The St. Mary’s Episcopal School Library is always seeking fun and creative ways to promote reading in our community. We have a group of student library ambassadors who help us make the library a fun and happening place. This year our library ambassador President, Rachel Ostrow, came up with a great way to celebrate books and reading during our National Library Week festivities. We called the program:
Cupcakes and Cool Reads
During our morning break time we had tables set up with over 200 un-iced and undecorated cupcakes. Students then took their cupcakes around the room to decorate them. At each of the decoration tables we had a teacher talking about one of their favorite books. So at the white icing table we had the assistant head of school talking about The Great Gatsby while the students were icing their cupcake. At the M&M’s table we had the guidance counselor talking about Prince of Tides, and chocolate icing with the head of the math department talking about Galileo’s Daughter. In all we had eight decorating stations set up. What made this especially fun is that we did not pick the obvious faculty like the English teachers or the librarians. We asked a variety of teachers from different areas so the students would be able to see that we are all a community of readers and lifelong learners.
Each of the librarians made about 4 dozen cupcakes and the student library ambassadors brought all of the toppings so this was a very low budget way to promote the library. I think the teachers had as much fun as the students. I have a feeling this is going to turn into an annual event.