Whitehall Public Library hosts Edible Book Festival

Do you digest what you read?

"It's one of the best books I have never eaten" is not what you would expect to hear in a library. Unless you were at last month's Whitehall Public Library's Second Annual Edible Book Festival, planned by Deborah Rampolla, the library's adult services coordinator.

The festival asked adult and child entrants to create edible art that has something to do with a book -- the title of a book or a character in the book or the theme of a book. Twenty-eight entries were submitted. And on Oct. 13 the creations were displayed for viewing by judges and visitors to the library.

My four fellow judges and I had the difficult task of picking the most creative pieces of art in the seven categories.

Here are the winners:

Jane Hatfield of Whitehall won Adult Best in Show and Adult People's Choice for her adaptation of "The Giant Jam Sandwich" by John Vernon Lord. The book is about a town called Itching Down that was invaded by wasps. The villagers build a giant jam sandwich to trap the wasps.

Gianna Caparelli, Kayla Keefer and Rachel Nelson won Teen Best in Show for their adaptation of the children's book "Rainbow Fish" by Marcus Phister. The subject is learning to share. The story tells of a fish with multi-colored scales named Rainbow Fish who learns to share his shiny scales with other fish.

Samantha Rorison, 8, of Baldwin Borough won Child Best in Show for her adaptation of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll. Her mother, Michelle, said, "Samantha likes to read and loves working on these projects. She said she wants to do this with her children when she grows up."

Devon Schroeder, 11, of Whitehall, a sixth-grader at Harrison Middle School, won the "Pun-iest" in Show for her creative display of the novel "Gone with the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell. "When I was about 4 or 5 years old I heard someone talking about the book, 'Gone with the Wind,' and in my mind I thought that is what the book was about. I was surprised I won because there were a lot of good pieces" she said.

Fiona Selden and Morgan Traud won Most Realistic and Children People's Choice Awards for their adaptation of "Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Lighting Thief," the first book in a series by Rick Riordan. Fiona and Morgan, both 8, are good friends who live on the same street but go to different schools. Fiona attends St. Gabriel's of the Sorrowful Virgin in Whitehall and Morgan attends the Baldwin-Whitehall's Harrison Middle School. "They're avid readers and thought this would be something fun to do together," said Fiona's mother, Karen Selden. The adventure novel is about a 12-year-old boy who discovers he's a son of the Greek god Poseidon.

Arlene Burnett writes The Kitchen Mailbox column: aburnett@post-gazette.com.


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