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.
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.
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.
The Friends welcome new volunteers! FPCL volunteers have the opportunity to help with several functions, including:
- Staffing the Book Shop
- Events and programs
- Serving as a committee chair
For more information, please contact Ila Dietrich, FPCL President, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attend a Meeting
Members and non-members are invited to our 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 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.
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.
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.
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