From a cupcake caterpillar to Rumballs of the Bailey, Worthington Libraries' Edible Books contests have brought out the clever and creative, with some really tasty results.

From a cupcake caterpillar to Rumballs of the Bailey, Worthington Libraries' Edible Books contests have brought out the clever and creative, with some really tasty results.

The Edible Book Festival was initiated by a group of book artists in 1999, and has since become an international event. Held annually on or around April 1 in places like Australia, England, India, Japan, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, festivals celebrate April Fool's Day and the birthday of French gastronome Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin.

Brillat-Savarin's book, "Physiologie du gout ("The Physiology of Taste")," a witty meditation on food, was published in 1825.

It's not too late to enter the library's third annual competition, which is scheduled tonight (March 31) at Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road. No registration is required to enter, but your edible entry must have a book or literary theme.

An online image search will inspire you. Check out The Malted Falcon ("The Maltese Falcon") from a recent contest at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign library and A Sprinkle in Lime ("A Wrinkle in Time"), entered in last year's Seattle Edible Books Festival.

You'll also find photos from Worthington Libraries' recent contests on the web at http://www.flickr.com/photos/coollibrary/.

However, even if you choose to sit out this year, you're still invited to attend! Although registration and set up starts at 6 p.m., stop by around 7 p.m. and let our celebrity judges know who you think should win. After the judges have made their decision, awards will be presented and the entries eaten.

New to this year's Edible Books Contest is a Professional category, where area bakeries like Delicacies by Sheri, Delightful Cakes, Ly-Ly's Bakery and M. Minick Cake Design will compete for bragging rights. Don't worry, if you'd like to submit an entry, there's also an amateur category.

Celebrity judges include Columbus Dispatch Food Editor Robin Davis and local food bloggers Jim Ellison and Nick Dekker.