Kendall Lions initiate service project to support literacy

By on June 19, 2017
Standing with the new bookshelf (l to r): Incoming Lion President Michael Cusimano, Cabinetmaker Greg Meisenzahl, Lion Helen Unterborn and Lora Partyka. Provided photo

Standing with the new bookshelf (l to r): Incoming Lion President Michael Cusimano, Cabinetmaker Greg Meisenzahl, Lion Helen Unterborn and Lora Partyka. Provided photo

The Kendall Lions are excited to announce the opening of the Kendall Lions Lending Library at Partyka’s Farm Market. To encourage the young readers in the community, they have set up a bookshelf with gently used books that children can borrow.

An ongoing focus of service for Lions around the world is literacy – the ability to read and write. The Lions Reading Action Program is a 10-year commitment to increasing reading and literacy rates. It’s a call to action for every Lions club around the world to organize service projects and activities that underscore the importance of reading and address specific needs related to literacy within their own community.

Research shows that “Young children who have access to books in the home and are read aloud to regularly have the best chance of becoming successful readers.” (Catherine Snow, Peg Burns and Susan Griffin, 1998).

The purpose for the lending library is to support and promote the love of reading in the youngest community members by providing easy access to books. Parents help their child select a book from the bookshelf to take home and enjoy. When they are finished, they return it to the book shelf for others to enjoy and select another book.

As a bonus, children may participate in the club’s reading incentive. By reading 10 books over the summer, they can receive a free small ice cream cone from Partyka’s. They can track their reading on the summer reading recording sheet found on the bookshelf and when complete, turn it in for a free cone.

Kendall Lions give their heartfelt thanks to Lora and Jeff Partyka for giving their library a home and sponsoring the reading incentive, to Greg Meisenzahl for donating his talent and building a beautiful bookcase and to Karl Driesel for donating the wood.

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