July Library News


Summer Reading Club is well underway! We are so happy to meet some very motivated families of readers! It was wonderful to see these enthusiastic participants spinning the prize wheel and hunting around the stacks, looking for new books to read! Summer Reading Ends August 3. Stay motivated with our reading lists. See what’s happening at your library. Don’t forget to check back for July news, as we will update our blog throughout the month!

Service Interruption

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Morning Call online through Newsbank is experiencing technical difficulties.

Also, the Barron’s, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today subscriptions through WT Cox via Dow Jones are experiencing technical issues.

We are working with them to keep patrons up-to-date on when service will be restored.

We thank you for your patience. 

Posted on July 15, 2024

Website Update: Event Page

Our Events Calendar page has been changed. Please view and RSVP for events by using the link: https://www.parklandlibrary.org/calendar/.

Please update your bookmarks and clear your browser history. Programmers are available to answer any questions you may have.

Questions? Adults: adults@parklandlibrary.org | Youth Services: kids@parklandlibrary.org

The book drop has been moved for construction.

North Whitehall Township Book Drop Has Moved

North Whitehall Township Building: 3256 Levans Rd, Coplay, PA 18037

The North Whitehall Township Book Drop has moved to a temporary location during a year-long campus renovation. It is still on campus, but has moved to make it accessible during construction.

The library will be picking up items once a week. You will not incur overdue fees on most items; we are now fine-free!

*Parkland Community Library shall not be responsible for any materials left outside the book drops. If any materials are lost, damaged, or stolen that are left outside, the patron will be held accountable.

Jeanne Stock: Now-August 31

Parkland Art League Display at PCL

About the Artist

Jeanne Stock finds that dry pastels’ pure pigments are an excellent medium for capturing the nuances of light and the subtlety of color. Her work is realistic, focusing on details of things that surround us every day and often go unnoticed.

The Parkland Art League will rotate artist displays every two months. The public is welcome to view the gallery anytime the library is open during library hours. Artwork sales can be completed by contacting the artist directly.

Read more about PCL and the Parkland Art League here.

Main Street Grant 2024

PCL landscaping project was approved for $500

PCL has been invited to attend the Chamber Foundation Annual Meeting and Grant Awards Reception on August 22 at Lehigh Country Club from 5 to 7pm. We will publicly announce the beautification projects we are supporting this year, thank our partners, and celebrate the great work happening in communities across the Lehigh Valley. 

Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce Awards Reception

The Main Street Grant


Laurie Hackett, Anne Baum, and Buddy Lesavoy discuss the Chamber Main Street Foundation’s purpose and benefits.

Passport to Adventure through August 31!

Visit local libraries this summer for a chance to win an iPad!

Patrons of all ages can pick up a paper passport at any Lehigh Carbon Library Cooperative (LCLC) Library or the Allentown Public Library. At PCL, drop by our Tech Center to get your passport. Visit the LCLC libraries and/or the Allentown Public Library to get your book stamped and receive a yellow raffle ticket. Drop your yellow ticket in the library’s raffle box to win a small prize. 

Grand Prize Drawing

Visit six or more libraries and receive a green ticket to enter for the grand prize. Submit your green tickets during your final library visit to enter the drawing.  

July Awareness & Celebrations

Celebrate Shark Week at the library starting July 7

Discovery Channel’s Shark Week kicks off on July 7 and is hosted by John Cena! We are excited to have some great items for shark fans at PCL. Check out our recommendations and celebrate these fascinating creatures!

Cool fact: when orcas arrive, white sharks split!

Research from the Monterey Bay Aquarium found that the orcas of the Farallon Islands (off the coast of San Francisco) scared off white sharks. Orcas are more intelligent and strategically hunt in groups. They will target other marine mammals and intentionally target sharks for their oily, calorie-dense livers.

Read about some cook shark facts on the Monterey Bay Aquarium website!

National Anti-Boredom Month

Beat boredom with your library card! Cardholders can check out items from our Library of Things, such as games, puzzles, electronics, and more! Volunteer opportunities are available for those looking for fulfilling work, meeting many people, and discovering new books!

New Items have been added to the Library of Things!

In July, PCL will have 13 new games for our patrons. Standouts are Dominion, Gnomes at Night, Herd Mentality, Spy Alley, and The World Game.

