The Turks and Caicos Islands Library Services Annual Read-a-thon will be held during the period June 19th – 30th, 2017 under the theme “One World. Many Stories.”

Read-a-thon is the perfect opportunity to encourage young children to read.  It encourages those who already love reading and helps those who seldom read to rediscover the sense of wonder and adventure they once felt when they first heard “Once upon a time.”

Since its inception, hundreds of kids have participated in the Read-a-thon each year, and we are hoping that this year more children will be able to join in the fun of reading.  Prizes this year will include Trophies, Gift Certificates and Books.

For more information, please contact your local library. In Provo at 941-7646 and in Grand Turk at 946-2916.


Turks & Caicos Islands Government (TCIG), Department of Youth Affairs Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Library Service scheduled to reopen the Little Readers Program on Saturday, 21 June 2017. 1pm – 2pm

The Little Readers Clubs are available on all the islands.

South Caicos

Iris Stubbs Primary (re-open)


Salt Cay

Mary Robinson Primary


Grand Turk

Victory Public Library - Franklyn Missick Building



Provo Branch Public Library 


North Caicos

Bottle Creek: Department of Youth Affairs Office

Kew District Public Library


Mr. Nixon Dickenson, Senior Program Officer stated; “The key to success is recognizing that these children are never too young to learn to read. Reading helps your child develop an active mind and overall self-awareness of the world around them.”

“Little Readers will make it possible for every child to be given the opportunity to develop a love for reading and learn to read well, by teaching whole-word recognition and gradually fostering phonetic awareness through the Pattern Phonics system.”

“Department of Youth Affairs recognizes the importance of continued investment in our young people.  This is another step in preparing them to compete globally at an early stage. Programs such as this have been proven to be successful and we encourage parents to support it. It’s also important to engage and challenge our children to continue at home and help develop a love for reading that will continue into adulthood.”

Any person interested in volunteering please contact a Youth Officer in the Department of Youth Affairs.  Listen carefully so you and your child can make the most of this lifetime reading opportunity.  Friendly staff and volunteers will also be on hand to make this a wonderful experience for your little reader. Ages 6-11. Please express your interest by emailing Jasmine Parker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Mr. Nixon Dickenson, Senior Program Officer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Tel: 649338 5101. 


The Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services wishes to advise the public of an increase number of cases of conjunctivitis in the TCI.

Conjunctivitis, also called "pink eye", is defined as an inflammation of the conjunctiva and can be caused by virus, bacteria or allergy. It can affect children and adults.  Viral conjunctivitis is typically caused by a virus that can also cause the common cold. A person may have symptoms of conjunctivitis alone, or as part of a general cold syndrome like fever, a sore throat, and runny nose.

Viral conjunctivitis is highly contagious. Usually, people catch it from touching something that has been in contact with an infected person's eye (eg, door handle, towel or pillow case) and then that person touches his or her eyes.

If you have pink eye, your eye (or eyes) might:

●Turn pink or red

●Weep or ooze a gooey liquid

●Become itchy or burn

●Get stuck shut, especially when you first wake up

The symptoms can last for several days.


The treatment depends on the cause. When pink eye is caused by a virus, the antibiotics will not help. You can use warm or cool compresses, to relieve the pain and irritation in the eyes.

Most cases of pink eye go away on their own without treatment, but it is best to see your primary care physician if you are experiencing these symptoms so that you can be treated properly. 

Simple hygiene measures can help minimize transmission to others.

●Adults or children with bacterial or viral conjunctivitis should not share handkerchiefs, tissues, towels, cosmetics, or bed sheets/pillows with uninfected family or friends.

●Hand washing is an essential and highly effective way to prevent the spread of infection. Hands should be wet with water and plain soap, and rubbed together for 15 to 30 seconds. Teach children to wash their hands before and after eating and after touching the eyes, coughing, or sneezing.

●Alcohol-based hand rubs are a good alternative for disinfecting hands if a sink is not available.

Persons with viral conjunctivitis must remain home from school and work to avoid spreading the virus to others.

For more information, contact the Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit on 3382772