U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean: American Library Association’s National Library Week 2011

The United States Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados invites the Public to come hear local authors read in the National Library as part of U.S. National Library Week activities from April 11-16, 2011.

On Saturday April 16th starting at 2:00 p.m. the National Library Service, Independence Square will be the place to be as three Barbadian authors bring the joy of reading to the fore.

The public reading is the final event in an exciting week of activities put on by the United States Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados as part of U.S. National Library Week activities.

{CLICK FOR BIGGER} First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week (NLW) is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the United States each April. The event celebrates the contributions of libraries and librarians to promote literacy, library use, and the significance of the written word as the vehicle for cultural transmission and preservation. The week started off on Monday, April 11th with a presentation 22 works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from a collection of the 2010 American Library Association’s “Notable Books List.” This list is selected by the ALA each year for books chosen for their literary merit or cultural significance. The presentation continued in Barbados by lunch-time readings at the National Library Service main branch Independence Square by Lord and Simmons from two of the "Notable Books" of their choice. A series of similar activities were also held this week in public and school libraries in Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda, and Dominica.

To mark the unified effort of the Barbados Library Service and the U.S. Embassy, three local authors will read from their own works as well as works from American authors.

Local author Karen Lord, winner of the 2010 Frank Collymore Literary Endowment Award will lead the charge by reading from her award winning book “Redemption of Indigo” as well as from notable book “The Age of Wonder” by Richard Holmes. She will be joined by well-known author Robert Sandiford and poet DJ Simmons.

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