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The Parkland Community Library is excited to announce that we are expanding! On December 18, 2019, South Whitehall Township commissioners approved much-needed additions to the library. Our current footprint of 5,400 square feet will expand to 10,200 square feet, including a new extension towards Walbert Avenue with a first and second floor. The enlarged first floor will include a large community room that can be divided into two smaller rooms. The north side of the building will also include additional restrooms and a quiet room, per request of our patrons. Parkland Community Library staff will be relocated to the second floor.

We are also excited to announce that the renovation features a new children’s wing! Our current staff offices will be opened up to make space for the Children’s collection, a children’s program space, window seating, and a play area.

The library will also receive additional parking spaces in front of and behind the building. This expansion will allow us to continue serving the Parkland community at our current location while providing much-needed parking and space.


To the Parkland Community Library Community,

The Parkland Community Library is currently closed due to safety concerns associated with the South Whitehall Township campus construction project. The safety of our patrons is of the utmost concern. Our closing, while sudden, was and is necessary.

While our physical location is currently off limits to the community, library staff is working behind the scenes to make our collection available and to prepare a temporary space for library services. The library has secured temporary space in the Roma Corporate Center (1605 North Cedar Crest Blvd. Allentown) and is preparing to reopen there as soon as possible in early spring. In the meantime, we would like to remind everyone that the library is a proud member of the Lehigh Carbon Library Cooperative (LCLC) and materials can be accessed at any of the other participating libraries.

If you have any questions or thoughts, please contact the library at 610-398-1361 ext. 22 or jackd@parklandlibrary.org.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this process. We’re excited about serving you both in our temporary location at Roma Corporate Center, as well as when we return to our expanded, renovated South Whitehall Township Location later this year.

Sincerely,

Barry G. Cohen

President, Parkland Community Library Board of Directors


PCL Partners with South Whitehall Township to Explore Library Expansion

Why?

The current Parkland Community Library (PCL) building is at capacity at 5,400 square feet. While the population of Parkland School District has grown to 55,000 community members, the library has remained the same size since 1981. PCL Executive Director Debbie Jack said, “It’s time to expand, so we can continue to serve the community at the high level it expects and deserves.”

What?

On Wednesday, February 1st, the Parkland Community Library Board of Directors went before the South Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners and received the go ahead to explore expanding their current location an additional 2,000 to 7,000 square feet, subject to space and budget constraints. Expansion features may include more space for community events to serve more children at storytime while providing adult workshops and groups at the same time. Potential expansion costs will be bolstered with $3M saved for a new larger building. Jack said, “The Parkland Community Library Board of Directors is excited to partner with South Whitehall Township to make this project a success.”

Questions? Contact: Debbie Jack, Executive Director 610.398.1361 x22 jackd@parklandlibrary.org


Last updated: 3/30/2020