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September 5, 2017
From the Director's Desk

The lazy days of summer are gone! The hustle and bustle of school and fall activities are underway. Our beautiful town of Nazareth is beginning to show early signs of autumn.

But what a fun summer we had! The library's Summer Reading Program, "Build a Better World" was a huge success. Over 440 children from Nazareth and the surrounding communities participated.  For every 240 minutes the children read, they completed a reading level and received a reward.  Each child was challenged to complete three levels or to read 720 minutes this summer.  298 of the children who participated completed level 1, 265 children completed level 2, and 182 children complete all 3 levels of the reading program reaching the goal of reading 720 minutes.  All of the children registered for the Summer Reading Program read a total of 325,440 minutes during the 8 week program. Wow, that's a lot of reading!

In addition to the reading challenge, the library offered over 51 programs for the children over the 8 week period. These programs included art classes, STEAM workshops, story times, a visit from the Da Vinci Center and the Lehigh Valley Zoo, and book discussions just to name a few.  611 children and 297 adults attended these summer programs.

Our adult patrons joined in the fun of reading this summer too! Over 100 adults participated in the adult Summer Reading Program. The adults enjoyed participating in several book discussions, a painting party, and the music of Dave Deluca. 

The success of the summer Reading Program is a direct reflection of the hard work and dedication of our librarians. They spent countless hours preparing and running the Summer Reading Program.  The creativity and dedication of the Nazareth librarians to our community is greatly appreciated.  A big thank you to all them for their outstanding work.
See you at the Library!
Holly Bennett
Library Director, Information Conductor, and Community Ambassador
Regular Hours return September 1.
Monday: 10am-5pm
Tuesday, Wednesday,  Thursday: 10am-8pm
Friday, 10am-5pm
Saturday, 9am-4pm
Kevin Hopf, serves the Nazareth Library as a Page. Kevin is a junior at Nazareth Area High School. He joined the library staff in the spring of 2017. In Kevin's spare time he enjoys practicing object manipulation, flow arts (dance, juggling, and free spinning), and card tricks. Kevin also designs board games and likes playing video games.
Kevin recommends Daniel Quinn's Ishmael as a must read. "Unquestionably one of the best books I ever read. Quinn uses large amounts of dialogue with a sprinkling of fiction to examine very real truths about mankind and how we view the rest of the world," says Kevin. "This book helps sweep away myths that we thought were truths, replacing them with easy-to-understand facts."


Searching for that secluded nook of peace and tranquility where one can finally read in silence and let the world go by. We might be able to help you. On Saturday, September 9th (1:00pm - 3:00pm) the library's living room will be transformed into a quiet reading haven where the loudest sound is the turning of pages. Come and join us in the "Ssssh... we're reading" Experiment.   A PA Forward initiative promoting Basic Literacy.

On Tuesday, September 19th (6:30pm - 8:00pm), Army veteran Daryl Kennedy will be leading a free class on self-defense that anyone can use. His experiences range from leading protection teams for VIPs and dignitaries to providing private security at motorcycle rallies, hospitals and college campuses. Daryl is also a certified instructor in defensive tactics, disruptive student management, sexual harassment and rape prevention and is trained in verbal de-escalation. Stop by the circulation desk or call the library at 610-759-4932 to register. A PA Forward initiative promoting Health.
Put your child in the driver's seat and let the fun begin!

It's almost time for the Memorial Library's 
annual Touch A Truck fundraiser in cooperation with the Upper Nazareth Township Parks and Recreation. On Saturday, October 7th (10:00am -  2:00pm) , everyone in the family will have the opportunity to touch, climb on and take pictures alongside diggers, dumpers, buses, rescue vehicles, trucks, bookmobile and more! 

You won't want to miss St. Luke's PennSTAR Helicopter touching down from the sky (unless it's needed for an emergency situation).   When hopping on trucks wears you out, fuel up with lunch or snacks available on-site! Touch A Truck will take place at Tuskes Community Park of Upper Nazareth ( 3040 Bath Pike ).

