Guest Blogger

Program in a Post: Passive Pumpkins

decorated pumpkins

With this blog post, paint, pumpkins and creative souls, you can have a festive display, early literacy tool, and community outreach all in one!


  • Pumpkins (for examples)
  • Paints
  • Simple cardstock awards
  • Tissue Paper, Feathers, Sequins, etc. (optional)
  • Advertisement- poster, social media, word of mouth


We advertised this as a pumpkin decorating display and encouraged families to create a pumpkin at home and then turn it in to the library where it would be on display for a week.

Our staff made book character pumpkins in advance. We used small pumpkins and put them in a display case so families could get excited about the event.


Library patrons were invited to visit the pumpkins throughout the week. Kids can develop early literacy skills by guessing the characters (for older kids) or naming colors and other features (for the younger kids).

This passive program is ideal for communities with active families and a great way to get patrons excited about the Fall.

(All photos courtesy of guest blogger)


bayciheadToday’s guest blogger is Emily Bayci. Emily is a children’s services librarian at the Naperville Public Library. Her philosophy is to always have just as much fun as the children, if not more fun.

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  1. Kelly Doolittle

    What an adorable idea! What a cute way to celebrate the characters in the books that our kids are all reading. It’s a great release of creative energy for the staff, too! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Emily Bayci

      Thanks Kelly, it was really fun and of course fun to incorporate book characters!

  2. Heidi Apol

    I did this at both my libraries this year. The kids were so creative and we had some great entries. Sadly, many of the pumpkins rotted and we had a smelly mess.

    1. Emily Bayci

      We ran into that problem too Heidi. A patron told me to spray the pumpkins with Mod Podge spray and that it would help– it really did and made them shinier!

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