News Release

For immediate release - March 9, 2012

Festival of Reading Awards

The Lake County Library System is proud to announce The Garden Bower Awards. The Garden bowers at participating libraries have been created by community garden clubs, Friends of the Library and library staff to promote the 2012 Festival of Reading, March 26-31.

The Most Original award goes to the Fruitland Park Library for their three dimensional design. As you enter the library, you can see the books on the window bench, then your eyes look up towards the window and then out the window into the NEW garden. As you get closer, the sound of running water out of the fountain just makes you want to sit and relax.

The Best Use of Color is awarded to the City of Tavares Public Library for creating a butterfly garden in the Reading Room. Butterflies float among the flowers and greenery and hover at the windows overlooking the park. Gasps of wonder have come from both staff and patrons upon seeing the display for the first time generating excitement for the Festival of Reading.

Best Promotion of Theme is awarded to the Leesburg Public Library for floral arrangements along with leaves and flowers made by the teens from pages of discarded library books. Located in the center of the first floor at the base of the Grand Staircase, it stands approximately 6 and ½ feet tall and uses a 6-ft. Festival of Reading banner as a backdrop.

And the Most Inviting Display goes to the Minneola Schoolhouse Library for “Maude in the Garden”, a unique display which includes a life-like mannequin who loves to garden and read and share tea with visitors. Maude has enjoyed greeting patrons at the front door while she sips her tea in the garden and hands out Festival of Reading information.

Special mention goes to the Cooper Memorial Library for the “Garden of Readin” created by Women of the Clermont Garden Club and staff. Their creative use of all live plants and flowers throughout the display encourages people to stop, look and enjoy. Special mention also to the Marion Baysinger Memorial County Library for their design depicting a peaceful garden setting with rabbits enjoying an afternoon together. Parents and children will love to read in this vine-wrapped garden with butterflies and small pots containing seed packets showing book covers by featured authors. The East Lake Festival of Reading display is a marvelous achievement, consisting of crafty paper based decorations that proudly displays the Festival's brochures and flyers for our 8th Annual Bluegrass Festival. Paisley Library’s innovative idea “Stargazing in the Garden” is a unique approach to the theme with glowing stars, a fountain and original artwork. The Lady Lake Public Library The Lady Lake Library bower was created by the staff and placed at the front door of the lobby. With extravagant colors and flowers, patrons are immediately attracted to it and the Festival events displayed.

The awards will take place during the Festival of Reading at a special event in the Leesburg Public Library. The plaques will be permanently displayed in the winning libraries.

Please check out the Festival of Reading schedule including writing workshops and author events in our libraries on  



Media contact:
Judy Buckland
Program Coordinator

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