LIBRARY WEEK IN THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS
The Turks and Caicos Library Service celebrated Library Week during May 20-24, 2019. It is an annual celebration highlighting the valuable and important role libraries, librarians, and library assistants play in transforming lives and strengthening our communities. It is also an exciting opportunity for library supporters and libraries of all types to raise awareness of their value and impact in their communities.
This year’s theme, “Libraries = Strong Communities”, illustrated how today’s libraries are at the heart of our community providing critical resources, programs and expertise. They also provide a public space where all community members, regardless of age, culture or income level, can come together to connect and learn.
The Library staff usually partner with other civic and service organizations to actively engage the people they serve, always striving to make sure their community’s needs are being met. On Friday, “Open Day” in Grand Turk, the students of Ona Glinton Primary School visited the Library where they had the opportunity to participate in games and other reading activities.
Library Week is always an occasion for librarians to remind students and educators of the importance of the school library, including the role it plays in learning and in the life of the school. It is occasions like this that gives the communities a really good chance to love and appreciate our local libraries, and show their appreciation to librarians and their volunteers.
We, as the community, must remember that libraries provide much more than just a wealth of free books for all ages. They provide our community, a safe and calm place, friendship and, of course, story time for the kids!