The St. Johns County Public Library System is excited to announce that Delia Owens’ Where the Crawdads Sing is the title for St. Johns Reads 2020. Plus this year’s annual community-wide reading adventure will include a special 5K event, “Lace Up for Libraries.”

Having written several books about her experiences in Africa, Where the Crawdads Sing is Delia Owens’ fiction debut and has spent over a year on the New York Times bestsellers list. It is the story of an unforgettable young woman making her way alone in the wilds of North Carolina. The tale centers on her treatment by local society, and the story of the murder of former local football hero.

This is the 15th year that the Library System has hosted St. Johns Reads. A variety of programs inspired by the chosen book are offered by all library locations throughout the month of February 2020, including food and art programs, movies, lectures, children’s programs and much more. Subject matter will range from Coastal Carolina Cuisine to the flora and fauna of the South.

Lace Up for LibrariesThis year will feature the first-ever Library 5K in Nocatee, called “Lace Up for Libraries.” Sponsored by the Friends of the Library of St. Johns County, through a partnership with Vystar Credit Union and the Community of Nocatee, “Lace Up for Libraries” will help raise funds for programming and author visits for future St. Johns Reads events. “Lace Up for Libraries” will happen on Saturday, February 29, 2020.

You can go ahead and signup for the 5K by visiting the race page at the link: There will be multiple race options to suit all library supporters, including a virtual option for those who cannot make it out on the day of the race. The First 200 5K Registrants will receive a commemorative shirt and a custom finisher medal!

To read Where the Crawdads Sing, or to learn more about St. Johns Reads 2020, contact your local library.

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