Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony: The PCL is officially Re-opened

On Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 4 PM, South Whitehall Township and Parkland Community Library held a joint ribbon-cutting ceremony on the grounds of the newly completed South Whitehall Township Campus in Allentown, PA. Parkland Community Library’s director, Debbie Jack, and PCL Board President Barry G. Cohen gave speeches that welcomed the community officially and thanked supporters for the long-awaited completion of the project.

We are open to the public. The expansion addressed spatial issues, including housing books that were in storage, additional parking, enlarging and adding new meeting rooms to accommodate all of our program attendees and modernization of the existing library floor plan. Download the press release here. 

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11/12/2020 Since closing in February 2020, renovations to the library continued through the summer and fall seasons. The exterior walls were put up, and new windows were installed. Concrete has been poured for the new front porch. 

On December 18, 2019, South Whitehall Township commissioners approved the expansion and renovation Parkland Community Library. The 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, per request of our patrons. Parkland Community Library staff will be relocated to the second floor.

The renovation features a new children’s wing! Our former staff offices will be opened up to make space for the Children’s collection, a program space, window seating, and a play area.

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

2020 Groundbreaking Ceremony

On Tuesday, July 21, 2020, Parkland Community Library held a groundbreaking ceremony on the grounds of 4422 Walbert Avenue, Allentown, PA. The Library’s director, Debbie Jack, and Barry G. Cohen, PCL Board President, gave speeches and announced officially that the long-awaited library expansion is well underway. 

PCL Partners with South Whitehall Township to Explore Library Expansion

As of 2019, Parkland Community Library (PCL) building capacity was 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.”

On Wednesday, February 1, 2019, 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, jackd@parklandlibrary.org 

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Trees have been removed for the new extension. Interior construction began in June 2020.