Allentown, Pennsylvania: Parkland Community Library Releases Plans For New Building Five Times the Size of Current Facility
At 30,000 square feet [at a cost of $13 million], the planned library on Grange Road would be more than five times the size of the 40-year-old library building on Walbert Avenue in South Whitehall, according to Karl Seibert, president of the library board.
“Libraries have become much more than places for books,” Seibert said. They welcome everyone and have something to offer for almost everyone, he said. The café, for instance, will be a place where people can have a cup of coffee over a book discussion or just pass the time while waiting for their kids to finish soccer practice at the fields on Grange Road.
What’s Needed To Move Forward
The library board is looking for voters to approve a new rate of .2978 mills, which is about $29 a year for a home assessed at $100,000. That’s up from about $10 currently.
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.