Readapalooza: free bookish fun for everyone

Readapalooza15_Storytime_bCome celebrate reading, books, and community on October 24 and 25, 2015, in Grants Pass during Readapalooza hosted by Josephine Community Libraries. The weekend is filled with activities for all ages including the Storytime Celebration, the Plot Planning Party for National Novel Writing Month in November, and the Community Read-Aloud for all ages at the Grants Pass branch.

Storytime Celebration: Play, Talk, Sing, Read
Saturday, October 24, 12–4 pm
Bring the whole family to the Storytime Celebration, kicking off just after the library opens at noon with storytime theater followed by storytimes every hour, including music and reading with children’s author Judy Cox at 2 pm. Other activities include a pumpkin walk at 12:30 and 2:30 pm, book giveaways, crafts, and face painting.

Plot Planning Party: The world needs your novel
Saturday, October 24, 4–6 pm
Writers are invited to join the Plot Planning Party to get ready for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), an annual event that encourages kids and adults to tackle the challenge of writing a novel in November.

Readapalooza15_ReadAloud_aCommunity Read-Aloud: Pages for all ages
Sunday, October 26, 1–4 pm
Celebrate reading and community during the seventh annual Page One read-off with Emcee Jeanette Stark of KAJO/KLDR. Listen as 20 readers of all ages compete for prizes by reading aloud from a favorite book. Adults and teens are invited to pre-register to read the first page of a favorite book to compete for prizes from local businesses. Children 12 years and under may read a two-minute passage from a favorite book for the chance to win a $500 cash prize for their school library and additional prizes. To sign up as a reader before October 9, send your name, age, and book choice to or call 541-476-0571. Pre-registration is required. For more information, visit

Funding for this year’s Readapalooza is made possible by the Grants Pass Friends of the Library and Fort Vannoy Farms. Supporting organizations include KAJO/KLDR, Gilbert Creek Child Development Center Early Learning Services, and Rogue Coffee Roasters.