March 17, 2015

Library’s Edible Books Festival will be a treat

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Morris Library at Southern Illinois University Carbondale will take “eating your words” to a new level during the fifth annual Edible Books Festival on April 1. 

The event is set for 3-5 p.m. in the rotunda on the first floor of the library and everyone is welcome to participate. All entries are due between 2 and 3 p.m. or at other times by appointment with the event organizer, Sarah Prindle ( 

The entrants are limited only by their imaginations. The contest invites participants to depict book titles using predominately edible items. 

There will be prizes for: best in show, people’s choice, “puniest,” least edible, most edible and best book structure. SIU students and student groups will also compete for best Saluki submission honors. The grand prize winner for best in show will claim an Amazon Kindle eReader and there will be prizes for all winners.  

Past entries have included “50 Shades of Lays,” “Oh, the Places You’ll Go at SIU-C,” “Tequilla Mockingbird,” “Green Eggs and Spam,” and the “cheesy Velveetateen Rabbit.” 

Contest entry is free and visitors are welcome at no charge as well. Library visitors will select the winner of the people’s choice award while a panel of judges will determine the other winners. The contest is open to students, faculty, staff and community members. 

For more information, visit or contact Prindle at  

Also new in 2015 is a special Edible Book Storytime at 10 a.m. on March 31 in Carbondale. Pat Luebke, children’s librarian, will lead the event. The Carbondale Public Library is hosting the event for children in conjunction with its series of children’s programs and Morris Library’s Edible Books Festival. Learn more at