County Library Lecture Highlights Importance of Reading Diverse Books to Children with Dr. Lakeisha Johnson

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County Library Lecture Highlights Importance of Reading Diverse Books to Children with Dr. Lakeisha Johnson

WHO:  Leon County Government
WHAT:  Leon County Library Lecture Series
WHEN:  Saturday, January 21 at 10:30 a.m.
WHERE:  LeRoy Collins Leon County Main Library, 200 West Park Ave.

Join Leon County Government for the next award-winning Library Lecture Series on Saturday, January 21 at 10:30 a.m. at the downtown Main Library, 200 West Park Avenue. During this family-friendly event, hear from Florida State University Assistant Professor Dr. Lakeisha Johnson as she discusses the importance of reading diverse books with children and building strong language and literacy skills for all ages. 

The lecture will explore how books allow children to see reflections of themselves, their own experiences, and the world that others live in. By reading diverse books, children have the opportunity to step into other worlds using their imagination.

After the lecture, families are invited to participate in hands-on activities that support strong literacy foundations and explore all the downtown Main Library has to offer. Attendees will also get a sneak peek of the Library’s Book Nook Bundle Kits, a new literacy resource in partnership with the Florida Center for Reading Research (FCCR) that patrons will soon be able to check out using their library card.
The Leon County Library Lecture Series is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

To learn more about the upcoming event, visit

Since 2017, the Leon County Library Lecture Series has featured more than a dozen local, regional, and national speakers to engage and inspire the community with thoughtful discussions about topics in the arts and sciences.

The LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library System has a robust collection of physical books, Launchpad learning tablets, and digital resources to motivate readers of all ages, including an early literacy calendar and story time, available online and at all library locations. Families can explore the outdoors and continue their reading journey together by visiting Wander & Wonder Story Trails at multiple Library locations. To apply for a new or replacement library card online, visit
For more information, contact Sally Mason, Learning & Workforce Services Manager, at (850) 606-2665 / or Leon County Community and Media Relations at (850) 606-5300 /
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