Kendall Lions start ‘Lending Library’ at Partyka’s

Provided photos: The Kendall Lions Club set up a Lending Library at Partyka’s Farm Market, increasing access to books for the children in the community. Pictured, from left, include: Lion President Michael Cusimano, cabinetmaker Greg Meisenzahl, Lion Helen Unterborn and Lora Partyka.

Posted 12 June 2017 at 10:30 pm

Press Release, Kendall Lions Club

KENDALL – 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 our community we 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 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 our lending library is to support and promote the love of reading in our youngest community members by providing easy access to books.

Parents help their child select a book from our 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 are invited to participate in our reading incentive. By reading 10 books over the summer they can receive a free small ice cream cone from Partyka’s. They can track of 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 our 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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