Connect with Your Library
National Library Week will be celebrated from April 3-9, under the theme “Connect with Your Library”.
The theme promotes the idea that libraries provide opportunities for persons to connect with each other, utilize technology, access information, share ideas, and explore the vast array of information available.
The theme is an explicit call to action — an invitation for everyone to join, visit, and support their libraries.
The official opening of National Library Week takes place at the Central Library on 4th April. Included as part of the programme is a tribute to Mr. Hunter J. François, by the St. Lucia School of Music. They will perform “O Danny Boy". There will also be presentations by students and by the staff of Central Library.
This is a day for library staff, users, administrators and ‘friends of the library’ to recognize the valuable contributions made by librarians and all library workers. Library workers continuously utilize the latest technologies to develop their collections, transform library spaces and advance service delivery and information access.
Their knowledge and ability bring valuable tools directly to communities, providing everyone with an equal opportunity to access information and library services. They also serve every age group, many organizations, and entire communities. The hard work, dedication, and expertise of library support staff and librarians will be celebrated on that day.
Library Outreach Day is an opportunity for library advocates to move out into the community to help promote literacy and support language and literacy skills development. Literacy is essential to developing a strong sense of well-being and citizenship.
Children who have developed strong reading skills perform better in school and have a healthier self-image. On 6th April 2022, library staff will visit four infant schools in Educational District Four. In addition to visiting the school library and making a donation of story books to the principal, library staff will also engage students in a series of fun, reading activities and assess the needs of each school library.
Scheduled visits to libraries island wide will provide some primary data for the formulation of a joint report on “The Status of Libraries in Saint Lucia: The Way Forward”. The report will gather data from a Librarian’s perspective on the information needs of libraries. This is an initiative of the Hunter J. François Library and the Central Library. It is hoped that this report can form part of the documentation that currently exists to provide information needed for the improvement of all libraries.
Young, Gifted and Black looks at Saint Lucian artists navigating the globe, working in the diaspora and beyond the familiar shores of their countries. From hip hop artists, to poets, to filmmakers -- all of the panelists have in one way or another benefited from the foundation set by Derek Walcott, not only through his literary work, but a life lived in different spaces, countries, among different cultures, benefiting from them, benefiting them, all from the strong sense of home, of Saint Lucia, he held within. The talk promises to be an exciting conversation about art in the contemporary world, the far-reaching influence of a great man, and a portrait of Saint Lucians pursuing their dreams, wheresoever they may roam.
WORRRD Up is a library activity created to promote literacy and provide an opportunity for students to test and display their literary skills. Additionally, poetry, storytelling and other literary forms are brought to life as students explore and utilize the various literary tools taught in the classroom.This competition is open to all students of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College. The short story is entitled, "Myths or Reality - A Library Story”. The outstanding participants will be announced on 13th April 2022 as the HJFL closes off National Library Week.
Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination.
They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve,
and contribute to improving our quality of life.
The Hunter J. Francois Library is steadfast in its support of scholastic achievement of all students attending the SALCC. As an important academic partner on campus, the library recognizes the importance of prioritizing student success.
Its student centered approach therefore supports collaborative learning, more group work and providing platforms for students to showcase their literary skills. The main roles of the academic library staff include guiding and supporting students in the effective use of the library's resources, attending to the information and research needs of faculty and course writers, providing instructional support through information literacy workshops, and integrating technology into the development of new library collections.
A quick list of interesting facts and trivia surrounding libraries and their history.
A collection of quotes from a variety of sources, encouraging the appreciation of libraries and literacy.
At 25, Saint Lucian Asher “Smallz” Small is critically acclaimed among his peers, and that is perhaps the most credible calling card for an artiste. That may be because he easily falls into the role of the writer’s editor, the poet’s muse and the composer’s side-kick, because he respects everyone’s art as a valid expression of their unique place in the perpetual crossroads of life.
Smallz fits the genres of Hip-Hop, Rap and R&B as a hand fits a glove. Asher writes all of his material and works closely with a select few producers to mould and further his sound constantly. He has executively produced two full length albums to date, the most recent being Constant Shift. He also has a hefty catalogue of diverse singles and EP's which guarantees that there is something for everyone.
Canisia Lubrin is a writer, editor, and teacher with work published in eight languages. Her books are Voodoo Hypothesis, The Dyzgraphxst, and Code Noir (Knopf, 2023). In 2021, Lubrin was awarded, among others, the Griffin Poetry Prize, OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, and a Windham-Campbell Prize. She is a 2022 Civitella Ranieri fellow and LCB Literature Haus resident.
Lubrin is poetry editor at Canadian press McClelland & Stewart. The Globe and Mail named her Poet of the Year in 2021. She teaches Creative Writing at the University of Guelph, where she will soon coordinate the Creative Writing MFA program. She was born in Saint Lucia.
Chadia Mathurin hails from the island of Saint Lucia, but is currently resident in Ghana, West Africa. Chadia spearheads Wakonté, a group of companies dedicated to creating platforms for African and Caribbean entrepreneurs, authors, artists, and creatives to share their stories, in their own words and on their own terms.
KAYO is a Saint Lucian artist, songwriter and creative director.
He is Founder of Soulstice Sounds ( a multifaceted creative hub and entertainment platform centred around the development and curation of local talent here in St Lucia and throughout the Diaspora) and host of Soulstice Radio (a multi-genre music based, podcast style radio show that airs on the wave and as a podcast on streaming platforms) (Currently the #1 Music Podcast in St Lucia).
