September is the time of year when the air turns crisp and the energy of a new season begins. Every parent wants their child to succeed, and one of the simplest ways to ensure a child’s academic success is by making a quick trip to the library.
There is no better time than Library Card Sign-up Month to make this happen. This September, the St. Johns County Public Library System joins with the American Library Association and public libraries across the nation to make sure all children have the most important school supply of all—a free library card.
A library card is your ticket to free educational resources and activities that bring families and friends together. Libraries not only provide resources to parents and children that support early literacy and lifelong learning, but truly transform how families spend time together. We encourage new community members to come to their local library or bookmobile and get a library card. With six library locations throughout St. Johns County, and two travelling bookmobiles, you are sure to find a library close by.
The Florida Heritage Book Festival and Writers Conference, now in its eleventh year, will be held September 13-15th in St. Augustine. Each year, the Book Festival showcases Florida’s rich and diverse literary legacy with author presentations to delight book lovers and provide inspiration for aspiring authors. While the spotlight is on the Featured Authors, the Festival Marketplace offers opportunities for published authors and other vendors to interact with readers and buyers throughout Saturday’s Book Festival.
This year’s Literary Legend is bestselling author, Tim Dorsey. His achievements will be recognized at the Literary Legend Reception on Friday evening, September 14, 2018 at the Renaissance World Golf Village Resort. Check out the Festival’s website, www.fhbookfest.com, for more information and the complete schedule of events. We hope you’ll be there to help us celebrate the written word and the joys of reading.
Library System Director, Debra Rhodes Gibson