Professor Minerva McGonagall was sitting in the rocking chair, quietly reading a book at the door of the Fort Craig School of Dynamic Learning Café. She was waiting to pass out Every Flavor Beans as the students left the café.
It was Harry Potter Day at Fort Craig, part of the Children’s Book Week celebrations that included special meals in the cafeteria, a book swap, celebrity readings and themed days to get the children excited about books.
Planned by the school’s library committee, the week emphasized the importance of books and reading in a fun way that the children could embrace.
Themes for the week included not only Harry Potter, but Dr. Seuss, American Girl, NASCAR and baseball. The cafeteria got into the act and tied the whole event together nicely, said Cecilia King, who was on the library committee.
For example, on Dr. Seuss Day, the cafeteria served green eggs, Sam-I-Am Ham, Not in a Tree Tri-Taters and Not in a Box baked apples. For American Girl Day, the menu included Molly Mashed Potatoes and Samantha Steak and Gravy, while Harry Potter Day had Magic Wand carrots, Herbology Crudités and Fruit. Baseball Day? Home Run Hot Dogs and Dugout Doritos, of course.
Parents and staff decorated the Café each day to match the theme and, on Thursday, parents, teachers and area celebrities came to the café to read to the students during lunch. On Wednesday, the book swap gave students a chance to take home “new to me” books to enjoy.
Summer Break for Fort Craig begins on Monday, June 2.