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The Portland Parish Library in Port Antonio will be hosting its annual summer programme with a number of educational activities.
The two-week programme, which begins on Monday, July 19 at 10:00 a.m. and culminates on July 30, will be held under the theme: ‘Learn to read, read to learn at your library.’ More than 150 young people from Port Antonio and adjoining communities are expected to participate.
According to Acting Senior Librarian at the Portland Parish Library, Sean Thomas, the summer programme will essentially accommodate young people in four age groups 3- 5, 6 – 8, 9-11 and 12-15.
He told JIS News that the activities are geared towards complementing the educational curriculum of the young people in a recreational atmosphere, and will include activities such as library skills, public speaking, word games, reading quiz, reading fiesta and outdoor games. In addition, resource persons will conduct sessions on general grooming, road safety and personal health and hygiene.
Activities will culminate with a motorcade, concert and prize-giving function for the winners in the summer programme on Friday, July 30.
Mr. Thomas is encouraging parents to register their children early, as accommodation is limited. Registration forms are available at the Portland Parish Library, and interested persons can contact the library at 993-2793 for additional information.
Regional Director for the Portland Parish Library, Novelette Chambers, told JIS News that “despite a reduction in the budgetary provision for a programme such as this, it will go on, as it is a very rich and valuable programme for the young people.”
She further stated that parents should ensure that the children participate in the many programmes that the library offers, as it will enhance their learning abilities.
Other libraries in the parish that will be hosting similar summer programmes are: Long Bay, Hope Bay, Buff Bay, Hector’s River, Manchioneal, Mount Pleasant and Bybrook branch libraries.