Family Literacy at a Food Pantry

In this webinar, learn how Cazenovia Public Library operates learning-focused programs for the whole family at a local food pantry.

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The Cazenovia Public Library is connecting the dots between early literacy, the local food pantry and family well-being, and they’re doing it all on a small budget. Starting with an Early Literacy project at the CazCares food pantry, library outreach coordinators began to build more in-depth relationships with the food pantry’s clients. Their interactions led to unexpected positive outcomes:

  • adults obtaining their high school equivalency through the library tutoring program;
  • school age children participating in an interactive summer learning program and book club;
  • and the food pantry becoming the site for ESL classes, Dolly Parton Imagination Library sign ups and health literacy initiatives.

Find out how this innovative library team supplemented their small budget with donations and volunteers to make Family Literacy work for the community.

Presented by: Betsy Kennedy, Director, Cazenovia Public Library

This is an encore presentation from the 2015 Association for Rural & Small Libraries conference.

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03 December 2015


3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Eastern Standard Time, North America [UTC -5]