Library wants ‘Edible Books’ for annual contest

As an individual or family project, “edible books” make a fun way to relax and spend some fun time tapping into your creative juices this summer. If your entry is judged a winner, you could expand your summer-time fun money by $25-$100.

The steps are easy. From the 200,000+ items in the online catalog at the Blount County Public Library, just select a book or book title about which you’d like to concoct a “sculpture” made of 95% food products.

Each edible creation must depict a fictional or nonfictional literary work in the permanent collection of the Blount County Public Library. The Internet address for the Blount County Public Library online catalog is www.blountlibrary.org, and the phone number for the Reference Desk is 982-0981, Ext. 4.

For example, an entry might be based on Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham and could depict a top hat-shaped object with “sides” of “green egg-shaped items” and some type of “ham-like” object.

The main goal for the contest is to have fun, so implement your creative talent and submit a winning entry for the fourth annual contest.

Contest rules are simple:

n Who May Enter: Any person eight years old and older who has a Blount County Public Library card. Library cards are available free at the circulation desk with the proper ID for Blount County residents and $20 for nonresidents. You may enter as an individual or as a member of a group.

n Requirements: Each edible creation must depict a fictional or nonfictional literary work in the permanent collection of the Blount County Public Library. The Internet address for the Blount County Public Library online catalog is www.blountlibrary.org.

n Each food creation must be at least 95% edible. In this case, edible means made of food or foodstuffs. It can be no larger than 18x24x24 inches. The creation will be without refrigeration and on display three to four days so it must not be made of extremely perishable ingredients. A list of ingredients has to accompany each creation. Each creation becomes the property of the Blount County Public Library.

n How to Enter: Complete the official entry form available at the Blount County Public Library or available on the library’s web site. The form must be received or postmarked by Tuesday, June 17, 2008. The edible creation must be delivered to the library on Thursday June 19 between 3:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. An individual may enter in only one category and only as an individual or member of a group, not both.

n Procedure: All entries must be received between 3:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Thursday June 19. Judging will take place that evening. The award presentation will be on Sunday June 22 at 3:00 p.m. and entrants may pick up their entries after the presentation. The library reserves the right to display the entries anywhere in the library.

n Judging: Each entry will be judged based on the following criteria: (a) Originality and Creativity; (b) Skill and Construction; (c) Visual Appeal; and (d) Tie-In with the Literary Work being depicted. A first, second and third prize ($100, $50, & $25) will be given in each of the following categories: (a) Juvenile (8-12 years old); (b) Young Adult / Teens (13 – 19 years old); (c) Adult (20+ years old). Special prizes of $100 will also be awarded for Creativity, Humor, Judges’ Choice, and Viewer’s Choice. The decision of the judges is final. Prizes are provided by the Friends of the Blount County Library. (Professional entries will also be accepted; however, they will not be judged. They may display their business cards.).

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