Library and Farmers' Market Reading Program Offers Free Produce

Thursday, August 9, 2018
Courtney Lewis

Kansas City, MO - The Kansas City Public Library ‘s Lucile H. Bluford Branch has partnered with the Ivanhoe Farmers’ Market and the Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council to encourage young readers to eat healthy through the Read & Munch program.

Children can pick up a Read & Munch Passport at the Bluford Branch, 3050 Prospect Ave., or at the Ivanhoe Farmers’ Market, 3200 Michigan Ave. For every 5 books they read from the Read & Munch reading list, they earn $2 in Munch Money Tokens to use at the farmers’ market. 

Farmers’ Market spokesperson Elisa Bedsworth says the Library is an ideal partner. “Libraries help build stronger communities. They’re very important to children and families, and this program gives families something to do together while encouraging a healthy lifestyle.”

Youth librarian Lauren Olson agrees. “What better way to spend a Saturday morning than getting a book at the library then picking out beautiful, locally grown produce to snack on just a few blocks away?”

Children can register at the Bluford Branch. The program ends September 29, when market season ends. Read & Munch will return for the 2019 season.