About the Library

The mission of the Slatington Public Library is to improve and to enrich the lives of the residents in our community through information, recreation, and education, using both traditional methods and emerging technologies.


Community Letter/ ANNUAL REPORT

The Slatington Public Library began in 1936 in the basement of the Salem Welsh Presbyterian Church. With the help and support of the community and 50 books, the church's Ladies' Bible Group started the library. In 1962, the Group closed their library and donated 2,000 of their books to the community when the official public facility opened.

The library opened at 560 Main Street, which was formerly the Post Office, and on March 20, 1962, it was incorporated to become the Slatington Public Library, Inc. Under the direction of Marian Shearer and Jean Davies, the library thrived. By the 1980's, the library outgrew the building!

In 1985, the current building at 650 Main Street, formerly Miller's 5 & 10, was donated to the library by the Rogers Corporation. The building was restored by countless volunteers from many community organizations under the guidance of a dedicated Library Board headed by Kevin Redline, Board President. When the restoration was complete, the books were passed one by one down a line of volunteers that stretched from one building to the other. The new facility was dedicated on March 8, 1987.

The Slatington Public Library, in one form or another, has been a member of the Northern Lehigh Community for more than 75 years. We have grown from 50 books to more than 40,000 holdings, from the basement of a church to a beautifully restored turn-of-the-century building, from the card catalog stacked in the corner to a computerized catalog/circulation system, and our sources of information have progressed from news print to almost instantaneous posting on the internet!

Your library is a community benefit organization. A public library card is free to all residents of the Slatington and Walnutport Boroughs, Washington Township, and the Northern Lehigh School District. Non-residents may join for a modest fee.

Membership to your library allows you to borrow books, use computers, access other libraries, use data-bases, borrow e-books or magazines for your Kindle, Nook, or eReaders, and use any of the sidebar links to free online programs. The library also offers special programs for children and adults. Our two experienced librarians assist patrons with job searches, tax form information, and reference questions along with their daily tasks at your library.

In order to Log In to our Online Card Catalog or to the Carbon-Lehigh Downloadable Library, you will need a 14-digit card number.

Be sure to check out the hundreds of eBook titles. It's nice to know you don't need a Kindle or eReader. Read from your own computer! OverDrive Read is a browser-based eBook reader that works on most computers, tablets, and mobile devices running up-to-date web browsers. OverDrive Read is available for most eBooks from your digital library.

The downloadable library also includes audio books and, yes, there's an app for that, too!

Please contact us for support in accessing either of these membership benefits.

Funding and Financial Support

Where Does All the Money Go?

Our library operates on a very modest budget. We receive state funding, local donor support, and support from the boroughs, township, and school district. We depend on this support!

All donations are appreciated, and are used to perpetuate literacy in the Northern Lehigh Community. You can designate your gift in memory or in honor of a loved one. These names will be displayed on a special page in our Book of Thanks, listing all of our donors. The book will be displayed at our front desk. (For more information about this, ask our librarians.)

Our library gratefully acknowledges support from the Mickley-Fravel Grant, the Williams Trust, the Harry C. Trexler Trust, the Horsehead Grant, the Slatington Rotary, and the Lions Club. These special sources of money enable us to improve our facility. And we would be remiss if we didn't mention the hours and talents of the many volunteers who help us make things happen!

We are grateful to the community for continued support. If you or members of your organization are interested in making a difference to our community, support the Slatington Public Library! The library is an integral part of community life. Come and visit us and see what we are about.

Sign Up for your free library card today...A library card is the smartest card in your wallet! With your library card, you can borrow e-books or e-magazines, explore our holdings on our digital catalog, learn a foreign language, check out Morning Call archives, access online resources and databases, and connect to homework help. Check our Library Links sidebar or the Resource Center for 1-click connections to online services and local educational and community links. Library cards are free to residents of the Northern Lehigh area.

Library Cards must be renewed every 3 years from the date of issue. There is no charge. Stop in and see us!

Would Your Organization Like to Use Our Presentation Area?

We have created a modest presentation area in our library. This area is located in the rear left corner of the first floor and can comfortably seat 20 attendees and, with a little rearranging of furniture, up to 35 attendees. We welcome local organizations to utilize the area and the equipment according to library policy. We have a laptop computer, power point projector, screen, a document camera, a video flip camera, folding chairs, and white boards. A portable riser provides us with a make-shift staging area. A small break-out area with a table, chairs, and white board is located in the loft area. Contact our librarians for information about using our facility for your organization.