ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

An anonymous donor has contributed $10,000 toward construction of a new Parkland Community Library.

“A staff member at the library walked into my office and handed me a check on May 28," said Debbie Jack,  the library's executive director. "She was told by the individual who gave it to her that it was time to show support for our new library. Our thanks to this anonymous donor who believes in us."

A groundbreaking for the $13-million library is being planned for late fall, after the financing plan to support its completion is approved by the library's board of directors later this month.

“It is wonderful to know this new library groundbreaking will take place in fall, right after the 40th anniversary celebration," said Karl Siebert, president of the library board. "We have waited a long time as a community for this event. We promise to keep people up-to-date with all the plans on a consistent basis.”

The new library will serve residents of South and North Whitehall townships, Upper Macungie township, and Wards 17 and 18 of Allentown’s West End.

Parkland Community Library was established in 1973 in a converted building in Guthsville, South Whitehall. In 1981, it moved to its current location at 2244 Walbert Ave.

More than $700,000 in gifts has been secured for the construction, in addition to $3,000,000 from a 1998 referendum supporting the cause.

Said Jack: "Many naming opportunities still are left and we encourage all of our patrons and supporters to continue to find ways to help us finish this project debt-free.”

At $10,000, new library naming opportunities still include: three group study rooms, two tutoring rooms and a mother’s private area.

‘"There are many other less expensive naming opportunities should someone want to memorialize a gift,” said Jack. “General stacks and tables are $1,000 a piece and living memorials such as benches can be purchased for that price too. Remember these are professional quality, almost industrial strength, to wear for a long long time.”

Anyone interested in making a contribution to the new library should  contact Jack at 610-398-1361, ext. 22.