Southwest Florida Celebrates National Literacy Month

Time to hit the books. September marks National Literacy Month, with September 8 designated as International Literacy Day, a worldwide movement created by UNESCO to promote literacy efforts. 2015’s theme, Literacy and Sustainable Societies speaks to the importance of literacy, a key driver for sustainable development, as UNESCO puts it, “literacy skills are the prerequisite for the learning of a broader set of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values, required for creating sustainable societies.”

   Literacy is foundational, not just for attaining a higher plane of knowledge, but also in building self-esteem. Naples is getting in on the literacy fun with a number of reading events scheduled throughout the area. Here’s a look at where you and yours can get in on the reading fun:


A House for Hermit Crab - Lover's Key State ParkLover’s Key State Park is celebrating Literacy Month with a park ranger led reading of A House for Hermit Crab from 10-11 a.m. Written by Eric Carle, the story impacts a powerful, positive message that change, however frightening it may be, can bring about it’s a whole new set of opportunities, all through the eyes of a hermit crab as he searches for a new home. With the help of his fellow sea creatures, the hermit crab finds a new home, and finds a few friends along the way. Following the story, kids can join in on creating some environmentally friendly crafts.

  • Registration for this Junior Ranger literacy adventure is required; call 239-463-4588 to register. Free with park admission, which will be waived if park guests bring a book to donate to the local library, or show their library card. For more information, visit

Join the story time fun at Moms and Tots Storytime with Miss Jessica and Miss Mary Ellen at Barnes & Noble every Tuesday from 10-11 a.m., throughout September. This toddler favorite is a great time for all as Miss Jessica and Mary Ellen read, sing, and dance, getting the kids to join in on the literary fun.

Lee County’s library system is bringing the world of books to kids of all ages, six days a week throughout the month of September. Programs include Baby Rhyme Time, designed for kids 0 to 18 months, child and caregiver learn nursery rhymes and fingerplays using puppets, singing, dancing, and reading; Toddler Tales, for ages 18 to 36 months, helps toddlers practice their growing language skills with interactive storytelling activities, including wordplay, felt board stories, fingerplays, puppets, singing, music-making, socializing, dancing, and reading; Family Storytime is fun the whole family can enjoy, with stories, songs, and more; for future academics, Preschool Storytime gives preschoolers the opportunity to hoine their reading skills while interacting and socializing with other children, giving them a leg up on kindergarten.

  • Pre-registration is required; for times and locations, click here for the Lee County’s library event calendar.

National Literacy Day - Collier and Lee County

Collier County Public Libraries story time readings, designed for children and toddlers as young as 16 months to five years old, begin the week of September 14, with readings scheduled Monday through Thursday throughout the county’s library branches. Free and open to the public, many on a walk-in basis, these scheduled readings are a great way to get your kids involved with books.

  • For a complete schedule of toddle story times, click here [PDF].

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