Text messaging prowess will mean big prizes for the winners of an upcoming contest at the Crawfordsville District Public Library.

CDPL’s Texting Competition will take place at 6 p.m. Oct. 30. Contestants will be divided into three or four age groups. Winners from each age group will receive $25 Visa gift cards, while the overall winner will receive a gift package containing cell phone-related accessories such as ear buds, cases, adapters and gift cards for cell phone minutes.

CDPL program coordinator Katy Myers is organizing the event.

“I saw in the news that a young teen had won a texting contest, and I thought that would be a fun way to get that age group in the library,” Myers said. “But I also thought it would be fun for adults to do. And I do not think I have heard of adults having a texing contest before. I approached a couple of co-workers in different departments ... Janelle Nunan from the Children’s

Department and Emily Winfrey and Bill Helling from Reference ... and we put our heads together and it has evolved into a doable, fun event at the CDPL.”

The competition will be split into two parts: text entry, in which participants will be given printed messages to type into their phones as accurately and quickly as possible; and texting, wherein competitors will type in a provided message as quickly as possible in any texting style to see if judges can understand the message (judges will not have seen the message in advance.

Texts will not actually be sent.

Participants must sign up by Oct. 25 for the contest, and can do so by calling 362-2242, ext. 109 or by stopping by the circulation desk at the library.

Sponsors for the competition are still being sought.

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