Costume-clad party-goers benefit adult reading programs

Guests dressed as favorite book characters set the tone for Learn to Read Jacksonville’s gala, Night at the Library – Where the Characters Come to Life. The July 23 event, held in the atrium and the Betsy Lovett Courtyard at the Main Library downtown, was emceed by John Bachman and Tenikka Hughes, CBS47/Fox30 Action News anchors. Honorary chair was Congressman Ander Crenshaw.

Enjoying delectable food, drinks, music by Akia Uwanda, a silent auction and costume contest, guests contributed to the programs at Learn to Read, which change the lives of adults in Jacksonville by enabling them to earn their GED, fill out job applications, or help their children with homework.

“The support from our annual event enables Learn to Read Jacksonville to provide the life-changing gift of education to adult learners in the Jacksonville community,” said Learn to Read Executive Director Judy Bradshaw. “Although surprising to many, it is an unfortunate reality that many people in Jacksonville cannot read. Our organization is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of individuals and families through literacy education.”

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