21st Annual Southwest Florida Reading Festival celebrates the power of reading

  • Sat, Mar 7th, 2020
    21st Annual Southwest Florida Reading Festival celebrates the power of reading

    More than 20 acclaimed and best-selling authors are coming to Fort Myers to talk about their books and meet fans at the 21st annual Southwest Florida Reading Festival Saturday, March 7, from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., on the downtown Fort Myers Regional Library campus, 2450 First St.

    The Southwest Florida Reading Festival is a family-friendly event that celebrates books and the written word. The Festival began in 1999 with the goals of emphasizing the importance of reading and bringing the finest literary talent to Southwest Florida. Now in its 21st year, this free festival has grown in popularity and averages 10,000 book-loving attendees annually. Some of the past authors include Sue Monk Kidd, Susan Mallery, R.L. Stine, Janet Evanovich, Nelson DeMille, Jeff Kinney and hundreds more.

    The Reading Festival’s objectives are to promote reading and literacy, increase awareness of the library’s programs and resources and foster partnerships between the Lee County Library System and the community. It is also an opportunity to share with the community the available resources and services at their local Lee County libraries with a library card. The Reading Festival aims to build a literate community by encouraging children to develop an interest in reading independently, which fosters an increase in vocabulary and improved writing skills. For more information, go to www.ReadFest.org.