Many of you may be familiar with the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), offered by the MA Dept of Elementary and Secondary Education. Our friends at Project Bread (who administer the program) have a really great opportunity to connect with your summer library program.
The SFSP is a federally funded nutrition program that provides free meals to children ages 18 and under when school is not in session. Summer meal sites are located in eligible areas throughout the state, and meals are often provided in conjunction with educational and recreational activities.
Approximately 20 public libraries are summer feeding sites in Massachusetts, and there are opportunities for more libraries to get involved. This is a wonderful opportunity to support the critical needs of your young community members, as well as create new partnerships for your library.
For more information about this opportunity, please email April Mazza.
This year, summer reading is very different due to the restrictions of the pandemic and concern for the health of children, adult users, and staff. We were all hoping for business as usual, but that is not an option this summer.
For the same reason that libraries are limited in their services, WMLA will not be able to offer our usual incentive distribution statewide. WMLA is still soliciting donations from varying businesses and organizations but will be unsure of the result. Additionally, because of all the closures and the delivery backlog, WMLA Board members will handle distribution to libraries in Western MA. Any incentives acquired will be distributed to public libraries in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden counties who requested incentives last year. There will be no form to request incentives this summer.
On behalf of all of us here at MLS I just want to thank WMLA for doing their best to provide summer incentives to our libraries. It’s a lot of work to put together and everyone volunteers their time and effort. Thank you!
From The USS Constitution Museum: While the USS Constitution Museum is temporarily closed, visitors can explore our Virtual Museum with downloadable family activities, interactive maps of Constitution's 1812 cruises, highlights from the collection, videos, and a rotating schedule of family-friendly programs, including A Sailor's Life, Live!. We are also thrilled to share our dynamic online game, A Sailor's Life For Me, where people of all ages can step into the shoes of a sailor preparing for the War of 1812.
From The Eric Carle Museum: Share our online exhibition ART in PLACE: Social Distancing in the Studio. It's a wonderful exhibition and the School Library Journal did a wonderful article featuring educational resources. Here are the links. We also have blogs and storytime videos. ART in PLACE exhibition: https://sway.office.com/4gm5EH94jhEswJ7z School Library Journal article: http://www.theclassroombookshelf.com/2020/06/studio-spaces-art-as-a-way-of-seeing-feeling-and-sense-making-teaching-ideas-for-the-virtual-exhibit-at-the-carle-museum/ Other online resources: https://www.carlemuseum.org/content/online-resources
On behalf of WMLA, we wish you good health and bounteous energy. Stay safe, all of you.