As part of Family Literacy Month 2022, and in keeping with the month’s theme of “Connecting Families and Communities through Reading”, the National Public Library activated once again, its Library Caravan with whistle-stops all throughout the country.
Among the communities visited were Campden Park at the Campden Park Hard Court; Ottley Hall at the Palace; Redemption Sharpes at the Sharpes Playing Field; and Roseau at the Sion Hill Playing Field.
From 9:00am – 6:00pm residents were able to receive books and engage in activities to promote reading.
In giving meaning to the initiative, Director of Libraries, Michelle King-Campbell said, “Part of our mission is to help children and families develop a lifelong love of books and reading, through supplying our branch libraries with books. We are also providing every child with a book, engaging in literacy activities including, games, trivia questions and live storytelling sessions.”
The Director also highlighted that the initiative aims at promoting literacy programmes available to adults, while having families engage in literacy activities.
The Library Caravan was first introduced in 2021 and continues to promote branch libraries services in the various communities as educational hubs. King-Campbell encouraged persons to visit any of the 23 branch libraries and their services.
This year, nearly 5,000 books were distributed to branch libraries and various communities throughout St. Vincent and the Grenadines, thanks to the collaboration between the National Public Library, Archives and Documentation Services, Macmillan Publishers, Gaymes Book Centre, Hands Across the Sea, One St. Vincent Group Inc. and Flow.