Southwest Florida Reading festival

Southwest Florida Reading Festival

Save the date- March 21, 2015 

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Harborside Event Center & Centennial Park in the Fort Myers River District

1375 Monroe Street Fort Myers, FL 33901

www.readfest.org

239-337-READ (7323)

Presented by the Lee County Library System

The Southwest Florida Reading Festival is the area’s premier literary event! This free, annual festival incites a passion for reading. The Lee County Library System presents the Festival to emphasize the importance of reading and literacy. The Festival’s allure is the annual line-up of more than 24 nationally acclaimed best-selling authors for all reading interests. The festival has hosted literary celebrities like David Baldacci, Sandra Brown, Erik Larson, Nelson DeMille, James Grippando, Steve Berry, Michael Palmer, Jeffery Deaver, Linda Fairstein, Dennis Lehane, Carl Hiaasen, R.L. Stein, Jeff Kinney and Ridley Pearson to name a few. The festival was recently named a Top 20 Event in the Southeast United States by the Southeast Tourism Society!

The authors give presentations, take questions from the audience and sign books for fans. In addition to the big name authors there are simultaneous programs occurring on nine stages, teen and children’s arts and craft activities, Read the News will be videotaped by WINK TV, every child and teen will receive a new book of their choice, the Reading Rocks! Teen Battle of the Bands finals will take place, the Lee County Teachers of English will award the 2013 Aspiring Author Awards, there will be e-library demonstrations, lots of food vendors and more than 90 Marketplace exhibitors. Thousands of adults, teens and children will celebrate the power of reading and learn about the latest and greatest in books and accessories.

 

You won’t want to miss this exciting and fun day!  Complete author information, schedules of activities, dates of partner events, directions to the event, and more are available at www.readfest.org or call 239-337-7323. For Marketplace booths call 239-533-4805.

 

Kindest regards,

 

 

Save the Date… March 15, 2014

 
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While you may have heard some buzz about the Southwest Florida Reading festival you will want to read some of the facts that make it one of the most loved events in the greatest city in the nation!  Read below for the top 8 reasons you don’t want to miss out on the fun and excitement at this great event! The Southwest Florida Reading Festival is the area’s premier literary event! This free, annual festival incites a passion for reading. The festival’s allure is the line-up of more than two dozen nationally acclaimed best-selling authors for all ages and reading interests. Authors give presentations, take questions from the audience and sign books for fans. In addition to the big name authors there are simultaneous programs occurring on nine stages, teen and children’s arts and craft activities, Read the News will be videotaped by WINK TV, every child and teen will receive a new book of their choice, the Reading Rocks! Teen Battle of the Bands finals will take place, the Lee County Teachers of English will award the 2013 Aspiring Author Awards, there will be e-library demonstrations of library e-sources and e-books, lots of food vendors and more than 90 Marketplace exhibitors. Thousands of adults, teens and children will celebrate the power of reading and learn about the latest and greatest in books and accessories. This festival was named a Top 20 Event in the Southeast United States by the Southeast Tourism Society!

You won’t want to miss this exciting and fun day! Complete author information, schedules of activities, dates of partner events, directions to the event, and more are available at www.readfest.org or call 239-337-7323. For Marketplace booths call 239-533-4805.

Address of Southwest Florida Reading festival

1375 Monroe Street
Fort Myers, Florida, 33901
United States

Southwest Florida Reading Dates

The Southwest Florida Reading festival is a 1 day festival held annually on March 15, 2014

Top 8 reasons to go to the Southwest Florida Reading festivities

  1. Two
  2. dozen
  3. nationally
  4. acclaimed
  5. authors
  6. from
  7. all

Southwest Florida Reading celebration Genre

Culture fest

Estimated attendance: 18000

Top 5 words associated with the fest

  1. Fun
  2. Exciting
  3. Inspiring
  4. BIG
  5. Favorite Southwest Florida Festival!
Vending Options

Yes – some spots open but vendors are prohibited from sales using the festival name

Website
www.readfest.org

An opportunity to promote to thousands of avid readers!
· Sales and signings for authors of adult, young adult and children’s titles!
· Previous presenting authors include:
ADULT: David Baldacci, Sandra Brown, Michael Connelly, Catherine Coulter, Nelson
DeMille, Janet Evanovich, Sue Monk Kidd, Erik Larson, Dennis Lehane, Lisa
Scottoline, Stuart Woods…
YOUTH: Tedd Arnold, Meg Cabot, Chris Claremont, Jeff Kinney, Betsy & Ted Lewin,
Stephan Pastis, Ridley Pearson, Sara Shepard, R.L. Stine, Rick Yancey…
· Outstanding author accommodations!

