The Coral Gables Family Literacy Festival is an annual event celebrating the literary arts through in-person and virtual activities for children, young adults, and other family members of all ages and abilities.
This year, it was held on May 28, 2022, from 11 AM - 3 PM at the Coral Gables War Memorial Youth Center 405 University Drive. The festival included author talks, a street fair with literacy vendors, children’s and young adult activities, book donation and exchange areas, storytellers, food and drink vendors, and interactive literary hotspots tour highlighting the libraries, literary establishments, arts and culture destinations and historical landmarks located throughout the city.
Local nonprofit The Lucy Project was represented along with various other organizations and authors, members from the community, including the founder of Mindful Monkey Miami and their families enjoyed food from local restaurants, and the library brought out the mobile bus! Tables were set up by the local animal adoption shelter, with kittens to visit with, plus other city agencies and services like the fire department, college prep and gardens. Everyone was represented! Make sure to get their early to have time to visit all the tables and do the activities.
Presentations of Literary Works by Prominent People of Our Community
Book Signings with Authors
Book signings are a great way to connect with your readers. Not only can you get the chance to meet your fans in person, but you can also sell books and give away swag—all at the same time! CGLF 2022 is proud to present a series of book signings with some of the most talented authors in South Florida.
Sipiwe Anderson, the author of Perfect Moon, was able to attend the event.
The event in Coral Gables was really great. A lovely turn out compared to their first year. There was a lot of books to see and buy and even little animals where I lost my daughter with excitement. It was amazing for me as I accidentally met a friend of mine Ute with her daughter Josy. They also ordered Perfect Moon. I wished I was able to stay longer but unfortunately my daughter had a birthday to attend in the same afternoon. I really would like to read the next time.
Pop Up Bookstore
The Pop Up Bookstore is a pop-up bookstore that offers books of varying genres and topics. The store has a variety of books for adults and children, including novels, nonfiction books, graphic novels, manga and self-help books.
CGLF partnered with local literacy vendors so that customers can get their books, magazines, and other reading materials in one place. They're a great way for people to have access to books in their neighborhood.
The photo booth is one of the most exciting and fun parts of any event! At the Gables Family Literacy Festival, the guests had a chance to take photos with friends and family members, and they also did whatever they want while they're in the booth. It's a great way to get everyone interacting with each other as well as having fun!
Food and Entertainment
evolve theatre company www.evolvetheatrecompany.com
Petting Zoo and Animal Adoption
The event also had a Petting Zoo present which provided a fun and educational experience for children, while also helping out local animal shelters. They've partnered with local animal shelters to bring you more than just a petting zoo—they want to help animals find homes!