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Out & About: Kilton Library hosts toast party for kids

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Published: 2/17/2020 10:04:32 PM
Modified: 2/17/2020 10:04:28 PM

Think back to when you were a kid. What was the first food you were allowed to cook all by yourself?

Probably toast.

Food fads come and go, but toast is always there. Toast is what you eat when there’s nothing in the house to eat. It’s what you make in the morning when you’re in a hurry to get out the door. Or when you’re not feeling well and you don’t want anything else.

Toast is the king of after-school snacks, the quintessential comfort food.

In that spirit, Kilton Public Library in West Lebanon is hosting a toast party for kids from 2-3 p.m. on Wednesday.

“Last year we did a big survey, asking kids what (kinds of programs) they’d be interested in,” said Celeste Pfeiffer, outreach librarian for Lebanon Public Libraries. “One of the most popular write-in suggestions was having a toast party.”

The librarians are bringing in their toasters from home. White, wheat and raisin bread will be on hand. There will also be a variety of toppings, including jam, butter, peanut butter, cheese, sprinkles and even Marmite, that salty, sticky spread popular in Europe.

The event is open to kids of all ages.

“For the little kids, we’ll have a craft with construction paper, so they can draw toppings on their toast,” Pfeiffer said. “Then a parent or caretaker can bring snacks to them.”

Since this is a library, there will be bread-related reading materials, such as the picture book The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach.

Teens are also welcome to attend.

“They can make the grossest concoctions they want,” Pfeiffer said.

Gluten-free bread will be available, but since there are no dedicated gluten-free toasters, kids with severe gluten intolerances should probably skip this event.

“People need to be mindful of their own risks,” Pfeiffer said. “We don’t want anyone getting sick.”

For other concerns about allergies, contact the library in advance.

Believe it or not, toast parties — for adults — enjoyed a brief vogue in the 1950s, when the electric toaster was still a relatively novel appliance (pop-up toasters were first introduced to the home market around 1920).

“Toast has that element of fun,” Pfeiffer said. “It just jumps into the air.

“If adults want to have a toast party, we can do that, too.”

Editor’s note: For more information about Wednesday’s party, call the library at 603-298-8544.

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