March 21, 2015
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Harborside Event Center
& Centennial Park
Fort Myers, Florida

GENERAL INFORMATION

The Southwest Florida Reading Festival
1. Is a free community event presented by the public library system
2. Promotes reading, literacy and library services
3. Takes place in the beautiful Fort Myers River District, Florida (serviced by RSW international airport)
4. Typically draws about 18,000 people
5. Has excellent television, radio and print media support (local CBS affiliate, local public radio, local daily
news, Comcast and Century Link cable, etc.)
6. Features Books-A-Million as our official festival author bookseller
7. Is an award winner: Golden Image Award/Florida Public Relations Assn.; Best Promotional
Campaign/Florida Festivals & Events Assn.

Adult title authors are inside the event center in rooms that seat 200-500 people. Children’s and young adult
authors speak in tented venues in Centennial Park, along the scenic riverfront in downtown Fort Myers.

Authors are contracted for
1. Attendance at An Evening with the Authors reception and dinner Friday, March 20 (no speaking required)
2. One or more presentations
3. One or more autographing sessions
4. All day presence at the festival (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) to include scheduled presentation(s) and signing(s)

Typical presentation format at main event
1. 45-60 minutes for presentation, including time for Q&A
2. Some will be panels of like genre
3. Some may have a moderator or will be set up in an interview style, if desired

Author Accommodations: The Reading Festival will provide
1. Reservations at the host Hotel Indigo in the beautiful River District of Fort Myers. Two nights are covered
by the festival; additional nights at our group rate can be arranged but are at the author’s expense.
2. Ground transportation arrangements to and from: Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW),
the Evening with the Authors dinner and the festival on Saturday.
3. The festival provides dinner on Friday night, and breakfast and lunch at the festival on Saturday.
4. A destination location, making it easy for attendees to bring their families and “stay and play” with them
before or after the festival.

FESTIVAL CONTACTS

Lee County Library System
2345 Union Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901
www.ReadFest.org

AUTHOR SELECTION COMMITTEE

Adult Authors
Lori Lowery
239-533-4415 LLowery@leegov.com

Adult Authors
Kerrianne McQuown
239-533-4534 KMcQuown@leegov.com

Teen & Children’s Authors
Amy Jane McWilliam
239-533-4616 AMcwilliam@leegov.com

Festival Coordinator
Margie Byers
239-533-4826 mbyers@leegov.com

PAST AUTHOR PARTICIPANTS:

