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Lights, Camera, Action - It's a Book Tasting
Wednesday, February 05, 2020
On January 15th & 31st, staff held the second annual "book tasting" for students at the Southern Adirondack Education Center and F. Donald Myers Education Center, respectively. This year's event was themed around texts that have been adapted to the screen (movie or television). Similar to last year, students experienced three courses of books and food. As students came into the event, they could see movie theater posters on the walls, which were donated by Regal Cinema in Aviation Mall. The tables were set up with books that were pre-selected for students based on an interest survey they completed before the event. For each course, they could choose one of the books at their table to "taste." Staff were also on hand to help recommend books to students. After sampling their books, they rated their books and then enjoyed a course of food. The first course was popcorn, the second course was pizza, and the last was a selection of movie theater candy.
Graphic novels were especially popular this year. Students had the option to request books to check out after the event.
Both events were organized by Literacy Facilitator Kat Ketchum and Library Media Specialist Alicia Makenzie.
"The event was successful at both schools. We saw a lot of students excited about books and reading and many were able to find at least one book they liked. We also saw a lot of students talking about the books and recommending books to other students," said Ketchem.
At the Southern Adirondack Education Center, grades 9-12 participated. At the F. Donald Myers Education Center, grades 6-12 participated as well as the School to Work program. Students in each program rotated through 37 minute sessions. At the end of the day (in both locations) a movie theater gift basket with a gift card to the movies, candy, and popcorn was raffled off and the movie theater posters were given a way. It was a blockbuster day. Wonder what next year's theme will be...
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