Eat your words: Carmel Clay Public Library’s edible book contest returns

CCPL acting director Nancy Newport, right, judges entries at the 2015 contest. (Submitted photo)
CCPL acting director Nancy Newport, right, judges entries at the 2015 contest. (Submitted photo)

By Lauren Boughner

After a steady turnout the past two years, the Carmel Clay Public Library will hold its third annual Edible Book Contest from 2 to 4 p.m. June 26. Entries must follow only two rules: it must represent a book and it must be edible.

In previous contests, many participants have brought cake, but this year organizer and reference librarian Brooke Baker hopes that “we have some people use new ingredients. It could be made out of potatoes. We just ask that it won’t spoil.”

Some memorable entries from last year include a Maze Runner representation made of Rice Krispie treats and Hershey’s chocolate bars and a representation of the children’s book “Everybody Poops,” which was made to look like a litter box and contained tootsie rolls.

“Most creative cakes tend to win. It doesn’t have to be the most perfectly decorated,” Baker said.

This year there are two new prize categories: “Most Creative Ingredient” and “Punniest.”

“Kids get very excited to see the cakes,” Baker said,  and that many attendees engage in a discussion about the books as well.

If not interested in entering the contest, the community is welcome to vote and enjoy the entries.

“It’ll be a fun afternoon of fun things to look at and fun things to eat,” said Kristin Stickney, reference librarian and event organizer.

Public viewing and judging will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. and be followed by the announcement of winners and the consumption of the entries. Entry forms must be submitted by June 19.

“Just have fun with it,” Baker said. “Be creative.”

For more information, call 317-844-3362.