Frankford library invites creativity with Peeps Diorama Contest


Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Anybody can make Peeps dioramas pop with handmade details, such as the yarn-knit web in this ‘The Spider & the Fly’ design by librarian Jessica Bowman.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Anybody can make Peeps dioramas pop with handmade details, such as the yarn-knit web in this ‘The Spider & the Fly’ design by librarian Jessica Bowman.Love ’em or hate ’em, there’s no denying that marshmallow Peeps can make for a hilarious craft time, and the Frankford Public Library is inviting children, adults and families to participate in its 2018 Peeps Diorama Contest.

Diorama themes can include any book, movie, TV show, video game or other pop culture item. Past entries have included “The Magic School Bus,” “Beauty & the Beast,” “Batman,” “The Outsiders,” “The Lorax,” “Hamilton” and more.

Now in its fourth year, the Peeps show is so popular that patrons look for it before springtime.

“Obviously, kids love it. It gives families a chance to do something together, [for] minimal cost or free,” said Jessica Bowman, the event’s organizer and technical services staffer at the library.

“It taps into a creative side that most people don’t have time for,” said Bowman as she drew a brick fireplace for her own “The Spider & the Fly” diorama.

Bowman said she loves the low-stakes fun of decorating with the sugar-dusted marshmallow bunnies and chicks — especially for adults.

“It’s the ability to create something, have fun with it and not have to find a place to put it when you’re done,” Bowman joked.

Dioramas must be built inside a shoebox of any size (except for individual adult entries). At least one Peep must be included in each scene. Any other materials are allowed for costumes and props, although the library requests a limit on other food items.

Diorama contents must be secure enough to be moved throughout the library. Contestant names and ages should be written on the back of the box. Entry titles should be written on the front.

There will be four judging categories: Family (children younger than 6 who are building with the help of family); Individual Child (ages 6 to 11); Individual Teens & Tweens (ages 12 to 17); and Individual Adults (18 or older).

The schedule for building and submitting the works fits into most children’s spring breaks. The library will even host free building time on Tuesday, April 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. Boxes, Peeps and supplies will be provided for that session.

Final submissions of dioramas, whether made at home or in the library, are due by Wednesday, April 4, at 8 p.m. To ensure enough supplies for the creation session, attendees are being encouraged to pre-register by calling the library or through its online calendar.

Library visitors are also being encouraged to vote for the “Peeples Choice Awards” on April 5, 6 and 7. Winners will be announced Tuesday, April 10, by 6 p.m.

For more information, contact the Frankford Public Library at (302) 732-9351 or on Main Street in Frankford. Entry forms are available at the library or online (https://frankford.lib.de.us).