Tony Abbott 2008
Betzi Abram 2003
Diana Abu-Jaber 2012
Michele Albion 2011, 2013
Steve Alten 2008
Marty Ambrose 2000
Derek Anderson 2004
Mary Kay Andrews 2008, 2013
Sergio Andricaín 2014
Tedd Arnold 2013
Ace Atkins 2001
Jamie Ayres 2014
Larry Baker 2011
David Baldacci 2007
Jennifer Barnes 2011
Annie Barrows 2013
Ted Bell 2011
Dorothea Benton Frank 2013
Alex Berenson 2013
Elizabeth Berg 2002
Marianne Berkes 2006, 2008
Eileen Bernard 2003
Steve Berry 2006
Phil Bildner 2005, 2011
Reshonda Tate Billingsley 2007
Clinton L. Black 2001
Lisa Black 2007, 2009, 2012
Herman Bly 2002
Prudy Taylor Board 2005, 2011
James O. Born 2008
Ben Bova 2001, 2005
Valerie Boyd 2005
Rick Bragg 2004
Connie Bransilver 2001
Denise Brennan-Nelson 2014
Scott Brick 2007, 2011
Douglas Brinkley 2004
Kristen Britain 2004
Suzanne Brockmann 2007
Sandra Brown 2005
Tracy Brown 2009
Wanda Brunstetter 2014
Nick Bruel 2011
Michael Buckley 2012
Sheramy Bundrick 2010
T. Davis Bunn 2003
Alafair Burke 2014
Jan Burke 2000, 2004
Nancy Bush 2008
T.J. Butler 2002, 2004
Meg Cabot 2006
W. Bruce Cameron 2014
Elisa Carbone 2004
Melody Carlson 2014
Gail Carson Levine 2013
Ally Carter 2013
Mary Casanova 2006
Dixie Cash 2007
Wiley Cash 2014
Joy Castro 2013
Marsha Wilson Chall 2005
Lindsay Cibos 2008
Scott Ciencin 2000 – 2003
Chris Claremont 2010
Carol Higgins Clark 2006
Mary Jane Clark 2011
Nancy Cohen 2001, 2004
Evelyn Coleman 2001, 2001
Maria Antonieta Collins 2007
Sheila Herbet Collins 2003
Patrick Comer 2000
Michael Connelly 2002
Lori Copeland 2007
Tom Corcoran 2000
Enrique Cordoba 2005
Catherine Coulter 2013
Jasmine Cresswell 2001
Millie Criswell 2001
Deborah Crombie 2012
Christopher Paul Curtis 2012
Susanna Daniel 2011
Cynthia Darlow 2008
S.V. Date 2002, 2005
Katie Davis 2009
Kimberly Carol Williams Davis 2002
Melissa de la Cruz 2008
Jeffery Deaver 2005
Nora DeLoach 2000
Nelson DeMille 2011
Wes DeMott 2001
Tim Dorsey 2009, 2010, 2013
Sharon M. Draper 2010
Stella Pope Duarte 2006
Martha Tod Dudman 2008
Martin Dugard 2013
Lois Duncan 2002
Mark “Tiger” Edmonds 2003
Jason Edwards 2010
Brian Egeston 2002, 2003
Roger Eschbacher 2004, 2007
Laura Esquivel 2007
David Essel 2003
Janet Evanovich 2005
Mary Anna Evans 2004
Linda Fairstein 2011
Richard Ferrone 2008
Joy Fielding 2004, 2013
Adrian Fogelin 2003
Connie May Fowler 2006
Marcia Freeman 2002
Dennis Fried 2001
Jeaniene Frost 2013
Diana Gabaldon 2003
Ed Gaffney 2007
Carolina Garcia-Aguilera 2000, 2004, 2006
Edmund Gatley 2004
Judy Gelman 2008
Tess Gerritsen 2009
Diana Hollingsworth Gessler 2002
Sha’ Givens 2004
Anna Godbersen 2012
Christopher Golden 2003
Lucia M. Gonzalez 2010
Paulette Goodman 2003
Kathleen Goonan 2000
Sue Grafton 2002
Heather Graham 2001, 2011
Rubye Graham-Emerson 2003
Jane Green 2012, 2013
H.Terrell Griffin 2013
James Grippando 2004, 2010
Andrew Gross 2014
Michael Grunwald 2007
George Guidall 2012
Robin Jones Gunn 2007
Donna Guthrie 2003
Margaret Peterson Haddix 2010
Patricia Haley 2003
James W. Hall 2000, 2004
Joan Hiatt Harlow 2006
Karen Harper 2000, 2001, 2007
Kim Harrison 2013
Gerald Hausman 2000
Gerald Hausman 2002
Pete Hautman 2005
Jeremiah Healy 2001
Jane Heller 2000
Jean Heller 2000
Hilary Hemingway 2001
Beverly Taylor Herald 2001
Maude Heurtelou 2003
Carl Hiaasen 2000

