Youngsters in grades two through five combined creativity and circuitry to make light-up greeting cards at the recent paper circuits Tinkerlab at Parkland Community Library.
The full room of kids couldn’t wait to sit and listen to what Youth Services Librarian Jaclyn Hoimes had in store.
Hoimes gave instructions for making a creative card that lights up.
Each child received the necessary materials to create their own lighted greeting card.
Then, with colored pencils or markers, they designed a card for a birthday, Valentine’s Day or even Halloween.
A standing-room-only group of parents and kids waited patiently Feb. 9 at Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall, to welcome celebrity Bad Kitty.
Bad Kitty is the name of the main character in a series of children’s books by author Nick Bruel.
Parkland Youth Services Librarian Jaclyn Hoimes first showed the kids how to make a Bad Kitty mask.
When they completed making their masks, Parkland Youth Services Assistant Mary DiMaggio stamped the mask with a Bad Kitty stamp, and the proud parents took photographs of their “kittens” with their cellphones to take home.
Once a month, seniors get together on a Thursday afternoon at Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall, to make a DIY project under the leadership of Becky Wanamaker.
Wanamaker is in charge of adult programs and services at the library.
January’s project was to make a coaster from recycled CDs.
Wanamaker handed out CDs, various fabrics and material, glue and Mod Podge.
The group of women who were engrossed in the project, enjoyed the conversation, too.
All materials are provided at these DIY projects.
The featured speaker for the Jan. 3 AARP meeting at St. Timothy’s Church, Allentown, was local poet Shirley Benz Binkley.
She read several of her upbeat and thoroughly enjoyable poems.
Before the meeting there was a social hour where members enjoyed coffee and cake and conversation.
A collection was made of nonperishable food for the Allentown Food Bank.
After the speaker, there was a business meeting conducted by President Jeanne Tilghman.
AARP Chapter 5415 meetings are held noon on the first Thursday of the month at the church.
With the recent frigid temperatures plaguing the Lehigh Valley, Parkland Community Library invited teens to spend an afternoon visiting over hot chocolate and an array of delicious toppings.
The drop in, warm-up Teen Hot Chocolate Bar took place on an icy afternoon at the library in South Whitehall.
Parkland Teen Library Assistant Amanda Evans provided the hot chocolate and all the sweet treats including chocolate chips, sprinkle mix, cookies, caramel bits, mints, miniature marshmallows, whipped cream, strawberry and chocolate syrups and cinnamon.
Luther Crest Retirement Community, South Whitehall, recently hosted a gingerbread cookie decorating contest and toy drive for children.
Guests were asked to bring unwrapped toys to the Dec. 12 event.
These would be given to those youngsters served by the adoption and foster care program.
After the event, choosing the best decorated gingerbread cookie was done by online voting.
Luther Crest Chef James Lantier won the gingerbread decorating contest by online vote.
Light refreshments were served to guests.
The Friends of the Parkland Library recently hosted author Rosemary Wells for a presentation at Springhouse Middle School.
Wells, the author of more than 125 children’s books, spoke to parents and children in the auditorium about how she started writing and illustrating her Max and Ruby books.
After a book signing, there were fun games and munching on Max and Ruby treats and cupcakes.
Books were sold by Barnes and Noble Booksellers with a percentage of the proceeds benefiting the library.
On Dec. 1, the first night of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, was celebrated at Temple Beth El, South Whitehall, during its annual Hanukkah party.
Stephen Schwartz, of the Building Block Workshop, Livingston, N.J., showed the children, how to construct a giant menorah with LEGOs during the annual Hanukkah party.
Construction began about 9 a.m. and two hours later the menorah was completed.
Then, the party began.
Food, in particular potato pancakes or latkes and sufganiot, the Hebrew word for doughnut, were available.
State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-132nd, recently discussed his new book “Redemption” at Parkland Community Library.
This book is the first of the Spades Trilogy of young adult science fiction thrillers.
The hero of the book, Asher Maddox, along with 20 others, wake up 160 years in the future with no memory of how they ended up on a spaceship, with Maddox as captain.
Maddox is a college dropout with clinical depression and anxiety.
He and the other young people soon learn Earth has been ravaged by the Spades virus, which has been spread by aliens.
Jordan Lutheran Church, Orefield, hosted its 26th annual fall craft fair Nov. 17 in fellowship hall.
Not only were there crafts to purchase for Christmas gifts, but also delicious soups and barbecue available for lunch and home baked goods for sale.
A raffle benefited Family Promise of Lehigh Valley which helps children and families by providing housing and meals to homeless families.
There are 497 families in the Lehigh Valley who are in immediate need of housing.