The National Public Library in collaboration with Gaymes Book Centre and Macmillan Publishers came together to mark National Family Literacy Month which is observed in November each year. The grouping hosted a ‘library on the move’ caravan and whistle stop on Saturday November 27, on the windward side of the island. Stops were made in the communities of Calliaqua, Colonarie and Georgetown, a release from the Agency for Public Information (API) states.
On Saturday December 4, the Caravan journeyed to the leeward side of the island, to continue the whistle stop and promotion campaign. Stops were made in Questelles, Rose Hall and Chateaubelair.
The libraries on the move Caravan was led by reading Ambassador for the National Public Library, Hance John. During the stops, reading sessions and question and answer sessions were conducted for children from the communities, who then received prizes of books and other gifts courtesy MacMillan Publishers.
Director for the Department of libraries Michelle King said the aim of the caravan include promoting Family Literacy, and publicise the services and clubs available at the National Public library and its branch libraries.
Keisha Pierre, Marketing officer for the Gaymes Book Center said the Centre is the local representative of Macmillan Caribbean Publishers. She said they reached out to Macmillan after the eruption of la Soufriere Volcano, and the publishers in-turn donated in excess of two thousand books to the National Public Library.
The event was also sponsored by Flow and One St. Vincent Group (OSV).