January 22, 2022

Allentown, Pennsylvania: Parkland Community Library Releases Plans For New Building Five Times the Size of Current Facility

The Parkland Community Library celebrated their 40th anniversary earlier this month.

From the Morning Call (Allentown, PA):

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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See Also: New Library Tax Will Generate More Than $2M Per Year (via Patch.com)

See Also: Parkland Community Library Web Page About Proposed Building and Upcoming Referendum

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