Lunch at the Library provides opportunities for libraries to strengthen existing community partnerships and build new ones. Partners can help libraries introduce families to community resources, present programming, provide food for parents and caregivers, connect library staff with volunteers, provide funding, and more.

Lunch at the Library connects public libraries with school districts and local community-based organizations. It strengthens collaboration within cities, counties, and special districts, building stronger communities and providing improved support for families. It also provides a great opportunity to engage community leaders and highlight the library’s role as a community hub. Some examples of partnering agencies include:

    • Adult schools
    • After school program
    • Arts organizations and museums
    • Bookstores
    • Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs, and scouting groups
    • Businesses and corporations — local, state, and national
    • Caregivers and nannies
    • Clinics and hospitals
    • Colleges and universities
    • Community centers
    • Community clinics, Kaiser Permanente, Red Cross
    • Community colleges
    • Faith-based organizations
    • Farmers and Farmers’ Markets
    • Festivals
    • Food banks
    • Movie theaters
    • Parents’ groups
    • Parks and Recreation — local, state, and national
    • Police, Fire, and Sanitation departments
    • Police explorer program
    • Public Health departments
    • Public housing
    • Public utilities
    • Rotaries and service organizations
    • Schools
    • Science organizations and museums
    • Senior centers
    • Shelters
    • Social service agencies
    • Sports teams, major, minor, college, and kids
    • Summer camps
    • State parks
    • Transit authorities
    • Youth commissions

“A mom came up to me toward the end of lunch and told me that she’s been worried because her 7-year-old son doesn’t love to read. She can’t understand not loving to read and she’s been wondering how to encourage him in that regard. Well, she had him screened today and [it turns out he] has vision issues. So it’s quite possible that he’s not interested in reading because he has trouble seeing the words clearly. She was so grateful for the Vision to Learn program and kept thanking us — with tears in her eyes — for what we are doing at the library.”–Sacramento Public Library