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Powers: Lyons Public Library lends a charitable hand

Community Voice

Once again, we are all marching full steam ahead into the holiday season. The Lyons Public Library is here to help.

During the month of November, the Lyons Public Library is sponsoring a Food Drive for Fines program. This happens to be a program that the library supports at least twice per year. During the month of November, the Lyons Public Library will take $1.00 off overdue fines for each nonperishable food item donated by our patrons (with a $10.00 maximum deduction per card). 

The Lyons Public Library is also working together with the Robinson School Student Council (our local District 103) in order to support a coat, hat, scarf and mittens/gloves drive. Proceeds will be donated to Goodwill Industries in North Riverside. The coat drive ends Dec. 6. 

A Toys for Tots drive is also currently taking place at the Lyons Public Library. The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is an IRS recognized nonprofit public charity that is the fundraising, funding and support organization for the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve. The foundation was created at the behest of the U.S. Marine Corps, and has supported Toys for Tots since 1991. The primary goal of the Toys for Tots program is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive and patriotic citizens. The Toys for Tots drive will end Dec. 9. 

The Lyons Public Library has teamed up with Morton College in order to support Project CARE. The leaders of this initiative are looking for adult students who are in need of English language and writing skills. The promoters of Project CARE are also in need of instructors who can tutor other adults in learning better English skills.

As always, the library is also supporting recycling efforts by accepting donations of old televisions, computers, typewriters, DVD players, microwaves and other kitchen appliances and much more.

Have a happy and safe Holiday season!

As always: Your journey starts here!

Dan Powers is the director of the Lyons Public Library

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