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Fall festival reading challenge


Fall is around the corner and here at CDPL we are planning exciting activities for our readers. The days of “Adult Summer Reading” are long gone, and the smell of pumpkin spice is in the air … have you been missing another challenge? One that may involve outdoor activities and reading? We heard you!

From Sept. 12 to Oct. 23 we’ll be holding six weeks of a “Fall Festival Reading Challenge.” Each week we want you to feel inspired by popular festivals in Indiana as well as some famous ones around the globe. Festivals will be associated with different types of reading. We’ll provide lists of books to inspire you, and you’ll provide us with feedback to inspire other readers.

For the first week – or the “Feast of the Hunter’s Moon” — we ask that you read a book set in the United States between the years of 1717 and 1791. During the second week, we’ll celebrate the “Renaissance Faire,” and you may choose any fantasy book that takes you into amazing imagined worlds. “Oktoberfest” is the theme for the third week of the challenge; you should read a cookbook (or a chef’s memoir) that features the cuisine of another country. Week four is the “Harvest Fest” — a great time to sit at home, with a cup of tea (or your favorite beverage), and delight yourself with a cozy mystery. The beloved “Covered Bridge Festival” is featured on week five. For that week, nothing could be more appropriate than reading a book set in Indiana. Last, but not least, a more recent event that is also favorite in the community is the “Ironman Race,” which inspires our sixth and final week of the challenge. For this week, read a book that features a race — any type of race is welcome (by foot, vehicle, animal, etc.).

At the end of each week, when you complete the challenge, stop by the Reference desk on the second floor to receive a small gift of fall goodies to warm you through your reading journey. You may register online at or pick up a registration card at the reference desk.

Questions? We can be reached at 765-362-2242, ext. 117, or by email at


Ivette de Assis-Wilson is the head of reference and local history at the Crawfordsville Distirct Public Library.


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