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  • Library + Lions Club = A sight to see

    Aug 21, 2013 | Read More News
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    Pima County Public Library (PCPL) is working with the Tucson Downtown Lions Club to hand out over 700 pairs of eyeglasses to library patrons who need them.

    Don and Barbara DailyThrough a recycling program called ALERT (Arizona Lions Eyeglass Recycling Terminal, Inc.), the Lions Club collects and cleans used eyeglasses, then sorts them by prescription before distributing them. More than 30,000 pairs of eyeglasses have been given away so far.

    Librarian Karen Greene says the partnership between the Lions and the Library is a win-win for getting glasses out into the community. Eyeglasses are currently available at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, and plans are afoot to have them in more library locations as the program proves successful.

    “Patrons can ask for glasses at the library desk, or if our staff happens to notice that they are squinting or having a hard time reading something, we might offer a pair to someone,” Greene said.

    Eyeglasses at the BookbikeThe Lions Club has already collaborated with PCPL’s Bookbike, a service that gives free books to the community. Greene said that some of the Library’s Bookbike visits allow staff and volunteers the opportunity to provide free glasses to people who need them to read and do other tasks.

    “These eyeglasses are not only helpful for those who need them, but many of the frames are very fashionable,” Greene said.

    Donate eyeglasses at:
    Joel D. Valdez Main Library
    Joyner-Green Valley Library
    Kirk-Bear Canyon Library
    Oro Valley Public Library