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National Library Week Activities--Florence Williams Public Library


Monday, April 14 – Saturday, April 19 

Audience attendance for events Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday have been selected

***Graffiti Street performance open to all teenagers on Thursday

***Events on Saturday are open to the public 

Monday, April 14       Storytelling Day  Little Theatre

10:00am-11:00am  Mr. Glenn Davis, State Director of Cultural Education, will present a storytelling workshop to the 5th and 6th graders from Christian Academy and Lockhart Elementary Schools 

Tuesday, April 15   National Library Worker’s Day (ALA)

10:00am – 11:00am Mrs. Cheryl Francis, book reading to 1st graders from Juanita Gardine Elementary School (Children’s Room) 

11:15am  The Friends of the Florence Williams Public Library will sponsor a luncheon for library staff members.  Presentations will be made by the Florence Williams Library staff to volunteers who have given their time and effort to help support the library.  

Wednesday, April 16  Children’s Puppetry Day

10:00 – 11:00  Youth for a Mission will perform for 4yr olds – 7yr olds from St. Mary’s Catholic School, Lockhart Elementary and A-Z Academy schools. 

Thursday, April 17,  Teen Literature Day (ALA)

The Friends of the Library will be presenting awards to the winners of the “Teen Picks Book Review Contest” that was announced to various middle and high school students.  This will take place at 3:45pm  in the Little Theatre (second floor) 

Graffiti Street will be performing from 4pm-5pm in the Little Theatre.  Their performance will be in conjunction with the celebration of National Teen Literature Day bringing awareness to teens the value of books and reading.  The cast members will be acting out a scene from Fahrenheit 451 and will be discussing books they have read. 

Friday, April 18     Senior Day (Children’s room)

10:00 am – Noon

Patrons from the Richmond Senior Center will visit the library and listen to a presentation by Mrs. Sandra Solomon from the Regional Library for the Blind and Handicapped.  She will be discussing the resources that are available for the disabled and will bring along books on tape for patrons to use.  She will also be available to sign up qualified patrons for their services.   Mrs. Mercado will demonstrate how to use the Thompson Gale Health and Wellness Database and other health web sites.  Mrs. Andrea Christian will engage in storytelling and will have her Quadrille group perform for the senior citizens. 

Saturday, April 19  “Block Party”   10am -3 pm

Events scheduled throughout the day  

King Cross Street between King Street and Strand Street will be blocked off for the events  

Annual Run

6 am   26th Annual “Run To Your Library”sponsored by the Virgin Islands Pace Runners 

Library Tours (Meet in Lobby of Library)


12:00 pm

2:00 pm 

Bookmobile 10am -3pm  Parked on King Cross Street 

Gallery (covered side walk)

Friends of the Library Book Sale  10 am -3 pm

VI Council on the Arts “Big Read”Table 10 am -3 pm


11:00am – 12:00 pm John Woodson Junior High School Steel Pan Band  

1:00pm – 3:00 pm  St. Mary’s Steel Pan Band  


12:00pm -12:30pm  Sabrosita from Pearl B. Larsen Elementary School (inside Little Theatre)

12:30pm – 1:00pm  Quadrille Dancers from Pearl B. Larsen Elementary School (outside) 

Activities for kids

10:00 am - Book readings for children (Children’s Room)

10 am – 1 pm Face Painting  by  Tiffany Flores (library staff) outside

Animal Balloons by Tiffany Flores (library staff) outside                       

Little Theatre

10:30am – 11:00am  “Book worm” (play)  4th grade drama group from The Good Hope School

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm   Sabrosita from Pearl B. Larsen Elementary School

1:00pm  – 2:30 pm      Panel Discussion   “Connecting With Your Library”

Mr. Edgar Lake, Moderator

Writers will be discussing how they have connected with libraries and how the institution fostered the growth of their writing and has enhanced their lifelong learning.

Guest Speakers:

Mr. Wayne James

Mr. George Tyson

Professor Marvin Williams


1st Floor Reading Room

7pm – 9 pm  “Poetry @ your library” presents a poets reunion

Sponsored by the Friends of the Florence Williams Public Library 


On April 18th the St. Thomas bookmobile will be dedicated at 9a.m.           

