Friends of the Parkland Community Library

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Friends of the Parkland Community Library

Meet the Friends

The Friends of the Parkland Community Library (FPCL) is a service organization committed to providing additional support to the library. The Friends are a dedicated group of individuals who are passionate that the library is an essential part of the community.

Their efforts provide financial support for supplies and equipment beyond funding provided by local, regional, and state government agencies.

Their Contributions

The FPCL work actively to make the library a better place by promoting community outreach, fundraising, staff development opportunities, and enhancing the library experience for all patrons. Their ongoing yearly support enables the library to continue its wide range of programming.

Efforts by the FPCL allow the library to offer affordable printing in our Tech Center, complimentary copies of BookPage, charging stations, outdoor seating, and more.

Stay in Touch

Find all the latest news about events, volunteer opportunities, and fundraising efforts in the Friends of the Parkland Community Library quarterly newsletter!

Join the FPCL on Facebook

Read our Newsletter:

2023 February

2023 Summer

Get Involved

Become a Friend of the Library

Businesses, families, and individuals can support your community by becoming a Friend of PCL.

Become a Member

Bring your completed membership form to the library or mail your form to:

Attn: Membership Chair, Friends of the Parkland Community Library

4422 Walbert Avenue

Allentown, PA 18104

Dues are made payable to The Friends of the Parkland Community Library. 

Volunteer Opportunities

The Friends welcome new volunteers! FPCL volunteers have the opportunity to help with several functions, including:

  • Staffing the Book Shop
  • Events and programs
  • Publicity
  • Fundraising
  • Serving as a committee chair

For more information, please contact Ila Dietrich, FPCL President, at

Attend a Meeting

Members and non-members are invited to our meetings.

Upcoming Meetings

  • November 2, 2023

All meetings are held at 1pm in the Carol and Perry Zirkel Meeting Rooms. Dates and times are subject to change.


The Book Shop

The Book Shop is located on the expansion side of the library.

Please visit the library’s home page for Hours of Operation.

The library and the Book Shop have Saturday Summer Hours.

The Book and Porch Sales

All Porch and Book Sales will be listed on the library’s events calendar and The Friends Facebook page.

The Annual Luncheon

Thank you for attending!

On May 11, 2023, The Friends held their annual luncheon at Morgan’s Restaurant. The company enjoyed a fine meal, and business was discussed for the summer.


Save Around Lehigh Valley
2024 Coming Soon

The Friends of the Library 2024 Save Around/Enjoy the City Books fundraiser will return this fall! Books are on sale at the PCL Circulation Desk and The Friends Book Shop. These books include the same great coupons for restaurants, entertainment venues, and retail services.

Cost: $25

Download The App!

A Mobile Savings App that you can download onto your phone using the Savings Pass Code located on the front of your purchased book is available for instant savings wherever you go.

“Monthly Maddness” Card
Just a few cards are left!

Beginning May 1, Dan Schantz’s “Monthly Maddness Cards” will be available at PCL’s circulation desk and in the Friends’ Book Shop. Stop by Dan Schantz’s every month for a unique gardening treat for an entire year. These cards do not expire! 
Cost: $25 (Only cash or checks payable to Friends of PCL). 

Each monthly special will be displayed at clearly marked tables at Dan Schantz’s Greenhouse, 2031 29th Street, Allentown (located just off Lehigh Street). You MUST have your “Monthly Maddness Card” with you to obtain your monthly item! 

January- A 1-Pint Primrose
February- A 6-Inch Tulip or Hyacinth
March- A 4.5-Inch Oxalis (Shamrock Plant) or 4-Inch Daffodil
April- A 1-Quart Annual
May- A 4.5-Inch Geranium
June- A 2.5 Qt. Annual-Asst. Variety
July- Any 1.5G Hanging Basket
August- $2 Discount Off Anything in the Store
September- 3 JBL Pumpkins or 3 Gourds
October- 1 Face Pumpkin (12-18 lbs.)
November- A 4.5-Inch Turkey Mum
December- A 4-Inch Poinsettia

Missed a month? Bring your card to Dan Schantz that same month of the following year, and you will still be able to get it then. These cards do not expire!


Contact Lorna R. at 610 395-4881

FPCL in the Community

Scholarship in Honor of Alice Madden and Norman Dietrich

Spring 2023 Now Accepting Applications

Created in memory of Alice Madden and Norman Dietrich, this annual scholarship is awarded each spring to community members. Students must be graduating high school seniors who have volunteered with the Friends or at Parkland Community Library. Applications are due June 30, 2023.

2023 Winners

Mary S. will attend Appalachian State University, majoring in Criminal Justice, and Library employee Karissa B. will attend Pennsylvania Western University at Clarion for her Masters’s Degree in Library Science.

The scholarships were awarded on August 1, presented by President Ila Dietrich, and committee members Lorna Rabe and Pat Elliott.

We wish all our winners good luck in their future endeavors!


Donations are not accepted year-round. Please contact the Friends at 610-398-1361 ext. 111 for more information.

Find the Friends on Facebook

Book Shop

Located in the library’s new wing to the left of the Carol & Perry Zirkel Meeting Rooms.

Shop Hours are listed on the library’s homepage.



Email FPCL


610-398-1361 ext. 111

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