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April 20, 2001 – Get youngsters to set foot in a public library, provide them a little encouragement and a lot of books, and they just might develop a love of reading that could change their life prospects.
That's part of the philosophy behind a two-month project the Friends of the St. Thomas Libraries is undertaking – a Saturday morning children's reading program that starts May 5. The other part is to "show the 'powers that be' that we value a library and expect it to be supported and developed," a release from the organization states.
From 9 a.m. to noon on the Saturdays of May 5, 12 and 19 and June 2, 9, 16 and 23, the Children's Room at the Enid M. Baa Library will not only be open by special arrangement but also be featuring special reading and art projects for kids.
Volunteers are needed to assist both with reading aloud and other Children's Room activities and with getting children to the site. Anyone able and willing to help is asked to contact Diane Moody by calling 776-1600, ext. 238, or 777-6244 or by e-mailing to mmoody@islands.vi. Those who don't pledge support in advance are nonetheless welcome to drop in any Saturday and offer their services.
Just volunteering to be a reader would help, Friends secretary Carol Lotz says. "If you can stop in for just an hour any Saturday morning, your presence would give energy to the program and stress your support for the importance of 'growing' a viable library," she says. And as far as the ingathering, "bring children ages 3 through 12 — your own, nieces, nephews, grands or friends’ children, and encourage every parent you know to do the same."
According to the release, the idea behind the project "is to inject some life into the library, to get people interested again, to instill the love of books in young children, and to impress the community with the importance of a viable library."

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