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March 2016

Before getting into the corned beef and potatoes of this March message to you, we want to alert you to an important policy change at the library:

Beginning on March 1, the DVDs borrowing period is now one week (plus one renewal, if needed). The limit of 2 DVDs per household is still in effect.

There is much to celebrate in March, with the start of Spring, St. Patrick's Day and Easter all in the last third of the month.  The library has much to offer this month as well!  We are preparing for our second annual Run for Reading, which will be held April 24.  Runners and walkers can sign up now at the reduced race fee and guarantee yourself a t-shirt!

We have two programs dedicated to Irish Heritage at the end of the month. Ian Gallagher will croon Irish and Celtic tunes on March 23, and one week later, on March 30, Michael Jesberger will talk about the role of the Irish in the American Civil War.

Swing by the library in the middle of the month to take advantage of our Almost Spring Book Sale on March 14-19.  Nazareth Book Group and Friends of the Library are meeting this month - get connected to others in the community through these 2 core library groups.

Be sure to check out all the links to our programs and services below for dates and details!

The Memorial Library of Nazareth & Vicinity Staff.

Library Events
March Closings
We will be closed Friday, March 25 in observance of the Good Friday holiday.
Run for Reading 2016 Earth Day Trail Run/Walk
Think Spring!  The 2nd annual Run for Reading Earth Day 5K Trail Run/Walk will be held on Sunday, April 24th at Jacobsburg State Park.  Race applications for runners and walkers are available at the library (printable PDF), or you can register online!  

OR Come to our registration drive at the Nazareth Run Inn on April 2 from 10am - 1pm and sign up on the spot!

Thank you to our generous sponsors:
Drop-In Library Programs for the Wee Ones
No registration is required for our weekly children's programming!

WEE Build is a held every  Monday morning from 10:30-noon in the Children's Room for toddlers and preschoolers to create, imagine and share with our diverse collection of building toys. Through play, your child is discovering shapes, learning how blocks can be balanced, observing how they fall and discovering what fits together. These playful explorations are the foundation of later mathematical and scientific thinking - plus it's fun! This program was made possible through the Cruise into Kindergarten program grant from Commonwealth Libraries.

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. 
Young Authors & Illustrators Event
Deadline is March 5!! 

A reminder to all young authors and illustrators in kindergarten through high school... Saturday, March 5th is the deadline to submit the two copies of your original story to the Library for the Young Authors Program. For more specific details, please go to the Young Authors Event page on the library website.

The Young Authors will be honored on Tuesday, April 12th during National Library Week.  This program is sponsored by The Friends of the Memorial Library and Vicinity.
Almost Spring Book Sale
Gently used books, DVDs and CDs for all ages have been arriving at the Library on a daily basis. The "Almost Spring" Book Sale promises to be one of the best.  It begins on Monday, March 14th and ends on Saturday, March 19th. The hours are: Monday, Friday, and Saturday 10 am to 4:30pm; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 10am to 7:30pm.

Irish Singer Ian Gallagher
Continue the St. Patrick's Day celebration by joining us on Wednesday, March 23rd at 6:30pm.  Ian Gallagher will be singing traditional Irish folk tunes in the Library's Living Room.  

Ian Gallagher, originally from Arigna, Co Roscommon, has been entertaining audiences over the New York Tri State area for the past 35 years.  Ian Gallagher is not your typical Irish singer, he is in fact a sort of crooner, a very fine voice deeply imbued with his Irish roots. 

To reserve your seat, please call the Library at 610-759-4932 ext. 1. This program is provided through the generosity of the Friends of the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity.
The Irish in the American Civil War
At the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, thousands of Irish and Irish-
Americans  enlisted in the Union Army. Join us on  Wednesday, March 30th at
6:30pm as Michael Jesberger, history buff and Civil War re-enactor, discusses the important role that the Irish played in the Civil War. He brings documents, artifacts and photographs for a thorough presentation of the topic. 
To rese rve your seat, please call the Library at 610-759-4932 ext. 1. 

This program is provided through the generosity of the Friends of the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity.
Nazareth Book Group
The Nazareth Book Group will meet on Wednesday, March 9th, 6:30 pm - 8 pm, at the Library to discuss The Grace That Keeps This World by Tom Bailey.

The book discussion group meets the second Wednesday of each month. April's selection is A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving.

Everyone is welcome to join for any or all discussions. Most discussions are held at the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity. Please call Amy at 484-767-8049 to confirm location or for more information.

Tax Prep Assistance
The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers will be at the Library on Saturdays from  11am to 2pm during the month of March  to April 9th 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.

To receive help filing your 2015 federal, state and local tax returns or your PA property tax and rent rebate applications, taxpayers must bring copies of their 2014 tax returns plus all income information, real estate tax receipts, any deduction information and health care enrollment information pertaining to 2015.  Also, be sure to bring with you  government issued identification; 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.  Additional information can be found on AARP's Website.
NO RESERVATIONS WILL BE TAKEN at the Library prior to the day of service. It is a walk-in first-come first-served basis. 
Friends of the Library
Friends of the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity will meet on Tuesday, March 8th at 6:30 pm in the Library Director's Office to begin planning the June 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.  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  .