Tuesday, 15 April 2014

JA. Education Minister urges students to use libraries

Author: By Andrea Braham
Title: Students Urged to Make Use of Libraries
Date published: April 8, 2014
Source: Jamaica Information Service
URL: http://jis.gov.jm/students-urged-make-use-libraries/

The article reports on the opening ceremony of the Reading Day celebration of the Western Union sponsored National Reading Week 2014. Reported specifically is statements from the Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, discussing the need for students to both read and use libraries. Also reported is more information about the week's activities, as well as statements from the Chief Executive Officer, GraceKennedy Financial Group, Courtney Campbell, speaking about the theme of Reading Week 2014 and why it was chosen and the importance of reading and its link to education. It is also mentioned that during the National Reading Week, that senior executives from GraceKennedy, their agents, private individuals, celebrities, media personalities will visit select schools to read to students and donate books to libraries.


Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, is encouraging students to read and make good use of libraries across the island, to help in advancing their education.

“If you don’t have a good library in your school, then ask for the library service to send you a book mobile,” the Minister said.

Rev. Thwaites was addressing the opening ceremony of Reading Day, at the Allman Town Primary School, in Kingston, on April 8. The day is part of the Western Union National Reading Week 2014, which runs from April 7-11 under the theme: ‘A Great Reader Makes A Great Leader’.

Antigua and Barbuda gets new building for national public library

Title: A National Library at last
Date published: April 10, 2014
Source: Government of Antigua and Barbuda
URL: http://www.ab.gov.ag/article_details.php?id=4758&category=38

The article reports the re-opening of the new building for the national public library of Antigua and Barbuda. The previous location is noted as is the length of the construction process leading to the new building. The report also reports, from the opening ceremony, speeches from both the Minister of Education Dr. Hon. Jacqui Quinn-Leandro and the Minister Dr. Hon. Baldwin Spencer about the process and about the national importance of the library.

Mentioned also are the rooms that the national public library will offer including a children’s library and reading room, adult reading rooms, a modern conference room, a research and reference library, newspaper and periodicals section, staff and lobby areas, a cafeteria and a gift shop.


After four decades since the public library was damaged by an earthquake, construction of the new national public library of Antigua and Barbuda has been completed. The work which was started in the 1990's has been completed under the United Progressive Party administration signaling another campaign promise fulfilled by the “People First” Government. The 20,000 square foot multi-level complex building located on Hails Prominard Road is a replacement for the nation's first library which was damaged by an earthquake in 1974.  The country has operated a ‘temporary’ library on Market Street since.

Minister of Education Dr. Hon. Jacqui Quinn-Leandro is the fifth Education Minister to preside over the library construction project. On Wednesday, moments before the ribbons were cut to open the doors of the building, the minister noted she was cognizant of the challenges her predecessors in the ministry faced, but that she was determined that the project would be completed under her watch.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

ACURIL 2014 conference

Event:  The Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL) XLIV Conference conference (The region's annual flagship conference)

Location: Melia` Nassau Beach Hotel, Bahamas

Date: June  8-12, 2013

Theme: Libraries, Archives and Museums: Gateway To Information Literacy & Cultural Heritage

See URL for details: http://acuril.uprrp.edu/