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Barbados is Blooming Little Library at Rockfield Centre

Youth Minister, the Honourable, Charles Griffith is hoping that the installation of min-libraries across Barbados would spark a massive resurgence of reading across the island.

He made the comments at Rockfield Community Centre in St Lucy where the eighth  mini-library was installed on May  28th.

Minister Griffith noted that the mini-libraries could have a big impact across the island’s landscape, as they opened up a “window to the world” for those who read.

The Youth Minister encouraged the wider community to embrace the project by donating used books, or purchasing new ones for the library. He  proposed that “borrowing cards be used at the mini-libraries similar to those used at the National Library Project to have a record of the books used and the persons that borrowed them.”

He also issued a call for reading clubs to be established at mini-library locations across Barbados, as well as reading competitions to encourage continued reading among young people.

The Minister responsible for Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment also thanked the Massy Foundation and the Prince Godwill D Fomusoh Foundation for partnering with the Community Development Department to make the initiative a reality for Barbados.

Also attending the launch was M.P for St Lucy, the Hon. Peter Phillips who expressed pleasure and support for the initiative. He noted that “reading is a very important and wholesome activity that builds your vocabulary and allows you to learn new words.”

Mr Phillips believes this project can help develop Barbados significantly and transform the lives of young people. In this regard the St Lucy M.P.  was full of praise for the Massy Foundation, the Prince Godwill D Formusoh Foundation and the Community Development Department for ensuring that the project worked.