Memorial Library
of Nazareth  & Vicinity

February 2019
A Letter from the Director...

February is filled with a plethora of valua ble programs and services that are being offered by the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity (MLNV). These include a new mystery/crime book club, a Saturday Makerspace session for children, free tax preparation services, and a bilingual Spanish story time for our youngest patrons. In addition, MLNV is focusing on the importance of the workforce development needs of our community. The workforce demands that individuals continually educate themselves, upgrade their skills, and reorient themselves to new realities. Many people in our community who are unemployed use MLNV as a home base to explore job opportunities.

Moreover, MLNV offers online access to PA Job Resources through our website @ Patrons can access these credible resources from the comfort of their own home or by exploring with the assistance of a librarian in the library. In addition, this month the Library Staff is excited to offer three Career Development Workshops. These workshops will focus on résumé writing and supporting documentation such as cover letters, resignation letters, interview follow-ups, and references. Space is limited, so reserve your spot early.

February will also bring a brand new DVD display case to MLNV. A new DVD display case will be installed directly outside the Director's office in late February due to a generous grant from the C.F. Martin Foundation and 2018 fundraising events. This new display case will allow our patrons to browse our DVD collection in a more intuitive manner. DVDs will no longer be displayed in alphabetical order, they will be grouped by genre. These genres include: drama, horror, comedy, family, etc. In addition, the children's DVDs will be incorporated into the adult DVD collection so that families can peruse our collection together.

Other news associated to our DVD collection includes the addition of several new DVD titles to our Sandbrook Travel Collection! These DVDs were purchased through a generous donation made by the Sandbook Family and include locations such as Wales, Europe, the French Polynesia, and South Africa.

Finally, I want to tell you about some other exciting news. MLNV is enhancing our technology offerings and marketing capabilities, due to the generous donation from patrons Jeff and Kelly Brown. The entire library community is grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Brown for their generous donation that will certainly impact our entire community. With this generous donation the Library Staff will begin to purchase new children's preschool computers for the Children's Department, an Xbox lab, new staff computers for the circulation department, and enhanced security capabilities necessary for the safety of our patrons and staff.

We look forward to seeing you and your neighbors in the near future at the library. There is something here for everyone. Come check us out!

Holly Bennett
Library Director, Information Conductor, and Community Ambassador

And, by the way,  I am currently reading The Rosie Project, by  Graeme Simsion!
Volunteer Spotlight
In This Issue, We Spotlight Kathy Heller!

Kathy Heller is not only the Rotary Club of Nazareth's President, she was a teacher for 35 years (24 years within Nazareth Area School District), and a Nazareth Area High School tennis coach for 14 years (this season will mark her last). We are truly lucky to have Kathy's partnership in many endeavors, as she is a lifelong active patron, having started her volunteering at the library when she was a young girl at the original library on the corner of West Center and South Church Streets, Nazareth.

Besides playing tennis regularly, and skiing whenever it's available to her, Kathy is an avid reader! Her favorite book is, I'm OK, You're OK, by Thomas Anthony Harris. She enjoys the variety of programming at the library, and particularly the cultural ones (such as our music programs). As for her favorite resource, she is very proud of the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Music (STEAM) initiative in which the Rotary Club of Nazareth has been a contributing, active partner. As a retired teacher, Kathy has a keen understanding to STEAM's importance, and she shares our passion to offer such activities to our young patrons.

Special FEBRUARY  Hours
Please note the following FULL-DAY closure:


Monday, February 18th, we are closed in observance of Presidents' Day.

Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, February 19th.


As the winter months bring inclement weather, there is always the possibility of unanticipated full-day closures, delayed openings, and early closings. Any weather-related change to our schedule will listed on Channel 69 WFMZ, posted on Facebook & Instagram, and announced on our telephone message.

Remember, the book drop is ALWAYS open!
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you can help make a difference!

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We are proud to help our community partner,  Rotary Club of Nazareth, 
with their Valentine Rose Sale! 
Stop by  the library and pre-order your bouquet of roses 
for $29.95 starting February 1st!
Pick up February 13 & 14 during regular library hours (10am-8pm).
All proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Nazareth.
For Your Information

Do you love books and love helping people? As a  Library Page
at The Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity, you will do that and much more!   A Page position is meant to give you knowledge about what it means to work within a library, and serves as the perfect "first job" for high school students. You will have access to a wealth of knowledge and experience, which will allow you to decide if the library is where you want to begin your career.

Application and full job description of the Library Page job opening can be obtained at the 
main circulation desk  during library hours. 
( Sorry, only students 14 years old and older will be considered.)

All applications are due Monday, February 4, 2019.
 Library Events 
All events are held at the library, unless otherwise noted.
Career Development Series: Tuesdays @ 6:30pm
February 12, 19, & 26

Are you looking for a new job?  Career Change? 
Returning to work after being a stay-at-home parent? 
Join us in February for a series of classes,  led by a Certified Professional Résumé Writer.
Open Q&A at the end of each session; private, individual résumé reviews as time allows.

What the applicant tracking system (ATS) is & how to beat it.

How to set-up your résumé to get it noticed.

Why the accompanying documentation to a résumé is critical to your success.


February 12:  Résumé Basics - Chronological (Traditional) Format

February 19:  Résumé Basics - Functional Format: This evening will include an overview of the Chronological Format discussed on Feb. 12th, with the addition of addressing employment lapses (including time as a stay-at-home-parent and how it works within a functional format).

