The Reading Action Program is a relatively new Lions program, but the Glenside Lions Club in Australia has been promoting literacy for decades. The club formed the Glenside Lions Club Bookmart approximately 34 years ago, and since then, the Bookmart has helped the Lions raise nearly $1 million to give back to the community and local charities.
The Bookmart is set up similar to a library. There are more than 30,000 books on display at any one time, from nonfiction topics such as travel and cooking, to classic fiction titles and children’s books. Readers can also find rare and special interest books on the Bookmart shelves. Volunteers (Lions and non-Lions alike) include retired librarians, teachers and community members who love books.
A few years ago, funds from the Bookmart allowed the Glenside Lions to donate a van to the local library. The van is used as a “mobile library,” delivering books to elderly residents who would otherwise have difficulty getting access to library services.
What a wonderful way to encouraging reading in the community while raising money for a good cause! To learn more about the Glenside Lions Club Bookmart, visit their website or follow them on Facebook.
How does your club promote literacy in your community?