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Press Release: DPNR Celebrates National Library Week 2017

Commissioner Dawn L. Henry, Esq. of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources is pleased to announce that the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums celebrate National Library Week (April 9th – April 15th, 2017). First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. This year’s theme, “LIBRARIES TRANSFORM!”

“The library embraces the entire community, offering unlimited opportunities for personal growth and lifelong learning”, “They work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover and address the needs of their communities,” said Dawn L. Henry, Esq., Commissioner.

“Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources, and have always been a place of unlimited possibilities”, “libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their community even with the economic downturn,” said Ingrid Bough, Territorial Director of Libraries, Archives and Museums.

A key incentive to visit the public libraries during National Library Week is Book Amnesty! Library patrons are encouraged to return their overdue books and have the accrued fines waived! Lost book fines, however, are excluded from the book amnesty. The Virgin Islands Public Libraries Book Amnesty will run the entire month of April!

Monday, April 10, 2017
St. Thomas –
Library Patron Appreciation Day 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Lite refreshments will be served to library patrons outside the library, while supplies last.

St. Croix –
Library Patron Appreciation Day – Library patrons receive a free earbud for their laptop, desktop or other device, while supplies last.

Tuesday April 11th, 2017 –
St. Thomas –
The Friends of St. Thomas Public Libraries will serve library staff/volunteers lunch at 12 noon – 2:00 p.m.

St. John –
Story Hour with the Friends of the Elaine Ione Sprauve Public Library @ the Sprauve School 10:30a.m-11:00a.m.

Wednesday April 12th, 2017 – National Bookmobile Day
St. Croix –
The St. Croix Bookmobile will be at the Petersen Public Library in Frederiksted from 10a.m- 3p.m.
The Florence Williams Public Library presents the Historic Ceramic Sherds Exhibit by Terry Vanterpool-Williams. This exhibit showcases the unique and creative art form of utilizing the local “chaney” based on a 20-year passion that has evolved into a creative educational display.

St. Thomas –
Story Time, prearranged school tours, Book Signing by local authors, and a Poetry Contest will be held in the Children’s Room. For more information contact the Charles W. Turnbull Regional Library 774-0630.

St. John –
Story Hour with the Friends of the Elaine Ione Sprauve Public Library @ the Gifft Hill School 10:30a.m-11:00a.m.

Saturday, April 16th
The 35th National Library Week–Run to Your Library 5K sponsored by the Virgin Islands Pace Runners in celebration of National Library Week. 6:00 A.M. Start Florence Williams Public Library $15 Entry Fee Course: King St.— Strand St. Multiple Loop 5K = 3.1 Miles Awards to top finishers. Registration forms may be found at: Check-in is starts at 5:15 am at the Florence Williams Public 1122 King St. The 3.1mile run will include laps on a route in the National Historic Site of King St., Company St. and Sunday Market Square. Walkers are invited. For information contact: the V.I. Pace Runners (340)643-2557.

During National Library Week, visit the Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in Golden Rock to learn of the critical services delivered and assistive devices to special needs patrons of all ages territory-wide. The Regional Library has a talking books program that provides audiotaped books and cassettes free of charge. This free library program brings reading materials in digital audio and Braille formats straight to the homes of patrons from preschoolers to centenarians.

NOTE: Easter Break – Government Holidays are Thursday, April 13th, Friday, April 14th and Monday April 17th

For more information, Ingrid Bough, Territorial Director of Libraries, Archives and Museums at 773-5715 or Kim Blackett, Assistant Director at 774-0630.

DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES No. 45 Estate Mars Hill, Frederiksted St. Croix, Virgin Islands 00840
CONTACT: Jamal Nielsen, Media Relations Coordinator
TEL: (340) 773-1082
FAX: (340) 713-2430


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