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Cumberlands library to host International Edible Book Festival


Williamsburg, Ky. – On Monday, April 1st the University of the Cumberlands (UC) Hagan Memorial Library will be participating in the International Edible Book Festival for the second year in a row. The event will start at 2:30 pm and go until 4:00 pm.

“Last year was a great success and a lot of fun,” said Carrie Byrd, reference and instruction librarian. “We had a fantastic turnout both in terms of participants and attendees, and we hope that this year will bring even more creative entries and that even more people will come to see them. We can’t wait to see what people come up with this time.”

The festival which started in 2000 usually takes places 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 has elected to participate once again to encourage people to visit the library and learn more information about what takes place inside the library.

The festival is a time that will provide students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to exercise their love and creativity for books. Everyone is encouraged to participate by making an edible book. Judges will be on hand to evaluate the creations. Prizes will be handed out for the most popular, most artistic, the funniest, best student entry, best depiction of a child or teen book, and best depiction of a non-juvenile book.

There were 11 entrants that baked cakes for last year’s festival. The overall winners and People’s Choice Award were presented to Beth Wooley, Head Cheerleading Coach, and Taylor Temnick, Graduate Assistant in Athletic Training, for their depiction of Charlotte’s Web. “It was a great experience being able to decorate a cake last year for the festival,” said Wooley. “I’m excited about this year’s festival and having the chance to defend our title as the best.”

The registration deadline is Monday, March 25th, for all those wishing to participate. For more information and to register visit the website at For questions please contact UC’s librarian Carrie Byrd at or at 606-539-4160.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees 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.