#Providenciales, August 23, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – Turks and Caicos libraries are open to initiatives which promote reading and United Way TCI and its Summer Reading Buddy program was welcomed with open arms by Chief Librarian, Cecil Graham who on Tuesday expressed thanks to the orgranisation.
I want to thank UnitedWay TCI and all of the sponsors and volunteers who are here today. Wonderful job, please continue and as Ms. Ewing said, the library is open!”
Mr. Graham, who heads government libraries across the country as a part of the Ministry of Education, Youth, Culture, Social and Library Services said we continue to have a reading problem in the country.
“We know reading has been a long-standing problem, and this (Summer Reading Buddy Program) will in no short measure address some of the problem.”
Even more children need to be reached, he said.
“We are here to help the children, whether it is reading, their homework and we have some exciting programs coming up that we are collaborating with (UnitedWay TCI) and you will hear more about that.”
The Summer Buddy Reading Program, explained United Way TCI Executive Director, Claudine Ewing, enabled 17 children to be paired with an adult buddy for six weeks. The pair, and in one case a trio, would meet at the library and spend at least one hour reading and being coached in reading.
“This has been my passion, this has been my wish to see that all of the children that come through our doors that we help them to further their education and this is one step on the way to helping them to achieve that, preparing them for life…”
On Tuesday, the closing ceremony of the Summer Reading Buddy program was held at the Providenciales Library, where each child was presented a $50 Business Solutions gift certificate, courtesy of Hertz Car Rental & Stanley Williams to shop for back-to-school supplies.