Lauer’s Library Lions was created in honor of Mary Beth Lauer, one of the Foundation’s founding board members, in recognition of her retirement after more than 11 years of service to the board. This ongoing program will support underserved school libraries in Southeastern Pennsylvania by offering the Haverford Township community the opportunity to donate new or gently used books that will be delivered to local school libraries in need.
Mary Beth has a long history championing literacy initiatives. In addition to volunteering as a reader at area schools and spearheading past book drives, she developed a Young Writer’s Day program at area elementary schools that introduces students to the creative process by inviting guest writers, artists, and musicians to work with them in the classroom. Mary Beth believes that school libraries deserve to be a place that inspires imagination and a love of learning. However, she has seen first-hand that some school libraries outside our district have very few books on their shelves. Our goal is to help honor Mary Beth’s vision to give kids access to books that feed their imaginations.
Lauer’s Library Lions collection boxes are available in all Haverford Township School District buildings during specified collection periods each year. In 2019, over 1700 books were donated thanks to the generosity of our community.