The poster announcing the P.H. Welshimer Memorial Library’s Fourth Annual Edible Books Festival on Monday-Tuesday, April 7-8, 2014 added the tagline “A Spring Tradition.” Based on the turnout of entries and persons coming into the library to vote and subsequently partake of the goodies the tagline definitely proved apt. This year we had 21 submissions, over 160 votes were cast for each of four entry categories, and by the early afternoon on Tuesday almost everything had been reduced to crumbs (we lost count of the number of tasters after 96 paper plates that had been put out were gone). Participation in the Edible Books Festival was enhanced again this year with submissions from Freshman Humanities creativity projects.
The mood was festive and celebratory as students, faculty, and staff streamed into the Welshimer Room just off the library main lobby to participate. Special thanks goes out to Mary Jackson (Research and Instruction Librarian) and Meredith Sommers (Information Resources Librarian & College Archivist) for organizing this year’s festival. Gary Daught (Director of Library Services) designed the poster and event banner.
Funniest/Punniest: A Farewell to Arms (Ernest Hemingway) by Mary Jackson
Most Creative: Much Ado About Nothing (William Shakespeare) by Lucy Gaudiano
Tastiest: The Monster’s Book of Monsters (from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling) by Alicya Suit
Overall Favorite: The Cat in the Hat (Dr. Seuss) by Grace Jackson
The Aftermath: Books reduced to tasty crumbs!