Robert Hicks 2007
Joe Hill 2008
Jared Hodges 2008
Alice Hoffman 2011
William Hoffman 2002
Nancy Holder 2012
Kimberly Willis Holt 2005
Lee Bennett Hopkins 2010
Ellen Hopkins 2013
Darrell House 2006, 2009
Ard Hoyt 2004
Ad Hudler 2003, 2006, 2009
Angela Elwell Hunt 2000
Travis Hunter 2002
Michael Imepellizzeri 2001, 2002,
2003
Brenda Jackson 2004, 2008
Lisa Jackson 2010
Eloisa James 2014
J.A. Jance 2011
Iris Johansen 2012
Roy Johansen 2012
Franklyn Johnson 2001
Karla Juarez 2003, 2005
Stuart Kaminsky 2000
Victoria Kann 2011
James Kaserman 2001
James & Sarah Jane Kaserman 2002
Alex Kava 2012
Katherine Kellgren 2011
Dr. Carol Kennedy 2001, 2002
Barbara Kesel 2003
Helen Ketteman 2004
Sue Monk Kidd 2014
Cassandra King 2005
Jonathon King 2003
Peter King 2001
Jeff Kinney 2009
Christine Kling 2005
Jeff Klinkenberg 2007
Debra Knight 2002
Julie Kramer 2014
Uma Krishnaswami 2004
Jarrett Krosoczka 2008
Vicki Levy Krupp 2008
Lorna Landvik 2006
Kelly Lange 2002
Alison Larkin 2008
Erik Larson 2012
Dennis Lehane 2000, 2009
Christine Lemmon 2001, 2002
Betsy Lewin 2014
Ted Lewin’s 2014
Kevin Lewis 2005
Jeff Lindsay 2001, 2007, 2009
David Liss 2009
Eric Litwin 2011
Martín Llorens 2014
Gary Loderhose 2002
Mary Logue 2005
Ethan Long 2014
Lois Lowry 2009
Lisa Lutz 2008
Jay MacDonald 2006
Doug MacGregor 2000, 2001, 2002
TJ MacGregor 2001
Debbie Macomber 2006
Robert Macomber 2004, 2009, 2010
Michelle Madow 2014
Phillip Margolin 2004, 2014
Margaret Maron 2014
Michele Martinez 2008
Connie Mason 2000
Janeen Mason 2009
Susan Rowan Masters 2003
Peter Matthiessen 2002
S.R. Maxeiner, Jr. M.D. 2003
Timmothy McCann 2002
Erin McCarthy 2007
Sharyn McCrumb 2006
Nina McGuire 2000
LuAnn McLane 2014
Bob McLeod 2007
C.C. Medina 2001
Brad Meltzer 2006
Shelley Fraser Mickle 2003
Linda Lael Miller 2007
Sue Miller 2006
Wendy Howell Mills 2004
Lisa Miscione 2005
Mary Alice Monroe 2001, 2004
Johanna Moran 2010
Gustavo Bolivar Moreno 2008
David Morrell 2003
Bob Morris 2005, 2008
William Morrow 2003
Stan Mulford 2002
Stuart Murphy 2002
Victoria Christopher Murray 2003
Lauren Myracle 2010
Donna Jo Napoli 2004
Julie & Mike Neal 2003
Carla Neggers 2008, 2010
Kadir Nelson 2013
Kitty Oliver 2003
Lauren Oliver 2012
James O’Neal 2010
Joseph Pacheco 2005
Michael Palmer 2005, 2012
Barbara Parker 2000
Doris L. Parker 2001
P.J. Parrish 2003, 2004
Stephan Pastis 2014
Ridley Pearson 2011
Robert Newton Peck 2002
George Pelecanos 2006
Sara Pennypacker 2012
Mike Perkins 2003
Kayla Perrin 2001
Martha Lou Perritti 2003
Esther Sandner Petersen 2003
Susan Elizabeth Phillips 2011
Nancy Pickard 2001, 2003
Peggy Post 2003
Kevin Powell 2004
Martha Powers 2001
Jack Prelutsky 2004
Margi Preus 2013
Mary Jo Putney 2004
Julia Quinn 2014
Maria Rado 2005
Chris Raschka 2003
Frank Remkiewicz 2001, 2002
Patricia Rice 2001
Larry Richardson 2001
Paul Ruben 2008
Hank Phillippi Ryan 2014
Anthony Samad 2004
Judy Schachner 2012
Frederick Schofield 2001
Aileen Schumacher 2000
Lisa Scottoline 2010
Brenda Seabrooke 2001, 2002
Jeff Shaara 2009
Jill Shalvis 2014
Deborah Sharp 2013
Bob Shea 2013
Courtney Sheinmel 2014
Sara Shepard 2011
Linda Shute 2001
Obert Skye 2012
Irene Smalls 2007, 2008
Patrick Smith 2000
Cynthia Smith, Leitch 2011
Tom Smoot 2009
Charles Sobczak 2001, 2002, 2003
Bill Sparks 2003
Erica Spindler 2012
Patricia Sprinkle 2001
Les Standiford 2000, 2007, 2013

