Kickoff Event for Lunch at the Library in South County

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June 3, 2019

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Families Invited for Snacks, Special Entertainment at Gilroy Library


Santa Clara County Library District is once again teaming up with Second Harvest Food Bank of    Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties (SHFB) and the Silicon Valley YMCA to offer free, nutritious lunches to children and their caregivers at three South County locations this year – Morgan Hill and Gilroy Libraries, and San Martin/Gwinn Elementary School.

To celebrate, we are kicking off with a special event at Gilroy Library.

WHO:  Santa Clara County Library District
Silicon Valley YMCA and Special Guest
Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties
WHERE: Gilroy Library
(408) 842-8207
350 W. Sixth Street
Gilroy, CA 95020
WHEN: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 from 3-4 pm
There will be snacks and a balloon artist to entertain families

Childhood hunger is all too common in the summertime, when school is out of session and kids do not have access to free or low-cost breakfast or lunch. During the 2018 Lunch in the Library program, 5,783 meals were served at our three locations, a 42% increase from the year before.  

According to SHFB, kids who don’t get enough to eat often suffer emotional and physical effects that can last into adulthood. SHFB also points out that low-income kids who have access to food assistance are healthier and perform better at school than their peers who don’t.

Listed below is information about this summer’s three free meal sites. Please note that the days and hours vary by location. Updates can be found at Please Note: The 2019 Summer Reading Program has ended. The associated page and events are now closed.

Gilroy Library (enter on south side)
350 West Sixth Street, Gilroy, CA 95020
Dates: June 10 – August 2
Days: Monday – Friday
Time: 12 pm – 1 pm

Morgan Hill Library (enter through lobby)
660 West Main Avenue, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Dates: June 10 – August 2
Days: Monday – Friday
Time: 12 pm – 1 pm
Friday lunch will be served in the nearby City Council Chamber Building, located at 7351 Rosanna Street.

San Martin Gwinn Elementary School Cafeteria
100 North Street, San Martin, CA 95046
Dates: June 11 – August 8
Days: Tuesday and Thursday ONLY
Time: 12 pm – 1 pm

In addition, the SCCLD’s Bookmobile staff has planned different activities, including special guests, for children who attend the San Martin lunches (see flyer). For example, San Francisco 49ers mascot Sourdough Sam will drop by on Thursday, June 20.

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About the Santa Clara County Library District

The Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) promotes knowledge, ideas, and cultural enrichment. Its collection includes more than 2 million books, videos, CDs, DVDs, Audiobooks, eBooks and extensive online resources accessible from home or work. In 2014, SCCLD celebrated one hundred years of service to local residents. For the last eleven years, SCCLD has been consistently recognized as one of America’s Star Libraries by Library Journal. In 2018, SCCLD was ranked among the top ten large libraries in the United States in the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service. In 2014 and 2015, SCCLD won Innovator Awards from the Urban Libraries Council.

SCCLD includes two bookmobiles, an online library, seven community libraries and one branch library serving Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Saratoga and the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County. In 2018, SCCLD had nearly 370,000 library account holders and welcomed 3.3 million visitors who borrowed 9.85 million items.

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 Nancy Howe/Diane Roche/Mariana Walker
 Santa Clara County Library District
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