A Letter from the Director...

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month - a time when the American Library Association and libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important back to school supply of all. Although a library card is an essential back to school necessity, it is more than a school supply. A library card is also a gateway for adults to read books, access audio materials, eBooks, DVDs, museum passes, genealogy and other research databases.

Granted the modern social word keeps us all busy, but do you agree that adults should carry an active library card in their pocket? In the month of July, the Nazareth Library welcomed nearly 6,000 unique users. That number does not reflect patrons that visit the library more than once a month.

It is a fact that our community is using the Nazareth Library. During National Library Card Sign-up month, bring a neighbor, friend, or municipal township leader to the library to get a library card, so that everyone can experience what the library has to offer.

In closing, I want to remind everyone that Touch a Truck is right around the corner. It will take place on Saturday, October 6th at Tuskes Community Park. The representation of all the library's supporting municipalities and local businesses offers a wonderful community day. On behalf of the Library Staff and Library Board, we are grateful for the continued support of our Touch a Truck event sponsors and volunteers.

See you at the library!

Holly Bennett
Library Director, Information Conductor, and Community Ambassador
Nancy Clayborne, 
Circulation Assistant

Nancy joined the Library in June 2018 (just in time for Summer Reading!).  Prior to working with us, she lived in New England and worked in a Massachusetts AAA for several years, and while living in Maine, worked at a small Scandinavian Gift Shop, and was a registrar/scheduler in a small hospital.
In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, baking, and reading. And, for reading, Nancy enjoys any type of fiction, mysteries/thrillers, historical fiction, and fantasy/dystopian in particular. She recommends Grapes of Wrath and Handmaid's Tale. She enjoys the lessons on our society, compassion for one another, and what we can learn.

Nancy feels that the staff's enthusiasm is the library's greatest resource; and she loves the children's programs, and watching the children's excitement. Her favorite quote from the summer was said by a child leaving the library with a bag full of books, "I love that I have the ability to read SO MANY BOOKS!"
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Website Redesign:
Participate & Enter for a Chance to Win Prizes!

We are looking to improve our website to serve you better, and we cannot do this without your input! 

For your convenience, we are providing three ways in which you can provide us with your feedback:
  • @ the Library! 
    You can join other participants in a discussion (led by a library staff member) about the website. Register at the main circulation desk or by calling the library (610-759-4932), additional sessions will be added, as necessary.
  • Wednesday, 9/5, 6:30pm
  • Thursday, 9/6, 2:30pm
  • Friday, 9/7, 10:30am
  • @ Home!  You can take a form home, fill it out, and return it to the main circulation desk by September 15th. Forms are available at all computer workstations and the circulation desks.
  • @ Home! You can email Sarah Ellis at sellis@nazarethlibrary.org for an electronic form*, fill it out, and email it back by September 16th.
    *You will need Microsoft Word to do this
As a thank you for your time, you may fill out a raffle ticket located at the main circulation desk when you hand in your completed form, or at the end of a discussion group (note: electronic submissions will be entered into the drawing automatically, there is no need to fill out a raffle ticket); prizes include gift cards & t-shirts! There will be 3 winners, one chosen from each group listed above. Winners will be drawn and contacted on Monday, September 17th.

Thank you for your participation!
Friends of the Library Meeting
Tuesday, September 4th ~ 6:30pm

The Friends is a group of community members who raise money to provide programs and purchase items for the library collection which surpass the library's annual budget.  Without the Friends, many of the annual events that you and your children participate in would not be offered. 

Join this volunteer group to learn how you can help make a difference!

For more information, click here.
All events are held at the library, unless otherwise noted.
Saturday, October 6th ~ 10am - 2pm ~ Rain or Shine!

Don't miss this exciting family event! On  display you will find rescue vehicles, construction equipment, buses, a bookmobile and more! Children are invited to get up close, explore the trucks,  and talk with those who protect, build, and serve our community!

There will be food, refreshments, and raffles; including an opportunity to enter for a chance to WIN A BICYCLE, courtesy of Curt's Cyclery of Nazareth!

Tickets are on sale at the library (cash, check, or credit card accepted):
$5/ticket, or $20/5 tickets. 
You can also purchase tickets at the event for $5/ticket.

THANK YOU to our Touch a Truck Top Level Sponsors!

AAA Northampton County
C.F. Martin
Curt's Cyclery
East Lawn Supply Company

There is still time to register a vehicle and/or become a sponsor;
email  sellis@nazarethlibrary.org for an information packet today!
Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale

October 1st:
Accepting gently used adult and children's books, DVDs, CDs. Please, NO encyclopedias, textbooks, magazines, or VHS tapes. Please donate books during regular hours; do not leave books outside the library doors. 

November 1*, 2, 3: 
Fall Book Sale
*This first sale day includes an exclusive preview sale for Friends' members.

Please attend the September 4th meeting to learn how you can help make this book sale a success; or pick up information at the library to find out how you can become a member!
All events are held at the library, unless otherwise noted.
Painting with Jen:
Moms Night Out!
Wednesday, October 10th ~ 6:30-8:00pm

Join artist Jen Avitabile to create a fall scene! Space is limited for this popular night out, registration opens October 1st.

