SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - As Caddo students return to classrooms, Shreve Memorial Libraries are doing their part to offer scholars a leg up.
The staff at Shreve Memorial Library were getting ready on Monday for their "feeding and enrichment" program. The program is available at the following branches right now from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- North Caddo Branch, 615 North Pine Street, Vivian
- Wallette Branch, 363 Hearne Avenue, Shreveport
This after-school program's goal is to provide a healthy meal and activities for the kids.
Samantha Bonnette with the Shreve Memorial Library says the students are able to learn a variety of topics. Some of the topics include life after high school, nutrition and healthy eating, animals, science and technology, current events and holidays, and library resources.
Hands-on activities include mock interviews, maker classes, crafts and story times.
Shreve Memorial Library has partnered with the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana to provide a healthy meal to all the kids who decide to come. The snack bags include food from every primary food group including protein, dairy, fruit, and vegetables.
"All of the feedback we have received has been very positive," Bonnette said. "The parents are thankful that we have this program. Kids look forward to it, so all around the reaction to these programs has been very positive."
Because of the positive feedback, starting October 1, the program will be expanding to other areas across the parish to these branches:
- Gilliam Branch, 12797 Main Street, Gilliam
- Mondays, Tuesdays, & Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Higginbotham-Bryson Branch, 9359 Greenwood Road, Greenwood
- Tuesday through Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Mooringsport Branch, 603 Latimer Street, Mooringsport
- Monday through Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
"Its a great asset to our community," Bonnette said. "Kids, when they come out of school, are usually pretty hungry. For them to be able to come to the library to get that free meal as well as to work with their homework and help enhance the skills that they are learning in schools is just invaluable."
The kick-off activity's theme yesterday was "Everyone fits in." The students were able to create their own puzzle piece to show that everyone is welcome at the library.