Topic: Family Literacy at the Food Pantry
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
Betsy has a BS in Elementary Education from Oswego State and 25 years later received her MLS from Syracuse University. She started at the Cazenovia Public Library in 1979 and became the director in 1984. She is a member of the Literacy Coalition of Madison County Managing Partners, a board member for the Greater Cazenovia Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Cazenovia Arts Heritage Alliance. Betsy also acts as the director liaison with the Mid York Library System board of trustees. For over 20 years she was a medic for the Cazenovia Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps and a firefighter for the Cazenovia Volunteer Fire Dept.