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March 1, 2017

I have been the Library Director of the Nazareth Library since last September. Every day as I walk through the library, I ask myself, "How can I bring our community together today?" The reality is that the Nazareth Library is a conduit of change in a world of political differences and economical struggles. I am not just a Library Director. I am a facilitator of connecting society, bridging social structures and individual members of the public through print, technology, community meeting spaces, and other means of sharing knowledge. The Nazareth Library is evolving into both a community center and a center for services to the community.

A community-focused library sounds nice, but do not take my word for it. You are invited to  experience this community place first hand. On Sunday, March 19, the Library Staff will open  the library from 1 pm - 3 pm to show the community how we are transforming from a "library"  to a "community center." There will be stations throughout the library for children of all ages to  use our newest STEM educational tools. The youngest children will use their imaginations to  pretend they are in a bank or grocery store, while at the same time using math and literacy skills  during the open house. Grade school children are encouraged to test out our newest scientific
tools that enforce basic academic concepts.

Launchpads for children will begin to circulate at our March open house. These Launchpads are  pre-loaded tablets with high quality, ad-free learning apps that enforce various educational  topics. Additionally, our new mural entitled,  Nazareth Library, A Place Where Community  Comes Together  will be officially revealed.

Other areas of interest featured at our open house include our free museum passes to the  Grounds for Sculpture  and  the Academy of Natural Sciences , our new database addition of, and the ability to make an evening appointment to work one-on-one with a staff  member to learn about technology! I hope you can join us on March 19. I look forward to seeing  you there.

"Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. 
They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, 
and contribute to improve our quality of life."
- Sidney Sheldon

See you at the library!

Holly Bennett,
Library Director, Information Conductor, and Community Ambassador

Tickets for the Thursday, March 23rd or Friday, March 24th
Lehigh Valley Auto Show are on sale in the Li brary for $10.00 .

The Library is participating in the Auto Show's 
"Community Days Program." The Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Dealers Association will donate $5.00 to the library for every ticket sold.
Show your support for the library and attend a wonderful community event at the same time.  Cash and personal checks are accepted (make checks payable to GLVADA). Tickets will be sold until Friday, March 17th. For more information contact the Library at 610-759-4932.
Thurs day, March 6th to 11th 

Our Library is celebrating Teens (ages 13 to 19) during Teen Tech Week with free DVD rentals, amnesty of library fines, and new YA books.  Teens will be required to show their school I.D. (photo I.D. if you are not currently in school) or library card to take advantage of fine amnesty.

In addition, teens will also be on hand on the evenings of 3/7, 3/8, and 3/9 to assist patrons with technical issues.  Our teen volunteers can assist you with everything from learning to download an ebook to using messenger.  For more information on how to set up an appointment, call the circulation desk.  

Finally, we encourage teens to locate the "Suggestion Box" in the teen room and providing us with feedback on how we can better serve you. We're looking forward to hearing your suggestions. Get in on the fun.  Be the SOURCE OF CHANGE!

Hundreds of new and gently used books, DVDs and CDs for Kids, Young Adults and Adults are ready for purchase on Monday, March 13 to Saturday, March 18.  The hours of the book sale are:  Monday and Friday, 10am to 4pm; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10am to 7pm; and Saturday, 10am to 3pm.
Proceeds will benefit the Library's museum pass collection and other programs.
This month's staff spotlight is on Cheyenne Ellis, Library Page. Cheyenne is in her second year of working at the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity (MLNV). She is a sophomore at Nazareth High School where she is a member of the tennis team. Cheyenne enjoys music and plays the flute, guitar, ukulele, and piano!

Read more about Cheyenne's work at the library here >>

Shake off the winter funk and "spring" into a new adventure. Connect with one of the book discussion groups that meet at the library.  All welcome new members.