The Enid M. Baa Public Library celebrates National Library Week Celebration with a variety of free events headlined by the 3rd Annual Read on the Green and our feature author/storyteller this year:  Wendy Diaz on Saturday, April 19, 2008.  This activity is a collaborative between school, public, and academic libraries:

Department of Education St. Thomas/St. John District: Primary Grades Division and Media Library Services, DPNR-DLAM: Enid M. Baa Public Library and the U.V.I. Paiewonsky Library.

 What can you discover?   National Library Week is the perfect time to find out.  Join your family, friends and community.  Join the circle of knowledge @ your library.

April 2-8

“First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.  It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and library staff and to promote library use and support.  All types of libraries—school, public, academic and special—participate. 

April 1--Radio 1 St. Thomas Rotary Club = EBPL, R.S. 

ANNOUNCEMENT: The public libraries in the Virgin Islands have a strong relationship with Rotary Clubs in the Virgin Islands.  The clubs have made donations of books and funds to purchase books.  Currently the Rotary Club Mid-Isle in St. Croix donates a book for each of its weekly guest speakers to the FWPL.  In St. John, the Rotary Club partnered with the ESPL to host the Bookwriting @ your library in the summer of 2006.  Following hurricane Hugo the Rotary Club of St. Croix donated books to Caribbean Collection of the FWPL and the Rotary Club West donated reference books to the APPL. 

April 3—The World’s Largest Crossword Puzzle@your library = FWPL, C.C., W.W. 
April 3—
The World Map @ your library... = FWPL, C.C., W.W. 
April 3 to 9
—National Library Week...= All libraries DLAM
April 3 to 9
—Demonstration of updated DLAM web site (all libraries)= All libraries DLAM W.W. 

ANNOUNCEMENT: In an effort to provide reader services to library patrons, the DLAM maintains a website ( information about the existing public libraries and their programs and services are found here.  Free library services are accessible by logging on to the website.  Access to the online reference services are available with the use of your library car Patron ID and PIN number.  During national library week access is provided with the following Patron ID: 633052   and PIN: 1205 Library cards are free of charge. 

April 3-9—Arts and Crafts (Local artesian exhibit) Ron Keele Glass Blower, Vashpi Boynes Crochet/Needlework, Busy Hands Needlework, Carol Beckowitz photographs, Carol McGuinness, Ukrainian Easter Eggs, Rena Dawson, Photography, Avelino Samuel, Woodturner = C.M. 
April 3-6
--EBPL School Visits @ Children’s Library... EBPL, R.S., K.B.
April 3
--announce Internet/WWW access Sunny Isle Public Library = DLAM M.M. R.M. 
April 3
--Announce Join the Major Leagues @ your library contest (all libraries) DLAM 

ANNOUNCEMENT:Join the Major Leagues @ your library…this national project of the American Library Association and Major League Baseball, is a question and answer contest which provides library patrons the opportunity to use the library and the Internet to answer questions about baseball and win a trip to a World Series game.  Thanks to Sharon Robinson, Vice-President of MLB and daughter of Jackie Robinson and FRIEND of FWPL, the contest included the outlying territories.  Rotary Club of St. Croix purchased a number of books on the reading list for the contest for the FWPL.  The start date for the contest this year is April 28. 

April 4—Resume and Interviewing Skills Workshop (Kathleen Hurley FRIENDS of SPL). = C.M.
April 4
—Resort to Reading (Mahogany Run/Ginn Co) Michael Winslow, “The human sound-effects machine,” best known for his roles in the Police Academy and his stand-up comedy acts. Winslow will read to the children at St. Peter and Paul’s School for their students and students from Dober and Tuitt Elementary Schools = R.S. 
4pm—Government Printing Office Access (U.S. Government Depository FWPL = L.G. 
April 5
—Learn to crochet/knit/needlework (SPL) = C.M. 
April 3-7
(Exhibit) The History of Quelbe @ your library...FRIENDS of FWPL (press conference 4-8)= Willard John, P.A., R.M. 
April 4
—National Library Workers Day (DLAM)
April 5
—Regional Library (press conference) = L.G.
April 3-8
—Demonstration—Homework @ your library = (DLAM)= W.W., R.M., C.D.
April 3-8
—Ask A Librarian online Reference Demonstration (DLAM) = W.W., R.M., C.D.
April 6, 10am
—Online Reference Books @ your library...Thompson Gale/FWPL/DLAM = Nelson Glass, Thompson/Gale, W.W., R.M., C.D.
April 6
—Reception Batiste exhibit (Ongoing—St. Croix Art Exchange @ your library) = Andrea Batiste, Artist
April 6
—Creative Writing @ your library (FWPL) = Leslie Alexander Lacy, W.W.
April 6
—Story Hour...Reading Time @ your library... Art Frederik, Superintendent National Park Service = C.M.
April 7, 7pm
—Poetry @ your library...(FWPL)  Open microphone, special performance by Ronald Russell and accompanying musicians = D.E.

