Negaunee Public Library provides free books with lunches at Negaunee Public Schools

NEGAUNEE — With libraries being physically shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people currently don’t have the same access to reading materials that they usually do.

At the same time, schools across the U.P. have been providing meals to students whose families rely on the schools for lunches.

The Negaunee Public Library reached out to Negaunee Public Schools about partnering with them to not only provide their students with food, but with books as well.

“It’s frustrating to not be able to offer books to people, especially kids, during this difficult time,” said Negaunee Public Library Director Jessica Holman. “So rather than wait until our summer reading program, I ordered some books to be able to distribute them with the lunches. So that way the kids can pick up their lunch and a free book.”

Food Services Director Calvin Attwell says that this partnership is a great thing for students. Now a trip to the meal pickup location will allow them to fuel both their bodies and their minds.

“I believe, especially in these times, that besides a nutritious meal, kids need an escape,” said Attwell, “whether it’s reading or just going outside, keeping the imagination and getting out of the glowing devices. I think as we progress, more and more kids will grab books as they come.”

The Negaunee Public Library is also offering a number of services online, including audio books and e-books. Bringing physical books directly to students during this time is just another way Holman says they are looking out for their community.

“Libraries are doing our best to try and be there for our communities even in these interesting times that we live in,” said Holman.

Meals and books can be picked up at Negaunee Middle School Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. You can learn more about the Negaunee Public Library and the services they offer via Facebook or their website.