50th Anniversary

Parkland Community Library

50 & Fabulous!

“The 50th anniversary is a proud milestone for the library,” says Jaclyn Hoimes, Interim Library Director. “Parkland Community Library has proven to be a gathering place for patrons and their families. Since its inception, we have helped forge strong bonds with our community. We remain a fixture in pursuit of knowledge, technology, and entertainment. I want to thank all past and present staff and volunteers for their continued work and dedication to the library’s mission to establish Parkland Community Library as a cornerstone of our community.”

Parkland Community Library (PCL) celebrates 50 years.

Articles of Incorporation were signed on August 2, 1973. The Department of State officially approved PCL on August 21, 1973. The library was housed in a converted building in Guthsville, South Whitehall Township. Over the years of expanding its patronship, the library was relocated to larger locations to meet the district’s needs. After moving several times, PCL remained at its current location in the South Whitehall Township Complex. It took nearly 20 years to lobby for the legislation necessary to expand to suit the needs of our evolution as a community center.

In 2021, the library finally achieved a much-needed modernization and expansion. We expanded from 5,400 square feet to over 11,000 square feet. The expansion included updated technology, additional parking, and a new children’s wing. A new large meeting room for library programs and events was built. In addition, a bookshop was included for the Friends of the Library volunteer group. In February 2023, PCL received the 2023 Lehigh Valley Environmental Innovations Nonprofit Award. Presented by The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce Energy & Environment Committee, the award for renovating our existing building, committing to energy efficiency, using recycled content building materials, and representing our commitment to sustainability.

“Libraries are still relevant. Beyond books, Parkland Community Library continues to provide new, innovative, and convenient services that both save you money and promote lifelong learning and literacy. Museum Passes, Mobile Hotspots, Medicare Enrollment assistance, and a plethora of community events for all ages are just a snapshot of what the library offers. We look forward to serving you for many years to come.”

Jaclyn Hoimes

Interim Library Director

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Parkland Community Library is calling on our patrons, community partners, and local businesses to celebrate this milestone. Share your photos and experiences on social media with the hashtag #PCL50Years


Event Calendars

For the most up-to-date events calendar, please view the online calendar here. Get more out of your library by attending programs and events! Our monthly event calendars are available to download below. Libraries have evolved over the years, and PCL is no exception. With our 2021 renovation, we have enlarged our indoor spaces and have…

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Ready, Set, Library!

What’s Happening at Your Library: April 2024 Cheers for Fifty Years! On Saturday, April 13th, 2024, the Parkland Community Library (PCL) is celebrating its 50th anniversary during National Library Week! Join us for a day of music, food trucks, balloons, and more. Read more here: Cheers to 50 Years Celebration. Theme The theme for National Library…

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