Discover the treasures of reading this summer by participating in the Crawfordsville District Public Library’s Big Adventure Summer 2012. From now until Aug. 3 book-lovers can join the “Aargh ... CDPL’s Big Adventure” reading contest and win prizes from local businesses and organizations.

According to CDPL Program Coordinator Katy Myers, the pirate-theme contest is open to adult readers (18 and older) with a library card who are willing to read seven CDPL books for six weeks. The specific genre of possible books varies every week from mystery to adventure, suspense, nonfiction and romance. Contestants will receive a map to keep track of the books they choose to read. The last day to sign up is July 23.

“It’s about getting adults to try new things,” Myers said. “It’s fun and we can be kids again.”

Participants will win weekly prizes from local sponsors as well as a final grand prize. Two weekly prizes, a gift bag and a choice of a free a book, will be given to winners whose names are randomly selected from a treasure box. The award will comprise of coupons or gifts from stores such as Creek Jewelers, Little Mexico and Bindings & Grindings.

Also, each contestant who reaches the treasure chest icon, or the last book on their map, before noon Aug. 3 will be eligible to register for the grand prize. Participants must fill out a grand prize ticket in order to be randomly selected for a two-night stay at the Indiana Beach Pirates Cove Resort and one-day pass at the Indiana Beach Amusement and Water Park.

“Our prizes are awesome,” Myers said. “The organizations really went all out this year. They’re all very generous.”

Other events coming up at CDPL is the Paul Revere’s Ride and the First Day of the American Revolution re-anactment at 7 p.m. July 3.

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