Basseterre, St. Kitts:  21 April 2017 – The Charles A Halbert Public Library at Cunningham Avenue in Basseterre conducted its Annual Easter Read-A-Thon under the theme “Open A Book, Find A Treasure” during the period 10-13 April 2017.  The Prize Giving Ceremony for this group of bright ‘reading’ youngsters was held on Friday, 21 April 2017 at the Library.
The Ceremony was attended by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youth, Sports & Culture, Honourable.Shawn Richards, who assisted with the presentation of prizes; presenter of the keynote address, Mr. Loughlin Tatem; and representatives of various sponsors including President of the Rotary Club of Liamuiga (RCL), Carol Phillips, and Nordia Demming of St. Christopher Air & Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA) who assisted with the presentation of trophies, certificates, etc.
Mrs. Petrina Clarke-Whyte, Acting Librarian, in her appeal to the RCL expressed the view that the Easter Read-A-Thon contributed towards ensuring that the children of St. Kitts became equipped for a brighter future.
Participants competed in 2 categories – the Junior Category for ages 7 to 9 years old and the Senior Category for ages 10 to 12 years old.  This year there were 23 participants in the Junior Category and 18 in the Senior Category.  While the emphasis was on reading books, participants also had to prepare responses in relation to what was read and were involved in some other related activities for which they earned points.  The top 3 winners in the 2 categories were:
Junior Category
1st – Josiah Davis – 9 years old – 81 points
2nd – Aarya Mungli – 8 years old 81 points
3rd – Joanna Thompson – 9 years old – 78 points
Even though Master Josiah and Missy Aarya earned the same number of points, Josiah was awarded the top prize because he read 38 books as against 34 books read by Aarya.
Senior Category
1st Daniel Thompson – 12 years old – 56 points
2nd – Ayanna Blanchard – 10 years old – 55.5 points
3rd – Shaquana Moses – 10 years old – 53 points
Master Josiah Davis was also adjudged the Overall Winner and, in addition to earning a trophy from the RCL for being the winner of the Junior Category, he also earned an Overall Winner’s Trophy and the right to have his name engraved on the Charles A. Halbert Public Library Perpetual Easter Read-A-Thon Plaque, also sponsored by the RCL.  Master Daniel Thompson was awarded a trophy from the RCL for winning the Senior Category.
In his keynote address to the attendees Mr. Loughlin Tatem proposed several ideas for consideration by the Library for future implementation, such as, having video recordings of important events taking place in the Federation available for researchers.
The Rotary Club of Liamuiga thanks the staff of the Charles A. Halbert Public Library for affording the Club the opportunity to be involved in this educational initiative for the Primary School Students of St. Kitts for the seventh consecutive year.