Programming and Activities
Lunch at the Library will offer children and families enriching activities to supplement the meals that are served at lunchtime. Some of the fun and easy ways that you can provide food for the minds and bodies of your summer meal patrons and their families and caregivers include the following:
- Display books where lunch is being served (include manga, graphic novels, magazines, etc.).
- Arrange for volunteers to read to children and their caregivers.
- Sign-up participants and their families for the summer reading program and actively encourage them to meet their reading goals.
- Create a summer reading gameboard/activity station where kids can work on the day's activities. Activities might include:
- writing or drawing book reviews;
- drawing a picture of their librarian;
- designing a menu for their dream restaurant;
- making a mini book.
- Offer programs on nutrition and programs involving sports and games.
- Invite guests who can speak with parents/caregivers about relevant topics. Guests might include:
- a CalFresh representative;
- a Department of Parks and Recreation representative.
- Create a seed library to tie in with the program.
- Create a community garden at the library.
Lunch at the Library is a project of the California Library Association and California Summer Meal Coalition and is funded by a grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
Photo: YMCA of Silicon Valley.