The National Public Library in collaboration with Gaymes Book Centre and Macmillan Publishers came together to commemorate National Family Literacy Month, celebrated 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.
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 aims of the caravan include promoting Family Literacy, and services and clubs available at the National Public library and its branch libraries.
Keisha Pierre, Marketing officer for the Gaymes Book Center said Gaymes Book Centre is the local representative of Macmillan Caribbean Publishers. She says they reached out to Macmillan after the eruption of the la Soufriere Volcano, and the Publishers in-turn donated over to thousand books to the National Public Library.
The event was also sponsored by Flow and the One St. Vincent Group.