If the library has an established summer meal site very close by* or if there are other reasons that prevent the library from being a meal site, libraries can help children and teens access healthy food by taking a pop-up library to other community meal sites.

Activities are key to attracting families to summer meal sites and creating inviting and fun spaces. However, many sites lack programming resources.  Pop-up libraries can provide:

  • Summer reading sign-up and activities
  • Storytimes or performers
  • Bookmobile visits
  • Arts & crafts
  • Book giveaways
  • STEM activities (many community sites have outdoor space such as the school blacktop which can be perfect for chalk art or science experiments)
  • And more!

Look at last year’s summer meal sites to identify potential pop-up library sites. Parks, community centers, affordable housing communities and schools provide plenty of opportunities. Keep in mind that sites can change each year. Contact Lunch at the Library project staff for assistance.

*Having a summer meal site nearby does not preclude libraries from becoming summer meal sites. Sites must only demonstrate that they are serving a different group of children than the nearby site. Contact Lunch at the Library project staff or the California Department of Education for more information.