On Saturday, September 8, in honor of International Literacy Day, the Public Affairs Officer of the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown, James Rodriguez, along with the Senior Defense Official/Defense Attaché, Commander Elizabeth Booker, visited the Barbados National Library Service for a “Saturday Story Hour” and book donation. This outreach stemmed from the Embassy’s goal of reducing youth involvement in crime and violence in target communities by providing educational opportunities.
During the visit Commander Booker read a short story, ‘Ada Twist, Scientist’ to the children, ages 2 to 7 years, who were present at the Library. Commander Elizabeth Booker discussed important themes highlighted in the book including the importance of curiosity, imagination and perseverance. She noted that reading is important to a population especially the youth and said programs, such as this Saturday Story Hour, reinforces the critical role libraries play in promoting literacy awareness in an engaging and fun way. The Public Affairs Officer later presented an assortment of books from the Ambassador’s collection, valued at more than US$1,000, to Library Director Mary Waldron. In his brief remarks, Public Affairs Officer Rodriguez reinforced the Embassy’s commitment to promote literacy and empower the youth through education.