August 2020
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A Letter from the Director...

Hello friends, I thought this month I would share one of my favorite personal photos from this summer. Here it is, a beautiful image of a small airplane, flying through the summer air. The day I took this photo I felt uncertain, scared, and excited all at the same time. Why would these feelings overcome me, it is just an airplane? Yes, it is an airplane. It is an airplane that my middle school-aged son was flying for the first time with the assistance of a trained pilot.
When I look at this picture and remember that day, it reminds me that I am not alone in the emotions I felt that day and other days as well. As a community we are experiencing similar emotions as we "fly" through this challenging time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of us feel uncertain as a new school year approaches, scared that the fall may bring a resurgence of the virus, and excited to return to doing the things we enjoy as soon as it is safe. We are in this together.

While library services are not back to normal, the staff of the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity is working hard to ensure we are still able to meet the community's needs. In an effort to be more than reactive, this fall the library will begin the process to create a new strategic plan to guide our work from 2021 -2025. This plan requires input from the community and the staff, along with research and analysis. We look forward to working with you to ensure that our strategic plan is an accurate reflection of our patrons' voices.
The second half of 2020 will look different to the community as so many of our traditional library programs and events will not take place. I am saddened to announce that the library's largest fundraiser, Touch A Truck is cancelled for October 2020. We look forward to hosting the event in 2021 and hope we can count on your support. In the meantime, consider supporting the library by purchasing a lottery calendar (winners to be drawn in October) for $10. Tickets are available at the library. Please visit our website for more information:

Remember, the library staff aims to support you as you seek work, navigate online schooling, educate yourself about antiracism or look for ways to find connections and positivity in an uncertain world. Be assured that you can count on the library! Henry Ford once said, "When everything seems to be going against you, remember that aircrafts take off against the wind, not with it."

I look forward to seeing you at the Library!

Holly Bennett
Library Director, Inf ormation Conductor, and Community Ambassador
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Hours of Operation
The Library is Open to  Limited Capacity in August

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
9am - 10am (Early Bird Hour*)
10am - 3pm

Tuesday, Thursday
10am - 7pm

9am - 1pm

*We are welcoming senior citizens and those patrons with high risk health issues to come inside our library and browse our collection every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9-10am for
Early Bird Hours. Patrons are encouraged to make their selections in a timely manner; we will allow only 10 patrons in the building at one time. You can call 610-759-4932 to make an appointment; walk-ins are welcome, as spots become available.
Did You Know?

Missed a newsletter? No worries! 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!
Reopening Process

Our book drop is open 24/7, or you can return your books on a book cart as you enter the library during our hours of operation. 

Whether you return your books in the book drop or on the book cart in the library, we ask that you please continue putting your books into closed plastic bags as we continue to quarantine books and other materials for 72 hours upon receipt.
Curbside Service with myLIBRO!

Explore our new curbside service available for download on Google Play and App Store.  This service 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. To create a new account click "Create myLIBRO account"
  3. Find "Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity" on the dropdown menu. 
  4. Fill in the required information. PLEASE NOTE: Your library card number should include all 14 digits on your card. Do not include 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
  5. Follow along with the Quick Tour or watch the Mini-Intro video made by staff

How Are We Doing?

In these unprecedented times, we are constantly educating ourselves to ensure we are doing everything possible to keep both patrons and staff safe, while providing the library's resources and services to you. We invite you to share your thoughts regarding our reopening process. Do you feel we are doing everything possible to keep everyone safe? Is there anything else you'd like to see us do? Please share your suggestions and thoughts by emailing

Thank you for your input!

Lottery Calendars for October are ON SALE NOW at the library for $10/each (with a potential $1,400+ payout) AND at the Nazareth Farmers' Market on select Saturdays, starting on August 1st! Winners will be determined by PA Pick 3 Evening drawings in October. 

All proceeds will be put toward covering the library's PPE costs. 

PLUS, for a LIMITED time, purchase your lottery calendar and take home a FREE bag of books! OK, yes savvy readers, we're a library so you know all of our books are free...BUT, these bags of books are for you to KEEP, no returns!  :)
No Trout About It, This Raffle Basket is a
GREAT Oppor-TUNA-ty to Stock Up on Fishing Supplies!

Check out this amazing basket, generously donated by Sean and Sara Carson!

This overflowing basket is valued at $564  
and contains: a fly rod temple fork BVK 9' 6wt, reel ross, fly line scientific angler 6wt WF, trout net, fly box with 20 dry flies, fly box with 30 nymphs, fly line dressing - rio, easy grip  forceps on lanyard, fly tying book and DVD, fly fishing DVD (eastern streams), fly fishing DVD (instructional), Fool's Paradise by John Gierach, spool of 5x co-polymer tippet, LED flashlight with hot clip, box of slim jims, pack of gum, and a $20 gift certificate to Mike's Bait Shop!

