Summer lunch and summer reading go hand in hand
Heights Libraries’ summer lunch program, in partnership with the Cleveland Foodbank, is off to a great start this year, with the number of lunches distributed the first week significantly higher than the 2010 numbers for the same week. Those numbers correspond to what appears to be an increase in the number of kids signing up for Heights Libraries’ summer reading program this season.
“So far this year, we have more kids signed up than we had last year at this time,” noted Susan Black, children’s services librarian, “And a lot of those kids have come right from the summer lunch program.”
“These programs complement each other perfectly,” according to Nancy Levin, Library Director. Levin spent time on the first day of the lunch program signing up young book lovers for the reading program, and sending them on to the children’s department to hand in their forms. Levin explained, “The lunch program draws them in, and the reading program will hopefully keep them coming back for a lifetime.”
Sheryl Banks is the marketing and community relations manager for the Cleveland Heights-University Public Heights Library.