By Brett A. Williams
Odum Library will team up again this year with Valdosta State University’s Dewar College of Education and Human Services to host Read Fest.
Read Fest is an annual event held during National Library Week. The purpose of Read Fest is to promote a lifelong love of reading and literacy. Each year the local Pre-kindergarten classes are invited to VSU’s campus to interact with librarians, teaching faculty, student-teacher candidates, and other volunteers with activities like reading stations, sing-along stations, temporary tattoos, foam visors, bookmarks, and coloring.
Each year more and more students are participating. Last year we had almost 250 students attend. This year we are anticipating more. In addition to the activities during the event, each student gets to take home a goodie bag that includes a book along with other treats. The event is a great way to promote reading to a young audience. This year Read Fest will be on Friday, April 15.