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Nov 3, 2009

Natl Library Service launches book drive

Story PictureAnd the National Library Service has close to forty service points throughout the country including branch and community libraries. And while many persons are now relying on the internet, there are plenty others who still use the libraries as a source of reference. A newly created organization called Angel Says: Read, headed by former Washington Post Newspaper reporter and book author, Jackie Spinner, today launched an initiative to assist libraries to build up their book inventory. The initiative encourages tourists who travel with books for their own personal reading, to leave it at the libraries. This effort is expected to bolster the quantity and quality of books available at libraries and Principal Librarian, Lawrence Vernon, says that the service welcomes Spinner’s initiative.

Lawrence Vernon, Principal Librarian, Belize National Library Service
“Actually no books were presented today except one that Spinner gave to the library as a sort of introductory copy. She will also be soliciting donations of books from persons in the states although she lives in Belize right now. These will also include, as I mentioned to her, we need a lot of children books for the community libraries around the country. So this will be a part of the initiative that she will be soliciting books and donating them specifically to the public libraries in Belize. The mandate of the library service is to collect and disseminate information, educational material, cultural material to the Belizean public. And any books that we can get—there is a shortage of books in libraries in Belize—so any types of books that we can get to bolster our book stock will be of great benefit. Perhaps the quality of books that might be donated—the most recent editions, the best-sellers that are coming out that the tourists might bring with them—this might be an incentive for people to come in and use the libraries more.”

Drop-off points for books throughout the country will be identified later.

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