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May 19, 2017 8:38 PM ET

Archived: Build a Better Lunch Box @ Your Library: CEFLS and member library/agency partners aim to increase awareness of healthy eating for families during Summer 2017 in conjunction with the statewide summer reading program of “Build a Better World.”

iCrowdNewswire - May 19, 2017

Build a Better Lunch Box @ Your Library

CEFLS and member library/agency partners aim to increase awareness of healthy eating for families during Summer 2017 in conjunction with the statewide summer reading program of “Build a Better World.” 

the project

Healthy lunch box demos will be given at participating public libraries around our large rural service area. CEFLS consultant librarian staff will develop information resources in various accessible formats (LibGuides, guides, “eating trails to local farmers markets”) and publicity.   A “Healthy Eating Trail” app will be specially developed for this project to guide users to the many farms, farmers’ markets and other sources of nutritious, local food in our area. Up to date, friendly and authoritative resources (books, ebooks, emagazines) on related topics for parents and children will be purchased with credit to project funds and added to our shared catalog where they will be accessible 24/7 to all residents with a card from one of our 30 member public libraries.  

The CEFLS serves 30 public libraries in Clinton, Essex, and Franklin counties.  Over 20 libraries are participating in the Collaborative Summer Learning Program (CSLP) which this year features the theme of “Build a Better World.”  This project will tag onto theme by providing library resources, “localvoire” information, and programs to families around the theme of “Build a Better Lunch Box.”  All materials purchased will be available to residents of our three county area with a library card.  CEFLS and agency partner staff from Cornell Cooperative Extension will collaboratively develop and promote program activities which we anticipate will reach over 500 rural families from July 1 to August 31 2017.

the steps

a.     Promote funding opportunity widely to 3 counties (print, digital media)

b.     Identify key partners – Department of Health in 3 counties, organizations with shared missions

c.     Purchase materials (after $ is received)

d.     Promote materials in accessible formats

e.     Develop LibGuides, other resources

f.      Offer Healthy Lunch box programs @ member libraries/tag onto summer reading activities in place (Cornell Cooperative Extension)

why we’re doing it

Nutrition related topics tie in with current initiatives in place at CEFLS that we are striving to engage our members in.  This project will be a natural (easy) segue for us and them to make into the present (and ever expanding) “localvoire” movement, especially since it is tied in with Summer Reading activities which many libraries are already participating in (partially captured audiences on two levels – libraries participating in Summer Reading and families participating in local summer reading activities).

Contact Information:

Julie W

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