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Mission Statement

The mission of the Library is to use its available resources to provide a balanced collection of library materials and information services in a wide range of formats.

The purpose of this mission is to protect intellectual freedom, promote literacy, and to encourage lifelong learning among the citizens of its service area including: Nazareth Borough, Lower Nazareth, Upper Nazareth and Bushkill Townships.

Strategic Plan

Our Strategic Plan outlines our goals and initiatives set forth for the coming years. The Strategic Plan for 2017 - 2020 is available.

Annual Report

Our Annual Report is released in February of each calendar year. The 2017 Annual Report is now available.

Board Members

A (9) member Board of Directors plus (1) ex-officio member governs the Library. Directors represent each funding municipality. Members of the Board serve for a period of three years.

2018 Board Meetings
*All meetings begin at 6 pm in the Library Board Room unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Sunday, March 18, 208 – Mini Golf FORE the Library
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Tuesday, July 31, 2108
Tuesday, August 28, 2108
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Saturday, October 6, 2018 – Touch a Truck
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Tuesday, December 11, 2018


The current Board members are:

President: Dr. Barbara Fischl Nazareth Borough
Vice President: Teresa Sayago Upper Nazareth
Treasurer: Cynthia Merritt Bushkill Township
Secretary: Athena Gross Upper Nazareth
Borough Liaison: Carl Fischl Nazareth Borough
Members: Harry Adams
Christopher Crook
Norma Shriver
Rita Bergstrom
Jeff Ortwein

Nazareth Borough
Nazareth Borough
Lower Nazareth
Lower Nazareth
Bushkill Township

Staff Contact Information

Director Holly Bennett
Head of Children's Services/Assistant Director Catherine Stewart
Business Manager Marie Loser

Funding Sources

The Library is supported locally by contributions from: Nazareth Borough, Lower Nazareth, Upper Nazareth and Bushkill Townships. The Library budget is determined by the Library's operating needs, goals of the current strategic plan and anticipated state funding. A per capita amount is budgeted and then multiplied by the Earned Income Tax population of each funding municipality to determine the funding request for each municipality.

The Library budget is prepared and recommended by the Library Budget Committee, which is made of members of the Library Board and 1 elected official from each supporting municipality. The budget is then submitted to the Library Board for approval. The Board approved budget is then sent to each funding municipality.

Funding is also received in the form of state aid contributions from the Pennsylvania Office of Commonwealth Libraries. State funding amounts are calculated on local funding received, therefore any decreases in local funding adversely affect future state funding. This fact makes full funding from each local municipality vital.

Other funds are received from private fundraising, donations, grants and fines/fees collected.

The Library receives no funding from the Nazareth Area School District.

A municipality wishing to become a supporting municipality would be obliged to agree to the current local funding formula.