"Friends of the Bequia Library"      

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Libraries Shape Lives

Become a Friend of the Bequia Library
- a non-profit volunteer organization

The Bequia Library started as a book-station in 1952, then developed to a Branch Library by 1960. In 1993, the Bequia Library service was relocated to the present site. The government provides building, utilities and staff.

Will you help?

The Friends of the Bequia Library has been formed to meet a very real need. Financial resources are very limited, so the Friends has been formed to raise much-needed funds for the Library's special projects. These projects involve the school-age children of Bequia.


Programmes and Projects

* PURCHASE OF REFERENCE MATERIAL
. . . to be used in conjunction with specific school courses

* ACQUISITION OF NEW CHILDREN'S BOOKS AND MAGAZINES

* DEVELOPMENT OF SPECIAL READING PROGRAMMES

* DESIGN OF OTHER OUTREACH PROGRAMMES
. . . To encourage the use of the new Library by students


Become a Friend of the Bequia Library

a non-profit organization

Categories of Friends

Category --- Annual Rates in EC$
Benefactor ______________ $100
Patron ___________________ 75
Associate _________________ 50
Sponsor __________________ 25
Student ___________________ 5

Please send Contributions by cheque to:

Friends of the Bequia Library
Port Elizabeth P.O., Bequia
St. Vincent, West Indies

Please clearly indicate the currency being remitted on the cheque and provide your full name and mailing address for the record of charter members of the Friends of the Bequia Library. If you have an interest in providing support material or services of any kind please indicate your area of interest on an accompanying note.

The 1200 children on Bequia thank you for your support.

The chairperson of the organization, Rannie Gregg, is always open to proposals for enlightened support programs, funding sources and donations of materials or services. Any E-mail messages can be sent to Rannie at maxi716@yahoo.com.


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THE NEWS FROM THE BEQUIA LIBRARY for 1998


GIFT FROM THE HADDONFIELD ROTARY MAKES AN IMPACT

The Bequia Library has been the recipient of a generous grant of $ EC2700 from the Rotary Club of Haddonfield,New Jersey, USA. This gift, in recognition of the importance of the new library to the education of the children on the island has resulted in the addition of more than l50 new books for children from 6 to 12years of age and are the first new books for our younger readers in many years. These books were selected by the Haddonfield Public Library with assistance from The Friends of the Bequia Library. A special effort was made to locate books with Caribbean themes and more than 40 books were bought in this category. The most popular books for young adults are the series The Hardy Boys and 13 PineStreet. All the books are now on the shelves and in active circulation. The Bequia Library is most grateful to the Haddonfield Rotary.


SATURDAYS AT THE LIBRARY

The Friends of the Bequia Library continues their popular Saturday Morning Story Hours. For over ayear now, children from around the island meet at the library each Saturday morning at 10:00AM tolisten to exciting stories read to them by Myrtle James and other volunteers from the local and expatriate community. These Story Hours were instituted to encourage the children to come to the library, to feel comfortable there, and to develop good reading habits -- they are encouraged to take at least one book home with them each week. The new books contributed by the Haddonfield Rotary have now given the children some new and interesting books to read.


THANKS TO OUR MANY FRIENDS

We all need friends and the Bequia Library is very grateful to all the people on Bequia (including many foreigners living on the island) who became members of The Friends of the Bequia Library. Over $ EC 4000 was raised on the island during our first fund drive last year and the money was used for the purchase of CXC books for older students on the island. Without the generous support from Friends like you, the library could never be able to reach our goal of meeting the reading needs of our children by expanding the book collection.


REGATTA AT THE LIBRARY

We all know that the island really come alive during the annual Bequia Regatta and we at the library are also planning some special events and will be hosting our own Regatta Party! There be special stories read about sailing in the Caribbean, a poster contest, games and LUNCH. We also hope that Athneal Ollivierre, The Last Harpooner, will be able to join us and regal the children about the whaling tradition on the island.


all comments by e-mail to Rannie Gregg Chairperson FoBL.


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