June 2021
A Letter from the Director...

Happy June, Library Friends!

It is the library's birthday!  The Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity is celebrating 70 years of providing information resources and quality services and programming to Nazareth and its surrounding communities.  The library is planning "MLNV through the Decades" which will take place on the evenings of June 1 -4.  This celebration is possible through the generosity of community sponsored monetary and in-kind donations.  Join us for four super fun evenings of activities.  Look for more details in this newsletter.

After celebrating 70 years, we will kick off another amazing 8-week long Summer Reading Program, "Tales and Tails."  The library staff is planning special speakers, guest appearances by some animal friends, programs that inspire creativity, and lectures that recap history.  The library staff will be offering programming on location at all four of our supporting municipalities.  Please check the library website for more information @ www.nazarethlibrary.org.

Happy Summer Everyone!

See you at the library!

Holly Bennett
Library Director, Information Conductor, and Community Ambassador

The 2021 Summer Reading Program, "Tales and Tails," is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and grants from the Pennsylvania Library Association, Network of the National Library of Medicine, the Nazareth Rotary Club, and the Wagner Foundation.
Welcome, Summer!
It's Time for Summer Reading:  Tales and Tails

Summer reading program registration will begin on Tuesday, June 1st.

The summer reading kickoff event will be on Wednesday, June 16th, 6:30pm,
and will be held on the lawn of the Moravian Historical Society.

There is a limit of 40 registrants.
Registration for the kickoff event with PWREC opens on Tuesday, June 1st.
To register, sign up at the circulation desk or call the library.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Other summer reading June events for adults, teens, and children:
  • For teens - Story Slam Workshop:  Thursday, June 17th, 6:30pm on the MLNV lawn (Registration opens on Tuesday, June 1st.  To register, sign up at the circulation desk or call the library).
  • For all ages - STEM with Kevin:  Friday, June 18th, 11am on Facebook
  • For adults - Neill Hartleypresenting "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" in an interactive adaptation of the classic horror tale by Washington Irving:  Tuesday, June 22nd, 6:30pm on the lawn of the Moravian Historical Society.  (There is a limit of 40 registrants.  Registration opens on Monday, June 7th.  To register, sign up at the circulation desk or call the library).  This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
  • For children - David Perry, caricature artist, event:  Wednesday, June 23rd, 6:30pm on the lawn of the Moravian Historical Society - plus crafts and lawn games (There is a limit of 18 registrants.  Registration opens on Monday, June 7th.  To register, sign up at the circulation desk or call the library).  This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
  • For teens - Teen Game Night:  Lawn Game Edition:  Thursday, June 24th, 5:30-7:30pm on the MLNV lawn
  • For all ages - STEM with Kevin:  Friday, June 25th, 11am on Facebook
  • For adults - An evening with artist Jen Avitabile, Tuesday, June 29th, 5:30-7:30pm  (There is a limit of 10 registrants.  Registration opens Monday, June 14th.  To register, sign up at the circulation desk or call the library).
  • For children - An evening with artist Jen Avitabile, Wednesday, June 30th, 5:30-7pm  (There is a limit of 10 registrants.  Registration opens Monday, June 14th.  To register, sign up at the circulation desk or call the library).
And in July and August...LOTS MORE FUN EVENTS for all ages!

Check out the special "Tails and Tales" booklet at the circulation desk for details.
Happy Birthday, MLNV!

The MLNV is 70 years old on Sunday, May 30th!
Join us for a week of celebration starting Tuesday, June 1st.
  • Tuesday, June 1st, 8:30pm:  Movie night on the library lawn, featuring a screening of the 1951 classic "Alice in Wonderland"
  • Wednesday, June 2nd, 5:30-8:30pm:  Music night, featuring live music from local musicians
  • Thursday, June 3rd, 5-8pm:  Game night, featuring X-Box, trading card games, Dungeons and Dragons, and giant-sized board games
  • Friday, June 4th, 4:30-6:30pm:  Birthday party - Stop by during the late afternoon before celebrating with the graduating Nazareth High School seniors as they embark on their "driving parade of graduates" at 6:30pm.
Thank you to our sponsors:
Patrick McIvor
Author Talk
Join New York Times bestselling author Kristin Harmel
as she discusses The Book of Lost Names

Tuesday, June 15th, 5pm

Registration opens Tuesday, June 1st.  To register - and to obtain one of a limited number of signed bookplates that the author has generously donated - sign up at the circulation desk or call the library.

Other Special Events - Save the Dates!
Scavenger hunt
MLNV is partnering with the Teen Advisory Board, the Nazareth Moms Club, Patrick McIvor (owner of the 101 E Center Salon), and the Nazareth Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Your adventure begins Tuesday, June 1st.
Check the website and pick up a worksheet at the library.
Take a tour through town and gather clues...