Wendy Corsi Staub 2008
David Ezra Stein 2012
R.L. Stine 2010
Sarah Strohmeyer 2004
Marlene Taylor 2002
Carlene A. Thissen 2005
Trisha R. Thomas 2005
Salome Thomas-EL 2003
Tracy Price Thompson 2002
Caroline Todd 2012
Kathy Hogan Trocheck 2001
Thrity Umrigar 2012
Vivian Vande Velde 2006
Annie Vanderbilt 2009
Ana Veciana-Suarez 2004
Elaine Viets 2000, 2004
Debbie Viguie 2012
Brady Vogt 2002
M. Diane Vogt 2001, 2005
Susan Vreeland 2008
Tina Wainscott 2000, 2001, 2002
Blair S. Walker 2003
Melanie Watt 2013
Joe Weber 2004
Rosemary Wells 2011
Valerie Wilson Wesley 2006
Charles G. West 2000
Chassie West 2001
Diana Lee Whatley 2004
Randy Wayne White 2003
Tyler Whitesides 2014
Susan Wiggs 2005
Doug Wilhelm 2007
Sheila Williams 2004
F. Paul Wilson 2007, 2010
Darryl Wimberley 2001
Douglas Wood 2006
Stuart Woods 2008
Lori Woolridge 2003, 2004
Dan Yaccarino 2004, 2005
Rick Yancey 2014
Mario Alberto Zambrano 2014
Zane 2012

FEEDBACK FROM PAST AUTHOR PARTICIPANTS

“I really had a lot of fun, and sold a decent bunch of books. (Had a long line waiting for me at my first signing.) And since I don’t do many of these (maybe one or
two a year) the blending of the group of authors always helped, and ours had a blast.”- Andrew Gross, 2014

“Everyone involved was so helpful and friendly and the audiences were among the most attentive and appreciative we’ve ever presented to. It was an altogether
satisfying weekend.”- Betsy Lewin, 2014

“Seriously, what a fabulous event. I loved all of it. No complaints. The new venue for the talks is excellent. I had a nice crowd with good questions and met lots of
Florida fans. I also had a wonderful time with the other authors. Thanks for inviting me.”- Phillip Margolin, 2014

“I really enjoyed the festival — and I thought it was beautifully managed. The readers were so friendly and nice. Thank you for inviting me! And I’d love to
attend in the future!”- Jill Shalvis, 2014

“I would return in a heartbeat! What a wonderful event!!!”-Tedd Arnold, 2013

“Thanks much! You and everyone else did a wonderful job putting the festival together and I very much enjoyed participating. Speaking before such a large and
enthusiastic crowd was great fun. I hope to come back at some point.”- Alex Berenson, 2013

“Thanks for an awesome weekend. I had a great time and look forward to coming back to Fort Myers … You guys put on a fantastic festival.”- All the best, Martin
Dugard, 2013

“It was a great festival. So well organized. Everyone I met was super nice and helpful. Great turnout too! I was the first one on in the morning and there were lots
of people in the tent. Thanks for inviting me, I really enjoyed it.”- Bob Shea, 2013

“It couldn’t have been better. I had such a great time in Ft Myers, and have been telling everybody so! Thanks for a super job. Everything was so well organized
and went so smoothly. Loved the hotel. LOVED the venue! Loved Ft Myers. Oh, and the Books a Million folks were great, too. All in all, a super weekend.”-
Deborah Crombie, 2012

“This had to be the best organized, most pleasant and thoughtfully run event … I was so appreciative of all the time and effort that went into. Everyone was so
cordial and made everything just effortless. The only hard part was having to say goodbye to so many old friends and new…and leaving Hotel Indigo! Thanks so
much…” – Nancy Holder, 2012

“I thought it turned out very well, and I was impressed by the festival–as I told my publicist. And Fort Myers and surrounds are really pretty charming. As was the
weather!” – Erik Larson, 2012

“It really was a fabulous weekend. … Fort Myers outdid itself. And the setting for the conference was perfect. I ate lunch in the hospitality area with that lovely
view of the water. It’s a tribute to the people who put this Festival together that it went so very well. And I thank you again for inviting me. I wouldn’t have
missed it for the world.” – Caroline Todd, 2012

“This was a terrific event … thanks so much for having me… my best to all.” – Michael Palmer, 2012

“Everything was so well organized and carried out. It was an enjoyable experience especially due to the air of genuine hospitality felt in every corner. Thank you
so much for including me in the festivities.” – George Guidall, 2012

“Thank you, Ridley [Pearson] had a wonderful time. He sent a pic of the signing line and I was blown away. Congrats on an amazing event. All the best,
Deborah” – Disney Publishing, 2011

“It was my pleasure to be part of the Southwest Florida Reading Festival. The audience was large and enthusiastic for both talks and both book signings, and I
really enjoyed the whole Festival.” – Nelson DeMille, 2011

