Faculty and staff dined on some tasty literary treats at this morning’s professional development session.
The Towers Library was set up like a restaurant, complete with menus and some appetizing books on the tables. Each table had a theme, for example, historical fiction, graphic novels, or thrillers & suspense. And best of all, the menu items were free!
Approximately 80 faculty and staff members perused the books in front of them, discussed with their table mates, and gave the books a rating. Then it was time to rotate to a new table to discuss a new genre.
Library Technician & Archivist, Lori Lu, said the tasting event was aimed at opening people’s eyes to books they might not have picked up and make connections with books in unfamiliar genres. She hosted a similar event with the Upper School Book Club last year.
“It’s all about tempting,” Mrs. Lu said.
Another goal of the event, said Librarian, Melissa Ramon, was to highlight the relationship between reading and wellness.
Mrs. Ramon said people who read for pleasure tend to have less depression, they sleep better, and they demonstrate more empathy.
“Reading calms your brain,” she said.
Many participants left the library with books in hand and said they look forward to curling up with their new read over March Break. Mrs. Ramon said in some instances, people checked out books from genres with which they were unfamiliar, which is a sign that the book tasting was a success.
“We want people to step outside their comfort zone,” she said.
Before the faculty and staff departed the reading repast, Mrs. Ramon invited them to stop by the Towers Library on their lunch breaks, firstly to enjoy the comfortable couches and cozy fireplace nooks, and secondly, to model reading to students.
“The library is not just for the boys,” Mrs. Lu emphasized.
Story by Julie Caspersen