Spring into MCL with Friends and the PA Forward Initiative!
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The Friends of Muhlenberg Community Library

Spring is a great time for making friends. Become a Friend of MCL!

The Friends of Muhlenberg Community Library is a nonprofit organization whose purposes are to provide support for the library by raising funds and to promote volunteerism and awareness of the ongoing needs of MCL.  

If you enjoy organizing fundraising programs, then the Friends are for you! Members receive special benefits that include a gift certificate redeemable in MCL’s Book Stop book store and exclusive access to the annual staff picnic and Christmas party.

Join like-minded friends and MCL staff for a special Friends Happy-Hour event. This event is for anyone who is interested in joining The Friends and would like more information. We are especially looking for individuals who would like an officer-role within the organization, but all interested parties are welcome!


Friends Happy-Hour Event Details
When: Monday, April 24th
Where: Blind Hartman's Tavern
2910 Pricetown Road, Temple
What: Enjoy appetizers on us! Cash bar available.
Time: Happy Hour starts at 5:30pm. Meeting will begin at 6pm.
RSVP: Please RSVP for this event by phone at (610)929-0589 or email.


You may have noticed this logo pinned to MCL pamphlets and posts. This is the logo of Pennsylvania Library Association’s 21st Century Literacies Initiative, PA Forward. This initiative has introduced new partnerships for the library with community organizations to provide fundamental learning opportunities for patrons of every age. Libraries are about much more than the best reads around. Look for the hashtags that represent the five key literacies in MCL events.

  • Basic Literacy #Literacy
  • Information Literacy #InfoLit
  • Civic and Social Literacy #CivicLit and #SocialLit
  • Health Literacy #HealthLit
  • Financial Literacy #MoneyLit
One Book, One Community 2017 Programs
Reading Theatre Project's Adaptation of "Rose Under Fire"
March 15th 6:30pm
Polish Folk Arts with Rik Palieri (Family-Friendly Event)
March 23rd 6:30pm
Visit oboc.org for details about the 2017 book selection.

Spring Program Highlights
DIY Herb Garden, Cost $3
April 19th 2pm
Earth Day Program for Kids and Families
April 22nd 10am-12pm
Wellness Fair (Family-Friendly Event)
May 6th 10am-4pm
Harry Potter Day (Family-Friendly Event)
May 20th 10am-1pm

Ongoing Events
Children     Teens     Adults
Civic and Social Literacy Programming Event
One of the five PA Forward initiatives, Civic and Social Literacy, is focused on providing the knowledge and skills citizens need to improve their lives, to participate and contribute to their communities, and to connect with one another. One way that Muhlenberg Community Library strives to improve the community's Civic and Social Literacy is by providing programs that educate and inform citizens about contemporary and historic topics in entertaining and meaningful ways. Polish Folk Arts with Rik Palieri is one such program. 

In this educational and entertaining One Book, One Community program, folk musician and storyteller Rik Palieri explains the life of a Polish mountaineer and demonstrates traditional Polish instruments. The program will be held on Thursday, March 23 at 6:30 pm. Admission is free. Donations are welcome to help offset expenses.

Rik lives in Vermont and has traveled the world to educate people with his storytelling and music. His mother is Polish and he developed an interest in Polish music and culture. “One day in the late 70’s, I came across a photo of a Polish Bagpiper in an old National Geographic. After a long search I found a set of Polish pipes and was later invited to perform at the 1980 Rzeszow world festival in Poland.” At the festival, Rik won a contest, met Polish piper Jozef Broda, and was awarded the title of “Outstanding Solo Musician.”

Rik later received a fellowship to study the Polish Bagpipe. He lived high up on the mountains in the village of Istebna, a folk community in southern Poland. In Istebna, he learned the secrets of piping from Broda and the last remaining pipers. He also learned to play the wooden flute, clay ocarina and long wooden trumpet.

About One Book, One Community: public libraries in Berks, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties and community partners have collaborated to present this year’s selection, Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein. The unforgettable story of Rose Justice, a young pilot with the Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War, and the “Polish Rabbits” – young girls who were experimented on by the Nazis. Their cry to Rose is to please tell their story! Tell the world! Visit oboc.org for details.

Learn more about the PA Forward literacies here.
If You Go
Rik Palieri will appear Thursday, March 23rd from 6:30 to 7:30pm.
Register by calling (610)929-0589.
This is a family-friendly event, so all ages are welcome.
Free admission.
Please note MCL's new operating hours!
Due to budgetary constraints, the 2017 business hours will be:
Monday-Thursday: 10:00am-8:00pm
Friday: 10:00am-2:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am-4:00pm*
*Saturdays Jun 17 - Aug 19:
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