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Monthly Events Calendars

Check out our monthly program calendars for children and adults and teens here! 

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Book Clubs

Brainy Bibliophiles

Brainy Bibliophiles is led by Jill Silvius, Ph.D. and takes a more scholarly approach to book discussions.

The group reads a mix of fiction, nonfiction, and classics – usually texts that are longer, more theoretical, and/or more complex than you might find in another book group.

The group meets in-person at 5:00PM on select dates in the living room.

Registration is recommended.

For more information, email [email protected].

  • March 7th, 5pm – Another look at “Little Red Riding Hood”:
    • “The Company of Wolves” (short story) by Angela Carter and “Between (Just) the Paws of the Tender Wolf: Rereading the Conclusion of Angela Carter’s ‘The Company of Wolves'” (article)
    • Registrants will be emailed the link to the short story and a copy of the essay.
  • June 6th, 5pm – Another look at empathy:
    • The Empathy Exams (essays) by Leslie Jamison
  • September 5th, 5pm – Another look at love and reality (and quantum mechanics):
    • Dark Matter (fiction book) by Blake Crouch
  • December 5th, 5pm – Another look at Hamlet:
    • Rosenkrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (drama) by Tom Stoppard

Daytime Book Discussion Group

The Daytime Book Discussion Group meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 11:00AM.

Wednesday Night Book Group

The group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm in the living room; contact [email protected] for details and updates.

See below for selections:

Audiobook Discussion Group

The Audiobook Discussion Group meets on the second Thursday of each month at 1:00PM.

  • May 11 – The Girls with No Names by Serena Burdick
  • June 8 – The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester
  • July 13 – The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michelle Richardson
  • September 14 – The Man Who Loved China by Simon Winchester
  • October 12 – This is Happiness by Niall Williams
  • November 9 – Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

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Ukulele Orchestra

People between the ages of 9-109 years old are invited to come to the library to learn to play ukulele, practice your ukulele, and make music with others. For beginners, intermediate, and advanced players. Please bring your own ukulele if you have one. The library has five ukuleles for people to use during meetings. Questions? Email Berry at [email protected].

The ukuleles were provided thanks to a partnership with Martin Guitar Charitable

Dates for the Ukulele Orchestra’s Summer Meetings are as follows:

If you plan on using one of MLNV’s ukuleles, please read out Ukulele Borrowing Policy >>

Updated 6/7/2023

Other Clubs and Groups

The Memorial Library of Nazareth & Vicinity is happy to host a number of other clubs and groups that are open to the public to join!

Junior Friends of the Library

Children in grades third through sixth are invited to join this special club. We will plan events to support the library! Check our events calendar for specific dates!


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Book Sales

Book Donations

MLNV will be accepting donations of new and gently used books, DVDs, and CDs the following days:

Thursday, September 21; Friday, September 22; Saturday, September 23

Thursday, September 28; Friday, September 29; Saturday, September 30

Books and items will not be accepted at any other time.

Items that are not accepted include: home movies, VHS and cassette tapes, video games in outdated formats (Wii, GameCube, etc), and items in the following conditions: torn pages, stained, water damaged, mold or mildew, bugs, damaged spines, dirty, etc.

Please direct questions to Anneliese Warnke at [email protected].

Fall Book Sale

The Friends of the Nazareth Library will be hosting a Fall Book Sale on the following days:

Wednesday. October 25: Early Bird $10 door charge, 3-6pm

Thursday, October 26: 10am-7pm

Friday, October 27: 10am-4pm

Saturday, October 28: Fill-a-bag day, 9am-12pm

Ongoing Book Sale

There is an ongoing book sale in the front lobby of the library between the doors.

Pricing is as follows:

  • Hardcovers – $2
  • Softcovers – $1
  • Movies/TV – $1 per disc
  • Children’s books – 5 for $1

Updated 8/11/2023

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The MLNV publishes an online newsletter that is delivered to subscribers each month. If you’d like to sign up for this free service, please email outreach.

