March 2021
Think spring!
A Letter from the Director...


Hello!  I am not sad to say good-bye to February and all the snow it brought to our area.  The snow was beautiful, but I think the warmth of spring will be refreshing.  I would like to thank Bushkill Township for assisting us in clearing the sidewalks during the month of February.  The Public Works Department did a great job ensuring that you could safely visit the library after the storms.

Have you heard?  The library is open for browsing!  We are excited to welcome you all back into the library.  Additional hours for browsing will begin this month, so watch our website and social media for more details.

As we head into March, the library staff is busy preparing for warmer weather as we plan outside programming and collaborating with other community organizations to offer events for all ages. 

Please stop by the library and say hello.  We are anxious for you to visit us and check out a good book.

See you at the library,
Holly Bennett
Library Director, Information Conductor, and Community Ambassador
A Thought to Ponder...
"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 improving our quality of life.
Libraries change lives for the better."
Sidney Sheldon
Current Operational Procedures
What Are Your Current Hours?

Mondays and Fridays
10:00 am - 5:00 pm curbside services available
10:00 am - 2:00 pm open for adults' and children's browsing

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
10:00 am - 7:00 pm curbside services available
10:00 am - 2:00 pm and 4:00 - 7:00 pm open for adults' and children's browsing

9:00 am - 3:00 pm curbside services available
10:00 am - 2:00 pm open for adults' and children's browsing

Please continue to check the website for likely updates and extensions to current hours!

Can I Come in the Library?
Yes!  The first floor (new books, adult fiction, nonfiction, large print, CDs, DVDs and other media, magazines) is open for browsing during the designated hours above.  large portion of the children's collection is also available on the first floor.  See the displays below!  Gloves are highly recommended while browsing and are available as you enter the building.

Do I Have to Wear a Mask and Social Distance?
The health of our patrons and staff is a top priority.  Masks are required to be worn correctly over your mouth and nose while in the library.  We also ask that you social distance.  If a patron has a medical condition and cannot wear a mask, it is requested that they speak to a staff member at the library desk; accommodations will be made for people with medical conditions.  

Do I Have to Make an Appointment to Browse?
No, but you are encouraged to do so, as there is a maximum capacity of twenty patrons in the building at one time.

What If I Want a Specific Book That's on the Second Floor or in the Attic?
Ask a staff member to locate it for you.  We are more than happy to help.

Can I Still Use the Computers?
Yes, by appointment.  There is a limited number of public workstations available.  We ask that you limit your computer usage session to 30 minutes.  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 and the color of your vehicle, pop your trunk, and we will bring the checked-out materials to you.  Also, certain hours are allotted specifically to curbside services and are designated above.

How Do I Return My Library Materials?
Returns should be made outside in the book drop.  Please continue to place your library materials in a closed plastic bag.

Can I Still Renew Materials?
Yes, absolutely - call the library or renew them via your library account online.  Your items will also 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 items that cannot be renewed.

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

Are Tax Services Available?
Tax forms are available at the library.  For tax services, patrons are encouraged to contact AARP via the local phone number 484-373-9810 or at 888-687-2277.

for your patience as we continually monitor the situation
for the health and safety of all patrons and staff!
Check the  library website and social media for updates.
Author Event March 4th, 7pm
   Join Vicki Mayk as she discusses her new biography,

Virtual attendees will be entered into a drawing to win a personalized, autographed copy of the book generously donated by the author!

To register for the event, obtain the BlueJeans link, and enter the drawing, email by Thursday, March 4th, 12pm.

Special Project Green! Event March 22nd, 7pm

Climate change.  Plastic pollution.  The impact of the agricultural industry.  We often hear about these environmental issues on a national or global scale, but how do they affect us right here in the Lehigh Valley?  Join us for a virtual panel with local experts to discuss the environmental concerns present in our community, how they're being addressed by local businesses and organizations, and what individual and collective actions can be taken.  The panel will include:
  • Kimberly Heiman, Senior Lecturer at Muhlenberg College, leader of Muhlenberg's Community Garden, former/current board member of several local sustainability organizations, including Lehigh Gap Nature Center's Conservation of Communities & Wildlife Program
  • Dork Sahagian, Professor at Lehigh University, former Director of Lehigh's Environmental Initiative, coauthor of the Assessment Reports of the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
  • Marguerite Viola, Co-Owner of Switchback Pizza Company, former apprentice at the Seed Farm in Emmaus
There will be a brief Q&A session, so come prepared with your questions!

