Jerome, Idaho (KMVT-TV) All 12-year-old Tristn Griffis wanted was to check out books at the library.
His family lives in Jerome but not within city limits which means a library card isn't free.
"The Jerome public library is a department of the City of Jerome government so the library is supported by property tax payers in the City of Jerome” said Patty Metcalf, Director Jerome Library.
The 45-dollar annual fee required for residents who live outside city limits was a bit pricey for Griffis grandparents.
That’s when the Jerome rotary club got involved.
"We were approached by a lady who runs a program called G.A.P. and it's for grandparents raising their grandchildren and letting us know there was a few out in the country that couldn't afford a library card” said Bryan Craig, Jerome Rotary Club.
The rotary club purchased the card for the determined reader.
"The young man I met down at the Jerome Library and we went to get this library card he was absolutely tickled and elated that he could check out books and read books” said Bryan Craig, Jerome Rotary Club.
But Griffis wanted to give back and raised 75-dollars to return to the rotary club.
"Grandma taught me when you get something you must give back” said Tristn Griffis, determined reader.
Because of one young boy who just wanted to read, the Jerome Rotary Club is creating a new program which would purchase more library cards for families who can't afford the cost.
Griffis also reached out to Idaho public schools Chief Tom Luna and Governor Butch Otter’s office to raise awareness on the cost of a library card for children who live out in the country.