The Teen Librarian came up with this fun event for teens this summer. She called it "A Taste of Books" and basically everyone she co-opted came up with a theme and a snack to base a table of recommendation around. It was quite a bit of fun and, definitely, food is both a good way to entice people to check out (both ways!) books and to connect them more strongly. It's good to get all those sense involved, yeah? Some people even provided recipes to go with bookmarks and books.
A sampling of the tables includes:
Mediterranean reads with hummus, za'atar, olive oil, and bread
Emotional reads with chocolate and peanut butter decadence
"Sinful" reads (ie. Challenged books in the U.S.) with red velvet cupcakes
The shrine to John Green with mint (and other green) M&Ms
Post-apocalyptic reads with jerky
Steampunk reads with scones
Well, I was asked to do mysteries, thrillers, or horror... I decided to combine it all, so I did "Chillers" with popsicles and sorbet. I added some of the books from my table to this post.