23rd Annual Virginia Festival of the Book

3/22/2017

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia believes that literacy is critical to active and engaged citizenship and is committed to promoting reading, writing, and storytelling; and

WHEREAS, reading stimulates the creative and intellectual growth of individuals while also building communities through shared experiences and understanding; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia Festival of the Book draws attendees and authors from throughout the Commonwealth, across the nation, and all over the world, serving as an economically significant event while providing the majority of programs free of charge; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the Virginia Center for the Book, the University of Virginia, local businesses and schools, and cultural and civic organizations collaborate with the Virginia Festival of the Book to promote literacy and reading;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize March 22-26, 2017, as the 23rd ANNUAL VIRGINIA FESTIVAL OF THE BOOK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

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