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What's Cookin' at Canoga Park?

Marcia Melkonian, Young Adult Librarian III, Canoga Park Branch Library,
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Teen volunteers and Librarian Marcia prepare for their next podcast

Summer programming at your local library can mean lots different things to lots of different people. This past summer at the Canoga Park Branch Library, the teens not only served lunch to community youth (as part of the Summer Lunch program), but really thought about what’s involved when preparing food. The branch received a $2,000 California Library Association grant in conjuction with the Summer Lunch program. The teens had lots of ideas about how to use the grant. They wanted to focus on nutrition, connect it to cultures, and give the community information they could use for self-improvement. The teens decided to put their STEAM skills to use, and with the grant money, create a series of podcasts about nutrition. 

Featured below are the 4 podcasts of the LAPL What’s Cookin’? series that resulted from the teens' six workshops led by the non-profit organization ConnectoPod.


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Listen to Mitzy and Alex interview Canoga Library patrons about what their Comfort Food is and why.

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Joie, Fariha, and Samantha give some Historio-Cultural information about rice and how it is embedded in each of the three teens’ lives in the Rice episode.

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Ehram and Safwan have an Organic Debate—a conversation about the pros and cons of organic food.

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Itzy and Ever talk about Healthy Recipes and the teens’ family recipes that are healthy and their cultural relevance.

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