ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES
C.W. Prescod Primary School
730 students • Grades K to 6
Suzette Abbott-King, Principal
Ms. Zoriah Cato, Librarian
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With 730 children from Grade K to Grade 6, C.W. Prescod Primary School, located in the busy urban crush of Kingstown, the capital city of St. Vincent, this school is a busy, busy, busy place. But it also has a big and growing appetite for reading. After overcoming physical challenges (pigeons in the rafters, termites in the bookshelves) a few years back, the library is charging along, reports Yvette Pompey, one of the Hands Literacy Links for the island.
“This year, termites have staged another attack on the bookshelves, but the school purchased replacement materials and the government is working on the repairs” says Yvette. “The school’s longtime librarian, Ms. Noella Duncan, has migrated to the U.S. but she has trained another young lady, Zoriah Cato, as a part-time librarian. We now have 25 children trained as Student Librarians, and the Principal is planning to re-launch the new, improved library when school reopens in September.
“The students and teachers at this school have really embraced the library. All classes are coming to the library with their teachers to engage in literacy activities and to borrow books. The borrowing is improving steadily.”
Yvette also notes that, of the Hands 11 measurement points for a successful library, C.W. Prescod is a resounding “Yes!” to every one of them:
1. Are all classes coming to the library weekly?
2. Are all classes recording the number of books borrowed weekly?
3. Is the book check out and check in system working?
4. Has the library team had sufficient training with the Hands Library Manual and the Hands Teachers Resource Guide to the Library (Grades K-3)?
5. Are the class teachers requesting/seeking information making use of the librarians to find books that would support their lessons in the classroom?
6. Has the library team shared with teachers and students what is available in the library through book displays, conversations, read-alouds, library activities, and/or reading contests?
7. Does the library have inviting places for children and teachers to sit and read?
8. Does the school have an active Wish List that teachers and students can add to for books they would like to see in the library in the future?
9. Does the school have a Student Librarian program?
10. Is the library accessible for teachers and students to spend time in the library during break times and lunch time?
11. Has the school involved the students’ parents in the use of the library?