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Edible Book Festival 2018

International Edible Books Festival registrations are open! Everyone is invited to participate in this, one of our most popular public events. Create an entry or come for the fun. The festival will take place on April 2nd from noon to 2 p.m. in the Student Life Center. Exhibits will be served once judging is concluded, so come early to see them all before they are munched! Find out more

Staff Profile: Meet Stress Relief

Hands Sticking Out from under pile of Books
Finals are upon us, so this month’s staff interview focused on stress relief strategies. I asked everyone to share their favorites.

Nicole Treesh, Library Director: Doing word puzzles on my iPhone, using free apps like Words with Friends, Word Crossy, and Infinite Word Search.

Ann Spinney, Afternoon Librarian: Blowing soap bubbles. It makes you take deep breaths, the bubbles are pretty, and they don’t make too much of a mess. (Please don’t try this inside the library!)

Elina Puckett, Evening Librarian: There is nothing more easily accessible, free and relaxing for me as a walk outdoors. I call it my “internal shower”, as it does exactly that – it cleanses your system inside out, by pumping freshly oxygenated blood through your veins. It gets you de-stressed and gets your head straight. Don’t be afraid of the weather – there is no bad weather for a walk. Hot or cold your body will adapt to it in just 5 to 10 min of walking. And guess what, it doesn’t have to be only at home – a lunchtime walk increases your learning and working productivity. Best nearest spot to Ivy Tech – Johnny Appleseed park.

Carol Gibbs, Library Assistant: My number one stress reliever as of late is holding a baby. There’s nothing better than cuddling a squishy little body, especially if you get a big toothless smile back. Everything stressful melts away. I realize not everyone has access to a baby, but maybe I could talk my daughter into some sort of rental agreement? I have some stress relief available in my office, too – I have lots of bubble wrap!

We are united in recommending petting a dog or cat for stress relief, and as usual we will have therapy dogs in the Library during exam week. Check our library website for the schedule.

Edible Book Festival 2016 Report

If you were on campus on Monday, April 4th, we hope you had enough time to stop by the Student Life Center and sample all of the wonderful culinary and literary creations at the 10th Annual Edible Book Festival. This event, hosted by the Ivy Tech Northeast Library, brings together students, staff, community members, and local businesses to showcase their edible interpretations of their favorite books. This year’s celebration featured 20 unique creations and brought in 200 attendees.

This year’s edible books covered a wide range of literary favorites, including The Lord of the Rings, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and The Great Gatsby. Children’s stories were also well represented with delicious renditions of Winnie the Pooh, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, and The Lorax, as well as some lesser-known children’s tales such as Mean Soup, Creepy Carrots, and Hold the Anchovies! Some participants really flexed their creative muscles by adapting works that aren’t normally associated with food into delicious dishes, such as the Emancipation Proclamation, The Haunted Mesa by Louis L’Amour, and Online Gambling and Crime, an academic text about the controversies involving the online gambling industry. Leave it to a librarian to come up with that last one.

When it comes to edible books, the flavors are just as important as the stories, and this year did not disappoint. Attendees were treated to Edible Books comprised of pizza, barbecue ribs, burritos, soup, and popcorn on the savory side of things. As always, dessert creations were also plentiful, with cookies and cakes coming in flavors from vanilla and chocolate to caramel marble, peach ginger, and oatmeal-carrot.

This year’s Edible Book Festival also featured a performance from professional storyteller Lou Ann Homan whose wonderful narrative flair entertained both children and adults. There was also a craft station where children and their families could make food-based necklaces with a charm representing a well-loved book. Not to leave any sense neglected, the soundtrack to this year’s festivities was an eclectic mix of songs from films that were inspired by literary works.

The winning edible books were selected based on audience voting, and this year’s winners were an impressive bunch. The first place winner was Ivy Tech student, Claudia Hollinger, with an edible book based on Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. Second place was taken by community member, Cayla Veach, with her creation based on Just You and Me by Sam McBratney. Taking third place was Ivy Tech student, Adrienne Cottrell, with her entry based on The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. These three talented participants took the prizes this year, but each entry showed artistic skill and creative thinking. It’s never too early to start thinking about how you can take the top prize next year!

If you didn’t make it out to the 2016 event, be sure to check out the coverage on our local NPR station< WBOI, as well as the story that ran on local Fox affiliate WFFT. The Journal Gazette was also present to cover the event. As always, if you need a good book, or inspiration for your own delicious dishes, stop by the library and browse our collection today!
(By Library Clerk, David Winn)

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)

Blind Date with a Book

This February, spice up your reading life by coming into the Library and taking home one of our available books. There are no awkward questions, no forced conversation, no judgmental looks, no need to call. Just choose one of your possible matches, blind date style, and take it to the circulation desk. If you fall in love with the story, great! If there is no chemistry, just return the book and there are no hard feelings or need to explain why things didn’t work out.

On Civility

The Ivy Tech Northeast Library is collaborating with the Change Action Northeast team as a part of their Setting Our Inner Compass project.

This semester will see CAN focusing on the topic of civility, and the library has procured a collection of books to support this discussion.

The books will be on display in front of the windows to the Presentation Room in the Library. Everyone in the Ivy Tech community is encouraged to participate in this discussion by checking out one or more of these books and reading them.

The CAN team is in the process of scheduling a brown bag lunch discussion date for all to share their thoughts and ideas about civility. The Library is very excited to share in the collaboration of this project and its timely topic! More information will be coming soon.


Title Author
Choosing Civility: The Twenty-five Rules of Considerate Conduct Forni, P. M.
Civility Carter, Stephen L.
Creating & Sustaining Civility in Nursing Education Cynthia M.
George Washington’s Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior: …And Other Important Writings Washington, George
Hello!: And Every Little Thing That Matters Edwards, Kate
Saving Civility: 52 Ways to Tame Rude, Crude & Attitude for a Polite Planet Hacala, Sara
The Civility Solution: What to Do When People Are Rude Forni, P. M.
The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life Anderson, Elijah