10th Annual Readapalooza: Free bookish fun for everyone

Come celebrate reading, books, and community on October 20 and 21, in Grants Pass during the 10th Annual Readapalooza hosted by Josephine Community Library. The weekend is filled with activities for all ages including the Storytime Celebration, Food Adventures with Blue Zones, 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: Together we play

Saturday, October 20, 10 am–4 pm
The whole family is invited to dress up as a favorite book character and enjoy storytime all day in the children’s library. Join us for crafts and activities, book walks, face painting, and a pumpkin giveaway.

Activities throughout the day include:

Glow in the dark slime making
Color-changing milk experiment
Color bubble art
Dancing bats and ghosts experiment
Face painting
Leaf and pumpkin garland craft
Storytime station
Grow your own crystals experiment
Spooky-themed scavenger hunt

Food Adventures: Together we learn

Saturday, October 20, 10-11 am
Having trouble getting your kids to eat healthy? Learn how to turn your veggie-loather into a veggie-lover at “Making Food Fun for Kids” during Readapalooza weekend at the library and eat some book-themed snacks along the way. All ages are welcome at the hands-on cooking demonstration during the Readapalooza Storytime celebration of books.

“Making Food Fun for Kids” is the second of three cooking demos in the “Food Adventures with Blue Zones” series in partnership with Blue Zones Project and local registered dietitian, Cheryl Kirk.

Registration is not required but space is limited.

NaNoWriMo Plot Planning Party: Together we write

Saturday, October 20, 4-6 pm
Join local fiction writers at the Plot Planning Party to prepare for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), the annual event that encourages kids and adults to tackle the challenge of writing 50,000 words of a novel in the 30 days of November. Come and learn more about NaNoWriMo and how it works. Meet your fellow writers and discuss your project with others taking the challenge.

Launched in 1999, NaNoWriMo inspires its estimated 300,000 participants with email pep talks, a huge and supportive online community, and a host of web-based writing tools. Although actual writing on the novel doesn’t start until November 1, writers participating in NaNoWriMo can use the Plot Planning Party and other time before November to plan their plots, characters, and other aspects of their novel so they’re ready to go.

Throughout November, weekly “write-ins” are offered 4:30–6:30 pm every Wednesday at the Grants Pass branch, 200 NW C Street and 2–5 pm every Saturday at Rogue Roasters, 610 SW K Street in Grants Pass.

Community Read-Aloud: Together we read

Sunday, October 21, 1–4 pm
Adults, teens, and children are invited to preregister to compete in the Readapalooza Community Read-Aloud competition for a chance to win prizes.

Children in elementary and middle school may read a two-minute passage from a favorite book for a chance to win $500 for their school library sponsored the Grants Pass Friends of the Library along with additional prizes. High school students and adults may read a two-minute passage from a favorite family-appropriate book for the chance to win prizes donated by local businesses.

Pre-registration is required to compete in this event. Readers are encouraged to have fun with costumes and props related to their books.

To sign up as a reader by Saturday, October 13, send your name, age, and book choice to info@josephinelibrary.org, call 541-476-0571, or fill out a registration slip in your school library.

Funding for this year’s Readapalooza is made possible by the Grants Pass Friends of the Library. Supporting organizations include Blue Zones Project of Grants Pass, KAJO/KLDR, Fort Vannoy Farms, and Rogue Roasters.

updated 10/2/2018