Eight students and members of the School of Information and Student Organizations took to sunny St. Petersburg, FL on Saturday to spread the word of literacy at the 16th Annual Festival of Reading. Staffing the University of South Florida Library and School of Information booth, the students provided reading related crafts to children, answered questions about the School of Information’s programs of study and mingled with national and local authors, politicians and other literary peoples. The booth, headed by ASIS&T Vice-President Brittany Deputy, received over 250 walk up participants, some of which walked away with wonderful USF:SI tote bags for answering literary questions! When not working the booth, the students had the opportunity to listen in on author talks by R.L. Stine and Pat Duggins, attend book signings and peruse one of a kind exhibits like the gory zombie mob. Students also met with other local librarians, such as those from the St. Petersburg Public Library and Danny O’Neal from the Shimberg Library and even had the opportunity to talk with Mayor Pam Iorio! It was a long day but the festival was a success and tons of fun for those in attendance on either side of the booth.
A special thanks to Sylvia Martinez, Alice Graves, Brittany Deputy, Victoria Schwartz, Adonis Amparo, Bill Harris, Krystal Bullers, Jenny Drake, Joy Scholing and Jeffery Austin for all their hard work and commitment to making the Festival of Reading a great success and fun for everyone.
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