MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

March 23, 2013

Contest makes literacy a treat

By Penny Chastain
Adult Literacy

— Would you like to participate in a fun activity that promotes literacy?

Muskogee Public Library has the perfect opportunity for you … Book Eats!

Book Eats is a contest that is part of the International Edible Book Festival.

All you have to do to enter is create an edible book!

What is an edible book? It’s something you make regarding a book. It can be simple or elaborate. It can look like a book, be a pun on a title, refer to a character or whatever inspires you. The only two rules are that it’s mostly edible (51 percent) and somehow relates to a book. That’s it!

If you would like more information about the contest, or to see examples of edible books, take a look at Muskogee Public Library’s Facebook. You will see entries from our contest last year, such as “Life of Pi(e)” authored by Yann Martell; “The Silence of the Lambs,” authored by Thomas Harris; “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish,” by Dr. Seuss; and “A Feast For Crows” by George R.R. Martin. There is also more detailed information about the contest.

The entries will be judged in one or more of the following categories:

• Best book.

• Best pun.

• People’s choice.

You may have one entry each for best book and best pun. All entries will be automatically entered into the people’s choice category.

Entry forms can be picked up at the library and we encourage you to return your submission form before the date of the event.

Book Eats will take place April 4 at Muskogee Public Library.

On the day of the contest, entries may be set up beginning at 5 p.m. They will be viewed and judged from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The winners will be announced at 8:15 p.m. During the contest, there will be refreshments and other activities.

Book Eats is sponsored by Muskogee Public Library and the Muskogee Area Literacy Council.

Visit www.books2eat.com for examples from other events.

Penny Chastain is the literacy coordinator for the Muskogee Public Library. Reach her at (918) 682-6657.