Summer reading bodes well for school

The results of the Public Library summer reading programme was easy to gauge for library assistant Blonice Whittaker.

‘When the children first came in, they would colour. Now the first thing they do is pick up a book,’ Mrs. Whittaker reported.

The ‘Claws, Paws, Scales and Tales’ programme attracted an average of 25 youngsters over the three weeks it ran.

Participants ranged in age from six to 14.

Ms Marnie Laing from the National Trust for the Cayman Islands visited once per week to talk about Cayman animals of the land, sea and sky. Related craft activities included making animal shapes out of papier mache.

Mrs. Whittaker praised the children’s attitudes and skills. ‘They seem to have a hunger for reading,’ she said.

The North Side Public Library has been very busy since it reopened in January, she added. Located in the old district town hall, the facility had to be repaired and refurbished after the damage caused by Hurricane Ivan in September 2004.