“Wow! What a festival you put on! Many, many thanks to you and all the people of the Lee County Library System for including me. I enjoyed myself immensely…and
was thrilled to be part of it. Now, I know for sure that the Southwest Florida Book Festival is one of the best in the country.” – Mary Jane Clark, 2011

“Just wanted to thank you for the wonderful weekend. It was GREAT to meet you. My family LOVED going to the reading festival… Thank you again for the
opportunity to come to Florida. I truly enjoyed meeting all the pinkerellas! Glad to know there are quite a few of them in Florida! “– Victoria Kahn, 2011

“I LOVED the entire experience. Everyone was so helpful, friendly … It was all great!” – Lisa Jackson, 2010

“Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous! I had a *blast*; Florida librarians ROCK. Thanks so much for including me!” – Lauren Myracle, 2010

“Thanks for inviting me. Wonderful festival and everything was so well run and organized. Pat yourself on the back. (I’m impressed).” – James Grippando, 2010

“This is one of the best events I have ever attended. I wouldn’t change a thing. PERFECTION-PLUS.” – Lee Bennett Hopkins, 2010

“I’ve been to many book festivals before, and this was one of the best organized and thought-out I’ve ever attended.” – Tess Gerristen, 2009

“I thought it was a great, wonderfully organized event, and I had a terrific time. I would not hesitate to recommend attending to any of my colleagues. Thanks
again for inviting me.” – David Liss, 2009

“… I have done a large number of festivals over the years, so I think I speak from good experience. Yours was very well run, very well organized and most
importantly, very well attended. Good job! Thank you for inviting me.” -Jeff Shaara, 2009

“I want to make sure you know how grateful I am to have been included in the SW FL Reading Festival. It was fun, and it did something good for reading and for
the community.” -Susan Vreeland, 2008

“… Spending nearly all my time writing, I have to pick and choose my outing carefully. I’m so happy to have made it to Fort Myers. Your Festival was a fabulous
event, and countless other authors told me the same this weekend…” -Tony Abbott, 2008

“I wanted to take a moment to thank you for inviting me to the event and to say what a great event it is! … From beginning until departure, it was clear that
much time, thought, passion and a lot of hard work went into every aspect of the event.” –Robert Hicks, 2007

2014 FESTIVAL RESULTS

Southwest Florida Reading Festival Mission:
· To promote reading and literacy
· To bring awareness of the library’s year-round programs and resources to the community
· To strengthen the Lee County Library System’s relationships within the community

The Reading Festival enjoys a great level of media support:
· The Southwest Florida Reading Festival has media sponsorship from The News-Press, WINK News (local CBS affiliate), Telemundo Spanish language TV,
and WGCU Public Media as well as CenturyLink and Comcast cable networks.

We are proud to be a multi-award-winning event!
· The Southwest Florida Reading Festival and its related fundraising events continue to garner awards from the Southeast Tourism Society, the Florida
Festivals & Events Association and the Florida Public Relations Association at local and statewide levels.

Recap of the March 2014 Reading Festival:

· Hosted a record number of nationally acclaimed authors: 17 adult authors, three teen authors and eight children’s authors for a total of 28 authors
· Overall attendance is estimated at 18,000
· More than 1,800 adults attended author presentations and programs
· More than 1,700 demonstrations of Lee Library System resources occurred
· More than 2,700 children enjoyed authors & programs
· More than 1,400 children took home one free book
· More than 1,400 teens enjoyed authors & programs
· More than 800 teens took home one free book
· Hosted the second Reading Rocks! Teen Battle of the Bands
· More than 250 people volunteered the day of the festival
· Marketplace was full with 93 booths
· More than $20,000 of books were sold by Books-A-Million the day of the festival
· Nearly $10,000 of food was sold the day of the festival
· More than $3,400 of collectible T-shirts were sold with the 2014 festival design

Received rave reviews from attendees with survey results indicating:

· 59 percent were repeat attendees
· 95 percent are likely to attend again
· 97 percent rate the overall event as “Excellent” or “Good”
· 50 percent said that the presentations by authors and author book signings were their favorite feature
· 38 percent say they learned something new about library services at the festival– fulfilling one of the main objectives of the festival!

Attendee feedback to “What was your favorite part of the festival?”

· “Discovering new authors”
· “All the fabulous authors”
· “The amount of authors and storytellers and activities for the kids.”
· “The stories-presentations with the authors, meeting them, getting to know their personalities”
· “So many families together having fun”
· “Free books! :)”
· “Literacy theme”

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