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The Spokane County Library wants to build a bridge between teens and cultures from around the world – through the stomach. The Moran Prairie Library is hosting the first session on “Making Snacks from Around the World” on Friday, July 12 at 3 p.m.

“Food is always a big attraction for teenagers,” says Spokane County Librarian Danielle Marcy. “We want to encourage food discovery.”

Marcy said the youngsters will have the opportunity to make their own snacks – such as making hummus with a mortar – experiment with spices, try sweets from around the world and learn interesting facts such as the world record for the largest dish of hummus, which was set due to a dispute between several countries claiming to be the inventor of the dip.

Marcy hopes the program will be an eye-opener for participants.

“It’s the whole storybook analogy,” she said, referring to a study on the positive effects of multicultural storybooks. “I feel like food can be similar in that it can be a window into someone else’s culture, or if it’s your culture that’s being shown and enjoyed, it’s a reflection of you.”

The event is free, but participants must register and the age limit is 13 to 18. There are four more opportunities to participate in July.

To plan, librarians consulted multicultural cookbooks like “The Jeweled Table: Cooking, Eating & Entertaining the Middle Eastern Way” by Bethany Kehdy. Marcy said all recipes and snacks were tested before the event to ensure everyone who attended would have a delicious experience.