ANNOUNCEMENT:This project is in its fourth year, it is hosted by the FRIENDS of FWPL.  A variety of poets and those who like to read poetry take the advantage of this well attended and well supported program.  The Children’s Theater of the FWPL is the venue. The program has children, young adults and adults participate.  Visiting and noted poets often participate.  A publication of the works presented is in the works.

April 7
—Story Hour/Reading Time @ your library (pre-schoolers) FWPL = I.I.

ANNOUNCEMENT:This program is hosted by the FRIENDS of FWPL and organized by parents.  On Friday morning monthly, parents and day care centers travel to the FWPL Children’s Theater.  Parents organize themes, sets and in costume present stories accordingly.

April 7
—Learn/Explore MS PowerPoint...SPL = . C.M.
April 8, 6am
—NLW Run to Your Library...FWPL = W.W., V.I. Pace Runners

ANNOUNCEMENT:For 24 years the public is invited to participate in this run which starts and finishes at the FWPL.  The race course loops in the town of Christiansted.   

April 8, 2pm to 3pm—Volunteer readers from Athalie Mc Farlane Petersen Public Library Reading Club @ FWPL = D.E.
April 8
—Read On the Green...EBPL/UVI = R.S,
April 8
—Creative Writing @ your library...EBPL = Leslie Alexander Lacy, R.S,
April 9
—Creative Writing @ your library...FWPL = Leslie Alexander Lacy, W.W, Territorial Librarian

Virgin Islands Public Library facilities:

EBPL = Enid Baa Public Library
FWPL = Florence Williams Public Library
ESPL = Elaine Sprauve Public Library
SIPL = Sunny Isle Public Library
= Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums 

Contacts for projects/programs: 

C.C. Claudette Christians, St. Croix Bookmobile

C.D. Chris Doute, VIALS System Manager, 774-3407

C.M. Carol Mc Guinness, Head Librarian, Elaine Sprauve Public Library,

D.E. Denise Ellis, Library Technician, Athalie Petersen Public Library, 772-0315

I.I. Ina Isaac, Library Technician, FWPL, 773-5715

K.B. Kirsten Brunn, Library Assistant, Enid Baa Public Library, 774-0630

L.G. Letitia Gittens, Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped/U.S. Government Depository 772-2250

M.M. Michelle Martin, Library Technician, Sunny Isle Public Library 719-3093

P.A. Patricia Abbott, Library Technician, FWPL Caribbean Collection, 773-5715

R.M. Ricki Marchall VIALS System, FWPL, 773-5715

R.S. Rachelle Shells, Head Librarian, Enid Baa Public Library, 774-0630

W.W. Wallace Williams, Territorial Librarian, 773-5715

Dates and times will be provided/adjusted accordingly


For more information contact the library: 340-773-5715
Pre-School Groups please check with the library...
A project of the Friends of the FWPL...

Virgin Islands public libraries offer free access to online dedicated databases from The Thompson-Gale Group. The service, available for the past three years, was donated by Trust Asset Management. The list of resources was expanded during National Library Week.

Nelson Class from The Thompson-Gale Group introduces the latest selection of databases purchased by the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums to a group including staff, patrons and donors.

Nelson Class and Carol McGuiness, Head Librarian of Elaine I. Sprauve Public Library and Museum, St. John (standing), Adrie Murial, Library Technician at The Children's Library of the Enid Baa Public Library, Beverly Smith, Library Technician in the Von Scholten Collection and patrons (back to camera).

Left-Right Nelson Class, The Thompson-Gale Group, Mona Charles, Executive Asistant, Trust Assets Management, Donald Sussman, Principal Partner, Trust Assets Management, Freida Webster, Office Manager, Trust Assets Management, Heather Lane, Children's Librarian, Enid Baa Public Library, Audrey Murial, Library Technician, Enid Baa Public Library





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