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Kaneland Connection: Elburn Lions looking for books

Published: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 11:37 p.m. CDT

ELBURN – During her recent term as president of the Elburn Lions Club, Pam Hall helped launch the club’s Lions for Literacy program.

With Lions Club member Joe Kryszak serving as the program chairman, it has enjoyed success, with the club working to collect books and distribute them to needy youths in the area.

As part of that effort, the Lions will stage book collection events, during which residents are encouraged to drop off “gently used” books that can be given to those in need.

Such an event is coming up, with a book drive set from 4 to 8 p.m. May 2 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 3 at Lions Park, 500 Filmore St., Elburn.

The books should be appropriate for those ages 1 to 18 years old.

“These books are important to these kids,” Kryszak said, who added that librarians have told them “a used book or a gently used book is just as good as a new book.”

This will be the Elburn Lions’ second such book collection. Kryszak said in the previous collection, organizers asked members to drop off books.

This time, they are seeking books from the general public.

And the effort to accumulate books will continue beyond the collection event.

Literacy programs help fulfill the mission of Lions Club International, which also seeks to help those who are visually impaired.

The Elburn Lions Club has embraced the cause, Hall said, and she added that Kryszak “has been instrumental, making sure everybody is involved and active.”

The Elburn Lions work to get anonymous lists of youths who are in need of books, working with churches, as well as groups such as the Maple Park Family Fund and the Sugar Grove-based Between Friends Food Pantry.

Lions officials also seek help, guidance and expertise from local librarians and officials in the Kaneland School District.

For information about the Elburn Lions Club, visit www.elburnlions.com.

• Al Lagattolla is the news editor of the Kane County Chronicle. Write to him at alagattolla@shawmedia.com.

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