The Friends were honored to join Community CHEER, its 100+ summer campers, their parents, and Takoma Park community leaders at the Lunch and Learn Awards Program the evening of August 1st at the Takoma Academy.

Developed by local community leaders in 2013, Lunch and Learn is a summer enrichment camp for school-aged children from Takoma Park and Long Branch communities who qualify for Free and Reduced Meals at local schools. Among its activities, the program emphasizes bolstering academic-year retention by focusing on reading comprehension. The Friends donated well over 60 new books – which were quickly snapped up by campers and their parents. Grade-specific reading lists and Summer Quest materials developed by the Library were distributed, while campers were encouraged to continue reading and learning at the Library the rest of the summer and beyond.

Thanks to Anand Parikh for this report.

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