Edible Book Festival 2016 – 10th Anniversary!

As March brings the fragrant flowers and singing birds of spring ever closer, here at the Ivy Tech Northeast Library we are gearing up for the delicious annual event that is The Edible Book Festival. This year’s festival marks the 10th time that we’ve held this event. We hope for it to be the most successful yet with crafts, prizes, a performance from storyteller Lou Ann Homan, and, of course, all of the fun, creative, and scrumptious dishes that the entrants have put together. For more details, information on how to enter, suggestions for books that may help with constructing a decorative dish, and to view photos of previous years’ Edible Books, click here.

We love that the flavors of Edible Book Festival bring everybody together, and sharing culinary works is a unique way to make books come to life, but let’s take a moment to focus on the other element that makes the Edible Book Festival possible—-the books! The dishes that participants create are a unique way to engage with literature. Another way to engage with your favorite literature, with the help of the Ivy Tech Northeast Library, is with the Bloom’s Literary Reference Online Database.

Based on the canon of famed literary critic Harold Bloom, Bloom’s Literary Reference Online is a collection of author biographies, synopses of works, and articles of literary criticism. There are also a host of pieces that trace themes across different works of literature. This is an invaluable tool for delving deeper into a piece of literature, whether for an assignment or your own personal interest. You may also have some luck with gathering ideas for an edible book. Allow me to demonstrate.

I’m a fan of the works of Edgar Alan Poe, but I’m not sure which one of his works would best translate into a food dish. Luckily, I can use the Bloom’s database to quickly browse synopses of his works. I simply search by author, and once I am on the page of articles related to Poe’s work, I start to browse the “Overviews and Synopses” tab for stories that sound like they may inspire an edible book. One that catches my eye is the story “Bon-Bon.” The story focuses on a French chef named Pierre Bon-Bon who is a lover of philosophy and wine, apparently too ardently on the second count. He is also renowned for his omelets. The story involves a conversation that he has with the devil himself, who, in Poe’s rendition of dark humor, relates that he has tasted the souls of many great men. Bon-Bon then tries to make a bargain with the devil by offering his own soul, and the devil refuses on the grounds that Bon-Bon has become unconscionably drunk over the course of their conversation.

This gave me a few ideas for edible interpretations of this story. The first that popped into my mind was deviled eggs. Chef Bon’s Bon’s deviled eggs would be a great way to combine that mention of Bon-Bon’s famous omelets with a devilish twist. I even found a recipe online that used a little curry powder and cumin to add some spice and a garnish for each egg with a slice of red grape, which you could use as a reference to the chef’s favorite drink. If I was feeling a little bit more daring, I could make chocolate bon-bons and then decorate them with the faces or names of the philosophers mentioned in the story, a way to reference the devil tasting the souls of the great thinkers. This is just an example, but hopefully it goes to show that there are creative ways to make a dish out of a story with just a little interpretation. You also don’t need to be a master in the kitchen to put together a fun display.

I encourage you all to give Bloom’s Literary Reference Online a look and to tuck it into the back of your mind if you ever need a resource for analyzing a story. It is just one of many places to look for inspiration in creating your own edible book, and we encourage everyone who is interested to fill out an entry form and join us to show off and share your creation. Even if you don’t feel like sharing your culinary skills, please join in the festivities at 12pm on April 4th. We hope to see you there!(By Library Clerk, David Winn)

New from CINAHL – Plum Print!

The Plum Print is an article-level widget that visually changes based upon the metrics found in each of the five categories of metrics – Usage, Captures, Mentions, Social Media and Citations. Read below:

We are excited to announce a forthcoming new feature for CINAHL®.  Plum™ Print widget will be added to EBSCOhost® Research databases giving users access to a brand new research tool.
Plum Print is an article-level widget that visually changes based upon the metrics found in each of the five categories of metrics – Usage, Captures, Mentions, Social Media and Citations. These metrics help users to measure the research impact of an article.

Users can hover over the Plum Print widget to view a
brief breakdown of available metrics.

The metrics found in Plum Print are continuously updated and cover articles published from 2013 onward that are found in more than 3,500 premier journals available as full text or indexed in all versions of CINAHL.
The Plum Print widget will be automatically added to CINHAL in late March 2016.

New on the video shelf – Dementia Care

As one of America’s leading educators on dementia, Teepa Snow’s philosophy is reflective of her education, work experience, available medical research, and first hand caregiving interactions. Working as a Registered Occupational Therapist for over 30 years her wealth of experience has led her to develop Positive Approach™ to Care techniques and training models that now are used by families and professionals working or living with dementia or other brain changes throughout the world.

Teepa Snow DVDs

  • It’s All in Your Approach RC 521 .I89 2011 (125 MH)
  • Art of Caregiving RC 521 .A78 2011 (126 MH)
  • Lewy Body Dementia: What Everyone Needs to Know RC 521 .L49 2013 (127 MH)
  • Filling the Day with Meaning RC 521 .F555 2011 (128 MH)
  • End of Life Care & Letting Go RC 521 .E53 2012 (129 MH)
  • Improving Emergency Services for Dementia Patients RC 521 .I49 2012 (130 MH)
  • Journey of Dementia RC 521 .J687 2011 (131 MH)
  • Understanding Frontotemporal Dementia RC 521 .U53 2014 (132 MH)
  • Progression of Dementia: Seeing Gems, Not Just Loss RC 521 .P7647 2011 (133 MH)

New Journal – Townsend Letter

Townsend Letter, the Examiner of Alternative Medicine, publishes a print magazine about alternative medicine. It is written by researchers, health practitioners and patients. As a forum for the entire alternative medicine community, Townsend Letter presents scientific information (pro and con) on a wide variety of alternative medicine topics.

Recent article:  

Tragedy of the Flint Michigan Contamination
Lead In The Water – Is It Time To Freak-Out?
by John Parks Trowbridge M. D., FACAM

The simple answer is … it’s not so simple. But you must pay attention to what is happening to you and your family to be able to respond accordingly.

Over 27,000 innocent children in Flint, Michigan, have been exposed to startlingly high levels of lead in their city water supply – sometimes 13,000 times the concentration found in nearby localities – for many months, without any warning, even without early official acknowledgment when the problem was identified. The city emergency manager had changed its water supply but failed to comply with Federal and State standards, with dire consequences. They switched back after 18 months to the earlier, safer water source, when Flint declared a State of Emergency. Now city dwellers are left with corrosive toxics leaching from their pipes for who knows how long.

So how can you really know “what is happening”? Read More or come to the Library to check our first print issue.