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Celebrating Local Foods, Healthy Eating
and Family Literacy
Somethin’ Pumpkin is a seasonal program that offers fun learning activities for the entire family. It is a collaborative effort of N.C. Cooperative Extension, Cleveland County Library System, Mauney Memorial Library, Cleveland County Extension & Community Association (ECA), and other community partners.
Components of the program include:
Pumpkin decorating contests & reading challenges
Read the contest rules, then complete a registration form for either Mauney Memorial Library (Kings Mountain), Eugenia Y. Young Memorial Library (Shelby), or Spangler Branch Library (Lawndale) and take the form to the library to pick up your pumpkin. Decorate your pumpkin to portray a character or scene from one of the library’s selected children’s books and return it to the library by the deadline for display, judging, and a chance to win prizes!
A few of the entries from Mauney Memorial Library…
“We gave away 42 pumpkins, and received 27 back for judging. It was a great turnout, with some serious creativity put forth! Please see the photo of Mayor Scott Neisler with the winners.” Terry Pouchak, Adult Library Program Coordinator
Entries from Eugenia Y. Young Memorial Library & Spangler Branch Library…
“We had 26 creative entries this year! Everybody was happy with having more freedom of choice over who/what they could paint, and our display looks so colorful. Overall, this being my first year doing Somethin’ Pumpkin, I was very pleased with the returns.” Deanna Evans, Children’s Librarian at CCLS in Shelby.
- K-2nd grade: “Madeline” by Sadie Green
- 3rd-5th grade: “Chi’s Sweet Home” by Olivia Brunette
- Family: “Harold and the Purple Crayon” by the Rivera Family TIED WITH “Pete the Cat’s 5 Little Pumpkins” by Presley & Tara Combs
- Teen/Adult: “Slimer’s Loose Again” by Robin Fowler Harris
- Staff Favorite: “Anne of Green Gables” by Averie Bell
- Fan Favorite: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Pizza Party” by Abigail Porter
- Librarian’s Honorable Mention: “The Twisted Ones” by Kylie Goins
Learn how to incorporate pumpkin into a variety of tasty, easy to prepare recipes:
- Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies
- Pumpkin Spiced Oatmeal Muffins
- Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins
- Perfect Pumpkin Pancakes
- Pumpkin Fruit Dip
- Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dip
- Savory Pumpkin Hummus
- Pumpkin Pie Spice
- Pumpkin Quiche
- Pumpkin Lasagna
- Pumpkin Dog Treats
- Pumpkin Basics from Oregon State University’s “Food Hero”
Information about growing, cooking, and decorating with pumpkins
- Growing & Cooking Pumpkins from the Cleveland County Kitchen video series
- Pumpkins & More from University of Illinois Extension
- More Than Just A Jack-O-Lantern features advice from a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert on different ways to use pumpkins this season.
- Choose, Store and Decorate Pumpkins & Gourds from Nebraska Extension
- How Giant Pumpkins are Grown from NC State University CALS News