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You Can’t Keep a Good Peep Down

Peep Art Contest Returns to MLS Libraries

“Peeps” are those marshmallow candies, generally shaped into chicks or bunnies.  They are an annual favorite as Easter basket filler.  But eating Peeps is for adults and people with no imagination.  “Peeple” use them to create art.

Teens, we’re looking at you.

Last year, The Edmond Library, 10 S. Boulevard, held its first annual Peep Art Contest for teen Peepophiles, ages 12-17.  In 2010, they’re at it again, but this time they’re being joined by the Capitol Hill Library, 334 S.W. 16th St., and the Choctaw Library, 2525 Muzzy Street. 

Submissions will be accepted at all three libraries between April 5 and April 23, and the winners will be announced on April 28, 2010.  Any form of Peep Art will be accepted, so participeeps can microwave them, do a Samba on them, use them as mosaics to create a larger image, run a string through them for use as a Peep bracelet, or even pose them in a diorama.

“Teens can work with Peeps however they want to,” said Edmond librarian Teresa Matthews.  “Last year we saw some remarkable Peep art, and let’s face it, there’s nothing more remarkable than that.”

Peeps were introduced by the Just Born candy company in 1958, unimaginatively enough, just to be eaten.  The idea of using them as an artistic medium came along in the mid-1990s.

Tests were performed on them in 1999 at Emory University and it was discovered that Peeps’ eyes, even when attacked by liquid nitrogen, can’t be dissolved by anything. 

“Even stone can be broken,” Matthews added.   “If the Sphinx had been made of Peep-eyes, it would still have a nose.”

For more information, call the Edmond Library at 341-9282, Capitol Hill at 634-6308, Choctaw at  390-8418.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.