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Long story short: I am WAY behind on sharing with y’all all the fun themes we’ve had over the past (<em>counts on fingers</em>) five months or so.
Lemme start catchin’ y’all up!
This year we decided to focus October’s theme around pumpkins! After all, the area’s <a href=”http://www.valaspumpkinpatch.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>most popular pumpkin patch</a> is part of our community. And considering how cheesy it is, I likely came up with the idea of making it sound like a <em>Wheel of Fortune <a href=”http://wheeloffortunehistory.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_categories” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Before & After</a></em> puzzle category: <em>Pumpkin Patchwork Quilts</em>.
Natasia, our awesome artist-in-residence/team member, took the theme and ran with it. I wish that my photography skills were better so that I could really show off her talent.
These were the best pics I’d taken of the tissue/scrapbook paper pumpkins she’d made to go along the bottom of our front windows:
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<em>THEY ARE SO ADORABLE!!!</em>
I regret to inform you that I never did get a good exterior shot of those pumpkins – you can get a glimpse of them in this interior shot. And yes, there are other fun things that you’ll see that I’ll show off more in a moment:
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And here are the special pumpkins that she made out of scrapbook and poster board:
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These pumpkins were all that we used for our reading bench display’s sign. We kept it simple and neat without using any words, and people completely got that autumn-themed books were featured – with some football thrown in to keep it interesting…ier. <em>Interestingier</em>. I’m going with it.
And yes, I’m going to make you wait to see more of the adorable pumpkins that Natasia hung from our ceiling. Instead, I’ll show you the cute <em>Five Little Pumpkins </em>sign that she made on our whiteboard. I believe that Jennifer, our fantastic Children’s Librarian, made the cute and <strong>very</strong> popular worksheet:
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And here’s my favorite pic by far. It reminds me of when I left for work one evening with everything zen, and walked in the next day to a pumpkin wonderland:
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These paper lantern pumpkins feature paper leafs and stems made from rolled newspaper wrapped in masking tape and painted a dark green.
You can also see more “patchwork pumpkins” on the wall in the back. We made pumpkin counting into our passive program – so if kids got within five of the correct number, they’d earn a special coloring bookmark featuring our dragon mascot carrying a big pumpkin.
And there you have it: our cheery October theme of <em>Pumpkin Patchwork Quilts!</em>