NEW HAVEN — Red and white checkered tablecloths, chef hats, and personalized name cards enhanced the theme as New Haven Elementary School held a “Book Tasting” Tuesday evening.
The event was one of the Family Nights that the school holds each year.
Upon arrival, the students were greeted by their maître d’, Principal Stacy Bissell, who presented them with their menu for the evening and showed them to their tables. Younger children were led to the gymnasium “restaurant,” while the intermediate students held their tasting in the library.
For the “tasting,” students found a stack of books at each table and could choose one to read for five minutes. After reading, the children filled out their menus, rating each book. Throughout the evening, the kids visited five tables. Parents and teachers read to the younger classmen.
The event was held to enlighten children as to the various genres of books, and help them consider choices they might never have read if they had not “tasted” it, according to organizers.
Next, all of the books used during the evening were placed on a table. Names were drawn and each student was able to choose a new book to take home.
The groups were later led to the cafeteria where they were treated to book-related snacks. On display were the following books and their associated food: “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs,” meatballs; “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” cookies; “How to Eat Fried Worms,” gummy worms; “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” fruit salad; “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish,” fish shaped crackers; and “The Runaway Bunny,” carrots.
The next Family Night will be a Christmas event to be held Dec. 8, featuring the Dome Theater.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.