CHARLESTON – Booth Library will sponsor its ninth annual Edible Book Festival on Monday as part of National Library Week.

Anyone in the community may enter a work made out of edible materials that has something to do with books in either its shape or content. The artwork will not be eaten. To view entries from last year’s competition, go to https://thekeep.eiu.edu/ediblebook_2018/.

Participants may design an entry on any topic. Those interested, but unsure where to begin, are welcome to try the “Theme Challenge.” This year’s ingredient theme is “apple,” and the genre theme is “mystery.” The theme challenge is intended as a starting point to inspire ideas and creativity.

This year’s festival will be an all-day event. Entries will be set up in the Marvin Foyer between 8 and 9 a.m. (If you are unable to deliver your entry during that hour, please contact ekcorrigan@eiu.edu.to make alternate arrangements). They will be on display for public viewing starting at 9 a.m., with voting until 4:30 p.m.

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A reception with light refreshments will begin at 4 p.m., with the award winners announced at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

All edible book entries are eligible to win one of two best-in-show prizes, one determined by a jury and the other by popular vote of the festival attendees. The winners for each best-in-show entry will receive a $50 gift card. Honorable mentions also will be awarded.

The registration form for this year’s festival is available online at https://library.eiu.edu/exhibits/edible-book/; the deadline to enter is April 5.

Questions about the Edible Book Festival may be directed to event organizer Ellen Corrigan at ekcorrigan@eiu.edu.

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