25th annual Family Literacy Festival is October 12 at Headquarters Library

September 11, 2013
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Alachua County Library District invites the community to the 25th annual Family Literacy Festival on Saturday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The Family Literacy Festival focuses primarily on children, all of whom receive a free age-appropriate book at the festival. This awareness-raising event brings together organizations that provide literacy and other services to the people of Alachua County. Community members’ literacy efforts will be recognized and awards will be presented for the Million Minutes of Reading competition during September. The festival will take place in the Headquarters Library located at 401 E. University Avenue and at the Matheson Museum located at 513 E. University Avenue.

The festival begins with a City of Gainesville Literacy Proclamation and community literacy awards. In addition to refreshments and live performances by local entertainers, this year’s festival will feature Memories Captured: Viva Florida 500 Celebration, with the placement of a time capsule and a display of items placed within, to be opened in March of the 200th year of Florida’s statehood—the year 2045. Also, top readers in all grade levels will be recognized and receive a “Super Reader” ribbon at the festival. Special guests including Plato the Publixaurus, Waste Watcher, Smokey Bear and the UF Jugglers – Objects in Motion will be part of the festivities.

The Family Literacy Festival is a collaboration between the Alachua County Library District, the Alachua County Literacy Network, the School Board of Alachua County and many other community organizations and businesses.

Photo from 2012 Family Literacy Festival children's book giveaway at the Matheson Museum

2013 Family Literacy Festival schedule:

10am - 12pm: Community partners exhibits in library courtyard and the Matheson Museum

10am:              Festival welcome and literacy awards

10:25am:         Performances by Duval Fine Arts Academy students

10:35 am:        Performances by O2B Kids students

11am:              Million Minutes of Reading awards for middle and elementary school students

Special Guests: Plato the Publixaurus, Waste Watcher, Smokey Bear and the UF Jugglers – Objects in Motion

Sponsors:         Burger King, Domino’s Pizza, Friends of the Library, Kiss 105.3 FM, Publix, The Gainesville Sun

and others

Parking:           On the street and at Kirby-Smith Center, 620 E. University Avenue

Questions:       Please call the Literacy Office, Alachua County Library District, (352)334-3929 or visit


Photo from 2012 Million Minutes of Reading award recognition

About the Million Minutes of Reading:

Each year since the festival started in 1988, students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade are encouraged to participate in the Million Minutes of Reading. This year September 6 through 29, students read toward a collective goal of a million minutes. The program is designed to encourage reading, teach children how to set goals and develop good reading habits. All participating students receive a certificate and the top readers from each participating school will be recognized at the festival with a “Super Reader” ribbon. Every child attending the Festival will receive a free book at the Matheson Museum.

To learn more about the 25th annual Family Literacy Festival, the Million Minutes of Reading and literacy, please contact Nickie Kortus, nkortus@aclib.us, or (352) 334-3909 or Theresa Sterling, Literacy Coordinator, tsterling@aclib.us, or (352) 334-3929. 

If a person with a disability needs an accommodation in order to participate in this event he or she is entitled, at no cost to him or her, to the provision of certain assistance.  Please contact the Alachua County Library District at 352-334-3910 at least three (3) days prior to the event.  TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service). 




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