If you can read it, we can eat it!

November 28th, 2011

“Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.”
-Cornelia Funke

You’ve likely heard such eating puns as “devour a good book” or “take a bite out of learning.” Well, the Library Club at IU East is making this a reality! Come join us for the 2011 Edible Book Festival on Thursday, December 1, 2011 in Hayes Hall.

Now you may be wondering exactly what this edible book festival is. Ours is a version of a national event that was created in 2000 by Judith A. Hoffberg and Béatrice Coron who were known for “eating their words.” The Library Club Edible Book Fest gives you the freedom to choose whatever unique literature suits you best. Whether classic literature, a comical read, historical novel, an out-of-this-world science fiction work, or any other book of your favorite genre, you can create an interesting edible representation for the contest. Your edible book can be made of ANYTHING edible. You can choose cake, cheese, pretzels, bread, vegetables, fruits, or whatever savories you fancy to create your edible book. Here are some creative examples of previous projects from several contests throughout the U.S.:

edible books

We’re sure you’re ready to enter now! It’s easy; on December 1, at the IU East Library:

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Deliver your edible book to the library service desk
10:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m. Edible projects will be judged by visitors to the library
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Scores will be tallied by library staff; winners announced & PRIZES awarded
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Entries are eaten!

All edible creations with a literary theme are welcome and can be entered by students, faculty, staff, and community members. Questions? Stop by the library or contact Library Club officers Kira (khaubach@indiana.edu) or Ann (annmbarr@iue.edu) or Library Director Frances Yates (fyates@iue.edu). We hope you join us for eating a good book!

Library Club mission: Serving as library ambassadors to the campus community, Library Club members promote library programs and engage students to participate in library events and use library resources.