The Shire of Harvey Libraries were excited to host their inaugural Literacy Festival last week.
The two-day Festival offered a range of free events and activities for book lovers of all ages under the driving theme of "Imagine the possibilities".
Children enjoyed a special storytime with Teddy Bear mascot Marley at Ridley Place where the Teddy Bear Roadshow took place, thanks to the partnership with the City of Bunbury Libraries. The Harvey Library hosted a Teddy Bear picnic in the park with lots of singing, dancing and playing.
The older audience immersed themselves in presentations, workshops and author sessions from published, bestselling authors and industry professionals.
Award-winning authors Fiona Palmer, Dervla McTiernan, Rachael Johns, Brooke Dunnell and Jeanette Stampone visited the libraries to discuss their writing careers, latest novels and give a glimpse of what it's like to be a modern writer.
The Local Authors Roundtable event featured five self-published writers - Suzi Spinelli, Helene Smith, Tricia Trevaskis, Rob Littlewood and Ian Hooper as they discussed how to understand and successfully navigate the publishing process.
The Festival provided an excellent opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate the joy of reading.
The Festival will return next year, bringing more exciting events and activities.