Readapalooza is October 24-26, 2014

A weekend festival of free bookish fun for everyone, Readapalooza is happening Friday, October 24 to Sunday, October 26, 2014.

This year’s Readapalooza will include the following activities. Click a link to jump to the details below, or just scroll down to read everything.

All Readapalooza activities are free, thanks to generous grants and donations from Oregon HumanitiesJosephine County Cultural Coalition, and Grants Pass Friends of the Library. For more information about Readapalooza, contact Rebecca Stoltz, 541-476-0571.

NaNoWriMo Plot Planning Party

Authors, get ready for National Novel Writing Month in November by coming to the NaNoWriMo Plot Planning Party which takes place 5-6:30 pm onFriday, October 24, at the Grants Pass library.

National Novel Writing Month (“NaNoWriMo”) is the world’s largest writing event and nonprofit literacy crusade. More than 250,000 people pledge to write 50,000 words in a month, starting from scratch and reaching “The End” by November 30. There are no judges and no prizes. Writers use this event as the opportunity to start their novels and to develop the discipline of writing every day to get it done.

During Readapalooza, fiction writers can prepare for NaNoWriMo at the Plot Planning Party as hosts Jodi Wainwright and Michael Grutchfield will guide participants through the process of planning their original novel.

For more information on National Novel Writing Month, or to connect with other NaNoWriMo participants in this area, visit

From Print to Pixels: The Act of Reading in the Digital Age

This facilitated conversation about digital books and the future of reading is hosted by author Mark Cunningham, and takes place 10-11:30 am onSaturday, October 25, at the Grants Pass library.

Cunningham is the author of two historical novels: “The Green Age of Asher Witherow,” which was a #1 Book Sense Pick from the American Booksellers Association, and “Lost Son,” based on the life and work of the poet Rainer Maria Rilke. This Conversation Project is hosted by Josephine Community Libraries and is sponsored by Josephine County Cultural Coalition and Oregon Humanities.

Hug Your Library

Let’s demonstrate how much our library means to us, and give it a big hug! From 11:45 to 12 noon on Saturday, October 25, children, their parents, library volunteers, and other library patrons will form a chain around the library building to “hug the library.”

Children’s Celebration of Books

Celebrate reading and books during the all-day Children’s Celebration of Books happening 12-4 pm on Saturday, October 25 at the Children’s Room in the Grants Pass library. Festivities will include a visit from musician-storyteller Morgan Marie Jordan, crafts, and family activities.

Bookarama Street Fair

Come and enjoy a fun street market with books, antiques, art, and much more from 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday, October 25. The event is a partnership between JCLI and Southern Oregon Aspire. Location to be announced.

Community Read-Aloud for Youth

The culmination of Readapalooza is the Community Read-Aloud for Youth. Upper elementary and middle school students are invited to participate in the Community Read-Aloud, which will take place 1-4 pm on Sunday, October 26, at the Grants Pass library. Twenty young participants will read any passage from a favorite book for two minutes. The audience will then vote for a People’s Choice winner, and that winner will receive a $500 cash donation to his or her school library, provided by the Grants Pass Friends of the Library.