Thursday, January 22, 2009

Quote of the Week: Maya Angelou

I really like this quote, particularly at this time when the National Youth Council of Dominica is coordinating Keira's Book Club. The Club, which was started by 9 year old Christina (Keira) Valentine, targets primary school students in hopes of encouraging reading as an extra curricular activity and to assist literacy programs at schools and communities across Dominica.

So far, 9 year old Keira, with the help of her mother and friends, has managed to collect and ship over 800 books to Dominica and the launch of the program is scheduled for the month of February.

A logo design competition is currently being coordinated by the Youth Council to give the program an official launch and a number of schools/persons have already shown interest in participing in the program.

This week's quote speaks of reading and it comes from Dr. Maya Angelou.

Dr. Angelou is a remarkable Renaissance woman who is hailed as one of the great voices of contemporary literature. As a poet, educator, historian, best-selling author, actress, playwright, civil-rights activist, producer and director, she continues to travel the world, spreading her legendary wisdom. Within the rhythm of her poetry and elegance of her prose lies Angelou's unique power to help readers of every orientation span the lines of race and Angelou captivates audiences through the vigor and sheer beauty of her words and lyrics.

And now the quote:

"Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him."

To support Keira's Book Club please contact the National Youth Council of Dominica at email: or simply reply to this blog post.

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