April 18, 2011

St. Lucie County's Family Raining, er, Reading Festival

As Hubby and I drove to St. Lucie County Saturday morning, I knew the second annual St. Lucie County Family Reading Festival would be as much fun as the first.

What I hadn't counted on was the rain. The minute Hubby and I arrived with our boxes of books, the skies over the Digital Domain Baseball Stadium opened up.

Everyone ran for cover. "Save the books!" was the battlecry.

We huddled in a dry area while the field was covered by tarps.

Young "Book-aneers" were not deterred from reading . . .

As is typical of South Florida weather, the shower passed and the sun shone brightly for the rest of the festival.

I was one of several authors who spoke and signed books. There was a "Read to the Principal" area. (Participants got a free book.) The mascot met young readers. Families browsed bins of free books from a book exchange. There were games and entertainment. But mostly, there was reading . . .

It's always a delight to see the community come out in force -- teachers, librarians, media specialists and families -- to celebrate reading.

A huge thanks to uber-amazing Debbie Remington for inviting me again this year . . .

Donna and Debbie Remington

My next event is April 30th. If you live in the area, I hope you'll come enjoy April is for Authors. (It's a free event, and the author line-up is amazing.)

In the meantime, I plan to write, write, WRITE, do a few Skype visits with schools and look at cute videos on YouTube, like this one.

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