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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.
Our Strategic Plan outlines our goals and initiatives set forth for the coming years. The Strategic Plan for 2011 - 2013 is available. Help the Library help you by completing the Strategic Plan Survey.
Our Annual Report is released in February of each calendar year. The 2014 Annual Report is now available.
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. The Board meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 6pm in the Library, except in December, when it meets on the third Tuesday. The 2016 meeting dates are: January 26, February 23, March 22, April 26, May 24, June 28, July 26, August 23, September 27, October 25, November 15, and December 20.
The current Board members are:
||Upper Nazareth Township
| Vice President:
||Dr. Barbara Fischl
| Upper Nazareth
Bushkill Township (interim)
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.