Brownsville Community Library

Summer Reading Program

Week 1
Summer Reading Program

Last week at the Summer Reading Program, nutritionist Elaine Zook talked to participants all about the benefits of eating healthy meals. The new USDA recommendation is called ‘MyPlate’. MyPlate illustrates the five food groups that are the building blocks for a healthy diet using the familiar image – a place setting for a meal. Before you eat, think about what goes on your plate, in your cup, or in your bowl. MyPlate breaks down the size suggestions of how much fruit, grains, vegetables, protein and dairy each person should consume regularly. Mrs. Zook brought some wonderful samples of each type of food. I was ready to sample! Mrs. Zook handed out simple necklaces of magazine cut-outs and string. At the end of her presentation the children looked at their food and went to stand in their section of the ‘MyPlate’.  Afterward, the children and parents took an item that they brought outside to tie dye! 30 young children were in attendance at the first program.


The Tweens started with a book talk with Library Volunteer Kristin Whitehead. This group was super excited to see lots of book choices on the History Room table to choose from. While deciding they filled out a paper slip with their name on the card and staff held these choices at the front desk for later check out. Then the Tweens went outside to tie dye. I am looking forward to seeing their creations come back to the Library later this month! They also spent time With Mrs. Zook talking about good eating choices.

The end of the Summer Reading Program was capped off with free snacks provided by PackSnack.  Over the past few years, the number of students in the Central Linn School District that are eligible for the free lunch program has risen dramatically. This, along with the district's setting a 4 day school week, prompted a Sharing Hands board member to start the PackSnack Program. About 15 volunteers are brought together every couple of weeks by the program's volunteer coordinators to pack several hundred PackSnacks. Every Friday during the school year more than 100 students can take home a PackSnack full of healthy, nutritious snacks to tide them over the weekend.  The program is funded by donations from the community and grants from primarily the Siletz Tribal Charitable Community Foundation.