Books, books, and more books. That’s the idea behind Book-a-Palooza. Activities will include inflatable games, visits with costumed story book characters, door prizes, refreshments, and much more. The highlight of Book-a-Palooza is the traditional book give-away, which is open to children in second grade or younger. Book-a-Palooza is conducted in partnerships with the Gregory-Portland Independent School District.


The annual event returns to Portland on Saturday, Oct. 19. The traditional book giveaway, which is open to children in second grade and younger, will be part of the festivities. Other activities will include inflatable games, door prizes, and visits with costumed book characters.

Book-a-Palooza concludes with a special finale featuring the magic of John O’Bryant. The San Antonio-based magician is a fan favorite with his unique brand of award-winning magic, illusion, special effects, and audience interaction.

The event will take place at T.M. Clark Elementary School, located at 2250 Memorial Parkway. The book giveaway and other festivities happen from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The magic show begins at 2:00 p.m.