HESSTON — Taking scenes and stories from books, patrons of the Hesston Public Library have created literary dioramas using Peeps, the colorful confections in the shape of bunnies and chicks, as characters.
"Libraries share ideas," said Libby Albers, director of the Hesston Public Library. "The greatest form of flattery is copying someone else's idea and putting your own spin on it. There are a lot of creative ideas out on Pinterest that libraries share back and forth with each other."
Putting on the Peeps display contest required very little in the way of resources from the library beyond informing patrons of the details.
"It's an easy program for the library to run because all we do is announce, 'hey, make a Peep display,'" Albers said, "but we have had such great feedback from folks that have done it as a family night and really gotten into the different scenes in their favorite storybooks."
Created by adults, children and groups of family or friends, the Peep displays can be viewed at the library, located at 300 N. Main in Hesston, during the month of April.
Entries drew inspiration from classic children's books like "Make Way For Ducklings" and the "Boxcar Children" series to newer works such as "Holes" and the "Harry Potter" series.
"Their imagination could really run wild," Albers said. "There wasn't any limitation on how new or old the book had to be or what age group it had to go with."
More than a dozen Peeps displays are arranged along the central aisle in the library.
"If they had a related book, I tried to put that by them, but sometimes kids come along and check them out, which is okay, too," Albers said.
The displays were required to be made in a shoebox-sized container, contain Peeps, and be related to a book or story.
"We have some scenes from the Bible, we have a scene out of a biography about Marie Antoinette, we have some children's books and junior's books — it really runs the gamut," Albers said.
Camila Goossen, along with her husband and son, recreated "The Last Supper," with Peeps as Jesus and his disciples.
"We wanted to participate and we wanted to do something to remind people about Easter," Goossen said.
The public can vote for their favorite Peeps display through April 15 using a paper ballot or by visiting Hesston Public Library's Facebook page. The "Peep-le’s Choice Awards" will be announced by April 21.
"Next week, we will announce the winner and they will get a Peep-themed prize," Albers said.
Hesston Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For more information, visit http://hesston.scklf.info or call 620-327-4666.