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MILLERSBURG -- The Holmes County District Public Library will be hosting a Peeps Diorama contest using marshmallow peeps to display your creativity, by producing a diorama using at least one peep as characters inspired by a book, a movie or other pop culture or historical events.
Entries should be submitted between Saturday, April 1, and Saturday, April 8, at the Central Branch of the Holmes County District Public Library.
Prizes will be awarded by the judges in five categories, and the public can vote for the people's choice April 10-15.
The categories are: grade 5 and under; grades 6-12; adult; group/family; library staff.
"The object is to pick a scene that people will easily recognize, and draw a sketch of how you want the diorama to look," said Christina Thurairatnam, Head of Reference and Adult Services at the library. "Decorate the box as much as possible. The props and decoration tell the story of your diorama. You can use wrapping paper or construction paper or print a background to create your scene."
Thurairatnam suggests either purchasing props for the diorama or reusing things you have around the house, like empty containers and small boxes that can become furniture.
"You can dress and decorate your Peeps with scraps of fabric or cupcake liners," she said. "You can use fine tip markers to give them facial expressions or draw on makeup."
She adds that if you let the Peeps sit out for about a week, they are easier to work with.
"If you cut the bottoms off before you leave them out, it makes them easier to stand," Thurairatnam said. "You have to be careful, though, as they may become brittle. You can use pipe cleaners or toothpicks as arms."
If you are interested in participating in the Peeps diorama contest but are unsure what it's all about, sign up for the Peeps diorama workshop on Monday, April 3 at 5:30 p.m., at the Central Library.
"Bring a shoe box or similar sized box and we'll provide a couple of Peeps and some materials to get you started," Thurairatnam said. "This workshop is free and open to adults, teens and kids in second grade and up. Registration is required. Please note: kids under age 10 require parental supervision."
Reporter Kevin Lynch can be reached at 330-674-5676 or firstname.lastname@example.org.