Nazareth Women's Club Membership Drive
at The Library
Wednesday, October 10th ~ 5:30-7:30pm

Written by
Mary Sue Balm, Women's Club Member

For the Love of Education

The start of a new school year seems like the perfect time to look at the many contributions the Nazareth Women's Club makes to education in the area.

Each September the ladies kick off the Club year by donating school supplies for needy children. From sketch pads and markers to notebooks filled with paper, the ladies make sure that underprivileged Nazareth kids have everything they need on the first day of school.

Then there's the Library. The Women's Club, which helped start the Library at the end of World War II, continues to support it to this day. To help ensure that all the residents of Nazareth have access to the latest books and computer software, the Club donates proceeds from an annual fundraiser each year. The ladies also donate a new book whenever a member passes away.

It doesn't end there, however. Every year the Club presents a scholarship to a Nazareth High School senior and gives an award to a student at the Career Institute of Technology (CIT). This year Mackenzie Kaplan, an aspiring physician's assistant, received the scholarship to study at Lockhaven University, and Robin Lerch received the CIT award. Robin studied cosmetology there and went on to Moravian College, where she is studying nursing.

Education is just one part of the Women's Club mission. To find out more about the Club, you can attend a membership drive, complete with wine and cheese, at the Library on Weds., October 10, from 5:30 to 7 pm.
Lehigh Valley Storytellers Guild:
Halloween-Themed Stortytelling 
for Adults
Tuesday, October 30th ~ 6:30-7:30pm

Join us for an evening of spooky storytelling on the Eve of Halloween! Space is limited for this adult-themed event; registration opens October 1st (sign up in person or by phone).
Neill Hartley as Woodrow Wilson
November 8 ~ 6:30-7:30pm

Neill Hartley is president Woodrow Wilson in this exciting one-man show set in the turbulent days leading up to World War I. A world filled with international intrigue, deadly U-Boat attacks and secret diplomatic communiqu├ęs that would slowly draw America into war.

Registration is required and opens mid-October.
(Must be 18 years old to participate.)
Keep Your Eyes Peeled in Mid-September...
we will be selling 

That's right, the popular game of chance that raises money for high school sports teams, churches, and other non-profit organizations is coming to the Nazareth Library.
For $10/calendar, you have a chance of winning over $900!

Stop by the library or stay tuned to Facebook & Instagram for details!
All meetings are held in the library living room, unless otherwise noted.
All groups welcome new members, and meetings take place in the 
Library living room.

Book Club
Wed., September 12

Book Club
Fri., September 28
Book Club
Wed., October 10

Book Club
Fri., October 26

The Great Swindle
by Pierre Lemaitre
Anything is Possible
by Elizabeth Strout
Before We Were Yours
by Lisa Wingate
Carnegie's Maid
by Marie Benedict

Nazzies Book Club
Friday, November 2 ~ 10:30am

The Kitchen House, by Kathleen Grissom

*The first 10 people to register will receive a free copy of the book;   sign-up at the circulation desk starting  September 7th.

(A PA Forward Initiative promoting Basic Literacy)
All events are held at the library, unless otherwise noted.
Teen Game Day Saturdays!
September 29th,  November 3rd,  December 1st ~ 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.)
Painting with Jen:
Children in Grades 3-5
Thursday, October 11th ~ 6:30-7:30pm

Join artist Jen Avitabile to create a fall scene! Space is limited for this popular night out, registration opens October 1st.


Storytimes/Shake & Boogie will resume 
the week of September 9th!

Join us at the library for story times (offered in the morning, afternoon, and evening!), Shake & Boogie, and Wee Build! We have multiple programs for babies and toddlers! (Plus, we have story times on Thursday at our Lower Nazareth library!)

Click  here for a complete schedule!

These programs are part of a PA Forward Initiative promoting Basic Literacy.
Thank you
Curt's Cyclery 
for sponsoring our September Newsletter!

Curt's Cyclery is a family owned and operated bike shop in Nazareth, PA. Biking is a passion for our family and we love to share that love for bikes with our customers. 

We believe there is no better way than biking to bring family and friends together. From kids bikes, mountain bikes, e-bikes and road bikes, we offer it all.  No matter your experience level or knowledge of cycling, we will help you find the perfect bikes for you and your family.  

For more information, please visit www.curtscyclery.com and 
follow them on Facebook @curtscylery!
Do you own a small business and are looking for a new way to advertise it?  Sponsoring  this newsletter could be your answer!

Whether you work from home or a brick and mortar storefront, small businesses are key to our community

This newsletter reaches over 5,600 subscribers in the Nazareth community and beyond;  if this opportunity interests you, please email sellis@nazarethlibrary.org for more information!
Thank You for Your Generous
Donations Towards Summer Reading...

Effie Bittner 
Joshua and Janel Ziegenfus 

It is truly thanks to patrons like you that we can continue to offer summer programming, giveaways, and events at no cost to our community.

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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