Ever since we were little kids, we have been told that you may not have food in the library. The threatening signs are posted and the librarians keep a close watch to enforce this policy.
This goes hand-in-hand with the “no talking in the library” rule.
Well, the JFK Library is hosting a chance to break both that policy and the accompanying rule. To eat all you want and discuss as much as you want in the library at a festival known as “Books2Eat.”
On May 25, the EWU Friends of the Library will sponsor this edible books contest, in which contestants design edible works of art with a literary theme.
From book-theme based cakes to reading-promoting desserts, anything goes within the guidelines, says Karen Schatz, events coordinator for the EWU Friends of the Library.
Schatz said that basically, “All entries must be edible, require no refrigeration and have a literary theme identifiable to the observer.”
Last year’s winning entry was a caterpillar made out of cake and inspired by the book, The Curious Caterpillar.
The second place finisher based their entry on the book Charlotte’s Web, and made it out of Rice Krispies. The entry included a pig with a little wall and a spider’s web.
Schatz said there were at least 20 entries for 2004, from all over the area. “Participants don’t necessarily have to go to Eastern,” she said. “We have people from all over Spokane get involved.”
Last year, people from Spokane Community College’s culinary program entered the contest.
Students may enter the festival, faculty is invited, and teachers and townspeople are welcome too.
“It’s free for anyone to come and see it,” said Schatz. “It’s free for anyone to come and participate. They just have to have their entries here (inside the JFK Library) by 2 p.m., so we can get it all set-up.”
“And then,” she said, “you get to vote on your favorite entry.” The winners are chosen by the people who are attending.
The festival runs from 2 to 4 p.m., and then the votes are tallied at 4 p.m. The winner is announced at this time.
Following the announcement all people in attendance get to eat the entries.
The winner of the “Make Your Mark” bookmark design contest will also be announced at this festival.
Entrants must bring a card with their name, address, phone number, and a brief explanation of their entry with them.
Contact Harriet Plucker at (509) 448-0934 to reserve an entry space or call (509) 235-2264 for more information.