V.I. Librarians Participate in National Book Festival
L-R: Enid O'Garro-St. Croix, Carol McGuinness-St. John
& Rachelle Shells, St. Thomas
In 2008, four DPNR Division of Libraries, Archives & Museums librarians and library staff, represented the U.S. Virgin Islands at the 2008 National Book Festival in the Pavilion of the States. The book festival, sponsored b y the Library of Congress and hosted by First Lady Laura Bush was held in Washington, D.C. on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol and the National Mall. http://www.loc.gov/bookfest
At the request of the Library of Congress and approval by Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. and Commissioner Robert Mathes, Ingrid A. Bough, Territorial Director of the Division of Libraries, Archives & Museums (DLAM) continued to serve as the U.S. Territories Coordinator for a seventh consecutive year. In this capacity, Bough coordinated the American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands for the Pavilion of the States. St. Croix DLAM employee of the year Ms. Enid O' Garro, St. Thomas/St. John DLAM employee of the year Ms. Carol McGuiness and St. Thomas Enid M. Baa librarian, Ms. Rachelle Shells traveled to attend and represent the U.S.V.I. Division of Libraries, Archives & Museums at the festival.
Over 120,000 people from the Washington metropolitan area and around the country turned out to participate in the free one day festival. Over fifteen representatives from U.S. Territories were present at the four territories tables (American Samoa, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico) in the Pavilion of the States. The popular Pavilion of the States provided festival goers with an opportunity to learn about the reading, libraries and literacy promotion projects as well as the literary traditions of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories. Representatives from throughout the nation provided information and answer questions about their state's writers, libraries, book festivals, book awards and reading promotion activities. Throughout the entire day, children and adults swarmed around the very colorful territories' tables.
Special visitors to the Virgin Islands table were Librarian of Congress, Dr. James H. Billington, Center for the Book Director, Dr. John Y. Cole and Institute of Museum and Library Services Director, Anne-Imelda M. Radice, Ph.D.
L-R: R. Shells, Librarian, I. Bough, DLAM Territorial Director, James Billington, Librarian of Congress & John Y. Cole, Director Center for the Book, Library of Congress