This month’s featured library is the Solvang (Calif.) Library and its early literacy program, “Noche de la Familia.” Recommended for children up to six or seven years old and their caregivers, this themed monthly series was developed to encourage and support learning in families with young children as well as introduce parents to available library resources. What makes it unique is its additional focus on healthy eating. Held during the evening, each one-hour program starts with stories in Spanish and English, games, and art, and ends with the opportunity to discover and taste healthy food.
The first Family Night kicked off on May 31, with the theme “Soup and Stories.” Activities revolved around agriculture, food, seeds, and the sprouting of plants and idea. Feature themes include Latin American Vegetable Art (Dip into some Diego, Crunch some Kahlo); and Cowboys and Cowgirls and Chiles. The series will continue through October.
The library partnered with Women’s Environmental Watch (WE-Watch) and its Healthy Alternatives Committee member, Nicole Peña, who plans and presents the nutrition portion of the program. People Helping People also provided assistance with concept and communications. In addition, funding for the program was supplied by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Foundation and the Valley Foundation, through grants to the Friends of the Library of Santa Ynez Valley.