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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.

For updated information about programming, construction updates, returns and due dates, and all that’s available to you during this time, please visit our website at ParklandLibrary.org.

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 as we deal with this unexpected challenge and we apologize for this necessary temporary closure. 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


Mission & Vision

Parkland Community Library is administrated by a Library Director and governed by a Board of Directors. The three municipalities served by the Library- North Whitehall Township, South Whitehall Township and Upper Macungie Township- and the Parkland School District together appoint nine members to the Board of Directors.

Mission: The library connects people to each other and the world, serving as the cornerstone of our community by providing access to information, technology and cultural enrichment for a lifetime of learning and enjoyment.

2019-2022 Strategic Plan

Vision: A thriving community where all residents are empowered to connect, discover, and grow.


Our History

Parkland Community Library started in 1973 as a grassroots effort, and was housed in a converted building in Guthsville, South Whitehall Township.

By February 1974, 6 months after the first library building opened, the library owned 2,699 items, and was open 12 hours a week to serve the 25,419 residents of South Whitehall, North Whitehall and Upper Macungie Townships. By the end of that year there were 659 registered borrowers who had borrowed 4,373 items.

In 1981, the library moved to a new building of 5,000 square feet. By June 1982, one year after the current Parkland Library building opened, the collection had grown to 21,060 items, and the library had expanded its hours of operation to 46 hours a week. There were 8,321 registered library users who borrowed 112,762 items that year. The library's service area included a population of 32,185.

The library steadily outgrew the 1981 building as the community expanded, and as the population increased its use of the library. The 2010 U.S. Census recorded a population of 54,976 people for Parkland. The area continues to grow.

The library currently has a collection of over 70,000 items including books, periodicals, audio books, music CDs, movie and nonfiction DVDs and videocassettes and more. The busy library is open 58 hours a week. In fiscal year 2008-2009, registered users of the library borrowed 294,947 items. Not included in that number are the thousands of people who attended the hundreds of children's and adult programs, who sought information from the reference staff, who used the reference information on the library's webpage or who used the materials and Internet services in the library.