1973
> A volunteer group of
women establish a
community library in the
growing Parkland area.
> Parkland Community
Library...
Remember When

Marjorie Stevens, first library
director and co-founder, still serves
as a librarian today.
1976
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY ESTABLISHED
Remember When

To expand, a new library
is proposed on
Walbert Avenue in
South Whitehall Township.
1981

> 5,500 sq. ft.
> Paid for with contributions
> Volunteer-driven
1998
> Technology grows and so does
the use of the library’s public
computers.
> The card catalog and microfiche
are obsol...
2003-2008
>

The PCL Board appoints a steering
committee to assess feasibility for a new
library.

>

Referendum funds are...
2003-2008
>
>

>
>

Architectural design for new
library under way.
More than 30 sites investigated
in three townships for...
2009-2010

After a seven year search
for a new site, six acres of
land are secured for $1 a
year for 100 years with
Upper ...
2011

> Third Library Executive
Director, Debbie Jack, appointed.
> Free public Wi-Fi installed.
> The public phase of the...
2012

Friends of the Library pledge a
$250,000 contribution to
campaign.
2012-2013

> Karl Siebert elected new volunteer
library board president.
> Land for new library increases to
12 acres due ...
Corporate Sponsors
>Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
> Bracy Contracting Inc.
> Keystone Savings
> Ocean Spray
> PPL Corpo...
2013
40TH ANNIVERSARY
NEW REFERENDUM READY TO GO
Parkland Community Library - A History...
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In celebration of its 40th anniversary in 2013, the Parkland Community Library is pleased to share this retrospective.

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  1. 1. 1973 > A volunteer group of women establish a community library in the growing Parkland area. > Parkland Community Library opens its doors in a small building in Guthsville.
  2. 2. Remember When Marjorie Stevens, first library director and co-founder, still serves as a librarian today.
  3. 3. 1976 FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY ESTABLISHED
  4. 4. Remember When To expand, a new library is proposed on Walbert Avenue in South Whitehall Township.
  5. 5. 1981 > 5,500 sq. ft. > Paid for with contributions > Volunteer-driven
  6. 6. 1998 > Technology grows and so does the use of the library’s public computers. > The card catalog and microfiche are obsolete. > Voters pass a referendum to financially support the library as an independent entity.
  7. 7. 2003-2008 > The PCL Board appoints a steering committee to assess feasibility for a new library. > Referendum funds are put aside for new library construction. > A telephone survey of residents reveals 80% want new library. > Post-9/11 economy hurts fundraising efforts. > New logo designed by Parkland High School student representing growth.
  8. 8. 2003-2008 > > > > Architectural design for new library under way. More than 30 sites investigated in three townships for new library with no success. The “quiet phase” of fundraising continues. Library offers digital services, audio formats, video games, DVDs and e-books.
  9. 9. 2009-2010 After a seven year search for a new site, six acres of land are secured for $1 a year for 100 years with Upper Macungie Township.
  10. 10. 2011 > Third Library Executive Director, Debbie Jack, appointed. > Free public Wi-Fi installed. > The public phase of the capital campaign begins. > New user-friendly website is created.
  11. 11. 2012 Friends of the Library pledge a $250,000 contribution to campaign.
  12. 12. 2012-2013 > Karl Siebert elected new volunteer library board president. > Land for new library increases to 12 acres due to permit regulations. > All phases of the capital campaign raise $3.4 million since 2003.
  13. 13. Corporate Sponsors >Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. > Bracy Contracting Inc. > Keystone Savings > Ocean Spray > PPL Corporation > Many small local businesses
  14. 14. 2013 40TH ANNIVERSARY NEW REFERENDUM READY TO GO

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