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The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) kicked of the U.S. Virgin Islands celebration of National Library Week with a Friends Appreciation Event. The gathering served to bring St. John and St. Thomas Library Friends together, re-invigorate the Friends of St. Thomas Public Libraries, and allow staff and management of the Charles W. Turnbull Regional Library to interact and share needs, concerns and goals for the new library, which is located in Tutu.
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Commissioner Designee, Dawn L. Henry, Esq. of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources is pleased to announce that the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums is celebrating the Week of the Young Child and National Library Week throughout the Territory during April 12-18, 2015.
Nationwide the week highlights the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers. This year’s theme is “Unlimited Possibilities @Your Library.”
"Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study,” said Dawn L. Henry, Esq., Commissioner Designee.
Libraries today are more than warehouses for books. Instead, libraries and librarians are change agents within their communities – transforming lives through innovative educational resources and forward-thinking programming. Libraries are doing their part to close the digital divide and level the playing field by providing free access to information and technologies that many in their communities would be hard pressed to find elsewhere.
“The library has always been a place of unlimited possibilities”, “libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their community even with the economic downturn,” “Whatever your interest or need, the library is a great start to finding answers to questions, exploring the world and accessing information on the Internet,” said Ingrid Bough, Territorial Director of Libraries, Archives and Museums.
Monday, April 13th
St. Thomas - the public is invited to the Charles Wesley Turnbull Regional Public Library in Estate Tutu to a special open house event as part of National Library Week 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm to meet the St. Thomas and the St. John Friends of the Library. Find out about more about volunteer opportunities.
The St. Croix Bookmobile will visit the Richmond Head Start from 10:00am. -12 noon.
Wednesday, April, 15th is National Bookmobile Day. It’s a day to recognize the contributions of our nation's bookmobiles and the dedicated professionals who make quality bookmobile outreach possible in their communities. The St. Croix Bookmobile will visit the Reading Rainbow in Upper Love from 10a.m-12noon. The St. Thomas Bookmobile will be near Sugar Estate Head start on the avenue from 11:30-3:00p.m.
Thursday, April 16th
St. Croix - The Florence Williams Public Library will have story-hour from 9:30-10:30a.m. Local children’s author, Darieth B. James will be reading her newly published book, “This Cat is a Brat!”
St. John – Gifft Hill School Story Hour at the Elaine Sprauve Public Library 10:30a.m and 11:30am.
Friday, April 17th
The St. Croix Bookmobile has been invited by the Department of Education Curriculum and Instruction Division in their celebration of the “Week of the Young Child” to the David Canegata Ball Park from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Saturday, April 18th
“Run to Your Library” sponsored by the Virgin Islands Pace Runners in celebration of the 33rd Annual National Week will 6:00 A.M. Start Florence Williams Public Library $10 Entry Fee
Course: King St.— Strand St. Multiple Loop 5K = 3.1 Miles Awards to top finishers.
Under the auspices of the Library of Congress' National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, the Regional Library delivers critical services and assistive devices to special needs patrons of all ages territory-wide. The Regional Library provides audiotaped books and cassettes free of charge and more recently the Library has transitioned to the digital age with the introduction of digital players and books under the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) program and the BARD Mobile app.
Territory-wide, book amnesty will be a key incentive at the public libraries during the week! Library patrons are encouraged to return their overdue books and have the accrued fines waived. Lost book fines, however, are excluded from book amnesty week.
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. For more information, contact the Charles W. Turnbull Public Library on St. Thomas at 774-0630, the Florence Williams Public Library at 773-5715, the Athalie Petersen Public Libraries at 772-0315 and the Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped at 718-2250 on St. Croix or the Elaine I. Sprauve Public Library at 776-6359. Visit the public library’s website at www.virginislandspubliclibraries.org for a calendar of events, or more information.
CONTACT: Jamal Nielsen, Media Relations Coordinator
TEL: (340) 773-1082
FAX: (340) 713-2430
Library Friends, near and far - it's time to act!
The Charles Wesley Turnbull Regional Public Library staff needs our help - and they are inviting us to a special open house event as part of National Library Week 2015. On Monday April 13, 2015, the community and Friends of the Library are invited to the kickoff event for the week at 5:30pm to meet our St. John Library Friends, find out about volunteer opportunities via the Dept. of Human Services, and get an update on the status of the new library and its needs.
What you can do:
- UNESCO's Open Access (OA) Curriculum is now online
- Turnbull Regional Library staff to welcome Library Friends during National Library Week event
- Day Care Literacy Project
- USVI Historian Seeks Centenarians for Transfer Day Project
- VI Literary Festival and Book Fair to debut March 26-29 2015
- View HAVA documents @ Your Library!