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Devour your favorite book at Dordt’s observance of National Library Week

April 9, 2013

Dordt College friends and neighbors are invited to devour a good book on Friday, April 19, at the college library’s Edible Book Contest. The contest is the culmination of Dordt’s celebration of National Library Week.

Anyone interested in participating in the contest is asked to bring an edible entry to the John and Louise Hulst Library on the campus of Dordt College on Friday between 7:30 and 10:30 a.m. Entries can refer to a scene or a character from a book, look like a book, or just have something to do with books.

Past entries have ranged from a cake with icing to meatloaf with green eggs and ham on top. This year’s entries will be on display between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the library’s Study Café, where everyone can vote for their favorite. The results of your voting will determine the winner of the People’s Choice Award. Judges will determine the winners in the Best Tasting and Best Overall categories. The winners will be announced at 4 p.m., after which forks will be handed out and everyone is welcome to taste the entries.

The prizes consist of $40 for first place and $20 for second place in each of the categories. View last year’s entries at

The Edible Book Contest is part of National Library Week, which was first sponsored by the American Library Association in 1958. Although the observance is usually done by public libraries, Dordt librarians don’t see their library as a typical academic library.

“We think of our students and patrons holistically,” said Sheryl Taylor, Dordt College director of library services. “Because of this we provide services and resources to address not only students’ academic needs, but their social, cultural, physical, and emotional ones as well. This is why we check out gaming systems and movies, why we have Karen Kingsbury books and Battleship, why we have chairs you can take a nap on and high-tech mediascapes, and why we host events like the Dordt College Harlem Shake video.” 

Other events during the week will include a paper airplane flying contest on Monday, April 15. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to show up during the 11 a.m. free period, make a plane or two, and send it off to see how far across the atrium it can fly. The winner takes home $10.  

The ongoing tradition of unveiling the newest READ poster will be held Wednesday, April 17, at 10 a.m. in the Study Café. The poster will feature a surprise “celebrity” from campus. Past “celebrities” include Lisa Christians of the registrar’s office, former President Dr. John Hulst and Librarian Louise Hulst, former President Dr. Carl E. Zylstra, and more.

The library will have daily drawings for prizes and book displays, with free cookies on Wednesday. It will host a praise and worship service Thursday night at 10 p.m.

For more information contact Sheryl Taylor at

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