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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.

Solar ovens are hot stuff at Parkland Library

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 by ANITA HIRSCH in Local News

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.

Adults play games at library

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by ANITA HIRSCH in Local News

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.

Doughnuts and stories bring dads to library

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by ANITA HIRSCH in Local News

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.

Library hosts Lego challenge for youngsters

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by ANITA HIRSCH in Local News

Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall, recently hosted a Lego Challenge as part of a variety of STEAM-based projects for kids ages 2-5.

Head of Youth Services Jaclyn Hoimes gave four challenges to the children.

They were each given a cup of assorted Legos to work with and they could work individually or in groups of two or three.

Each challenge was timed for five minutes.

The first challenge was to make an animal or part of an animal and the second was to make the Eiffel Tower.

Temple Beth El hosts Seder at Country Meadows

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by ANITA HIRSCH in Local News

As a preview to Passover, a Seder was held the evening of April 15 at Country Meadows, Upper Macungie.

The Seder led by Rabbi Re’em and a teen group from Temple Beth El. All residents were invited to attend.

After an introduction to Passover by Rabbi Re’em, Diane McCready, the chaplain at Country Meadows read a prayer.

The rabbi described the food items on the Passover plate and sang while playing his guitar.

The teens read several prayers and sang with the Rabb Re’em.

Memories of the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris

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

This reporter went to Paris with her daughter, Leanne, for a quick weekend trip in April 2005.

We went over to see the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and, of course, the French Gothic Notre Dame Cathedral with its stained glass windows, gargoyles and flying buttresses.

We also saw the Arc de Triomphe, walked along the Champs-Elysees and took a boat ride on the Seine.

When I heard there was a fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral on April 15 I didn’t believe one of the most historic sites in Paris could be no more. And, burning during Easter week, at that.

Illusionist entertains with humor, magic and math

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by ANITA HIRSCH in Local News

Magician Craig Collis entertained kindergartners through fifth graders during his show, “Magic of Money,” March 30 at Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall.

Collis stretched his dollars, made them disappear and then reappear.

He also doubled and tripled his coins to the amazement of the audience, some of whom he had assist him by holding the coins or paper money.

He counted them, and counted them again and there were more than he started with.

Even adults in the audience were amazed by his mesmerizing prestidigitation.