Southwest Florida Reading Festival is the
area's premier literary event!
This free annual Festival incites a passion
for reading. Renew your interest in reading
as the Festival authors are announced. Hear
an author speak at the Festival and get
inspired to borrow or buy the book, maybe
even to write one of your own!
The Reading Festival's mission is to:
- Celebrate the importance of reading.
- Bring the finest literary talent to
the community of Southwest Florida.
- Encourage in adults, teens and
children an interest in and love of
by providing quality events featuring
popular authors in multiple venues.
- Promote lifelong learning and school
reading readiness by raising awareness
of the library's services and its
role in the community's quality of life.
- Build continuing regional
partnerships among libraries and between
libraries and other community
organizations by cooperatively
presenting a large, quality literary
Lee County Library System
produces the Reading Festival to inform the
community about the resources and services
available at their local libraries and
remind them these resources and services are
free with a library card.
- Promote public libraries as centers
for recreational reading,
information, technology, and
Lee County libraries play an important and
contemporary role in our community as
dynamic centers for learning and knowledge
for all ages. Today’s library program is
just as likely to be a hands-on computer
instruction as it is to be a book
discussion. Today’s reference questions are
just as likely to be answered via telephone,
email or online chat as by a librarian at
the reference desk. The Lee County Library
System adds resources to the system every
These resources include: books,
e-magazines, music, streaming movies,
e-books and audio-e-books, cultural and
literary events, educational classes,
databases, research tools, business
resources and new technology.
The Library continuously researches and
anticipates the informational needs of the
community. The Reading Festival is an
opportunity to take programs and resources
outside the library's walls to inform
existing users about available services and
to entice new users to think of their local
library whenever they need information of
The Lee County Library System thanks the
hundreds of volunteers, local media,
Festival donors and sponsors whose support
is critical in maintaining the level of
excellence for which the Reading Festival is
Thank you to our
dedicated and resourceful
who make it all
happen every year!
Margie Byers, Festival Coordinator
J Webb Horton
Amy Jane McWilliam