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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:

February 2023

Get Involved

Become a Friend of the Library

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

Become a Volunteer

The Friends welcome new volunteers! Bring your completed membership form to the library or mail your form to:

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

FPCL volunteers have the opportunity to help with a number of 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

  • June 1, 2023
  • September 7, 2023
  • 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.

Hours of Operation:

Monday-Wednesday 10am-12pm

Tuesday 10am-12pm and 4-7pm

Saturday 10am-1pm

The Book and Porch Sales

Stop by the FPCL on March 4, 2023, from 10am-4pm for The Porch Sale!

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

The Annual Luncheon

Taking reservations!

Join the FPCL on May 11, 2023, at 1pm for the Annual FPCL Luncheon at Morgan’s Restaurant. All are welcome with a reservation.

Attendees can order from their regular menu, and separate checks will be given.  

Make your reservations by April 27.

Email: Pat Elliott at

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.

2022 Winners

Congratulations to the 2022 Friends of the Parkland Community Library scholarship winners!

Isabella Lees is attending Boston College and majors in accounting.

Elizabeth Glassic attends Lehigh Carbon Community College and majors in special education.

Abigal Christman is attending Lehigh Carbon Community College and majors in special education with a minor in psychology.

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


Save Around Lehigh Valley – 2023 SOLD OUT!

The Friends of the Library 2023 Save Around/Enjoy the City Books fundraiser is back! Books are on sale at the PCL Circulation Desk and The Friends Book Shop.

Curbside pick is available too! Included in these books are 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 – 2022 SOLD OUT!

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

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.


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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