The Nazareth Book Club meets on Wednesday, March 8th , 6:30pm, to discuss The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien. This book discussion group meets the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm. Most discussions are held at the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity but please contact Susan at 484-201-0871 or to confirm March's location and for more information. The April selection is Empty Mansions  by Bill Dedman

The Morning Book Club meets on Friday, March 31st, 10:30am  to discuss Avenue of Mysteries by John Erving . Please contact Marie at for  additional information.

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 stop by the Library's 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 .
Saturdays, February 4th to April 15th  
Tax season is here and the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity is happy to announce that certified AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers are available again this year 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.
The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers will be at the Library on Saturdays from 9:15am to 2:00pm until April 15th.

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.

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).

Wednesday, March 8th, 6:30pm
Ever thought about writing a novel or submitting that story you've been toying with? If you've been itching to write professionally but aren't sure how to start or just curious about writing as an artistic release, the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group may be able to help.  Come to the library to hear a panel of writers share their experiences and knowledge as to what inspires them to write, where they get their ideas, the problems they encounter, and how they manage their time.  The panel represents a wide range of genres from children and young adult to science fiction, fantasy, thriller, mystery, and non-fiction.  Questions from the audience will also be welcomed. Please reserve your seat by registering at the Library's Circulation Desk or by calling 610-759-4932, ext. 1.
Tuesday, March 14th,  6:30pm

Friends of the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity will meet to discuss funding requests from the library as well as planning the June 1 - 3 book sale .  The Friends is a group of community members who raise money to provide programs and to purchase items for the library collection which surpass the library's annual budget.   Without the Friends, many of the annual events that you and your children participate in would not be offered such as the Young Authors Program and educational and entertaining programs for adults and children throughout the year.   If you would like to get involved, please come to the meeting and become part of our library's success.

It's an on-going play and learn center for children ages 3 and 4 and their parents! Explore a new playscape theme each month to help prepare your preschooler for kindergarten beginning this month. Playscapes include books and interactive activities.

A reminder to all Young Authors and Illustrators in kindergarten through high school .... Saturday, March 11th is the deadline to submit the two copies of your original story to the library. For more specific details, please go to the Young Authors Program page  on the library website .  This very successful program is sponsored by the Friends of the Memorial Library and Vicinity.

ART WITH GINA (grades 3-5)
Saturday, March 18th, 10:00am
Gina is back! This month Gina has a special art activity for children who are in grades 3, 4 and 5.  Space is limited so don't delay. Pre-registration begins on Monday, March 6th. The sign-up sheet is on the Children's Desk.

Wednesday, March 8th, 6:30pm
Get ready to Spring into Spring! Enjoy a fun 30 minute evening program of stories, songs and finger plays geared to toddlers and preschoolers to participate with their parents and grandparents. It's held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Pajamas are optional. The sign-up sheet is on the Children's Desk.
Saturday, March 25th, 10:00am
Leap into Science is a drop-in program 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. The Library will be hosting twice monthly programs on Saturdays beginning this month. Parents must participate with their children.

Friday, March 10th, 10:00-11:00am
What is a BLOCK PARTY? It is an hour of fun just playing with wooden blocks and our play animals, vehicles and people. The Library will be hosting monthly BLOCK PARTIES starting this month, so come see what it is all about and have some CONSTRUCTIVE FUN !!!!
Thro at sore from reading bedtime stories? Didn't get to the library for a new supply of story books? Don't despair! Try the TumbleBook Library of online books from our library website.

TumbleBook Library is an online streaming collection of over 250 animated talking e-books, videos, and more for kids. If you have a library card, you have free access from your computer, tablets or mobile phone! All you need is an internet connection.

To access TumbleBook Library:
  1. Type in your Nazareth Library Card (no spaces).
  2. Pick the type of TumbleBook materials you want to view: Story Books, Read Alongs, Videos, etc.
  3. Now search for the titles you like or browse for one that your child will enjoy... It's really easy! No wait lists. No downloading. Just click and go.