Annual Edible Book Festival held at ECU’s Joyner Library

At ECU's annual Edible Book Festival, the "Swiss (Cheese) Family Robinson" submission by Wesley Dills won Best in Show in the adult category. (Submitted photos)

At ECU’s annual Edible Book Festival, the “Swiss (Cheese) Family Robinson” submission by Wesley Dills won Best in Show in the adult category. (Submitted photos)

Joyner Library at East Carolina University hosted the third annual Edible Book Festival March 29.

Eleanor Cook, assistant dirctor for Discovery and Technology Services at the library, said the festival is held each year around the world. The event “celebrates books and culinary craftsmanship that draws upon the creativity of community members,” she said.

Participants decorate edible items that represent some aspect of a book and submitted items are included in a competition. Juried categories include most edible, least edible, wittiest and best in show for youth and adult.

This year’s judges at ECU were Greenville Banks, Jr and Cecilia Moore-Cobb from the Friends of Joyner Library Board of Directors.

In addition, a silent auction featured professional cakes donated by Aramark/ECU and Lowe’s foods. Proceeds form the auction and additional donations go toward the Joyner Library Preservation and Conservation fund, said Lisa Barricella, department head of Monographic Acquisitions & Preservation/Conservation.

“This fund helps to support the purchase of equipment and materials used in Joyner’s conservation labs where technicians conserve books, documents, manuscripts and photographs for long-term access,” Barricella said.

The 2014 Edible Book Festival winners were as follows:

Makayla Gilland poses with her "Horton Hears a Who!” entry, which won for most edible.

Makayla Gilland poses with her “Horton Hears a Who!” entry, which won for most edible.

Most Edible:  “Horton Hears a Who!” by Dr. Seuss, submitted by Makayla Gilland (Youth entry)

Least Edible:  “Fish! Tales” by Stephen Lundin et al., submited by Gloria Bradshaw

Wittiest:  “Cold Mountain” (Dew) by Charles Frazier, submitted by Stephanie Hedgepeth

Best in Show/Youth:  “Little House on the Prairie” by Laura Ingalls Wilder, submitted by  Walker Bixby

Best in Show/Adult:  “Swiss (Cheese) Family Robinson” by Johann David Wyss, submitted by Wesley Dills.

Winners each received a handcrafted notebook, winner’s ribbon and gift certificate.  Photos of entries may be viewed at

For additional information, contact Dawn Wainwright at 252.328.4090 or

– Dawn Wainwright



Carr honored with Esther J. Piercy award



Patrick Carr, assistant director for acquisitions and collection management at Joyner Library, was honored with the 2014 Esther J. Piercy Award by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services.

The award will be presented June 28, at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2014 American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

The organization cited Carr’s strong record of service to the profession as both a leader and participant in committee work in announcing the award.


Renowned author, ECU alumna to speak

ECU alumna and New York Times bestselling author Sheila Turnage will present “Welcome to Tupelo Landing Population 124 (Minus One – Murder)” from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 8 in Room 221, Mendenhall Student Center.



Turnage will discuss her 2012 Newberry Honor book “Three Times Lucky” and its new sequel, “The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing.” Both are in the fictitious town of Tupelo Landing, just down the road from ECU.

A question and answer session will follow. The books will be available for purchase and a book signing will be helped from 1 to 4 p.m. in Joyner Library.

For additional information, contact Alan Bailey, Joyner Library, at or 252-328-6076.