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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays: 10am-12pm
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.
Monday, May 9, 2022, 6:30–8pm
Guest Speaker: Ellie Laubner, a noted local authority on vintage fashion.
Join us in the Carol & Perry Zirkel Meeting Rooms.
Tickets are on sale NOW! $5.00 for non-members.
Stop by the Book Shop during regular hours to purchase.
By Email: Contact: Pat: email@example.com,
Subject line: Fabulous Flappers Tickets
By Phone: 610-1361 ext. 111
Leave a message. We will process your order for pick-up at the Circulation desk during regular library hours. Please have the exact change ready.
Tickets are Free to active members of the Friends on a first come first serve basis. Members may bring one (1) paying guest ($5.00 guest ticket charge).
Scholarship in Honor of Alice Madden and Norm Dietrich
Deadline June 30, 2022
Simply fill out the application and send it in via email: FPCL Scholarship firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail, Attention: Pat Elliott, 1417 Warba Drive, Orefield, PA 18069.
An annual scholarship, created in memory of Alice Madden and Norman Dietrich, awards $500 prizes to individuals every spring.
The year, The Friends of PCL has two scholarships open for students and 1 for a library staff member continuing their education. Students must be graduating high school seniors who have volunteered at the library or any Friends Book Sales.
Congratulations to our 2021 winners: Kayla Tivner, Angelina Roccamo, and Hannah Sarmir. Special thanks to scholarship committee members Ila Dietrich, president, Pat Elliott, and Lorna Rabe.
Friends Board Mtg.– June 2, 2– 4PM
Meetings are generally 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.
Dan Schantz’s Monthly Madness Card Friends of the PCL Fundraiser
The 2021 Dan Schantz’s Monthly Madness Cards are sold out! Thank you so much for your support.
Questions about the card, please contact Lorna via email at email@example.com or by phone at (610) 395-4881.
SaveAround® Lehigh Valley Coupon Books Are Sold Out!
Thank you for your support!
Friends in the News
August 20, 2015
- Boy Scout Designs, Builds Free Library Boxes via The Parkland Press