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Nazareth Memorial Library, 295 E. Center St, for $5.00 per person or 5 tickets for $20.00. On the day of the event at Tuskes Park, all tickets are $5.00 per person.
The event will be held rain or shine. All proceeds from Touch a Truck benefit the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity.  Hope to see you there!
Calling all babies, toddlers, and preschoolers!
>> Story times, Wee Build, and Toddler's Shake and Boogie will begin during the week of September 11th. We are happy to offer this variety of programs from Monday through Friday; morning, afternoon, and evening; and, at different locations in our community! All are free and all are drop-in (that means you just show-up ready to have fun)!

>> For the working parent, an evening story time takes place every 2nd Wednesday (6:30pm) each month for toddlers and preschoolers.

>> Weekly morning and afternoon story times are offered at the library on  
Tuesdays (1:00pm), 
Wednesdays (10:00am, 10:45am, 11:15am[babies]), and 
Thursdays (10:00am, 10:45am) 

as well as at the Lower Nazareth Township Park building ( 306 Butztown Rd, Bethlehem) on Thursday mornings(10:00am [babies], 10:45pm).

>> On Monday mornings (10:30am-noon)   
Wee Build  in the Children's room provides socialization and playtime discovery and exploration with our diverse collection of building toys.  

>> And, toddlers can Shake and Boogie on Tuesday mornings (10:30am) at the library or head to the Bushkill Township Volunteer Firehouse ( 155 Firehouse Drive, Nazareth) on Friday mornings (10:30am).

These programs are part of a PA Forward Initiative promoting Basic Literacy.
Friends of the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity will have a general membership meeting on Tuesday, September 5th (6:30pm-7:30pm). Friends are members of the community, just like you, who support library programs and services through book sales and donations. Please consider giving your time and talent by becoming a member of these invaluable Friends.

 The next Friends Book Sale will be held November 2nd through November 4th.  They will begin collecting books, DVDs, and CDs on Monday, October 2nd.  (Please do not drop off items before that date since storage space is limited.) If you would like to help at the Book Sale, with sorting or selling, the Friends would appreciate some extra help.  Please send a message to
The Nazareth Book Club will meet on Wednesday evening, September 13th to discuss Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult but they will not be meeting at the library this month. Please contact Susan at 484-201-0871 or for more information as to the location.  October's selection is The New Jim Crow  by Michelle Alexandra . The book discussion group meets the second Wednesday of each month. Everyone is welcome to join for any or all discussions.

The Morning Book Club will meet on Friday morning, September 29th (10:30am-noon) to discuss Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. Please contact Marie at .  This will be their first book discussion since their summer break.  New members are always welcome.

The ABC (Adult Book Club) Nazzies, led by a library staff member, will discuss the suspenseful classic We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson on Friday morning, October  20th (10:30am-noon). It's the perfect touch of spookiness for the "Halloween month."  The first 12 people to register at the library's circulation desk will receive a free copy of the book.   This program is a PA Forward initiative promoting Basic Literacy.
Read an eBook Day is 
Monday, September 18th

If you haven't tried reading eBooks yet, and you have a device, why not use  Read an eBook Day  to try it out.  You can  download eBooks and audio books
for FREE from our library webpage.  All you need is a current library card.

Here's how to set up your account on your device: 

1.Go to  .   

2. Click on Audio Books and Ebooks  under the BOOKS AND MEDIA column.

3. Click on the Sign In button and select Memorial Library of Nazareth &Vicinity as your library.

4. Enter your library card number (no spaces) and check the  "Remember my card number on this device" box.  It will make it so much simpler when you sign-in in the future.

If you have any difficulty, click on the Overdrive Help Getting Started button for information on specific devices. Or, call our library (610-759-4932) to set-up an appointment for individual assistance.