From the 20th to the 27th of November, Children’s Book week 2011 will be promoting reading and the love of nature and animals in books. Our theme this year is “Nature and Animal Stories”. Under the slogan: “Read Green, Live Green… All the Cool Kids love Animals” Our opening mini parade and Read – A- Thon on Sunday 20th of November 2011, on the library’s parking lot and in the library’s hall will kick off the many activities that are scheduled.
Sunday 20th Grand Mini Parade All children are welcome! Dress up as your favorite animal, plant or wear a t-shirt that depicts nature on the island and the region. The mini parade by Generation New Status band will start at 2.30 pm on the library’s Parking Lot. At 3 pm Children’s Bookweek will be opened by Government officials, followed by a Read- a- Thon, there are nine participating schools. A total of 18 students will read from a book that they have chosen. Entertainment will be provided to us by Motiance Dance School and Shabba Djembre Group and our master of ceremony is no other than Mr. Fernando Clark. Every Morning from 9 am to 12 pm Monday 21st to Friday 25th the theatrical group JEPOBON from Bonaire under the Leadership of Jackie Bernabela will be performing the English version of their hilarious play “ Rek” e buriko rek’ e! ~ Ezeltje strekje tafeltje dekje-aka “a donkey tale”. The play will be enjoyed by 12 schools that have registered to see them. Tuesday November 22nd all children are welcome to come to the library for a free birding power point presentation which will be done by the local organization Environment Protection in the Caribbean. Their volunteer Ronald Pieters will be present about bring awareness of the incredible phenomenon, the migration of Birds. Wednesday November 23rd local authors of well –known children’s books will come to the library to do an author book reading from 3 pm to 4.30 pm. This will be done by Greta Marlin author of” Hoppy Bunny and the hopping competition”, Lelia Elvee Bell author of “Wups”, Sandra Jane Maidwell Author of “Giselle” and “My parents are aliens.. And I don’t like peanut butter”. Loes Hermans author of “waar zijn mijn Oren”. Papa Umpo will also be performing. Also on Wednesday we will be giving out the prizes to the six participating schools who participated in the Display Competition. All representing schools and their students are requested to be present from 3pm. The prizes that will be won are meant for the schools. The prize giving ceremony will commence at 4.30 pm Thursday November 24th is movie night from 6 p. m. to 7.45 pm all children are invited to come out with their parents and see the movie Kung Fu Panda at the library during opening hours. Pop Corn and Drinks will be on Sale. Friday November 25th, 2011 Dr. Dewitt is a veterinarian from the Animal Hospital of St. Maarten. The Doctor will be present from 3pm to 4.30 with pets (Dogs and Cats). Children love their pets when they just arrive at home, getting a pet might be fun but also a big responsibility, so here is your chance to hear how and why you should learn to care for your pets. This information also comes with activities. Children in cycle 2 year 3 (former 5grade) can sign-up, for space is limited to 30 students. Saturday November 26th, 2011Time: 8:00 am- 3:00 pm Animal watch:Children are invited to sign up and be part of our Animal watch.
Here is your chance if you’ve never visited the Iguana Farm to see Iguanas in their natural habitat (Oyster pond road), we will also visit the St. Maarten Zoo here is your chance to pass through once again and visit the animals, The Nature Foundation also protects the marine life of St. Maarten; children will be given a grand opportunity to go out on a lagoon tour and see the protected sites of our coastline, after this excitement we will visit St. Maarten’s seaside nature park talk, walk, ride, maybe feed the horse and go for a swim to cool off. Permission must be given to the children by their parents in order for them to swim at this beach seeing that it is not child friendly. The St. Maarten Red Cross will be present to assist us in every area. Story Time:A special story time at the Library is scheduled from 11 am - 12.30 pm There will be an “All kid’s love animals” for those children who are at the library on Saturday the 27th and did not participate in the nature watch there is still a fundamental activity for you. Storyteller Susanne van Mierlo will be our story teller. Sunday November 27th, 2011TIme: 7:00 am- 11:30 am Explore your Island hike:Children who would like to go out hiking can sign up to explore St. Maarten’s beautiful coasts. See the island from a different point of view.
The hike will take us long parts that haven’t been built up as yet.
A bus will pick up all children who are registered. The hike is not only enjoyable but also educational. Professional hikers will be there to guide you and explain to you the nature of things. Sign up forms will be available at the library beginning November. Students dress code:T shirt and shorts/ polo shirts and long pantsSturdy shoes and socksHat/Sunglasses from the sunSunscreenNo Heels / No Flip Flops Extra activity during children’s book week:ReadingChildren’s book week is about the fun of reading.
Readers can earn a t-shirt with this year’s logo for Free.
If you are 8 years and older you can participate.
As of November 8th until November 27th all interested children can sign up, read 3 books, make a book report and receive a free t-shirt.