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Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Parkland Community Library

Parkland Community Library (PCL) celebrates 50 years. Articles of Incorporation were signed on August 2, 1973, and officially approved by the Department of State on August 21, 1973. Over the years of expanding its patronship, the library was relocated to larger locations several times to meet the district’s needs at its current location in the South Whitehall Township Complex.

Parkland Community Library is calling on our patrons, community partners, and local businesses to celebrate this milestone by sharing your photos and experiences on social media with the hashtag #PCL50Years.
Email your stories to adults@parklandlibrary.org

Download the press release here.

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Mission

The library connects people to each other and the world, serving as the cornerstone of our community by providing access to information, technology, and cultural enrichment for a lifetime of learning and enjoyment.

Vision

Parkland is a thriving community where all residents are empowered to connect, discover, and grow.

Our History

Parkland Community Library started in 1973 as a grassroots effort and was housed in a converted building in Guthsville, South Whitehall Township. By February 1974, six months after the first library building opened, the library owned 2,699 items. It was open 12 hours a week to serve the 25,419 residents of South Whitehall, North Whitehall, and Upper Macungie Townships. By the end of that year, 659 registered borrowers had borrowed 4,373 items. In 1981, the library moved to a new building of 5,000 square feet. By June 1982, one year after the current Parkland Library building opened, the collection had grown to 21,060 items, and the library had expanded its hours of operation to 46 hours a week. 8,321 registered library users borrowed 112,762 items that year. The library's service area included a population of 32,185. The library steadily outgrew the 1981 building as the community expanded and the population increased its use of the library. The 2010 U.S. Census recorded a population of 54,976 people for Parkland. The area continues to grow. The 2020 U.S. Census recorded 73,578 residents in the library’s service area. The area continues to grow. After many attempts to build a new, larger building in Upper Macungie Township and two failed referendums in 2013 and 2016, the Board of Directors changed course. The board began working with South Whitehall Township to expand its current location. The library achieved a much-needed modernization and expansion in 2021 from 5,400 square feet to over 11,000 square feet. The expansion included additional parking, a second-floor office space for staff, a new large meeting room, a shipping and receiving room, two ADA-compliant bathrooms, and an area for the Friends of the Library to have an ongoing bookshop. We also created a new children's wing and story hour room with storage by moving the staff upstairs. In February 2023, PCL received the 2023 Lehigh Valley Environmental Innovations Nonprofit Award, presented by The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce Energy & Environment Committee, for renovating our existing building, committing to energy efficiency, using recycled content building materials, and commitment to sustainability as a whole. As of 2023, the library has curated a collection of over 100,000 items, including books, periodicals, audiobooks, movies, and more. In the fiscal year 2021-2022, registered users of the library borrowed 242,000 items. The busy library is open 65 hours a week. The Parkland Community Library is also a member of the Lehigh Carbon Library Cooperative, sharing over 500,000 items with ten other libraries in Lehigh and Carbon counties. Additionally, the library served 13,000 people who attended free programs for children, teens, and adults, with 83,000 library visits, including utilizing materials, technology, and internet services while in the library and the library’s website and eResources from anywhere.

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Lehigh Carbon Library Cooperative (LCLC)

Our Combined Catalog

The Parkland Community Library joined forces with local libraries in 2018 to form the Lehigh Carbon Library Cooperative (LCLC)! We all share one library card and catalog, expanding the collection to over 550,000 items. If there is a book, DVD, or item you seek that is not in our collection, odds are that one of our partner libraries has it. Place a hold, and pick it up at your chosen library!

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Board Officers

Lisa Roth

President

Parkland School District

Madlen Miller

Vice President

South Whitehall Township

Pranshu Gupta

Secretary

Upper Macungie Township

Lisa Luciano

Treasurer

North Whitehall Township

Board Members

Nicole Wentline

South Whitehall Township

Damian Goodman

North Whitehall Township

Stephanie Prevost

Upper Macungie Township

Yu Zhang

Parkland School District

Mallory Jane Sweeney

Parkland School District

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Parkland Careers

Start your career at the library. If you're looking to enter the library profession, librarians and library media specialists are growing fields at a projected growth rate of 5 percent, faster than the average for all occupations. Communities are increasingly turning to libraries for a variety of services and activities. Make a difference in your community.

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Policies

Find a list of Parkland Community Library’s most frequently requested public policies and guidelines, including our return policy, Code of Conduct, Unattended Child Policy, and more.

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