May Library News


We have some big May library news for you!

May 25 & 27

The Library will be closed for Memorial Day.

Expanded Resource Sharing

Parkland Community Library’s resource sharing is expanding! On April 3rd, the Lehigh Carbon Library Cooperative (LCLC) joined a partnership with the Lehigh Valley Library System and several libraries in Monroe County. This partnership opens up a catalog of over 1.5 million items! Search, select, and pick up at your favorite LCLC library when notified (some restrictions may apply). Happy exploring!

Browse our catalog on the website at To explore all available items, choose “Multi-District Lehigh Valley Pocono” as your library choice. 

For assistance, contact the Reference Department at 610-398-1361 ext. 106

Kanopy by Overdrive
Stream Ad-Free!

Kanopy is the best video streaming service for quality, thoughtful entertainment. Find movies, documentaries, foreign films, classic cinema, independent films, and educational videos that inspire, enrich, and entertain. We partner with public libraries and universities to bring you an ad-free experience that can be enjoyed on your TV, mobile phone, tablet, and online free with your library card.

Only Available to PCL Home Library Patrons (Parkland School District and Northwestern residents only).

Seed Library Update

April 2024

Thanks to Burpee’s generous donation, we have a fresh new set of seeds for our patrons to “check out.” The new seed packets are local to PA. We have sunflowers, an assortment of lettuce varieties, and more! Enjoy!

Thank you, Burpee!

May Awareness & Celebrations

Mental Health Awareness Month

Our mental health journey starts with a single moment. Take it! NAMI’s 2024 campaign is here to empower you with resources like NAMI Family-to-Family. Let’s prioritize mental well-being together.

May 1-7: Mindfulness Grab and Go Bags will be available at the Reference Desk during the first week in May while supplies last.

#TakeAMentalHealthMoment #MentalHealthMonth

View our resources booklist.

Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

This year’s theme is Advancing Leaders Through Innovation. This year’s theme is the culmination of the 2021-2024 series highlighting our nation’s efforts in “Advancing Leaders.”

Read the full Press Release!

Show your support by tagging: #MyPCL #apahm #APAEverywhere #AsianPacificAmericanHeritageMonth

Jewish American Heritage Month

Celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month this May! Join us as we honor and recognize the contributions of Jewish Americans throughout history. From cultural figures to community leaders, there is so much to celebrate and learn about. Let’s commemorate the past and look towards a bright future together. To celebrate, we naturally recommend checking out a title and listening to music by a Jewish author or composer. Consider visiting a museum! 

Show your support by tagging #MyPCL #MyJAHMTwitterInstagram #OurSharedHeritage #JewishAmericanHeritageMonth

Hoopla is a free at-home streaming service courtesy of your library for Parkland School District and Northwestern residents only!

Free Comic Book Day Is Back!

Saturday, May 4

We are excited about this year’s Free Comic Book Day on May 4! We’ll be celebrating all day at PCL. Patrons can pick up free comic books at the children’s desk, adult reference, and during Teen Comic Con. Free Comic Book Day is held annually on the first Saturday in May.

We are proud to partner with Comic Masters, Whitehall, Pa.

Teen Comic Con, Drop-In Event
Teens, let’s celebrate fandom at your library in honor of Free Comic Book Day! Refreshments will be served throughout the event, and crafting will be available while supplies last.
*Note: no vendors will be present.

Grades 5-12 will be a drop-in event.

Except for the D&D One-Shot, teens can do whichever activity they want at any time.

Free comic books will be available at the YS desk in the Barclay Family Children’s Wing & the reference desk. Teens can pick up books in the Zirkel Rooms.
Library cardholders have access to free museum passes.

May 18: International Museum Day

The International Council of Museums (ICOM) first organized International Museum Day in 1977 to celebrate museums’ work and importance in our lives. Museums are important for cultural exchange and enrichment and for developing mutual understanding, cooperation, and peace among people. This year’s theme is Museums, Education, and Research, and it promotes ways to make these spaces more inclusive and sustainable.

Celebrate by visiting America’s finest medical history museum, which explains the history of diagnosis and treatment of disease. The Mütter Museum displays preserved specimens, models, and medical instruments from the 19th century.

Tag us to show your support: #MyPCL #InternationalMuseumDay #PAForward #BasicLiteracy

Foster Care Awareness Month

highlights the needs of nearly 500,000 children and young people in foster care in the United States. We ask you to take a moment to acknowledge those involved in child welfare, as well as professionals, mentors, policymakers, and other members of the community who help children and youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections. 

One such local organization is KidsPeace Foster Care. Learn more on their Website and Facebook page.

Location: Madison House, 2nd Floor, 1650 Broadway, Bethlehem, PA 18015

Looking to foster, volunteer, or learn more about the importance of foster care? Call or email KidsPeace

Phone: 610.799.8350

Contact: Bryan Hoffstetter

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Seed Library

Attention all library patrons! This year, we are adding an exciting new service: the Seed Library! With your library card, you can get up to three free seed packets per checkout. From artichokes to zucchinis, we have a wide variety of seeds available. Unlike books or DVDs that need to be returned, the seed packets…

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