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Gaithersburg Receives MML Achievement Award for Book Festival

Gaithersburg, Md. (June 13, 2018)  At its annual conference in Ocean City, the Maryland Municipal League presented a 2018 LEAD Achievement Award in the Large City Category to the City of Gaithersburg. The award, which recognizes initiatives to address community challenges and enhance quality of life, singled out the Gaithersburg Book Festival for giving the City of Gaithersburg a national stage upon which to celebrate its commitment to diversity, equality, community, and a love for all things literary.

A brainchild of Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman, the Gaithersburg Book Festival will celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2019. Regularly attracting crowds in excess of 20,000 people from throughout the region and across the country, the Book Festival brings together renowned authors and their avid readers for a day of discussion, book signings, writing workshops, and engaging activities for younger visitors.

“We appreciate MML’s recognition of events like the Gaithersburg Book Festival and the positive impact they can have on a community,” said Mayor Ashman. “While the day of the event is the pinnacle of our yearlong efforts, what makes the Book Festival so special is that it is not just a one-day event but an ongoing commitment to literacy. Our Festival has inspired book clubs, classroom reading initiatives, book display contests, multicultural storytellings, book giveaways, and so much more. Gaithersburg has embraced the book, and the book has helped make Gaithersburg a center of the literary world.”

The award was accepted by Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman accompanied by Council Vice President Ryan Spiegel and Council Members Neil Harris, Laurie-Anne Sayles and Mike Sesma, Legislative Affairs Manager Monica Marquina, and Director of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture, Michele Potter.

Learn more about the Gaithersburg Book Festival here.