Readapalooza: free bookish fun for everyone

Come celebrate reading, books, and community on October 24 and 25, 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.

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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 at the top of each hour as well as two Pumpkin Walks. Other activities book giveaways, crafts, and face painting.

The schedule for the day includes:
12 noon: Storytime theater, with Alec Chunn
12:30 pm Pumpkin Walk
1 pm: Book talk for junior readers, with Kris Gleisner
2 pm: Ukulele and read-aloud, with children’s author Judy Cox
2:30 pm: Pumpkin Walk
3 pm: Hands-on storytime and craft with Janet Griffin

Plot Planning Party: the world needs your novel

Saturday, October 24, 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 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.

Notable readers include State Representative Carl Wilson kicking off the program at 1 pm and Grants Pass Mayor Darrin Fowler reading at 3 pm.

Judges for the read-off include founding library member and Page One visionary Lori Patch, Lincoln Elementary School Librarian C.C. O’Deay, and Early Childhood Services AmeriCorps Volunteer Alec Chunn.

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, Gilbert Creek Child Development Center Early Learning Services, and Rogue Coffee Roasters.


Updated 10/20/2015