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Two Exciting Summer Reading Programs for 2013: Something For Everyone!

CLA has created online tool kits to make it easy for California libraries to participate in two exciting Summer Reading Programs that, in combination, can engage library users of all ages, as well as the broader community: the Acquire A Taste For Giving Food Drive and The Stuffed Animal Sleepover and Midnight Feast.

food drive adThe Acquire A Taste for Giving Food Drive, inspired by CLA's Reading Is So Delicious! Summer Reading theme, encourages libraries to partner with local area food banks. Working closely with their food bank partner to ensure efforts are meeting current needs, libraries will collect food and host events such as food-for-fines programs, "canstruction" competitions, and raffles in which a donated food item buys a ticket. The food drive is the perfect springboard for programming on topics such as nutrition, hunger and food insecurity, cooking, healthy eating and living, gardening, and more. For libraries that are daunted by the thought of taking on more programming, a food-for-fines program (one donated food item equals a $1 reduction in library fines) can be a simple and fun way to participate. Whatever a library’s Summer Reading theme, the food drive is a wonderful community connection and is a program that can engage children, teens and adults with extremely meaningful results. For information on how to participate as well as programming ideas, please visit the Acquire A Taste For Giving Food Drive page on the CLA website. Please consider joining CLA and libraries throughout California in this exciting community effort.

stuffed animal adThe second program, the Stuffed Animal and Midnight Feast, is a fun way to promote books and reading about nighttime, make believe, and the joys of good food, to the youngest library users. Kids bring their stuffed animals to the library for a night of make believe and tasty treats (action figures and dolls welcome!). Once the kids leave, their stuffed animals magically come alive in the library. Staff and/or teen volunteers take photos of the animals doing various activities after-hours, including enjoying a fun and healthy midnight feast. The next day, kids pick up their stuffed animals, along with a photo showing what the animals did all night, and/or a certificate of participation. This program is a great way to introduce kids, and their stuffed animals, to the magic of make believe as well as to healthy food choices. The teens and adults who volunteer to make the after-hours events possible seem to have the most fun of all! For information on how to take part, as well as programming ideas, please visit The Stuffed Animal and Midnight Feast page on the CLA website.
 
Join us! Questions? Please contact Trish Garone at pgarone@cla-net