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.
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.
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.
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.
Kids recently came dressed in their pajamas to sing songs, hear a bedtime story and eat pancakes at Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall.
Library Assistant Mary DiMaggio read “Goodnight Moon,” “I Dare You Not To Yawn,” and “Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site” to the youngsters
The children wanted more of the stories and pancakes, too.
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.
Teens in grades six to 12 were invited to the Parkland Community Library recently to create their own mini pizzas.
Parkland Teen Librarian Amanda Evans made fruit, meat and vegetable toppings and cheeses available for the teen to make some delicious choices.
The pizzas were then baked in mini toaster ovens and enjoyed.
Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall Township, recently offered some summer fun for kids at their Solar Oven Tinker Lab program.
Parkland Head of Youth Services Librarian Jackie Hoimes explained how to make the solar oven using a small cardboard box which she gave to each child.
Then, she explained where to glue two squares of aluminum foil, and a sheet of plastic wrap.
And, she finally gave everyone a stick to prop open the oven.
There were more than 20 kids who were anxious to construct the solar oven and then to be able to make s’mores in it.
During the afternoon of the third Friday of every month, adults get together to play some classic and not-so-classic games at Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall.
Some games are older and tried and true, such as Scrabble, and some are new, like the one played on May 17.
The games change every month, as participants are encouraged to bring games to share that they enjoy.
During the May game gathering, the group chose to play, Qwixx, a quick playing dice game brought in by Sharon Kralick.
In anticipation of Father’s Day, Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall, offered a dads and doughnuts program June 15, with story time for youngsters and the doughy delicacies for all.
All the children were looking forward to taking their fathers to the library to hear stories about doughnuts and then to actually eat doughnuts.
Librarian Jaclyn Hoimes first read three books about doughnuts, “Please Mr. Panda,” by Steve Antony; “The Hole Story of the Doughnut,” by Pat Miller; and then “If You Give a Dog a Donut,” by Laura Numeroff.