News Release

For immediate release - February 22, 2012

Festival of Reading Raffle To Benefit Library Programs

The 2012 Festival of Reading will feature a stunning hand crafted quilt and bag to be raffled to benefit future library programs. Both bag and quilt are 100% cotton by Wilmington Prints; the Nature’s Song design line, handmade by Barbara Morse a member of The Villages Quilt Guild, Mulberry Chapter, and created especially for the Festival of Reading. The quilt is 44 x 52 inches and can be used as a lap robe or a wall hanging. The tote bag is 13.5 inches high x 16” wide x 6.5 inches deep and with one inside and one outside pocket. The combined value is over $500.

The quilt and bag will be displayed at various local libraries through March; however tickets will be available at all Lake County Library System libraries for an unbelievable $1. 1st Prize: Nature’s Song lap quilt/wall hanging; 2nd Prize: Nature’s Song tote bag. The drawing will be held during the Authors' Reception on March 30th in the beautiful new Lady Lake Public Library. You do not have to be present to win.

This year the Festival of Reading will feature internationally best-selling writers from HarperCollins including New York Times Notable Book of the Year authors Deborah Crombie and Charles Todd; poet Vivian Shipley, a two-time recipient of the Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement and Pulitzer Prize nominee; award-winning maritime writer Robert N. Macomber; acclaimed mystery writer C. S. Challinor and our featured Young Adult author J. Gabriel Gates described as “the future of literary horror”.
A schedule of the writing workshops and author appearances is available along with a list of participating authors on the Lake County Library System website at or by calling 352-253-6167. All events are free and open to the public thanks to our sponsors HarperCollins Publishers, SECO, Lake County, Florida Hospital Waterman, City of Tavares, and the Florida Humanities Council.


Media contact:
Judy Buckland
Program Coordinator

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