Pumpkin contest starts Thursday at the library

Some of the entries in last year’s Most Valuable Pumpkin Decorating Contest at the Dickinson County Library are shown above. This year’s contest starts Thursday with entries due by 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24.

Dickinson County Library October events include:


— A Novel Bunch Book Club, 2 p.m., Dickinson County Library-Solomonson Branch in Norway.

This month’s book is “Take Me With You” by Catherine Ryan Hyde. Even those who haven’t read the book can still listen in and vote on upcoming selections. Go to www.dcl-lib.org/norwaybookclub to view a reading guide and past selections. New members are welcome.


— Most Valuable Pumpkin Decorating Contest begins with pumpkin pick-up and/or sign-up at any Dickinson County Library branch. Decorated pumpkins must be returned to the main library in Iron Mountain by 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24. Public voting begins Friday, Oct. 25, with winners to be announced at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.

Anyone who picks up a pumpkin must sign up and agree to return the pumpkin; those who do not return their pumpkin for judging will be charged a $3 fee. Participants also can use their own pumpkin–just stop by the main library or call 906-774-1218 to sign up by Thursday, Oct. 24.

Pumpkins can be decorated with paint or embellishments, but no carving will be accepted. Voting for the best-decorated pumpkins will occur through social media and in person at the Iron Mountain library. Prizes will be awarded in these divisions: pre-school through first grade; second through fifth grade; sixth through eighth grade; and high school through adult.

Those who want their decorated pumpkin back after the contest must claim it by 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1. The library reserves the right to remove pumpkins as needed.

— The Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale at the Dickinson County Library in Iron Mountain begins with a Members-Only Preview Sale from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Memberships will be sold at the door. The Friends of the Library meeting will follow at 6:30 p.m.

“The Prohibition Era on the Eastern Menominee Iron Range, Part 1” presentation, 6:30 p.m., Dickinson County Library in Iron Mountain.

Local historian Bill Cummings will bring this colorful era of the Roaring Twenties to life in a three-part presentation, using newspaper articles and other contemporary accounts as well as historic photographs. The program also includes a brief history of the Temperance Movement in the United States and the origin of terms useful in understanding Prohibition, such as “blind pig,” “blind tiger,” “speakeasy,” “rum-running,” and “bootlegging.” For teens and adults.