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James Weldon Johnson Community Library Presents 6th Annual Literacy Festival March 5

St. Petersburg, Fla. (February 9, 2016) – The Sixth Annual James Weldon Johnson Literacy Festival will be held Saturday, March 5, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the parkland directly behind the Johnson Community Library and Enoch Davis Center at 1059 18th  Avenue South, St. Petersburg.

The festival will feature entertainment, a puppet show, bounce-house, face painting, free books for children, and a Walk for Reading. Local authors, craft vendors, area businesses and philanthropic organizations will be represented. The Friend’s annual Community Service Award winner will also be announced. 

Admission is free. Vendors will offer food, crafts and items for sale. All proceeds will benefit the Library. 

Presented by the St. Petersburg Library System and co-sponsored by the Friends of the James Weldon Johnson Community Library, the festival celebrates the life of James Weldon Johnson, the revered educator, poet and civil rights activist for whom the library is named, and promotes the importance of literacy in the African American community.

For more information, please contact library coordinator Betsy Alberts at 727-893-7113 or

The St. Petersburg Library System offers this program as a part of its Community Development Initiative, a method to enhance the provision of resources, services, and programs focused on the Education, Economy, Ecology, Equity, Efficiency and Engagement of our community.


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