The panel will take place on Monday, March 22nd at 7pm via BlueJeans.

Please email to register up until the day of the event.
This panel is part of Project Green!, the Memorial Library's new environmental initiative.

Welcome, Anneliese!
The library warmly welcomes new Library Assistant Anneliese Warnke!

Favorite book:  Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Favorite genre:  historical fiction/historical fantasy
Favorite hobbies:  paper quilling, sewing, making fabric soft sculptures, and collecting things that look like owls

Ms. Warnke says, "I'm most excited to work in the library I grew up in. I love history, so I'm also excited to work in such a cool historic building and have close access to local history records."

Celebrate Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month, and March 8th is International Women's Day!

 This year, the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity (MLNV) would like to honor the many achievements of local women and girls.  We're asking the community to submit names of women in their own lives that they are inspired by, whether it's yourself, a family member, a friend, or perhaps even a historical figure.  Help the MLNV create its Class of 2021 "Women's Hall of Fame" by nominating a remarkable woman here.

Please note: By submitting information, you are giving the MLNV permission to post the information and pictures you provide to the MLNV's social media pages, newsletter, and website, as well as printing for physical displays.  Thank you!

Library Laughs
Yesterday, a book fell on my head...I have only my shelf to blame!

The past, present, and future walked into a bar.  It was tense.

Q:  Why did Shakespeare write with ink?
A:  Because he couldn't decide which pencil to use:  2B or not 2B?
Watch and Discuss

"HAPPY takes us on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy.  Combining real life stories and powerful interviews with leading scientists in happiness research, HAPPY explores the secrets behind our most valued emotion."

Thursday, March 18th, 7:30pm

1) Watch "Happy" anytime prior to the discussion.  You can easily access the documentary via your 
Hoopla account.
2) To obtain the BlueJeans link for the film discussion, email by Wednesday, March 17th, 5pm.
It's Time for Another STEM Video...

Join Kevin
Thursday, March 4th

for a special spring-themed

Do You Have an Interesting Hobby?
Do you skydive?  Knit?  Hike?  Decorate cakes?  Rock-climb?  Play guitar?  Quilt?  Salsa dance?  Fold origami?  Paint?  Collect comic books?

The library is hoping to hold a future event (or several) spotlighting patrons who have interesting hobbies.
If you have a hobby and want to spend a few minutes informally "showing and telling" other interested patrons about it during a future virtual event, please contact
3-D Printing Services Now Available
The library has once again begun offering our 3-D printing service.

If you would like to have an object printed, you can email your request along with the 3-D model file to be printed to Kevin Hopf at  If you would like an object printed but do not have a model file, you can email Kevin to request assistance in finding a model file to use.  Please allow up to two weeks for your
object to be printed.  You will be notified when your object has been completed, at which point you can pick it up at the circulation desk. For the time being, payment is a flat rate of 5 dollars per print, paid upon pickup of the object.

DISCLAIMER:  3-D printing is not a perfect process, and therefore we cannot guarantee the quality of a print.  Prints will be of the highest quality that the library printers can achieve.  Printing delays and other unforeseen circumstances may occur.

Upcoming Ongoing Events
Join the Brainy Bibliophiles Book Group!

What does this group read?
The group reads a mix of fiction, nonfiction, and classics - usually books that are longer, more theoretical, or more complex than you might find in another book group.

When and where does the group meet?
Book discussions are currently being held on the first Tuesday, every third month, online via BlueJeans.  The group looks forward to meeting in person, hopefully soon!

How are books selected?
The discussion leader selects the books, but members are invited to suggest books for future discussion.

Who can join?
All who want to "dig deeper" are welcome.

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!

>>>Registration is now open.  To register, and to reserve a copy of the book to keep (while supplies last), email<<<

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

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.

NOTE:  A limited number of copies of the 2021 book selections
will be available at the library for registrants to pick up and keep.  Future registration dates and details will be listed in upcoming newsletters.
For more information and to obtain the BlueJeans links, email

What does this group read?
The group reads a mix of fiction, nonfiction, and classics.

