The O'Leno State Park will celebrate International Literacy Day on Saturday, September 12th, 10am-2pm, with their annual "Where Tales Meet Trails" book fair. The fair will include authors and illustrators, storytimes for kids and readings for adults, a guided trail walk, crafts, games, live animals and food. Park admission is free during the event with the donation of a gently used or new family friendly book, by showing a library book you've checked out, or by showing your library card. The park is located at 410 SE O'Leno Park Rd, High Springs, Fl. 32643 (6 miles north of High Springs off US 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.
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. "Approximately 775 million people--64% of whom are women--are functionally illiterate. In other words, they lack the basic reading and writing skills to manage daily living and employment tasks." Each year schools, organizations and communities come together to celebrate reading, spread awareness and promote literacy around the globe. (For more information checkout www.internationalliteracyday.org and http://worldliteracyfoundation.org.)
Other Florida State Parks celebrating literacy with events in September are: Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park in Tallahassee, The Barnacle Historic State Park in Miami, Dade Battlefield Historic State Park between Ocala and Tampa, De Leon Springs State Park between Ocala and Daytona Beach, Lovers Key State Park in Fort Myers Beach, Oscar Scherer State Park in Sarasota, Sebastian Inlet State Park in Melbourne Beach, Silver Springs State Park in Ocala and Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in White Springs.
Picture of bridge from O'Leno State Park's photo gallery.