KAYO describes his sound as ‘Future meets Fugees’. It’s a lush blend of hip-hop, R&B and Reggae; a raspy delivery mixed with unique cadence, catchy melodies and a certain rhythm that could only stem from his island upbringing.
10 albums, 7 cross country tours, several songwriting credits, film and television placements later, Kayo is still paving his way to being one of the most prolific artists of our time.
Vladimir Lucien is a writer from Saint Lucia, currently based in New York City where he is a PhD candidate at New York University. Lucien’s writing has been published in several journals including VOGUE, Poetry International, the PN Review among others. His writing has also been translated into several languages including Dutch, Italian, Mandarin and French. He is the author of OCM Bocas Prize winning poetry collection Sounding Ground, and screenwriter of the documentary The Merikins.
Libraries come in all forms, shapes and sizes, from your home library, to your community library, office library, school library, to the largest library in the world, but they all share one thing in common - each provides a gateway to infinite knowledge and that knowledge is power.
A growing body of evidence suggests that students’ academic success is linked to library usage, including improved student retention and an enhanced academic experience.
The oldest library in the world called The Library of Ashurbanipal is located in Nineveh in modern day Iraq. It was founded sometime in the 7th century B.C.
The largest library in the world: the Library of Congress in the United States, holds more than 170 million items in its collections and employs about 3149 staff.
Philanthropist Andrew Carnegie was a one-man library-funding machine. He donated $55 million ($1.6 billion in today’s dollars) between 1886 and 1919 to open 2509 libraries around the world. The Central Library in Castries, Saint Lucia also benefited from his donations.
Hong Kong has around 300 libraries for 7 million people.
The Hunter J. Francois Library was the first in the OECS to become fully automated.
Featuring over 32 million ebooks, the Internet Archive is the largest digital library ever created.
The oldest digital library: Project Gutenberg (PG) was founded in 1971, by American writer Michael S. Hart. It was a volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works, as well as to "encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks."
The largest book in the Library of Congress is a 5-by-7 foot book featuring color images of Bhutan. With support from Microsoft, a team of students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology recorded the ancient life and culture in this South Asian country and made 40,000 digital images available to the Bhutan National Archives. A copy of the picture book was donated to the Library of Congress.
Librarians used to have to learn a specific style of handwriting known as
librarian hand. The practice was prevalent in the late 1800s, when library pioneer Melvil Dewey—of the Dewey Decimal System fame—and other curators of early collections believed that legible handwriting was a must for card catalogs. The practice faded as typewriters grew in popularity.
Hundreds of thousands of Americans call a library their workplace. As of 2020, there were approximately 163,810 librarians; 30,810 library technicians; and 69,650 library assistants working in the United States.
The Most Overdue Book was 122 Years Late. In 2011, the Camden School of Arts lending library in Australia had their book returned to them. The book loaned was Charles Darwin’s Insectivorous Plants. Interestingly, the book was borrowed in 1889, breaking the record of the most overdue book in history with 122 years.
Literacy is the most basic currency of the knowledge economy.
— Barack Obama
At the dawn of the 21st century, where knowledge is literally power, where it unlocks the gates of opportunity and success, we all have responsibilities as parents, as librarians, as educators, as politicians, and as citizens to instill in our children a love of reading so that we can give them a chance to fulfill their dreams.
— Barack Obama
Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.
― Maya Angelou
Libraries are a cornerstone of democracy—where information is free and equally available to everyone. People tend to take that for granted, and they don’t realize what is at stake when that is put at risk.
― Carla Hayden
The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.
— Albert Einstein
The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man.
— T.S. Eliot
Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.
— Walter Cronkite
What a school thinks about its library is a measure of what it feels about education.
— Harold Howe
What in the world would we do without our libraries?
— Katharine Hepburn
For an impoverished child whose family could not afford to buy books, the library was the open door to wonder and achievement, and I can never be sufficiently grateful that I had the wit to charge through that door and make the most of it.
— Isaac Asimov
Librarians are committed to promoting lifelong learning in order to create a community of well-informed individuals. Librarians are catalysts to enlightenment for their communities.
— Louise Capizzo
What is the value of libraries? Through lifelong learning, libraries can and do change lives, a point that cannot be overstated.
— Michael E. Gorman
The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history.
— Carl Thomas Rowan
The library is an arena of possibility, opening both a window into the soul and a door onto the world.
— Rita Dove
The message is clear: libraries matter. Their solid presence at the heart of our towns sends the proud signal that everyone—whoever they are, whatever their educational background, whatever their age or their needs—is welcome.
— Kate Mosse
Libraries are reservoirs of strength, grace and wit, reminders of order, calm and continuity, lakes of mental energy, neither warm nor cold, light nor dark.
— Germaine Greer
Libraries are the backbone of our education system.
— Karin Slaughter
To be a librarian is not to be neutral, or passive, or waiting for a question. It is to be a radical positive change agent within your community.
— R. David Lankes
The library, with its Daedalian labyrinth, mysterious hush, and faintly ominous aroma of knowledge, has been replaced by the computer's cheap glow, pesky chirp, and data spillage.
— P. J. O'Rourke
With a library you are free, not confined by temporary political climates. It is the most democratic of institutions because no one - but no one at all - can tell you what to read and when and how.
— Doris Lessing
It was good to walk into a library again; it smelled like home.
— Elizabeth Kostova
Libraries are reservoirs of strength, grace and wit, reminders of order, calm and continuity, lakes of mental energy, neither warm nor cold, light nor dark…. In any library in the world, I am at home, unselfconscious, still and absorbed.
— Germaine Greer
Book lovers will understand me, and they will know too, that part of the pleasure of a library lies in its very existence.
— Jan Morris