The Lembrecht siblings, Andy (back left), Joe (back right), Katie (front left) and Thomas stand with some of the books they have collected for both adults and youth in need. Photo courtesy of Nichole Lambrecht
By David Richards
Twelve-year-old Joe is a fan of Tom Clancy. Andy prefers the Eragon series. Katie likes Nancy Drew, while Thomas enjoys C.S. Lewis.
Reading is a popular pastime in the Lambrecht household, so much so that the four siblings have joined forces to collect books for those in need.
They've gathered more than 2,000 titles and show no signs of stopping.
"I'm very proud of them," said Nichole Lambrecht, the kids' mother.
The Lambrechts attend Christ the King Catholic Church in Byron and were in attendance this past summer when a Sister visited and spoke about the lack of books for children in Africa.
Those words inspired the family to do something about it and the "Give a Book, Receive a Smile," drive began.
"I think it's really cool," Joe said, about the effort. "I love to read, and it was really mind boggling to hear that some kids don't have books."
Both Byron middle and elementary schools have joined the cause and have been drop-off sites for the book drive.
In addition, the family will be at Byron Marketplace Saturday Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon if anyone else would like to drop off books.
"It has been awesome to see the amount of books we have already in my own classroom and in the boxes near the front of the school," said Justin Blom, student council advisor for Byron Elementary School, last week.
The goal of the drive is for the Lambrechts to take a mission trip this next summer to deliver the books to those in need near the Appalachian Mountains. Nichole Lambrecht said books might be donated to Africa as well.
"They are all avid readers, and couldn't imagine life without books," she said about her kids.