An abundance of style, taste and wordplay was on display at the Camden Public Library's Edible Book Festival April 6.

The event drew a large turnout of library supporters of all ages, who learned more about the Campaign for the Future, which will create a fund to help permanently support the library’s work in the community. The campaign's current focus is to raise the final $1 million, toward a total goal of $2.5 million.

The 21 entries for the Edible Book Festival were displayed in the Picker Room, with celebrity judges Todd Bross, Eleanor Klivans and Nancy Harmon Jenkins on hand to select winners in many categories.

Colorful creations made by children and teenagers included: Mr Popcorn's Penguins, made with popcorn and soda bottles; Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes iced cookies; and Aragog and Mandrake cupcakes.

A brother and sister, Archer and Abby Harrison, tied for first place, Best Looking, with cakes iced and decorated with marzipan, gum paste and sugar work. The Harrisons are homeschooled, and made a week long project out of using the techniques and methods of professional bakers to represent favorite books from The Dragonrider Chronicles and Wings of Fire series.

Several adult bakers embellished the names of literary masterpieces to match the ingredients and style of their imaginative culinary creations:

A Tuile of Two Citrus, winner of first prize for Best Pun, featured lemon tuile cookies in the shape of open books, filled with grapefruit curd, candied thyme and white chocolate.

War and Peeps, created by library trustee Claudia Griffiths and her husband, Michael, won second prize for Best Pun, and was a composition of carved avocados, marshmallow Peeps, white cake and frosting.

Lord of the Ring Dings, winner of a creative prize, featured made-from-scratch Ring Dings with a chocolate mirror glaze icing and peanut-and-coconut decoration.

Family teams created the first-place Best Tasting, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory cake, and People's Choice Award, second place, The Teacher from the Black Lagoon, with oats, chocolate, gummy worms and pretzels.

Library trustee Susan Flynn and Harbor Park and Amphitheater Director Dave Jackson spoke about the value of the library's services to the people of Camden, and how community members can help ensure that those services continue. The Camden Public Library is one of only 85 five-star libraries in the United States, Jackson said, and because of the vision of Mary Louis Curtis Bok, and her gift of land, uniquely offers a view of the harbor from its reading room.

To date, $1.5 million has been raised for Campaign for the Future by Friends of the Library. This includes more than $100,000 contributed by the Business Leadership Circle, comprised of 20 local businesses.

For more information about the campaign and special events to celebrate National Library Week at the Camden Public Library, visit

The official Edible Books winners list:

Best Looking:

Tie for first place, “Dragon Rider Chronicles" Archer Harrison and Glory from "Wings of Fire" Abby Harrison

"The Malted Falcon" Claudia and Michael Griffiths

Best Tasting:

Wonka Bar from "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" made by the Bickham family.

Aragog cupcakes from "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” Addy Harbaugh and Maggie O'Brien

Best Pun:

"A Tuile of Two Citrus" Sarah Austin

"War and Peeps" Claudia and Michael Griffiths

Most Creative:

"Things Fall Apart" Becky Anderson

"Mr. Popcorn's Penguins" Jude and Miles Biddle

People's Choice:

"The Very Hungry Caterpillar" Lucy and Cooper Todd

"The Teacher from the Black Lagoon" Cora Leavitt and Lilah Snow

Judges Special:

Youngest Baker and Best Complete Story, "Pete the Cat: I Love My New White Shoes" Lucano Serafini

Honorable Mention: "Lord of the Ring Dings" Ben and Gaetane Dodge