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  • The Montego Bay Regional Office of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), participated in the Montego Bay Community College’s annual book fair on September 4.
  • The book fair, which was held on the campus of the community college, gave the JIS an opportunity to highlight some of its services as well as promote its wide range of literature on Jamaica’s history and heritage,.
  • Chief Librarian at the Montego Bay Community College, Natanya Gillard, told JIS News that this year’s event attracted the largest number of patrons to date.

The Montego Bay Regional Office of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), participated in the Montego Bay Community College’s annual book fair on September 4, which attracted hundreds of shoppers in search of mainly tertiary literature.

The book fair, which was held on the campus of the community college, gave the JIS an opportunity to highlight some of its services as well as promote its wide range of literature on Jamaica’s history and heritage, including posters and pictures.

Chief Librarian at the Montego Bay Community College, Natanya Gillard, told JIS News that this year’s event attracted the largest number of patrons to date.

She said that the event, which is in its fifth year, aims to assist students of the college and other tertiary institutions, to source needed textbooks and other literature for their courses of study.

“Even though we have many bookstores in Montego Bay, they tend not to carry (many) tertiary textbooks,” Ms. Gillard said, while pointing to the need for more bookstores to cater to the growing number of tertiary-level students in Western Jamaica.

“Students need to purchase prescribed books as the …libraries only provide supplementary reading, which will never be sufficient to supply the needs of all readers and researchers, so students must source their prescribed material,” she stated.

Ms. Gillard said the book fairs are convenient, as students are able to source texts and other material at one location.

A number of bookstores supported the venture by setting up booths, with many offering discounts of between 10 per cent and 25 per cent.

“This offers a one-stop-shop for all your books,” Ms. Gillard told JIS News.