Inflatable Movie Screen (pairs well with the projector and Bluetooth speaker).

Steel Tongue Drum

Studio Creator 360 (Videomaker kit)

July 12, World Kebab Day

July is National Grilling Month, and making kebabs is a great way to engage with friends and family this summer.

The first recorded use of the word “kebab” was in a Turkish script of Kyssa-i Yusuf in 1377, meaning “to roast.” Modern cooking has moved this fast food over to the grill. Try fruits, seafood, meats, and vegetable skewers with delicious sauces and seasonings over a smoky fire. 

Library card holders can explore our free database, AtoZ World Food, for more recipes worldwide!

Staff Picks: We Recommend

Staff: Cheyenne

Title: The Kamogawa Food Detectives

Author: Hisashi Kashiwai, translated by Jesse Kirkwood

Audience: Adult, YA

Format: Physical

Genre/Subgenre: Japanese Literature, Fiction, Food, Mystery

What’s the one dish you’d do anything to taste just one more time?

An extraordinary restaurant exists down a quiet back street in Kyoto. Run by Koishi Kamogawa and her father Nagare, the Kamogawa Diner serves up deliciously extravagant meals. But that’s not the main reason customers stop by . . .

The father-daughter duo are ‘food detectives’. Through ingenious investigations, they recreate dishes from a person’s treasured memories—dishes that may hold the keys to their forgotten past and future happiness. The Restaurant of Lost Recipes provides a link to vanished moments, creating a present full of possibility.

Staff:  Kim

Title: Four Thousand Paws: Caring for the Dogs of the Iditarod: a Veterinarian’s Story

Author:  Lee Morgan

Audience: Adult

Format: Physical

Genre/Subgenre: Non-fiction

An intimate account–the first from a trail veterinarian–of the canines who brave the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race challenges. Despite subzero temperatures and white-out winds each March, hundreds of dogs and mushers journey to Anchorage, Alaska, to participate in “The Last Great Race on Earth,” a grueling, thousand-mile race across the Alaskan wilderness. In Four Thousand Paws, award-winning trail veterinarian Lee Morgan tells the story of heroic canine athletes who carry handlers between frozen outposts, risking injury, illness, and fatigue using only their muscles and innate drive to race. From the huskies of Iditarods past to the dauntless dogs of today, Morgan shows how competitors surmount the dangers of the Arctic, how their body language anticipates the race, and how they despair, often refusing to eat when pulled. 

Staff: Kayla

Title: The Misdirection of Fault Lines

Author: Anna Gracia

Audience: YA

Format: Book (We have the physical copy in our collection, but we recommend the audiobook on Libby. Enjoy a beautifully narrated story by three women!)

Genre/Subgenre: Fiction, Contemporary

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Goes to the French Open is an emotionally honest and openhearted novel for fans of Yamile Saied Méndez and Mary HK Choi.

Three teen girls compete at an elite tennis tournament for a shot at their dreams—if only they knew what their dreams were…

The Misdirection of Fault Lines is an incisive coming-of-age story, infused with wit and wisdom, about three Asian American teen girls trying to find their ways forward, backward, and sometimes back to each other again. Anna Gracia, acclaimed author of Boys I Know, delivers with a refreshingly true-to-life teen voice that perfectly captures the messiness of adolescence and the pressures of expectation.” (From Penguin Random House

Staff: Stacy

Title: Unseen World

Author: Liz Moore

Audience: Adult

Format: book

Genre/Subgenre: fiction, literature

Description: (taken from Book Browse database) Ada Sibelius is raised by David, her brilliant, eccentric, socially inept single father, who directs a computer science lab in 1980s-era Boston. Home-schooled, Ada accompanies David to work daily; by twelve, she is a painfully shy prodigy. The lab begins to gain acclaim at the same time that David’s mysterious history comes into question. When his mind begins to falter, leaving Ada virtually an orphan, she is taken in by one of David’s colleagues. Soon, she embarks on a mission to uncover her father’s secrets, a process that carries her from childhood to adulthood. What Ada discovers on her journey into a virtual universe will keep the reader riveted until The Unseen World‘s heart-stopping, fascinating conclusion.

Closed Thursday, July 4

Celebrate July 4 on Libby! Check out their collections of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and more!

Reminder: Summer Saturday Hours, Now—August 24, 2024

Saturdays: 9AM-1PM