BookMobile helps young readers

The Kiwanis Club have started a program that provides children with the option to borrow books. This program is for children aged 4 to 12 and is free of charge. It will be held at Jerome Smith Park in Hutland and Windsor Park and will run every alternate Saturday from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

The event is named BookMobile, the basis of the program is to provide a means for children to improve their reading skills, by better book availability. Many children do not have convenient local access to a public library, so the Kiwanis Club is bringing the library to the kids.

Members of the Kiwanis Club have volunteered to read to the children, and will encourage them to speak up and read along. Early incorporation of reading is critical as the children’s brains are still developing and reading is one of the most basic requirements for success in life.

Nearly 1000 books are available on-board the BookMobile. Kids who sign up to become a member will be able to select their favourite book to keep permanently out of a set of books provided by the Humane Society.

When members borrow books they must return them at the next visit of the BookMobile. This event provides a safe environment for children to sharpen their reading skills whilst enjoying the exciting world of books.

Kiwanis is a global organisation of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. The Kiwanis Club of Grand Cayman meets every Wednesday at 12:30 pm at the Britannia Golf Club restaurant. For further information on Kiwanis, or on the BookMobile and its possible use for library or other events in your area, call Paul de Freitas on 916-6331.