“Eat this book” may sound like a biblical instruction, but it is also at the heart of one of the activities during Hunter Library’s annual celebration of National Library Week, April 10-16.
The edible book contest returns to this year’s observance, among other popular activities – including the display of some of library patrons’ favorite books and a monthlong food drive.
On Monday, April 11, two card-making classes will be offered, one from 2 to 4 p.m. and the second from 4 to 6 p.m. in Hunter Library Room 157B. The classes will be limited to 10 participants each, and interested individuals must sign up at the circulation desk in advance.
No sign-up is required for “Coloring at the Library,” a stress-reducing activity offered in the same room, 157B, from noon until 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 13.
Entries in the edible book contest are not required to resemble books or their covers (though some in the past have done so), but only express some aspect of the book represented, said Elizabeth Marcus, undergraduate experience librarian. The entries are due by 10 a.m. Thursday, April 14, at the library’s main entrance. Voting will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., when sampling will take place, followed by the announcement of a winner at 2:30 p.m.
Hunter Library’s food drive, held during April as an extension of National Library Week, benefits individuals and families in the local community. Participants are asked to bring food items not packaged in glass jars, but with a long shelf life. Examples given include canned vegetables, soups, juices, sauces, mixes, rice, pasta, beans, peanut butter, oatmeal and cereal. Boxes for donations will be located near the library’s circulation desk.
At any open-hours time during the week, patrons are invited to make a book ornament for the library’s “book tree,” or communicate how the library has transformed them (or their studies).
First observed in 1958, National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Association to promote the use of all types of libraries – public, school and university. A nonprofit citizens group, the National Book Committee, organized the first observance, hoping to encourage Americans to read more books. All of Hunter Library’s events are open to the public.
Visit the circulation desk or call 227-7485 for more information.