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New Book Bistro offers students a taste for reading

ALPENA, Mich. – A new cafe in town will change the way you think of feeding your mind and how it’s helping students select books they’ve never read before.

The waiters at this up and coming restaurant serve the kind of brain food that doesn’t involve a nutritionist. It’s like an all you can eat buffet.

“I have lots of books in my library that they’ve never looked at,” said fifth grade teach Christina Kollien, “graphic novels, comic books. I have ones about historical fiction that they would never get to see looking through it by themselves.”

The Book Bistro is what they call it.

Bistro is a reading cafe located at Besser Elementary School.

Madison Deschamps, a fifth grader, couldn’t help but give her stamp of approval.

She said, “I like to listen to stories and I like to read about them.”

Customers of Kollien’s class don’t have the option for take–out, but it isn’t stopping them from picking up a book elsewhere inside the library or a book store.

“When I’m at home I like to go on my bunk bed just take my mind off things,” said classmate Carter Korproski. “I can see what’s going on in the book instead of what’s going on in my life.”

The teacher said there many educators she connects with throughout the country, “and they’ve all been raving on how book tastings got their kids interested in reading. So I thought – why not?”

The cafe seeks to expand its business to other classrooms at Besser, but for now it’s invite only.