CFVI Named Library of Congress' Center for the Book
July 19, 2022 / 5 mins read
U.S. Virgin Islands, July 19 2022 — The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) has been honored by the Library of Congress with an invitation to serve as the Center for the Book for the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The inclusion of CFVI as the USVI Center for the Book completes the list of participants to include all 50 States, Washington, D.C. and each of the U.S. Territories. The Library of Congress and its affiliate Centers for the Book work together to promote books, reading, literacy and the Library’s literary programming nationwide through public programs and initiatives designed to attract a diverse population and serve affiliates’ local audiences. As the USVI affiliate, CFVI will collaborate with the Library on literacy programming, services, and collections, develop independent local programs and literary heritage projects, including developing initiatives and public programs to promote literacy, reading, book arts, poetry, and USVI literary heritage.
“We are pleased to welcome the new U.S. Virgin Islands Center for the Book as the newest affiliate to help promote reading with the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “CFVI and the USVI Center already have demonstrated a commitment to the mission of promoting books, reading and literacy with its many programs.”
“For CFVI, this is a very exciting opportunity,” said CFVI President Dee Baecher-Brown. “For decades, the Foundation has been working to promote literacy in the territory as a way to enhance the lives of our people, especially for our youngest children! We look forward to expanding these efforts to share the love of reading and writing.”
Since 2012, CFVI has led the Virgin Islands’ participation in the national network of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (GLR). The Campaign is a collaborative effort of states and communities across the nation to ensure that more children in low-income families succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career, and active citizenship. The Campaign focuses on an important predictor of school success and high school graduation—grade-level reading by the end of third grade.
And in 2019, CFVI launched the Little Free Library (LFL) program, a ‘take a book, share a book’ free book exchange in the Virgin Islands. Currently, there are 10 LFL locations throughout the territory. The project came to fruition through a partnership with Princess Cruises Community Foundation, USVI Department of Tourism, My Brother’s Workshop and Crucian Heritage and Nature Tourism (CHANT).
About Center for the Book and the Library of Congress
Congress created the Library’s Center for the Book in 1977 to stimulate public interest in books and reading. It has become a national force for reading and literacy promotion with affiliates in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa and Northern Marianas. For more information, visit www.read.gov/cfb.
The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States—and extensive materials from around the world—both on-site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.
About the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands
Since 1990, the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) has been a catalyst for positive change in the Territory through initiatives committed to youth, learning, family support and the environment. With a professional staff and a volunteer Board of Directors composed of community leaders, CFVI is a trusted advocate and supporter of programs that ensure opportunity and sustainability for current and future generations. CFVI is a registered non-profit organization entirely supported by individual donors, grants, trusts, corporate donations and estate planning. For more information, visit cfvi.net.