Video: Carlong Publishers hands over 1,000 children’s books to JLS
Carlong Publishers on Wednesday donated 1,000 copies of their children’s books to the Jamaica Library Service (JLS) and the School Library Network.
It includes 200 copies of five books published by Carlong as a part of their children’s series, the Sand Pebbles Pleasure Series and the Bintah series.
The donation is valued at over $650,000, but Carlong Publishers Chairman Shirley Carby, said, “the cost is worth much more.”
“We have deliberately priced our Sand Pebbles titles, well below market in order to make them affordable to Jamaican parents as gifts for their children,” Carby said.
Carby has committed to fostering the reading habit by increasing the inventory of the country’s libraries with children’s books written by Caribbean authors for Caribbean children.
Video edited by Marlon Reid.
She said Carlong is aware of the critical need of the Jamaica Library Service to offer to its young readers, contextually relevant, quality publications, reflecting Caribbean experience, environment and cultural traditions.
“Familiar people, familiar places and familiar experiences, will not only excite the children’s experiences but build identity awareness and cultural confidence,” Carby told guests gathered at the handover ceremony at the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Library.
Moreover, the donation seeks to help address the resource constraints at Jamaica Library Service.
Maureen Thompson, Director General of JLS said Carlong Publishers has donated over 2,700 volumes over the last decade.