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Garland County Library offers Fall Reading Festival for kids, teens

October 2, 2021 at 4:00 a.m.
Volunteers and shoppers enjoy the Friends of the Library book sale at the Garland County Library last weekend. Peggy Young, Friends board president, said the first day of the sale, on Sept. 24, was a success with a large number of people in attendance. The money raised from the event will be used to help fund the library’s new bookmobile, she said. The library recently announced it will hold a Fall Reading Festival. - Photo by Tanner Newton of The Sentinel-Record

The Garland County Library, 1427 Malvern Ave., is offering a Fall Reading Festival for kids and teens 18 years old and younger.

Unlike the Summer Reading Program, which has participants log minutes they spend reading throughout the program, the Fall Reading Festival requires participants to complete certain activities to earn tickets for raffle prizes, the library said in a news release.

Activities in the Fall Reading Festival include reading a non-fiction book or participating in a family read-along, enjoying a hike or visiting a local park, it said.

Other tasks involve using the library's website to watch a movie or show on Hoopla Digital and completing a craft project with Creativebug.

"The library's website has so many great digital offerings," Erin Baber, the library's public relations/marketing coordinator, said in the release. "By including some activities that require use of our online databases, we're familiarizing kids and families more with everything they can do with their library cards, even from a distance. And with the added help of the library's new tutorial database, Niche Academy, learning how to use the library's digital resources is easier than ever. Just look for the orange 'show me how' tab on the right side of the webpage for any tutorials that might be helpful."

The Fall Reading Festival runs through Nov. 30. Each mission completed earns the participant a pumpkin badge and an entry to the final prize drawing. All participants who complete all 12 missions will also receive a free book.

To participate in the Fall Reading Festival, register at

For more information about online databases, curbside pickup, free delivery, and more, call the library at 501-623-4161 or email [email protected] Visit for access to online catalog, accounts, and e-materials.

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