St. George, UT, September 26, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- “It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading. Something that will stretch their imaginations--something that will help them make sense of their own lives and encourage them to reach out toward people whose lives are quite different from their own.” - Katherine Patterson
Join the Honorable Jon Pike, Mayor of the City of St. George, his wife Kristy and a group of twelve successful authors for an intimate dinner and poignant conversation while raising the awareness of Literacy and the Arts in the City of St. George and Washington County on Friday, October 24, at 6pm.
The Keynote Speaker for the evening will be Best-selling Author Dean Hughes, who has published more than 100 books. Hughes will be speaking on the topic, “What Do We Need Books for Anyway?”
Why Literacy is Important?
In the United States, an estimated 30 million people over the age of 16 read no better than the average elementary school child. Worldwide, nearly 800 million adults are illiterate in their native languages; two-thirds of them are women. Yet the ability to read and write is the basis for all other education; literacy is necessary for an individual to understand information that is out of context, whether written or verbal. Literacy is essential if we are to eradicate poverty at home and abroad, improve infant mortality rates, address gender inequality, and create sustainable development. Without literacy skills - the abilities to read, to write, to do math, to solve problems, and to access and use technology - today's adults will struggle to take part in the world around them and fail to reach their full potential as parents, community members, and employees. (From Central Georgia College)
Virginia S Grenier, partner/blog talk host of the World of Ink Network and Director of the St. George Book Festival, stated, "Literacy is essential in our community if we are to create sustainable development - the abilities to read, to write, to do math, to solve problems, and to access and use technology. Without literacy skills, today's adults and our youth will struggle to take part in the world around them and fail to reach their full potential as parents, community members, and employees."
Authors Who Will Be There:
M. Bridget Cook
David W. Smith
$40 per adult (18yrs and older)
$25 per child (17yrs and under)
Venue: St. George Children's Museum - Upstairs Banquet Hall
86 S. Main Street
St. George, Utah 84770
Net proceeds will benefit the Washington County School District Foundation and St. George Children's Museum.
Learn more and get your dinner tickets today at http://www.stgeorgebookfestival.org/charity-dinner.html
The World of Ink Network is a Sponsor of the St. George Book Festival.