Due to COVID-19 concerns, we are going to run this raffle a little differently so everyone can feel safe while participating! This will be an AUCTION basket. That's right! Simply send an email to with your bid anytime through August 14th; on August 15th, we will post the highest bid (anonymously!) on social media and in the library. You then have until August 19th to put in a second bid. The highest bid received by end of day August 19th will win the basket! (Winner must pay their winning bid via cash/check/online credit card by August 26th to receive the basket. If the winner doesn't pay his/her bid in that time frame, the second highest bid will be contacted.)  Good Luck!
We ALL Scream for Ice Cream!

Thank you to Fidelity Bank for hosting a FREE ice cream truck! 
That's right, FREE ice cream! How fun is that for a summer day?

Don't miss the fun, the truck will be at the library
1:45-3:00pm on Wednesday,  August 26, 2020!

Summer Reading Program 2020

Our Summer Reading Program is Coming to a Close
with a PARADE!

Join us for our "Goodbye, Summer Reading" car parade on August 13th at 3:00pm to celebrate the end of our 2020 Summer Reading Program (SRP)! In order to attend this socially-distanced parade, you must be a participant of our SRP with at least 50 points logged on your account, and have a car that you can ride in to be a part of the parade.

To register, you must stop by the library and pick up a ribbon. The ribbon color will correspond to your prize level, and yes, there will be multiple ribbons for families with more than one person participating! Once you have the ribbon, attach it to your car on the day of the event (make sure it's visible!), and follow the parade map that will be provided. As you drive past on the day of the parade, library staff will celebrate with you and hand you your prize bag!

Can't make the parade date? No problem! Pick up your prize bag at the library starting August 17th during our open hours. 

Visit the 
Summer Reading Program  section of our website to make sure your information is correct and updated!

Thank you for a great summer! 
Science Tellers "Dragons: Return of the Ice Sorceress"
Monday, August 3rd at 10:30am
on Facebook 

This   45-minute Science program has two parts:  1)  An energetic performer will act out a lively and interactive tale.  As the story unfolds, they'll use science experiments as awesome special effects to make the story come to life.  2)  You'll go behind the scenes  to uncover the amazing science behind these special effects as they conduct them again!
Shake & Boogie!
Enjoy LIVE programming of Shake & Boogie on Tuesday, August 4th at 10:30am 
via Facebook

 This popular program ran throughout Summer Reading Program and this is the last day to join the fun -- don't miss it!

Test your YA trivia knowledge on  Tuesday, August 4th @ 3pm registration is required, email by the day before the event to receive a link to the program (please include title of the program in the subject).

Children can have fun while developing higher level thinking skills with Joe's weekly STEM challenges! These videos were posted on Facebook every Wednesday morning throughout the summer (and are still available!) -- and our last one will be August 5th; please share your pictures in the comments section below the video, we'd love to see what you do!

The second part of this two-part series will provide insight into what a day in the life is like for leading businesswomen in our community. 
To learn more about this panel discussion click here.

Registration is required; email  by August 5th to receive a link to the program.

Enjoy LIVE Story Time programming on Thursday, August  6th at 10:30am via Facebook

This popular program ran throughout Summer Reading Program and this is the last day to join the fun -- don't miss it!

The last Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting of this session is  August 6th ; email for more information and a meeting link!

Kid-Friendly Trivia: Take & Make Craft Kits!

Stop by the library on Friday, August 7th between 11am-12noon to pick up your craft kit, and don't forget to tag us on social media with your finished projects so we can share them on our Facebook and Instagram stories!

Craft Kits are available while supplies last. 
Painting Kits for Teens & Adults!

Pick up one of these great painting kits starting August 10th
these kits are available while supplies last.

It's online trivia happy hour for adults; BYOB and test your general trivia knowledge on  Tuesday, August 18th @ 6:30pm

Registration is required for this event, email by the day before the event to receive a link to the program!

Brainy Bilbliophiles Book Club Goes Virtual!
Tuesday, September 1st @ 6:30pm

Join this book discussion of  Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury online via BlueJeans! 

For more information, and to register for this book club, please email
 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!

Although the library building is closed, you are still able to check out books 24/7; 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 hoopla, VDL, and rb digital, 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.
After careful consideration in respect to current and projected CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19: we have cancelled Touch a Truck 2020.

The cancellation of this annual, beloved event is difficult for all, but it makes us more determined than ever to make Touch a Truck 2021 even bigger with more activities for all ages. As details become available for a Touch a Truck 2021 date, we will share them with you.

Stop by the library on Wednesdays, and you can check out vegetables free for the taking outside the main door.

We ask that you please respect social distancing guidelines, and please only touch the items  you intend on taking.
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For more ways to support the library, please click here.

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