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September 1, 2015

September is a time of beginning for all,
Beginning of school.... beginning of fall... (Unknown)

...And also a time for the Memorial Library of Nazareth & Vicinity to begin our Fall programming!  For our youngest patrons, the very popular Toddler Shake 'n Boogie and story times for babies and preschoolers will restart on September 8th.  We invite our adult patrons to revisit the American West through the musical talents of guitarist/vocalist Marc Berger's original songs on September 30th.  We encourage families and community members to reconnect at Nazareth's 275th Anniversary Parade and Birthday Party on September 12th and the Memorial Library's Touch a Truck event on October 3rd. 

Interest in learning?  For children grades 3-5, we have two Art Workshops starting in October.  And for owners of small businesses or those interested in blogging, we offer a class in social media.  

Looking for a way to give back to the community?  How about donating a pint of blood at the American Red Cross blood drive on September 29th, or becoming involved with the Friends of  MLNV on September 29th, or volunteering at our Touch a Truck event.

Stay tuned for more events in October... we've only just begun!

Library Events
Library Closings

The library will close for the:


Labor Day Holiday:

Saturday, September 5 - Monday September 7 


275th Parade:

Saturday September 12

Happy Birthday, Nazareth!
Nazareth's 275th Celebration Parade and Birthday Party steps off at 2:00 on Saturday, September 12th with live music, floats, food vendors, antique cars and more! The parade begins at the Nazareth High School, travels east on Belvidere St. to S. Main St., goes around the circle and then ends at the Moravian Historical Society on Center St. The Birthday Party complete with music, vendors and cupcakes will then start at 4:00 on the Whitefield House lawn. The Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity will be closed on September 12th so you may enjoy the festivities.
You are never too young to enjoy the library!
Weekly storytime and Toddler Shake 'n Boogie will begin their Fall sessions on Tuesday, September 8th.

Toddler Shake 'n Boogie is held on Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11:00 in the  Library's living room. It is an active 30 minutes full of  movement and music for toddlers and their caregivers to enjoy together. Storytimes are at various times throughout  the week. 
For the youngest (ages 4 months to 24 months) we have Baby and Me
which emphasizes nursery rhymes,  songs, and the joy of books. It is also a chance for parents, caregivers and babies to socialize. It is held on  Wednesdays  at 11:15 in the Children's Room at the Library as well as  Thursday mornings at 10:00  in the former Lower Nazareth  Municipal Building at 306 Butztown Road
Read to Me storytime is geared towards toddlers and preschoolers. It emphasizes interactive stories, songs, finger plays and books. It is held in the Children's Room on Tuesdays at 1:00,  Wednesdays at 10:00 and 10:45 , and Thursdays at 10:00 and 10:45.  In addition, Read to Me is offered at the Lower  Nazareth location (306 Butztown Road) on Thursdays at 10:45. All storytimes are 30 minutes in length and do not 
require pre-registration. Parents and/or caregivers are requested to participate with their children.

Click here for a printable storytime schedule. 
Touch a Truck
Looking for the perfect Fall outing for your child? Come to our Library's Touch a Truck event at Tuskes Community Park in Upper Nazareth on Saturday, October 3rd from 10:00 to 2:00 where people of all ages have the opportunity to touch, climb on and take pictures alongside diggers, dumpers, buses, rescue vehicles, bookmobile and more!  

If you buy your tickets before October 2nd, you will also have a chance to win a gift basket (one entry for each wristband purchased)!   Advance tickets are now on sale at the Library's circulation desk and Children's Room.   Wristbands are $5 each or five for  $20. Children under the age of 2 are free.  Wristbands can also be purchased at the park on October 3rd.   It is a rain or shine event.

It's not too late for businesses/organizations to become involved as a vehicle provider or for adults and teenagers to volunteer for this event. We can always use volunteers to help with crowd control, giving information, sales, parking (if 18+), and being go-fers. You can sign-up at the circulation desk or contact Rochelle Levin at or 610-759-4932 ext. 7. Proceeds from Touch a Truck will go toward our circulating collections, equipment, and programs for children, teens, and adults.

Art Workshops in October
In October, children in grades 3 to 5 will have an opportunity to explore art through workshops taught by PA-certified art instructor, Jen Pritchett, owner of Starry Night Studio.  Because of the structure of the workshops, children must commit to attend both dates of their chosen workshop.  Sign-ups will begin on Monday, September 21st in the Children's Room.  Each workshop is limited to 12 participants.

Workshop #1: Children will be working with clay to create a beautiful work of art.  It will be held on Thursday, October 1st and Thursday, October 8th fro m 6:30 to 7:30.

Workshop #2: Children will be creating a project that combines both watercolor painting and printmaking. It will be held on Thursday, October 15th and Thursday, October 22nd from 6:30 to 7:30.

An additional art workshop for younger children is being planned for later this year.
Friends of the Library Membership Opportunities
Friends of the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity will meet on Tuesday, September 29th at 6:30 in the Library Director's Office.  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.  The next Friends Book Sale will be held November 5th through November 7th.  They will begin collecting books, DVDs, and CDs during the first week of October.   If you would like to get involved, please join the Friends and become part of our library's success.  The membership form is available at:
Library Hosts Blood Drive, September 19
In conjunction with the American Red Cross, the Memorial Library of Nazareth & Vicinity is holding a blood drive on Saturday, September 19, 11am - 4pm.  With written parental/guardian permission, donors may be as young as 16 years of age.  Call the library at 610-759-4932, and choose option 1 to arrange your donation time slot, or go to the Red Cross's website at


Social Media for Small Businesses with Christine Burke, Sept 23rd

us as to how your business can benefit from social media, but not sure where to  start?  Christine Burke, expert blogger and author of I Just Want to Be Alone, shares her knowledge about how to promote through Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter on Wednesday, September 23rd at 6:30pm.  To register, please call the library at 610-759-4932, ext. 1, or email at


Musical Performance with Marc Berger, September 30th

The romance of the American West's dusty trails is brought to life in the Library's Living Room with the guitar-strumming 
and vocal talents of Marc Berger on Wednesday, September 30th at 6:30pm.  Using his travels through the remote areas  of the desert and mountain West, Marc has created a set of songs in the cultural tradition of writers like Guthrie and  visual artists like John Ford and Frederick Remington.  He has performed at music festivals throughout the country and  has opened shows for Bob Dylan and other national acts.  His album, RIDE, captures the vast and timeless romantic allure  of the West.  To reserve your seat, please call the Library at 610-759-4932 ext. 1 or email  Listen to Marc's music here: