The 2017 Louisiana Book Festival now seeking volunteers

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

The 2017 Louisiana Book Festival, to be held on Saturday, Oct. 28, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., is seeking enthusiastic volunteers to join in the celebration and experience the Festival from within. Volunteers are needed in a variety of capacities, including welcoming presenters, escorting authors, monitoring rooms in the State Capitol, manning festival information booths, and more. Those interested in volunteering can find more information about the Festival’s volunteer opportunities by visiting http://www.louisianabookfestival.org/volunteer.html and can sign up using our simple on-line form, found here: http://www.louisianabookfestival.org/volunteer_IWantToVolunteer2017.html

Volunteers are essential to the Book Festival,” said Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser. “Without these generous individuals, the State Library staff would be overwhelmed year after year because of the response the festival always receives. I am grateful for the giving spirit of Louisianans.”

Coordinators advise signing up early for the best chance of being placed in one’s first choice volunteer position. Please note that coordinators are happy to accommodate groups of friends and family who wish to volunteer together.

The Louisiana Book Festival’s glowing national reputation is due in no small part to the passion, commitment, and generosity of the many dedicated volunteers needed to put on an event of this magnitude,” said Rebecca Hamilton, State Librarian of Louisiana.

Festival volunteers who register by October 6th will receive a free 2017 Louisiana Book Fest t-shirt.

This nationally recognized literary event is free and will take place in the heart of Baton Rouge in the Louisiana State Capitol, State Library of Louisiana, Capitol Park Museum, and tents on neighboring streets. The 2017 Louisiana Book Festival will feature more than 250 authors and panelists discussing their books and more than 100 programs, including the Young Readers Pavilion, where children and parents will enjoy storytelling and performances; Teen Headquarters, featuring New York Times bestselling and award winning young adult authors; and a wide variety of book-related activities, exhibitors, and performances. See http://www.louisianabookfestival.org for complete details.

Please call Alise Wascom at 225.342.4996 or email lbfvolunteer@state.lib.la.us with all volunteer questions and inquiries.

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