Books & Media research events community contribute about
Search the Catalog
My Library Account
Audiobooks & Ebooks
Ebook Help Guide
Find Books @ AccessPA
Get a Book We Don't Own
Research Databases
Trustworthy Websites
Research Help Guides

Genealogy Research
Talk Live to a Librarian
Events Calendar
Story Hour Schedule
Book Club Schedule
Book Sales
Nazareth Digital History
Meeting Room Policy
Search Other Libraries
Tax Forms & Gov't Info
Employment Assistance
MLNV Pinterest Page
How YOU Can Contribute
Annual Campaign 2015

Donate Online
Friends of the Library
Become a Volunteer
Political Advocacy
Closings & Holidays
Membership Eligibility
Borrowing Policies
Library Business
Library History

Memorial Library of Nazareth And Vicinity History

The idea of a public library for Nazareth and vicinity was conceived following WWII when the community decided to erect a living memorial honoring all the local men and women who served in time of war.

Prior to construction of a library facility, Mr. Nelson Freeman donated the second floor of his South Main Street store as a temporary library.

The ground was broken for the Library on April 30, 1950 and the Dedication was held May 30, 1951.

By 1970 library usage had increased almost tenfold. The heirs of Peter and Katherine Trumbower donated the Trumbower home, at the corner of Center and New Streets, as a larger library facility. The library moved into this, its present location in May of 1970.

Once again the library outgrew its building, and in September of 1995 a campaign to build the 1.2 million-dollar addition began. Construction and renovation of the library, as it appears today, began in December of 1997. The new facility was rededicated on June 13, 1999.

Source:
Yeakel, Elmer & Alice. (1998) The History of the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity. Moravian Hall Square Museum Craft Shop: Nazareth, PA.