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Ocho Rios library gets books from Marleys

Published:Wednesday | December 16, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Adults from left, Kelonie Noble, senior librarian, St Ann Parish Library; Merlene Walker, regional director, Region Three, Julian 'JuJu Royal' Marley, reggae singer, and Radcliffe Walters, chairman St Ann Parish Library Committee, with children from Ocho Rios primary and Ocho Rios prep schools pose for a photo after the handover of the books.


When the Norwegian Pearl, the host ship for the Jamrock Reggae Cruise, docked in Ocho Rios last Tuesday, it meant an opportunity for the Marley brothers on the trip to do something different during the break.

For Damion 'Junior Gong' Marley, Stephen 'Ragga' Marley, Julian 'JuJu Royal' Marley and Kymani Marley, it actually meant a chance to do something positive for the youth in the birth parish of their father, reggae king Robert Nesta Marley.

After a postponement, from the previous week when Junior Gong was expected to do the honours, on Tuesday, the responsibility was given to JuJu Royal to donate boxes of books to the Ocho Rios Branch Library.

More than 200 books

In a short ceremony, Marley handed over the books, numbering more than 200, much to the appreciation of the entire library staff, headed by Regional Director, Region Three, Merlene Walker, and Senior Librarian at the St Ann Parish Library, Kelonie Noble.

"It's an important donation because, as you can see, we are really in need of books," Walker pointed out.

"I'm taking this opportunity to thank the Jamrock Reggae Cruise for making this donation to the Jamaica Library Service and to St Ann in particular. I am also using the opportunity to tell your readers that we are doing wonders with the little that we have and we welcome donations like these."

Walker said as books for the junior library, they are for younger children, from tiny tots up to about age 12.

Custos Emeritus Radcliffe Walters, the chairman of the St Ann Parish Library Committee, who spoke at the handover ceremony, urged the young readers to take care of the books. Walters also called for more promotion for reggae music.

Several students from nearby schools attended the ceremony.