September is National Literacy Month and Florida State Parks are offering events centered around the celebration of books. Read-alongs, storytelling, crafts and author meet and greets are being offered at several Central Florida state parks on Saturday, September 21, 2013.
Sebastian Inlet State Park is offering "Read with a Ranger" from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday. Park Ranger Addy will lead a children's book read-along with nature themed books for children nine years old and younger. To add to the fun there will be games with prizes, too. The event will take place at the Sebastian Fishing Museum located on the south side of Sebastian Inlet. For more information about this event and Sebastian Inlet State Park can be found at this website.
DeLeon Springs State Park is holding its second annual "Read Among The Trees" on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., hosted by The Friends of DeLeon Springs State Park. All ages are invited to take part in this celebration of literacy. Visitors will be given a free gently-used book or magazine or they may bring one to swap. Children can take part in a visitor center scavenger hunt and special give-away drawings. Florida author Lucy Beebe Tobias, a member of the Florida Outdoor Writers Association, will present insights from her book Florida Gardens Gone Wild. Her newest book, Mary Margaret Manatee, to be published on September 23, 2013 by Sea Aster Press will be read at 1:30 p.m. by Assistant Park Manager David Garcia. For more information about this event and DeLeon Springs State Park can be found at this website.
Fort Mose Historic State Park will present "Experience Fort Mose: Colonial Children Storytime and Crafts" from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. Part of the living history program presented each month, this one will focus on bringing the experience alive to children. Volunteers will be onsite in period dress as children gather around a resident of Fort Mose who will tell them stories of what it was like for an African child growing up in 1738 in the newly established Fort Mose and the surrounding area of St. Augustine. Participants will have an opportunity to make themselves a leather beaded necklace or bracelet, a tin ornament and a colonial tricorn hat. They may also learn about flint lock muskets and participate in a drill along with soldiers and militiamen. A Spanish meal will be cooked in the chosa using common ingredients found in Spanish, Native American and African households at that time. For more information about this event and Fort Mose Historic State Park can be found at this website.