Celebrate literacy and reading at the 24th Annual Family Literacy Festival.

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Join the fun at this year's Family Literacy Festival on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, featuring local performance groups, displays, Million Minutes of Reading and literacy awards, free books for children, and much more. Keep an eye out for special guests including Ronald McDonald, Plato the Publixaurus, Max City Dog, Waste Watcher, Smokey Bear and UF Jugglers - Objects in Motion. The festival will be held at the Alachua County Library Headquarters downtown in the courtyard and the Matheson Museum. Free parking is provided by the Union Street Station Parking Garage, 220 SE 2 Avenue, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. ONLY. Come discover local literacy resources in our community and celebrate reading from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The purpose of the festival is to raise awareness about literacy and to reward students for participating in the Million Minutes of Reading, a program that encourages children to record, over a three-week period, the number of minutes spent reading, and for younger children, the minutes spent having books read to them.

Schedule of Events on Saturday, Sept. 29 (subject to change):

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Festival of Displays in library courtyard and the Matheson Museum will be open

10 a.m. - Festival Welcome, recognition and literacy awards presented by Gainesville City Major Craig Lowe

10:25 - 10:35 a.m. - Performance by the Duval Fine Arts Academy

10:35 - 10:45 a.m. - Performance by O2B Kids

11 a.m. - Million Minutes of Reading awards for middle school and elementary school students

Downtown library's Literacy Festival honors young readers published 10/08/11

See the complete set of photos from the 2011 event on the Library District's Flickr page.

Posted by NickieK on September 24, 2012