March is National Library Month

March is National Library Month

The National Library and Information Services in conjunction with the Ministry of Education is excited about Reading and giving our nation the chance at giving back to our youth.  Reading opens opportunities for innovation and imagination.  As we move more towards technology and electronics, we must not forget to read. A curious and innovative mind in this society is a powerful tool.

We are partnering with Authors in The Bahamas and internationally to promote this year’s  theme ‘Librarians make a difference in my Life”. The overarching framework of Libraries and our initial theme for the first to third and fourth year of National Library Month Celebrations was “ Libraries Build Strong Communities and Change Lives.”  
Please promote literacy by encouraging students and the public to enroll as new members of local library branches throughout The Bahamas and provide incentives for reading books of various genre not only to assist them in research projects but for enjoyment. Encourage stimulating book reports (By following some of these ideas found at click—> 30 Creative Book Report Ideas for Every Grade and Subject (weareteachers.com)
  • Make a mobile – create your favorite scene
  • Create a timeline – include the important topics
  • Create a magazine ad for the book
  • Make a board game
  • Put together a Power Point Presentation about your favourite book or author
  • Write a letter to a friend informing them why they should read the book
  • Make a bookmark of your favorite chapter
The National Library Month of March is based on the passing of the National Library and Information Authority (NLIS) Act on 10th March 2009 to foster a love for literacy and the development of a stronger and a modernized library and information society in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. In partnering with Mrs. Beverley Turnquest, a creative Bahamian Author this month and in an effort to promote reading amongst our patrons, please share the above information/flyer with users. The WhatsApp number for Mrs. Turnquest in included on the flyer. Please also note that participants of the reading competition may access a free download of the author’s book(s) on Tuesday 1st March 2022.

We would also be in collaboration with other Bahamian and other International Authors as we celebrate National Library Month. The Annual celebration of our National Library Month in March is based on our local Bahamian history of modern library development.  Next month the American Library Association celebrates School Library Month (April). Therefore, it is not uncommon to observe Bahamian Schools follow the American Tradition. It is important for us as Information Specialists to be cognizant of the origin of the various celebrations and to also inform our students of same.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Respectfully submitted by

Dorcas R. Bowler, B.Ed., MLIS, CPLA
President of ACURIL 2013-14
Director of Libraries 
National Library and Information Services 
Ministry of Education 
P. O. Box N-3913/14
Nassau, Bahamas

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