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:

Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays: 10am-12pm
Saturdays 10am-1pm.

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.

Fabulous Flappers

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:,
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  or by mail, Attention: Pat Elliott, 1417 Warba Drive, Orefield, PA 18069.

2021 Winners


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 Schnatz

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 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

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