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The 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 literature
    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 event.
  • Promote public libraries as centers for recreational reading,
    information, technology, and the arts.

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.

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 day.

These resources include: books, e-books, audio books, movies, music, 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 any kind.

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 known.

Thank you to our
dedicated and resourceful
Steering Committee Members
who make it all
happen every year!


Steering Committee Members

Margie Byers, Festival Coordinator
Susan Acuna
Kelly Amodeo
Shirley Anderson
Anne Angstrom
Courtney Barr
Katie Bartholomew
Kelsey Bates
Kristi Biffar
Margie Byers
Cheryl Carpenter
Amity Chandler
Leslie Connor
Chris Cook
Terri Crawford
Eileen De Luca
Jennifer DeShazo
Rose Dunn
Deanna Evans
Joanne Fischer
Jessica Girlando
Marilyn Graham
Erica Hassler
J Webb Horton
Laura Howard
Andy Howl
Jessamyn Inglis
Sheldon Kaye
Jennifer Lee
Lori Lowery
Kerrianne McQuown
Amy Jane McWilliam
Charlotte Newton
Maria Palacio  

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