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:

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

  • 3/7/24
  • 5/2/24 Annual Meeting/Luncheon: details to follow.
  • 6/6/24
  • 9/5/24
  • 11/7/24

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.


Our Book Shop will open Thursday mornings from 10 am-12 noon.

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

May 2, 2024 at 1pm

Where: Morgan’s Restaurant
3079 Willow St, Allentown, PA 18104

We will order from a curated menu, and separate checks will be given.

Questions? Email Pat Elliott at


Coming Soon! The Friends of PCL Annual Used Book Sale August 2024

Shop at the Friends of Parkland Community Library fundraiser!

Stock up on great reading material, games, puzzles, and more! The Annual Book Sale fundraiser supports Parkland Community Library; all proceeds go to events & improvements. Cash or Check only.

We can’t wait to see you!

Held at Jordan Evangelical Lutheran Church, 5103 Snowdrift Road, Orefield, PA 18069

Donation Days:

Looking for lightly used books, puzzles, games, audiobooks, DVDs, and CDs. 

No encyclopedias, textbooks, dictionaries, bibles, hymnals, or Reader’s Digest, please.

Accepted at Jordan Evangelical Lutheran Church from 10am-7pm:

  • Monday, August 12 
  • Tuesday, August 13
  • Wednesday, August 14.

Jordan Evangelical Lutheran Church 10am-12 noon:

  • Thursday, August 15. 

Preview Sale: 

Thursday, August 15, 4-6pm
$15 entry fee or Free to Friends of PCL members 

Sale, Free Entry

Friday, August 16, 10am-6pm

Saturday, August 17, 10am-5pm

Bag Sale Day

$10 per bag:

Sunday, August 18, 10:30am-5pm

Kuhnsville Car Wash supports the Friends of Parkland Community Library!

2024 Save Around Lehigh Valley Are Sold Out! Thank you for your support!

Thank you for your interest. The Friends of the Library Save Around/Enjoy the City Books fundraiser happens once a year. Books are sold at the PCL Circulation Desk and The Friends Book Shop. They contain coupons for restaurants, entertainment venues, and retail services.

These books also make great gifts……for birthdays & anniversaries, for that “hard to buy for” person, or for the upcoming holidays.

Questions? Email Lorna at  

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.

FPCL in the Community

Scholarship in Honor of Alice Madden and Norman Dietrich

June 30, 2024: Application Deadline

The Friends of the Parkland Community are now accepting applications for their annual scholarships. Graduating Seniors who have volunteered in some capacity at the Friends Book Sales or PCL are eligible to apply. The application can be found on the Library website. Click on Support Us and scroll down to FPCL information until you get to the scholarship application. Applications must be submitted by June 30, 2024.

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.

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 master’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!


Due to space limitations, donations are not accepted year-round. They are only accepted through the Friends’ group. **Please do not leave items at the front desk or in the book drops. For more information, please contact the Friends at 610-398-1361 ext. 111.

Donation Guidelines

Accepted: lightly used items, Adult/YA/Children’s Fiction, Recent Nonfiction, Any Genre Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobooks, DVDs/Blu-Rays, Puzzles

Not Accepted: Bibles, Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Hymnals, Magazines, Reader’s Digest, Textbooks, VHS tapes, or damaged items.

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