Eager students flock to reading fair

More than 30 finalists took part in a reading fair at George Town Library that aimed to promote reading and an appreciation of literature among Cayman’s youth. 

Saturday’s fair, hosted by the Cayman Islands Information Professionals and LIFE (Literacy is for Everyone), involved a storyboard competition for children.  

The finalists competed for 10 prizes of Kindle HD6s, donated by the Cayman Islands Public Library Service. 

Cayman Islands Information Professionals is a professional library and information science association – one of eight library associations in the Caribbean. It was founded in 2013 by information specialists living and working in the Cayman Islands.  

“The promotion of libraries and literacy is at the very core of our mission. Libraries after all are key repositories of information, and are important to the fabric of community learning that is available for free,” said Paul Robinson, chairman of Cayman Islands Information Professionals and deputy director of the public library service.  

“This particular event is a reading fair where children creatively produce a storyboard based on their favorite book,” he added. “The submissions are judged on clarity, creativity, thoroughness, interest invoked and quality. This fantastic competition not only encourages reading, but fires the creativity, imagination and fun associated with books.” 

Su Mander of LIFE’s executive team said. “Encouraging children to create a storyboard about a favorite book is a creative and fun way to help them develop their reading comprehension skills.”  

Ashley Welsh, program officer for Cayman Islands Information Professionals, explained that students chose their favorite books “and worked very hard to create a lively presentation that allows them to share their love of reading.”  

Books that the children worked on included “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and “The Wizard of Oz.” All the children received runner-up prizes and certificates of participation for their colorful and informative presentations.  

The winners, who each received a Kindle, were David Lewis, Abbie Carnahan, Madison Chin, Madison Malice, Natalie Bolland and Sofia Hansen. 

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Paul Robinson, chairman of Cayman Islands Information Professionals and Su Mander of LIFE, with winners Madison Chin, front left, and Madison Malice at Saturday’s reading fair at the George Town Library.

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Walker Riley, dressed as Willie Wonka, by his storyboard of ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.’
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