Report on the Antigua Public Library Summer Reading Programme 2013

This year, the Antigua Public Library 2013 Summer Reading Program was not just a blast, but an educational experience for the staff, children and volunteers. The program hosted from 08 July to 02 August 2013, was held at the Antigua Grammar School.  This year’s theme was “DIG INTO READING” with the theme song “D.I.G DIG INTO READING”.  Being an avenue for learning, the program centred on many aspects of reading: Praise and worship, USSR and DEAR reading times, question and answer, poetry, drama, singing, hiking, scavenger hunting, beach activities, movies, field trips, and craft making. Guest speakers included Pastors, a Policeman, Authors, Ministry of Health Officials, Craft educators, a representative from the Coast Guard and an Entrepreneur.

The Children were taught the Dewey Decimal System by which School Libraries, as well as the Public Library operate. Dewey activities were held on a daily basis to include a Dewey scavenger hunt and creating original drama, songs and poems from the various Dewey categories. Other excitement boosters were winning daily prizes;  puppet performances; field trips to the Nelson’s Dockyard, the Interpretation Centre, Wadadli Nature Park and the Jones Trail – a rather exciting, exhausting, but exhilarating hike. This was indeed one of the highlights of the program. Trips to the Deluxe cinema and the making of books, bookmarks and craft items to express creativity were all a part of this exhilarating experience.

The last Thursday of the program showcased an exhibition, where the children’s work was displayed. The program closed on Friday 02 August, 2013 with the first ever Dewey Group Competition sponsored by American Airlines, and an awards ceremony. Prizes were awarded in the following competitive areas and age categories:

Question and Answer

(11-14)

Winner: Janecia St.Hill

2nd place: Dominique Primus

3rd Place: Sara Darroux

 

(8-10)

Winner: Malachi Melfor

2nd Place: Kevon Tonge

3rd Place: Jabez Payne

 

(5-7)

Winner:  Sheaheda Frederick

2nd Place: Nehemiah Nesbitt

3rd Place: Jayden Joyce

 

Everything Dewey

(11-14)

Winner: Jahrel pelle

2nd Place: Janecia St.Hill

3rd Place: Dominique Primus

 

(8-14)

Winner: Nathania Silston

2nd Place: Denicea Spencer

3rd Place: Aaron Abbott

 

Best Journal

(5-7) Jaheim Smith

(8-10) Blessyn Williams

(11-14) Teneil Thomas

 

Impromptu Reading

(11-14)

Winner: Ashley Joshua

2nd Place: Janecia St. Hill

3rd Place: Arion Anthony

 

(8-10)

Winner: Jeante’ Browne

2nd Place: Kevon Tonge

3rd Place: Kyle Mason

 

(5-7)

Winner: Zahire Jeremy

2nd Place: Destiny Simon

3rd Place: Tashwana Gloade

 

Special Awards

Best Behaved: Shemar Bejai

Early Bird: Denelia Joseph

Attendance: Chakyra Jackson

 

First ever American Airlines sponsored Dewey Group Competition

Winner: Arts

2nd place: Biography

3rd Place: Technology

4th Place: Philosophy

5th Place: Language

6th Place: General Knowledge

 

Most outstanding individual and winner of the BIG prize (sponsored by BSS): Janecia St.Hill.

Many of the children walked away with lucrative prizes such as a printer, trophies and school packages, contributed and sponsored by Friends of the Antigua Public Library (FOAPL),  Eastern Caribbean Amalgamated Bank (ECAB), CIBC First Caribbean, American Airlines, Business System and Supplies (BSS), Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), DIGICEL Antigua, Paper Clips Ltd. and Best of Books Ltd.

The Director and Staff express great appreciation to these businesses for their contribution to the development of education in Antigua/Barbuda, through the services of the Antigua Public Library and for allowing the 2013 Summer Reading Program to be extremely successful.

Profound thanks must also be expressed to the following persons, businesses/organizations for their unwavering contribution. May God continue to bless you all.

Occasions Party Rentals

Happy Kids

Billy’s Food Mart

LMR Signs

Chase Distributors

Joe Mike’s Hotel Plaza

Antigua Home and Office Depot

The Deluxe Cinema

The Louis Brothers

Pastor Mauline Browne

Pastor Charlesworth Browne

Mrs. Paula Lee

Mr. Lesney Benjamin

Mr. Vere Mannix

Ms. Joanne C. Hillhouse

Mr. Glen Toussaint

Mr. Joseph Prosper

Ms. Andrea Otto

Ms. Natasha Punter

Sergeant Timothy Drew (DARE)

Camp Micash & Jolly Beach

The AntiguaGrammar School

All the Volunteers

The great Chefs who provided the sumptuous luncheon

The Antigua Public Library 2013 Summer Reading Program catered for 240 children. We thank the Parents for their support and hope to have an even bigger, better and more successful program in 2014, filled with fun and learning as we continue to boost reading as an educational experience in Antigua and Barbuda.

 

Ryllis Mannix

Director Antigua Public Library

August 2013

 

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