The world famous floating book store, the Logos Hope, sailed into Montego Bay St. James on Wednesday (January 20) to begin a two-month visit to the island, which will take it into Kingston next month.
Addressing a welcome reception held aboard the ship on Thursday (Jan. 21), Deputy Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Cecil Davis, stated that the people of St. James and western Jamaica welcome the opportunity to source critical reading material, which will help in their personal and educational development.
“With this latest visit, the people of western Jamaica will again have the opportunity to access critical and important information through a wide variety of literature, covering essentially all subject areas and appealing to all age groups. For this effort on your part, we say thank you,” Councillor Davis said.
“Your previous visits to Jamaica have shown that you are indeed sincere about carrying out your mission, to bring knowledge and hope to many around the world by providing quality literature and educational material at affordable prices,” he added.
Logos Hope Director, Gian Walser (left), looks on as Deputy Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Cecil Davis, (right) and Custos of St. James the Hon. Ewen Corrodus (centre) peruse titles during the opening of the book fair on January 21. The ship, which docked at the Freeport in Montego Bay St. James on January 20, will be in the second city until February 14 before moving on to Kingston.
He noted further that the unwavering contribution of the crew and staff of the Logos Hope, who were all volunteers, representing 45 different nationalities, must be recognised.
“I use this opportunity to personally congratulate and thank you for your commitment to a cause supported by many around the world. Your selflessness is exemplary of the sacrifices one must offer to achieve greatness,” he said.
The Deputy Mayor then joined Custos of St. James the Hon. Ewen Corrodus to cut the ribbon to officially open the book fair.
The Logos Hope, which replaces its predecessor, the Logos II, offers an expanded selection of books with more than 7,500 titles covering a range of subject areas including science, mathematics, sports, religion and includes dictionaries and atlases.
The ship will be docked at the Freeport in Montego Bay until February 14, after which it will journey to Kingston, where it will be docked at the Rockfort Pier from February 17 to March 23.