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Listed in 2022 as an international book festival destination by the

kotobee blog

Premiered the F.R.E.S.H. Community Film Festival in 2018 as a

literacy component

Noted as one of the first online book festivals in 2020

Committed to author development through writing workshops

F.R.E.S.H. Literacy In Action Year Round

F.R.E.S.H. Children's Book Festival

Held each year in June at the Midtown Cultural and Educational Center, the F.R.E.S.H. Chidren's Book Festival showcases

local and national children's authors, promoting child literacy

Note:  The Midtown Cultural and Education Center will soon become the
Julia T. and Charles W. Cherry Sr., Cultural and Educational Center

Books & Baskets for Easter

In collaboration with the International Free and Accepted Masons and Eastern Stars, F.R.E.S.H. helps supply and

distribute Easter books and baskets to students

The International GREAT Black Read Aloud Day

Our partner in literacy, Ladero Press, runs The International GREAT Black Read Aloud Day.  Readers are invited to share book excerpts based on the day's genre.  During the month of February, Read Alouds occur each day.

Zoom In On A F.R.E.S.H. Conversation

A weekly virtual show hosted by Donna M. Gray-Banks, Zoom In On A F.R.E.S.H. conversation provides a

platform for authors to be interviewed and market their books.  The show is available on both Facebook and YouTube.

Midtown Book Distribution Drives
We distribute books at every event in which we participate with the Midtown Community Development Corporation