Check out what’s been happening at the library:

Children's Room Activities

STEM and Building Toys

The library provides a number of fun and educational toys for children and families to enjoy inside the children’s department.

Thomas the Tank Engine and related train tracks and cars are available for play in the Easy-to-Read room, as are a number of animal puppets for storytelling. Various building toys such as Magna-Tiles and a changing variety of other toys are also available.

Thomas Toczek, woodworker, has graciously provided the library with a number of handmade wooden toys, including animal and truck toys. These have unique and fun movement features.

Board games, many of which are available for checkout, are available for play inside the library. There are also a number of other small games available to play with.

Talking Book Drop

Thanks to the combined efforts of staff members and volunteer Brenda Reinert, the MLNV is pleased to announce the addition of an interactive book drop in the children’s department. This book return is located under the children’s circulation desk. It features a sensor that can make up to twenty possible sounds whenever a book is placed inside. Check back often to hear new sounds and voices!

AWE Learning Stations

The library offers three AWE Learning Stations within the children’s department. These children’s computers offer hundreds of educational games and visual stories for children ages 3+. Easy-to-use touchscreen monitors and child-sized keyboards and mice make these the perfect tools for interactive learners.

Programs on the computers include virtual storybooks, and games that help to teach early literacy, math skills, science skills, and art.

Craft Table

A craft table is located in the Juvenile Fiction and Non-fiction room, available for families and children of all ages! New crafts are added monthly, and other activities such as coloring pages and interactive bulletin board activities are available at all times.

All materials are provided. We ask that you please clean up any small messes, or inform a librarian if further clean-up is needed.

Scavenger Hunts

The children’s department features ongoing scavenger hunts for children that are changed monthly. These hunts include word puzzles, rhyming hints, and holiday-themed activities. Past hunts have included the Halloween Pumpkin Hunt and Gingerbread Baby Chase, so stop by each month to see what’s new.

Children and families may participate in the scavenger hunt once a cycle. Small prizes are awarded for those who complete it, and occasional raffles are held.


We welcome you and your children to check out our LEGO Wall! This popular play space is located upstairs in the Children’s Department, in the Easy-to-Read room.

Funding for the LEGO wall was made possible by the Will R. Beitel Children’s Community Foundation.

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Adults and Teens

Teen Room

The Teen Room is located downstairs, to the right of the main stairwell. It features our Young Adult Fiction books and Teen and Adult Board Games.

A sofa and floor space is available for teens to hang out and do work. A desk workspace with nearby outlet is available for teens and young adults under the windowsill.

The Teen Room features several ongoing programs. Teen art is showcased periodically in the display area above the main doorway. Take home craft kits are frequently available. Scavenger hunts and passive escape rooms occur roughly every other month. Other programs, such as raffles and reading challenges, are highlighted in the Teen Room.

Anyone with questions about teen collections and programs should contact [email protected].

Puzzles & Activities

The Reference Area next to the main Circulation Desk hosts multiple passive programs for adults of all ages.

A new jigsaw puzzle is available every month for anyone to build on.

Adult coloring books and sheets are available for calm coloring inside the library.

A Magazine Swap is available near the front door. Anyone is welcome to drop off their old magazines for others to enjoy. Feel free to take as many free magazines from the sway as you like.

Anyone with questions about adult programming at MLNV should contact [email protected].

Plant Swap

Located on the Reference Area windowsill, our ongoing Houseplant Swap invites patrons to bring in any houseplants, cuttings, pots, or plant care items that they no longer need. Likewise, anyone is welcome to take any items from the plant swap that they like.

Please contact [email protected] with any questions regarding the plant swap or other adult programming.

Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading Program

Learn about the 2023 Summer Reading Program HERE.


2019 Summer Reading Program

Highlights from our 2019 program included: a special program from the Franklin Institute, Didgeridoo, a Pride Month celebration, summer coding clubs, a cooking class for children, reading to the pups, brunch bunches, art programs, a stuffed animal sleepover, DIY terrarium classes for both adults and teens, and a special evening with John Adams! We also invited the community to the library to celebrate Nazareth Day–with a visit from favorite princesses Cinderella & Belle, an inflatable obstacle course on the front lawn, face painting, and an Escape Room!

