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Strathmore Library prepares for Edible Book Day

By Monique Massiah, Strathmore Standard

 Edible Books are back at the Strathmore Municipal Library this spring.

Edible Books are back at the Strathmore Municipal Library this spring.

Get ready to see and taste some delicious creations at Strathmore Municipal Library's fourth annual Edible Book Day contest.


Edible Book Day will be held on April 7 at the Strathmore Municipal Library. Edible books day is a time where individuals take their favourite book, piece of litterary, or poem and turn it into something that is edible. The creations are then put out for public viewing, are judged and then gobbled up by visitors to the library.

“This is our fourth annual edible book day event. It started off quite small and I think as we continue to run this event every year, we are starting to see it get bigger and bigger,” explained Carmen Erison, assistant director of library services.

“A lot people when they hear edible books, they think you are going to be eating books and it's really honestly not what edible book day is about,” said Erison.

“It's creating an edible creation from your favourite book, verse, poem, or any form of literature. We've had some excellent entries in the past. Some of my personal favourites have been the Monster Book of Monsters from Harry Potter, Dorthy and the Tornado was quite good last year, and was made out of cotton candy. It was fantastic I was quite impressed,” she said.

“We've seen some really excellent creations from kids. Last year one of the winners was 'One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.' It was just little gummy fish in jello, it was cute and I just love the imagination of the children for this program,” said Erison.

“What's great about this program is that it's not strictly limited to kids. It's for the whole family,” she said.

There are three categories to the contest. The first for kids aged 15 and under, where the top prize is a $50 Toys 'R Us gift card. The second is for people aged 16 and older and the winner will receive a $50 Visa gift card and the final category is for families where the first place prize is a $50 Telus Spark gift card. Prizes will also be awarded to runner-ups.

Erison explained that in the past they originally didn't have a family category.

“The idea for the family category is we want creations that are worked on as a family, so say mom and dad help out with the kids. They all work together to create this wonderful entry and that's the category that those will go under,” she said.

“This is probably one of my most favourite programs because it's unique. I love seeing the creations that the participants bring in, and it delicious,” she said.

The edible book creations can be dropped off at the Strathmore Municipal Library starting on April 6 at 5 p.m.

“Now that we have a larger facility, we actually have a couple fridges that we can put entries in. The actual event itself happens on April 7, so all entries need to be in the library and ready for public viewing by noon on April 7,” she said.

Public viewing will be held from 12 p.m. To 1:30 p.m. That's also when voting will take place. Judging will be completed by members of the public. Then from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Library staff count the votes and afterwards everyone is invited to sample the creations.

“We want to make people realize that you don't have to be a professional decorator, it doesn't all have to be made out of cake. We've seen green eggs and ham many times as entries. It could be sweet, it could be savoury as long as it's edible,” said Erison. She also explained that the contest is open to everybody, professional bakers, or amateur bakers. “If you like to pick up a piping bag and create, this is just a fun program for you,” she said.

More details about Edible Books can be found online at strathmorelibrary.ca.


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