The 2021 Book Week, an annual event organized by the Queen Wilhelmina Library, was officially opened at the Sacred Heart School (SHS) on Monday morning, May 24, in the presence of students and guests.
This year’s theme is “The readers of today are the healthy minds of tomorrow,” created by grade 2 student Laila Hassell. This year’s Book Week design was made by Stephanie Hassell, a Form 5 student of the Saba Comprehensive School (SCS). Both students were recognized for their talents and received a prize from Island Governor Jonathan Johnson, who also performed the official opening of the 2021 Book Week. The Book Week Best Library Class trophy went to grade K2-B of teacher Antionette Granger.
Head librarian Joanna Simmons mentioned the importance of reading in her speech. “Everyone is trying to be health-conscious by eating healthy, walking, and exercising. The more you read, the more your mind will retain what you are reading, and the more knowledge you will receive.” To the parents, she said: “Your child should grow up with books all around and you reading to them. Books are the best gift you can give your child, certainly better than a TV or a cell phone.”
Simmons especially thanked Rosa Johnson for assisting with securing the financial support from the Public Entity Saba for the Book Week program. She thanked Satel NV for donating the 2021 Book Week t-shirts and ICS for printing the t-shirts.
Monday’s opening event started with singing the Saba anthem and the SHS school song, followed by two performances by grade 2 students. The event closed off with the presentation of birthday cards to students and teachers who made birthdays this month, presenting a card of recognition to several students of the week, and a closing prayer.
The Book Week lasts the entire week and includes activities for all primary school classes at the Queen Wilhelmina Library from Monday through Thursday with the assistance of two nurses of the Saba Health Care Foundation (SHC). The fun and educational activities focus on health. The first two groups of children that took part in the activities on Monday loved the ride on the ambulance. On Friday, there will be a walk-a-thon from the school in St. John’s to Queen Wilhelmina Park in The Bottom.