Friends of the Parkland Community Library (FPCL)

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Friends of the Parkland Community Library (FPCL)

The Friends of Parkland Community Library is a service organization committed to providing additional support to the library. The Friends are a dedicated group who are passionate that the library is an essential part of the community. 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. Their efforts provide financial support for supplies and equipment beyond funding provided by local, regional, and state government agencies.


Thanks to the FPCL, the library can offer patrons access to printing in the Tech Center. Their support provides you complimentary copies of BookPage, a monthly book review publication. Other contributions include charging stations, outside seating and message center, and a staff refrigerator.

Join our Friends of the Parkland Community Library Facebook Group here!

How are Funds Raised?

Learn more about The Friends events and fundraising efforts listed on this page.

Ways to Get Involved

Become a Friend of the Library

Businesses, families, and individuals can support your community by becoming a Friend of PCL. Joining is easy! Fill out the membership form and bring it to the library with your dues payable to: The Friends of Parkland Community Library. 

By Mail: Mail your completed application and your dues to the address located at the bottom of the membership form.

Volunteer for The Friends

Volunteers welcome! At whatever level Friends choose to be involved, they will feel a sense of pride in enabling, improving, and enriching the resources, services, and programs of PCL.

Volunteer Opportunities Include:

Events and programming: set-up/clean-up, staffing the table, and provide additional support to library staff.

Publicity: be an advocate by telling others about the library.

Fundraising assistance.

Becoming a committee chair.

When you volunteer your time and talents, you can make a valuable contribution to the Parkland Community Library and your community! For more information, please contact Ila Dietrich, FPCL President, at

When and Where Are Meetings Held?

Friends members and non-members alike are invited to our meetings. Find out more about who the Friends of PCL are, what we do, and opportunities to volunteer.

Events & Fundraising

Book Shop

The Friends Book Shop Is Open: Hours are listed on the homepage.

The Book Shop is located on the expansion side of the library. Enter through the double doors, turn left of the Carol and Perry Zirkel Meeting Rooms.

Porch and Book Sales will be listed on the library’s events calendar.


Beginning August 1, we will again be selling Dan Schantz’s “Monthly Maddness Cards” at PCL’s Front Desk (and in the Friends’ Book Shop, when it’s open). The cost of each card is $20 and, with it, you will be able to get a special gardening treat each month for an entire year!

The following items will be offered:

  • 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

Each monthly special will be displayed at clearly-marked tables at Dan Schantz’s Greenhouse, 2031 29th Street, SW in Allentown (located just off Lehigh Street). You MUST have your “Monthly Maddness Card” with you to obtain your monthly item! If you forget to redeem a monthly item, save your card and take it back 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!

The cards will be available for purchase on Monday, August 1 and will continue to be sold until our limited supply of “Monthly Maddness Cards” is gone. Cost: $20. Cash or checks (payable to Friends of PCL) can be accepted. They’re sure to sell quickly, especially since they are a unique gift for that hard-to-buy-for person.

Questions? Contact Lorna R. at 610 395-4881.

Scholarship in Honor of Alice Madden and Norm Dietrich


An annual scholarship, created in memory of Alice Madden and Norman Dietrich, awards $500 prizes to individuals every spring.

Check back in the spring of 2023 for the next chance to win.

2022 Winners

2022 Winners

Congratulations to the 2022 Friends of the Library scholarship winners! The recipients are Isabella Lees will be attending Boston College and majoring in Accounting. Elizabeth Glassic will be attending LCCC and majoring in Special Education. And congratulations to Abigail Christman will be returning to LCCC and is majoring in Special Education and minoring in Psychology. Good luck to all three recipients in their future endeavors.

2021 winners: Kayla Tivner, Angelina Roccamo, and Hannah Sarmir. Special thanks to scholarship committee members Ila Dietrich, president, Pat Elliott, and Lorna Rabe.

Board Meetings

Friends Board Mtg.– TBA


Generally, meetings are held in the Carol and Perry Zirkel Meeting Room at the library. Friends members and non-members alike are invited to our meetings. Find out more about who the Friends of PCL are, what we do, and opportunities to volunteer. Dates and times are subject to change.

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Thank you for your support!

Friends in the News

August 20, 2015

Contact The Friends

Donations are not accepted year round.

Book Shop

Located in the new expansion wing of the library to the left of the Carol & Perry Zirkel Meeting Rooms.


Are listed on the Library’s Home Page

Via Email

Via Phone

Tel: (610) 398-1361 ext. 111