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Important Reminders

Seniors must return books and clear fines prior to graduation.

 Underclassmen must return books and clear fines by June 5.


Summer Hours

The library remains open during the summer to both students and staff to borrow books or pick up summer assignments. The hours are Monday to Friday from 9 AM-noon, closed from 12 PM-1 PM, and open from 1 PM-3 PM. Mrs. DiCarlo, the library secretary, can be contacted at 610-351-5642 if you have any questions. 


Summer Reading List

Need some book recommendations?  Our summer reading list is posted on the Parkland High School website under the student tab.  You can also click here:


Spotlight on Students


students in the library

Mari Adamson, Audrika Khondaker, Punya Bhasin, Nawal Afzal and Autumn Michels (left to right)

This group of hard-working students are regular library patrons. In talking with them about library use, they highlighted using the library every morning as part of their routine. They meet up, finish homework, see their friends, or exchange class notes. They say it gives them a good start to their day. They have also formed AP study groups, collaborated on projects and de-stressed in the Makerspace. 

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April was a busy month at the PHS Library. Mrs. Dickerson and Mrs. Brader visited many of the Advanced Placement classes to have students sign up for the Gale Testing and Education Reference Center database which offers free practice tests for AP classes, SAT Prep, ACT Prep, ASVAB test prep, along with study guides and various subject tutorials. Please contact the Library if you want more information on this valuable resource. 


Spotlight on how students are using the Library

Meet Liniyah Tolliver, an 11th grade student at Parkland High School and LCTI. Liniyah studies dental technology, hoping to become a dentist or an orthodontist. Liniyah uses the library after school almost every day. She studies, works on assignments and gets help from tutors when needed. She admits that she has matured since 9th grade, now has goals for the future, and is using the library to help her achieve those goals. By putting in the extra time studying, she has been able to raise her grades and is developing good study habits that she will need in college. 

photo of student (Liniyah Tolliver)


We had a Marie Kondo Lunch and Learn on April 5, where Mrs. Dickerson talked about the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. The emphasis was on how students can apply the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing in their own lives. 


students who attended the Marie Kondo Lunch and Learn


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Last month’s “March into Happy” events were a big success.  Students created all sorts of calming crafts, listened to book talks, learned about the Danish well-being art of Hygge, and learned how to fold Marie Kondo style. 

Library image of student using HTC Vibe


Library photo students using HTC Vibe














A shout out to Mrs. Kowalski, Mrs. O’Neill, Mrs. Brader, and the Multicultural Club with Mrs. Hartman and Mrs. Junge who all used the Makerspace in February!


April is dedicated to the Poet, as it is National Poetry Month.  Please stop by to participate in poetry readings, book spine poetry, journaling poetry and blackout poetry. Check out our displays highlighting our diverse collection of poetry.

Students who want to run an event should stop by the library and talk to the staff. We are happy to help students host approved events.  

Virtual Reality is here. Classes are now able to come to the library to use the HTC Vibe Virtual Reality headset. 

Students attending Makerspace Events and using the Vibe Virtual Reality Headset at the PHS Library:       

Library image students using V.R. Vibe headset

              Students using Vibe Virtual Reality headset


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February was coding month at the PHS Library and our theme for March is “March into Happy”.  The Library will spotlight ways to focus on the positive through books and events.  Stop in for more details.

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To celebrate Teen Tech Week, March 3 through March 9, we will highlight the balance between the need for technology and the need to disconnect.  This ties in with our “March into Happy” theme as we encourage students to be mindful of the amount of time they spend on their devices or social media.


Don't forget that we have SAT Prep, AP Test Prep books, and Gale Testing & Education Reference Center (accessible through CLEVER) for free practice tests. 

And, combat those winter blues by checking out a great read at our Library.





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photo of computer code

February is Coding Month at the PHS Library. Throughout the month we are spotlighting our various coding gizmos and gadgets in our Makerspace.  Learn something new using Osmos, Raspberry Pi, Arduino boards, and sessions focusing on coding. 

Past due notices are going out the first week of the new semester.  Make sure you return your books to stop the fines from adding up.  Late fines are 10 cents per day per book.  Books can be returned in the book drop outside the library, the book drop at the circulation desk, or by handing it to any library staff member.  Seniors must clear their accounts prior to graduation. 

Look for Lunch and Learn Fridays in the library.  We are always creating new ideas based on student need. 

When researching don’t forget about our databases.  Make sure that you access them through the CLEVER portal and no passwords are needed.