Food, crafts, and more!
Saturday, June 19th, 3-7pm

Nazareth Day
Saturday, July 17th, 9am-2pm

Talk with Stephanie Wrobel, author of Darling Rose Gold
Monday, July 26th, 2pm
(Registration opens on Thursday, July 1st.  To register, sign up at the circulation desk or call the library).

Touch a Truck
at Bushkill Township Recreational Fields
Saturday, October 2nd

Fundraiser with Craig Thatcher, Dave Fry, and Dick Boak
at the Phoenix at the Holy Family Club
Friday, November 19th, 7:30pm
Ongoing Book Sale
Located between the double doors of the lobby are paperbacks, hardcovers, children's books, and DVDs for sale.
hardcovers - $1.00
DVDs - $1.00
children's books - $0.50
paperbacks -$0.50

Please place your money in the donation jar on the counter.
Thank you!

The library will accept donated items in good condition
on the first Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of each month.
Donated items will be for future book sales.
Low-Waste Living Conversations and Events
Did you know...
In one year, trees in the U.S. absorb over 35,000,000,000 pounds of air pollution.
The average American creates nearly 5 pounds of trash every day.
Nearly 2/3 of what we use ends up in the trash!
Buildings can earn awards for being "green" - and there's one nearby!



What can we do to live more sustainably as individuals and as a community?
Join the MLNV for one or all of our summer series of conversations about low-waste living and embracing our environment.
Join author and environmentalist Kate Brandes and MLNV staff for a conversation about nature journaling, looking closely, and the ecological importance of plants.

Wednesday, July 14th, 3 PM

The event will be held in-person on the MLNV lawn.
Participants will receive journaling supplies
and a beautiful pollinator plant container garden from Mike's Produce to take home.
Join environmental education specialist supervisor Lauren Forster and MLNV staff for a tour of the Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center and a conversation about green building and applying such practices to our own homes.

Thursday, July 29, 7 PM

The event will be held at the JEEC, if regulations permit; otherwise, the event will be held virtually via BlueJeans.
Join Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edward Humes and MLNV staff for a conversation about Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash and low-waste living.
A limited number of free copies of Garbology are available, as well as free copies of a parallel children's book, What a Waste: Trash, Recycling, and Protecting Our Planet.

Thursday, August 5, 7 PM

The event will be held virtually via Zoom.
  • Registration for all three conversations/events and for copies of Garbology and What a Waste opens Thursday, July 1st.
  • Patrons can participate in one, two, or all three events.
  • To register, sign up at the circulation desk or call the library.
  • Registration is limited.
  • Registrants must be MLNV patrons in good standing.
  • Registrants consent to being recorded and/or photographed.
  • Registrants may be asked to complete a post-event survey.
These programs are made possible by a grant from the ALA.
Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL).
Cake Pans and Hotspots
Beginning Tuesday, June 1st, you can check out cake pans!

And available soon for checkout...hotspots!
I Can't Remember the Title!
Check out these suggestions, courtesy of New York Public Library,
to help you track it down:
your librarians, of course!
What the Name of That Book???
Stump the Bookseller
What's That Book Called?
Big Book Search
Upcoming Ongoing Events
Ongoing Children's Programming:
There is no regular Storytime or Shake and Boogie for the first half of June.
Beginning Tuesday, June 15th, join Miss Catherine and Mrs. Kelly each week at the following locations for music and reading fun!
Beginning Tuesday, June 15th:

Tuesdays at 10:30am - Shake and Boogie at the MLNV

Wednesdays at 10:30am - Storytime at the MLNV

Thursdays at 10:30am - Storytime at the Lower Nazareth Township Park

Fridays at 10:30am - Shake and Boogie at the Bushkill Township Recreation Fields

All programming takes place outdoors, weather permitting.
In case of inclement weather, please check the library website or call 610-759-4932.
Craft and read along with Gianna on Friday, June 4th, 4:30pm during the library's birthday party on the MLNV lawn
While the party is for all ages, Gianna's special event is for children in grades 1-3.

Bedtime storytime on Tuesday, June 15th, 6:30pm on Facebook

Bilingual storytime on Friday, June 18th, 10:30am on Facebook

Craft and read along with Gianna on Saturday, June 23rd, 6:30pm on the MLNV lawn
This event is for children in grades 1-3.
Join the Brainy Bibliophiles Book Group!
currently meeting on BlueJeans
For more information, email jsilvius@nazarethlibrary.org.

Tuesday, June 1st, 6:30pm
What do you know about the Senatus Populus Que Romanus ("the senate and people of Rome"?)  Let Beard introduce you to nearly a thousand years of the empire's glory!

Tuesday, September 7th, 6:30pm
Untranslated Latin, ecclesiastical history, long philosophical passages, amidst a medieval murder mystery...are you up for the challenge?

A limited number of copies is available at the library for registrants to pick up and keep.  Registration opens Thursday, July 1st.  To register and to obtain a copy of the book (while supplies last), sign up at the circulation desk or call the library.

