School may be out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean opportunities to learn, grow, and have fun should stop. In fact, the activities youth engage in outside of school are just as important as what they are exposed to in the classroom and are particularly vital during the summer months when children are most at risk for learning loss. Academic success, however, is also closely linked to children’s health; we cannot expect children to thrive if they lack regular access to nutritious foods.
Since 2011 the Library has partnered with the Boone County School System to provide healthy meals and expanded learning opportunities to children under the age of 18 in the city of Florence. The collaboration continues and is supported, in part, by grant funds awarded through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA). This summer children can enjoy stories, games, fun activities, and a free meal at the Florence Branch, 7425 US 42, Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free dinners will be offered twice a week through the Library’s Community Center on Wheels (CCoW) outreach vehicle at two separate locations. Meals and family activities will be provided at White Pine Village, 10201 Dixie Highway in Florence on Wednesdays and Fridays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and at Mosby’s Point Mobile Homes, 10367 Garden Drive in Florence on Mondays and Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Freestore Foodbank is providing HeaterMeals so adults can have a free meal, too. Boone County Parks Department is supporting the project by leading activities at the Thursday evening events. These family meals end the week of July 18.
We look forward to seeing you.
Lisa Sensale Yazdian joined BCPL in 2007 and currently manages outreach services provided to youth, caregivers, and teachers. An educational psychologist by training, she is passionate about forging school, family, and community partnerships in support of youth learning and development.