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Books Good Enough to Eat at UC


Williamsburg, Ky. – On Monday, April 2nd, University of the Cumberlands (UC) Hagan Memorial Library held their inaugural International Edible Book Festival. The festival is a time for people to show off their creative talents by making cakes based on their favorite books.

The festival crowded the Hagan Memorial Library at UC as students, faculty and staff gathered to get a look at the entries and to have a taste of each one. There were 11 total entrants in the contest that left judges having to decide between beautifully decorated cakes.


“Charlotte’s Web” created by Beth Wooley, Head Cheerleading Coach, and Taylor Temnick, Graduate Assistant for Athletic Training, won the People’s Choice Award and 1st Prize for Overall Category. When asked about joining forces in the contest Taylor said, “We are both creative people and wanted to come up with a really cool entry. One night we got together to think of possibilities and “Charlotte’s Web” is what came to mind.”

Both Wooley and Temnick received a Barnes & Noble gift certificate for their efforts. Carolyn Reaves, Academic Resource Center Coordinator, also won a gift certificate for the most artistic cake entry with her rendition of “The Help.”

As the judges went around with clipboards in hand taste testing all the cakes before their final verdict Dr. Bob Dunston, UC Religion Department Chair, said, “I feel like I’m taking part in the Food Network.”

The festival, which started in 2000, usually takes place on or around April 1st each year. The event was created to inspire people to share their love of books and inspire an international community to come together. Cumberlands elected to participate this year to encourage people to visit and learn more about what takes place in the library.

“I was impressed with the turnout of people from the University,” said Carrie Byrd, UC’s Reference and Instruction Librarian. “Everyone had a great time and we are looking forward to doing it again next year.”

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs