Library focuses on nature and animals during book week

POSTED: 11/12/11 7:13 AM

St. Maarten – Nature and Animal Stories is the theme of this year’s Children’s Book Week, which will run from November 20 to November 27. The week of activities is organized by the Philipsburg Jubilee Library. Next to the theme there is a slogan: “Read Green, Live Green… All the Cool Kids love Animals.”

Book week will be opened with a mini parade and Read – A- Thon on the library’s parking lot and in the library’s hall. The mini-parade will be led by Generation New Status band and starts at 2:30 pm on the library’s parking lot. The official opening will be done at 3:00 p.m. and then the read-a-thon will begin. Eighteen (18) students from nine schools will participate in the read-a-thon by reading a book of their choice. Entertainment will also be provided by Motiance Dance School and Shabba Djembre Group and Fernando Clark will be the master of ceremony.

For the entire book week (Monday to Friday) the theatrical group JEPOBON will perform the English version of A donkey tale between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon for students from 12 schools that have signed up to view the performances.

On November 22 Ronald Pieters, a volunteer with Environmental Protection in the Caribbean, will give a free power point presentation on birding that focuses on migration. Local authors Greta Marlin, Lelia Elvee Bell, Sandra Jane Maidwell and Loes Hermans will do readings from their books between 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m on November 23. Papa Umpo will also be performing. On that same Wednesday prizes will be given out to the six schools who participated in the display competition. Schools and their students must be present from 3:00 p.m. for the ceremony, which will begin at 4:30 p.m.

The night of November 24 will be movie night and both children and parents are invited to a showing of Kung Fu Panda. Pop Corn and drinks will be on sale. On November 25 Dr. Dewitt, a veterinarian from the Animal Hospital of St. Maarten, will visit the library between 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to teach how children can care for their pets. The target group for the lecture is students in cycle 2 year 3 (former grade 5). There are only 30 spots available so children must sign up in advance.

The library has organized three activities for November 26. The first is called Animal Watch. Children who sign up for this will visit the Iguana Farm to see Iguanas in their natural habitat, the St. Maarten Zoo, take a lagoon tour to see the protected sites on the coastline and visit Seaside Nature Park. There will also be a special story time in the library between 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The event’s theme is all kid’s love animals. Susanne van Mierlo will be the story teller for this event.

Book Week will close with a hike along undeveloped parts of the coast on November 27. Signup sheets are available at the library. Participants must wear a T shirt and shorts, sturdy shoes and socks, hat/sunglasses and sunscreen to the hike.

In the lead up to and as part of the book week young people eight or older can sign up to read three books, write a book a report and claim a t-shirt as the prize.

Did you like this? Share it:
Library focuses on nature and animals during book week by

Comments are closed.