Baking books

Edible Books contest offers a slice of creativity

Gooey icing, sticky fingers and slicing up a favorite book with a knife aren’t normal fare for any library. The Blount County Public Library not only tolerated such behavior this past week, they recruited and celebrated just such behavior.

The annual Edible Books contest filled the library with a creative – and tasty – look at literature as interested adults, teens and children created their favorite books in the form of cakes. The cakes were then judged in adult, teen and juvenile categories, plus four special categories of Judges’ Choice, Humorous, Creative and Viewer’s Choice. Winners were announced at a reception at the library.

Friends of the Library made the contest even sweeter with cash prizes for the winners. First place winners received $100, second place received $50 and third place, $25. Judges were Melanie Tucker, Loretta Howard and Kathy Skinner.

The entries were displayed for four days in the library’s main gallery through Sunday, June 28.

The Edible Book contest is becoming a favorite at the library. The edible creations had to depict a fictional or nonfictional literary work in the permanent collection of the library with no more than 5 percent made from non-edible items. Organizers said the contest brings people into the library who are not “regular” library users and creates an excitement for books. The creative interpretation just gets better every year, library officials observed.

Categories, entry titles and winners were:

• Adult First Place ($100): “Bear Feels Sick” by Katheryn Rollins

• Adult Second Place ($50): “Medusa” by Andrea Carter

• Adult Third Place ($25): “Hot Rod” by David L. Sparks

• Teen First Place ($100): “Dragonart” by Kayla Webber

• Teen Second Place ($50): “Peter Rabbit” by Stacy English and Mirian Budayr

• Teen Third Place ($25): “Calvin & Hobbes” by Elizabeth Gombert and Ellen Rigell

• Juvenile First Place ($100): “Yertle the Turtle” by Jake and Siena Spanyer

• Juvenile Second Place ($50): “One Snowy Night” by Victoria Nickerson

• Juvenile Third Place ($25): “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Mikaela Smith

• Judges’ Choice ($100): “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” by Crystal West

• Creative ($100): “Model Railroading” by Joyce Wright

• Humorous ($100): “The Giving Bear” by Matthew Tipton

• Viewers’ Choice ($100): “Road to Sesame Street” by Dorothy Rollins

For more information about the Blount County Public Library, 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville, go to The website has a monthly calendar with upcoming events and programs, or call 865-982-0981.

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