The Rotary Club of Grand Cayman is reaching out to the library at Her Majesty’s Prison at Northward in an effort to improve the quality of reading skills in the Cayman Islands.
Rotarian Graham Wood explained: “Rotarians are mindful of the needs of everyone in the community to have access to the written word. Books not only provide readers with pleasure, but they are so important for developing the mind in positive ways and for reference. Also, the development of reading abilities by those people whose literacy skills require enhancing will help them to cope better with the normalities of every day life, such as understanding signs, notices and forms.”
Mr. Wood co-ordinated the project to provide the books to the prison service.
HMP Director Dwight Scott said, “I am delighted to accept this supply of books for our library and thanked Rotary Central for its efforts in serving the whole community, including those people who are currently incarcerated. There is no doubt that rehabilitation is assisted through reading, especially for those who manage to improve their reading abilities as it really helps their after release.”
He said the books will benefit those who are accomplished readers, as well as those who require help with reading.
The selection of the books was left to the prison’s education service, according to Rotarian Martin Ruben.
Mr. Ruben said, “I am impressed with the selections made, which were all by Caribbean based authors. There are history books, novels, books on science fiction, music, culture, fishing and personal development, to name a few.”
For years, Rotary Central has invested money and time to help improve literacy in the Cayman Islands. This has involved the development of literacy programmes for adults and children, as well as the promotion of reading.
These efforts have been recognised by Rotary International at both the district and zone levels.