When and where does the group meet?
Book discussions are currently being held on the second Wednesday, every month, online via Zoom.  The group looks forward to meeting in person, hopefully soon!

How are books selected?
Throughout the year, members are invited to nominate books for future discussion.
The group votes in December for books for the following February-November and subsequent January.

Who can join?
All are welcome.

Wednesday, March 10th, 6:30pm
by Bill Bryson

Wednesday, April 14th, 6:30pm
by Ann Patchett

Wednesday, May 12th, 6:30pm
by Jill Jonnes

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

Toddler Shake & Boogie!
March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th
now on Wednesdays
March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st
(see below for special themes!!)

Monday, March 8th, 10:30am

Tuesday, March 16th, 6:30pm

Wednesday, March 3rd, 10:30am

Wednesday, March 17th, 10:30am

Wednesday, March 24th, 10:30am
The craft will be available for pickup at the library after the storytime.
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:  Pick a favorite item (or a few) and express their importance and value to you.  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.
  • If you are interested in joining the group and obtaining more details about the group, email
The group's March BlueJeans meeting is Monday, March 15, 7pm.
The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is back for the spring!
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 alternating Mondays and Thursdays from March 25th to May 10. Exact dates are as follows:

* Thursday, March 25th, 3-4pm
* Monday, March 29th, 3:30-4:30pm
* Thursday, April 8th, 3-4pm
* Monday, April 12th, 3:30-4:30pm
* Thursday, April 22nd, 3-4pm
* Monday, April 26th, 3:30-4:30pm
* Thursday, May 6th, 3-4pm
* Monday, May 10th, 3:30-4:30pm

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
Celebrate March Holidays!


March 17th - St. Patrick's Day


Did you know?

The real St. Patrick was born in Britain.

The shamrock was considered a sacred plant.

The first St. Patrick's Day Parade was held in America.

The holiday was originally associated with the color blue.



Library resources for children:
Library resources for adults:
But you can also celebrate...
Get Your Library Merchandise!
While supplies last...
MLNV Library of the Year shirts and sweatshirts may be purchased
online via the "Store" tab.  A debit or credit card is required.
Cash or check donations received for ornaments and totes go directly to the Summer Reading Program.  This is separate from the Capital Campaign.
It's Tax Preparation Time...
  • Patrons are invited to make appointments to use our computer, fax, and copying services.
  • AARP will not offer onsite tax preparation services at the library this year.
  • See AARP's website for a list of places to obtain services.
  • Tax forms will be available at the library.  Call to make a curbside appointment to pick up a specific form.
  • Forms are free, but donations are gladly accepted. 
Coming Soon...
National Library Week:  April 4th-10th
Alzheimer's Association virtual class
See next month's newsletter for exciting details about both!
COVID-19 and Vaccine Resources
Check out our website for vaccine resources:
Procedures for Returning Items
Borrowed Items --> Plastic Bags, Please
Our outside book drop is open 24/7.  Please return all items via the book drop.  Wask that you please continue putting your items into closed plastic bags.  Don't worry if you see your returned items still on your account several days after you have returned them.  For everyone's health and safety, we are quarantining returned materials for 7 days upon receipt.  Also, returned items are wiped with a sanitizing wipe before being reshelved.
Using myLIBRO
Explore our curbside service which will allow you to select materials remotely from your mobile device and schedule curbside pick up at the library!

How to Create Your Account
  1. Download the myLibro app (available on iOS and the Google store).
  2. Find "Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity" on the dropdown menu.
  3. Type in your library card number (all 14 digits, NO spaces).  Your library pin will be the last four digits of the phone number the MLNV has on file under your account UNLESS you had previously changed your PIN.  For help with your library card number or pin number, reach out to
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 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!
Support the Library While You Shop!

AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you currently use, with the same products, prices, and services with a different name. When you shop at, Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the Library. Choose the Memorial Library of Nazareth & Vicinity as the organization to receive your smile donation.

For more ways to support the library, please click here.

Thank you!
Memorial Library of Nazareth & Vicinity 
295 East Center Street, Nazareth PA  18064