TODDLER SHAKE AND BOOGIE, a drop in program for toddlers to dance, march, and play musical instruments to the 10 Ten Toddler Tunes.

We'll be getting out and about in the community throughout the spring to meet our patrons and let people know what's going on at the library!

Nazareth Area  YMCA's 
Saturday, April 29th
Healthy Kids Day  is a free  community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. Please stop by the Library table and say  hello!

Butz Elementary's
STEAM NIGHT on  Thursday, April 27th
SCIENCE FEST  on  Sunday, April 30th
For program times and more information, please visit:
A big "Thank You" to all who donated items and to those who purchased them! Mother Nature reminded us that winter was NOT to be dismissed and surprised us with almost a foot of snow which closed the Library (and book sale) for two days so the book sale was extended for an additional five days. Through your generosity, the Library not only raised money for free family museum passes to the Grounds for Sculpture and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University but was also able to add some of the donated items to our collection. 
As you begin your 'Spring Housecleaning,' please keep in mind that on Monday, April 24th the Friends of the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity will begin collecting gently used books, DVDs, and CDs for their June 1st to 3rd book sale. Because of limited space, the Library cannot accept donated items before that time.

The library has many electronic databases for patrons wishing to do research. One of them is Funk & Wagnall's New World Encyclopedia. This online encyclopedia covers a spectrum of topics. It contains 25,000 entries. This database is great for students who are trying to decide on a research topic or if you just want to learn about a subject.

How to log on?
  1.  Click on Research Databases from the library website.
  2.  Click on Online Encyclopedias at the bottom of the database listing
  3.  Click on Funk & Wagnall's New World Encyclopedia
  4.  Type your search terms in the box next to the EBSCO logo.