JIS News

PORT ANTONIO — The Portland Parish Library’s annual summer programme will get underway on Monday (July 18), with a number of educational and social activities.

The programme, which lasts for two weeks, will begin at 10 a.m., Mondays to Fridays, and will engage children aged of 3-15 years, in informative sessions, library skills, indoor and outdoor games and art and craft. 

Acting Senior Librarian at the Portland Parish Library, Nadia Parkes, said that the programme will be held under the slogan, ‘Summer Fiesta – Celebrate Africa’, in keeping with the United Nations designation of  2011 as the International Year of the People of African Descent.

“This year, all our programmes will be centered on all things African,” she emphasized, adding that they are designed to offer a holistic experience for the youngsters, which will see them being engaged in activities to augment their learning abilities.

Stating that the events will be held simultaneously at the Buff Bay, Manchioneal, Long Bay Hope Bay, Bybrook, Hectors River and Mount Pleasant branch libraries, she urged parents to register their children early, to ensure their participation in the summer activities.

She noted, however, that while only children in the 3-5 year age group will be accommodated at the Portland Parish Library and Buff Bay Branch Library, other age groups, 6-8, 9-11 and 12-15, will be accommodated at the other branch libraries. The Summer programme will culminate on Friday July 29.