February 2024 News

What’s Happening at Your Library This Month

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February is Library Lovers’ Month

Be our Valentine! Library Lovers’ Month is a month-long celebration of school, public, and private libraries of all types. This is a time for everyone, especially library support groups, to recognize the value of libraries and to work to ensure that the Nation’s libraries will continue to serve. The best part about this time of the year is that life slows down a bit. It might not be that noticeable to you, but the unexpected snow is an opportunity to practice self-care. Grab that book you have thought about, cozy up in your favorite spot, and indulge your mind! Travel to distant lands and solve a mystery alongside your favorite detective.

Love comes in many forms, and we love our patrons! We want to thank you for making us number one in your life! We aim to keep improving for you. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to share your love of libraries!

There are other ways to support your library, too.

Supporting Your Library

  • Let your voice be heard! Take to social media and write to news outlets to express your concerns and support of libraries as a vital resource in your community.
  • Attend local government meetings to urge city and county legislators to invest in libraries to save substantial tax dollars and aid people of all ages to become more literate and productive.
  • Support library referenda in elections.
  • Write to your state and federal legislators and demand that library service be viewed (and funded) as a necessary public service.
  • Grassroots: Speak up for libraries at campus or community groups, PTA, Chamber of Commerce, and faculty groups.
  • Invite your librarian to talk at functions or meetings to promote library services and needs.

Percy Jackson Contest Winners Announced

January-February 2024

Congratulations to our winners: Brianna P.

Family win for Jarek, who is pictured with his siblings! They all entered the contest.

Patrons visited the Youth Services Desk to answer as many trivia questions as possible about Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. Those who played were entered into a raffle to win a hardcover illustrated book.

“If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself.”
 (The Lightning Thief)

Lehigh Valley IronPigs Charities

We are grateful to announce that IronPigs Charities, presented by Air Products, has generously donated a $2000 check to support Stretch and Grow fitness-related programs at Parkland Community Library. We intend to put this generous donation towards events such as kids’ storytime yoga and teen zumba/yoga. We truly appreciate their contribution as it enables us to enhance the well-being and promote a healthy lifestyle among children and teenagers in our area. Stay tuned for more exciting events in the future as we continue to foster a positive and active community.

Read more about the IronPigs Charites on their website.

New Items Available January 30, 2024

The Library of Things is an extraordinary assortment of unconventional items. We are excited to announce that we will be expanding the collection in the near future. Stay informed for updates, and be prepared to explore an even wider array of unique and non-traditional features. Discover new possibilities, enrich your experiences, and indulge in the delight of discovering the unexpected at the Library of Things.

Ready to Circulate!

Now Circulating

20 new puzzles have been added to the collection!

Trending Titles

What is everyone reading? Have a look at these best-sellers.

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympics

eBook (more formats available)

By Daniel James Brown, Narrator: Edward Herrmann

Overmatched but determined, a group of rowers came together to take on the world for a chance at their sport’s ultimate prize.

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Oath and Honor: a Memoir and a Warning

Liz Cheney

A gripping firsthand account from inside the halls of Congress as Donald Trump – leading to the violent attack on our Capitol on January 6th, 2021 – by the House Republican leader who dared to stand up to them. Liz Cheney takes readers inside the House Chamber during the attack on January 6th.

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The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store

James McBride

In 1972, when workers in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, were digging the foundations for a new development, the last thing they expected to find was a skeleton at the bottom of a well. Who the skeleton was in this dilapidated neighborhood where immigrant Jews and African Americans lived side by side and shared ambitions and sorrows. McBride shows us that even in dark times, love and community- heaven and earth- sustain us.

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Celebrate Black History Month

Black History Month 2024 theme focuses on “African Americans and the Arts.”

This theme is infused with African, Caribbean, and Black American lived experiences. The African-American influence has been paramount in visual and performing arts, literature, fashion, folklore, language, film, music, architecture, culinary, and other forms of cultural expression. African-American artists have used art to preserve history and community memory as well as for empowerment. Artistic and cultural movements, such as the New Negro, Black Arts, Black Renaissance, hip-hop, and Afrofuturism, have been led by people of African descent and set the standard for popular trends around the world. In 2024, we examine African-American arts and artisans’ varied history and life. – Association for the Study of African American Life and History

Explore African American artists on the Smithsonion’s website here.

Database Spotlight: Black Freedom Struggle by Power Library

Painting by Romare Bearden

It features select primary source documents related to critical people and events in African American history. By centering on the experiences and perspectives of African Americans, it is hoped that this collection imbues the study of Black history with a deeper understanding of the humanity of people who have pursued the quest for freedom and the significance of movements like Black Lives Matter.

The Black Freedom Struggle website presents primary source documents from several periods in American History and contains approximately 1,600 documents focused on six different phases of Black Freedom:

  • Slavery and the Abolitionist Movement (1790-1860)
  • The Civil War and the Reconstruction Era (1861-1877)
  • Jim Crow Era from 1878 to the Great Depression (1878-1932)
  • The New Deal and World War II (1933-1945)
  • The Civil Rights and Black Power Movements (1946-1975)
  • The Contemporary Era (1976-2000)

Celebrate the Lunar New Year

February 10-24

This year in the Chinese Zodiac is the year of the Wood Dragon. The Dragon is an auspicious sign of unparalleled talent and excellence in Chinese culture. Dragons symbolize power, nobility, honor, luck, and success. 2024 will bring about opportunities, changes, and challenges. In Chinese element theory, each zodiac sign is associated with one of five elements. Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire, or Earth means that a Wood Dragon, for example, comes once in a 60-year cycle. These elements influence the personality. This year’s Wood Dragon is introverted, less enthusiastic, and lacking in good relationships.

Kid’s Scavenger Hunt

Come to the Youth Services desk in the Barclay Family Children’s Wing in February to embrace the festive season fully. Participants can use a reusable Lunar New Year checklist throughout the children’s library to guide them in an exciting adventure.

Search for the 12 hidden zodiac animals as part of a thrilling scavenger hunt to earn a prize!

We encourage you to explore our past blog:

March News 2024

What’s Happening at Your Library If you stopped by the library in February, thank you! We hope you picked up a heart-shaped stress ball for Library Lover’s Month! Just a little cheer for our patrons this winter from your library! With Winter Reading complete on February 24, we hope the program helped you start your…

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Neighborhood Forest

Gives free trees to kids every Earth Day. Parkland Community Library is celebrating Earth Day! We are participating this spring in the 15th annual Neighborhood Forest Free Trees for Kids program. Trees will be distributed during Earth Week (April 22-30). Fill out a simple form. Families will receive a free tree (6–12 inches in size)…

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