Tuesday, December 7th, 6:30pm
A grown-up's book with essential pictures, photographs, and graphics, narrated (mostly) by a nine-year-old boy in the search for the lock (or the "key"!) to his deceased father's life, in post-9/11 America.

A limited number of copies is available at the library for registrants to pick up and keep.  Registration opens Friday, October 1st.  To register and to obtain a copy of the book (while supplies last), sign up at the circulation desk or call the library or email jsilvius@nazarethlibrary.org.
currently meeting on Zoom

Wednesday, June 9th, 6:30pm
by Trevor Noah

Wednesday, July 14th, 6:30pm
by Robert Matzen

Wednesday, August 11th, 6:30pm
by Fredrik Backman

Wednesday, September 8th, 6:30pm
by David McCullough

Wednesday, October 20th, 6:30pm
by Lucy Foley

Wednesday, November 10th, 6:30pm
by Kristen Harmel

Saturday, December 11th, 1:00pm
Holiday Gathering and Book Selection for 2022

Wednesday, January 12th, 2022, 6:30pm
by Marie Benedict

For more information and to obtain the Zoom links, email sgerken@aol.com.
Join the MLNV's creative writing group!

  • This group is facilitated by a local college professor who holds a Ph.D. in English and has a love for writing.
  • At each meeting, participants will receive a writing prompt and be asked to share their responses (whether poetry, fiction, or nonfiction) to a previous writing prompt.
  • The prompt for the upcoming meeting:  Describe a special day which changed your life.
  • Feel free to write in any genre (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, etc.)
  • Participants may request constructive criticism or just a friendly listening audience.
  • The facilitator will share a writing tip and practice exercise about cutting verbal clutter.
  • If you are interested in joining the group and obtaining more details about the group, email jsilvius@nazarethlibrary.org.
The group's next BlueJeans meeting is Monday, June 28th, 7pm.
Interested in the Teen Advisory Board (TAB)?
Are you a teen entering 7th to 12th grade?
Are you looking for a fun way to get volunteer hours?
Are you interested in having direct input on teen services and programs at the MLNV?
Join the Teen Advisory Board (TAB)!
TAB is an open-forum where teens discuss the issues related specifically to teen use of the library (materials and events).

This session we will be focusing on teen programming, acquisitions and fundraising. Meetings will take place on BlueJeans on upcoming Mondays.

Perks of joining the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity's TAB:  making new friends, receiving volunteer hours, and the ability to make creative and financial choices involving teen programming and the YA/Teen room renovations.

Requirements to join: Entering 7th to 12th grade, have an MLNV library card, be willing to participate in TAB discussions and voice your opinions, and be willing to respect the opinions, tastes, privacy & choices of others.

Interested in joining the TAB?  Want more information?  Feel free to email all questions to the TAB Coordinator, Shelby Rozell, at srozell@nazarethlibrary.org.
Current Operational Procedures
What Are Your Current Browsing Hours?

Mondays and Fridays
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
10:00 am - 8:00 pm

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Please continue to check the website for updates!

Do I Have to Wear a Mask?
Patrons and staff who are vaccinated are not required to wear a mask.

Can I Use the Computers?
 Yes.  Call the library to schedule an appointment.

Is Curbside Still Available?
Absolutely.  After scheduling an appointment via MyLibrosimply call us when you arrive, tell us what parking spot you are in, pop your trunk, and we will bring the checked-out materials to you.

Why Did My Due Date Change?
On its due date, your item will automatically renew for two more weeks UNLESS the item is on hold for someone else.  You will receive a notice with a new due date and/or information on an item that cannot be renewed.

Are You Holding Programs?
Virtual and outdoor programming will continue to be held.  Read the rest of this newsletter for details!


Check the library website and social media for updates.
Stay in the Know with Social Media!
It's easy to stay up-to-date with our many current events for all ages!
 Additional Services
You can access our digital library 24/7 with a library card!

Register for a card from the comfort of your own home; click here to fill out the online form, and a librarian will contact you.

Happy Reading!
If you or someone you know needs help with technology, we are available to help!  Email khopf@nazarethlibrary.org or call 610-759-4932 to set up a time for your "virtual" one-on-one technology session.

Note: You must have a valid library card to take advantage of this free service.
eBooks, Audiobooks, and MORE!

Anyone with an active library card can borrow electronic materials from our website!
    1. Go to our website.
    2. Click the Collections menu.
    3. Select eBooks & Audiobooks, and follow the directions.
To access these resources, follow the directions outlined above, or simply click here to go directly to the eBooks & Audiobooks page!

Remember, you do need a library card to access these free services, and you can register for one online by clicking here.
Missed a newsletter?
You can find past MLNV newsletters on our website. Click here to read our newsletters that date back to 2015; or, simply visit our website, click the Events menu and select Newsletter.  Happy Reading!
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Thank you!
Memorial Library of Nazareth & Vicinity 
295 East Center Street, Nazareth PA  18064