The O'Leno State Park will celebrate International Literacy Day on Saturday, September 9th, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with their annual book fair. This year's theme is "Take Time to Be Kind."
The book fair will include:
- Music by "Brown Acres"
- Storytime for children, storytelling, and readings for adults
- A guided trail walk
- Gentle Carousel Therapy Horses, featuring "Circus," a miniature therapy horse
- Sunrise Wildlife Rehabilitation, featuring "Einstein," the Great Horned Owl
- Literacy tips, games, information about the joys and benefits of reading, and other fun activities
Park admission is free during the event with the donation of a gently used or new children's book.
The park is located at 410 SE O'Leno Park Road, High Springs, FL 32643 (six miles north of High Springs off US Hwy 441).
High Springs Branch Library staff will be there to celebrate too, so come say, "Hi," and learn about other library programs and services during September, National Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country promote the value of a library card and library services. "From finding a job, starting a new business, to getting homework help and becoming more engaged in your community, a library card offers limitless opportunities to transform lives through eduation and lifelong learning."
"A free library card is essential to people of all ages," said ALA President Sari Feldman. "Through our support of education, employment, entrepreneurship, engagement and empowerment, libraries are transforming to create individual opportunity and community progress."
International Literacy Day was started in 1965 by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) as a way to promote literacy throughout the world. "Despite the steady rise in literacy rates over the past 50 years, there are still 758 million illiterate adults around the world, most of whom are women. These numbers produced by the UIS are a stark reminder of the work ahead to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially Target 4.6 to ensure that all youth and most adults achieve literacy and numeracy by 2030."
Each year schools, organizations and communities come together to celebrate reading, spread awareness and promote literacy around the globe. For more information, visit the websites for World Literacy Foundation or Literacy Inc.
Library Card Sign-up Month is an initiative of the American Library Association. For more information on Library Card Sign-up Month, please visit http://www.ilovelibraries.org/library-card.
Check out more photos from O'Leno State Park's photo gallery.