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Library 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.

Parkland Community Library 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