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 outside seating, self check-out machine and mobile checkout app, landscaping and annual maintenance of the landscaping. The Friends also sponsor all programming for adults, teens and children.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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
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, and turn left of the Carol and Perry Zirkel Meeting Rooms.
Bag Sale: January 16, 17, 18 & 21 during our regular Shop Hours
Bags are $5.00 (which includes tax).
Only select items are included in the sale.
Don’t Miss The Porch Sale!
Saturday, March 4, from 10AM-4PM.
Friends Annual Luncheon Meeting
Thursday, May 11, 2023 at 1 PM
Please join us this year for our Friends of the Parkland Library Annual Luncheon and Meeting. This event is open to all FPCL members, and anyone interested in learning more about our organization.
All are welcome with a reservation. More info will follow in March.
Morgan’s Restaurant: 3079 Willow Street Allentown, PA 18104
Friends Board Meetings
Time: 1 PM
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.
2023 Save Around/Enjoy the City Books are
The Friends of the Library 2023 Save Around/Enjoy the City Books fundraiser is back! Books are on sale at the PCL Circulation Desk and The Friends Book Shop.
Curbside pick is available too! Included in these books are the same great coupons for restaurants, entertainment venues, and retail services.
Aeropostale, Yankee Candle, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Weis, Sherwin Williams, and many more.
America on Wheels, Legoland, The Crayola Experience, Crystal Cave
McDonald’s, KFC, Jersey Mike’s, TGI Fridays, The Udder Bar, Rita’s Italian Ice
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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.
Support The Friends
Please support Friends of PCL by purchasing a book for your family. These books also make great gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and for that “hard-to-buy-for” person. If you are interested in purchasing an edition for an area other than the Lehigh Valley, please get in touch with Lorna at 610 395-4881 or firstname.lastname@example.org. There are numerous US editions of 2023 Save Around/Enjoy the City Books available, so we can easily find one for your friends or family…wherever they are!
2022 Promotion is Sold Out!
The following items will be offered for 2022-2023:
- 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
How To Use Your Monthly Maddness Card
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!
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.
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.
Friends in the News
August 20, 2015
- Boy Scout Designs, Builds Free Library Boxes via The Parkland Press