Brightly colored marshmallow Peeps are on display at the Tyler Public Library.

Several dioramas featuring the candies were turned in for the library's annual Peeps contest.

Youth Services Librarian Linda Gray said the dioramas could be no larger than 18-by-18 inches, had to be book-themed and had to have the book title on the display.

The dioramas turned in this year represent parts of "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Cat in the Hat Comes Back" by Dr. Seuss and "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" by C.S. Lewis. Attached to each diorama is an excerpt from the respective book. Blue and pink marshmallow bunnies, as well as yellow marshmallow chicks, are part of the dioramas.

Ms. Gray said the Peeps contest is one way of celebrating National Library Week.

"The Peeps are just so much fun. They're so colorful," she said, adding that the contest helps in showing participants "the fun side of their favorite book."

"It's just something to show that people can still be passionate about reading," Ms. Gray said.

Reference Librarian Lori Fregoso previously said, "The Peeps dioramas combine a sense of spring with the joy of reading."

Ms. Gray said all contest entries did a good job of labeling their diorama to indicate the book they were doing as their theme.

Winners will be notified later this month.

According to a news release from earlier this month, contest categories include youth, grades five and below, youth, grades six through 12 and adults.

According to the news release, entries will be judged "based on originality, overall appearance, use of Peeps and difficulty of design."

A People's Choice Winner also will be picked.

For more information, call the Tyler Public Library at 903-593-7323.


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