International Literacy Day “Reading is fundamental even though technology has come and put a twist on things, I think we still have to continue to read. If people are to stay literate, they must continue to read and develop a habit if reading too as long as they live,” says Deputy Chief Librarian Nadine Moore.Moore has been working at the National Library for the past 20 years and says Guyanese need to continue to read more. She added that reading alone is not all, rather when one reads they must be able to comprehend and the National Library has been ensuring that programmes are in place to teach the skill of reading and comprehending.The world celebrated International Literacy Day on Saturday under the theme “Literacy and skills development”. This year, International Literacy Day, according to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), explores and highlights integrated approaches that simultaneously can support the development of literacy and skills, to ultimately improve people’s lives and work and contribute to equitable and sustainable societies.Moore says that ILD is very important since it serves to remind leaders and the general population of the status of literacy and its importance in advancing a population. She said at the National Library, they have been providing free and equitable access to information to everyone, on various platforms, to help improve literacy.From left: Deputy Chief Librarian Nadine Moore, along with Senior Library Assistants Merle James and Dihanne SaulShe explained that one would think that a typical day at the library only involves them restocking and checking out books as well as offering advice but revealed that there are a lot of behind the scenes work that they are involved in.“We have to develop a collection based on demands and request of the general public as well as current affairs to keep our members informed so that is the first thing we try to put in place. We also have to acquire the materials in various forms and we have to process the materials and put them in the right subject so it is easily accessed. Apart from doing that we also have the behind the scenes work which is getting these materials shelf ready,” she explained.She noted that they are also preparing to go electronic by 2019.“In 2019 we will have resources with an online catalogue and have our rare books collection digitised… we have issues with bandwidth but that is being improved and we will provide advanced services to patrons with regard to resources and have staff technology ready,” Moore added.Additionally, the National Library has a number of continuous activities to promote literacy. Moore stated that over the years they have seen an increase in the number of young readers, adding that it shows that the younger generation is moving more to books despite the technological advancement.“We are really working hard to ensure that persons in the society are literate or become that way and reduce the level of illiteracy and the introduction of these programmes we would like to see a turn around the level of literacy. People really underestimate the power of reading and reading is fundamental… we have to read to be kept abreast with technology,” she advised.
Noel presenting the cheque to Colette Ferguson of NW Simon Community.Local entertainer Noel Sweeney celebrated his 67th birthday today by handing over a cheque for €10,012 to the North West Simon Community. The money was raised over the last two months with the release of his brilliant heart-wrenching song and DVD entitled Two Pay Cheques Away.An emotional Noel paid tribute to the people of Donegal for the generosity and said he was sure the money will be put to very good use. Noel said “Normally, you receive presents on your birthday, but I am absolutely delighted to be giving a present to the North West Simon Community on my birthday. Many times in life, we get too focused on material things and lose sight of what’s important.“The work that the Simon Community and their volunteers do in our towns, county and throughout the country is brilliant. I’m only too delighted to make a small contribution that will support the good work that they do”The cover of Noel’s new song Two Pay Cheques Away.Collette Ferguson from North West Simon said they are very grateful to Noel and the Swilly Group.“The campaign they have run over the last two months has been excellent and has really raised the awareness of homelessness in the North West. I am delighted to accept the cheque on behalf of North West Simon. The money raised will be used to fund our intervention activities in the North West in 2016”. Noel said they got excellent support from businesses and people around Letterkenny and Donegal.“People were only too happy to donate to this worthy cause when asked”. “I would like to thank my son Karl Sweeney, Kathleen Bonner and the staff at Swilly Group for helping me manage and coordinate the campaign. Collette Ferguson from North West Simon has also been a real pleasure to work with”.He continued “We are still accepting donations on behalf of NW Simon. We have lots of CDs to sell and it’s not too late to donate to the campaign.”On a disappointing note, Noel conceded that he was now unlikely to make the Christmas No. 1. However, he concluded that if anyone wanted to buy him a birthday present to cheer him up, he was happy to accept birthday presents well into the New Year!HE’S DONE IT! NOEL SWEENEY RAISES €10k FOR NORTH-WEST SIMON was last modified: December 23rd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalNoel SweeneyNorth West SimonTwo Pay Cheques