Hackney library donates children s books to Montserrat

The Public Library in the Caribbean island of Montserrat was the appreciative recipient of children s books from Hackney Library Services, in a presentation at Homerton Library on Friday, 9 May.

The Montserrat Public Library is the only remaining library on the island that was nearly devastated by the eruption of the Soufriere Hills Volcano in 1997. At least half the island’s population of approximately 6,000 are registered members of the library system, which also services four primary schools, by bookmobile, as well as the island’s prison.

Homerton Library Users Group was approached by Garvin Johnson, Montserrat national and library user, about a donation of books for the island’s Public Library. The donation was of children’s story books and factual books, which were no longer required by Hackney.

Garvin Johnson said: “I am very grateful to Hackney Library Services for their generous donation. I hope the links we have developed will be a continuous source of support to the island’s Public Library in its efforts to provide access to information for their customers. "

Anita Kane, Hackney Libraries Development Manager, was joined by members of the Homerton Library Users Group and staff to officially present the books to Janice Panton, Head of the Montserrat Government UK Office, and Garvin Johnson at Homerton Library on 9 May.

Councillor Nargis Khan, Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “This donation fittingly marks the 2008 National Year of Reading. It demonstrates what a wonderful resource our libraries are, not only for local people but also to those abroad.

"I hope more people will be encouraged to visit their local library and access the many services and activities that are available.”

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