Blogger Public Awareness Committee

Make the Case to Serve Meals @ Your Library

If you haven’t dipped your toe into serving meals at your library already, now is the perfect time to do it! In June, Amy Koester blogged about Combating Summer Food Insecurity at the Library but it might have been too late for you to put things into place for this past summer. Never fear, here are some tips to getting started with your planning for Summer 2017!

Blogger Building Partnerships committee

Food in the Library? An interview with Amanda Courie about Summer Food Programs

Over the past few years, there has been a growing awareness in public libraries that children within their service areas may not be getting enough to eat during the summer months when school breakfasts and lunches are unavailable. Many libraries have partnered with state and local organizations to address this “food insecurity” by offering summer food programs, but this may seem like a daunting enterprise for small, rural, and/or understaffed libraries. Caroline County Public Library, one of eight rural Maryland libraries that my organization serves, began offering a summer food program last year. I decided to interview Amanda Courie, Youth Services Manager, to find out how this kind of program can work on a smaller scale. Amanda, I understand that Caroline County Public Library is a small system. How many full time staff members are there? How many of them work in youth services? “We are a small system!  We…