Community Engagement Librarian Helps Teens Cook Healthy Meal


In July, Liaison and Community Engagement Librarian Karen Barton teamed up with Pruitt at Roosevelt H.S. Teen Librarian Rae Downen and Biology teacher Misty Belmontez to provide a cooking program as part of the weekly Teen Time program. The teens gathered vegetables from the school’s garden and decided to make Chicken Ratatouille with a side of quinoa. They also combined figs from Ms. Belmontez’s tree, vanilla ice cream, and other ingredients to make a tasty dessert. As the teens prepared the meal, they learned about National Library of Medicine (NLM) health information resources. They were very engaged and involved in the preparation of the meal and very much enjoyed the fruits of their labor.

Karen Barton is a former San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) teen librarian. Pruitt at Roosevelt Library, a SAPL branch, was a partner in providing the UT Health San Antonio Youth Health Literacy Challenge, a project created by UT Health San Antonio Libraries and funded by the NLM.