The importance of children learning to read and reading is not disputed. There is advice for parents in topics such as How to Raise a Bookworm. In schools there are programs such as Drop Everything and Read, or One School-One Book. But what can a small Lions Club do to help its neighborhood youngsters to read: when the library is too far away to walk to; when no one tending those children has a car to take them.
That thought was part of a conversation of how to reach out to the community by the small Frystown Lions Club to fulfill the Lions motto, “We serve.”
Members thought a Little Library would be a good project, but none of the members really had the talents to build one. And to buy one was not in the club’s budget.
A PA Dutch breakfast conversation between Lion Betty Zerbe and neighbor George Moyer led to Moyer’s going to see ones already in place in Pine Grove and in Schaefferstown which cemented his being involved.
He drew up plans and began working on it the next spring, “before it was time to plant corn,” says Frystown Lions Club president Dennis Zerbe.
Hammer and saw, level and tape measure, screws and nails made Moyer’s plan become reality.
On May 24 he brought his Little Library creation to the club’s meeting at Esther’s Restaurant in Fredericksburg and got unanimous smiling member approval.
They were amazed and most thankful for the octogenarian’s donation of time and talent and also his son’s help in finishing the Little Library’s roof.
In conjunction with, and permission from, Bethel Township’s Recreation Board and the Bethel Township Supervisors, the club’s dream of planting the Little Library at the Frystown Park, which the Lions Club tended for decades and donated to the township not many years ago, the Little Library on its post and platform home was “planted” on Aug. 24.
Books were donated by various folks and its use began.
“I am amazed how quickly people began using it,” says club vice president Betty Zerbe.
Lions Past District Governor Bob Argot, an associate member of the club, says, “It’s a good way to reach out to the people of the community and to get the name of the Lions out to the public.”
Adds club president Dennis Zerbe, “It’s a good thing,” since he has been told face to face that it has been used and he and his wife have seen it in use."
Lion Bob Edris, club treasurer, who used to live very near the park and has many memories of the work and play that he and his family saw and experienced there, lauds the volunteer work of Moyer.
“I was really pleased,” he says.
He adds, “I think it’s really nice.”