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The Pjl Library hosts Panel Discussion with local authors

— February 25, 2022

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On the importance of "Reading and Writing Books"
Philipsburg, February 24, 2022, The Philipsburg Jubilee Library’s Black History Month (BHM) 2022, comes to a climax with a panel discussion between some of our young and talented, local authors.
The Pjl Library hosts Panel Discussion with local authors
The exciting discussion will be moderated by the wellknown radio personality at Radio Saint Martin, Miss Charisse Piper. The young and new authors being featured are Jennifer Brooks, Rochelle Ward, Latoya Lake-Richardson and the new kid on the block Roy Q. Marlin.

These young authors will join PJL in its mission to realize the spreading of the awareness of the importance of reading from different angles.
In this era of digitalization and social media, we tend to forget that reading is a skill that gives you access to each other, fantasies, emotions, and even to entirely new worlds. The written word comes in so many forms and shapes, such as novels, poems, non-fiction, and biographies. That is why it is crucial to have local authors with whom we all can relate.

One could wonder why somebody wants to write a book. Or, what does it need to become a writer in Sint Maarten? What are their challenges? And of course the question of any library, how can they assist in attracting young persons to read. From the PJL’s point of view, it is essential and part of lifelong learning. And, it is the library’s responsibility to present a balanced collection of books.

The live- streamed panel discussion is scheduled for Monday , February 28, 2022 via zoom and on the Philipsburg Jubilee Library Facebook Page from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Interested person can join us on zoom using the meeting ID : 819 6451 1211 and the Passcode : 692253

The PJL Board , management , staff and the organizing focal group trust that all participants will be inspired by the panel discussion.

Throughout the month PJL offered a variety of events for all ages in which the library promoted local consciousness of the historical accomplishments of local, regional and international black people.

It gives us once more a great pleasure to invite everyone to the library to acquaint yourself with the local authors’ collection in stock and the varied Alice and Lionel Rombley Black History Collection available about the African Diaspora.

Last but not least, your library also hosts the iSTEP program, which is made available through a collaborate initiative between the PJL and the Division of Innovation of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth, and Sport. The program consists of 13 markers and is accessible through the ISTEP APP. It gives students, patrons and visitors an virtual experience of the history of Sint Maarten. So, if you prefer to listen to stories, you can knock yourself down in the iSTEP program.

It remains important that we keep passing on our legacy through the annual Power of Knowledge Series. With the closing off our 2022 BHM program it is our hope that the experiences shared by your local young authors will inspire your to get on the train of literacy development with your Sint Maarten Library. Become a member and make it your habit to visit the library.

For those challenged with getting to the Philipsburg location, feel free to visit the two other library locations which are operational; one in Cay Hille and one in Belvedere. Check our website, Facebook, and Twitter. If time is of the essence for you, we advise you to become a member and get immediate access to our digital library and the digital library of the Dutch Royal Library via the internet.

See you Monday, February 28 at 7:00 pm for the exciting Panel Discussion.

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