Cayman’s public libraries and schools will have hundreds of new children’s books following a US$17,500 donation by Dart.
The donation, made at Christmas, is being used to purchase books in the name of LIFE (Literacy is for Everyone), a charitable organization that promotes reading.
According to a press statement from Dart, the money from Dart’s property companies – Camana Bay, Regatta, Flagship and Island Plaza – will go toward buying books that will be distributed to all branches of the Cayman Islands Public Library, including the Cayman Brac library, and the public primary and secondary school libraries in Grand Cayman.
This is the second consecutive year that Dart companies have made a donation of children’s books.
“The books are being purchased through Books & Books in consultation with the LIFE Executive Team, the director and staff of the CIPLS [Cayman Islands Public Library Service], the literacy specialist at the Ministry of Education and the public school librarians,” according to the statement.
The full shipment of books, which will number in the “several hundred,” is expected to arrive in Cayman in the next few weeks. Some books have already been supplied by Books & Books, according to Dart.
“We are delighted that the Dart companies decided to make this very kind donation again this year – our younger readers will benefit greatly from the exciting selection of new books we will have on offer,” said Paul Robinson, deputy director of the Cayman Islands Public Library System.
“Many of LIFE’s initiatives are all about encouraging young people to read. Keeping the public libraries and school libraries well stocked with a variety of children’s books is a great way to do that,” said Su Mander of the LIFE executive team. “Children will be motivated to read more when they are given the opportunity to choose from a wide selection of books which they can take home to read.” She added, “LIFE relies heavily on the generosity of its committed corporate sponsors. We are extremely grateful to the Dart property companies for their very generous and thoughtful donation to benefit the children of Cayman.”
As well as providing public libraries with books, government schools will also benefit from the donation.
“Our school librarians are thrilled to be receiving new books for the children in their school libraries,” said Brad Wilson, literacy specialist at the Cayman Islands Ministry of Education. “This is a truly generous Christmas donation from the DART companies, and the books will be put to great use in the schools.”