Newton, NC – The Catawba County Library, in partnership with Catawba County Schools, is adding a new component to its Summer Learning Program with free lunches being provided at four branch locations.

Lunches will be served at the Main Library in Newton, St. Stephens Branch Library, and Southwest Branch Library Monday through Friday from 12:30 – 2:30 pm. The Claremont Branch Library will serve lunches Tuesday through Friday from 12:30 – 2:30 pm.

There are no forms to fill out or eligibility requirements to meet. Any child or teen, 18 years or under, is welcome to come eat lunch at the library. The Summer Lunches begin on Wednesday, June 14th and run through August 21st.

“We are very excited about partnering with Catawba County Schools to feed children this summer!”  says assistant director Siobhan Loendorf. “The addition of free lunches to our Summer Learning Program allows us to nourish minds and bodies, keeping kids healthy, engaged in learning and positioned to succeed in school.”

This year’s Summer Learning theme at the library is “Build a Better World” and it includes interactive programs at all seven Catawba County Library locations.

Activities kick off this week with the Australian themed – Didgeridoo Downunder and continue through July with live animal adventures from the Schiele Museum, musical theater with the Green Bean Players, physical fitness with In the Mix Fitness, STEAM programs, and much more. Register online or at your local branch location.

For the latest in library news, visit librarynews.catawbacountync.gov or stop by your local branch.