2020 Summer Reading Program

Highlights from our 2020 program included: using the online platform READSquared for the first time, Story Walks along our sidewalks, storytimes with princesses Cinderella & Belle, fun programming with Science Tellers, a Pride Month celebration, a book talk with author Scott Morro, many take-home crafts, trivia nights, and a White Belt Challenge with Action Karate!

2021 Summer Reading Program

Thank you for another successful summer! Take a look back at the highlights from our 2021 program here.

Touch a Truck 2023

For information about our 2023 Touch a Truck Festival, click HERE.

September is Library Card Signup Month!

September is Library Card Sign Up Month!

Check us out all September for our #LibraryCardSignUpMonth celebrations! This year’s theme is “Get in Your Element!” For more information on the history of #LCSUM head over to the American Library Association’s website.

This year, we’re going all out! Anyone who registers for a library card during the month of September can spin our prize wheel to win a ton of different prizes. We’ll have three raffles going on, as well, including Touch-A-Truck tickets, an adult book basket, and a kids’ craft basket! There will also be a refer-a-friend rewards program for current patrons!

Want to celebrate with us? Sign up for your very own MLNV library card! Stop by the main circulation desk or register online.

For more information on MLNV library card eligibility click here.

Teen Advisory Board

The Teen Advisory Board is a forum where teens from the local middle and high schools discuss library-related issues, plan events and service projects, and offer suggestions to improve library teen collections. TAB has four sessions a year, one each season.
The Teen Advisory Board is back for 2023!

To join the board, teens must be entering the grades 7th through 12th, be able to attend a majority of meetings per session, and be willing to bring their thoughts and ideas about improving the library and planning fun events to each meeting! Teens must also be respectful and be willing to offer constructive and insightful input on other ideas. We are going to work together plan fun events and projects that everyone can enjoy!

TAB members can receive volunteer hours for time spent at meetings and working events. TAB members must have an active MLNV library card. Members will be making creative and financial decisions regarding teen collections and events at the library, so bring your A-game!

TAB currently meets every Thursday at 6pm at the library.

Those interested in joining should contact [email protected] or download and fill out an application!

Holiday Basket Raffle

The Basket Raffle is a yearly basket raffle/tricky tray; tickets are sold at the library and all proceeds benefit the library. Tickets can be purchased between Veteran’s Day and Christmas in Nazareth

2023 Basket Raffle

Our annual Holiday Basket Raffle is here! This year, we’ve got 80 baskets, gift cards, and other large items up for raffle, all donated by local businesses and generous community supporters! Tickets are $20 for 25 and can only be purchased in person at the library. Winners will be drawn December 11.

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Everbright Wall

The Everbright Wall, located on the first floor of the library, is a modern re-imagining of the giant Light Bright, with hundreds of illuminated dials that cycle through a spectrum of 158 colors at the touch of a hand. Children and adults alike should feel free to come in and explore, create, and imagine with our Everbright Wall every day! The wall is on during library open hours.

To use the wall, turn the dials until you get the color you want. Make designs, patterns, and shapes. Turning a lit dial after a period of inactivity will turn the color off. After several minutes of inactivity, the wall will go into a screensaver mode, where it will cycle through colorful animations. Stick around to watch the show!

Funding for the Everbright was provided via a grant from the Trumbower Hospital Foundation.

Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Memorial Library of Nazareth & Vicinity are a separate 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting the library through volunteer and fundraising efforts. They meet at the Nazareth Library on the third Thursday of every month at 6pm.


Sean Carson, President

Suzanne Reenstra, Vice President/Secretary

Rhonda Stark, Treasurer

For questions about the Friends or for those wishing to join, please contact Vice President Suzanne Reenstra at [email protected]

Meeting Minutes

October 2023

September 2023

August 2023