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Enjoy a Day of Free Family Fun at the Storybook Festival!

BROWARD COUNTY, FL - Children and families are invited to enjoy an amazing free day of fun activities at Broward County Library's 18th Annual Storybook Festival on Saturday, November 16th from 10AM-4:30PM at Southwest Regional Library, 16835 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines, FL 33331.

The 2019 Storybook Festival focuses on visual literacy, graphic novels, comic books, hybrid books, anime, manga and cartoons to develop thinking skills, comprehension and promote literacy among young, reluctant and dyslexic readers. Drew Brockington, author and illustrator of the CatStronauts series, is the special guest at this year’s event.

Children will interact with their favorite storybook characters in the Fantasy Forest, and enjoy the “Swappin’ Ground” area where they hear stories and tell their own. Food trucks will be on site, selling tasty treats all day. Children can get their face painted for free, and parents can bring cameras to take photos at the “official” Storybook Photo Spots. The first 1,000 children arriving to the festival will receive a free book.

Children are encouraged to come to the festival in costume, and join the Storybook Parade. There will be a full day of storytelling, storybook characters and children’s performances on four stages. Featured events will include:

  • Storytellers: Mij Byram & Windell Campbell
  • Entertainers: Marci Poppins, Bucky & Gigi Show, Juggling
  • Fantasy Forest: Follow a path through the enchanted forest and meet storybook characters including Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks, Rumpelstiltskin and more
  • Costumed Characters: Llama Llama, Elephant and Piggie, Pikachu, Clifford the Big Red Dog
  • Arts & Craft Tent: Sponsored by the City of Pembroke Pines Parks and Recreation
  • Local Authors TentMeet local authors
  • Virtual Reality Demos: Experience the effects of virtual/augmented reality
  • Fire Truck: Meet fire fighters, tour truck provided by the City of Pembroke Pines Fire Rescue

The Storybook Festival is funded through the Broward Public Library Foundation with support from the City of Pembroke Pines. It is sponsored by the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, the Children's Services Council of Broward County and the Friends of Southwest Regional Library and Broward Family Life magazine.

Visitors are encouraged to register on Eventbrite. For questions or additional information, please call 954-357-6580.

About Broward County Libraries Division 
Broward County Libraries Divisionnamed 2015 Library of the Year by the Florida Library Association, was founded in 1974 and is the largest library system in Florida by square footage and one of the busiest, with more than 7.5 million walk-in customers visiting its 38 locations annually. Broward County Libraries Division provides convenient access to a full range of innovative and cost-effective services that satisfy the changing needs of the people of Broward County for information, education and recreation. Visit our website,, or follow Libraries on Facebook and Twitter

 DATE: October 7, 2019
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath
Libraries Division
PHONE: 954-357-7402