February 26:  Letters - Tips & tricks to cover, interview follow-up, and resignation letters

Sign-up at the Main Circulation Desk, registration opens February 4th for all sessions.

Free Tax Assistance at The Library on Saturdays!
The Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity is happy to announce that certified AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers will be available again this year 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 take advantage of this free service.
NO RESERVATIONS WILL BE TAKEN prior to the day of service. It is a walk-in first-come first-served basis. The Library opens at 9am on Saturdays.

AARP will be at the library on the following Saturdays from 9:30am-1:30pm:
February 16, 23  ~   March 2, 9, 16, 30  ~   April 6, 13

NOTE: On February 2, 9 and March 23, AARP will not be here, however, they will be at 
St. John's Lutheran Church, 200 South Broad Street, Nazareth
NCC Success Express on Mondays: February 11 & 25

This innovative RV is e quipped with computers and internet access, and gives prospective students and adults the ability to fill out applications, get career information, and apply for financial aid.   Note: This schedule is subject to change based on weather conditions that adversely affect driving & parking.
Need Help with Technology? 
"Tech Tuesdays" is Your Answer!
Joe McMaster will be having  Tech Tuesdays every Tuesday night from 5:00-7:00pm.
These sessions will be held in   half hour blocks where patrons can schedule 1:1 time with Joe for assistance with any area of technology (e.g., iPad, tablet, Google Suite, Microsoft suite, etc.). 

Registration is required, please sign-up at the main circulation desk in person, or by phone, for a time slot that  best fits your schedule!
Book Discussion Groups  
All book discussion groups welcome new members, 
and meetings take place in the  Library living room.

Introducing: The Mystery, Crime, & History Book Club!
This new book discussion group will be led by library volunteer, Michael Schott! Mike approached us after talking with multiple male patrons about books and discovered we were missing a niche: a book club for those (men and women!) who are interested in reading books in the mystery genre.  Mike will be leading four book discussion groups this year, and is the perfect fit as he is a  former Library Director, and has  published numerous articles (and a book!), so he brings a love of reading and preparedness to the discussion! As an obvious bonus, his favorite genre is mysteries (hard boiled detective novels, police or crime fiction). Register for his book club today and receive a free copy of Now & Then while supplies last!

Mystery, Crime, & History*
Tues., 2/5 @ 
Nazareth Book Club
Wed., 2/13 @  6:30pm
Daytime Book Club
Fri., 2/22 @  10:30am
*Now & Then 
by Robert B. Parker
The Shoemaker's Wife
by Adriana Trigiani
Little Fires
by Celeste Ng

Nazareth Book Club
Wed., 3/13
Brainy Bibliophiles*
Tues., 3/26 @   
(Two Books)
Daytime Book Club
Fri., 3/29 
Little Fires Everywhere
by Celeste Ng
*The Hound of the Baskervilles
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
**Sherlock Holmes Was Wrong: Reopening the Case of the Hound of the Baskervilles
by Pierre Bayard
Small Island
by Andrea Levy

*Register for either the Mystery, Crime, & History or Brainy Bibliophiles Book Clubs and receive a free copy of the book* (while supplies last!)
**This book is available for check-out.

This is a PA Forward Initiative promoting Basic Literacy
Upcoming Library Events for CHILDREN & TEENS
All events are held at the library, unless otherwise noted.
Young Authors & Illustrators
Now through Saturday, March 9th

Calling all young authors and illustrators!  The annual Young Authors & Illustrators program for children in kindergarten through high school runs now through 
Saturday, March 9th

Write and illustrate your story and receive one copy for you and one for the Library collection at the Young Author ceremony during National Library Week. Pick up a copy of the rules at the Children's Desk, and while you're there, check out some of the past entries. 

Special Thanks to the Friends of the Library for sponsoring this program!
Teen Board Games!
Saturday, February 2nd ~  12:30-3:30pm

Hang out and have fun with your friends on these Saturdays -- board games, snacks, and drinks provided! (Must be a high school teen to participate.)
Makerspace Saturday for School-Age Children!
Saturday, February 9th ~  1-2pm
Drop by for some Makerspace fun with Legos and Keva Planks,
no registration required!
Valentine Stories & Craft
Wednesday, February 13th ~  6:30-7:15pm

Don't miss this special Valentine evening! Enjoy stories and a craft, right in time for Valentine's Day! Space is limited, registration opens at the Children's Desk on Wednesday, February 6th.
Upcoming Library Events 
All events are held at the library, unless otherwise noted.
*NEW* Bilingual Story Time
Wednesday, February 20th ~ 10:45am

Join us for a new story time -- where your children will hear stories in both 
English and Spanish! No registration is required for this drop-in program.
Weekly Story Times,  Shake & Boogie, &  WEE Build!

Join us for these drop-in programs, c lick  here  for a complete schedule!

Keep in touch with unexpected cancellations by following us on
Facebook & Instagram!

Giving Thanks

Michael and Kristine Frace IMO Elizabeth Huth 
John and Pamela Melick IMO Elizabeth Huth 
Joanne Messenlehner IMO Elizabeth Huth 
Barbara Sandbrook for her donation to expand the Travel DVD Collection
Jeff and Kelly Brown for their generous donation to make a significant impact on our library
A gift to your library is a gift to yourself. 
Over the years, patrons and friends of the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity have made contributions in a variety of ways. They have taken advantage of the opportunity to reduce the cost of gifts through tax savings, while at the same time maintaining or increasing their value to the library. Memorial and other special gifts are a meaningful way of paying tribute or recognizing a special achievement. Contributions to the Library are tax deductible. 
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