“Reading Warriors” – Inter Library Young Adult Reading Challenge 2013

July 8, 2013 15 comments

NALIS-reading-warriors-2013aNALIS Public Libraries Division presents Reading Warriors” – An Inter Library Young Adult Reading Challenge. The goal of this competition is to promote literacy skills by increasing young adult (13 – 17 years) reading interest and awareness in the use of library material and information services. Books of almost every genre have been selected in an effort to encourage teens to read out of their comfort zones and to allow every participant to find books which appeal to them.

We invite young adults to read up to ten (10) books from the Reading Warrior Booklist and submit a book review of no more than 300 words using the NALIS blog.  Two (2) of the books selected must be West Indian Fiction. If one (1) of the choices made is a Classic Graphic Novels, competition requirement is that two (2) of this genre will count as one book. The better the review submitted the greater the chances of winning fantastic prizes. See Challenge Rules.


  • Originality (no copying and pasting or plagiarism) – 20 pts
  • Reading from a Variety of Genres – 20 pts
  • Character Descriptions – 20 pts
  • Description of the Plot – 20 pts
  • Writing Style – grammar, punctuation, sentence construction – 20 pts

Please note: Competitors will also be required to hold Blog discussions with each other and librarians about their choice of books.


  • Launch:                                     07th July 2013
  • Deadline for Submission:         30th August 2013
  • Judging Period:                        2nd – 6th September 2013
  • Prize Giving Ceremony:           9th September 2013

Go to the NALIS website for additional information on each book in the Reading Warrior Booklist.

For further information, you may contact Ms. Vernice Phillip, Librarian – Arima Public Library:

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YA Book Club Project: The Giver by Lois Lowry

October 4, 2012 2 comments

The Arima Library Book Club invites all readers to share their views on one of their past reads – the young adult fiction book The Giver by Lois Lowry, winner of the 1994 Newberry Medal.

Book Synopsis:

The Giver by Lois LowryTwelve-year-old Jonas lives in a perfect society – no pain, no crime, no unhappiness. When he receives his training to be the Receiver of Memories, he discovers secrets about the past, in which there was war, hunger and disease, but also colour, weather, and strong emotions and the terrible choices that make this world possible. Gradually Jonas comes to understand, and resent, the choices that had to be made to create his world, and the terrible secrets behind its perfection.  Together he and the former Receiver, now called the Giver, concoct a plan to change the way his world works, but before they can carry it out Jonas is forced to make a decision that may destroy them all.

Let’s Talk About:

  • The utopian society depicted in the book.
  • Are the tradeoffs the people have made to get rid of the bad things in life really worth it?
  • What would you be willing to give up in order to have a safe, clean, peaceful society in which everyone is happy and cared for?
  • Do you think Jonas did the right thing?
  • What do you think happens in the end?

Please leave a comment telling us about your own idea for a “perfect community”, giving it a name, a system of government, a physical description, and an account of how its people spend their days.

Where were you …on Independence Day – August 31, 1962?

July 18, 2012 4 comments

50th Anniversary of IndependenceDo you remember where you were, what you were doing and how you felt on the day that Trinidad and Tobago became an independent nation?  As we celebrate our 50th Anniversary of Independence, NALIS invites you to share your Independence Day, 1962 memories.

Post your comments here on the NALIS Blog or send your stories, photographs or memorabilia from activities held on Friday August 31st 1962 to Jasmin Simmons, Heritage Library Division, National Library Building in Port of Spain.  Entries will be reviewed and highlighted at the Heritage Library from July 23rd to September 30th, 2012.

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Young Adult Reading Warriors Challenge

July 18, 2012 7 comments

NALIS invites young adults to read up to 10 books from the Reading Warrior Booklist and submit a book review (no more than 300 words) using the NALIS blog. The better the review submitted the greater the chances of winning fantastic prizes. The book reviews are judged on creativity, commentary on plot and characters. The Challenge begins July 16th, 2012. Closing date for entries is August 24th, 2012. The best five reviews will be announced in September. Contact the POS Young Adult Library at 868 624-4466 Ext. 2062 for further details.

Reading Warriors Booklist:

  • Twelfth Night / by Burningham, Hilary
  • Born Confused / by Desai Hidier, Tanya
  • Jacob have I loved / by Paterson, Katherine
  • Juliana and the Medicine Fish / by MacDonald, Jake
  • What Mother Never Told Me / by Hill, Donna
  • Inner City Girl / by Smith-Dennis, Colleen
  • Full circle: the Rami Johnson story / by Palmer, C. Everard
  • Black Mirror/ by Werlin, Nancy
  • Ghost Boy/ by Lawrence, Iain
  • Vernon God Little / by Pierre, D.B.C
  • The Crying for a Vision / by Wangenie, Walter
  • Samir and Yonatan / by Carmi, Daniella
  • Sixteen Candles: An It Chicks Novel / by Williams, Tia
  • Trickster’s Choice/by Pierce, Tamora
  • Keeper of the Night / by Holt, Kimberly Willis
  • Sky Birds Dare! / by Hubbard, L Ron.
  • Girl with a Pearl Earring / by Chevalier, Tracy
  • Pictures of Hollis Woods / by Giff, Patricia Reilly
  • Invisible / by Hautman, Pete
  • The Legend of Bizarium: A New Divide /by Mahabir, Edward

Reading Warrior Rules and Cover Form

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One Book One Community 2012

May 31, 2012 29 comments

The Stolen Cascadura by BEverley Ann ScottThe National Library and Information System Authority (NALIS) launched its seventh annual One Book, One Community (OBOC) Nationwide Reading Project on April 18, 2012 at the Audio Visual Room at the National Library.

This year’s selection is The Stolen Cascadura by Beverley Ann Scott. During the period April 18 to June 30, NALIS invites the national community to borrow and read The Stolen Cascadura and participate in discussions and other activities based on the book at public libraries across the country.

The Stolen Cascadura is a work of fiction set in Trinidad in 2003. It revolves around characters from different cultural, ethnic and economic backgrounds, brought together by circumstances which change the course of their lives. See More…

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“Let’s Fight Racism” Campaign Launched

December 13, 2011 2 comments

Date: December 12, 2011

The “Let’s Fight Racism” poster campaign was launched by the United Nations Information Centre for the Caribbean Area (UNIC) during its Human Rights Day commemoration in Port of Spain on 8 December 2011.

The campaign aims to promote understanding about how stereotypes and the perceptions they underlie can perpetuate racial prejudice and intolerance. It further seeks to encourage individuals to confront their own personal prejudices and encourage tolerance in others. The National Library and Information System Authority (NALIS), UNIC’s collaborator on this campaign, will disseminate posters throughout the country through their network of libraries.

UNIC Officer-in-Charge and United Nations Security Adviser in Port of Spain, Catherine Gilbert, and Acting Executive Director of NALIS, Lucia Phillip, addressed the launch.

Attached below are their remarks and press release.

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eViews – Have Your Say

November 1, 2011 Leave a comment

Get In @ Your NALIS LibraryAs we celebrate National Library Week – October 30th to November 5th, 2011, NALIS invites you to post your views here. Comments should be based on the topic: “Libraries, Making a Difference, Changing Lives.”

Please note: We reserve the right not to post comments that: contains obscene, indecent, or profane language; contains threats or defamatory statements; contains hate speech directed at race, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, age, religion, or disability; or promote or endorse services or products.

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