Parkland Press

Friday, November 22, 2019

Dessert contest was just peachy

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 by ANITA HIRSCH in Local News

The fresh peach dessert contest at The Great Allentown Fair caught the eye of many bakers.

A popular contest, there were 26 entries in the competition.

Bechdolts Orchard, Hellertown, sponsored the event and the winner received $200 and a gift card from the restaurant store.

The second place winner received $150; the third place winner received $100; and the fourth-place prize was $50.

In addition, every contestant received a gift certificate to Bechdolts Orchard.

Fourth place went to Sally Newhartz from Bethlehem for her peach kuchen.

Kids make leaf wreaths at Parkland library

Thursday, October 31, 2019 by ANITA HIRSCH in Local News

During the early evening of Oct. 7, a group of kids gathered leaves from outside Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall.

Although there was a light rain, they were going to make wreaths from the freshly gathered leaves.

Teen Services and Programming Librarian Amanda Evans provided the instructions to make leaf wreaths.

Each youngster tried to make the best and most unusual wreath, and parents were there to give assistance, if needed.

The creative juices flowed and the kids created a wonderful variety of wreaths before heading home.

Seniors make kiffles at Parkland Library

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 by ANITA HIRSCH in Local News

Kiffles are a popular treat any time of the year but not many people have a good recipe or have made them at home before.

Mariann Kmetz, the head of technical services at Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall, came up with the idea of making Polish kiffles at a recent DIY project for seniors.

Kmetz brought all the ingredients and premeasured them so participants could just combine the cream cheese, butter and flour to make the dough.

They then rolled out the dough and cut it into one-and-a-half to two-inch squares.

Candy lab is treat for kids

Thursday, September 26, 2019 by ANITA HIRSCH in School

Students in grades six through 12 recently took part in a sweet event at Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall.

During the chemistry candy lab presented on Sept. 14, Amanda Evans, in charge of teen services and programming at the library, explained to the group how they could create edible gummy laces from juices such as cranberry-strawberry or grape.

By only adding a few special ingredients, they would have edible gummy candies in just a few minutes.

Seniors feast on ice cream at library social

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by ANITA HIRSCH in Local News

September is senior month at the Parkland Library.

The first program or introduction to this special senior month was an ice cream social on Sept. 3.

Check the September library schedule and find many appealing programs including: Preparing for Home and Life Transitions, from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Sept. 20, the topic presented will be The Joyful Managed Move.

There will also be a contest with a prize for a lucky senior of two tickets to see the Best of Broadway at Miller Hall on Oct. 12.

Just attend any senior program this month or stop by on a Saturday to enter.

Library offers DIY fun

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by ANITA HIRSCH in Local News

Once a month, on a Thursday morning, adults go to Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall, for some DIY Fun.

Mariann Kmetz, head of technical services at the library, chooses a craft and gathers all the materials needed.

On this particular spring day, the craft was a burlap-covered pot, complete with a potted plant and the cutout word, “Welcome,” to greet guests at the crafters’ homes.

DIY wreath-making a hit at library

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by ANITA HIRSCH in Local News

On the third Thursday of every month, Parkland Community Library holds a DIY fun hour for adults.

Mariann Kmetz, the head of technical services at the library, decides what the craft of the month will be.

Kmetz demonstrated to those in attendance how to make a fabric wreath.

She had all the supplies available for those who had responded.

Some of the women attending brought their own fabric.

Kmetz demonstrated using a rotary hand cutter how to measure and carefully cut the fabric into strips.

Therapy Dogs are all ears at library reading festival

Friday, August 16, 2019 by ANITA HIRSCH in Local News

One of the fun activities during the summer at Parkland Community Library is the “Read to the Pups” program.

On July 29, children were invited to stop in, sit outside on the grass on a blanket and practice reading their favorite stories to the gentle Lehigh Valley Therapy Dogs.

On this particular evening, five Therapy Dogs listened intently as the kids read their favorite tales.

Teens tie dye tote bags at community library

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 by ANITA HIRSCH in Local News

All the equipment was provided to the teens who were eager to learn how to tie dye a tote bag July 2 at the Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall Township.

They came in “work” clothing and watched Librarian Amanda Evans take a white tote bag, crush it into a fist-size piece of cloth and then hold it that way with rubber bands.

Everyone then went outside with their rubber-banded cloth, wearing plastic gloves and carrying tubes of color and covered the crushed tote with colorful paint.