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Minister Griffith Embraces Little Libraries Project

Community Empowerment Minister, the Honourable, Charles Griffith wants to see the Mini-Libraries initiative replicated across Barbados. He made the comment whilst delivering remarks at Kendal in St John, where the latest “Little Library” was officially opened.

He contends that given its impact and magnitude, this should be a National Project, and not be limited to only ten community-based locations. Openly embracing the initiative, the Minister stated that more of them were necessary to propel young people forward and assist in expanding minds and in some cases, social and economic situations.

Minister Griffith, who is also the Member of Parliament for St. John, highlighted the importance of having the ‘Little Libraries’ within communities like Kendal, where persons would no longer have to travel distances to access library books. “This is much more than a mini-library, given that the books are coming to the community, this provides an opportunity for the youngsters to be able to see the world through books”, he added.

In thanking the Prince Godwill D. Fomusoh Foundation, coordinators of the initiative in partnership with Massy Foundation, Minister Griffith enthusiastically stated, “I really appreciate this, so on behalf of the government and the Ministry, I really embrace this initiative and more initiatives like this are necessary to propel our young people forward”. He lauded the efforts in partnering with the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment to deliver initiatives such as this one, to improve literacy across the island.

The Community Empowerment Minister pledged that his Ministry would nurture the project to ensure maximum benefit for the Barbadian population. He also personally pledged to contribute books to the Kendall Library and other locations across Barbados.

Several children from the Kendal Community attended the installation of the Little Library, and witnessed Minister Griffith cutting the ribbon to officially unveil the project.

Member of Parliament for St. John and Minister of Youth, Sports & Community Empowerment, Charles Griffith, MP. gives books to the children who attended the unveiling.

Friday, April 19th also saw a ‘Little Library’ being unveiled at Eden Lodge Community Centre in St. Michael, while on Thursday, April 18th the Rockfield Centre in St Lucy, became the home for another ‘Little Library’.

The Clapham Community Centre is scheduled to receive its ‘Little Library’ unveiled on Monday, April 22nd, 2024.  

The PGDFF Barbados Blooming ‘Little Libraries’ Initiative aims to get reading back into Barbadian communities following a decline during the covid-19 pandemic period. The cost of the project is 125,000 dollars.