Readapalooza 2017: Free bookish fun for everyone

Come celebrate reading, books, and community on October 21 and 22, 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: looking for clues in the library

Saturday, October 21, 12–4 pm
Be an undercover agent for the day at the Readapalooza Storytime Celebration when we’ll be “Looking for clues in the library.” Enjoy detective-themed storytime all day with special storytellers, spy crafts, pumpkin walks, face painting, and FREE family fun.

The schedule for the day includes:

12:00 pm: Bilingual Storytime
1:00 pm: Pumpkin Walk
2:00 pm: Detective Storytime
3:00 pm: Pumpkin Walk

NaNoWriMo Plot Planning Party: the world needs your novel

Saturday, October 21, 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 at 200 NW C Street and 2-5 pm every Saturday at Rogue Coffee Roasters, 610 SW K Street in Grants Pass.

Community Read-Aloud: pages for all ages

Sunday, October 22, 1–4 pm
Celebrate reading and community during the Community Read-Aloud. Listen as readers of all ages compete for prizes by reading aloud from a favorite book. Children in elementary and middle school 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. High school students and adults may read the first page from a favorite book for the chance to win prizes donated by local businesses. To sign up as a reader by Friday, October 13, send your name, age, and book choice to or call 541-476-0571. Pre-registration is required. See the book list and winners.

For more information about Readapalooza, send email to or call 541-476-0571.

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 and Rogue Coffee Roasters.

Updated 10/30/2017