Library launches initiative to encourage reading

| 10/04/2012

summer-reading-kid-1dfd0ag.jpg(CNS): A nationwide initiative to encourage parents and children to read together was launched on Tuesday in which Cayman’s library services will recommend books each month for kids and teens to read. “Cayman Reads” programme, was described by officials as the first of its kind in the country. The selection of books has been chosen from the Caldecott Award whichis given annually to the most distinguished picture book for children and the first ever children’s literary award the Newbury. Each of the monthly book selections will be outlined in a booklet available in all libraries and on the website: 

The booklet also provides suggestions of other books by the winning illustrators and authors for parents and their children to explore. 

“I hope the Cayman Reads programme inspires a love of shared reading between parents and children,” said the Director of Public Libraries KC Williams. “It is my wish that every child in Cayman reads and shares stories with someone they love.”

The books selected for each month will be available in all public libraries and government schools will also have copies available in their own school libraries. Programme supporters The Book Nook and Books & Books will also have the books available for purchase should persons want to add these books to their personal collections.

The education minister, Rolston Anglin gave his full endorsement of what he said was an exciting programme. “The Cayman Islands Public Library Service and Ministry of Education are encouraging and helping parents and caregivers to develop a love of reading in the young children and teenagers under their care,” he said.”If we build a love of reading in children from the time they are very young, it will continue far beyond this stage. A love of books is no less important once children become adolescents.”

As a former English teacher, Chief Officer Mary Rodrigues said the power of a well-written story could “kindle curiosity, awaken wonder and engage our emotions.” She added, “Through the launch of the “Cayman Reads” programme, we will be empowering all parents and caregivers of young children and teenagers to experience this joy of reading.”

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